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Friday, October 24, 2014
LARRY NEFF/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Police, along with police from throughout Carbon county as well as well-armed state troopers, searched a heavily wooded area behind 769 Edgemont Ave. in Palmerton Wednesday morning in search of a Palmerton man and Lehighton female.

A Palmerton man has been arrested, while a Lehighton woman remains at large following a search Wednesday morning that also involved various police from Carbon County and state police personnel.

Borough patrolman Shawn Leadbetter said that at 10 a.m., police spotted James Smiley, 42, of Palmerton, and Michelle Kobal, 44, of Lehighton, both of whom have active warrants out for their arrest from the county probation department.

At that time, Leadbetter said Smiley and Kobal proceeded to take off by foot into a wooded area behind 769 Edgemont Ave.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Special to the Times News Jim Thorpe Community Watch program awards were handed out during a ceremony on Oct. 16. Pictured, back row from left: Jim Thorpe Borough Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe Borough Police officer Eric Schrantz, Bill Solomon and Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko. Front row, from left: Rita O'Donnell, Sara Solt, Gary Solt, Jamie Solomon, Tammy Lombardo and Phyllis Lienhard. Not pictured are Bernadette McGinley, Greg Strubinger, Jim Gallagher and Margaret Dougherty.

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch program honored many of its members during an awards ceremony last week.

Program coordinator Jamie Solomon said certificates were handed out to the 26 Halloween in the Park committee workers, and also 10 members who went beyond the call of duty.

"This is a special night for our group," Solomon said. "We have a lot of individuals who show extra concern, support and a love for their town."

Solomon herself received a surprise award from Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko and Borough Police Chief Joseph Schatz.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says electric distribution companies should ask customers every three years to review the information given to electric generation suppliers.

Companies maintain an eligible customer list that contains customer information such as historic usage, telephone numbers and addresses.

The companies then provide that list to suppliers. Customers can contact their electric company at any time to restrict the information being provided to the suppliers.

Friday, October 24, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two people were injured Friday morning when they were involved in a crash along Route 54 in Nesquehoning. The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. near the intersection with Park Avenue and Stock Street (Route 54). Police report Wes Hurley of Jim Thorpe was traveling east when he lost control of the vehicle while entering into the right berm, where his car impacted and snapped off a utility pole. Hurley and his passenger were both transported to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. Route 54 was closed for approximately an hour.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

 A Palmerton man has been arrested, while a Lehighton female remains at large following a search Wednesday morning that also involved various police from Carbon County and state police personnel.

Borough patrolman Shawn Leadbetter said that at around 10 a.m., police spotted James Smiley, 42, of Palmerton, and Michelle Kobal, 44, of Lehighton, both of whom have active warrants out for their arrest from the county probation department.

At that time, Leadbetter said Smiley and Kobal proceeded to take off by foot into a wooded area behind 769 Edgemont Ave.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The body of Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe will stay put in his namesake town, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.

The ruling, the latest in a convoluted court case over Thorpe's body, overturns a lower court ruling.

Thorpe's family wanted the body returned to Oklahoma; the borough wanted it where it has been since 1957, buried along Route 903 in town.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

No one was injured when a pickup struck this vacant houseat 326 Lincoln St. in Tamaqua at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the truck's driver swerved to avoid a mini bus owned by Lech Transportation, which was traveling in the opposite direction on the narrow street. The home is owned by Tom and Maureen Bartasavage of Summit Hill. Tamaqua Borough officials checked the building's structural integrity once the truck was removed by Hope's Towing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Six defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted pleas from the following:

Kurt Lee Redmon, 26, of Houston, Washington County, was arrested on July 19 along Route 443 by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was 0.17 BAC.

Matika sentenced Redmon to serve five days to six months in prison, pay a fine of $300, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a free college prep course on Nov. 1 for students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades whose parents or guardians are from Carbon County.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the LCCC Jim Thorpe campus, 1100 Center St.

Following introductions and information about academics and test-taking, guests will board a bus for the college's main campus on Route 309 in Schnecksville.

After lunch, at 12:15 p.m., there will be a campus tour and a bus trip back to Jim Thorpe, arriving at LCCC in Carbon County at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween party

The annual Sunday School Halloween party for St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the social hall of the church. The party is for children who attend the nursery through sixth grades of the Sunday school. There will be games, races, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts and refreshments.

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