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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Three defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Webb accepted the pleas and immediately imposed sentences.

Michael James Ritter, 28, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of habitual offender to the motor vehicle code. He was arrested on May 9 by state police at Lehighton along SR209 in Franklin Township.

Webb sentenced him to serve 30 days to one year in jail. He will serve the time on consecutive weekends beginning Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Aug. 31 deadline for Tamaqua's wildcat sewers to be connected to the main has come and gone, and the majority of the property owners affected have not completed the work.

Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt gave an accounting of the progress at Tuesday night's council meeting.

"We have 54 connections left to do, which involve 41 properties. Ten connections have been completed and four were removed due to fire and demolition," he said.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Twenty-three area residents were among 132 who were arraigned on criminal charges Tuesday morning in the district attorney's office at the Schuylkill County courthouse and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Kimberly Ann Keach, 34, of 256 Brown St., Tamaqua, charged by Patrolman Karl Harig, Tamaqua Police, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

On September 8, students enrolled in the Human Services Program at the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business and Technology will be sleeping outside to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless. Students will be sleeping in the parking lot of the Main Campus Building located at 2650 Woodglen Road, Pottsville, from 5 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Students enrolled in the Human Service Assistant Program are training to work as direct care staff to individuals facing a variety of socio-economic factors, including homelessness.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

After two hours of deliberation a jury was deadlocked in the case of a Barnesville man who was on trial in Schuylkill County court for alleged traffic in drugs. Presiding Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin delcared a mistrial.

Michael James Stewart Jr., 42, of 42 Williams St., was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possesssion, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Haley Motts of Stroudsburg won the open English walk-trot-canter equitation class at the show at Getz' farm.

A horseshow to benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County was held Sunday at the Getz' farm arena on Route 903.

Taylor Tonellis was named the youth high-point English champion riding Sonny D's Request and then came back to win the youth high-point Western championship riding Vision Makers Tease. She donated the two $50 prizes she won for the championships to Special Olympics.

The Western high-point championship was earned by Rebecca Stroup. Diane Mantz won the gymkhana championship.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Navy Club, U.S.S. Carbon County Ship 260, is looking for men and women for membership in its auxiliary. The club meets next on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Nesquehoning VFW at 300 E. Center Street.

The auxiliary needs only five more members to be chartered.

You must be 12 years old or up and related to a person who is serving or has served in the Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, and can supply a DD-214 for the service member or give the veteran's Social Security number. At least 20 people are needed to start the auxiliary.

If interested, please call (570) 645-3643.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

In Tuesday's coverage of a wall which collapsed in Summit Hill, the name of one of the firefighters mentioned was incorrect. The correct name was Timothy Gaughan.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Investigating officer Karl Harig, uses gloves as he inspects burnt siding at the scene.

Tamaqua firefighters and police responded to the Bill Angst Tamaqua Little League Stadium in the Dutch Hill section at 8 p.m. Sunday after someone set fire to two separate garbage receptacles located underneath the wood pavilion.

When firefighters arrived they noticed the commercial receptacles still on fire just under the pavilion, which is connected to the concession stand.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dennis Guth (standing) of Orefield is joined by fellow "Flying Fuzz" Motorcycle Drag Racing Team members at the 23rd annual Antique/Collector Car Show at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873 on Sunday.

Cars, cars, everywhere cars.

Indeed, car junkies certainly had their pick of the litter to feast their eyes upon Sunday at the 23rd annual Antique/Collector Car Show at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873.

Sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club, there were 428 vehicles entered into the field, a number that was significantly less than the 508 cars that were on display at last year's event, said Ted Kistler, event chairman.

"We're a little under last year," Kistler said. "I believe that's due to the weather; people were skeptical."