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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Five Points intersection in Tamaqua was the scene of an unusual accident when a tractor trailer, loaded with coal, upset and spilled its contents over a car driven by a Coaldale woman.

Tamaqua Police report the driver had to be assisted from the car, but was not injured.

The truck struck the left side of the car, then forced it up onto the sidewalk. The trailer then upset, spilling coal over the roof of the car.

Friday, November 28, 2014

For the fourth time, a tree from Crystal Spring Farm in Lehighton will grace the White House.

Officials from the White House made the trip to Mahoning Township in September to find the official Christmas tree at the Crystal Spring Tree Farm.

After a selection process that took more than an hour, the three officials from the White House selected a 19 1/2-foot concolor fir to be the official White House Christmas Tree this year.

The tree was cut Sunday.

See the photo gallery of the selection process: http://www.tnonline.com/gallery/white-house-christmas-tree-crystal-sprin...

Friday, November 28, 2014

PPL Utilities has restored power to 1,647 customers in Penn Forest Township. A company spokesman said the outage was caused by a tree falling on wires. Power was restored at 3 p.m.

A handful of Met-Ed customers remain without power in the Pleasant Valley area.

The wet, heavy snow has caused many outages.

After Wednesday's storm, more than 1,400 PPL customers were without electricity in the Times News coverage area.

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday.

The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice's two-game suspension, making it indefinite after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiancee— now his wife — became public.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Both drivers were sent to area hospitals in a two-vehicle crash Friday on Hometown Hill.

According to those at the scene, including eyewitnesses to the collision, a Subaru Imprezu driven by an elderly man from the Lake Hauto area tried to enter Route 309 from Holland Street at 2:15 p.m. when the car shot across four lanes of traffic.

In the process, the Subaru collided with a northbound Dodge Grand Caravan and narrowly missed other vehicles before being stopped by impact with the southbound curb.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association All-Star Game has been postponed again.
The contest, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday and then moved to Friday because of the snow storm earlier this week, has now been moved to Sunday Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. The game will still be played at Rotary Field in Schuylkill Haven.

Friday, November 28, 2014

WILKES-BARRE — Two women were sentenced in Luzerne County court this week for cheating an insurance company when they provided false information about a car crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Judge Tina Polachek Gartley sentenced Jennifer C. Apollon, 31, of Edwardsville, and Lisa G. Moore, 49, of Scranton, to 18 months in the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Program, a special probation program for first-time non-violent offenders.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Route 209 is closed at the Route 903 bridge in Jim Thorpe because of a crash that happened shortly before 4 p.m.

No other details available at this time.

Friday, November 28, 2014

EASTON (AP) An eastern Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his stepdaughter and burying the 33-year-old woman in his yard.

Gregory Graf was arrested after police found Jessica Padgett's body on his property in Northampton County. Padgett, a mother and day care worker, had been missing since Nov. 21.

The motive for the slaying appears to be sexual assault, District Attorney John Morganelli said. He didn't elaborate.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Small Business Saturday takes on box stores

Small Business Saturday is a national promotion sponsored by American Express as a way to support small, local businesses during the busy holiday season.

The new after-Thanksgiving shopping "holiday" began in 2010 as a way to offset its bigger counterparts Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which focus more on big retail chains and online shopping.

At the time, American Express started a radio and television campaign urging shoppers to also consider shopping locally for their holiday needs.