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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — School officials in western Pennsylvania say students were served rice contaminated with insects but don't believe anyone was harmed.

Authorities in the West Allegheny School District say the brown rice was served Monday to about 130 children at three elementary schools.

They say the rice was pulled from food lines once the beetle-like weevils were discovered.

Weevils are commonly found in stored grain products.

The Allegheny County Health Department says they are killed when the rice is cooked and not harmful if ingested.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Several area state lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday in Harrisburg to begin their 2015 terms.

 

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, will begin serving his second term in office.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Tamaqua man was involved in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Blythe Township.

Kenneth L. Mast, 54, was northbound on Route 209, south of Middleport, around 11:40 a.m. when his 1997 Chevrolet Malibu was struck head-on by a 2002 Subaru Legacy, driven by Katelyn M. Shappell, 19, of Port Carbon.

State police at Frackville said Shappell lost control of her vehicle on the snow covered road and would be cited for the crash.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania teacher who drunkenly drove into five teenagers as they walked and biked near a school has been sentenced to 2 to 5 years in state prison.

Victor Swaboski III apologized in court Monday for the March 2012 hit-and-run. Four of the victims attended the hearing and said the sentence was lenient.

The 41-year-old must report to prison Jan. 12.

Swaboski pleaded guilty in October to aggravated assault by motor vehicle while driving under the influence and other offenses.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police are looking for a man who ate, drank and freshened himself with a stick of deodorant before taking off from a central Pennsylvania supermarket without paying.

Police this week released surveillance images of the suspect in the Dec. 23 dab-and-dash at a Wegmans store in in Silver Spring Township, near Harrisburg.

Police say the man was seen earlier in the parking lot, asking people for money.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie loves the Dallas Cowboys. Not only is he not ashamed of it, he wants you to know it.

Tossing any risks of political offense aside, the potential Republican candidate for president doesn't bother to cheer for any of the teams that would make more sense for the governor of New Jersey.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Members of the newly elected Pennsylvania Legislature are about to be sworn in.

The Tuesday afternoon ceremony at the state Capitol will open the two-year session two weeks before the inauguration of Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Among the new lawmakers begin sworn in are Jack Rader as representative for the western part of Monroe County and Mario Scavello for the new senate seat representing most of Monroe County and the upper portion of Northampton counties.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

West Penn Township Police said the shooting incident Sunday night in the township was the result of deer poaching.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene of a reported crash just before 10 p.m. and arrived to find the car in a cornfield on Roads End Road.

A woman, who had been shot in the back, was found a short distance from the car, lying in the roadway.

Chief of Police Brian Johnson said Kimberly Kokinda of Lansford was driving the car on Roads End Road with her boyfriend Raymond Meyers of Lehighton in the rear seat with a .22-caliber rifle.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Jarrad Hedes/Times News East Penn Township supervisors held a reorganization meeting Monday night. From left in front are Dean Kerscmar, chairman, and Deanna Cunfer, supervisor and township secretary. Back row, from left, are John M. Strockoz, supervisor; Jacob Nothstein, vice chairman; and Cory Smith, supervisor and roadmaster.

Dean Kerscmar and Jacob Nothstein will retain their seats as chairman and vice chairman of East Penn Township's board of supervisors following unanimous votes during Monday night's reorganization meeting.

The remaining three board members are Deanna L. Cunfer, Cory Smith and John M. Strockoz.

Township meetings will continue to be on the first Monday night of the month at 5 p.m. at the East Penn Social Hall with the exception of an Aug. 10 and Sept. 8 meeting.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

West Penn Township supervisors reorganized Monday, keeping Jim Akins as chairman and James Dean as vice chairman. Ted Bogash, the third member of the board, will continue as roadmaster.

The supervisors also adopted an ordinance regarding the size of accessory structures in the township. According to the former ordinance, an "accessory structure" such as a garage or shed couldn't be larger than 50 percent of the size of the home.