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Thursday, July 24, 2014

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported at 12:29 p.m. Wednesday at the Cornerstone Community Church on 388 Polk Township Road in Polk Township.

Police said someone broke a lock on an electrical box at the outdoor basketball courts so they could turn on the lights. They also damaged one of the baseball benches on the property.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another thunderstorm is moving through the region, knocking down trees and wires as it goes.

"Trees are down all over the place" according to scanner reports. Crews are out at the 600 and 900 blocks of E. Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning, as well as other areas.

Fire police are being called to the area to assist with traffic control.

PPL is reporting 230 customers without power in Nesquehoning. A handful of people are out in other areas of the county.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lansford firemen are on the scene of a lightning strike about 4:30 P.M. Wednesday at 501 East Patterson St.

The brick chimney of the home was struck by lightning during a violent thunderstorm, sending debris falling onto the roof and nearby sidewalk.

An 11-year- old child was standing nearby and is being evaluated by Lehighton paramedics.

That child was later transported to the Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Lansford man suspected of harassing and threatening a Nesquehoning woman with a fake bomb has been caught in York County.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith said his department received a tip yesterday that John Robert Large, 49, was at a York County hospital.

Nesquehoning Officer Timothy Wuttke contacted York police, who went to the hospital to get Large.

Large assaulted several hospital staff when he learned he would be taken into custody, Smith said.

Although Large ran, York police caught him.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 Pennsylvania moved ahead with steps to make travel more efficient today as the Pennsylvania Turnpike activated its 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain (Interchange 201) to Morgantown (Interchange 298) and PennDOT announced it will launch 70 mph pilot projects on a pair of interstates next month.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Schuylkill County’s public transportation system is on a $1.9 million roll.

On Wednesday, commissioners authorized the county’s 2014-2015 application to the state Department of Transportation for transit-related improvement projects.

The projects include expanding and renovating the Schuylkill Transportation System’s office and maintenance building in Saint Clair at a cost of $1.5 million, and replacing five 8- to 14-passenger accessible small transit buses for $372,400.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Shubeck

A Lansford police officer entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday to one count of corruption of a minor.

Robert J. Shubeck, 40, of Nesquehoning, entered the plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. However, in a plea bargain with the state Attorney General's office, charges relating to an alleged sexual relationship he had with a teenage boy were not part of the plea agreement.

The attorney general's office took over prosecution of the case at the request of county District Attorney Gary F. Dobias.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the past 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lehighton Area School District has decided to forge ahead with its updated districtwide feasibility study and will submit designs for its proposed elementary center.

On a slim 5-4 vote Monday, the board approved the updated districtwide feasibility study, dated July 21, prepared by EI Associates.

Directors Larry Stern, Wayne Wentz, Stephen Holland, Andrew Yenser and board President Gloria Bowman were in favor. Directors Rocky Ahner, William Hill Jr., Hal Resh and Lori Nothstein were opposed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Representatives from Tamaqua's council, planning and zoning boards met Tuesday night to discuss the Eastern Schuylkill Regional Planning zoning ordinance and land development ordinance, a meeting which was both contentious and productive.

Tamaqua councilman Justin Startzel asked for the meeting during the borough's meeting last week. ESRP unites Tamaqua and three townships, Walker, Schuylkill and Rush, in a regional ordinance, and representatives from those entities have been working on it for about 12 years.