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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A wind advisory is in effect from 6 tonight to 11 a.m. Thursday.

A narrow band of strong thunderstorms may move through the area later this evening.

A quick changeover from rain to a wintry mix is possible late tonight, leading to hazardous driving conditions.

The forecast:

Today: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. High near 52. East wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A 21-year-old Allentown woman has been charged in the stabbing death of her 65-year-old grandfather, who was found in an Allentown apartment early Tuesdaqy morning.

Chene A. Mejias was charged with homicide in the death of Wilson A. Mejias, who was found in the bedroom of his apartment at 841 S. 12th St., Allentown, where he lived with the

defendant.

According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by an Allentown detective and filed in the office of Magisterial District Judge David Howells in Allentown:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Congratulations to Mark Shumbris of Jim Thorpe, who won the Times News St. Patrick's Day contest.

Shumbris' name was selected in a random drawing to win a Penn's Peak gift certificate.

To see his photos, and others from the parade, visit www.tnonline.com.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gasper

The Jim Thorpe school board on Monday hired one of its elementary school principals as superintendent.

Brian Gasper, principal of the Penn-Kidder Campus, will replace Barbara Conway, who plans to retire June 30 after seven years on the job.

Gasper will be paid $110,000; Conway this year earned $104,737, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Temperatures are below freezing this morning and drivers will see some icy spots on the roads.
The curves on Route 209 at La Rosa's skating rink were icy at 6:15 a.m. A cinder truck was called to treat the roads.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for rain and then bitter cold temperatures.

Here's the forecast:

Wednesday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 53. East wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Brian Gasper was named the new Jim Thorpe Area School District Superintendent Monday night at the Jim Thorpe School Board monthly meeting.

Gasper will replace Dr. Barbara Conway, who has been superintendent since 2007 and is retiring June 30.

Gasper, who takes over the job July 1, is currently the principal at the Penn-Kidder Campus K-8.

“I am privileged to take over in July as your new superintendent,” said Gasper, thanking the board and those in attendance.

He will be paid $110,000 per year.

See tonight’s edition for the full story.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Lansford woman faces simple assault and other charges after beating up her cousin, who she says stole $5 from her.

Police are still looking for Fallon J. Hill, 20, of 363 W. Patterson St., who also is charged with harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from the Dec. 23 incident.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Jason A. Helmer with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford, here's what happened:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS David Knittle of Lansford with the 9 mm handgun he used to scare off two men who had pushed their way into the house next door to his, where his teenage grandson was home alone.

At 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, retired truck driver Dave Knittle was watching television in the front room of his Lansford home. Less than half an hour later, the two intruders who had pushed their way into the neighboring house where his 16-year-old grandson was home alone, were staring down the barrel of Knittle's 9 mm handgun.

"I didn't do anything any other grandfather wouldn't have done," Knittle said Monday.

The 9 mm handgun is one of several he owns. Knittle, who has a license to carry permit, bought the gun less than a year ago.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Debate over a proposed elementary center continued Monday evening at the Lehighton Area School District Building Committee Workshop meeting.

At issue is whether to construct a new elementary center at the high school/administration building campus or renovate the four existing elementary school buildings.

"I like our four elementary schools. Sending our elementary students to a complex is like sending them to a university," said school board director Rocky Ahner. "I don't see the numbers to change my mind."