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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

An expert in blood patterns was the final prosecution witness called in the trial of a Lansford man charged with murdering his estranged wife. The Carbon County trial resumed today at 9 a.m. when the defense began calling its witnesses.

Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, has been charged with criminal homicide and tampering with evidence. He is accused of killing Edwina Atieno Onyango, 34, on Dec. 9, 2007, in the basement of his home at 207 W. Bertsch St., and then disposing of the body. Her body has never been found.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Students from OLOA, Lansford, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with several activities, including a planned visit to guests at Maple Shade Meadows, Nesquehoning, where the school's band will perform and the students will present gifts to the seniors. Among those participating will be, kneeling, from left, Laralyn Mullen, Jenna Dubosky and Chad Eschbach; and back, Brian Bauer, Allison Slakoper, teacher Jane Dowling, Corey Rehnert, Jordan Reis, Luke Strauch, Colin Rehnert, Sophie Tenisci and teacher and band director Tom Dowd.

An open house and a special service project are a few events that will highlight this year's observance of National Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

These events are part of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 3. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service." The theme expresses Catholic schools' focus on learning about faith, striving for high academic standards, and serving the community.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Faith. Academics. Service.

Indeed, some institutions really do practice what they preach.

That's the theme for Catholic Schools Week 2012, which will be celebrated Jan. 29 through Feb. 3.

For students at St. John Neumann Regional School, that means masses, open houses, and a bevy of activities.

The school, with campuses in Palmerton and Slatington, will kick off the occasion with a program: Our Parish: Our Parish Liturgies, on Saturday and Sunday. Students should wear uniforms to their church.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to respond and quell a fast moving fire yesterday evening at a duplex home located at 409 and 411 West Market Street in Mahanoy City.

Two families, including a 5-day newborn, are receiving housing and monetary assistance from the Schuylkill and Eastern Northumberland chapter of the American Red Cross following a fire at a three-story duplex in Mahanoy City Tuesday evening.

Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to 409 and 411 West Market St. for a report of smoke. Mahanoy City Police arrived and noticed heavy smoke billowing from 411 West Market St. and quickly evacuated both families.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Pottsville man's attempt to have drug charges filed against him suppressed on grounds the police conducted an illegal search of his home, was unsuccessful as Judge John E. Domalakes, after a hearing in Schuylkill County court, found his claims "not to be credible."

Robert Haviland, 53, now faces trial on charges delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia which was filed by Pottsville Cpl. Dennis Wiederhold.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Blue Mountain Health System Community Center on Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2012 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Four defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In lieu of a Christmas gift exchange, the second grade students at the Panther Valley Elementary School, Nesquehoning, collected money to donate to the newly-formed "Feed the People" soup kitchen. The youths recently presented program organizers a check for $150. Because of the donation, the soup kitchen will be serving its fourth free meal at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, Hazard and Chestnut streets, Summit Hill, on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Soup kitchen coordinators said they will frame the youths' picture and display it prominently at the center in honor of the second grade students.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Claire Kubik said one of the earliest projects of the Naturalist Club, a youth group, at Lehigh Gap Nature Center was trapping bees for the Department of Agriculture.

Traps consists of colored bowls - blue, yellow or white - of soapy water. The bees drown and are cleaned. The bees were given to Dr. Anita Collins for an initial identification and then passed on to a second person.

Collins said Kubik had collected 100 bees and they were of six species.

After ID confirmation they are added to a national database, said Kubik.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Polk Township leadership continues to be, from left, Nancy C. May, Secretary-treasurer; Brian K. Ahner, Chairtman; and Michael D. Hurley, Vice-chairman.They served in the same capacity last year.

A dozen scouts and their leaders from Boy Scout Troop 113, chartered by RB Bake Tech and meeting at Cornerstone Community Church in Kresgeville, saw local government in action as they attended the monthly Polk Township Board of Supervisors meeting.