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Thursday, May 26, 2011

A settlement on an appeal from a market value placed on a former Catholic church building in Coaldale was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Minersville man was sentenced for criminal trespass on state game lands in Rush Township and a Girardville man for posting threats on a internet Facebook site. They were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Shane Carl Bordner, 39, on a charge of defiant trespass on state game lands in Rush Township was fined $75 and ordered to pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) and pay costs of prosecution. Bordner was cited by Trooper Mark Knock.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Auto Service Technology/Auto Collision and Repair graduates are, left to right: William Abreu, Dylan Eckert, Michael Rodriquez, Tyler Ketterer, Steven Miller, Herbert McDermott, and Jered Hart.

Fourteen students graduated last week from the Auto Service Technology/ Auto Collision and Repair and Carpentry programs at CCTI.

Youth Services Agency and Carbon Career & Technical Institute teamed up again and provided skills to students in High Priority Occupations.

The student's abilities in the trade areas are developed at CCTI in these 150 hour programs and their academic proficiency is honed at the YSA Camp Adams site.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Giving it all they've got, Robin Marie Davison (left) and Brittany Martinelli approach the finish line of the 50 meter dash during the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition in Jim Thorpe last Saturday.

Appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday, the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition was held last Saturday at the Jim Thorpe High School athletic complex.

Athletes from three different participating counties in Pennsylvania competed. They were Carbon, Luzerne, and Columbia/Montour counties.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disability.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Luzerne County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday for a burglary in Weatherly.

Gerald Van Antonio Pinheiro, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state prison by Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Pinheiro previously pleaded guilty to the charge. He was arrested by borough police for a break-in at 540 W. Main St. with Samantha Anne Marie Sopko the listed victim. Taken in the entry was two MP3 players.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three young females, who police said were all from Tamaqua, were injured Wednesday evening, two seriously, in a one car crash along Lentz Trail in Summit Hill. The crash occurred just after 7:30 p.m. as the driver was operating her car west and apparently lost control. The car skid for a long distance before crossing the roadway and sliding down an embankment. The front seat and back seat passengers were treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics then flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. The driver was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Schuylkill County judge granted an emergency injunction banning the sale of bath salts in the county.

Judge Jacqueline L. Russell issued the order Wednesday afternoon in response to a lawsuit filed by District Attorney James P. Goodman seeking a permanent ban on the sale of bath salts.

Goodman said in the suit the sale of bath salts threatens the public health, safety, welfare and is a danger to all communities in the county.

Russell has scheduled a hearing for 11 a.m. on Friday on whether to continue to ban or expand it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the third marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third Grade: Grace Costenbader, Gianno Crispo, Kelly Heinick, Morgyn Henry, Victoria Hetrick, Mitchell Hourt, Logan Kresge, Colby Kunkle, John McCabe, Maggie Morgan, Logan Pfaff, Nicholas Reimer, Tyler Roe, Connor Russo, Andrew Sabo, Kora Schembri, Nicholas Singleton, Kayleigh Snyder, Faith Szena, Ja-Neil Wehr, Aiden Wisler and Bryce Yacone.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua firefighters were called to 216 Patterson St. just after 8 a.m. this morning for a report of smoke in a structure and outlet fire. When they arrived, they noticed the smoke emanating from a power socket in the living room. Earlier, homeowner Toni Antoinette Miller, who uses medical oxygen, heard a pop and then noticed flames shoot up her wall toward her curtains. She quickly stomped out the fire and called 911. She also removed her pets from the home.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A senior judge from Monroe County will decide the suit brought by Carbon County against the Panther Valley School District over delinquent tax files and collections.

Wednesday Judge Jerome P. Cheslock heard testimony in the case. The one-day trial concluded about 4:15 p.m. with Cheslock telling attorneys for both sides he would hear argument and accept legal briefs from the parties before deciding the issue.