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Sunday, November 30, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson's lawyer says Wilson resigned because he was concerned about the potential for violence against other officers if he didn't.

Neil Bruntrager told The Associated Press on Sunday that Wilson decided to step aside after police Chief Tom Jackson told him that the department had received threats. Bruntrager would not elaborate on the nature of the alleged threats. Messages seeking comment from Jackson were not returned.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown has resigned, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the confrontation between the white officer and unarmed black 18-year-old that ignited protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting, resigned effective immediately, said his attorney, Neil Bruntrager. He declined further immediate comment.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The crowds of bargain hunters that rush through store doors the day after Thanksgiving have thinned out.

U.S. shoppers spent $9.1 billion at stores on Black Friday, according to data out Saturday from research firm ShopperTrak. That's a drop of 7 percent compared with the same day last year.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Special Olympics athlete Shane Ahner, Lehighton, hefts 55 pounds of weight.

It's 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and Christmas carols ring through the crisp air as eight athletes run in place on the second floor of Dedicated Fitness on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

They're warming up for a powerlifting competition, and Ryan Lee, giving a punching bag the beating of its life, has his game face on.

Lee, 25, of Jim Thorpe, in September was named Pennsylvania Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year.

A son of Nora and Robert Lee, Ryan is an all-around athlete.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Littlest Kettler" Abraham Greenly kicked off the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign recently at Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Abraham was joined by dozens of adults at the start of the traditional campaign. Funds raised through the campaign are used for year-round projects at the Salvation Army, not justduring the holidays. Additional volunteers are needed to spendtwo or more hours ringing the traditional bells at designated kettle locations. For more information or to volunteer, call the Tamaqua Salvation Army at 570-668-0410.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jason Bauer solved 15 Rubik's Cubes in 4:41 at Pleasant Valley High School's National Honor Society's first Got Talent competition.

As Jason Bauer, 16, set up 15 Rubik's Cubes on a desk, he had everyone's attention at Pleasant Valley High School's National Honor Society's Got Talent competition.

Then he set his phone to a timer at 0:00.

His fingers flew as he solved one Rubik's Cube puzzle after another. When he completed the 15th one, the timer said, "4:41."

While Jason didn't win, he does have more lofty goals with his ability.

"I want to be the fastest in the state," he says.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Jim Christman, second from left, an associate broker with Keller Williams in Palmerton, was recently named a recipient of the 2014 Pinnacle Award for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, which recognizes the Top 20 agents across the United States and Canada. Pictured with Christman are Keller Williams President Mary Tennant, Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris Heller, and Keller Williams Vice President of Growth John Davis.

It's the goal of any professional to reach the highest point of the mountaintop.

That must mean that Jim Christman is at the summit of his profession after he was recently named among the Top 20 Real Estate Entrepreneurs in North America.

Christman, of Palmerton, was named a recipient of the 2014 Pinnacle Award for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, which recognizes the Top 20 agents across the United States and Canada who have built businesses that dominate their local markets.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"

Did Dr. Seuss know the power of his statement or the impact it would have on our lives? Probably not, but let's stop and think for a moment about the truth in what he said, Someone like you, caring a whole awful lot. Who are these people and what are they caring about?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Carbon County court to medical fraud.

He was one of seven defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

AG case

Patrick John Martin, 55, of Succasunna, also pleaded to one count of forgery.

He was charged by the state Attorney General's office with submitting medical reports for patients receiving treatment when they did not actually receive treatment. He also forged names on documents in securing the medical funds paid through the illegal reports submitted.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Five defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted pleas from the following:

Neil S. Dorshimer, 31, of Lehighton, was arrested on March 19 by Mahoning Township police along Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East. Given a test, the result was 0.16 BAC.

Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.