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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Coaldale man was sentenced to a long county prison term Monday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude police, and three counts of driving under the influence.

Matthew Joseph McFarland, 21, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of eight to one day less 24 months in prison.

McFarland was arrested on the fleeing charge and one DUI count on Dec. 22, 2012, by state police at Lehighton. He was observed driving erratically along Canal Street in Weissport. He refused to stop and fled. A short chase ensued.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

There will be a meeting for all businesses and groups that have acquired charters for the Slatington 150th birthday celebration at 7 p.m. on July 15 at the Vigilant Fire Company. If the charter administrator is unable to be present, it is essential that he or she sends a representative. All paperwork should be turned in at this time. If group photos have not been taken for the printed program, please call Jon Rinker to set up an appointment at 610-428-9862 or email at rirtrosure@aol.com.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Race director Jon Bonner, left, presents a check to the American Cancer Society on behalf of overall race winner Gary Clemson.

The efforts of 102 runners, walkers and sponsors raised over $1,200 at the Charity Challenge 5K Train Run at the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua. Proceeds benefit various charities, nonprofit organizations, community causes and emergencies.

The overall race winner, Gary Clemson, chose to donate to the American Cancer Society.

The next Charity Challenge 5K Run and Walk, called "Run for the Ice Cream," will be on Aug. 31 at Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley.

For more information, contact race director Jon Bonner at 570-778-6970.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Miller-Keystone announces its July blood drive dates in the following locations:

Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Co. 1 in Jim Thorpe from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. Call 856-296-4780.

Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Call 800-223-6667.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company in Kresgeville from noon to 7 p.m. on July 7. Call 570-620-6065.

Susquehanna Bank Cherryville in Walnutport from 1:45-4:45 p.m. on July 8. Call 610-767-3825.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities customers will each be paying about $2.79 a month extra for new electric meters the company plans to install between 2017 and 2019.

PPL has asked the Public Utilities Commission for permission to replace 1.4 million meters. Replacing the meters, along with the necessary communications and computer systems upgrades, is expected to cost about $450 million.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Friends have placed photos, candles, a softball, an angel, squirt guns, flowers, balloons and a McDonald's french fries bag at the shrine to remember C.J. Caputo on Hell Hollow Road, Jonas. Someone arranged a stone border around the tree that was hit by Caputo's truck. Caputo died and two of his friends were injured. Votive candles are arranged in the shape of a heart in the spot.

A tree split in half. Now a family is split in grief. A young life split apart. All on a lonely stretch of road, aptly named Hell Hollow.

On a lonely dirt road in a heavily wooded area in Jonas, Conrad "C.J." Joseph Caputo III, 18, of Kunkletown, lost his life last Saturday about 4:50 p.m. when his truck hit a tree head-on.

Now it is a site where family and friends have come to mourn and bring gifts in memory of the son, boyfriend and friend they have lost.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Several local people have received sentences by Schuylkill County judges. All of the defendants must pay court costs and fees in addition to their punishments.

Judith Allen, 57, of Tamaqua, was sentenced June 18 by Judge James Goodman on a charge of receiving stolen property to six to 12 months of home confinement and pay $198 in restitution to Walmart.

Charges of conspiracy and theft by deception were dropped. She was arrested by Rush Township police on Aug. 31, 2013.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Late Monday, members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate were batting Gov. Tom Corbett's education budget back and forth like seals keeping a beach ball in the air while locally, officials said there was another animal no one was talking about the elephant in the room.

As first presented, Corbett's budget included a $241 million Ready to Learn block grant. The House budget eliminated that, replacing it with a $70 million basic education increase.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dylan Michael Frantz, in handcuffs, of Kunkletown, is hugged by relatives after his hearing on aggravated assault charges was continued until next Monday.

On June 5 at 3 p.m., Albert Jonathan Guzman, 22, of Effort, was shot in the torso by Dylan Michael Frantz, 20, of Kunkletown, according to police.

Frantz was placed under arrest on two counts of aggravated assault and is being held in Monroe County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

On Monday, the motive of the shooting was revealed when an arrest warrant was issued for Guzman.

He is being charged with viciously assaulting Frantz just prior to the shooting.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The former head of a Schuylkill County company will serve seven years in prison and pay $27,600 in fines for his role in what prosecutors call a "massive conspiracy" to defraud the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

Joseph W. Nagle, 53, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, who was president of Schuylkill Products, was sentenced Monday in federal court, Harrisburg. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo told Nagle to report to prison no later than Sept. 29.