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Monday, May 14, 2012

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Philadelphia-area man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the beating and stabbing death of an eastern Pennsylvania man last summer has been sentenced to nine to 20 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Sloss of Pottstown was sentenced Friday in Lehigh County Court. He was originally charged with criminal homicide after he was found crouching over the body of 31-year-old Bryan Mayes of Slatington in the middle of Route 873 in Washington Township in August.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Franklin Township woman was found guilty by a Carbon County jury on Friday, May 11, of theft, forgery and related counts following a two day trial.

Patricia E. Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, was found guilty of identity theft, theft by unlawful taking-movable property, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and two counts of forgery.

She was charged by Franklin Township police with purchasing a 2005 Buick car using the name of Patricia A. Gadaleta, who is a resident of Florida, and forgering her name and using a stolen Social Security number.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Two Monroe County men were killed in separate crashes over the past weekend. In one crash alcohol may have played a role.

State police at Lehighton said a Monroe County man was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in left a county road and struck a telephone pole on Saturday night. The accident occurred about 9:20 p.m. along Polk Township Road in Polk Township.

Troopers said Hillary James, 19, of Brodheadsville, was operating a 2005 Nissan Altima sedan westbound when she drove off the road along the north side and into a field. The car then struck the pole.

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Warmer weather was hard to pass up for many over the weekend. Pictured taking advantage of better weather is Ray Hughes of East Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein wants to remind veterans that a town hall meeting has been scheduled for next week.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on May 16, at the Wilkes-Barre Marine Corp Attachment 313, 158 E. Main St.

All veterans in the Wilkes-Barre VAMC area are invited to attend.

"I hope many of our veterans will attend," Nothstein said.

BG Michael Gould will be the facilitator of the meeting. He will address veteran's benefits and health care and will answer questions on veteran issues.

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Pictured is the Mary D Post Office located on Main Street.

Residents in 24 area communities could see a reduction in the hours their post offices are open for business.

Under a "strategy" announced last week by the U.S. Postal Service, the smallest post offices would remain open for business, but with modified retail window hours.

The proposal is a reprieve for many small communities after it was originally announced last July that 3,700 small-town post offices nationwide could be closed as a cost-saving measure for the Postal Service.

In that list of closures, there were five local post offices on the chopping block.

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The regional post offices which would have reduced hours under the proposal by the United States Postal Service, in a cost-savings measure, are as follows:

Ÿ Andreas (18211) – From eight hours to six hours.

Ÿ Ashfield (18212) – From eight hours to four hours.

Ÿ Aquashicola (18012) – From eight hours to four hours.

Ÿ Barnesville (18214) – From eight hours to six hours.

Ÿ Beaver Meadows (18216) – From eight hours to six hours.

Ÿ Bowmanstown (18030) – From eight hours to six hours.

Ÿ Cherryville (18035) – From eight hours to six hours.

Monday, May 14, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS George Ashman, Joe Urban, Chris Jahelka, Jean Solarczyk, Suzanne Blose, Diane Danielson and George Roundeau accepted donations from the Palmerton Lions Club for the organizations with which they volunteer.

The Palmerton Lions Club met May 7 at the Fireline Hotel to make its annual contributions to various civic organizations.

The welcome was given by Pres. George Unangst and the invocation by the Rev. John Hazel. Robert Silliman introduced the guests from the organizations that will receive the donations.