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Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Palmerton man has died of injuries he sustained in a crash about three weeks ago.

The Lehigh County coroner's office reported that Joseph Ebeley, 76, of 779 Princeton Ave., died at 2:23 a.m. on Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Ebeley died of multiple blunt force injuries, coroner Scott M. Grim ruled.

Ebeley was injured in a crash on Thursday, June 12, about 3:35 p.m. along Route 145 at Rising Run Road in North Whitehall Township.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Coaldale man will be charged with drug-related offenses after a bizarre incident that took place along Route 309 in Hometown during a busy Farmers Market Wednesday.

According to Rush Township police, Michael Leiby, 28, Coaldale, was a passenger in a car traveling along Route 309 about 2:30 p.m. when, according to those at the scene, a bag of drugs was tossed from the vehicle.

The bag apparently landed beneath a car parked at Hometown Village Square, 200 Claremont Ave.

Police questioned the suspect and at least two other adults in the vehicle.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Power has been restored in Lehighton. Traffic lights were off at the Carbon Plaza and Harrity Road and Route 209 in Lehighton, but they are now functioning.

The light is still out at routes 903 and 534 in Kidder Township, where power has been knocked out.
Fire police are being called to the scene.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm advisory and flood alert for our region.

In the last hour some areas have received an inch of rain and more is on the way.

Rain could cause flooding in low-lying areas.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Republican Party chairman says Gov. Tom Corbett won't sign budget legislation without trying to force action on legislation to overhaul Pennsylvania's two major public pension systems.

Rob Gleason said Wednesday that he spoke face-to-face with the Republican governor for an hour and he's convinced Corbett's "not going to just sit there and do nothing."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed the beach at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County to swimming effective today, because of high bacterial counts in water samples from June 30.

As a precaution, the beach will remain closed until acceptable water sample results are received. DCNR has posted signs at the beach.

Other activities at Beltzville State Park, such as picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking, are proceeding as usual.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The temperature was 85 degrees and climbing in Tamaqua on Tuesday at 1 p.m. as July announced the start of summer in a big way.

The mugginess made the air feel even warmer and there wasn't a pedestrian in sight.

Still, the current heat wave won't challenge the hottest Pennsylvania temperature ever recorded, 111 degrees in Phoenixville on July 10, 1936, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The air is heavy.

The sun's rays, relentless.

And the mercury is probably bubbling inside the thermometer.

But for many workers, a day's pay depends on a full day's work outdoors in the sun, no matter the conditions.

"I don't think about it," said Steve Matalavage of Dutch Hill Construction in Tamaqua. He and his sweat-soaked crew installed a sidewalk along Washington Street on Tuesday, and the conditions were unpleasant.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks deaths and injuries caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning is a major cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S. Lightning strikes can result in cardiac arrest at the time of the injury, although some victims may appear to have a delayed death a few days later if they are resuscitated, but have suffered irreversible brain damage.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township Police are investigating a two-vehicle crashthat occurred at the intersection of Spring Hill and Jamestown roadsat 11:25 a.m. June 22. Jacqueline Heydt of Nesquehoning wasdriving south on Spring Hill Road in a Scion, when she crossedover the center of the road, striking a northbound Ford F-150 drivenby Steven Mekilo of Mahoning Township. Both drivers were belted, and multiple airbags deployed. Heydt suffered a minor injury and declined medical transport from the scene.