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Monday, January 23, 2012
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Nick Lorah helps Andrea Rodgers, Coaldale, free her car from the snow on Bertsch Street in Lansford.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Mary Soberick, of West Ridge Street in Lansford, helps build a snow igloo around her daughter, Hannah; who opted to nibble on the igloo instead.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thirteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas recently in Carbon County Court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following defendants.

Michael Balagoch Jr., 31, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Nov. 5, 2011, by Lehighton police for assaulting Melissa Tessitore in the area of 316 S. First St. Police indicated the incident was the result of a domestic dispute.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Anthony Pascoe, 25, of 201 E. Kline Ave. Apt. 4, Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Jan. 23, 2010 at Kline and Walnut streets.

Charges of driving under the influence, driving under suspension, driving a vehicle at (an un)safe speed, careless driving, and duty of driver on approach of emergency vehicle, were filed by Officer Robert Shubeck. According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Monday, January 23, 2012
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The first major snowfall of the winter season brought from 5-9 inches of snow to the region. Saturday was a time for snow-clearing. Here a loader from Radocha's in Coaldale clears snow from a parking lot in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Eric Zizelmann of Tamaqua uses a snowblower to clear his neighbor's sidewalk.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Rush Township Police are investigating a burglary of an unoccupied home located at 654 Fairview Street in Hometown after a local realtor found the home broken into. Anyone with information is encouraged to call township police at (570) 668-4242.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Last night and this morning's freezing rain resulted in some icy roads throughout the region. Just before 4 a.m. these two tractor trailers pulled off of SR309 in West Penn Township after one of the tractors sideswiped the other. Township police said there were no injuries.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Hasna Saoud of Tamaqua credits her seatbelt for helping her survive a crash Saturday in front of the Jamesway Plaza on SR209 in Tamaqua. Saoud was on her way to church when her 2007 Subaru Legacy hit a slick spot and and she lost control. Responding were Tamaqua Ambulance, East End Fire and American Hose fire companies, rescue and police. Fire Police detoured traffic around the scene. Officer Peter Wysochansky is investigating.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Contributed photo

Several Tamaqua residents were lucky enough one spring day to get their photo taken with Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The young people were walking to the Blue and White inter-squad game at Beaver Stadium when Paterno pulled up in front of his house. They asked for a photo and despite the fact that it was a busy day for the coach, he posed with the group. The Tamaqua teens are Corey McCann (furst person back row), his brother Eric McCann (just over Paterno's shoulder) and Michael Taylor (second to the left of the coach).