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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Three in a set of moving railroad cars carrying coal derailed in Hazle Township on Tuesday afternoon.

Hazle Township Fire and Rescue was alerted to the derailment of the gondola-style cars near Spartan Circle and Seagrave Court in the village of Japan, Jeddo, around 3 p.m. by Luzerne County 911.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sues over crash

State Farm Mutual Automobile insurance Company, as subrogee of Kristen Lapierre, Bloomington, Ill., has filed a civil action against Liberty Transportation Inc., Greensburg, and Harry Figueroa and Troy Weil, both of Allentown, seeking judgment in the amount of $17,242.10 over damages caused in a motor vehicle accident.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A look at Palmerton's new, $1.2 million, three-bay fire station. Located at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue, the station was completed recently.

Palmerton's new, $1.2 million, three-bay fire station has been completed and a new fire company is in the works.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said additional space remains to be finished as necessary, and use determined, at the two-story, five-door station at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue.

The fire station was built by CC Construction Services of Allentown, which was awarded a contract to construct it in the amount of $1,249,000.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Larry Moser Jr. in an April 2013 photo, courtesy Carbon County Correctional Facility.

A Lehighton man who had admitted to stabbing a man in the shoulder and fibbing to police ducked out of his sentencing hearing in Carbon County court Tuesday morning and hasn't been seen since.

Larry J. Moser Jr., 34, was scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Steven Serfass on charges of simple assault and giving false information to police.

On Tuesday morning, Moser was in Serfass' courtroom early, even before his lawyer, Kent Watkins, arrived. He and Watkins chatted about Moser's case, Watkins said, and Moser had said he had issues with some of the aspects of the charges.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Installation of officers services were held in October for the Patriarchs of Scott Encampment #132, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Brothers and Sisters of Lady Harmony Rebekah Lodge #86, both of Tamaqua.

The Scott Encampment #132 is entering its 153rd year of service to the Tamaqua area and is composed of Patriarchs from Harmony Lodge #86 of Tamaqua, East Brunswick Lodge #802 of New Ringgold, Tunkhannock Lodge #699, Mineral Lodge #285 of St. Clair and Rush Lodge #471 of Lawton.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well in Carbon County Judge Steven Serfass' courtroom on Tuesday.

Serfass handed down sentences for three people, but tempered their punishments with benevolence.

Jeremy Neil Tobin's four children will be able to celebrate Christmas with their father after Serfass agreed to allow Tobin to start his jail time on Jan. 2 instead of immediately.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It was slick travel for many this morning as yet another blast of winter weather moves through the region.

The storm started just before 4 a.m. with light snow and temperatures in the teens. By 6 a.m., the snow had covered the roads, slowing morning commutes to crawls in some areas.

According to the National Weather Service, who issued a winter weather advisory until 3 p.m., the storm is expected to drop between one and three inches before clearing out this afternoon.

There is also a chance for snow showers this evening.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The TIMES NEWS is hosting its holiday open house from 5 to 7 tonight at the company's printing office located at 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton.

Santa is the guest of honor. Activities include holiday music, face painting, door prize giveaways, and pictures with Santa.

Children should bring their wish lists and parents can bring their cameras to take photos of children with Santa.

The TIMES NEWS will also take photos with Santa to be put on our website, www.tnonline.com.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lehighton Area School District reviewed a proposed concept of how East Penn and Mahoning elementary schools might look at the board's building committee meeting Monday.

The estimated combined cost for the two schools would be $15 million.

"It's still very early in the process. At this point, this is simply a conceptual rendering of these two schools," architectural consultant Mark Barnhardt of EI Associates said.

"There is nothing finalized in this design."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Thursday. Everyone is invited.

For additional information, call 610-377-2675.