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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mahoning Township Police investigated three weather-related crashes Wednesday.

In the first incident a Dodge Durango traveling south on Troxell Road went off the roadway striking a mailbox.

Later. a Hyundai Santa Fe traveling west on Ashtown Drive went off the roadway shearing a pole, causing a road closure.

AHonda Civic traveling west on Route 443 went off the roadway striking a barricade at the Mahoning Farmers Market.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mahoning Township say charges are pending after a 17-year-old from Summit Hill crashed into a traffic signal pole at the Mill Road intersection at Route 443.

On Nov. 24, Mahoning Township Police investigated the incident in which the juvenile driving a 2007 Toyota hit the pole.

A witness saw the juvenile concealing items in the juvenile’s pants. Officers found the juvenile had concealed a can of Ultra Duster, and Delsym cough medicine. It was discovered that the concealed items, along with a LED pen, and a pink iPhone speaker had been stolen from Walmart on Route 443.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The first snowstorm of the season left people in the region without power.

As of 9:30 p.m., there were 338 PPL customers in Schuylkill County without electricity, 473 in Carbon and 733 in Monroe County.

PPL has been in storm emergency mode since 10:30 this morning.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

All four lanes of Route 309 atop the Blue Mountain were closed Wednesday morning as the result of a jackknifed tractor-trailer.

There is also a large fuel spill at the scene.

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has advised that roadways in the area are extremely hazardous.

There are numerous vehicle accidents at various locations throughout the county.

Wires were reported down around 10:30 a.m. in Mahoning Township behind Lowe's following a crash.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The following weather announcements are in effect:

Carbon County offices and district magistrates are closing at noon.

Courthouse in Schuylkil County is closed.

Route 902 closed from Lansford to Summit Hill.

What's open:
All six hospitals in the St. Luke’s University Health Network remain open. If you require immediate health-related services, please call 911 and go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit on several roadways in the region.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Interstates 80, 81 and 380; and State Route 33.

Several area roads are blocked by crashes. Route 902 is closed between Lansford and Summit HIll.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A travel advisory was issued at 6:30 a.m. for the Northeastern Region of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Weather forecast agencies are predicting rain, sleet and mixed with snow for Wednesday. Please drive according to roadway conditions and allow plenty of travel time to reach your destination safely.

Maintenance crews in Northeastern Region are reporting that the roadway is wet and visibility is good. All abandoned vehicles are being removed from the turnpike to permit crews to treat and plow. Do not pass plows while in operation.

LANSFORD

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A shooting in Tamaqua Tuesday left two teens in critical condition at Lehigh Valley area hospitals, victims of an apparent hunting trip gone wrong.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Tamaqua Police were dispatched to the south (Sharp) Mountain area behind the Tamaqua Area Senior High School for a gunshot victim.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Sharona Wieand and her three sons, from left, Riley, Ben and Eli Imler are grateful for their apartment in Nesquehoning.

As we gather around the table to share a Thanksgiving meal, do we give thanks for something as basic as a roof over our heads?

That will be the case for a family who was recently living under the bridge in Weissport. All they had to their name were four bags of clothing.

Annette Williams could never have imagined that someday she and husband Daniel would be living in their van with their five kids. But with Dan on a medical leave from work with an internal health issue and her only working a part-time job, they could no longer keep a roof over the family's head.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School senior cheerleaders Kristen Ahner, left, and Olivia Green will participate in the nationally televised 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Every cheerleader aspires to one day make it to the big time.

For high school cheerleaders, it doesn't come any bigger than the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a nationwide audience.

By virtue of their talents, that's exactly what Palmerton Area High School seniors Kristen Ahner and Olivia Green are prepared to do when they perform in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.