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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coaldale council has restored its three full-time police officer positions, with benefits, effective today.

During a meeting Tuesday, council members brought back their full-timers by a three-two vote; with Harry Hontz, Brenda Hosler and Linda Miller voting in favor of the move, and Thomas Keerans and Mike Doerr voting against it. Council President Angela Krapf, who is the wife of Sgt. Keith Krapf, abstained from voting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS John McArdle, left, president of the Carbon County Firemans Association, and Wayne Nothstein, on the board of directors of the association, put new locks on training tower at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton. The tower, which has been used to train firefighters for half a century, has been condemned and must be demolished. Note the cracks in the structure next to the two firefighters.

For half a century area firefighters practiced at the drill field in the west end of Lehighton, a small plot next to the Baer Memorial athletic fields.

There, firefighters used a 35-foot, concrete and steel training tower to learn about ladder rescues, rappelling, fighting fires from ladders and searching a smoky structure.

That tower, built 50 years ago, has been used for the last time.

An inspection determined it is in danger of collapsing, and it has been condemned.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

St. John's news

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold a Palm Sunday breakfast at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, in the fellowship hall of the church. All members of the congregation and Sunday School are invited to attend.

The children will be making a special Easter craft that day and there will be an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. The Palm Sunday worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of "disgraceful sexual perversion" when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the woman's family said Tuesday.

John Ray, the attorney for Bernice Youngblood and her family, displayed a picture of a man in white briefs dancing in front of the woman at East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in September 2012.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the bloody crime scene at Franklin Regional High School, some 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, was "vast" and may take a couple days to process.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three municipalities moved another small step toward possibly establishing a regional recreational organization Tuesday night during a meeting in Slatington's borough hall.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The number of highway deaths on Pennsylvania roads tumbled to a record low last year when 1,208 were recorded, the lowest number since record-keeping began in 1928, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced Tuesday.

"Though Pennsylvania has made significant progress in reducing highway crashes and deaths, our efforts to ensure that all travelers reach their destinations safely will remain paramount," Schoch said.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Care Net of Carbon County is hosting its annual Care Net Walk for Life, on Saturday, May 3, at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10.

The walk is approximately two miles and all ages are welcome to participate.

Walkers are asked to obtain pledges from friends and family for the event. Pledges are tax-deductible.

The proceeds of the walk will be used to provide physical and emotional support for those facing pregnancy and related issued in Carbon County.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Parole/probation revocation hearings were held by Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants who violated the terms of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Ricky Hunsicker, 28, of Jim Thorpe, had his parole revoked on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia on a petition filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart for violating conditions of repeatedly being found at an unapproved residence

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a New Jersey man participating in an eastern Pennsylvania gun club event ended up in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself.

Bethlehem police Deputy Chief Todd Repsher told The Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1mWx8FX) that the man was at the Steel City Gun Club on Tuesday as part of a program put on by the National Rifle Association and hosted in part by the Bethlehem Police Department.

Repsher said city police handled the incident and sent the man to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening leg injury.