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Friday, August 8, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police investigators were summoned to Tamaqua after an incident early Friday involving a police Taser gun in which one man later died.

According to a report by state police at Frackville, Tamaqua police were dispatched at 4 a.m. to the vicinity of Fegley's Mini Mart, 30 Center St., for a report of man running around the parking lot shouting obscenities.

The man, later identified as Jose Paulino Jr., 38, ran over to the Sunoco station, according to police.

Police said Paulino continued to act agressively and they used a Taser on him numerous times.

Friday, August 8, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Frank Walter, construction manager at the site, bottom left, watches as crew from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Inc. use a concrete pump truck to pour the concrete that will become a bridge abutment.

There's a lot that goes into building a bridge.

On Friday morning, the Times News visited the construction site just off the Mahoning Valley toll plaza to see what goes into replacing the two Pennsylvania Turnpike bridges that carry thousands of vehicles over Pohopoco Creek, Pohopoco Drive and Route 209 daily.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Inc. of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, is the contractor for the $22.1 million project, which is slated to be complete by June 2016.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Schuylkill County man was jailed this week after he took a pain patch from a resident at the Schuylkill County home for the elderly, and eating it.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Anthony Hessler, 26, of Palo Alto.

Troopers said the incident occurred between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rest Haven home in North Manheim Township, just outside Schuylkill Haven.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Brodheadsville man faces charges of possessing and distributing crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Jose Hernandez-Tirado, 34, faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

Police said Hernandez-Tirado distributed the cocaine in 2013.

Charges, filed Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court in Scranton, came after an investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration special agents, Homeland Security investigators, Pennsylvania State Police, the Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and Berks County detectives.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Twenty-three 4-H Club members from Carbon County are attending the 4-H Club Week program at Penn State University.

While on the campus, club members will take part in assembly programs, demonstrations, and judging contests.

Among those having demonstrations are Mary Lou Diehl, Cora Ann Rehrig, Louise Ann Truver, Caroy Raynock and Ruth Ann Roth.

Judging events will be done by Lorraine Beck, Marvin Eidem and Roy Christman.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association members receive the keys Wednesday to a 2014 PL Custom ambulance, purchased recently for around $180,000. From left are Robert W. Miller Jr., association treasurer; Lewis Exner, association president; and John Bryan, of Spitler Vehicle Specialties.

Every vehicle has a shelf life, including those used for emergency response.

Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association unveiled the latest addition to its fleet, a 2014 PL Custom ambulance, Wednesday at its Mill Road headquarters.

Robert W. Miller Jr., ambulance association treasurer, said the $180,000 vehicle will replace a PL Custom purchased in 2003.

"The 2003 unit has about 61,000 miles on it," Miller said. "The plan right now is to sell it to Lehighton Ambulance Association. It's 11 years old and ambulances just depreciate in value over time, just like anything else."

Friday, August 8, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lee Sivak displays the "Living Roof" painting that won the People's Choice award at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show.

The art show held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center was juried by Anita Collins and Kay Stauffer. The winners were announced at a reception on Sunday.

Termed a celebration of art in nature, the show drew 30 entries that gave local people a chance to demonstrate their talent.

"There is so much talent in the area," said Lee Sivak, who learned shortly after her comment that she was selected winner of the People's Choice award.

Sivak's painting was of the living roof on the springhouse at the end of the Osprey House.

Friday, August 8, 2014

It will likely cost Schuylkill County more than $100,000 to fix two bridges in Barnesville and Pine Grove.

Commissioners on Thursday opened bids to repair the spans. Six companies submitted bids, which may be awarded when commissioners meet next on Aug. 13.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Two trail hikes are planned for Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks in Barnesville.

On Monday, the park naturalist at Tuscarora will lead a hike on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" starting at 2:30 p.m.

The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate to difficult. The trail will go through many diverse habitats and runs along Locust Creek. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the upper beach parking lot.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Hontz

Mahoning Township Police are requesting assistance in locating a wanted person.

Dillon Hontz last known to have resided in Jim Thorpe has been charged with theft for taking gun at a residence in Nis Hollow.

The stolen firearm was recovered by police in Burlington County, New Jersey.

Anyone with information on Dillon's whereabouts is asked to call 570-386-2241 or 570-325-9111.