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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain in northeast Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey from 1 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow and sleet will begin by early afternoon and mix with freezing rain later in the afternoon into tonight. Temperatures will be in the lower 30s.

Expect 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulations, along with up to a tenth of an inch of ice.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Tamaqua man will serve up to 21 years behind bars for raping a 12-year-old girl last year.

President Judge William Baldwin on Monday sentenced Angel Anthony "Sketch" Resto, 22, to the state prison time.

Resto will serve 10 to 20 years on the rape charge, and an additional six to 12 months on a charge of corruption of minors.

Baldwin also sentenced him to six to 12 years for unlawful contact, six to 12 months for indecent assault, and three to six months for indecent exposure, all to be served at the same time as the rape sentence.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Mahanoy City man who beat a woman, poured bleach on her and then set her home on fire last December will spend up to 24 years behind bars for attempted murder and arson.

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin on Nov. 17 sentenced Joseph Yeich, 28, to state prison for his crimes.

He also ordered Yeich to pay $59,890 in restitution to the Travelers Insurance company, $4,005 to David Bickowski, and $250 to Grace Richmond.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

There will be another set of eyes watching over Lehighton Area School District's upcoming building projects.

While not unanimous, the board voted 6-2, with one abstention, Monday night to contract with Quandel Construction Group, a construction management firm, at a cost not to exceed $802,000.

According to the agenda item, Quandel will provide management services for "the high school, middle school, elementary center and, if applicable, multipurpose stadium facility improvement projects."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Anthony Sarti, of New Jersey, cuts a tree Sunday while his daughter, Rachel, watches at Hill Farms in Lehighton.

With snow still draping many of the evergreens around Carbon County, hundreds of families took their saws and measuring sticks into the fields this past weekend in search of that perfect Christmas tree.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, around 25 million to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States.

In 2013, the industry raked in $1.16 billion at an average of $35.30 per real tree, according to a consumer survey.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Some Weissport Borough Council members are thinking about eliminating the town's one-man, part-time police department.

Council member Sue Pywar said the police department is "costing a lot of money."

Gene Kershner, president of the council, added that there is a problem sometimes reaching the officer. He said, "I tried to reach him. The mayor tried to reach him."

"We want to do what's best for the town," Pywar said.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bible Study

The Women's Ecumenical Bible study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Shepherd Room of St. John's Lutheran Church South Avenue. The group is open to all women of the community. Joan DeAcetis is the group leader.

Openings on board

There are openings on the Jim Thorpe Civil Service Commission. Anyone interested in serving, should mail their letters of intend to the borough office, and they should be received no later than Dec. 8. If you have any questions, call the borough office.

Final registration dates

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted probation and parole revocation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants on supervision who violated the terms of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WILKES-BARRE Two women were sentenced in Luzerne County court this week for cheating an insurance company when they provided false information about a car crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley sentenced Jennifer C. Apollon, 31, of Edwardsville, and Lisa G. Moore, 49, of Scranton, to 18 months in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Program, a special probation program for first-time nonviolent offenders.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

One of the contenders in 2016 presidential election might be Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon best known for his work separating conjoined twins.

Carson hasn't officially announced his candidacy, but even on the NBC show "Meet the Press" on Sunday, he hasn't ruled out that possibility.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Carson will speak at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The Lehighton 9/12 project presents Carson speaking on the topic "One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future."