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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Lansford man was denied his appeals by the state Superior Court from being found guilty of selling drugs and a state prison sentence.

Roland Martin Horsford, 31, of 305 E. Abbott St., was adjudged guilty by Judge John E. Domalakes of two counts of delivery of a controlled substance in Tamaqua in September 2009 following a non-jury trial held in December 2010. He was sentenced to serve two to five years in a state correctional facility. The prosecutor was Tamaqua Sgt. Richard Weaver.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Lehigh County woman was jailed Monday after being charged with attempting to kill her mother with a kitchen meat tenderizing mallet.

State police at Fogelsville identified the suspect as Judith Kauffman Savadelis, 55, of Macungie.

Troopers said at about 4:29 a.m. on Monday they responded to 2507 Ludwig Court, in Lower Macungie Township, to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel for an assault incident.

Upon arrival, troopers discovered that Savadelis assaulted her elderly mother, Teresa Kauffman, 79, of Temple, Berks County, at the suspect's residence.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Responding were Rush Township Police officer Sgt. Duane Frederick, Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson and Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith. The green Jetta pictured was also impounded.

Around 1:40 p.m. Monday, Rush Township Police responded to a wooded area off of Progress Avenue in Hometown after receiving a report of two males attempting to steal copper from a cell phone tower owned by SBA Towers.

Employees with the Tamaqua Water Company, who also reported the incident, chased the two males while police responded.

The two males were caught by police approximately 40 minutes later in the Sky-View Memorial Park.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMESS NEWS Don Heintzelman, founder of the Wildlife Information Center, and Mike Kaiser, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planing Commission, participate in the conservation planning breakout session.

Never has the Great Room at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, been so full as when Paul Zeph of the National Audubon Society welcomed fellow environmentalists to the Kittatinny Ridge Ecological and Conservation Science Summit.

Presenters were from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor, Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the nature center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Fort Indiantown Gap.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A photo in Monday's edition from a community event at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, misidentified a volunteer handing out cupcakes. The volunteer was Ida Piccin of Owl Creek Road, who was distributing cupcakes baked by Paul Fegley.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Tamaqua Borough Street Department will continue Spring cleaning operations this week with two additional days of operation. Streets will be posted the day before scheduled operations.

This week's schedule will include: Wednesday, starting at 7 a.m., East End Ave., Elizabeth to Laurel; Riley Ave., Market to end; Rose, Pine to Lincoln; Swatara, Jerome to iron steps; Walnut, Schuylkill Ave. to end; Locust, Schuylkill Ave. to end; and Chestnut, Schuylkill Ave. to end.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A Maple tree is ready to be dropped into a hole for planting at Lock 13, Parryville, at the Lehigh Canal Park. Taking part in the planting were several Trail Tender volunteers and several members of the Beltzville Lions Club.

Volunteers planted six 25-foot maple trees at the Lehigh Canal Park at Lock 13 in Parryville on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day. The trees will also stabilize the area and provide shade for park visitors.

Several members of the Beltzville Lions Club Robert Maholick, Joe Craig and Tom Zellner handled the planting.

Joe Krock of Sugar Hollow Farms, Effort, donated services for the project. He brought a Bobcat and operated the bucket to dig the holes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Weissport trailhead pavilion.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Twenty area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in Schuylkill County court by Judge John E. Domalakes recently.

David Scott Reed, 29, of Greenwood St., Tamaqua, formerly of Allentown, on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with person under age 16, corruption of a minor, and indecent exposure, was sentenced to serve 56 to 112 months in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 217 days in the county prison. Reed was cited by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, last Aug. 26.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Work is progressing on the replacement of the Center Street bridge in Tamaqua. A steel temporary bridge is expected to delivered to the Cedar Street bridge work site in the next week. Subcontractors with PennDOT are in the process of installing temporary shoring for the temporary bridge, which will divert traffic around the old bridge. Traffic is expected to be switched onto the new bridge by the end of May. Contractors pointed out the timeline is tentative and subject to change. Completion of the bridge is estimated to be around July of next year.