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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Monday in the county court after pleading guilty to a gun law charge.

He entered a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Travis Allen Walck, 24, of Summit Hill, was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution on a charge of firearms not to be carried without a license.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

State police at Lehighton are investigating a report of a stolen car.

Douglas J. Kuntz Jr., 22, of Lehighton, said his dark green Volkswagen Golf was stolen in Parryville between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday.

Police said the vehicle was left not far from the theft site, the 500-block of Centre Street.

Franklin Township police had the car towed before Kuntz reported it stolen.

Anyone with information can contact state police at 610-681-1850.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S.

In 2004, the weather service developed a scale for rating Northeast snowstorms similar to the Fujita and Saffir-Simpson scales used for tornadoes and hurricanes. The index, which factors population to determine severity, was deemed necessary because the storms can have a profound impact on transportation and economic activity throughout the country.

Monday, January 26, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has spent almost $300,000 defending a claim by a company that supplied the supermarket wine kiosks in a program that was aborted because the machines were unpopular and allegedly didn't work properly.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1wxQcds ) reported the legal fees in a story Sunday updating the status of the litigation by Simple Brands LLC.

Monday, January 26, 2015

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is under arrest after police say he brought a gun to a snowball fight.

York police say Jerquan Shaquille Dickson shot a 15-year-old boy in the right arm and left thigh Saturday after the teenager allegedly threw snowballs at his car.

The 15-year-old was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Dickson is charged with felony aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. The 22-year-old is free on $150,000 bail. Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The following schools have announced two-hour delays for Tuesday:
Jim Thorpe
Lehighton
Palmerton
Panther Valley
Weatherly
Tamaqua.

Pleasant Valley is closed.

Other announcements:
The Beaver Meadows Snow Ban will be in effect from 3 p.m. today until further notice.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MAHANOY TOWNSHIP One person is in custody after a high-speed chase that began on the Pittston bypass and ended with the suspect apprehended on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County near Mahanoy City.

The name and age of the male suspect were not released on Sunday night, although the person was was taken to the hospital after his apprehension, state police said.

Pittston city police initiated pursuit of the wanted male, with state troopers from the Wyoming, Hazleton and Frackville barracks joining in the chase as the vehicle made its way down the Interstate, troopers confirmed.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A free community dinner will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Meed's Methodist Church, 126 W. Catawissa St. in Nesquehoning.

The menu will include hot dogs, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.

All are welcome.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rep. Jack Rader Jr., R-Monroe, announced that he has been assigned to four House committees: Children and Youth, Human Services, Local Government, and Tourism and Recreational Development.

The House Local Government Committee reviews and considers legislation affecting county and municipal governments across the state.

The Human Services Committee considers legislation related to programs and services that help people with disabilities, those who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction, and the professionals who help these communities.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin sentenced a man who was charged with robbing two teens.

Cody Deetz, 20, of Tamaqua was charged by Tamaqua police on July 21 with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm without a license, reckless endangerment and simple assault.

Baldwin agreed to the district attorney's office request to drop the two counts of robbery, receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment and simple assault charges.