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Monday, August 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania State Police investigators confer Friday  after taking measurements at  J&J Sunoco in Tamaqua where a Tamaqua man was stunned by a police Taser and later died.

An in-depth autopsy Saturday has not yielded an answer in the death of a Tamaqua man Friday.

As a result, additional laboratory tests are underway, a process that could take weeks.

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III said Monday that an autopsy was conducted at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by forensic pathologist Dr. Barbara Bollinger, and more information is being gathered.

"We're still getting toxicology to see if there were any substances on board. We're also doing microscopic examination of the tissue," Moylan said.

Monday, August 11, 2014
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An elderly woman was injured Monday morning after sun glare caused her to crash while driving along Route 309 in West Penn Township.

The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. as the victim, who has not yet been identified, was traveling south while climbing the Blue Mountain. The woman as well as many of the first responders were blinded by the rising sun and windshields that instantly fogged up with sudden temperature changes.

As the woman was climbing the mountain and lost her vision she drove into the rear of a car that had slowed down due to the sun glare.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Tamaqua man who made methamphetamine in the home where he lived with his girlfriend and six-month-old daughter will spend 16 months to three years behind bars.

Travis Boerner, 25, of Tamaqua, was charged by Tamaqua police with operating the meth lab, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of red phosphorus, endangering the welfare of children, and recklessly endangering another person. The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 22, 2013.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Be prepared for some wet weather Tuesday night.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent chance of heavy rain and localized flooding for Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton counties into Wednesday morning. Up to one inch of rain is possible overnight in some areas.

Showers are expected to move into the region early tomorrow, with thunderstorms possible ater 2 p.m. as a cold front pushes through.

Temperatures will also be noticably cooler this week.

Highs will top out in the mid-70s through Saturday.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The hundreds of thousands of young men, boys, really, most barely out of high school when they were drafted to fight a war in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, arrived home, weary and shocked, to hoots of derision and shouts of “baby killers.”

But that shameful episode of American history taught us well, M. Jay Barry, commander of the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County said at a ceremony held Saturday in Lehighton to commemorate the start of the Vietnam war.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hundreds of bikers and a handful of vintage automobile owners pulled out of the American Legion Post 927 parking lot in Gilbert Sunday morning to support a good cause.

The second annual United Dream Ride, benefitting the Blue Ridge chapter of Dream Come True, figured to raise more than the $18,000 brought in last year, according to event organizers.

Coming into Sunday, the ride had generated over $10,000, with many of the 480 bikers and 35 car drivers still paying their $25 registration fee, $10 for passengers, and making other donations.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

 

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Police have arrested a Coaldale man who went door-to-door in Lansford on Saturday asking for money, beer and drugs.

James Scott Nahf, 48, was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, harassment, terroristic threats and criminal trespass.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, officer Richard Reis had received complaints about the solicitations.

One caller said Nahf had walked into the house uninvited.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Pottsville man was hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Matthew Shields, 22, was transported to Schuylkill Medical Center South for treatment. Shields was a passenger in a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Brady M. Wile, 21, of Pottsville.