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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Joamber Glasoe

A Palmerton woman has been charged with retail theft in Mahoning Township.

Joamber Glasoe, 26, was stopped by Walmart loss prevention employees at 9:10 p.m. Nov. 29 as she tried to leave the store with $101.10 of merchandise in her purse, according to township Police Chief Audie Mertz.

This is Glasoe's second retail theft charge, and a misdemeanor, according to Mertz.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Coaldale man faces charges of possessing child pornography and trying to get a minor to perform sexual acts, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Robert Rang, 25, appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Wilkes-Barre and was ordered to remain in prison pending a Jan. 6 detention hearing.

According to the complaint, Rang used a facility of interstate commerce during September and October to attempt to “persuade and induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activities.”

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Lehigh County man has been charged with raping a mentally disabled woman earlier this year in Slatington.

David Esterly, 59, of the 200 block of East Church Street in Slatington, faces charges of rape of a mentally disabled woman, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, and indecent assault.

Esterly was arraigned Monday by District Judge Rod Beck of Slatington, and sent to Lehigh County Jail under $30,000 bail.

He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Jan. 5 in the Lehigh County Courthouse.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ALLENTOWN (AP) A Pennsylvania amusement park is facing a fine after federal regulators say it failed to protect workers from extreme heat, including a teenager who was burned after collapsing near a deep fryer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it's proposing a $7,000 fine for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom's failure to protect outdoor and concession stand workers from sunlight and other heat sources.

The agency says it's proposing the Allentown park pay another $2,000 for a record-keeping violation.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Mourners leave First United Church of Christ in Palmerton Monday after paying respects to Austin T. Hunsicker, of Bowmanstown.

He was respectful, adventurous, and had an unbridled passion for the outdoors.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered Monday at First United Church of Christ in Palmerton to pay their final respects to Austin T. Hunsicker.

The pews were filled by mourners, many of whom dressed in camo as a tribute to their beloved "Schwoopie" at a service of celebration for the life of Austin.

The 16-year-old Bowmanstown resident was one of four teenagers tragically killed Dec. 19 in a fiery two-car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The Tamaqua New Year's Eve spectacle includes a jumbotron affixed to the side of the ABC Tamaqua High Rise with a live feed from New York City's celebration at Times Square.

They'll come. They'll shiver. And they'll kiss, hug and celebrate.

Hundreds are expected to turn out at 222 East Broad St., Tamaqua, at 11 p.m. Wednesday for the region's largest outdoor New Year's Eve celebration, according to event planners.

"It's a family-friendly event," says Linda Yulanavage, executive director of Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, host of the celebration.

In fact, it's so high and bright, it's enough to make Guy Lombardo stop and drop his baton.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

During a meeting Monday morning, West Penn Township supervisors passed a budget for 2015 that has no tax increase.

The township's mill rate will remain at 4.75. Income and expenditures are each projected to be $1,881,799. West Penn has not had a tax increase for six years.

The supervisors made one adjustment in the budget that was advertised, moving $5,000 from the "parks" category and allocating it to the West Penn Township Fire Company, bringing the fire company's allocation to $40,000.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File Eric Frein is escorted by police into the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment in Milford on Oct. 31. Frein was captured seven weeks after police say he killed a Pennsylvania state trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA A search for the biggest headlines in Pennsylvania this year yields ... a very big search.

The $11.4 million police manhunt for Eric Frein in the woods of the Pocono Mountains topped headlines for weeks in 2014. U.S. Marshals found the self-taught survivalist outside an abandoned airplane hangar 48 days after he allegedly shot two state troopers, killing one. Frein, who is awaiting trial, has not yet entered a plea.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Mary Ann Yanesky demonstrates how the bottles spin freely, so that the squirrels can't crawl to the bird feeders or suet.

Just before the war with the squirrels, all seemed perfect, idyllic even, in the backyard at Frank and Mary Ann Yanesky's house in Barnesville.

Stone walkways, neatly edged, led to various areas such as the gazebo, raised-bed plantings and gazing balls. Varieties of flowers and shrubs had been chosen so that something was always in bloom.

From the comfortable seating in the sun porch, attached to the back of the house, they could kick off their shoes and look out upon the results of their many days of landscaping work.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
TN FILE PHOTO Carbon County Friends of Animals now resides in this building, located at 77 W. 13th St., Jim Thorpe, and boasts 6,800-square-feet of space, significantly larger than its previous location.

Carbon County Friends of Animals has a new home.

Over the weekend, volunteers of the nonprofit organization moved the 103 cats that currently call CCFOA home into their new location on the east side of Jim Thorpe in the former Carbon Career & Technical Institute adult education building.

The building, which formerly housed CCTI's day care and GED instruction program, was put up for sale earlier this year after the day care was discontinued.