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Friday, June 20, 2014

A Palmerton man has been charged with stealing over $22,800 worth of merchandise from his employer at UPS Freight in Bethlehem.

Daniel Devitt, 46, of Fireline Road, was charged Wednesday with theft and receiving stolen property. He is free under $25,000 unsecured bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police Department:

Friday, June 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kelly Heinick, a sixth-grade student, won the First Towamensing Elementary School's Spelling Bee.

Towamensing Elementary School's gymnasium was filled with a-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n last week during the school's first Spelling Bee.

Prior to the big event, all the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade homerooms held individual spelling bees. In the first phase of Thursday's Spelling Bee, the first, second and third winners from each homeroom competed against each other. In the second phase, the winner of each grade competed against each other.

The top three homeroom winners were:

Fourth grade

Friday, June 20, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has overhauled gender rules for boys and girls sports teams, which will make it nearly impossible for boys to play on girls' squads.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1oMYdO4 ) reports the rule changes were approved Thursday.

They were prompted largely by instances in which boys were playing field hockey or volleyball — traditionally girls' sports — because their schools didn't offer those teams for boys.

Friday, June 20, 2014

LEEPER, Pa. (AP) — State police are trying to find the prankster who left a man unable to drive home from a rural Pennsylvania tavern — by stealing all of the control knobs from the inside of the man's unlocked car.

Troopers from Marienville say a 39-year-old man was drinking at the Knotty Pines restaurant in Farmington Township, Clarion County on Saturday night. That's about 70 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Friday, June 20, 2014

 

A property owner in Rush township was flown to the hospital Thursday evening after he suffered a severe leg injury while installing security cameras on his property.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. about a half mile east of the entrance to Lake Hauto on the south side of Route 54.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Missing: Jason "Jay" Hahn

Family and friends of a Tamaqua native are asking the public's help in finding him after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Jason "Jay" Hahn, 22, of the Andreas region of south Tamaqua, was seen last weekend, possibly late June 14, when he left the house with a friend.

"It was late Saturday night or early Sunday morning," said Derek Snyder.

Hahn has been living with the Snyder family for the past year.

"The friend said he dropped off Jay near Mary D or New Philadelphia," Snyder said. "But his story kept changing."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

After years of debate, a new sports stadium could be headed to Lehighton Area School District.

That depends on the outcome of a hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. June 25 before the borough's zoning hearing board.

At that time, the school district is asking to obtain variances to move the project forward.

The district has requested a determination of the necessity for approval of a special use for the construction of a sports stadium with artificial turf complete with field house, restrooms and grandstand-style bleachers, and if necessary, approval of that special use.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania man may have been following Meals on Wheels delivery drivers in order to find elderly victims from whom he stole a purse, tools and medications in a series of bizarre and sometimes brazen thefts, state police said.

James Brian Hay, 46, of Garrett, remained in the Somerset County Jail on Thursday, a day after troopers charged him in three incidents, though they continued to seek other possible victims. Online court records don't list a defense attorney.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Police are searching for whoever stole approximately 200 gallons of fuel from four bull dozers in Penn Forest Township.

The incident occurred between 7 p.m. June 10 and 6 a.m. June 11 on Route 903, just south of the Bear Creek Lakes community on Route 903.
The owner of the bull dozers is Pappillon & Moyer Contracting.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Shaun M. Flynn of the Pennsylvania State Police, Lehighton barracks, at 610-377-4270.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Thursday sentenced a former Colorado sheriff to 15 months in prison for repeatedly violating his probation in a meth-for-sex case, saying the lawman, who was once regarded as a hero, had exhausted his opportunities to reform.