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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, has announced the Easton Hospital has agreed to pay a $662,000 settlement regarding health care fraud allegations.

It is alleged the hospital billed Medicare for medical procedures that were not performed, were partially completed and were medically unnecessary.

The claim alleges urologist Dr. Thomas Walden, who is no longer affiliated with the hospital, is the center of the improprieties, although the hospital, in a prepared statement, denied the allegations.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New medical offices will eventually be headed to Lehighton.

On a 3-1 vote last week, the borough's zoning hearing board agreed to grant a special exception to Blakeslee Commons LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem. Zoning board member Ricky Graver was absent.

The special exception granted was for property at Ninth and Bridge streets in an industrial zoned district. However, as part of their approval, the zoners attached a pair of conditions, said Randall Semmel, zoning board president.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Linda Koehler/Times News Heidi, an 8-year-old Great Dane, saved the lives of her owners, William and Bonnie Moffett, when a fire destroyed their home Dec. 3. She was presented with a Hero Award at Polk Township supervisors' meeting.

Heidi, an 8-year-old Great Dane, is credited with saving the lives of her owners, William and Bonnie.

She is their heroine.

Early Dec. 3, Heidi tried to wake William Moffett by pushing his face. Moffett, asleep in the living room, finally woke up around 5:30 a.m. Thinking Heidi needed a bathroom break, he got up. But Heidi didn't need a bathroom break. She was trying to alert her master that the house was on fire.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

A magnificent concolor fir Christmas tree graces the first floor hallway of the Schuylkill County courthouse. Nearby, a creche adorned with tiny white lights beckons visitors to pause and reflect.

The tree, decorated with crocheted stars, simple wooden ornaments and ribbons, reaches to the ceiling.

It was decorated this year by the real estate, planning and zoning, engineering, solid waste, coal lands, and tax assessment departments.

Various departments and organizations take turns decorating the tree each year, assisted by courthouse maintenance workers.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Frank Kuhn, center, owner of Mallard Markets in Lehighton, presents a check for $1,246.10 to the Carbon-Schuylkill Chapter of the Marine Corps League for the Toys for Tots program. Accepting the check for the Marine Corps League are, from left, Eddie Glassic, chaplainBob Johnson, Joe Balagach and Leon Frohnheiser. The money was raised from customer donations as well as a contribution from Mallard Markets. Kuhn said the clerk who netted the most donor cards is Mallory Dorward, who will receive a gift card from Mallard for her efforts.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa better don his raincoat and make sure Rudolph's nose is shining bright.

He might encounter some rough weather.

The National Weather Service is predicting rain before 11 p.m., and then rain and a possible thunderstorm before 3 a.m.

In addition to patchy fog, new rainfall amounts tonight will be between a quarter to a half-inch.

Christmas Day will be warm with a high near 48.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) – A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said.

A crowd of about 100 people were gathered early Wednesday at the scene in Berkeley, Missouri, a few miles from Ferguson, where a white police officer fatally shot black 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Man charged for two incidents in one day

Mahoning Township Police have a charged a man from two drug incidents that happened on the same day in August.

On Aug. 15, Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to Walmart shortly after 7 a.m. for a female crying inside a vehicle.

She told dispatchers she did not know how she got to the store. The woman reported she fell asleep in the car at 3 a.m., and awoke in the parking lot of Walmart.

She was unable to locate John Steskal, the driver of the car.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Coaldale mother and son have both been cited following a drug overdose at their home on Monday.

Coaldale Police were dispatched to 67 Second St. at 5:41 p.m. for a woman in cardiac arrest.

Once at the home, where several volunteer firefighters had also responded, the woman was identified as Peggy Hill, 49.

Hill was breathing but had a very weak pulse.

Emergency medical personnel from the Tamaqua Community Ambulance and Lehighton ALS arrived and began treating Hill for a possible overdose of heroin.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Haley Sawyer/Special to the Times News From left, Kathy Henderson, Chris Ondrus, Mary Soto, Robert Dobosh, Donna Valent and Pastor Jeremy Benack.

West Ridge Street in Lansford is illuminated for Christmas. Light posts clad with wreaths dot the sidewalks leading up to one particularly festive building: The borough office. Lighted wreaths and garland adorn the windows and doors.

It's all thanks to Lansford Alive.

Lansford Alive is a community-based group aimed at aesthetically improving downtown Lansford and encouraging small business production.