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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Carbon County jury found a Lansford man not guilty of three counts of simple assault following a two-day trial.

Stevin L. Gaffney, 27, was charged by Nesquehoning police for an incident that occurred in the 100 block of W. Railroad Street on July 11, 2010. He was accused of assaulting Joe Hutta. Hutta sustained injuries to his left eye.

Gaffney claimed self-defense in the incident saying Hutta threw the first punch and he defended himself.

The trial was held before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

American Regent, Inc. is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of five lots of Vasopressin Injection, USP 20 units/mL (200 units/10mL), 10 mL Multiple Dose Vials; 11 lots of Vasopressin Injection, USP 20 units/mL, 1 mL Multiple Dose Vials; and one lot of Vasopressin Injection, USP 10 units/0.5 mL, 0.5 mL Multiple Dose Vials to the Retail/Hospital level.

Recall of this product was initiated by American Regent, Inc. last week because some vials may not maintain potency throughout their shelf-life.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lehighton school directors, who have been under siege at public meetings for the last 14 months, used the power of their office and a state meeting code to terminate the "courtesy to the floor" privilege, which had been a regular feature at the end of each agenda. The courtesy of the floor has deteriorated into being a time to launch charges and accusations against board members. Board president Marion Reid quoted from a guidebook for Pennsylvania Open Meeting Laws, which stated allowing the public to speak is not required.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Fair opens tomorrow for a five-day run along Little Gap Road in Palmerton. Fair hours are 3-11 p.m. With plenty of free parking, good food, rides and entertainment, the fair offers a great value to families. Opening ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, when the 2011 Fair Queen will be crowned.

Volunteers and vendors were hard at work early this week preparing for the opening of the 12th annual Carbon County Fair, which opens Wednesday and will run through Sunday, Aug. 14 from 3-11 p.m. each day.

The fair offers families an alternative to a costly vacation. During the five days, visitors will find plenty of food, entertainment and rides. The fair will be open rain or shine.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Attorney Lynn Bressi, 63, of Pottsville, who was employed as a custody counselor at the Schuylkill County courthouse, will be arraigned next Monday in the county district attorney's office facing several criminal charges

Charges of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, tampering with public records, criminal sollicitation and intimidating witnesses have been filed by Pottsville Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, recently held its first annual mini-golf tournament at Heislers Golf Course in Tamaqua . Over 60 participants, making up more than 15 foursomes, competed for prizes including low score as a team and the low score for both males and females in categories for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. In addition, 15 certificates for free ice cream cones were awarded for holes-in-one and other ahletic accomplishments. The winners were Joshua, Julia and Joanne Jurick and Jakub Kantyka for lowest foursome score.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two men who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court recently.

Patrick Alan Smith, 22, Saint Clair, was sentenced on a driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs charge to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison but escaped going to jail as he received credit for spending several weeks in a rehab center and was immediately granted parole.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Bethlehem man, kayaking with friends in the Lehigh River on Sunday, drowned after he fell out of his kayak.

State police at Bethelehm identified the victim as Michael McDonald, 34.

According to troopers McDonald, with three friends, entered the Lehigh River in Lehighton. After entering Washington Township, in Lehigh Coutny, shortly after crossing under the SR873 bridge, McDonald fell out of his kayak, near the Slatington airport.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Devin Frantz, left, and Garry Goodhile, race in soapbox derbies on Third Street, Lehighton, on Saturday afternoon.

A block party held at the corner of Coal and Third streets in Lehighton this past weekend had all the excitement of a NASCAR car race when a group of youngsters raced in soapbox derbies raced to the finish on Saturday.

In a double elimination, the racers wanted to win and the brakes weren't utilized until they were well over the finish line nearly a half block away.

Sherry Sernak, principal at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, was pleased with the number of drivers and cars competing in this first time event.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Turkey Hill in Tamaqua, where a $913,670.50 lottery ticket was sold.

One jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth more than $900,000 from the Aug. 5 drawing was sold at Turkey Hill, 330 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 09-10-18-25-41, to win a jackpot of $913,670.50, less 25-percent federal withholding.

The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.