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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weissport is in a pickle when it comes to the Weissport Municipal Authority.

The authority needs new two members to make up the three-man board.

Presently only Rusty Schoenberger is seated.

Theresa Troutman is administrating the billing of customers.

Attorney Gregory L. Mousseau, solicitor for the authority, has asked Weissport Council in a letter to help him seek two additional members and also asked if Troutman could have a key to the borough building to retrieve correspondence and make copies.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Lehighton man faces a DUI charge after his vehicle lost control and rolled over Monday afternoon.

State Police at Lehighton said Mark David Felker, 21, was operating his 2001 Hyundai Sedan along Golf Road in Lower Towamensing Township at around 5:30 p.m. as Palmerton Borough Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run in their borough. The suspect vehicle fled the scene traveling north on Golf Road in Lower Towamensing Township, at which time Felker lost control of his vehicle, and the vehicle rolled onto its passenger side.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Schuylkill County motorcyclist died and his passenger was seriously injured in a crash late Monday night in Berks County.

State police at Reading identified the victim as Daniel Joseph Leffew, 44, of Minersville. His passenger, Tracy Carter, 31, also of Minersville, was seriously injured.

Troopers said the accident occurred about 11:56 p.m. along Bernville Road (Route 183), in Jefferson Township.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Embattled Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. at 4:15 p.m. today faxed a copy of his resignation letter to his first deputy, Paul Steffanic.

Steffanic immediately took the letter upstairs to President Judge William Baldwin, who called Gov. Tom Corbett’s office, then faxed the letter to Corbett.

Once the governor received the fax, Baldwin swore in Steffanic as Clerk of Courts.

“It’s not a celebratory time, but we need to move on,” Steffanic said in a telephone interview.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman is accused of selling heroin while a patient at a western Pennsylvania hospital, first in the intensive care unit and later from her room.

Greensburg police said an undercover informant bought $90 worth of heroin Friday from 38-year-old Lori Sullenberger, who was being treated for an undisclosed ailment at Excela Westmoreland Hospital. A police search later uncovered $3,800 in heroin, two syringes and $1,400 in her room.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – For killing the source of his frustration and abandoning the body in an alley, a Colorado man could be considered lucky for just receiving a citation – except his victim was his computer.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1Fc4rNX ) that 37-year-old Lucas Hinch was slapped with a ticket for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took his computer outside and shot it eight times.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Owl Creek Bridge in Towamensing Township will be closed indefinitely as of April 28 due to reconstruction. Township secretary Lora Nothstein said, "It's deteriorated to the point that it can't handle a lot of traffic. Last year the township made repairs to the bridge, which included placing steel over top of it, and shoring up parts of the bottom of it."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center today announced that PHS/PMC President and CEO Kathleen Kuck has advised the board of her decision to resign, effective immediately. Kuck joined PHS/PMC in 2006 as vice president for patient care services and was named CEO in December 2008.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Three Republican candidates for Congress will speak during a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 project Thursday evening.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club, 676 Stewart Creek Road, Lehighton.

The candidates will beging their presentations at 7 p.m.

They are Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan, Matt Connolly and Matthew Dietz.

The Democratic candidate for the 17th Congressional District is Matthew Cartwright, who is not opposed in the Primary Election.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for daytime single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the northbound Lehigh Tunnel on Wednesday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tunnel maintenance.

The southbound tunnel will be closed and traffic diverted into the northbound tunnel.

The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) interchanges.