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Thursday, March 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The French and Spanish Honor Societiesof Marian Catholic High School recently inducted 29 new members during a special Mass held in the school gymnasium.Celebrant was the Rev. Francis Shoenauer. Following the ceremony, a breakfastreception was enjoyed by members, their parents and guests.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Carbon County officials are looking at possible opportunities to expand office space.

During the county commissioners’ meeting Thursday, the board approved a proposal by Person Agency Inc., of Lehighton for appraisal services at 41 and 57 Susquehanna St. in Jim Thorpe at a cost of $1,500 for both appraisals. The two properties are the Hooven building and the former Gulf gas station.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

On Wednesday, Mahoning Township Police received multiple theft reports from unlocked vehicles in the Meadowcrest section of the township.

During the overnight hours at least 21 vehicles were entered. Stolen items included jewelry, money, and electronics.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at 570-386-2241, or by email at mahtwppd@ptd.net.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Man injured in Palmerton crash

Jared Costenbader, 19, of Palmerton, was traveling west on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday when he stopped to make a left-hand turn into a private parking lot and ran his 1997 Volkswagen Jetta into the back of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata owned by Lois Strohl, 62, of Palmerton. Costenbader was taken to Palmerton Hospital with a head injury. No charges have been filed. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Strohl's Towing for disabling damage.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Playtex Manufacturing, Inc. announced Wednesday it is initiating a voluntary nationwide recall of certain AC/DC power adapters that are used with the Playtex® Nurser Deluxe Double Electric Breast Pump.

Consumer safety is a primary objective of Playtex and the company is taking this action out of an abundance of caution. The casing on some adapters may become loose and separate, resulting in a potential for electric shock. No injuries have been reported to date.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kindergarten registration in the Jim Thorpe Area School District for the 2014-2015 school year will be held in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full-day kindergarten experience for its students.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS On hand to present a gift to Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler (first from right) on Tuesday in the amount of $1,500 from the Raising The House group for playground equipment for Towamensing Elementary School in memory of Blaine R. House are (front) sixth-grader Kelly Heinick, (back, from left) Marcia Heinick, Jill Kuzo and Kelli Costenbader.

Palmerton Area High School seniors can finally plan for their commencement exercises.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve June 16 as the graduation date for the Class of 2014.

Also on Tuesday, the board accepted the gift of $1,500 from the Raising The House group for playground equipment for Towamensing Elementary School in memory of Blaine R. House.

Among those on hand from the Towamensing PTO to present the check to the district were Marcia Heinick, sixth-grader Kelly Heinick, Jill Kuzo and Kelli Costenbader.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Police and emergency crews are on scene at a shooting that occurred just before 7 p.m. on Meixell Valley Road in Eldred Township.

According to reports at the scene, a neighbor shot a father, mother and son.

One was reported to be shot in the stomach and one in the arm. The father was killed at the scene, according to reports, and the son died at the hospital.

The road is closed at the intersection of Meixell Valley and Weir Lake roads.

State police at Lehighton are on the scene and said more details will be released later.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Heath

An Allentown man told police he strangled a Tamaqua woman and burned her body because he thought she would refuse to drive him to a custody hearing.

Anthony Darrell Heath, 25, of 506 W. Chew St., Allentown, is charged with killing Angela Marie Steigerwalt, 35, on the night of Jan. 31 in his Allentown apartment.

Police testified at Heath's preliminary hearing Tuesday, saying he transported her body to Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe and disposed of it in a bed of laurel bushes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Carbon County man, who previously admitted his part in the assault of a Lansford man in his home, and also to his part in the robbery of a Lansford convenience store, was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in the county court.

Raymond Ziegenfuss III, 19, of Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of three to six years in a state correctional institution.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal conspiracy-robbery and criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault.