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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Festive music and revelry made spirits soar at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve
during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's New Year's Eve celebration.

Several hundred swarmed the 200 block of East Broad Street in biting 16-degree weather.
See Friday's Times News for details.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wholesale taxes on gasoline and diesel in Pennsylvania are set to take another step higher, the second of three increases that a sweeping 2013 law imposes over three years to boost funding for highway, road and bridge construction.

Gasoline taxes will go up on Thursday by almost a dime per gallon, while diesel taxes will rise by 13 cents per gallon for the second straight year, according to the Department of Revenue.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.

The new standard backed by animal rights advocates has drawn ire nationwide because farmers in Iowa, Ohio and other states who sell eggs in California have to abide by the same requirements.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NANTICOKE, Pa. (AP) — Barber Zelino "Zel" Vici, 100 and still going strong, decided he wouldn't retire at the end of 2014 after all.

Earlier in the year, as his centennial approached, Vici said he'd bow out of the haircutting business at the end of the year.

With two days left in 2014, Vici changed his mind.

"What would I do if I retired," Vici said while tending to a customer at his shop at South Prospect and Church streets in Nanticoke, about 8 miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre.

"What would I do, sit on the couch all day?"

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An opiate-addicted 20-year-old Lehighton mother faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of her 6-week-old son, Brayden Allen Cummings, who, like his mother, was on methadone.

State police Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia on Tuesday charged Tory Lyn Schlier, of 228 N. Seventh St. Schlier, who also had methamphetamine and other drugs in her system the when the baby died.

According to court records, Schlier told troopers she was high when she gave Brayden his dose of methadone.

She is in Carbon County prison under $100,000 cash bail.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett today awarded a City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program Pilot Zone designation to the borough of Tamaqua.

Through innovative financing that will not place undue strain on the General Fund, the CRIZ program provides designated municipalities an opportunity to leverage state tax dollars to spur private investment in under-utilized properties. State and local taxes collected within the CRIZ will be used to repay debt service to spur economic development projects within the zone.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christopher Smith, 27, of Northampton, has been charged with institutional vandalism for damage done to the Northampton County District Magistrate Office of Robert Hawke, located at 4330 Lehigh Drive in Lehigh Township.

Police said Smith broke the window and damaged the door to the court office on Dec. 1.

Smith was taken into custody and arraigned. Bail was set at $30,000 and Smith was remanded to Northampton County Prison.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The body of a missing 14-month-old Maryland boy was found in an Ohio creek Wednesday as his mother was ordered held on $150,000 bond in her first court appearance.

Searchers found the body of Cameron Beckford in Big Walnut Creek on Wednesday morning, said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman.

Dainesha Stevens is charged with endangering children and tampering with evidence and was held on $75,000 bond on each count. Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Michael Brandt also ordered her not to have any contact with children.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Angela M. Steigerwalt

The slaying of a fun-loving, outgoing Tamaqua woman on Feb. 1 stunned all who knew her.

Angela Marie Steigerwalt, 35, left her job at Kraft Foods in Lower Macungie at 11 p.m. Jan. 31.

Three hours later, she was dead.

Police say she was strangled at the hands of Anthony Darrell Heath, a 25-year-old Allentown man with a history of violence.

Heath told police he killed Steigerwalt in his apartment in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, strangling her with an electrical cord after she refused to take him to a child custody hearing. The two had been Facebook friends.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Brong

Nearly eight months to the day Emily Brong was seriously injured in a car crash, she valiantly returned home to Palmerton, and was greeted with a hero's welcome.

Fellow high school classmates lined up along the 200 block of Delaware Avenue on Sept. 18 to greet Emily, a junior at Palmerton Area High School, upon her arrival into town.

Several firetrucks accompanied Emily, 16, as she was driven home by her mother, Beth Brong.