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Monday, June 23, 2014
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Motorists traveling north on Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua could have been mistaken for inebriated drivers over the past few months, swerving back and forth to avoid the hodgepodge of potholesdecorating the street. Some of the potholes are so deep you cansee the original brick paving. But relief is on the way, as thePennsylvania Department of Transportation will begin milling and repaving the worst parts of the street. The work is scheduledto begin on June 26, weather permitting, according to TamaquaBorough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Association will hold the reorganization of Area 3 of the Democratic Party of Carbon County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Ron Sheehan, 823 Centre Ave., Jim Thorpe.

All Democratic committee people within the Jim Thorpe Area School District are invited to attend.

Monday, June 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – New details about the scope and pace of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation investigation were expected when the Pennsylvania attorney general released a report she promised while running for the office two years ago.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane brought in law school professor and former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton to review how police and prosecutors responded after authorities fielded a complaint about the former Penn State assistant football coach in late 2008.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Schuylkill County coroner Dr. David Moylan performed a virtual autopsy this afternoon on the body of Jason Hahn, 22, of Andreas. The results indicated blunt force trauma to the left side of Hahn’s head, he said in a telephone interview.

However, a full forensic autopsy will be performed at 8 a.m. Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Moylan will be in attendance.
The results of that autopsy will be pending upon toxicology tests, which may take several weeks.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The body of a Tamaqua area man who was  reported missing one week ago has been found and a Saint Clair man has been charged in his death.

The body of Jason "Jay" Hahn, 22, of Andreas, was discovered about 5 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area near Silver Creek Road in Blythe Township, near New Philadelphia, 10 miles southwest of Tamaqua.

Moylan on Sunday said he would perform a virtual autopsy at the request of state police. He said a traditional autopsy will be performed Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Firefighters from across Schuylkill County are battling a multi-alarm fire in Shenandoah.

The fire was first reported at 204 E Lloyd St. but quickly spread to three adjoining homes.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Deanna Muskett-Mease of Tamaqua is seeking information about her son, Seth Muskett, 22.

According to Muskett-Mease, Seth's vehicle, a Dodge Caravan, was found abandoned after having been involved in a crash on Tuscarora Mountain Road about three weeks ago.

Muskett-Mease said she is not sure of the date the vehicle was found or which law enforcement agency is investigating. She said that Pennsylvania State Troopers informed her of the crash but she has not heard from her son since that time.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts call her at 570-668-2878.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A bland, vacant lot in Lansford was converted to usefulness Saturday morning.

Colorful flowers were planted and raised beds for fruits and vegetables had seeds put in them as a community garden at Bertsch and Center Street was started.

The lot was the site of a former movie theater that was torn down a number of years ago. Jodi Mika, coordinator, said it is being sponsored by Grace Community Church on Ridge Street, but is for anybody to enjoy.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General and Former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh after suffering a mild stroke.

His wife Ginny Thornburgh tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/T1j2pY) the stroke happened Saturday at their weekend home in Ligonier.

She says a doctor told her that 81-year-old Dick Thornburgh "will do well from a recovery point of view." She says he's resting comfortably at UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Public safety officials broke up 15 fights, ferried 34 people to hospitals and responded to at least 150 emergency calls related to a Luke Bryan concert in Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto said Sunday in calling for event organizers to pick up part of the tab.