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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Charges have been dropped against a Palmerton man accused of improperly touching a girl.

Franklin R. Berger, 38, of 1045 Mauch Chunk Road, was found not guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors at a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Tuesday.

The case included testimony from the alleged victim, now 23, who said Berger was married to her aunt at the time she claimed he had molested her.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A man charged by Lehighton Borough Police with burglarizing a pawnshop in the community reportedly told police he doesn't remember much about the incident; that he was high on bath salts at the time.

Douglas Ahner Jr., 29, who police said has no known address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, all (all felonies) and criminal mischief (a misdemeanor).

He was committed to Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 (10 percent) bail.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Hazleton man who led Mahoning Township police on a high-speed chase after he allegedly stole a laptop computer from the Wal-Mart Supercenter has been arraigned and jailed under $50,000 percentage bail, Chief Kenneth Barnes wrote in a news release late Tuesday.

Robert E. Stalter, Jr. had been admitted to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, after he ran out of gas on Lieninger Road. Police used a Taser to subdue Stalter, whom they believe was on crack cocaine.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A member of Lansford Borough Council has been found guilty of harassing another council member.

Leonard Kovach, 44, had the guilty verdict announced following a summary hearing before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford last week.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred at a meeting of council on April 13 and involved member Thomas Vadyak.

Kovach has been ordered to pay a fine and costs that total $450.50.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

To the citizens of Coaldale:

Due to the extensive coverage by the media, I'm sure that everyone is aware of my personal legal problem. I must inform everyone that my attorney has given me strict instructions not to discuss my position regarding this problem with anyone. This I intend to continue to do. However, in order for our council to be able to carry on the very necessary business of running the borough with as little unnecessary distraction as possible, I will not attend council meetings until this matter has been put to bed. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS It is illegal and dangerous for installing the readdressing number markers on utility poles, like this.

Pennsylvania passed the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act of 1990 (Act 78), providing a statewide emergency number, 911, for the purpose to direct emergency responders (fire, police and ambulance) to the site of an incident as quickly and accurately as possible.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Robert Facella received a chain-sawed eagle from his parents Robert and Sylvia.

The presentation of colors began the court of honor that ended with Robert Facella of Troop 109 Saylorsburg joining the ranks of Eagle Scouts.

Committee chair Jim Belanger welcomed Scouts, friends and relatives to the court of honor.

Dave Gower, Pocono District Chaplain gave the invocation asking God's blessing "on this young man."

He was escorted to the front of St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Saylorsburg, by Adam Foley.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Tamaqua Volunteers group are in desperate need of donations for all the families affected by recent fires in Tamaqua, West Penn and Clamtown. Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated, "Of course, monetary donations are the best way to help, but we are taking smaller-sized item donations for the families until Friday." Families of the recent fire will be given the opportunity to go through all the donated items Friday or Monday.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Several Slatington residents said that after the last heavy rainfall they are experiencing flooded basements and water damage. They blame the problem on the new sewer lines that were replaced throughout the borough, mainly because they did not have water problems prior to the repairs.

Several council members said the problem is with the private laterals and not with the borough lines. However, the council members agreed to look at each problem individually in an effort to find a solution.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tamaqua Area High School Principal Stephen Toth has announced the date and time for orientation for freshmen and students new to the district. Orientation will be held in the district auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the high school office at (570) 668-1901.