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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWSDespite a quick response from firefighters, a Newkirk home sustained extensive damage in an early Tuesday morning fire.

A fast-moving fire destroyed a Newkirk, Schuylkill Township, home this morning, despite a quick response from firefighters.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — The sister of a woman charged with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they allegedly lured through Craigslist says her sister is making up the claim that she killed more than 20 people.

The Daily Item of Sunbury (http://bit.ly/1mHP3Qo ) reported Tuesday that Miranda Barbour's sister, Ashley Dean, called Barbour a "master at lying" who is drawing on the escapades of television serial killer "Dexter."

The 19-year-old Barbour is in Northumberland County court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Carbon County.

State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred about 7 p.m. Monday along Treskow Road, near Banks Avenue, in Banks Township.

Troopers said Andrew McAloose, 64, of Kelayres, was driving eastbound when his vehicle left the road on the right side and rolled over several times.

McAloose, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner Gerald Jones. He died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Scranton by Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to serve 30 months in prison on the charge of being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of firearms.

Jordan Bachert, 29, of Lansford,  previously admitted to being an unlawful user of controlled substances in 2011 and 2012, a time period in which he purchased and possessed several firearms in Carbon County. Bachert pled guilty on Oct. 9, 2013 to a criminal information filed on Sept. 16, 2013.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company, 511 Interchange Road, Kresgeville, will be sponsoring a flea market, yard sale garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the fire company.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For information contact Matt Schessler at polkIt@hotmail.com or Raymond Fitzpatrick at raypolk35@verizon.net or leave a message at the fire house at 610-68104370.

Refreshments will be available.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blazing the trail for education.

That's the type of impact individuals who participate in the 5K Earth Day Hippy Run/Walk hope to have, be it in their tie-dye, or bell-bottoms.

Presented by Leadership Carbon 2014, the event will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Lehighton Trailhead, 200 Main Lane, Sargent Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, Lehighton.

Registration is at 8 a.m., with a start time of 9 a.m. An award ceremony will follow.

There will be a bake sale, along with music to start off the event, before heading to Jim Thorpe for the Earth Day celebration.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lehighton Area Pool Pals will host a giant indoor yard sale and basket raffle from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will support Baer Memorial Swimming Pool.

For additional information, call Diane at 610-377-5275.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Freedom Community Church, Lehighton, invites the public to a free Easter Pancake Breakfast from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth Street, Lehighton.

There will be candy and crafts for the children and giveaways for the adults.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers at 610-714-9834 or on the web at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kidder Township burglary suspect Erick James Rivera, 22, leaves the office of District Judge Joseph D. Homanko in Weatherly, after being arraigned on charges that he allegedly stole copper pipes from nine Lake Harmony residences. Kidder Township Chief of Police Matthew R. Kuzma is walking with Rivera.

A Kidder Township man has been charged with breaking into nine homes in Lake Harmony and stealing copper water pipes.

Erick James Rivera, 22, of 136 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, was arraigned Monday afternoon before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly.

He was charged with nine counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and possessing instruments of crime.

Homanko set bail at $10,000 straight per incident, or a total of $90,000. In lieu of the bail, Rivera was lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Lake Harmony man was arraigned Monday afternoon and charged with stealing copper tubing from nine homes in the Lake Harmony area.

Erick James Rivera, 22, of 136 N. Lake Dr., was committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $90,000 straight bail.
He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly.

Corporal Neil T. Yurchak of the Kidder Township Police Department said the value of the copper stolen was "just shy of $12,000."