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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Grand Jury yesterday returned two true bills, ignoring three others, in completing its first day of deliberation on bills of indictment prepared by District Attorney Carl Niehoff.

Jury foreman Andrew J. Dobosh, presented the report to Judge James C. McCready at 4:30 p.m.

A true bill was found in the case of the Commonwealth versus Charlette F. Walsh, Lehighton, charged with having permitted a building, the Arlington Hotel, to be used for the purposes of prostitution and assignation.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Tamaqua area man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court for the theft of more than $7,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Frederick Andrew Postie, 42, of Tamaqua R.D., Rush Township, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 12 to 30 months in a state correctional institution on a charge of retail theft, as a felony three.

Postie was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 5 of the retail theft charge and attempted retail theft. Postie represented himself at the trial.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Weissport Borough workers have some maintenance work to do if they want to see the town remain safe in the event of a flood.

On Monday night Sue Pywar, vice president of council, asked Attorney Michael Greek, borough solicitor, to look over a report that came with photographs from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The report stated that the town's flood levee inspection received minimal acceptance because of several areas of non compliance.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Carbon County's Area Agency on Aging is urging seniors on Medicare to take advantage of the upcoming open enrollment period.

Medicare open enrollment, which allows people to switch to different Medicare plans without being penalized, begins Tuesday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

Susan Zeigler, care management supervisor for the county Area Agency on Aging, explained that the open enrollment period is for people who have Medicare Part D, which handles medications; and the Advantage Plan, which covers hospital and doctor visits, as well as medications.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dave Matsinko plays a mountain dulcimer for visitors at Lansford Alive's craft fair and sidewalk sale held in Lansford.

Visitors flocked to Lansford Alive!'s first craft and Downtown Merchants' sidewalk sale on Saturday.

Shoppers browsed vendor booths, snatching up Christmas ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, wind chimes, night lights and Native American crafts. The fragrances of savory pulled pork, potato cakes, ribbon fries and meatballs wafted through the throngs.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A one-car accident Sunday claimed the life of a 21-year-old Slatington area man.

Shawn S. Williams, of 3554 Oak Ridge Drive, Washington Township, was pronounced dead at 10:14 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Williams died of blunt force enjuries. He ruled the manner of death an accident.

The crash happened at about 4:02 p.m. Sunday on Mountain Road, about a mile west of Rextown Road in Washington Township.

Williams was the operator of a motor vehicle which struck and embankment and then rolled over, police said.

Monday, October 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A mother and two children were taken by ambulance to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton after a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night in Andreas. Emergency personnel were called to Lizard Creek Road (SR895), near the intersection of Ash Circle, in West Penn Township, around 11:30 p.m. for a car into the woods. The woman and two children were seen walking near the car, but complained of unknown injuries. Clear and black balloons could be seen in the back seat of the vehicle, a black Mustang GT. The roads were wet due to a recent rain storm.

Monday, October 7, 2013

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan. 1 2013. 4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Monday, October 7, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Lehighton Fire Department sit on flood levee along the Lehigh River after a recovery operation in which a drowning vicitim was pulled from the river on Sunday.

A man drowned in the Lehigh River in Weissport Sunday when he reportedly went swimming.

A member of the Lehighton barracks of the state police said he was 33 years old and apparently homeless.

It was reported to the TIMES NEWS that the man was Christopher Ferryman.

The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. beneath the trestle of the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad.

Police said the man was at the edge of the river when two friends came along. He then went into the water to swim and began yelling for help.