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Monday, February 27, 2012

Despite his request to hold an open Primary in the 124th, State Representative Jerry Knowles received the unanimous endorsement of the Berks County Republican Party this weekend.

In a speech to the packed gathering of Berks GOP members at their annual convention on Saturday, Knowles made it known that he was not seeking an endorsement, however his request was rejected and he received a unanimous show of support.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Three Tamaqua residents were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Corrine Duke, 43, of 264 Brown St., Tamaqua, on a charge of resisting arrest was placed on probation 12 months and shall submit to a medical health evaluation, and pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). Duke was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Maria Aracena, last Aug. 16 in the 200 block of E. Broad St.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Lehighton Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Crime Watch Division, is hosting a neighborhood watch program from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Lehighton Area High School auditorium. The presentation will feature informative speakers and will enlist volunteers.

For more information, call (610) 377-1926.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

ICS-200: March 3 and 4, at the Carbon County EMA. Prerequisite for ICS-300. Call the EMA at (570) 325-3097 to register.

Hazmat Awareness: March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

PEMA Municipal Elected Officials Seminar: March 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police are looking for the vandals who sprayed large amounts of graffiti on the roof and sides of the Tamaqua YMCA and other establishments located at the Jamesway Plaza in Tamaqua. Police reported that the incident must have happened late Friday night. The vandals scaled the top of the mall to spray portions of the graffiti. Tamaqua Crime Watch is offering a $250 reward for the first person to provide a court-used statement which results in the conviction of any of the vandals.

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three persons were injured, two seriously, in a violent crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of state routes 309 and 895 in the village of Snyders, West Penn Township. The crash occurred at 5 p.m. involving a car driven by Ida Kupres of Tamaqua and a pickup truck driven by Christian Deem of New Ringgold. Both vehicles came to rest in the north bound lanes. An unknown female was also in the passenger seat of the car during the collision. Kupres was trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Company No. 1.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Hector Enchautegui Jr.

Lansford police have issued arrest warrants for three men.

Anthony Pascoe, 25, last known address 201 E. Kline Ave. Apt. 4, Lansford, is wanted as a result of an incident which took place on Jan. 23, 2010. Charges of driving under the influence, and numerous traffic offenses, were filed by Officer Robert Shubeck.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club will hold their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today in room 104 of the Morgan Campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua. New members (ages 18 and under) are encouraged to attend. FMI call (570) 668-1234.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is holding a "Power of Purple" pre-event party fundraiser on Friday, March 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hometown Fire Company to help prepare for the Relay For Life coming up in June, as well as to share the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Freezing temperatures outside didn't stop over 100 local children and family members from having wet winter fun during the Tamaqua Class of 2014's first open swim fundraiser Friday night at the Tamaqua Area School District natatorium. Diane Pangonis Butkus, event organizer, stated her appreciation to all who came and the Tamaqua lifeguards that volunteered their time. Their next swim is set for Friday March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on how to help, contact Butkus via Facebook. The Class is also looking into helping defray the cost of the broken diving board, which has been broken since last year.Enjoying the water are Olivia Eckert, 10, Talia Lewis, 10, George Pudihas, 9, Jacob Wasserleben, 8, Carson Krell, 8, and Michael Steigerwalt, 8, and Megan Ruch, 11.

Freezing temperatures outside didn't stop over 100 local children and family members from having wet winter fun during the Tamaqua Class of 2014's first open swim fundraiser Friday night at the Tamaqua Area School District natatorium. Diane Pangonis Butkus, event organizer, stated her appreciation to all who came and the Tamaqua lifeguards that volunteered their time. Their next swim is set for Friday March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on how to help, contact Butkus via Facebook.