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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed last week on rape and related counts for incidents that allegedly occurred in Lehighton.

Borough police said Lawrence Danforth, 26, of 319 Market Square, Apt. 19, Pottsville, was arrested on Jan. 11 and arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis, of Jim Thorpe. He is charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two men were sentenced to state prison terms on Monday in Carbon County court. The two were among several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Burglary count

Joseph Michael Breuer, 22, of Cressona, Schuylkill County, was sentenced to serve 21 to 42 months in a state prison on a charge of criminal conspiracy-burglary.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A number of defendants opted to waive their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Steven Bayer, Tamaqua, last week.

All will now have their cases heard in Schuylkill County court, Pottsville.

William Brown, 53, of 28 Nescopec St., Tamaqua, will face trial on charges of making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a May 30, 2011, incident and were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.

Brown was released on his own recognizance.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

About 120 anthracite miners were forced to quit two tunnels of the vast Dodson colliery of the Weston-Dodson Coal Co. today because of an underground mine fire. Mining engineers continue to search for the underground fire in the No. 6 mine, without much success. Company officials said they have been unable to locate the fire. The blaze was uncovered when a noticeable amount of carbon dioxide gas was detected during a routine check of the air in the mine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Monroe County Waste Authority has finalized an agreement for pickup, removal and disposal of deer from the county's roadways.

The authority will act as the county's agent/contractor under a preexisting agreement with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation until the Waste Authority can become a direct party with the other agencies.

The goal is to make the collection process more efficient utilizing the authority's waste management experience and expertise while at the same time providing financial savings to the county.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Palmerton Area School District's website has a new look.

Dan Heaney, director of technology, said the district opted for the switch because the old website was outdated and in need of change.

"An update to our website is something we have been planning on completing for quite a while, but we didn't want to rush anything," Heaney said. "We wanted to make sure we could include all the areas we felt we needed, and we also wanted to keep the creation of the site in house in an effort to save money."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A jury found a Pottsville physician negligent in his care and treatment of a Frackville man, specifically in failing to timely diagnose and treat the patient's compartment syndrome.

After deliberating late into the night Friday following a week's trial in the Schuylkill County courthouse, the jury reached a verdict against Dr. Robert M. Kimmel, a noted plastic surgeon, and awarded damages totaling $1.5 million.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the Times News Ambulance and police personnel at the scene of last Saturday's Coaldale domestic incident, which led to the charges being filed against George Bonetsky. His wife, Angelique, is in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

A Coaldale man whom police believe deliberately struck his wife of 17 years with his pickup truck on Saturday afternoon remains in Schuylkill County Prison under $50,000 straight cash bail.

George J. Bonetsky IV, 34, of 262 Fourth St., is charged with felony aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving.

The victim, Angelique Bonetsky, is in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by patrolman Scott Cramer, here's what happened:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The death of a Monroe County man whose body was found in a drainage ditch two days after an accident has been ruled an accidental drowning.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen made the ruling Monday after an autopsy on the body of 19-year-old Corey Costenbader of Effort.

Costenbader's body was found Sunday submerged in a drainage ditch about 22 feet from where he was knocked down by a car Friday night near Saylorsburg.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Members of the Carbon County Association of Realtors executive board were installed by Bette McTammy, president elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors during the annual dinner held recently at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Installed were, from left, front row, Jim Zurn, president; Lisa Sawyer, vice president; Bonnie Hoffman, secretary; and Kristen Obert, treasurer; and back row, Eva Dugan, Paula Fritzinger, PAR President Elect Bette McTammy, Darla Kravetz, Hugh Dugan II, Kim Rabenold, and Hugh Dugan. The local organization is comprised of over 90 members in Carbon County.