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Friday, January 11, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The ham and baked potato dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m.

Grace-St. Paul's UMC is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 and next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Firefighters were called to 1045 Summer Valley Road in New Ringgold around 3 p.m. Thursday for a report of a structure fire with possible entrapment. When they arrived they noticed smoke filling the home. Reacting quickly, firefighters rushed to extinguish a garbage container on fire after a cigarette was accidentally dropped in it. The container was located next to the elderly homeowner's bed. New Ringgold Ambulance paramedics treated the elderly man while firefighters placed fans at multiple entry and exit points of the home to expel the smoke.

Friday, January 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Browsing the Pa. Attorney General's website (, West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson stresses that residents should research and report any scams to the Attorney General or their local police department.

Police are noticing an increase in the number and types of new scams in our area.

"In the past few days alone, we've received multiple reports from area residents receiving phone calls or Internet correspondence offering false security installations, gas and electric services, free vacations and even headstones," said West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson.

"Unfortunately scammers are becoming smarter and more sophisticated in the methods they use to commit their crimes," said Johnson. "People need to be more cautious when confronted with these new crimes."

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Carbon County jury panel found a Easton man guilty of 10 criminal counts, including attempted rape, following a three day trial this week.

The panel deliberated Wednesday afternoon and early evening before finding John Anthony Vega, 29, guilty of two counts each of criminal attempt-rape forcible compulsion, burglary and criminal trespass, three counts of indecent assault, and one count of simple assault.

Friday, January 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS One of four cars involved in a Schuylkill County crash Thursday lies on a flatbed truck.

A driver ran a red light at a Schuylkill County intersection and caused a four vehicle crash. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the intersection of state routes 443 and 183, in Friedensburg, Wayne Township.

Troopers said Lois S. Zanini, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, driving a 1994 Buick LeSabre, was westbound on 443 and failed to stop for a red traffic light at the intersection.

Friday, January 11, 2013

It will be status quo in 2013 for Chestnuthill Township. The supervisors held the annual reorganizational meeting with the following appointments:

Ÿ Chairman: Chuck Gould; vice chairman: Dave Fleetwood; township manager: David Albright; secretary/treasurer/office manager: Cathy Martinelli; open records officer: Cathy Martinelli; roadmaster: Merton Whitney; comptroller: Cathy Martinelli

Ÿ CPA/firm to audit 2012 books, as per Resolution 2013-01, will be Riley & Co. for $6,500; CPA consulting firm will be Zelenkofske & Axelrod

Friday, January 11, 2013

After a brief hearing in Schuylkill County court, Judge Charles M. Miller ordered that the property located at 143 Penn St., Tamaqua, owned by Gary and Jennifer Lauritzen, be sold at a sheriff's sale scheduled to be held in the county court on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Members and advisors with the Tamaqua LEO Club are asking the public to donate their old cell phones.

Phones call be dropped off at donation receptacles at the Tamaqua Public Library, Mauch Chunk Trust in Hometown and the Tamaqua Elementary School.

Donated phones can be working, defective, or broken. Cables and accessories can be donated as well, but not required.

For more information, call advisor Sue Dolan at (570) 668-1134.

Friday, January 11, 2013

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki continuing a chain of correspondence regarding the backlog in veterans' disability claims processing.

Sen. Toomey initially contacted Secretary Shinseki in October to learn what steps the VA was taking to address the backlog. Secretary Shinseki responded in December with an upbeat assessment, but recent press reports suggest issues with a key component of the VA's efforts – the Veterans Benefits Management System.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A former retail store in Palmerton may be converted into a pair of apartments.

The borough's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed recently to grant a variance request to Paul Rueda for the former retail store and apartment at 757 Church Street.

However, as part of their decision, the zoners attached the condition that each apartment must have at least one door for ingress and egress that has a minimum width of 36 inches, according to board solicitor Jenny Cheng.