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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An Effort man faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in a heroin distribution ring after pleading guilty in U.S. Middle District Court Monday.

Kerion Johnson, 40, admitted to conspiring to distribute heroin in the Monroe County area between November 2013 and April 22, 2014.

The U.S. District Attorney's office filed charges on June 4 following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A motorcyclist was injured Tuesday night when involved in a crash along Route 443 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. in front of 84 Lumber.

The biker was lying with his bike along the south berm of the roadway.

The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance then transported to the St. Luke’s Miners Trauma Center in Coaldale.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

State police at Frackville have arrested a Middleport woman in the death of a days-old girl whose body was discovered in a trash bag.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.

If the appeals courts continue the unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make it easier for the nation's highest court to come down on the side of supporters.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

EXTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a veterinarian used the overdose reversal drug Narcan to save a kitten that had been given heroin.

Police on Tuesday said they arrested the 24-year-old suburban Philadelphia man who allegedly abused the cat.

James Myers of West Chester faces charges including animal cruelty and drug possession. He remains in custody, and it's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Police in West Whiteland Township say an officer spotted Myers' car parked in the middle of a street Sunday with a door open.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words.

For three decades, that version of one of the nation's largest and most-dissected political scandals largely gathered dust — until this week.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Carson Sr. will speak at Penn's Peak at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3.

His topic will be "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future."

The event is sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

Tickets can be purchased at the Penn's Peak Box Office, in person or by phone, for $25 per person.

Carson made headlines with his keynote at the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS From left: Angelina Ortiz, 6; Isabella Ortiz, 2; and their mother, Samantha Ortiz, of Lansford, get creative during the 15th annual Carbon County Fair, which kicked off Monday at the fairgrounds along Little Gap Road in Palmerton. For more photos from opening night, see page 18, and the photo gallery at tnonline.com.

The 15th annual Carbon County Fair kicked off Monday at the fairgrounds along Little Gap Road in Palmerton amid much fanfare.

This is the first year the fair opened on a Monday. It will continue through Saturday.

Robert Silliman, fair president, said, "Being a Class A fair, the fair directors evaluated everything in terms of setup, and thought it would be a great opportunity," Silliman said.

"Apparently it worked; it was the best opening day since 2009, at least."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Naturalist Robin Tracey will be leading a hike at Swatara State Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The trail is 8 miles in length and moderate difficulty.

The trail runs parallel to Swatara Creek and a fossil bed. Hikers will see Bordner cabin and cross the new bridge over Swatara Creek.

Hikers will meet in the parking lot on Swopes Valley Road just off Route 443 in Suedberg. Bring a lunch and water.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and friendly toward other pets and people.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Schuylkill Mall will host a Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) information session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 for students in sixth through 12th grades, their families and local business leaders.

The free session will be held in the community room at the Schuylkill Mall, 830 Schuylkill Mall, Frackville.

YEA! is a yearlong after-school program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements.