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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dianna Schmick, Lehighton, was one of the recipients of scholarships presented last night for the Allentown-Reading district of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

A graduate of Lehighton Area High School, she plans to attend Kutztown State College.

David Gingold, vice president and director of the Northeast Division of the ILGWU, presented the awards, each for $250.

Her mother is a member of Local 111, based in Allentown.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The body of a boater who went missing on Beltzville State Park Lake early last week has been found.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, explained the body, identified as Dean Christman, 57, of Towamensing Township, was discovered by search crews and brought to shore around 4 p.m., Tuesday, nine days after Christman went missing.

Kevin Koflanovich, Beltzville State Park manager, noted that the body was located east of the Pine Run boat launch in about 90 feet of water.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Carbon County judges conducted probation/parole revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation office.

The probation office filed petitions against the defendants for violating the terms of their probation or parole.

The revocation hearings were held for the following:

Benjamin Kunkel, 37, of Lansford, had a petition filed to revoke his parole filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart on a charge of theft. He was sentenced on May 23, 2012, on the charge.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford police are investigating to find out who is dumping household trash in a creek near Dock Street. Police are sorting through the bags to find items that would help them identify the culprit.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Kyle Frantz

Lansford police are looking for three men.

They are Kyle Frantz, Greg Muffley, and Jonathan Findley.

A felony warrant has been issued for Frantz, 19, whose last known address was 243 E. Ridge St., Lansford.

Frantz is charged with three counts of arson, risking a catastrophe, and criminal mischief after an incident which took place on May 16 on the 200 block of E. Ridge Street.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Greater Hazleton Health Alliance (GHHA) will pair with Boyer's Food Markets to offer free health screenings at select store locations.

Free health screenings will be offered at the following Boyer's locations in August:

Ÿ Aug. 20, 9-11 a.m.: Hazleton store (glucose screenings)

Ÿ Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to noon: McAdoo store (body mass index screenings)

Ÿ Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon: Tamaqua store (pulse/oxygen screenings)

No registration is necessary for the screenings.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has approved a 2014 toll-rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers.

The Turnpike Commission says the increase is largely needed to allow the PTC to meet its funding obligation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under a 2007 state law known as Act 44.

New revenues from the increase will also help fund the turnpike's capital-improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding the 73-year-old toll road and widening it from four to six lanes.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) – Severe thunderstorms and heavy fog were reported around the time a helicopter crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday, killing all five people on board, including a child, officials said Monday.

Search and rescue crews scouring the rugged, wooded area where the helicopter crashed on Saturday night encountered heavy fog, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Santa Claus in shorts bright red Bermuda shorts, no less homemade Christmas cookies, brightly wrapped gift packages galore and a fun-filled sing-along that featured Christmas carols.

Those were the highlights of the 14th annual Christmas in July celebration, hosted by the Social Ministry members of Lehighton's Trinity Lutheran Church.

This year's event was held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing, Retirement and Rehabilitation Center and involved 140 residents of the center and nearly 100 friends, family members and ministry volunteers.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Morgan Teetz, 5, stares out the window of a Tuscarora fire truck during the parade. She is the daughter of James and Michelle Teetz of Brockton.

Just over 40 fire apparatus vehicles took part in the Tuscarora's annual apparatus parade through Tuscarora, MaryD and surrounding communities Saturday. A Tuscarora fire truck leads the way during the parade on Saturday.