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Thursday, July 12, 2012

It was more bad news concerning the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement fund as it took another hit in the stock market.

Controller Cristy Joy, secretary of the retirement board, reported at the monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville, that as of Wednesday the market value of the retirement fund dropped to $99,278,015.75. A few months ago the fund rose to a high of $105 million. The fund is managed by 12 financial firms under the supervision of Cornerstone Advisors Management on behalf of the retirement board.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/Special to the TIMES NEWS In addition to dedicating the new Lake Harmony Fire House on Saturday, the Hewitt Communications Room will also be dedicated by firefighters, in honor of the Robert E. Hewitt family, and the support its members have given the fire company.

The Lake Harmony Fire Company is planning a dedication ceremony Saturday, July 14 from 1-3 p.m. at its new firehouse on North Lake Drive in Lake Harmony. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Firefighters were called to 34 Ball Diamond Road in Barnesville just before 4 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a house fire. When they arrived they extinguished the fire, which was centered around the kitchen stove. Smoke could be seen emanating from the home. Firefighters placed large exhaust fans at entry and exit points to the home. Responding were Rush Township Police, Hometown Fire Company, fire police, Tamaqua Rapid Intervention Team, Mahanoy City Fire Company, Ryan Township Fire Company, Quakake Fire Company and others. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dedication of the Lehighton police station will occur at 10 a.m. Friday.

The station, located in Station 2 of the Lehighton Fire Department at 124 S. Third St., is being dedicated to the memory of the late Wilbur "Cap" Bauchspies.

Bauchspies served as mayor in the borough for 28 years beginning in 1969. He died May 13, 2009 at the age of 81. At the time of his death, he was a member of Lehighton Borough Council. His widow, Bessie Bauchspies, presently serves on the borough council.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Toxic gas and smoke rise from the underground mine fire, which has been burning below Centralia since May 1962.

Following a recent federal appeals court decision, the few remaining residents living in the borough of Centralia must move.

Sitting near the western edge of Schuylkill County, Centralia's population has dwindled from more than 2,761 residents in 1890 to only five homes currently.

In 1962, a dumpsite fire below the borough resulted in an underground mine fire that has continued to burn to this day. As a result, all properties in the borough were claimed under eminent domain by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992, most of which were then destroyed.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Mahoning Township man who allegedly took his ex-girlfriend's car, then allegedly threatened to kill the ex-girlfriend, and who allegedly hurled a rock through a Lehighton resident's window waived a hearing on all the charges, yesterday.

Steven Paul Brownmiller, 49, of Jamestown Street, opted to issue a guilty plea to the charges. They will now be forwarded for processing in Carbon County Court.

The hearing was to have been in front of District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

There were three separate criminal complaints filed before Lewis for Brownmiller.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the swearing in of new Lehighton Area School District superintendent, Jonathan J. Cleaver are, from left, Judge Steven R. Serfass, LASD solicitor William G. Schwab, and Cleaver.

New Lehighton Area School District superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver was sworn in by Judge Steven R. Serfass on Wednesday morning at the Carbon County Courthouse.

In 1999, Cleaver was first employed as a special-education teacher in Berwick, and then moved on to the positions of dean of students, assistant principal and finally principal of the Berwick Area High School in 2008.

For the past two years, he has held the position of the coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Grants at LASD.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A New Ringgold man was allegedly drunk and drugged when he crashed a half-loaded, 26-foot U-Haul truck into two utility poles and a flatbed trailer at a Coaldale gas station and convenience store along Route 209 on May 19.

Michael Charles Hill Jr., 21, of 47 Mush Dahl Road, had been drinking and smoking marijuana before losing control of the truck and smashing into utility poles and a flatbed trailer, according to police reports.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Palmerton man pleaded guilty to giving false identification to West Penn Township police and was sentenced in Schuylkill County court.

Douglas James Ahner, 30, of 710 Club Road, was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve 12 months on probation, releasing him from the Schuylkill County prison where he had spent five days after being picked up on a bench warrant.

Ahner pleaded guilt to giving a false identification to Patrolman Dale Osenbach when stopped on Dec. 18, 2010, at the Tamaqua Plaza. The bench warrant was dissolved after his sentence.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A 63-year-old Bethlehem man, charged with inappropriately touching a female younger than age 13, was scheduled for a hearing before District Judge Edward Lewis yesterday.

However, at the request of his attorney, a public defender who was just assigned the case, the hearing has been continued until July 25.

The defendant, Robert Joseph Overbeck, continues to be held in Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.