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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Carbon County business is happy that it could help out fire companies in a number of hurricane ravaged New Jersey communities.

This past Saturday, eight employees of KME/Kovatch Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning, packed up supplies and traveled with the group "Carbon County, Pa., helps Sea Bright, N.J." down to Long Branch, where they met with fire departments from the surroundings communities and provided servicing for a number of fire trucks.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Carbon County resident admitted to having sex with a teenage girl while a county drug dealer was sentenced to a state prison term. They were among nine defendants to enter guilty pleas Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Sexual assaults

Andrew Michael Bertalan, 22, of Blakeslee, pleaded guilty to one count each of statutory sexual assault and criminal use of a communication device, both felonies.

Bertalan was charged by state police at Lehighton with having sexual relations with a then 15-year-old girl.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Seven years after a fatal accident in which he was the driver and his passenger died, a Carbon County man was arraigned on charges incident to the accident, including homicide by vehicle.

Selvin Johenes Lopez, 25, of 225 N. Seventh St., Lehighton, was arraigned Tuesday in Lehigh County on charges of homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or injury, driving without a license, failure to stay in traffic, and three counts of recklessly endangering another person. He failed to post $30,000 bail and was committed to the county prison.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army advisory board will meet this Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel of the Salvation Army. Anyone interested in joining or helping is encouraged to call Major Sharon Whispell or Major Margaret Johnson at (570) 668-0410.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Mountain Road in Walker Township just after 6 p.m. yesterday after a nearby homeowner spotted a fast-moving brush fire in the hills above their home.

Firefighters were quick to attack the fire as it reached high into the hills. Local residents could be seen helping firefighters pull hoses and spray water over the flames.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The replacement of the East Broad Street Bridge, between Pine and Greenwood streets, in Tamaqua is anticipated to last 18 months. Tamaqua Borough Council held a special meeting last night to discuss the implications for the downtown area and to help residents and business owners start to plan for the changes. PennDOT contractors are expected to start construction in April.

As construction work winds down on one Tamaqua bridge, PennDOT is gearing up to replace another one.

The reconstruction of the Center Street Bridge, along south Route 309, started about a year ago, with the construction of a temporary bridge that allowed traffic to continue flowing along the same route. Officials are hoping that the new bridge will open Thursday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
PHOTOS BY ALEXIS SIMCHAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A house in Sea Bright, N.J., is collapsing after Superstorm Sandy battered the beach community two weeks ago. Cleanup efforts have now begun, but it will be months before rebuilding the once-lively town can begin.

The streets of Sea Bright that once bustled with the sounds of beach life were silent Saturday as dozens of volunteers from Carbon County arrived in the New Jersey shore community.

Beautiful beach homes now lay in ruin, split in half and crumbling from the weight of waterlogged wood.

Sand dunes 30 feet high, rise at the edge of the beach, separating humans from water once again.

The lives of the families in Sea Bright have been uprooted; their belongings lost to Superstorm Sandy, a late-season hybrid hurricane that ravaged the East Coast two weeks go.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Tamaqua area man was among those whose parole was revoked following hearings held in the Schuylkill County Court.

Joseph Franz, 25,of 190 Lincoln Drive,Tamaqua R.D., had his parole revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin and was recommitted to the county prison to serve out the balance of his sentence and his 370 days of liberty is disallowed and shall be added to his maximum sentence.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Patricia Conroy, Women Veterans Program Manager, was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Tamaqua Business and Professional Women's group. Conroy provided members with information on the unique issues facing women veterans. The Women Veterans Program promotes the health, welfare and dignity of women veterans by ensuring equitable access to timely, sensitive, quality healthcare and gender specific needs. Services are provided to women who have served their country five months ago or five decades ago through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ALEXIS SIMCHAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jon Bon Jovi, left, meets with Kevin Steber, who began the group "Carbon County, Pa., helps Sea Bright, N.J.," and learns about the volunteer efforts from Carbon County. Bon Jovi made a surprise visit to the Sea Bright Fire Company on Saturday afternoon.

When the members of Carbon County, Pa., helps Sea Bright, N.J., pulled into Sea Bright on Saturday, it wasn't long before word spread through the town of the group's efforts.

In addition to residents, volunteers, National Guard troops and state police from various states, one unlikely visitor helped boost everyone's moral.

That visitor was rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

"Someone told me to go into the fire house because Bon Jovi was there; we didn't believe them," said Kira Michalik, one of the organizers.