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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 tnonline.com 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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weatherly police are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with an attempted child abduction.

According to the Weatherly Police Department Facebook page, a white male believed to be between the ages of 30 and 40, was driving a silver vehicle at 3 p.m. Sunday on Hudsondale Street when he pulled alongside a 7-year-old female who was riding her bicycle.

The man then attempted to get the girl into his vehicle. She told him “no” and started riding away.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The federal Medicare program, which funds health care for those over age 65, rates nursing homes according to health inspections, staffing and quality measures to arrive at an overall rating.

The health inspections rating is based on the three most recent annual inspections, and inspections due to complaints over the past three years.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Carbon County woman who stole from a resident of a county nursing home was given a probation sentence after pleading guilty in the county court.

Tonya Napolitano, 31, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to one count of receiving stolen property, admitting she took two rings from an 80-year-old woman at the Maple Shade Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Nesquehoning.

Napolitano was an employee of the home at the time. Napolitano was scheduled to go on trial this week.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Palmerton man accused of stealing $22,800 worth of merchandise from his employer will face charges at a later date.

Daniel Devitt, 46, of Fireline Road, waived his right to a preliminary hearing recently. His formal arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 2.

Devitt was charged in June with theft and receiving stolen property from his employer at UPS Freight in Bethlehem.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police Department:

Monday, August 4, 2014
BILL HARLEMAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Bob Perrin pauses after assembling a display that showcases the history of Lansford through its early bottles. Perrin donated the collection to the Lansford Historical Society Museum.

Bill Harleman, president of the Lansford Historical Society, said the society's museum has acquired the most extensive early Lansford bottle collection known to exist.

Bob Perrin of Coaldale, a well-known local privy digger, has donated a large number of local bottles from his personal collection, a gesture to provide cultural enrichment and educational opportunities pertaining to life in Lansford as told through its bottles.

The gems of early glass, some dating back to the 1800s, were dug primarily by Perrin at local outhouses through the years.