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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Matt Bynon, a former Tamaqua police officer, is under investigation for providing alcohol to a 20-year-old woman.

"I received a criminal complaint regarding one of my officers," Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson said this morning. "Due to a possible conflict of interest, I forwarded the investigation to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's (AG) office.

"The AG then assigned the investigation to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Special Investigation Division, Eastern Task Force of the Pennsylvania State Police."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale resident Joe Zonca (in a red plaid shirt) makes a point at a borough council meeting Tuesday, as dozens of others wait their turn to speak about council's Feb. 14 decision to furlough the borough's three full-time police officers.

At least 55 Coaldale residents crowded the borough hall meeting room, spilling out into the hallway and onto the sidewalk, on Tuesday to vent their fury and frustration at council's Valentine's Day decision to furlough the town's three full-time police officers in order to avoid an additional tax increase.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Discount airline Direct Air is suspending all flights for two months after it abruptly cancelled its schedule at the height of spring break.

The airline's shutdown following its apparent failure to pay a fuel bill left stranded passengers wondering how and when they'll get home.

Direct Air, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., says it will not fly until May 15. Ticket holders were told to contact their credit card companies for refunds.

The airline has flights from Lehigh Valley International Airport to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Fla.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lehigh Valley Horse Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The topic for this evening's demonstration will be the "Importance of Forage in Equine Diet" with the guest speaker David Fink. The meeting will be held at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville. The meeting and speaker is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Janice Martin at (610) 837-7294 or Kathy Grube at (610) 704-4130 between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair, presents plans to use extra acreage for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

A thorough review will be conducted to determine if an extra 46 acres of a 700-acre tract of land in Lower Towamensing Township may be used for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

After over 2 1/2 hours of deliberation on Tuesday, the township's zoning hearing board ruled to refer the Carbon County Lions/Lioness Fair Association to the township's planning commission for its review.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors are encountering a major stumbling block they did not anticipate concerning bid construction contracts for new buildings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Polk Township Historical Society wants to repair the bake oven that was moved from the Jonas Hotel to the West End Fairgrounds. President Norman Burger asked at the March 5 meeting if anyone had ideas about the cost.

He said two professional masons offered to do the work but it would have to fit in between paid work.

Also, Burger has a lead for a cast iron part that is missing and should be suspended inside. The oven should have two but only one came with it.

The Society is also looking for a copper kettle to make apple butter. A paddle for stirring is available.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Contributed photo Bruce L. Krasley

A former Palmerton and Tamaqua high school principal has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Bruce L. Krasley, 61, of Allentown, who served as the principal at Catasauqua Area High School for six years, until retiring in 2006, was arraigned via video conference Tuesday before District Judge David M. Howells Jr. in Allentown.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

AMVETS Post 83, Lansford, has scheduled three upcoming meetings.

The Patty's Day Dance Committee will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the post home.

On Sunday, March 18, there will be two meetings. The post members will meet at 1 p.m. Commander Perry Shelton will be in charge of the session.

Squadron 83 (Sons of the AMVETS) will meet that night at 7 o'clock. Commander Bob Soltis will be in charge of that meeting.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

After decades of debate, a portion of Lower Towamensing Township is expected to hook up to Palmerton Borough's brand new wastewater treatment plant.

The board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to adopt an agreement in principal to hook up the Weiner Trailer Court to the borough's treatment plant.

However, as part of their motion, supervisors would not sign the agreement until its Act 537 Plan is signed by the Department of Environmental Protection.