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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Carol Zickler/special to the times news

The Carbon County Navy Club presented a flag program recently for the sixth grade class at the Panther Valley Middle School. Scott Reinhart explains the proper etiquette to handling the U.S. Flag to the students as members Stanley Jaroszcewski and Robert Siesputkowski hold the flag. Students learned about the seven former U.S. Flags that were flown before the present flag was incorporated.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A Northern Flying Squirrel leaps out the front door of TIMES NEWS reporter Andrew Leibenguth's home in Tamaqua.

Ever heard strange, scampering noises coming from your attic in the middle of the night?

Most of us are quick to associate these sounds with a mouse or rat. To remedy my problem, I placed live mouse traps and glue traps throughout my house and attic. But my traps bore no results.

While working on my computer one night, I was startled to hear a scurrying noise from behind my computer desk. Once again, my original thought was a large mouse or small rat had gotten inside.

After seeing the two eyes staring back at me, however, I realized this was not the case.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Photo illustration by David W. Rowe

Overwhelmed and frustrated, Coaldale borough council members struggle to patch together a 2012 budget that won't burden taxpayers with a millage increase.

The borough isn't alone in its quest, and one of the biggest hurdles boroughs and school districts face is making ends meet when property owners can't, or won't, pay their fair share of the tax burden.

The consequences include heavier loads on prompt taxpayers, and skimping on services provided by schools and municipalities.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lansford police have been busy handling a number of cases. here are the latest of citations filed.

Terry Brant, 58, of 39 E. Ridge St., Lansford: Required financial responsibility at 10:25 p.m. Jan. 4 on the 200 block of East Bertsch Street; Laura Olson, 20, of 29 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe: Traffic-control signals at 8:52 a.m. Jan. 10 at Patterson and Chestnut streets.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Terry Brant, 58, of 39 E. Ridge St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 7:57 a.m. Jan. 12 on at Springgarden and Abbott streets in that borough.

Charges of fleeing and eluding, financial responsibility required, duty of driver on approach of emergency vehicle, and registration and certificate of title required were filed by Officer Robert Shubeck.

Brant was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek and jailed under $500 bail. According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

By David Wargo

tneditor@tnonline.com

Sometimes I think the world has disappeared while I was asleep and replaced with this Bizarro clone of Earth in which good is bad and right is wrong.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Allentown – With snow forecast for some areas of Pennsylvania within the next day, PennDOT reminds drivers to slow down and give snow plows a wide berth to do their jobs.

Motorists are reminded that during winter weather events, PennDOT's primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow.

Roadways such as interstates and expressways are the primary focus and, at times, PennDOT may redirect equipment to these routes during significant winter events.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hector Enchautegui Jr., 32, of 3512 Limestone Drive, Whitehall, faces charges from an incident which took place at 11:49 p.m. Dec. 17, 2010.

Charges of identity theft, false identification to law enforcement, false reports to law enforcement, drivers required to be licensed, driving under suspension, registration and certificate of title required, and violations concerning licenses. were filed by Lansford officer Jason Helmer. according to an affidavit of probable cause:

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Dick Fosbenner, Tamaqua – "Definitely not. I retired after 25-years as a Philadelphia police officer and think council members should have found another way."

"Do you think Tamaqua Council was justified in laying off a police officer to help avoid a tax hike?"

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Annie, a golden retriever, is an "orphan Annie" after someone abandoned her at Mauch Chunk Lake. Police are hoping to find the identity of Annie's owner. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

At the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning, they named her Annie because they don't know her real name.

She's really an "orphan annie."

She was brought to the shelter after being found at Boat Lauch B of Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Summit Hill.

Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos said two individuals came across Annie. She needed medical attention for an eye and mouth problem, and had other health problems. Fittos said the dog appeared "sickly." It was treated by a veterinarian at the Animal Shelter.