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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Carbon County man, who assaulted two ambulance attendants who responded to give him aid, and who also struggled with police officers in another incident, was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday. He was one of six defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Lehighton incident

Karl Allen Frable, 23 of Lehighton, was sentenced by Nanovic to serve six to 18 months in the county prison on two counts of simple asssault and one of persistent disorderly conduct.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) is hosting 'Senator for a Day' with eleven local area high schools from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 13 at the Morgan Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua. The program allows high school students to propose legislation, hold votes and debate issues critical to state government. The unique opportunity allows students to learn and experience the legislative process.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HARRISBURG - Attorneys General from 49 states and the District of Columbia have reached a settlement with Hollywood Video resolving allegations of unfair debt collections practices.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan said the settlement affects approximately 3.3 million consumers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including more than 87,000 Pennsylvania consumers.

Ryan said that Hollywood Video operated video rental stores across the country, until the company filed for bankruptcy in 2010. There were approximately 80 rental stores throughout Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A power line came in contact with a live power line on Third Street, causing Palmerton residents to be without power Tuesday morning.

The incident, which occurred about 10:10 a.m., left borough residents without power until about 11:50 a.m., according to borough manager Rodger Danielson.

Danielson said crews were removing some of the old lines that previously ran between the east and west plant of the New Jersey Zinc Company when a wire fell and shorted out other wires.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It was a ducky situation for state police at Schuylkill Haven after the crash of a tractor-trailer rig resulted in thousands of ducks being released on a county road and nearby property. The incident occurred about 5:04 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the area of 317 Main St., in Porter Township, and involved damage to eight parked vehicles.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The sacrament of Confirmation was bestowed on 19 people at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning on Monday. Administering the sacrament was The Most Rev. John O. Barres, S.T.D.,J.C.L.,D.D., Bishop of Allentown. He was assisted by left to right Rev. Anthony M. Drouncheck, M. Div.; Rev. James Burdess; Rev. James Bechtel; Rev. Kenneth Medve; Bishop Barres; and Msgr. John Chizmar.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Several residents appeared again before Mahoning Township supervisors to discover what has transpired since they attended last month's meeting regarding two large dogs that have been preying on pets and livestock in the township. Supervisors informed them one dog was reportedly turned into the county animal shelter while the other will be surrendered in the near future due to a litter she was rearing. But one resident questioned whether this really happened.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua held their annual Mother and Daughter Community Brunch in the Tamaqua Community Center on Saturday. Speaker Ruth Puleo, Stroudsburg, talked about how each mother is special. Pictured pausing for a mother and daughter photo with grandmother Suzy Kattner, second from left, who is holding granddaughter Trea Myers, 3, are daughter Terri McHugh on left, daughter Suzy Kattner, center top, and grandchildren Hannah Swedar, 9, and Joselyn Tamagini, 9, on right.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Student Government Association has scheduled a variety of activities leading up to this Friday's Senior Prom. The event will be held at Penn's Peak outside of Jim Thorpe. Traditionally, TASGA has used Prom Week to raise awareness, within the school community, to the dangers of mixing drinking and driving.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and state Rep. Neal Goodman (D-123) announced Monday a grant for Shenandoah's Main Street revitalization program. The Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Borough of Shenandoah, on behalf of Downtown Shenandoah, Inc., $60,000 for the final state-funded phase of the Shenandoah Main Street Program.

Argall toured downtown Shenandoah Friday with Mary Luscavage, Executive Director of Shenandoah Downtown, Inc., to see recent improvements designed to help local employers create additional jobs.