Sunday, April 19, 2015
     

Local News

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lower Towamensing Township hopes the eventual purchase of a meter will help squelch a myriad of noise complaints.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to spend up to $300 to buy a meter in an effort to alleviate a noise dispute.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert told supervisors he contacted two engineering firms in an effort to resolve the dispute.

"I think it might be in the township's best interests to purchase a meter," Walbert said. "We do have a plethora of noise complaints."

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The economy, taxes, and controlled county spending are a few challenges that the new board of Carbon County commissioners will face in 2012.

During the annual swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning, held in the Carbon County Courthouse, courtroom one, Republicans Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard were sworn into office for four-year terms. Commissioner Nothstein was accompanied by his wife, who held a Bible; while Commissioner Gerhard was accompanied by his wife and father, who held a Bible, as they took their oaths in front of President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Palmerton man has been accused of two separate cases of child molestation the alleged victims being ages 5 and 8.

Heinz Rausch, 68, faces four charges of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

He is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight bail.

No date for his preliminary hearing before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton has yet to be established

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Newly elected District Judge Bill Kissner of Palmerton is sworn in during ceremony Tuesday in the Carbon County Courthouse.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Bruce Appleton, left, a long-time district judge in the Palmerton office who chose not to seek re-election, receives an award from Carbon County Senior Judge Roger N. Nanovic, applauding him for his years of committed service. The award was presented during swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected officials held at the Carbon County Courthouse.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Newly elected Carbon County Judge Joseph Matika, right, puts on robe during swearing-in ceremony Tuesday in the Carbon County Courthouse, while looking on are, l-r, Judge Steven R. Serfass and President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Complete normalcy was fast returning to the area today as emergency PP&L company crews went about effecting repairs to wires severed as the result of the severe sleet storm which paralyzed the region for almost 24 hours. Thomas Dougherty, district manager of PP&L, said more than 100 workers were operating in towns and rural areas of Carbon County to bring resumption of lighting for domestic users. Most homes in Mauch Chunk had electrical service restored today. More than 10,000 consumers were affected in the local region.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The Burger King in Walnutport was the target of vandalism on New Year's Day. According to the owner, the incident occurred when a male, believed to be in his mid-20's, standing about 5-foot-6, with short blonde hair, and blue eyes, became unruly. After he was asked to leave the restaurant, the victim pulled out what was believed to be a crowbar, and smashed the drive-through menu board. The suspect was believed to have driven a white neon with blue or black racing stripes over the hood. A $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, January 9 at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Beaver Meadows Borough Council rehired its former police chief to a part-time position last night.

Michael Morresi was renamed part-time police chief following the reorganizational meeting and a brief executive session.

Council eliminated the position of full-time chief in December as part of its new budget for 2012. Morresi's last day as full-time chief was Dec. 31. At the time council said it did not have the funds to pay for a full-time police chief salary.