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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $164.6 million in undelivered refund checks.

A total of 111,893 taxpayers, including 24 in the TIMES NEWS coverage area, are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.

"We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in a press release. "If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Monroe County man has been arrested by the state Attorney General's Child Predator Unit for sending multiple sexually explicit webcam videos to what he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

John Lehosky, 62, Saylorsburg R.5, was charged with seven counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to obscene and sexual materials) and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Edward Dudley (left) receives a plaque of appreciation from the West Penn Township Board of Supervisors for his 17 1/2 years of service on the township's planning commission, where he has served as chairman. Dudley is also a former West Penn Supervisor. Presenting the plaque are supervisors (from second left) James Akins, Alfonso Martinez and David Zeigler.

The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors has approved a preliminary land development plan for the Tamaqua Congregation of Jehovah's Witness.

The congregation is planning to build on property it owns along Golf Road, according to Edward Dudley, chairman of the West Penn Planning Commission.

Ronald B. Madison of Rettew, Inc., the township's engineering consultant, told the board Monday evening that the planning commission had reviewed the plan, which was last revised Nov. 2 and recommended conditional approval.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A marine, reportedly a 2007 graduate of Panther Valley High School, is facing murder charges in California for the death of an 18-month old girl.

Joshua Kruzik, 21, a corporal stationed at New River Air Station in Jacksonville, N.C.,is being held aboard New River Air Station awaiting extradition to California on counts of willful injury to a child resulting in death and murder in the blunt force death of Audrey Allen, of Twentynine Palms, Calif., according to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Japanese attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday.

At 6 a.m., a squadron of Japanese planes took off from aircraft carriers that had quietly stopped some 230 miles from the naval base.

By 7:55 a.m., the attack, of bombs and bullets, was launched on the unsuspecting Pacific Fleet.

At about 9 a.m., a second wave of planes began its attack. Specially-designed torpedoes launched from midget submarines wrought their own devastation.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Girl Scout Ambassator Troop 3583 decorated a Christmas tree at The Summit at Blue Mountain Health Systems. Participating in the project were, from left, Shaniqua Francis, Samantha Bowman, Clair-Ann Ahner, Chelsea Coombe and Shyanne Kleintop.

Christmas trees at The Summit at Blue Mountain Health Systems, Lehighton, recently were decorated by various groups of volunteers.

The tree at the entrance was decorated by a group from First Presbyterian Church, Third Street, Lehighton, and the tree in the center's dining room was decorated by a group of Lehighton Girls Scouts Ambassador Troop 3583, led by Geri Haas. The Girl Scouts also decorated the dining room and hallway for Christmas.

The Summit Hill Lions also helped in the evening's festivities by decorating a tree with the help of a few residents.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Members of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board were informed at their monthly meeting Monday evening that the union representing the teachers filed with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board an unfair labor charge. The union represents 129 teachers.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Icy and snow covered roads resulted in numerous accidents and fender-benders around the area last night. The female driver of this sedan slid down a snow covered hill, hit a barrier, and eventually came to rest on the front sidewalk of someone's home located on Kimber Street in New Philadelphia. The vehicle had to be towed. New Philadelphia police, fire company, and fire police responded. There were no injuries.

Monday, December 6, 2010
Clarissa Smyth, a member of Daisy Troop 38, places decorations on the Christmas tree at the Lehighton amphitheater, as she is held by Raegan Smyth, her mom and her leader.

Santa Claus' arrival in Lehighton was celebrated Friday night with hot chocolate, candy canes, music and prizes at the annual Christmas in the Park event.

The annual old fashioned gathering to welcome Santa Claus to town was sponsored by the Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, December 6, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Singers from the Zion Lutheran Church Christmas Choral Choir performed recently at the Tamaqua Train Station. Pictured from left are Suzanne Cunningham, Roxanne Farrell, Sandy Graham, and Beth Marcavage.