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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The local Schuylkill Carbon Agency for Manpower was discovered broken into yesterday morning according to Chief Thomas Mase of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The chief reported that the office, located at the former railroad station, was discovered entered at 1:15 a.m. by a patrolman on foot patrol.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Flames are visible in the corner of the roof at 336 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford, while firefighters climb on the roof early Wednesday morning. The fire gutted the second and third floors of the structure before being extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A raging fire early Wednesday morning gutted the second and third floors of a vacant Lansford house.

The blaze happened at about 1:15 a.m. at 336 W. Snyder Ave. When firefighters arrived on the scene, heavy flames were erupting from the upper two floors of the frame structure.

According to neighbors, the single home has been vacant since February when the lone occupant died. It has been sold to an out-of-the-area party, neighbors said.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Former Jackson Township supervisor Jack Rader Jr. narrowly won for the Republican slot for the 176th legislative district Tuesday in Monroe County, with 1,130 votes over Jim Becker's 1,111 votes. Hope Smith ran unopposed for the Democratic slot with 1,817.

Mario M. Scavello ran unopposed for the Republican slot for senator in the General Assembly's new 40th District, a 4-year term, and earned 4,365 votes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Democrats have chosen millionaire businessman Tom Wolf to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.

Early returns Tuesday night showed Wolf with a big lead over three fellow hopefuls.

Wolf's primary victory comes after a months-long courtship of voters. His seemingly unending series of TV ads featured his Jeep Wrangler and testimonials from his wife, his two grown daughters and employees of his kitchen cabinet company.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage has been overturned by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex matrimony legal throughout the Northeast.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III's decision Tuesday is a victory for 11 couples, a widow and one of the couples' two teenage daughters who filed the first challenge to the law. Gov. Tom Corbett's office had defended the law after Attorney General Kathleen Kane called it unconstitutional and refused to defend it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jetliner that flew through a hailstorm on its descent into Philadelphia landed with a cracked windshield.

US Airways says only one layer of the multilayered windshield was cracked and Flight 768 en route from Orlando, Florida, landed safely. No one was injured.

The airline says the windshield damage was possibly caused by the hail but an investigation is incomplete. The Airbus 320 is out of service while being inspected for other possible hail damage.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.

Detectives were investigating whether the couple's financial problems or other marital difficulties played a role in the killing that police said occurred during an argument Monday night while the couple's two sons, both under 10, were in the house.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening another legal attack on the NFL over the long-term health of its athletes, a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers that kept them in the game but led to serious complications down the road.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
 Feick

A Berks County man has been hired as Lehighton Area School District's new business administrator.

By a unanimous vote, the school board on Monday agreed to hire Brian D. Feick as district business administrator, and appointed as district secretary, at a prorated salary of $90,000.

Feick, 56, of Robeson Township, most recently served as chief business administrator at Chester Upland School District.

In addition, he has also served as vice president/CFO/COO at Datastrip, as well as finance director for the borough of Pottstown.