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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The former chief operating officer of a Schuylkill County firm was sentenced in federal court Monday to a prison term for his part in defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars.

Ernest G. Fink Jr., 68, of Orwigsburg, the former Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Schuylkill Products Inc., was sentenced in Harrisburg, to 51 months' imprisonment and ordered to pay fines totaling $25,100 for his role in a massive conspiracy to defraud the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, Peter Smith, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Organizers of the Carbon County Fair are seeking volunteers for a variety of opportunities.

"This is our 15th consecutive fair, and each year it continues to grow because we have so many dedicated volunteers who help ensure our success," said fair President Bob Silliman.

"The fair has some of the finest volunteers from our county, and surrounding areas," said Liz McElwee, volunteer coordinator. "It's all about having fun and so many of our volunteers return year after year they enjoy doing what they do best volunteering and they enjoy being part of our fair family."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The L & L Rural Volunteer Fire Company, located at 390 South Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly is hosting a bingo beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m.

For ticket information call Teresa at 570-427-4317 or Becky at 570-956-3458.

Food and refreshments will be available.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will be holding auditions for the upcoming production of "The Groom Has Cold Feet," an old-time Western murder mystery, which will be performed in August.

Auditions for actors/ actresses, between the ages of 12 and 20, will be held at 6 p.m. July 15 and 16. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied to the audition by a parent.

For more information, on any art center activity, call 570-668-1192.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A car wash will be held from 9:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the McDonald's parking lot at 180 Market St. in Nesquehoning.

Proceeds will benefit the Marian Fillies Basketball Team.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Slatington Borough Council Human/Community Services Chairman Dave Schnaars displays the front and back of laser-etched slate coasters that council members received as gifts from the borough's sister city, Fair Haven, Vermont, in honor of Slatington's 150th anniversary this year.

Slatington's Borough Council moved one step closer Monday toward hiring a borough manager.

Following an opening executive session lasting an hour and 15 minutes, council returned to say it had been discussing matters of personnel.

However, before the meeting's close, a motion was made to ask solicitor Ed Healy to "allow the solicitor to propose an offer letter to the candidate revealed to the solicitor for the manager position to take the position upon accepting the offer and to start employment upon accepting the offer."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Broken sewer line in Lansford

A broken sewer line on Dock Street in Lansford threatens this year's 15th annual ZooStock, which is scheduled for Labor Day weekend. The ZooStock in the largest fundraising event for the annual telethon of the American Cancer Society, held in April. Lansford Borough Council agreed to make emergency repairs to the line, but said ZooStock can only occur if the line is repaired by then. The council said it has concerns about liability issues if someone should fall into openings made to find the broken line. ZooStock is held on the grounds of the Sports Zoo in Lansford.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia is apologizing for the profanity used by rapper Nicki Minaj and comedian Marlon Wayans during a family-friendly July Fourth concert.

Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday that cursing hasn't been problem at the show in recent years. He says performers are supposed to adhere to network TV standards.

The free outdoor concert, which featured multiple acts, was aired live on WPVI-TV. The station censored the broadcast when foul language was used.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Slatington man has been jailed after police said he assaulted his girlfriend and his mother, and then threatened his father with an aluminum baseball bat.

Zachary M. Wieder, 27, has been charged with three counts each of simple assault and harassment for an altercation inside his apartment Sunday afternoon.

Wieder is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing July 21 at the Lehigh County Courthouse.

He remains in Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Slatington police officer Kevin Smith:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lansford police have charged a borough man with terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and other crimes after he touched a woman with a hunting knife.

Russell Lloyd, 48, of 50 E. Water St., is also charged with harassment/subjecting another to physical contact and disorderly conduct/engaging in fighting. he was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek and released on $3,000 unsecured bail.

Here's what happened, according to an affidavit of probable cause released this week by officer Jason Helmer: