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Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term this week in Carbon County court on a charge of conspiracy to committ robbery charge. He was one of nine defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Shawn Michael Neff, 27, was sentenced to serve 18 to 36 months in prison on the charge. Neff was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on Oct. 23, 2011, near East Alley with the victim listed as Damian Smith. He previously pleaded to the count.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Real estate tax collections in 2011 exceeded 2010 in Schuylkill County it was reported by Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern to the county commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

In 2011 real estate taxes totaled $27,224,513.48 compared to $26,053,386.47 in 2010. The average percentage collected by borough and township tax collectors was 91 percent, average exoneration was two percent, and average delinquent seven percent.

The percentage collections turned in by townships in 2011 were as follows:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pfizer Inc. announced this week that it has voluntarily recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral®-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol)birth control tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol birth control tablets (generic) for customers in the U.S. market. An investigation by Pfizer found that some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence. The cause was identified and corrected immediately.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Robert W. Monroe, 51, of Albrightsville, who is charged with striking a Jim Thorpe police officer with his car while the officer was directing traffic on Nov. 30 on Route 209 in Nesquehoning, leaves the office of District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe yesterday on unrelated charges. He faced charges of illegally copying current movies.

An Albrightsville man who on Nov. 30 allegedly struck a Jim Thorpe police officer with his car while the officer was engaged in traffic control, was in magistrate court Wednesday on other charges.

Robert W. Monroe Jr., 51, of Towamensing Trails Development, waived a hearing that was scheduled for charges of copying: recording devices, trademark counterfeiting, and unauthorized transfer of sounds from a recording device.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Friends of Keith and Petra Rex have set up a fire victims' fund to help the couple as they recover from a devastating fire that consumed their home Saturday night. The family's mobile home, located at 3176 Mahoning Drive West, was destroyed by the fast moving flames. The structure was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 11 p.m. Details of the blaze were reported in Monday's edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Summit Hill has its first ATM. It was installed inside the Switchback Mini Mart along Route 902. Daniel Dopira, owner of the mini mart, said he decided to install the ATM inside his store after hearing, at a Mobil Oil Co. convention in Las Vegas, how it can benefit customers. "One of the things everybody needs is money," Dopira said. "With our location here, if people are heading out of town or just stopping to get gas, now they can come inside and get money if they need it."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

In a story that appeared in Tuesday's edition of the TIMES NEWS concerning the sentencing of Adam Cebrosky, 24, of Palmerton, in Carbon County court an error was made.

Cebrosky was sentenced to serve two to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. In the story the victim was listed as a 11-year-old male.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Rep. Jerry Knowles

HARRISBURG As the 2012 session year is under way in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) will be a new member on an important standing committee.

Knowles has been assigned to the House Transportation Committee and currently has a seat on the House Gaming Oversight, State Government, Local Government and Commerce committees.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Application period for the 2012 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

This week-long camp is designed to give young people a better understanding of law enforcement activities in an atmosphere of an actual State Police training school.

Once accepted, the cadets will reside at the camp for six days under the direct supervision of state and local police officers.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Coaldale woman was sentenced to a federal prison term this week on drug charges.

Brianna Koschak, 22, was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wilkes-Barre, to serve 16 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo also ruled that Koschak must serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and pay a special assessment of $100.

Koschak pleaded guilty on April 18, 2011, to criminal conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.