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Friday, January 20, 2012
gail maholick/times news Franklin Township fire fighters were called to a fire at 259 Main Road in Franklin Township this morning.

A Franklin Township couple was awakened early today by the frantic screams of a friend and the shrill sound of their smoke alarm.

Joe Moyer and his girl friend, Tiffany Ketchledge, were asleep upstairs when Brian McGee, who was sleeping on the sofa downstairs at 259 Main Road, awoke to see flames in the kitchen area of the double brick home.

Moyer dashed downstairs and attempted to use a kitchen fire extinguisher, but soon found that was no match for the fire. Moyer said that he had no idea how the fire could have started, but noticed flames in the area at the sink.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A state police expert in DNA examination, testifying at the trial of a Lansford man charged with killing his estranged wife, said Thursday that blood stains found in the basement of the suspect's home matches DNA of his missing wife.

Lisa Shutfufski, of the Bethlehem laboratory of the state police and a forensic specialist, said she examined certain blood stains sent to her by investigators and compared it with other items believed to be that of the missing woman. She said the DNA matched.

Friday, January 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle accident that occurred yesterday afternoon in Tamaqua. The incident occurred parallel to the Domino's Pizza parking lot on SR309, N. Railroad Street and involved a green/tan Ford F150 pickup truck driven by CC Simmons of Coaldale and a gray Nissan Terra SUV driven by Megan Skripko of Middleport. Responding in addition to Tamaqua Police were Tamaqua Rescue Squad, firefighters and fire police. Tamaqua Police Officer Michael Hobbs is the investigating officer. There were no reports of any major injuries.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fireman Apprentice Paul A. Laub Jr., U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Laub of Lehighton, participated in the rescue of 37 Hong Kong Chinese sailors from a grounded Liberian freighter while serving in the Western Pacific aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea. A foot-high silver trophy was presented the captain and crew of the Coral Sea on behalf of the master and crew of the "Loyal Fortunes," wich ran aground on the Pratas Reef 170 miles south of Hong Kong.

Friday, January 20, 2012
victor izzo/special to the times news The Shar N. Hope bear is one headliner for this year's "Daffodil Days" event of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. Shown at the fundraising event in Jim Thorpe are, left to right: holding a "vase and a bunch", Caylan Chanwik, ACS East Region Community Income Development Representative; Bob Stevenson; the "Doctor", from Penn's Peak Radio; and holding the 10-inch Boyds bear, Sally Smith, Pre-Sales Coordinator

The Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society recently held the kickoff for its 39th annual "Daffodil Days" fundraising event, a nationwide program of the American Cancer Society (ACS) that shares the hope for a world free of cancer.

Held at Bear Appetit Cafe on Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe, the meeting was used to energize pre-sale coordinators so they could take the knowledge back to their places of work and places of worship.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Lehighton Area School District has released the list of the elementary Students of the Month. They are broken down by school.

East Penn Elementary School

Kindergarten: Mrs. Betz - Tanner Manogue; first grade: Mrs. Bruch - Elizabeth Kimble, and Mrs. Zerbe - Alexis Kester; second grade: Mrs. Biery - Dakota Nedley, and Mrs. Bonser - Erin Homm; third grade: Mrs. Snyder - Makella Szozda, and Miss Wassmer - Natasha Schleicher; fourth grade: Mrs. Breiner - Mackenzie Borger, and Mrs. Kattner - Jacob Meenan.

Franklin Elementary School

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Three area people were among 13 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced Wednesday by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Zachary I. Hess, 25, of 204 Valley Street, Brockton Village, Schuylkill Township, on a DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol charge, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in the Schuylkill County Prison with the sentence to begin on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. He was also granted immediate permission to participate in the work release program.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Members of the Fairview Hose Company in East Mauch Chunk answered an emergency call for services today to rescue a kitten that had been "treed" on South Street. "Oscar," owned by the Emory Sofranko family, was chased up the tree by a dog on Wednesday and had been occupying its lofty perch in Frank E. McGinley's walnut tree since that time. Fire Chief George Hummel scaled a tall ladder to retrieve Oscar. Over 50 spectators gathered to witness the feat.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Carbon County Correctional Facility officials are taking proper measures to ensure the safety of the inmates.

During the monthly county prison board meeting on Wednesday, officials responded to anonymous complaints about the medical staff at the prison.

Diane McFadden, a mother of two of inmates at the prison, approached the board about information she heard about the prison not taking proper care of the inmates when medical issues arise.

"I'm here because I'm concerned for their safety," she said to the prison board.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has applied for a pair of grants and plans to throw its hat into the ring for a third source of funding.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, informed the school board on Tuesday that applications have been sent in for the Keystones to Opportunity grant and Environmental Education grant.

Also referred to as Striving Readers, the Keystones to Opportunity grant is geared to advance literacy skills - such as pre-literacy skills, reading and writing - for students from birth through grade 12.