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Monday, March 5, 2012
CHRIS KNIGHT/PATRIOT NEWS PHOTO Joseph Conrad, 25, son of Kathy and Bruce Conrad, formerly of Carbon County, was severely burned on four fingers following the rescue of his dog from a fire in his home in Hershey.

Joseph Conrad, 25, son of Kathy and Bruce Conrad, formerly of Carbon County, was severely burned following the rescue of his dog from a fire in his home. Conrad was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of second degree burns to the fingers of his right hand.

Around noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, Conrad was returning from the bank to his second-floor apartment at 128 Lucy Ave. in Hershey when, as he opened the door, he saw his apartment was engulfed in flames and thick smoke.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A priest of the Diocese of Allentown has been removed from his assignment at a parish in Berks County after the priest acknowledged an inappropriate relationship with a woman that began when the woman was 18 years old.

Bishop John O. Barres announced this to the parish at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday evening.

The Rev. Cletus Onyegbule, 44, has been assistant pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Sinking Spring since March 2009.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Four Philadelphia residents were reported dead today after the plane in which they were riding crashed into the Blue Mountain near Palmerton. Rescue workers encountered some hazardous condition before reaching the small plane. Yesterday's dense fog and intermittent rain is believed to be a contributing factor in the incident. The wreckage was found about 150 ayards from the top of the mountain. Carbon County Coroner Robert Deibert was transported to the scene and pronounced the victims dead.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center will hold a stargazing program on Tuesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. "Astronomy Night" will be presented by Penn State biology professor, Dr. Carl Frankel.

The program will include a brief indoor introduction, followed by an outdoor session to locate winter constellations and visible planets. Participants should bring binoculars if possible, and dress for the outdoors.

Tea and hot chocolate will be available after the session.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Tamaqua man was cited following a disturb ance at 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, on Friday.

Officers were dispatched to the apartment building at 1:58 a.m. for a noise complaint. On scene, it was apparent that loud music was coming from the apartment of Brian James Dennis, 34. Dennis refused to open the door to the officer, but did turn down the music.

He was cited for disorderly conduct.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Here are some of the more significant dates and events of the Civil War, in which 617,000 people died.

1859

Oct. 16-18: John Brown, in an attempt to amass arms for a slave insurrection, attacks the federal armory and arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va.

Dec. 2: Brown is hanged for murder and treason at Charles Town, Va.

1860

Nov. 6: Abraham Lincoln is elected president, with Hannibal Hamlin as his vice president.

Dec. 20: As a consequence of Lincoln's election, a special convention of the South Carolina legislature votes to secede from the Union.

1861

Saturday, March 3, 2012

LAKE HARMONY, Pa. (AP) – Part of a resort in northeastern Pennsylvania's Poconos is going up for sheriff's sale.

Split Rock Resort hotel and water park will remain open despite a scheduled April 13 foreclosure sale on a $21 million mortgage.

The Carbon County Sheriff's Office scheduled the foreclosure sale on the mortgage owed to TD Bank.

One parcel slated for sale is a 40-acre site, including a $19 million water park that opened in late 2008. The other parcel is about 260 acres and includes a lodge and some recreation amenities attached to the hotel.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Tamaqua woman has been cited after she allegedly lied to police in order to hide a wanted felon.

Kimberly Ann Hill, 47, of 35 E. Vine St., Tamaqua, was charged with hindering the apprehension/prosecution of a criminal and obstruction of justice in connection with an incident on Feb. 11.

Officers went to Hill's home that day to execute two warrants for Carl Rex. Hill lied to officers and said Rex was not in the home. Rex was found in a bedroom, hiding in a cedar chest.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua DARE Steering Committee members from front left are Olga Williams, Helen Walters, Cathy Klingaman, Rochelle Evanousky and Mary Gurcsick. In back are George Demetriades, president Dwayne Hacker and Forest Rolko. Not pictured are Jason Lorah, Mike Hobbs, Helen Walters, James Fasnacht, Mary Gurcsik, Janet Greenberg, Lisa Shilko, Kerry Quick and Michele Bittner.

Despite the lack of local government or grant funding, steering committee members of Tamaqua's 20-year Drug Abuse Resistance Program, D.A.R.E., are not giving up on the program.

"We currently don't plan on changing anything to the program," said Dwayne Hacker, program president and Tamaqua police officer. "The program works. All we need is funding."

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Tamaqua man faces charges after allegedly threatening his tenants.

Tamaqua Police allege that Blair Terry Kranch, 66, of 187 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua, took issue with the way his property was being maintained by Andrew Lewis, who is currently renting with the option to buy the parcel. Three people heard Kranch threaten to "burn down the house with everyone inside."

Kranch claimed he only threatened to tear the place down.

Either way, Patrolman Karl Harig cited Kranch for making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct.