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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Four first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program the record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilty in entering the program.

Those placed were:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Approximately 60 new chairs were in the municipal meeting room of East Penn Township on April 4. They had been donated by Jehovah's Witnesses of Lehighton which was closing its building.

Secretary Deanna Cunfer said she is going to write a letter of thanks.

Under public comment Joe Ehritz reminded supervisors that the stream along Hollow Road where the township is working is of exceptional value and there are native trout in many township streams. When doing drainage special care should be taken.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Polk Township man has been sentenced to 21 to 41 years in state prison for the rape of a girl and for burying a baby's body after the girl performed a home abortion.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Lisk was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and concealing the death of a child.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Bishop John Barres, center, of the Diocese of Allentown joins Dr. Clement and Sophie McGinley of Jim Thorpe in kicking off the 2011 Allentown Diocese Bishops Annual Appeal in Carbon County. The McGinleys are the honorary co-chairpersons of the local campaign. With them at right is James Friend, director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the diocese.

Leaders in Catholic parishes of Carbon County gathered Monday night in the social hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, to officially kick off the 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal of the Diocese of Allentown.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ten persons with pending criminal charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas as follows:

Walter Armbstrong, 25, of Bowerston, Ohio, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), and a summary motor vehicle code violation.

He was arrested on May 16, 2010, along SR940 in Kidder Township. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer, teaches the eighth grade students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, how to correctly fold a flag.

Members of the U. S. Navy Club of Carbon County stopped by Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School on Monday to present a program about the U. S. flag to the students.

As a newly formed organization, the members had a lot of enthusiasm about the U. S. flag. Scott Reinhart, commandant of the organization, held the flag by his hands as Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer, explained how a flag should be displayed from various positions and had students assist with a presentation of the progression of the flag. They also taught the students the correct way to fold a flag.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton, and Palmerton Hospital in Palmerton, have earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Science competition winners include, front row from left, Victoria Vetter and Christopher Ondish. Back row, Ryan Darrough, Brandon Dopira and Stephen Valente.

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal, at Marian Catholic has announced that five students received awards during the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition held at Easton Area High School.

Robert Valente, chemistry instructor at Marian Catholic and Lorraine Piehota, retired Bishop Hafey science instructor, were the sponsors.

Special awards

Ÿ Christopher Ondish, senior, son of Andrew and Zelda Ondish; Behavioral Psychology, a $50 PJAS Region 3 Award, 5 year Perseverance Certificate, and 1st Place Presentation Award

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan today encouraged Pennsylvanians to be on the lookout for potential "phishing" emails following a security breach at an online marketing firm.

Ryan said the breach exposed the names and e-mail addresses of customers of some of the country's largest companies, including JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, Target and Walgreens. The number of consumers affected by the breach is unknown, but is anticipated that there will be a surge in phishing attacks on customer's email accounts.