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Friday, July 18, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe police investigate a crash Thursday evening at North and West fifth streets that left one man injured and another in trouble. The yellow Nissan, driven by David Brown Jr. of Nesquehoning, struck the parked pickup at right owned by Alan Rhoads of Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe police are investigating a crash that happened Thursday evening at North and West Fifth streets that sent one man to the hospital and left charges pending against another.

Police Chief Joseph Schatz said the crash happened at 5:35 p.m. David Brown Jr., 44, of Nesquehoning, drove his a late model yellow Nissan Xterra onto West Fifth, hitting a parked pickup.

Schatz said charges are pending against Brown. Brown's passenger, Michael Large, 46, of Jim Thorpe, was taken to Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, for a hike near Swatara State Park on Tuesday. The trail is five miles in length and easy. Participants will hike along the Lebanon Resevoir near an old railroad bed. Meet off Route 443 in Suedberg on Swopes Valley Road in Swatara State Park at 9:30 a.m. and car-pool to the site where the hike will begin at 10 a.m. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Contact Tracey at 570-467-2506 for further information. Shine only.

Friday, July 18, 2014

HARRISBURG State Rep. Doyle Heffley issued a reminder about outreach hours for veterans.

The Mobile Veterans Center will visit the Lehighton American Legion, at 314 Veterans Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

An American Legion outreach specialist will visit Heffley's district office, 110 N. Third St., Second Floor, in Lehighton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to take advantage of these services.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Saylorsburg woman arrested by Tamaqua police for drug crimes has been freed from jail, but must abide by a strict set of conditions.

Noelle Parisi, 28, of Saylorsburg, had her bail reduced by Judge James Goodman from $25,000 to $5,000, meaning she had to post $500 to gain her freedom.

Under Goodman's orders, Parisi must live with her grandfather, Cornelius England; must not possess or use alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia; and must get a job within 30 days or notify the district attorney.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A fast moving fire that destroyed a home in the Schuylkill County village of Branchdale, Reily Township, was caused by a clothes dryer vent system, a state police fire marshal has ruled.

The fire was reported about 9:24 a.m. on Thursday at 8 Sport Hill Road. State police at Schuylkill Haven said when Branchdale Fire Company volunteers, along with neighboring fire companies, arrived on sceen they were met with heavy flames coming from the rear of the home. Firefighters were unable to make entry due to the amount of heavy fire.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says the former Penn State assistant football coach had a bedtime "ritual" at the family's central Pennsylvania home.

The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday released a clip of Winfrey's interview with Matt Sandusky, who says he was sexually abused by his father.

Sandusky tells Winfrey he enjoyed spending time with the family, except when it came time for bed. The full interview airs Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

COPLAY, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials say they have not yet determined the cause of a blaze in an eastern Pennsylvania apartment building that killed scores of animals, but it appears to have been accidental.

The fire in Lehigh County's North Whitehall Township was reported shortly after noon Tuesday.

Fire chief Ron Stahley said 61 cats and two dogs were killed in the blaze, which began in the kitchen of the unit.

Stahley said the fire didn't appear suspicious in origin and also didn't appear to have been related to cooking.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS From left: Julie Marchesi, Sugar Marvese and Alma Ruiz-Smith clean one of the 10 bedrooms at the Hotel Jonas, now the Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary of VALOR Clinic.

Mark Baylis looks around the Hotel Jonas and says, "It looks like a combat zone."

Baylis, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces SGM, is referring to the ordered chaos of a huge cleaning and renovating push this week for the newly formed VALOR Clinic, a program and shelter for homeless veterans that he co-founded with veteran Tony Cross. The weeklong event is called Hotel Jonas Refit and Transition Days.

About 70 volunteers showed up for the 10 a.m. call to duty Sunday.

Who's helping?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The VALOR Clinic, a 501(c) 3 public charity, hopes to be operational by Oct. 1. Services and items needed to reach that goal include volunteers; money; plumbers; carpenters; materials to build shelves; storage building; four truckloads ofconcrete; four truckloads of stone; $1,000 for each of the 10 bedrooms for bedding, curtains, furnishings, etc.; carpet cleaning; materials for a dog run; food; clothing; andpersonal hygiene products.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Residents of Nesquehoning should be cautious of a scam.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith received a call from a resident who encountered a male with a heavy Indian accent.

The man said his name was Jack Mason and claimed that he was with the IRS.

He began ordering the resident to call the number 206-512-1441 to pay the IRS for a penalty with taxes.

Smith called the number and said that a female answered with a heavy Indian accent.

When he identified himself, she showed signs of nervousness and said she didn't know anyone named Jack Mason, then hung up.