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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Josh Fogel, playing in the 17 and under category, tosses a disc at a basket during the ninth Annual Victory Park Open Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday.

The Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission played host to its ninth annual Victory Park Open Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday.

On the day of the event, commission member David Schnaars said 30 players had signed up, making it, as it has been in the past, one of the area's largest disc golf tournaments.

Players were divided into both amateur and pro divisions, with amateurs who placed first, second and third awarded trophies while pros in the top three places received cash prizes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania State and local police are partnering for a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" seat-belt enforcement through June 8.

Pennsylvania is one of 11 states and Ontario, Canada, participating in the "Border-to-Border" seat-belt initiative. The enforcement effort involves 350 law enforcement agencies across the northeast with increased enforcement at state borders. Throughout the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, enforcement will focus on nighttime operations, using Traffic Enforcement Zones, and roving patrols.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A free car seat checkup will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., today at Palmerton Ambulance, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. The event is sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids chapter and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Parents are asked to bring the child who uses the car seat to the checkup.

A safety specialist will be on hand to make sure the seat has not been recalled, if it is installed correctly in the vehicle and that the child fits properly into the seat.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Two face heroin charges

Two people have been charged with heroin possession after being stopped with two young children in the car.

On May 8, Mahoning Township police investigated a report of illegal drug sales on Boyko Drive. Police received information that a vehicle was going to be arriving at a residence to sell heroin.

The vehicle was stopped by police and the driver was identified as Sarah Stidham, 21, of Jim Thorpe. A passenger was identified as Jordan Trotta, 21, of Lehighton.

Monday, May 19, 2014

 

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has ruled a woman charged with her newlywed husband with luring a man through Craigslist and killing him can face the death penalty.

Sunbury's The Daily Item newspaper (http://bit.ly/1jZUJni) says the Northumberland County judge ruled Monday a jury will be permitted to consider torture and robbery as aggravating factors that could justify the death penalty against Miranda Barbour.

Monday, May 19, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

Local governments in 16 states are using it, according to the Federal Communications Commission, and Vermont became the first to offer the technology statewide Monday.

Monday, May 19, 2014
Jack Bryant and his wife of 67 years, Faye

Jack Bryant always wanted to be in the Navy.

"Ever since I was a young boy, I knew I wanted to be in there," he recalled.

After he graduated in 1943 from the former Summit Hill High School, Bryant enlisted in the Navy and went on to serve for four years through 1947, during which time he was an electrician's mate, primarily aboard the USS George Clymer in the Pacific Theater.

Monday, May 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Top 15 words and definitions added to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary:

Auto-Tune or auto-tune vt (verb transitive) (2003): a proprietary signal processor, to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software, especially to correct sung notes that are out of tune

Monday, May 19, 2014

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Three sprint cars crashed at a central Pennsylvania racetrack over the weekend and two drivers remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, officials said.

Duane Mausteller, of Bloomsburg, and Jamie Collard, of Burford, Ontario, were injured in the 10:30 p.m. Saturday crash at Selinsgrove Speedway in Snyder County, the speedway said on its website.

Monday, May 19, 2014
Special to the Times News/Larry Neff

A woman was plucked from the waters of the Lehigh River Saturday afternoon when she became stranded on a pier of the Weissport bridge. The incident began at 3 p.m. when people in the area of Bankway in Lehighton heard cries for help. They discovered the rafter in the center of the river. Her raft was against a large concrete pier of the structure on its side, and the victim was sitting atop of it. The Lehighton Fire Department River Rescue team used a boat to reach the woman, taking her to safety along the shore. She was evaluated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics.