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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weatherly police have arrested a second suspect in a drive-by shooting incident that occurred in the borough on Feb. 13.

Police have charged Christopher Ray Harris, of 133 S. Hancock St., McAdoo, with charges relating to the incident. He was arrested at his home Monday evening and later arraigned with bail set at $250,000.

Harris resides at the home where Weatherly police arrested James M. Delbo, 32, a former resident of Ashland, and charged him with the shooting incident. Delbo was reportedly residing at the Hancock Street address at the time of his arrest.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fire companies from throughout eastern Schuylkill County responded to a structure fire Tuesday morning at the Pennsylvania Wax Corporation along Walnut street in the village of Tuscarora, Schuylkill Township. The fire was first reported just after 8 a.m. when flames in the plant entered the ceiling area and then onto the roof of the one story masonry structure. A firefighting crew made up of plant employees is being credited with saving the structure holding down the fire until fire companies arrived on scene. Firefighters utilized two aerial trucks to reached the flames on the roof.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The American Red Cross of Monroe County is hosting an emergency preparedness safety fair for youths from 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, March 30, at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg. The event is sponsored by the Carbon-Monroe-Pike MHMR disaster crisis outreach and referral team.

The fair is open to all children ages 9 through 12 who are in fourth through sixth grades. They must be accompanied by an adult. Siblings are also welcome.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A 4-month-old kitten that doctors think was hit by a car is recovering well after surgery on her jaw. Cats Peek Rescue, an organization that specializes in helping kittens, is trying to raise the money to cover the cost of the kitten's surgery and medical care.

A 4-month-old kitten that doctors think was hit by a car needs your help.

The kitten was found recently by a passing motorist alongside a road in the area of Beltzville. She took the feline to Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital for treatment.

Diane Sharpless of Cats Peek Rescue in New Ringgold, an organization that specializes in helping kittens, explained that Dr. Christopher Carpenter examined the kitten and determined that she had suffered head trauma and had a broken jaw. She required surgery.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County will hold their annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

This fun filled day provides an opportunity for anyone to join in the Bowl for Kids Sake. Teams are invited to participate. Businesses are invited to become a sponsor.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Palmerton woman has been charged with the sexual assault of a child.

Kayla Ashner, 19, of 1680 Little Gap Road, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing this morning before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Ashner faces counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, and corruption of minors.

She is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eleven defendants who had previously entered not guilty pleas to criminal charges when they were arraigned before the district attorney, but when their cases were called for trial this week, chose not to go on trial but entered guilty pleas which were accepted by Judge John E. Domalakes in the Schuylkill County court. Sentences were deferred pending a pre-sentence investigative report prepared for the judge by the adult probation office.

Those scheduled to be sentenced by Domalakes Thursday, April 28, are as follows:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Retired LASD administrator Gordon Ripkey presents his ideas for the building in which he served as principal for 20 years.

A growing number of interested Lehighton Area School District community members, teachers, administrators, and school board members met last evening at the middle school to discuss options for the future of the building.

This was the third in a series of discussions by the LASD Building Task Force Committee. Superintendent James Kraky opened the meeting by welcoming those in attendance. After thanking everyone for their interest and participation in this very important process, he reviewed the itinerary for evening.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In the 2010 National Journal annual ratings, Congressman Tim Holden was ranked 14th most conservative Democrat in the second session of the 111th Congress. Rep. Holden was ranked the 187 the most conservative member in all of Congress, fourth most conservative remaining Democrat after the 2010 midterm elections.

"I've always prided myself on working to find bipartisan solutions to the problems of the country and am proud hat my voting record reflects that bipartisanship," stated Congressman Holden.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

With its contents of $8,000 in merchandise missing, the truck which was hijacked from two drivers for the B. and H. Transfer Co. of Lehighton, on the Lehigh Gap-Bath Road at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, was found abandoned last night at Pittston, midway between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. State police said the entire contents of silk hosiery, shirts, blouses, and lace, were missing. The truck, driven by Earl Miller, was en route to New York City when hijacked.