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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim is seeking the public's help to locate the next of kin of Thomas Hess, 69, of 514 N. 22nd. St. Allentown. Mr. Hess died on Sunday, March 18, of natural causes at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury. He was pronounced dead at 12:25 a.m.

The Lehigh County's coroner's office is searching for his family. Anyone with family information is asked to call the Lehigh County coroner's office at (610) 782-3426.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Judge James C. McCready, Civilian Defense Coordinator in Carbon County, was among the principal speakers at an impressive dedicatory ceremony in Summit Hill, when the newly installed aircraft observation tower was officially received. Col. Lewis Acker, Harrisburg, chief of the Air Raid Warning System for Military and Civil Defense Commission of Pennsylvania, was on hand to present special Air Force awards to Michael Zielasko and Stanley Barnes, supervisor and chief observer, respectively, of theSummit Hill installation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton American Legion Post 314 celebrated its 93rd birthday by recognizing a Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Daniel K. Magarelli, an officer with East Penn Police Department. From left are Floyd Brown, commander; James Danner, police chief of East Penn Township Police Department, Magarelli; and Harry Wynn III, senior vice commander.

Lehighton American Legion Post 314 celebrated its 93rd birthday on Monday night by honoring a local police officer and 50 and 60 year members, and recognizing fourth grade winners of the essay/coloring contest.

Harry Wynn III, senior vice commander, served as master of ceremonies.

Honored as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was Daniel K. Magarelli, an officer with East Penn Township Police Department for the past two years.

Chief James Danner said that Magarelli was one of the finest police officers in the community.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Carbon County Navy Club will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, at the Nesquehoning VFW. Scott Reinhart will be in charge. New members are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Lehigh County truck driver died when his rig crashed along a Schuylkill County roadway on Monday morning. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 8:35 a.m. at the intersection of state routes 924 and 339 in East Union Township.

Troopers said Humberto Antonio Mendieta, 70, of Whitehall, was operating a 2000 Freightliner truck tractor with trailer northbound when he lost control while rounding a left curve in the road.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Absorbent material was put down to clean up hydraulic fluid that leaked from a tractor trailer along Susquehanna Street and Lehigh Avenue in downtown Jim Thorpe last week and was later power-brushed to the side of the roadway were workmen followed up with brooms and shovels to finish the cleanup.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sean Hegarty of Tamaqua tries to save money by doing work himself at his 12 unit apartment building he owns on Row Street in Tamaqua. Following a DEP inspection, the Tamaqua Borough required 39 properties to connect to the borough's sewer after they were found to be discharging waste water into the Wabash Creek, which runs directly under downtown Tamaqua and drains into the Little Schuylkill River. "If I would have paid a contractor, it would have cost me about $40,000." He pointed out that he has no choice but to do the work himself.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sckylar Souders, 11, splashes chilly water on Matthew Robert, 10, while in the very cold water. Souders and Robert are Tamaqua YMCA volunteers.

A record turnout of Tamaqua YMCA members, employees, board members and volunteers represented themselves as the Tamaqua YMCA team while participating in the 6th annual YMCA St Patty's Day Marsh Madness Plunge for Kids event held Saturday at Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County.

Hundreds of spectators, representing area YMCA branches, watched as over 300 people of all ages jumped into the chilly lake water to raise funds for children's programs at the "Y".

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from several Lehigh County fire companies responded to a dwelling fire Monday afternoon in the 7700 block of Allemaengel Drive in Lynn Township. Passersby reported smoke flowing from a rear second floor bedroom. A state trooper was called to the scene. No injuries were reported in the incident. The roadway was closed for several hours. The Lynnport Fire Company is in charge of the investigation.