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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nesquehoning police have filed multiple charges against two Carbon County residents who allegedly entered the basement of a residence and attacked the occupants.

Keith A. Johnson, 23, of Jim Thorpe, and Danielle Neff, 22, of Lansford, were both charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, and harassment.

Chief of Police Shawn Smith of Nesquehoning said felony warrants have been issued for Johnson and Neff. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Nesquehoning Police Department at (570) 669-9111.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will hold a holiday party on Monday, Dec. 19 at the AMVETS on Ridge Street in Lansford. There will be a short meeting to nominate officers at 6:30 p.m. followed by food, drink and conversation at 7 p.m. Retired and active union members who reside in Carbon County are welcome to attend and to bring a guest. Call President Terry Whiteman for more information at (610) 379-0162. The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter represents the interests of working families.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Carbon County couple accused of theft has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Herman McFarland, 45, and Kelly Neff, 43, of 70 Anthony Lane, Palmerton, pleaded guilty to the charge during a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

In turn, Appleton dismissed a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition against the couple.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Garth Holloway:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Nesquehoning man is in prison in lieu of bail after allegedly making many telephone calls - some of them threatening - to his former employer.

Richard John Padora, 27, of East Railroad Street, was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford who set bail at $5,000 straight.

Padora has been charged with harassment, persistent disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, and public drunkenness.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It was incorrectly reported recently in a Schuylkill County Court column that there was a mortgage foreclosure action against the property at 7 Nolan, Barnesville. The property was purchased three years ago and the owners have a clear title to it.

The reporter mistook a late sheriff's return of papers to the prothonotary's office of an old complaint which was included with new complaints just filed. There had been a suit filed against the former owner years ago which has been settled and the new owners now have a clear title.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Brewsky lovers living in and around West Penn now have the option to shop local as business partners Colby McHugh and his father, Richard McHugh have recently opened a new beer distributor in West Penn called McHugh's Brews Inc.

Their new business is located across the street from the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home in Snyders and occupies the old Kemmerer's Store, which closed in the 1980's.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when struck by a car while riding a bicycle in Franklin Township. The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. at the intersection of Canal street and Main Road just east of Weissport. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township. Township police are investigating the incident.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Panther Valley School Board for the second time Wednesday deadlocked 4-4 as it tried to elect officers. The failure to reorganize may send the matter to Carbon County Court, a move that could boot one or all board members from office.

Court could be avoided if the board appoints a replacement for school director Tony Pondish, who resigned before the initial Dec. 8 reorganization meeting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/special to the TIMES NEWS

Numerous students from the Panther Valley School District took part in the annual chorus concert with the high school and middle school students performing appropriate Christmas tunes. After solos sung by Daniela Maturana, Kayla Reese, and Kiley Boswell, pictured with director Miriam Hoffer, left, the Intermediate Chorus sang with many students crowding the stage. The overflow of elementary school members was a delight to parents and friends who attended.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alyse Mitten, President of the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association, spoke at the Western Pocono Lions Club last meeting. The organization's vice President Seth Isenberg, center, presented a check for $100 to the club in honor of the club's judging the group's advertising competition. Club President Charles Rush and Lioness Club President Virginia Lamendola, some of whose members also helped judge, received the check. It will be forwarded to Lions Clubs International Foundation.