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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Embattled Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. at 4:15 p.m. today faxed a copy of his resignation letter to his first deputy, Paul Steffanic.

Steffanic immediately took the letter upstairs to President Judge William Baldwin, who called Gov. Tom Corbett’s office, then faxed the letter to Corbett.

Once the governor received the fax, Baldwin swore in Steffanic as Clerk of Courts.

“It’s not a celebratory time, but we need to move on,” Steffanic said in a telephone interview.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman is accused of selling heroin while a patient at a western Pennsylvania hospital, first in the intensive care unit and later from her room.

Greensburg police said an undercover informant bought $90 worth of heroin Friday from 38-year-old Lori Sullenberger, who was being treated for an undisclosed ailment at Excela Westmoreland Hospital. A police search later uncovered $3,800 in heroin, two syringes and $1,400 in her room.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – For killing the source of his frustration and abandoning the body in an alley, a Colorado man could be considered lucky for just receiving a citation – except his victim was his computer.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1Fc4rNX ) that 37-year-old Lucas Hinch was slapped with a ticket for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took his computer outside and shot it eight times.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Owl Creek Bridge in Towamensing Township will be closed indefinitely as of April 28 due to reconstruction. Township secretary Lora Nothstein said, "It's deteriorated to the point that it can't handle a lot of traffic. Last year the township made repairs to the bridge, which included placing steel over top of it, and shoring up parts of the bottom of it."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center today announced that PHS/PMC President and CEO Kathleen Kuck has advised the board of her decision to resign, effective immediately. Kuck joined PHS/PMC in 2006 as vice president for patient care services and was named CEO in December 2008.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Three Republican candidates for Congress will speak during a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 project Thursday evening.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club, 676 Stewart Creek Road, Lehighton.

The candidates will beging their presentations at 7 p.m.

They are Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan, Matt Connolly and Matthew Dietz.

The Democratic candidate for the 17th Congressional District is Matthew Cartwright, who is not opposed in the Primary Election.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for daytime single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the northbound Lehigh Tunnel on Wednesday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tunnel maintenance.

The southbound tunnel will be closed and traffic diverted into the northbound tunnel.

The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) interchanges.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton VFW Post 256 names Douglas J. Nothstein as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. From left are, Harry Wynn III, past commander; Nothstein; and Kenneth Repsher, VFW commander.

For the 18th year, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 256, Lehighton, has presented a Firefighter of the Year award to an outstanding volunteer firefighter at Lehighton Fire Company.

On Monday night, Douglas J. Nothstein was named the 2014 Firefighter of the Year.

Kenneth Repsher, VFW commander, and Harry Wynn III, past commander, presented the award.

Nothstein was selected by his peers for the honor.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

State police at Frackville are warning area residents of an increase in phone scams occurring in the area.

Two separate occurrences of residents being solicited for a security payment for a prize won or claiming to be from various law enforcement agencies looking for payment of a debt or to avoid arrest have been reported. In one incident, a loss of $800 was reported.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Nesquehoning man had his parole revoked on drug charges and was resentenced in the Carbon County court to a jail term. He was one of three defendants who had parole/probation hearings held on petitions filed by the adult probation office for violating the conditions of their release.

Zachary Lienhard, 23, had his parole revoked on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on petition filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart, for violating conditions of failing to submit to scheduled drug screens, which violated the zero-tolerance provision.