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Saturday, August 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 78-year-old Philadelphia woman says she shot her son in self-defense after he threatened her.

Police say the shooting happened in the Germantown neighborhood at about 9 p.m. Friday. They arrived to find the 45-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

The unidentified woman told police that her son appeared to be drunk and threatened to strangle her. She says he barged into her bedroom and pointed a gun at her, and that's when she picked up her own handgun and returned fire.

The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a toddler who was found floating in a swimming pool near her Harrisburg-area home has died.

Swatara Township police Chief Jason Umberger says the 1½-year-old girl was found in the pool on Friday just before 9 a.m. The Harrisburg Patriot-News (http://bit.ly/1wlZvmC ) reports that the investigation is continuing but it appears she wandered from a nearby home.

Police were initially called to the Chambers Hill Road area on a missing child report.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection has a suspect in the case of two piles of destruction and demolition debris illegally dumped Wednesday night in Carbon County.

One big pile was dumped on the lot of Snyder Tire on Route 443 in Lehighton. The other was dumped at Torco on Riverview Drive in East Penn Township.

The construction company is believed to be from New Jersey, according to DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly.

"The company has been on our radar," Connolly said.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Robert "Ski" Siesputowski is a man on a mission.

The Summit Hill native is trying to save the USS Independence, a decommissioned Naval aircraft carrier that has been tagged for dismantling in 2015.

Siesputowski is determined to save the ship from becoming only a memory because he was part of the ship's first crew, having served as a second class radarman from 1959 to 1960.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The USS Independence is a 56,300-ton Forrestal class aircraft carrier built by the United States Navy in the 1950s. The CVA-62 was built at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, and commissioned on Jan. 10, 1959, as the fourth and last ship in the class. About the ship:

Ÿ Measures 1,069 feet in length; with a 270-foot wide flight deck that held approximately 85 planes and 2,700 crewmembers.

Ÿ Fifth United States Navy ship to bear the name "Independence."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Schuylkill County judges have reduced bail, revoked parole and dissolved a bench warrant for a number of local lawbreakers.

Bail reductions

David Benitez, 21, of McAdoo: Charged by Tamaqua police on Feb. 1 with forgery, theft and receiving stolen property. Judge James Goodman on Aug. 15 reduced his bail to $15,000 unsecured. Benitez is required to live at 70 S. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

There is some dispiriting symmetry in a condition that the state Department of Environmental Protection has placed on the proposed massive expansion of the massive Keystone Landfill. Before it will consider the permit application, the DEP wants an engineering study to ensure that the millions of tons of additional garbage to be dumped will not collapse mine voids under the dump.

Such is the environmental legacy of northeast Pennsylvania. A new exploitation of the environment threatens to worsen an old one. Schuylkill County is no stranger to this.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Fifteen finalists will perform at the second annual West End Fair's Got Talent show at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Main Stage.

Sunday marks the beginning of the West End Fair, which will be packed full of food, fun and entertainment for all ages.

It's also the date of the West End Fair's Got Talent contest, back after a successful debut last year. It will take place at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage. This year's emcee will be Galla of the Dan and Galla act, who perform daily at the fair.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Two shoplifters were sentenced in Carbon County court on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika, one getting a jail term and the other probation.

Barry Allen Frantz, 45, of Blakeslee, was sentenced to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on one count of retail theft, a felony. The jail term will be followed by two years of probation.

Frantz was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Walmart store on Dec. 20, 2013. He took merchandise valued at over $1,600.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Most public officials and even environmental activists in northeast Pennsylvania did nothing several years ago as PPL Corp. planned and constructed its power line monstrosity across the region's ridge tops to sell power in New Jersey.

PPL wants to build another behemoth across most of the state, for the same purpose.

The $4-billion to $6-billion plan is to gather power generated by power plants fueled by natural gas as coal-fired plants retire, and transmit it eastward.