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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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The Lehighton Area Lions club presents members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League, Detachment 626, with a $100 check and toys for their annual drive. At thepresentation were, from left, Lion Megan Linaberry; Tom Fenon, SCMCL; Joe Balogach, SCMCL; and Lion Vice President Barbara Walck.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Area organizations have shared requests for items to help in their missions of helping the less fortunate.

The requests include specific items, both small and large; monetary donations; or donations of time.

If you're looking for ways to brighten the season for area residents who need some extra holiday cheer, look no further.

Family Promise

of Carbon County

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Meals on Wheels and the Palmerton Concourse Club joined

in making some people's Christmas spirits a little brighter. Standing, from left, Vinita Horinko, member of the Concourse Club and chair

of the Meals On Wheels committee, and Marge Palumbo, also

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, Coaldale Council adopted a budget which doesn't have a tax increase. It's the third straight year the borough has held the line on taxes, keeping the mils at 25.04.

Revenues are projected to be $1.9 million with expenditures at $1.8 million. To help build funds which may be needed for infrastructure repairs to the borough's aged sewer system, the sewer maintenance fee will be raised from $25 to $75.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Cyclists stop along the D & L trail in Walnutport.

Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced that the National Defense Authorization Act, which has already passed the House and is likely to pass the Senate this week, would protect four Pennsylvania National Heritage Areas for the next decade.

Among them is the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Times News file photo Former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler

In videos gone viral, former Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler lets loose with a stream of profanity, punctuated by bursts from a variety of automatic weapons, daring authorities to come and confiscate his guns.

Turns out those videos, released in the summer of 2013, were aimed at luring extremists out from under cover and into the sights of federal law enforcement agencies.

"I didn't get the blessing to do it. I got the idea, on my own, to release the videos, and they were over-the-top," Kessler said in an interview Friday.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LARKSVILLE (AP) – Police have arrested a northeastern Pennsylvania man on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was spotted driving a golf cart from bar to bar.

Larksville police say the man told an officer he was using the golf cart to navigate the borough's streets Monday night because he had been drinking and needed a way to get to a bar.

Police say the man initially refused to stop for the officer and nearly rammed a squad car with the golf cart. He was taken to a hospital for a blood alcohol test.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Slatington teenager was killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Mountain Road in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

The Lehigh County Coroner's office identified the teen as Crystal T. Schaller of Furnace Road, Slatington.

The car Schaller was driving struck a utility pole and rolled over about one-half mile west of Rextown Road, according to the coroner's office.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:20 p.m.

State police and the Lehigh County coroner's office are investigating.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mountain Road in Washington Township is closed due to a crash with a possible fatality.

The crash occurred at 3 p.m. about a quarter mile west of Rexton Road.

It was reported a car had rolled with a woman entrapped and unconscious.

State police are investigating the incident.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A firefighter hailed for her work ethic and the pride she took in being assigned to the city's busiest engine companies died Tuesday after she became trapped in the basement of a burning row home where an elderly woman was later rescued, officials said.

Joyce Craig Lewis is the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty. She was part of a three-member hose team sent to attack the fire inside a home in the city's West Oak Lane neighborhood at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer said.