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Thursday, March 3, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dumb and Dumber may be the handles police put on a young couple who allegedly went on a crime spree in Carbon County. Wednesday afternoon police in Carbon County placed a "be on the lookout for" a red Chevrolet Blazer occupied by a young male and female possibly wanted in a hit and run and other offenses. The vehicle was described as having the passenger side mirror hanging from the side.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Palmerton man has been arrested for passing counterfeit money at several businesses in the downtown last month.

Contacted this morning, borough police Chief Randy Smith told the TIMES NEWS police have identified Christopher A. Poplin, 32, of 407 Lehigh Ave., as the individual who passed five counterfeit $100 bills at various businesses throughout the borough.

Smith said Poplin has been charged with five counts of forgery. He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. March 9 before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shirley Haydt of Kresgeville received the Salvation Army 'Thank you!" plaque for the Monroe County chapter of the PA Association of School Retirees. She serves as the organization's Community Service chairman/chairwoman.

Ripple of applause followed ripple of applause as the Salvation Army's 9th Annual Volunteer Recognition dinner was held in East Stroudsburg. Volunteers and businesses recognized and thanked ranged from A (Abeloff Pontiac) to Z (Stanley Zuba) and included anyone who, or any entity which, has provided volunteer help to the Salvation Army unit in Monroe County.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Various organizations that requested donations when the budget was being worked on asked for that money to be paid out at the Tuesday meeting of Washington Township supervisors.

Donations went to the Friedens Fire Company, $5,000; Eagle's Nest Association, $500; and the Slatington Library, $2,500.

Secretary JoAnn Ahner said she had received 2010 financial statements from each organization and that they were in order.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thirty-three nominating petitions have been filed in the Carbon County Elections Office by persons seeking to have their names placed on the ballots in their respective numicipalities for the May 17 Primary Election.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
ANGELA PETRO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

First grade students from Rush Elementary School enjoy Read Across America Day with the Cat in the Hat. Pictured from Left: Back Row - Morgan McGuinness, Gracie Stegemerten, Kelly McGlinchey (As the Cat in the Hat), Niko Jacoby, Kassia Radocha. Front Row - Steven Kostecky, Michael Steigerwalt, Laura Mac, Liam Bordin, Tiffany Wetherell, Donovan Yulanabave.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Schuylkill Township supervisors approved revisions to the flood plain ordinance as part of a requirement for DCED. The revisions are part of a county-wide plan. Township solicitor Michael Greek explained that the township's old ordinance was antiquated and that the revised plan will allow those residents who live in the flood plain to get better insurance rates once the plan is published.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 7 a.m. this morning, Tamaqua Police, firefighters and ambulance personnel were called to the steep intersection of Market and East Elm Street in Dutch Hill, Tamaqua. While traveling up the Market Street hill and for unknown reasons, Francis Sabol, of Tamaqua, veered to the right and crashed into a tree located on the property of 234 East Elm Street, owned by Josephine Masakas. Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. said, "The tree definitely stopped him from driving into the home." Sabol was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale via Tamaqua Ambulance.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A hearing for a Palmerton man charged with indecent exposure has again been continued.

Benedict Flynn, 75, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Magistrate Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

But, Flynn is currently in a nursing home, and was unable to attend the hearing. No new hearing date has yet to be scheduled.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by borough patrolman Trevor Flexer:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

After a Summit Hill police officer was injured while trying to restrain a Jim Thorpe man, borough police chief Bruce Markovich expressed concern over the actions of onlookers who were cheering the man to beat up the officer. Summit Hill police officer Jack Soberick and Lansford police officer John Turcmanovich received injuries while responding to a domestic violence call at Lansford Court. The suspect, 6-4 and weighs 230 pounds, threw one officer through a home entertainment center.