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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Child Safety Tips

Ÿ Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.

Ÿ Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.

Ÿ Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.

Ÿ Always lock car doors and trunks even at home and keep keys out of children's reach.

Ÿ Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another defendant in the drug postage stamp incident at the county prison entered a guilty plea this week in Carbon County court and was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

He was one of several defendants in pending cases to appear before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb on Tuesday to enter a plea.

Stamp incident

Michael R. Kent, 26, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of criminal attempt-contraband into a prison.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Penn Forest Township has been undergoing FBI investigations for alleged misappropriations of some $1.6 million of taxpayer money. Although much calmer and more polite than months prior, Monday's township supervisor's meeting provided few answers on the FBI probe, and even more questions from concerned residents.

Their biggest concerns now seemed to be a proposed zip line in the community. Those attempting to build the zip line desire to put its public access road on a private, resident-maintained drive. The board members don't think the zip line will ever come to pass.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Graduation ceremonies were held May 30 for the St. Jerome's Regional School Class of 2012. Participants included: (front) Molly Carnish, Abby Pilla, Mychaella Lucas, Heather Getten and Rose Reid; (rear) Mrs. Leslie Confer (8th grade teacher), Micah Young, Jason Zaprazny, Aaron Bailey, Tyler Wackley and Principal Mrs. Mary Ann Mansell. Missing from the photo is graduate Tyler Hutta.

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua paid tribute to 10 members of its Class of 2012 during graduation ceremonies held on May 30. Graduates include Aaron Bailey, Molly Carnish, Heather Getten, Tyler Hutta, Mychaellah Lucas, Abby Pilla, Rose Reid, Tyler Wackley, Micah Young and Jason Zaprazny.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Weatherly man admitted to driving under the influence (DUI) and several drug-related charges on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass presided and also accepted pleas from 12 other defendants in pending criminal cases.

Drug counts

Matthew Charles Brown, 31, pleaded to six counts of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and one count each of DUI, false reports, and driving under suspension.

The drug charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 21 in the area of 318 Plane St., Weatherly.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hearings were held on seven summary appeals in Schuylkill County court from decisions rendered by magisterial district judges (DJ) with Judge Charles M. Miller upholding two appeals and denying five others who entered guilty pleas..

Greg Stanalonis, 21, of 435 W. Washington St., Frackville, won his appeal because the arresting officer, Patrolman Anthony Gallo, Butler Township police, failed to appear for the hearing.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thousands of tourists wait in line at the gate to the Beltzville State Park Lake early Wednesday morning. Rangers reported the line started at 5 a.m. and by gates opening at 8 a.m. traffic was backed up for miles.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Andrea Rodgers, 19, of Coaldale glows in the light of a 4th of July sparkler. Rodgers spent time at her home with friends and family enjoying food, games, swimming and fireworks.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Double your pleasure, double your fun. The 66th Annual Courthouse Square Art Show, the premier outdoor art exhibition of the Pocono Mountain region and a major element in the revitalization of downtown Stroudsburg, makes its colorful and triumphant return, in its original1930's two-day format, on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 (with rain dates of July 13 and July 14 in case of inclement weather), with show hours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.