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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An illegally parked vehicle on April 4 sparked an investigation that led to marijuana charges against a Saylorsburg man, according to Mahoning Township police.

Anthony Heller told police he parked the car, which had an expired inspection sticker, along Mahoning Heights Road shortly after 11 p.m. because he needed to borrow a screwdriver from a friend.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Water Authority has issued a water boil advisory for parts of Dutch Hill starting 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 30.

On Tuesday, affected residents in the Dutch Hill section received a two-page notice about the water boil advisory along with advice on how to handle the situation.

The notice states:

"We routinely monitor the conditions in the distribution system. On Monday, July 14, 2014, Water Authority personnel found a leak on the thirty-inch main in the area of Elm Street. The main was shut down on July 18 for temporary repairs.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Todd Kowar, age 24, Kidder Township, Carbon County, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Scranton on charges of producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the grand jury alleges that Kowar persuaded and induced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of such conduct. The indictment alleges that Kowar committed the crimes between 2008 and December 2012.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An elderly woman was injured Tuesday morning when she struck a brick wall and rolled her Jeep Cherokee in Franklin Township.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Fairview and Allen streets just after 11 a.m.

She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to a local hospital.

Franklin Township Police are investigating the incident.   

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Schuylkill County's nursing home, Rest Haven, is bleeding so much red ink commissioners believe selling it may be the only option.

"It's just no longer sustainable, " said Chairman Frank Staudenmeier. "We need to make a decision very soon. We need to stop the bleeding."

Staudenmeier spoke after a special meeting Tuesday morning, at which commissioners agreed to allocate the nursing home $849,825, and also increase its expenditure account by $90,825.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lifestyle Editor Karen Cimms spent the day with a Lehighton Ambulance crew Saturday to see how bridge traffic is impacting the response time.

Sirens wailing and lights flashing, the Lehighton Ambulance pulls out of its station on Iron Street in Lehighton Saturday afternoon and races toward Parryville, dispatched for a patient suffering with extreme pain, severe headache and nausea.

A few minutes later, the unit sits quietly on the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge with its lights flashing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty in the county court to drug dealing. He was one of six defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Jim Thorpe incidents

Gregory W. Acevedo, 50, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

He was sentenced to serve 36 to 72 months in a state correction institution.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The covered bridge in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township is closed for repairs. It will remain closed until Nov. 2.

Work on the covered bridge in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township has begun.

The Carbon County Commissioners last week voted to advertise the road closure for the project. The bridge, which is owned by Carbon County, will be closed until Nov. 2 so that crews from Professional Construction Contractors Inc. of Bethlehem, the company hired by the county, could complete the project.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The harsh winter we recently endured was a strain on municipal budgets.

There were increased costs for heating, paying for extra salt and other winter road maintenance materials, and repairing heavily used plows and trucks used for snowplowing and snow removal.

And the expenses from that unusually cold and wet winter are still being felt.

An incredible amount of potholes and torn-up streets resulted from the weather.

Summit Hill repaving was discussed at Monday's borough council meeting.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A home care worker admitted in Carbon County court on Monday she stole jewelry from her elderly client.

Regina M. Pera, 48, of Albrightsville, pleaded guilty before Judge Steven R. Serfass to one count of theft, as a misdemeanor one.

She admitted stealing jewelry, valued at more than $23,000, from her elderly client, Marguerite Green, of 184 Unionville Road, in Penn Forest Township, over a period of time in May and June 2013.

The client has since passed away.