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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Over 100 residents turned out Monday night to voice their thoughts on a proposed $32.5 million elementary center, which would house all K-5 Lehighton Area School District students.

The two-and-a-half-hour workshop featured a presentation by LASD Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver, EI Associates architect Mark Barnhardt, a standing room only crowd, public comments against the proposal and involvement from the Lehighton Borough police.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday for fleeing police. And a county woman also got jail time for drunk driving.

Judge Steven R. Serfass sentenced James Dennis, 29, of Jim Thorpe, to serve 14 to 28 months in a state prison on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension. He previously pleaded to the charge.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Schuylkill County President Judge William P. Baldwin has allowed 11 people to enter the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. If they successfully complete the program, for first-time offenders, and stay out of trouble, their records will be cleared.

All must pay $350 to offset the cost of the program, and are subject to court costs and fees.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Schuylkill County judges have allowed probation for several local lawbreakers, as long as they follow the rules.

Frederick King, 42, of Mahanoy City:charged by Tamaqua police with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of a controlled substance. The charges were filed after an incident on May 9, 2013.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday on a driving under the influence charge.

Mark Allen Solt, 45, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 90 days to six moths in prison.

Solt was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013, along Route 248 in Lower Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. He refused a blood test.

Monday, August 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A DUI suspect hit seven cars and damaged property on the 200 block of South Fourth Street in Lehighton shortly before 7 tonight.

Police have a man in custody.

More details to come.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A head-on collision 6:15 p.m. Monday in Hometown sent six to the hospital, including one who was airlifted.

Two or three of the vehicles' occupants were children.

The crash took place at the intersection of Claremont Avenue, Route 309, and Tide Road, near the entrance to HT Commons Shopping Center and Walmart Supercenter.

The extent of injuries was not immediately available, however, Lehigh Valley Hospital Network's MedEvac airlift service was dispatched to transport one adult.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey of Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails at 10 a.m. Aug. 21.

The hike is eight miles in length and moderate to difficult. The hike combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park.

Meet in the crow trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road. Bring a bag lunch and water.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Shine only.