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Friday, January 24, 2014

Fire damaged a home in Franklin Township Thursday afternoon. According to scanner reports, a residence at Main Road, was fully involved just after 2 p.m. Initial reports were that a woman was trapped inside the residence, but later stated that they were able to get her out of the home. Mutual aid was brought in to help fight the fire. Companies on the scene aiding Franklin Township included Lehighton, East Penn and Mahoning. Check back for more details.

Friday, January 24, 2014

St. Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, will host a "Be Cool for Our School" Polar Plunge on Saturday, at Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe. Registration is $35 and begins at 9:30 a.m. The first plunge starts at 11 a.m. All proceeds go toward operating costs for the school.

The event will feature Amanda Salovay, the principal of St. Joseph's, as one of the "premiere plungers."

Salovay has promised to plunge if students collect enough monetary pledges to meet their fundraising goal of $10,000. She will plunge to different depths at various fundraising levels.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A water main break occurred in the vicinity of Chestnut and Ludlow Street in Summit Hill this afternoon.

Kira Steber, borough secretary, said because of the break, the water department was forced to cut off the water supply to the community.

As a result, the entire community with without water for a few hours

Borough officials and the public works department worked quickly to resolve the problem.

Water was restored to the borough by 5 p.m.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Charges have been bound over to Carbon County court against a Lansford police officer who police say formed a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, gave him beer, and showed him pornography.

Robert Shubeck, 40, of Nesquehoning, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Shubeck waived his right to the hearing, and will appear Feb. 27 for a pretrial status conference in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A jetliner carrying 47 people made an emergency landing Thursday night at Lehigh Valley International Airport after the pilot reported the plane's flaps weren't working.

At 6:35 p.m., the pilot notified the airport of the problem as the plane headed northeast toward Allentown, according to emergency radio reports. Twenty minutes later, with firetrucks and ambulances near the runway, the jet landed safely.

Friday, January 24, 2014

SHENANDOAH Prosecutors added attempted murder charges to a host of other offenses already filed against a Mahanoy City man stemming from a December assault and arson in Mahanoy City.

During a preliminary hearing that lasted about an hour, all charges against Joseph C. Yeich, 28, of 1229 E. Mahanoy Ave., were held for Schuylkill County Court.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A settlement is in the making that could put to an end to the legal battle between Gilberton borough and its suspended police Chief Mark Kessler.

Gilberton Borough Council held its regular meeting on Thursday and voted to continue negotiations between the borough's special counsel from the law firm of Elliott Greenleaf & Dean and Kessler's attorney, Joseph P. Nahas.

The meeting opened as usual with review of normal business and announcement of committee assignments by council President Daniel Malloy, who then called to enter the new business portion of the meeting.

Friday, January 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Taylor Shepherdson, center, holds her Student of the Month award from the Penn-Kidder Lions Club Saturday morning at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also at the presentation were, from left, her grandmother, Trish Triviana; father, George; mother, Natalie; and sister, Chelsea.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A meeting about the ACS Chinese Auction will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Cancer Telethon Building (the former ACS Building), 33 W. Ridge Street, Lansford.

Anyone interested in helping to collect items and solicit businesses is asked to attend. For more information call Mary Ann or Jess at 570-645-4228 or email madula@ptd.net.

The Chinese Auction is scheduled for March 23 at the Lakeside Ballroom.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is recruiting 4,000 customers to serve as volunteers for the Turnpike Traveler Advisory Panel, a new and innovative way to enable turnpike users to provide direct feedback on any number of issues from road quality to overall satisfaction and future initiatives that impact motorists.

The panel research community will be made up of commercial and passenger customers reflecting the commission's customer base across the 550-plus mile system. Participants will contribute to research studies throughout and earn rewards for their time and effort.