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Monday, August 4, 2014

Police from East Penn and Mahoning townships responded to a report of a woman with a gun Monday afternoon in East Penn Township. The incident appeared to have been the result of a domestic dispute. The husband left the residence along Horseshoe Lane just off Dieters Ville Road and waited for police. The woman was taken in handcuffs from the residence at 2:10 p.m. without incident.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weatherly police are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with an attempted child abduction.

According to the Weatherly Police Department Facebook page, a white male believed to be between the ages of 30 and 40, was driving a silver vehicle at 3 p.m. Sunday on Hudsondale Street when he pulled alongside a 7-year-old female who was riding her bicycle.

The man then attempted to get the girl into his vehicle. She told him “no” and started riding away.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The federal Medicare program, which funds health care for those over age 65, rates nursing homes according to health inspections, staffing and quality measures to arrive at an overall rating.

The health inspections rating is based on the three most recent annual inspections, and inspections due to complaints over the past three years.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Carbon County woman who stole from a resident of a county nursing home was given a probation sentence after pleading guilty in the county court.

Tonya Napolitano, 31, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to one count of receiving stolen property, admitting she took two rings from an 80-year-old woman at the Maple Shade Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Nesquehoning.

Napolitano was an employee of the home at the time. Napolitano was scheduled to go on trial this week.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Palmerton man accused of stealing $22,800 worth of merchandise from his employer will face charges at a later date.

Daniel Devitt, 46, of Fireline Road, waived his right to a preliminary hearing recently. His formal arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 2.

Devitt was charged in June with theft and receiving stolen property from his employer at UPS Freight in Bethlehem.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police Department:

Monday, August 4, 2014
BILL HARLEMAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Bob Perrin pauses after assembling a display that showcases the history of Lansford through its early bottles. Perrin donated the collection to the Lansford Historical Society Museum.

Bill Harleman, president of the Lansford Historical Society, said the society's museum has acquired the most extensive early Lansford bottle collection known to exist.

Bob Perrin of Coaldale, a well-known local privy digger, has donated a large number of local bottles from his personal collection, a gesture to provide cultural enrichment and educational opportunities pertaining to life in Lansford as told through its bottles.

The gems of early glass, some dating back to the 1800s, were dug primarily by Perrin at local outhouses through the years.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Nine cars derailed on the Jersey Central Railroad early today along Lehigh Avenue in Mauch Chunk, opposite the Mertz Cities Service Station.

The wreck occurred at 3:35 a.m. shortly after the Jersey Central freight CJ4 left the local yards with 110 cars. As it was going through a switch, the 35th car and eight cars following it were derailed.

Four of the cars overturned. John Hawk, Weissport, was the engineer and James Volovski of Jim Thorpe the conductor. There were no injuries.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Few people will argue this area could do better at keeping our best and brightest from bolting as soon as they have their sheepskins, and it's hard to blame college graduates for doing so. After all, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area held the notorious distinction of highest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 14 largest labor markets for more than four years.

Monday, August 4, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Melissa Nothstein, 17, of Lehighton, leads her half-ton steer Fluffy from a truck to a stall at the Carbon County Fair on Sunday. The fair opens today, and Fluffy is one of scores of 4-H animals on display. A highlight of the fair will be the 4-H livestock sale at 1 p.m. Saturday.

A 1,200-pound steer didn't intimidate 17-year-old Melissa Nothstein of Lehighton.

The giant, black steer named "Fluffy" glared at Nothstein as she tugged on a rope attached to his collar.

Nothstein didn't even blink. She sternly pulled at the rope and Fluffy gave in, following her to a stall where Nothstein tied him next to a brown heifer named Rosie.

This was a scenario transpiring all summer long at fairs across the country; young children mostly 4-H members handling all types of farm animals.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Three candidates were recommended for a full-time police officer position in Palmerton by the borough's Civil Service Commission on Friday.

The commission met to discuss an eligibility list for the position of full-time police officer, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Danielson said the commission certified the top three candidates.

The candidates areGeoffrey Perry, Stephen Romanic and Brian White, Danielson said. All three candidates currently work in law enforcement, he said.