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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Tamaqua couple charged in the death of their 6-week-old son had their preliminary hearings scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer on Tuesday.

Alyssa Shellhammer, 23, and Joseph Kuhla, 22, both elected to waive their hearing and will now await a hearing date in Schuylkill County Court.

Shellhammer and Kuhla were charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment in connection with the sudden, unexpected death of their son, Bronx, on Feb. 5.

The charges were filed by Tamaqua Police Cpl. Henry Woods.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, Rush Township's Zoning Hearing Board granted variances that will allow applicant Joseph Sword, Quakake, to convert an existing residential structure at 202 Claremont Ave. (Route 309) into a branch real estate office on the first floor and a one-unit apartment on the second floor.

The property is just north of the intersection of Routes 309 and 54 on the east side of Route 309. The most recent use of the property was as a residence, with a 2,300-square-foot house on a 160-by-100-foot lot.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court in five pending criminal cases and was immediately sentenced to a county prison term.

He was one of six defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Nicholas Eternity Carullo, 21, of Palmerton, who also had a Pocono Mountain address, pleaded to two counts of receiving stolen property, and one count each of theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and access device fraud.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Only a pile of rubble stands where the Carbon County Fireman's Association drill tower had stood at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton. The 35-foot tower was demolished after being deemed unsafe by an engineering firm.

A 35-foot high, concrete training tower for firefighters in Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton was razed on Tuesday.

The drill tower is owned by the Carbon County Fireman's Association. It likely won't be replaced; at least not on the existing site.

John McArdle, president of the Carbon County Fireman's Association and fire chief in Nesquehoning, said the planning process will begin to construct a new training facility.

A new training facility could cost in excess of $1 million to build, he said.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
William "Bill" Rehrig

William "Bill" Rehrig never forgot his roots.

The Parryville native who went to Nashville and became affiliated with such major country music stars as the late Eddie Rabbitt, the late Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker, often returned home to visit family members and perform with local bands.

Rehrig, 75, of Franklin, Tennessee, died suddenly on July 17.

A memorial service will be held this evening in Tennessee.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, a Celebration of Life will be held at the West End Fire Company No. 2, 855 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Six defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Tyler Matthew Hosier, 22, of Palmerton, was arrested on Feb. 2 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was 0.11 BAC.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Slatington Police continue to investigate an incident in which an elderly woman was injured over the weekend at a Laundromat in the borough in what is believed to be an attempted robbery.

Contacted Tuesday afternoon, Slatington Borough Police Chief David Rachman said that police received a call at 6:45 p.m. July 20 that said an elderly woman was found lying on the floor inside Horner's Laundromat, at 592 Main St.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania coroner has released the name of a man who died after jumping off a rope swing into a pond.

Police in Allentown in Lehigh County were called at about 5 p.m. Tuesday to the pond near the South Mountain Reservoir.

Witnesses said a man surfaced after jumping off the makeshift rope swing into the water, but they said he appeared to be having difficulty and went under again.

Coroner Scott Grim on Wednesday identified the man as 24-year-old Matthew Ruch of Allentown.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eddie "Bluestone" Conover and the Rockabilly Cats will be flash mobbing the streets of Tamaqua from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, starting at 213 E. Broad St. (Hair & Beyond) and visiting several businesses going west until they stop at the Tamaqua School district building at 138 West Broad St.

The group is performing a show on Friday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court says a murder-suicide isn't among the "material defects" that a home seller has to disclose to the buyer.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday in the case of a suburban Philadelphia property that was sold in 2007 for $610,000 to someone who didn't know it was the scene of a murder and suicide by Konstantinos Koumboulis a year earlier.