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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Marian Fillies advanced to their second straight state championship match by defeating Troy 25-13, 25-14, 25-11 in a Class A semifinal on Tuesday night. The Fillies (25-0) will meet Greensburg Central Catholic (22-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Richland High School in Johnstown for the state title.

Northwestern Lhigh’s magical girls soccer season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Villa Maria in the Class 2A semifinal last night.
See more on each contest in Wednesday’s edition of The Times News.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Members of the Walnutport Diamond Fire Company have spent the last 10 days cleaning up from a fire that damaged their own quarters, a building erected in 1911.

Today, the historic bell was expected to come down.

What finally becomes of the old firehouse now is a matter the insurance company and fire restoration experts are still trying to decide. It may remain a two-story building with a bell tower. It may be reduced to a one-story building. Or it may be demolished altogether.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... and soon it's going to feel like Christmas, too. It's going to get cold, breezy and there's even the possibility of some snow.

Although it's not even Thanksgiving, Lehighton borough has hung its snowflake lights, stores have decorations and Christmas cards for sale, and the Christmas commercials for the Pennsylvania Lottery and Hershey's Kisses are airing.

But the weather has been pretty mild, even by November standards.

That's going to change in a hurry.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A garbage collection caught on fire Nov. 5 in Jim Thorpe and borough police believe it was intentionally set.

Home surveillance video obtained during the investigation shows a white male, possibly bald, walking toward 12 E. Fourth St. from Fern Street, several minutes before the items set out for the trash went up in flames around 7:30 p.m.

The fire damaged a nearby vehicle and home.

The same male was later observed across the street spectating as fire personnel extinguished the flames.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mahoning Township police announced multiple recent arrests on Tuesday.

Police were dispatched to the McDonalds drive-thru at 12:42 a.m. on Oct. 3, for a male asleep behind the wheel.

On arrival, officers found a male, Daniel Shelley of Port Royal, slouched over the wheel at the first drive-thru window.

Officers observed an open container of alcohol and had difficulty waking him.

Shelley refused a blood test and has been charged with DUI, and violating restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot and wounded by a sniper two months ago has been taken to a hospital in New York City.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton (http://bit.ly/1pNEyyr) reports that an ambulance transported Trooper Alex Douglass to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday night.

State police Lt. Christopher Paris declined to provide specifics on why Douglass was taken to the hospital but says it wasn't an emergency. The hospital specializes in orthopedics.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Monroe County woman was killed on Monday when the vehicle she was a passenger in left a county road and crashed into a tree.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the victim as Casey Ann Hoffman, 22, of Saylorsburg.

Troopers said the crash occurred at 6:19 p.m. along Weir Lake Road at Frantz Road in Chestnuthill Township. Brian Petix, 31, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2002 Buick Century northbound and was approaching the intersection with Frantz Road when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the road.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A former star Jim Thorpe High School football player who was involved in a road rage incident in which he was accused of assaulting another man was placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Monday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Ryan R. Saunders II, 18, of Penn Forest Township, was charged by Lehighton police for an incident on Dec. 18, 2013. Police alleged that a road rage incident occurred 4 miles north in Jim Thorpe involving Saunders and Kirt D. Adams, 57, of Nesquehoning.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A worker was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in an early Tuesday morning incident at a Tamaqua business.

Emergency responders were dispatched by the Schuylkill Communications Center at 8:57 a.m. for a report of an industrial accident with possible entrapment at 10 West Broad St., site of M & S Do It Best Hardware store.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

During the Carbon County Veterans Day program on Monday, the county commissioners honored some very special veterans.

Those highlighted included 35 county employees from a number of departments.

Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, chairman; William O'Gurek; and Thomas J. Gerhard thanked the men and women who served the country and now serve the county.

"Thank you for those who served," Nothstein said.