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Monday, August 6, 2012

With the second severe storm rolling through Sunday afternoon, the winner's circle celebration had to be moved to the garage area. As it started to come together, even the Pennsylvania 400 winner felt something was not right as he dodged raindrops on his way to the relocated winner's circle.

A bright lightning bolt shot down from the sky behind the bleachers of Pocono Raceway's Turn 3. The brightness lit up the sky and the sound crackled eardrums of that of a ground strike.

Monday, August 6, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik, right, examines the car of a Tamaqua woman who was killed Saturday along the Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe

A one-car accident early Saturday evening near the entrance to Mauch Chunk Lake Park has claimed the life of a Tamaqua woman.

Erica K. Dolan, 24, died when her car went off the Lentz Trail and struck a tree broadside.

The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m. Dolan was alone in the vehicle.

It was reported Dolan was traveling east and for an unknown reason went off the right side of the roadway. The impact to the tree was on the driver's side of the car.

She was pronounced dead by Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force will host an informational session on Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School.

Carmen Ambrosino and Susan Mizenko from Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. will make a brief presentation on the programs and services that they will be providing to Lehighton Area School District .

The agency was hired in June to conduct the K through 12 alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education prevention programs and services for the district for the 2012-2013 school year.

Monday, August 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Currently, the shelter has over 250 cats available for adoption.

"All of our animals are retaught to be re-loved," said volunteer Diane Doncheski while helping care for over 250 cats and 75 dogs available for adoption at the Hillside SPCA in Pottsville. The no-kill shelter, which serves Tamaqua and all parts of Schuylkill County, operates year round and provides shelter and love to thousands of animals.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Carbon County Animal Shelter's new warden, hired July 12, said Monday that she no longer works there, and that she plans to sue a former co-worker for slander.

Debbie Craver had worked at the shelter part-time for two months before being hired.

But, she said in a telephone interview early Monday, an incident on Saturday, July 28, led to her leaving the job.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Jim Thorpe will be hosting National Night Out, Tuesday evening from 6 - 10 p.m. at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. Everyone is invited to attend the event and it will take place rain or shine.

National Night Out (NNO) is a crime and drug prevention event that has taken place in communities all over the country. This is the first year Jim Thorpe is hosting a NNO event.

NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen relationships between the community and law enforcement.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Towamensing Township supervisors went over more than 30 engineer's comments and waiver requests for Falling Creek Investment's plan for a police barracks at the intersection of Sei Pei and Route 209.

The group was asking for conditional approval at the Aug. 2 meeting. Still required is approval from some outside agencies such as the erosion and sedimentation plan from the Carbon County Conservation District. A cost estimate for improvements and a highway occupancy permit are required.

Monday, August 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sunday's violent storms caused trees and power lines to fall throughout our area. Pictured is a tree and power line on Spring Mountain Road in Weatherly taken down by high winds. Some communities reported seeing hail fall. The weather also postponed Beaver Meadow's Arts and Crafts Festival and Philharmonic Concert. Organizers said the new date of the festival will be announced at a later date. Responding to downed trees in Banks Township were Weatherly firefighters and fire police.