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Thursday, June 19, 2014

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Thursday sentenced a former Colorado sheriff to 15 months in prison for repeatedly violating his probation in a meth-for-sex case, saying the lawman, who was once regarded as a hero, had exhausted his opportunities to reform.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Alex Edwin Christman, 20, of Lansdale was arrested earlier this week after eluding police who had attempted to stop him for several traffic violations.
According to state police at Lehighton, at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, police made an attempt to stop Christman, who was driving a 2007 YZF450 dirt bike traveling on Route 209 in the area of Route 715 in Chestnuthill Township.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Wednesday, a resident of Center Street received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Officer Max Clinton. The caller said there was a legal arrest warrant to be forwarded to local police. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign spent money twice as fast as it came in during the weeks surrounding Pennsylvania's primary.

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday showed the Republican governor received $1.4 million in contributions between May 6 and June 9, while he spent nearly $3 million — pushing his total expenditures to more than $11 million.

Corbett still had $4.8 million on hand.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Dobias

Carbon County's chief prosecutor is retiring.

District Attorney Gary F. Dobias of Palmerton made his intentions known this week that he is planning to step down from the job in September.

Dobias has held the position of district attorney since 1992 and is currently serving his sixth term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2015.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Experimental Aircraft Association, which meets at the Slatington Airport, took youths from ages 8 to 17-years-old for 20-minute flights recently. Some of the youth also took a turn flying the aircraft. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Front row, from left: Carlton Miller, assistant systems manager; Michael Newhard, systems manager; Charlie Singer, field service technician, Kershner Environmental Technologies; and John  Tremblay, district representative, Kershner Environmental  Technologies. Back row: Ron Kuntz, Walnutport Authority chairman, and Jason Newhard, Walnutport Authority engineer.

Not since 1999 has Walnutport seen a new water filtration system added to its "water arsenal." But all of that changed at 11 a.m. June 12, when the new Heimbach Filtration Plant was dedicated and officially went online.

At the small plant located on Alder Drive, just north of Kmart, Water Authority Chairman Ron Kuntz opened the ceremony by introducing some of the key players in the decadelong project and giving a basic overview of what the plant accomplishes.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ray Padelsky of SDL Construction, Orwigsburg, looks over the pileof rubble that had been the bleachers in Ginder Field in Summit Hill. SDL tore down the bleachers, which had been condemnedfor several years by the borough.

The rusted metal bleachers at the Ginder Stadium in Summit Hill have been removed.

The removal was done by the SDL Construction Company of Orwigsburg. It took just two days to take them down.

They were condemned several years ago by Summit Hill Borough but weren't removed because the borough stores its salt and winter road maintenance materials beneath them.

The borough is in the process of building a new storage facility. There are currently no plans to replace the bleachers.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News

About 10 volunteers of Walnutport's Diamond Fire Company perform pump operations and hand line hose operations as part of their weekly 3.5-hour training drill Wednesday nightin the borough. Lieutenant Mike Lebrun said the firetruck was sucking water out of theborough canal, using "it as a hydrant" rather than using actual borough hydrants, which carry treated water. By keeping the water circulating and pressure in the hoses, Lebrun said, the firefighters, many of them juniors under the age of 18, could practice turning the hoses on and off, better understand hose pressure, and more.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Following several reports of full wine bottles spontaneously exploding in Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking consumers to carefully dispose of Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013 (code 33283), 750 ml. Consumers should not return the bottle to the store but instead dispose of it as soon as possible.