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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

After vanishing more than a month ago in the Mammoth Lakes, Calif. region, the search continues for Nazareth math teacher Matthew Greene, a graduate of Lehighton Area High School with family in Franklin Township.

A pair of glasses, called "strikingly similar" to Greene's glasses, was found this weekend but a professional examination revealed that they likely did not belong to the missing hiker.

"They do not believe that they were Matthew's," said Patricia Greene, Matthew's mother. "They're not a prescription lens. They were bought over the counter."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Director Judy Borger of the Carbon County Office of Planning and Development held a second hearing prior to Monday evening's Mahoning Township supervisors' meeting for the purpose of reviewing the Community Development Block Grant allocation of the township's entitlement for 2013.

The money will be utilized for resurfacing and repairing Westside Drive in the community.

The project has been estimated to cost $82,883 including $67,965 in project costs and $14,918 in grant administrative fees.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A high-speed chase in Schuylkill County Monday afternoon ended with the suspect being shot by police.

State police at Frackville said the suspect, a white male in his 60s, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was admitted in critical condition. Troopers declined to name the suspect or who shot him a local police officer or a state trooper.

The shooting occurred in Mahanoy Township.

Monday, August 26, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

These Slatington Elementary pupils appear to have an extra bounce in their step as they prepare to return to their classrooms for the first day of school this morning. Northern Lehigh School District, Palmerton Area School District, Panther Valley School District, and Tamaqua Area School District were among those in the TIMES NEWS coverage area that began classes today. Jim Thorpe Area Schools open tomorrow and the students in the Lehighton Area School District return next week.

Monday, August 26, 2013

It appeared to be "ladies day" in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, Aug. 20, when the women outnumbered the men answering to criminal charges filed by local police departments.

Two Tamaqua women were part of the contingent, charged in connection with an April 16 alleged assault on another Tamaqua woman.

Ashley Bynon, 19, of 244 Mauch Chunk St., and Melissa Baer, 19, who recently moved to Shenandoah, waived to court charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.

Monday, August 26, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Residents of a quiet residential neighborhood in the northeast section of Hometown were awakened midnight Saturday by a large but unexplained blast. Police investigated but the source could not be determined and no damage was apparent.

It may have been an M-80 or other powerful device, but no trace could be found and no official explanation has been offered for a loud blast that rocked the northeast section of Hometown at midnight Saturday.

Police and 911 received calls from residents in the vicinity of Oxford Street and Cumberland Avenue, although the event was heard throughout the entire neighborhood west of Route 309.

Police responded and searched the area but no damage was apparent.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is a charred tree along Route 143 in Albany Township, Berks County. This is where two young men from West Penn lost their lives in a fiery crash Thursday night. Black charring on the tree reached just over 20 feet high.

The second victim in a double fatal accident that occurred Thursday evening in Berks County has been identified.

State police at Hamburg said Jacob T. "Jakey" Troxell, 15, of Winter Mountain Road, Andreas, died in the accident. He was a passenger in the vehicle.

Also killed was the driver Daniel I. Miller, 21, of South Tamaqua. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hearings were held in Schuylkill County court on summary appeals, guilty pleas, bench warrants, and dismissing of charges as follows:

Summary appeals

A Tamaqua area woman won a partial victory in her appeal from the ruling made by a magisterial district judge on a motor vehicle code violation.

Patricia C. Volosky, 59, of 106 Buck Run Road, was adjudged guilty by the district judge of meeting and overtaking a school bus on Spruce Street, Tamaqua, last March 8 as was charged by Patrolman Peter R. Wysochanksy Jr.

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Tamaqua man went on trial this morning in the Schuylkill County Court facing 51 criminal charges arising out of burglaries of homes in Hometown, Rush Township, as the summer term of criminal court got underway. Four of 17 cases in which juries were selected last Friday got underway this morning.