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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Nesquehoning man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court after pleading guilty in two pending criminal cases. He was one of several defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

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Jared Diacheysn, 23, was sentenced to serve a total of six months and one day to 24 months in a state prison on charges of harassment and possession of a controlled substance.

In an unusual request Diacheysn asked Serfass to send him to a state facility because he did not want to remain in the county lockup.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Summit Hill Heritage Center has a full weekend of activities for those looking for something different this Halloween season according to SHHC President Debra Ranck, including a lecture, a game and a Halloween themed tea.

"We have several activities this weekend including an evening of ghost stories, an interactive lecture with prizes and a Halloween-themed tea with plenty of treats and perhaps a few tricks," Ranck said with regard to the Halloween weekend events.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Perhaps there's no present quite as powerful as that of the gift of words.

Just ask third and fourth grade pupils at Slatington Elementary, who were recently the recipients of A Student's Dictionary courtesy of the Central Grange #1650 of Germansville.

The organization donated the dictionary to the school to be used by its 265 students, who were thrilled to receive the book filled with words, definitions, and additional useful facts and information for their personal use.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Members of Parryville Council tackled the three big budget items that face every community head on Tuesday night when they discussed municipal sewer service, approved a three year solid waste contract and road projects.

President Mike Grant said that he has gone over the records of what past councils did and he said that they hated to spend money and tried to fix things well beyond it being cost effective.

"I believe in making a big investment and then you don't have to use a lot of manpower fixing things and having a pile of junk," said Grant.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured adding the word "Booo" to her sidewalk Halloween art in the Dutch Hill section of Tamaqua is Ravin Walker, 11.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Two motions that had been made by the lawyers of a Lansford man accused of killing his estranged wife were heard in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

The first motion in the Ernest Troy Freeby case, which was to limit or exclude the prosecution's expert witness report by Dr. Isidore Mihalakis, forensic pathologist, would be submitted to President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II as a brief. No further discussion was needed.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

There will be a party for all retired members of UAW Local 1098 (Blue Ridge Pressure Casting) at 1 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 15. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. If you are able to attend, contact Bob Strohl at (610) 377-1083 before Oct. 30.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A sanitary sewer main replacement project could cost Palmerton over $111,000.

The borough received eight bids for the project on Monday, with R-III Construction, Inc., of Nazareth, submitting the apparent low bid of $111,505.

That bid was $20,431 less than the next lowest proposal of $131,936, turned in by Dirt Work Solutions, LLC, of Slatington.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Four area people were among 15 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes.

They include:

Christopher J. Sanders, 22, of 23 Center St., Tamaqua, on a charge of turning in four false alarms in the borough received credit for serving 25 days in the county prison and was placed on parole for 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly motorist escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when involved in a crash along SR443 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the driver was heading east and apparently blacked out at the wheel. His car swerved across the roadway entering the north berm before it came to rest against some bushes. He managed to exit the car on his own. He was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance before being transferred to the Lehighton hospital for evaluation. The Mahoning Valley Fire Company responded to the scene.