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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The "meth kit" confiscated from a home at 101 E. High St., Coaldale. The kit contains drain cleaner and other chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Coaldale police on Tuesday nabbed four people in a drug bust at a house a stone's throw from the police station.

Michele L. Romig, 37; James Levan, 20; Tyler Strawdinger, 18; and Patrick Shoemaker, 21, all of 101 E. High St., face possession of liquified ammonia gas and other dangerous chemicals, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamines and related charges.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Tuesday to assaulting two state troopers and a local police officer.

Daniel Wassil, 25, of 2947 Wetzel Run Rd., Packer Township, Weatherly, pleaded to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Wassil was arrested on Nov. 28, 2010, when state police at Hazleton were called to his residence to a report of man throwing items and ripping apart clothing.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Four first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program the record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilty in entering the program.

Those placed were:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Approximately 60 new chairs were in the municipal meeting room of East Penn Township on April 4. They had been donated by Jehovah's Witnesses of Lehighton which was closing its building.

Secretary Deanna Cunfer said she is going to write a letter of thanks.

Under public comment Joe Ehritz reminded supervisors that the stream along Hollow Road where the township is working is of exceptional value and there are native trout in many township streams. When doing drainage special care should be taken.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Polk Township man has been sentenced to 21 to 41 years in state prison for the rape of a girl and for burying a baby's body after the girl performed a home abortion.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Lisk was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and concealing the death of a child.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Bishop John Barres, center, of the Diocese of Allentown joins Dr. Clement and Sophie McGinley of Jim Thorpe in kicking off the 2011 Allentown Diocese Bishops Annual Appeal in Carbon County. The McGinleys are the honorary co-chairpersons of the local campaign. With them at right is James Friend, director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the diocese.

Leaders in Catholic parishes of Carbon County gathered Monday night in the social hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, to officially kick off the 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal of the Diocese of Allentown.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ten persons with pending criminal charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas as follows:

Walter Armbstrong, 25, of Bowerston, Ohio, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), and a summary motor vehicle code violation.

He was arrested on May 16, 2010, along SR940 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer, teaches the eighth grade students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, how to correctly fold a flag.

Members of the U. S. Navy Club of Carbon County stopped by Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School on Monday to present a program about the U. S. flag to the students.

As a newly formed organization, the members had a lot of enthusiasm about the U. S. flag. Scott Reinhart, commandant of the organization, held the flag by his hands as Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer, explained how a flag should be displayed from various positions and had students assist with a presentation of the progression of the flag. They also taught the students the correct way to fold a flag.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton, and Palmerton Hospital in Palmerton, have earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.