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Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Lansford man remains in the Schuylkill County Prison following his arraignment on sexual assault charges.

Brad Michael Stevens, 24, of 342 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Steven Bayer, Tamaqua, this past Tuesday. He was charged with statutory sexual assault on a person 8 to 11 years old, as well as corruption of minors, stemming from a June 26, 2013 incident. Both charges are felonies and were filed by Pennsylvania State Police from the Frackville Barracks.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Jeannie Carl PHOTO Carbon County Environmental Education Center Program Assistant Franklin Klock with injured bald eagle found near Sunbury.

It was late Tuesday afternoon on Feb. 4 when Mike Eisenhower, assistant foreman for Norfolk Southern Railway, received a call alerting him to an immature bald eagle on the ground along the railroad tracks just south of Sunbury.

Eisenhower and his crew were working north of the location as part of a Hazmat spill clean-up operation when the information was relayed to him by the engineer of a northbound train. After making his way to the bird's location, he called the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bryan Heitz sits inside the sled as his father, Doug Heitz, enters a turn at an estimated 25 mph, pulled by a six-dog team of Siberian Huskies at Nescopeck State Park's Winterfest.

Into the turn at speeds approaching 25 mph, a six-dog team of Siberian Huskies whisked sled driver Doug Heitz over the 2-inch snowpack surrounding Lake Francis at Nescopeck State Park. Heitz and his Huskies were in a featured event at the park's Winterfest last Saturday.

Heitz has been training Siberian Huskies for 30 years. He grew up on a farm and always had dogs. When he was 14, he met his first Siberian Husky and it was love at first sight.

"I thought it was a really cool dog," said Heitz, who knew nothing about dog sleds.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

At its meeting on Tuesday, Palmerton Area School Board tabled a request for Debra Demyanovich to attend a conference. Incorrect information appeared in an article that ran on Thursday.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering multiple $2,500 scholarships to Pennsylvania residents attending an accredited Pennsylvania medical school full-time as a second or third-year student. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28.

In addition to completing an application, candidates must submit two reference letters; verification of medical school enrollment on school letterhead; and an essay describing the applicant's vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A helicopter lands in background at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

St. Luke's Miners Campus in Coaldale has achieved top eight national ranking by Beckers Hospital Review for the Highest Value-Based Purchasing Scores.

The hospital earned a national ranking of eight out of 2,728 United States hospitals and was ranked first in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Donna and Bill Gerhard

The hearts of many local people will be with Weatherly native Chad Gerhard as he participates in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The 2004 Weatherly High School grad is the strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Snowboard Half-pipe and U.S. Aerials team. Gerhard lives in Park City, Utah, where he's the High Performance laboratory manager at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, overseeing the testing of more than 200 athletes.

"I'm pretty excited, packing up and going over checklist after checklist," Gerhard said by phone this week.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect more than 250,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland who lost power in an ice storm, and utility companies warned some will have to wait several more days.

The lion's share of the outages remained in the Philadelphia suburbs, where many schools were closed for a third day, and a PECO spokesman said work was continuing around the clock. PECO accounted for about 220,000 outages Friday night.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
President of SRN

Linda L. Marchalk, Vice President of Northeast Pennsylvania Abstract, LLC has been elected President of Schuylkill Referral Network and has also been elected as a Board Member of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce. Marchalk has long been active in business and community affairs.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Hazleton woman was cited by McAdoo Police following a Dec. 27, 2013 incident.

Patrolman William Curilla was on patrol at 2:38 a.m. when he observed a silver Ford Taurus with a non-working brake light. He conducted a traffic stop on North Kennedy Drive and identified the driver as Milinda Kessler of Hazleton. When Kessler opened the car window, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana. A records check determined Kessler's driver's license had expired as of Oct. 24, 2013.

She failed several field sobriety tests, then refused to submit to any further testing.