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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS David Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Township supervisor vice chairman and Ross Township zoning officer, lost his life one year ago today in fatal shooting.

One year ago today police say Rockne Newell of Saylorsburg opened fire at a Ross Township's supervisors' meeting, killing three and injuring three others in his ongoing dispute with the township over his condemned, debris-strewn property located on Flyte Road.

David Fleetwood, 62; Gerald J. Kozic, 53; and James V. LaGuardia, 64, all died that night.

Kozic's wife, Linda, was shot in the leg and faces a long recovery.

Frank Piranio Jr. suffered a grazed wound to the head and Howard Beers, Ross Township supervisor chairman, suffered a hand wound.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey, of Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Saturday.

The trail is 4 miles in length and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by one of the area Eagle Scouts.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With only a few more weeks until the McCall bridge rehabilitationproject is complete,one Weissport resident continues to be concerned about the effects of the project on his home and family.

William Hartzell of White Street, Weissport, asked Weissport Council just how he is supposed to rid his house of the dust that has spread over the interior of his home and has covered his yard.

"The only type ofvacuum cleaner that would work to clean up the dust is one with a HEPA filter," he said. "I can't afford to buy one."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tonight's the night to get out of the house, off of the porch and take part in a national effort to prevent crime.

Tamaqua's Second National Night Out celebration is being held from 6 to 9 p.m., with most activities taking place in the 100 block of Pine Street and the surrounding area.

A Kidz Karnival, sponsored by the Tamaqua Salvation Army, is being held at the Railroad Street Parking lot.

Tamaqua's celebration grew out of the Tamaqua Safety Initiative Project and is coordinated by Leona Rega, who is also director of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Carbon County volunteers banded together to rescue a horse that got stuck in a ditch in East Penn Township late Monday night.

According to Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, the Carbon County Animal Response Team and East Penn Township Fire Department were called to 540 Sand Quarry Road in the township just before 11 p.m. Over a dozen volunteers from both groups responded to the scene.

The horse, which is in its mid-30s, had fallen into a construction ditch on the property and got stuck.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Joe Greco helps clean up debris on the track as a crew member at Pocono Raceway.

After growing up watching NASCAR, Joe Greco has progressed from spectator to crew member at the Pocono Raceway.

Greco's position on the cleanup truck is a crucial one. When an incident occurs on the track, he must be prepared to pick up debris that may be hazardous to drivers, as well as control any fluids released.

The process has to be quick, and all crew members must be cautious of approaching traffic that can be zooming by at 50 to 60 mph.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Don't look now, but summer is almost over.

Why not preserve scenes of summer with photos?

Submit your photos of people or pets enjoying summer weather or scenes of summer to and we'll enter your name in a drawing for a family pack of four Lehigh Valley IronPigs tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 16, game.

The Pigs will play the Buffalo Bisons at 6:35 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Here's a bonus: It's Pirate and Princess Night with pillowcase giveaways and there will be fireworks after the game.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that a roadway preservation project on Route 209 in Franklin and Towamensing townships, Carbon County, will begin today.

The project involves microsurfacing, which is the application of a layer of blacktop, and installing new pavement markings on Route 209 between Harrity Road in Franklin Township to Forest Inn Road in Towamensing Township.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BETHLEHEM (AP) – Police say a man slapped a police horse twice, once after he was warned, during Bethlehem's Musikfest.

The Express-Times of Easton reported Monday that 22-year-old Curtis Gibbs of Allentown was issued a disorderly conduct citation after the incident Saturday night.

State police and Bethlehem police horses are being used to patrol Musikfest.

Police say the trooper at first warned Gibbs, then cited him after he slapped the horse a second time.

A phone listing couldn't be located for Gibbs.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Police from East Penn and Mahoning townships responded to a report of a woman with a gun Monday afternoon in East Penn Township. The incident appeared to have been the result of a domestic dispute. The husband left the residence along Horseshoe Lane just off Dieters Ville Road and waited for police. The woman was taken in handcuffs from the residence at 2:10 p.m. without incident.