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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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Two people were injured Saturday morning in a crash in the intersection of Route 443 and Mush Dahl road in the village of Clamtown, West Penn Township.

The crash occurred just before 11 a.m. as a car being operated west on Route 443 stopped to make a left turn onto Mush Dahl Road. It was struck in the rear by a west bound utility truck.

Two people in the car were treated at the scene by members of the Tamaqua and Penn Mahoning ambulances, then transferred to an area hospital.

The operator of the truck was not injured.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

As it does every day, a siren sounded off at noon in Palmerton.

But, unlike any other day when it traditionally signifies that lunchtime has arrived, on Saturday, it meant the start of the dedication of the new Palmerton Municipal Fire Company station.

Borough Council President Terry Costenbader welcomed those on hand for an open house at the fire station, at which time he asked for a moment of silence for all the volunteer firefighters of Palmerton, especially Jonathan Schuster, who recently passed away.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Nesquehoning police are still searching for a man with a troubled history and upset over his daughter's medical care, whom they believe slashed a woman's tires and left disturbing notes and a box with "tic toc" printed in large letters near her car a week ago.

The suspect, John Robert Large, 49, of Lansford, may be driving a 2013 Toyota Scion coupe, with a license plate number JJW0313, or a red Kia. He also has a red Mazda and a beige Chrysler. The color of the Toyota Scion was not known as of Friday morning.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tamaqua Police have cited a woman who allegedly harassed a vendor during the Tamaqua Summerfest celebration on June 15.

The victim told police she was at a vendor stand for a nonprofit organization when Alice Louise Taylor, 55, of 235 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, approached and began giving her "a hard time." Taylor is reportedly a former member of the organization. At one point, she allegedly threw a water bottle at the victim.

Taylor was cited for disorderly conduct.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS CSI camper Robert Homyak uses the "measuring master" wheel to calculate the length of the skid marks under the guidance of West Penn Township Police Chief Brian Johnson.

Area children enjoyed a unique experience this week at a Crime Scene Investigation camp run by the West Penn Township Police Department.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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The Lady Wreckers from Weatherly is one of the teams registered to participate in Relay for Life, Saturday, in the Tamaqua High School Stadium. The event began at 2 p.m. Friday and continues until 2 p.m. Saturday. Twenty-four relay teams registered for the event.