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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

An elderly man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a young female member of his family.

Michael Steven Taschler, 81, of Covered Bridge Rd., Kunkletown, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve three to one day less 24 months in the county prison. The prison term will be followed by two years of probation.

Serfass noted the prison term was part of a plea bargain between the Commonwealth and the defendant.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The second of four defendants charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Weatherly last year, was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday afternoon.

James M. Delbo, 34, of Ashland, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of four to eight years in a state prison.

Delbo pleaded guilty on Sept. 20 to one count each of criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal conspiracy-recklessly endangering another person with a deadly weapon, and criminal conspiracy-discharging a firearm into a occuptied structure.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Pictured during Tuesday's storm are Rush Township workers loading their truck with salt as they work to de-ice slippery roads.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The trees are painted white at the Weissport Canal with the arrival of the area's first snowfall of the season.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Henry Clinton

A brazen incident at the Mahoning Township Wal-Mart store early Monday morning resulted in paintball shots being fired and electronic items stolen. The episode was followed by a rapid response and joint effort by numerous local police departments which netted arrests.

Those arrests may have resulted in a suspected organized retail theft ring operating in several states being at least partially broken.

The three individuals who were arrested are all from Philadelphia. Audie Mertz, acting chief of police in Mahoning Township, said more arrests are pending.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hometown Fire Police volunteer Merle Wertman detours traffic away from Mintzer's Hill, SR54, in Hometown, following a motor vehicle accident that was due to the hill's slippery surface.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Individuals registering to donate at any MKBC donor center or MKBC community blood drive through Dec. 31 can enter for the opportunity to have their next (residential) heating bill paid for by the Blood Center.

* Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Frederick's Grove Road, Lehighton. For more information, call (570) 386-2578.

* Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Jim Thorpe Market, 1 River Road, Jim Thorpe. For more information, call (570) 455-2018.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A female driver and a 14-year old boy were injured around 8:15 this morning after the SUV they were in rolled on Mintzer's Hill (SR54) in Hometown. The driver was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. Responding were Hometown Fire Company, Tamaqua Fire Company, Ryan Township Rescue, Tamaqua Rescue and Tamaqua Ambulance. No more information was available as of press time.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Lehigh County man, convicted by a Carbon County jury of drug dealing, was sentenced Monday to a long state prison term.

Drew Ali Muslim, 28, whose last known address was Allentown, was sentenced by Presidet Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of 28 to 84 months in a state prison.