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Friday, June 3, 2011

Ten first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program recently by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or is revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Christopher Santizo

Christopher Santizo, handsome and strong, a talented chef and promising young musician, thought he had the flu.

It was Jan. 25, and Santizo, the son of Oscar Santizo of Jim Thorpe, felt so sick he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Scranton, close to where he was living and working.

The next day, he was much worse. He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Columbia County. There, Santizo was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP.

Friday, June 3, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students enrolled in the Phlebotomy course at the Pottsville Campus of the McCann School of Business raised $500 for the American Red Cross. The class also collected 20 new stuffed animals to be distributed to local facilities for children who need to have blood drawn. Participants included: (front), Monique Lyons, Christine Stillitano, Sarah Schaeffer and Lori Cooper; (back) Jeannie Hinkle, Laurey Lewis, Brook Clement, Debbie Hale, Joann Springer of the ACS, Shannon Brennan of McCann's, Canis Kester of McCann's, Melissa Eckert and Lorraine Mitchell.

Friday, June 3, 2011

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta has explained the policy about the recording of his public forums. There is no ban on recording public forums held by Barletta. There has never been a ban on recording public forums held by Barletta, according to a press release from the Congressman.

On May 19, Barletta met privately with residents in Salem Township, Luzerne County. That meeting was intended to be a private meeting to discuss the residents' concerns, including those about new flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Friday, June 3, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS To help the Carbon County Friends of Animals continue operations in the wake of a reported burglary of its operating funds, Bart Springer, president of the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce presents a check to Denise Sebelin, president of the Carbon County Friends of Animals. Sebelin is holding Delilah, a calico tortoise-shell colored cat, one of 200 cats available for adoption.

"Out of the worst of people, come the best of people," said Denise Sebelin, president of the Carbon County Friends of Animals, as she accepted a check from Bart Springer, president of the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce.

The donation offered a great comfort to Sebelin whose animal shelter was burglarized last week. On May 25, the staff was unable to locate a safe containing a cash lock box.

"When the police came, they looked at the back door, and saw that wood was missing and there were pry marks on the steel door. They believe it was jimmied," Sebelin said.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Top students at Lehighton Area High School were presented awards. Among the recipients were, from left, Noah Tkach, Sean Maloney, Sarah Nanovic, Kirk Arner, Marcus Kunkle, Kenzie Teno, Samantha Cerimele.

Top academic students at Lehighton Area High School were awarded awards and scholarships at a recent Academic Awards Assembly program.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blood clots, a low platelet count, and damaged red blood cells cause the signs and symptoms of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

The signs and symptoms include:

Ÿ Purplish bruises on the skin or mucous membranes (such as on the mouth) due to bleeding under the skin. These bruises are called purpura.

Ÿ Pinpoint-sized red or purple dots on the skin that often are found in groups and may look like a rash. The spots, called petechiae, are due to bleeding under the skin.

Ÿ Paleness or jaundice (a yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes).

Friday, June 3, 2011

The American Association of Retired Persons offers refresher courses for drivers ages 50 and older. The AARP course is the nation's first and largest classroom refresher course and is taken by more than 600,000 people annually. All classes are taught by trained, unpaid volunteer instructors.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Northampton County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after entering guilty pleas to retail theft and simple assault. He wa one of 14 persons in pending criminal cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Mahoning incident

George Alan Pietrass, 33, of Bangor, was arrested on Jan. 25 at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township after attempting to remove $1,463 worth of electronic equipment from the store. When confronted by a store employee, he struck the emplyee in the face with a closed fist.

Friday, June 3, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The PVHS students that received music awards from band director, James DeVivo, right, are left to right: Madalyn Owermohle, Kaitlyn Siegfried, Chelsea Cummings, Danielle Strunk, Eric Galante.

"This is one of the best nights at Pleasant Valley when we recognize some of our finest students. They make us PV Proud," said Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District at the school's 30th Annual Academic Awards program.