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Thursday, June 14, 2012

In recognition of the services provided by the Schuylkill Elderly Abuse Protective Alliance, Gov. Tom Corbett honored Schuylkill from the 52 area agencies throughout the state with a public a proclamation in observance of "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" on June 15.

The governor sent Brian Duke, Secretary of Aging, who read the proclamation at the meeting of the county commissioners Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. Earlier, he presented an award to the county agency at a breakfast sponsored by the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce held at the Pottsville Club.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news

At least one person was injured Wednesday in a Lehigh Township crash along SR248, several hundred yards west of the Cherryville intersection. The driver was traveling west and apparently lost control. The vehicle went down a slight embankment and snapped off a utility pole, knocking out power to 1,700 PPL customers. The highway was reduced to one alternating lane of travel.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Officers handcuff Robert Rex of Tamaqua following two car chases and a foot pursuit involving police from Tamaqua, West Penn, Schuylkill County Sheriff's office, Orwigsburg and State Police.

An 18-year old Tamaqua man is in custody after leading police on a harrowing chase in two separate pursuits yesterday through Tamaqua, New Ringgold, West Penn and Walker Townships.

After the three-hour ordeal ended, which resulted in numerous charges being filed, West Penn police stated that the suspect, Robert Rex, admitted to being under the influence of a controlled drug.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eldred Township Solicitor Michael Kaspszyk reported that resident Paul Wingert is still failing to comply with a September 2011 ruling from District Magistrate Justice Jolanna Krawitz of a trash-transfer station on his property located in Smith Gap. The township won that judgment from Krawitz stating that if he didn't clean the garbage from his property and cease bringing in more, he would be fined $300 a day. Solicitor Kaspszyk said he is still refusing to clean it up and it has now become an equity action.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

All ages are welcome to attend an open house at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

It will be a fun-filled event including behind-the-scenes tours, refreshments and activities for children. A fundraiser for the CCEEC will be going on during the event as well.

There is no charge and preregistration is not necessary.

The CCEEC is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

For more information call (570) 645-8597.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will meet on Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Lengyel's Restaurant, 83 W. Catawissa St. in Nesquehoning.

The topic of the meeting will be "outreach to union members."

The Labor Chapter is organized to be a voice for union members and their families in Carbon County. Retired and active union members who live in Carbon County are invited. For more information about the Labor Chapter contact Terry Whiteman, Chapter President, at (610) 379-0162.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The man accused of robbing the Mahoning Valley branch of PNC Bank at Carbon Plaza Mall two weeks ago has opted to refuse a preliminary hearing on the charges.

David Dallas Cunard, 46, of Hazleton, appeared before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, yesterday for the hearing. He instead waived all the charges to Carbon County Court.

Charges filed against him include robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

He presently remains lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pocono Heritage Land Trust and Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center in Wind Gap will host the Adventures to the Ancients, an open space hike, on June 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Kurmes Preserve in Paradise Township.

The hike will be led by Bill Sweeney, an old growth forest enthusiast, botanist and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources naturalist; and Don Miller, an open space advocate, long-time teacher, botanist and naturalist with the Pocono Heritage Land Trust.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news

Workman for PennDOT lay new roadway surface on Rt. 903 in Penn Forest Township.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

More distressing news for the Panther Valley came today with the announcement that the Lansford Breaker of the Panther Valley Coal Company has been closed, resulting in the termination of work for from 70 to 85 men. The company also announced the temporary shutdown of its mine operations there, both curtailments having become effective at the end of the work schedule today. The temporary shutdown will put an estimated 1,400 miners out of work for at least four weeks.