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Monday, June 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report, commissioned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.

Monday, June 23, 2014
Muskett

Deanna Muskett-Mease of Tamaqua is seeking information about her son, Seth Muskett, 22.

According to Muskett-Mease, Seth's vehicle, a Dodge Caravan, was found abandoned after having been involved in a crash on Tuscarora Mountain Road about three weeks ago.

Muskett-Mease said she is not sure of the date the vehicle was found or which law enforcement agency is investigating. She said that Pennsylvania State Troopers informed her of the crash, but she has not heard from her son since that time.

Monday, June 23, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jennifer Maynard, left, of Lansford, hands flowers to her daughter, Maddison, 7, as they help build a community garden at Bertsch and Center streets in Lansford. About 30 people participated in planting flowers and vegetables on the vacant lot. It was a project by Grace Community Church.

A dormant plot of ground was given vibrant new life on Saturday morning.

A community garden was created at the corner of Bertsch and Center streets where a movie house had once stood. The theater was torn down several years ago, with the borough obtaining the lot.

Grace Community Church was given permission by Lansford Borough Council to create the community garden.

Monday, June 23, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two people were injured Saturday morning in a crash at theintersection of Route 443 and Mush Dahl Road in the villageof Clamtown in West Penn Township. The crash occurred justbefore 11 a.m. as a car being operated west on Route 443 stopped to make a left turn onto Mush Dahl Road. It was struck in the rear by a westbound utility truck. Two people in the car were treated at the scene by members of the Tamaqua and Penn Mahoning ambulances, then transferred to an area hospital. The operator of the truck was not injured. Responding was the West Penn Fire Company No.1.

Monday, June 23, 2014
Hahn

As word reached the streets Sunday about the tragic death of Andreas area resident Jason "Jay" Hahn, friends took to Facebook to express their shock and grief.

Michael Houser: "Don't ever let your dreams run dry because you never know when it's your turn to fly high. God bless you and your family."

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Shamokin Division of the Reading Company announced its seventh annual basket picnic to be held at Lakewood Park for employees.

Planned for children were cracker and pie-eating contests, races and other events.

Men and women were also given activities, including a tug-of-war and an egg-throwing contest.

Dancing was also included, planned in the pavilion from 2 to 3 p.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m. where Peter Campbell and His Orchestra offered to play, with vocals by June Faux.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Technology in the workplace changes so rapidly that companies that can't keep up with the competition are candidates for failure.

According to Manpower Group, a multinational human resource consulting firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., 52 percent of American companies have difficulty filling jobs and 47 percent of employers blame a prospects' lack of hard job skills or technical skills.

Monday, June 23, 2014
This bridge is slated for replacement in 2017.

Century Engineering presented a plan at the Kidder Township Board of Supervisors meeting last week to replace the open grate bridge on Route 534 near 903.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is planning to replace the bridge in 2017, Century Engineering's spokesman Tom Smith told the board.

"The bridge was constructed I believe in 1916 and is rated as structurally deficient," Smith said.

Monday, June 23, 2014
Hahn

The news of Jason "Jay" Hahn's death stunned family and friends, many of whom had been searching for the victim and hoping for positive results.

Hahn's body was discovered about 5 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area near Silver Creek Road in Blythe Township, near New Philadelphia, 10 miles southwest of Tamaqua.

He was last seen June 14, when he left the house with a friend.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Frackville Barracks, the discovery of the body by ATV riders, has led to charges filed against Ethan Sullivan, 20

Monday, June 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State Rep. Jerome Knowles, left, had the opportunity to meet with His Most Reverend Excellency Ronald Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, on Wednesday in Harrisburg. The men conversed about current legislative affairs as well as reminiscing about the old days, when Bishop Gainer attended Nativity BVM in Pottsville and Knowles attended Marian Catholic High School in Hometown.