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Monday, January 23, 2012
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The first major snowfall of the winter season brought from 5-9 inches of snow to the region. Saturday was a time for snow-clearing. Here a loader from Radocha's in Coaldale clears snow from a parking lot in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Eric Zizelmann of Tamaqua uses a snowblower to clear his neighbor's sidewalk.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Rush Township Police are investigating a burglary of an unoccupied home located at 654 Fairview Street in Hometown after a local realtor found the home broken into. Anyone with information is encouraged to call township police at (570) 668-4242.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Last night and this morning's freezing rain resulted in some icy roads throughout the region. Just before 4 a.m. these two tractor trailers pulled off of SR309 in West Penn Township after one of the tractors sideswiped the other. Township police said there were no injuries.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Hasna Saoud of Tamaqua credits her seatbelt for helping her survive a crash Saturday in front of the Jamesway Plaza on SR209 in Tamaqua. Saoud was on her way to church when her 2007 Subaru Legacy hit a slick spot and and she lost control. Responding were Tamaqua Ambulance, East End Fire and American Hose fire companies, rescue and police. Fire Police detoured traffic around the scene. Officer Peter Wysochansky is investigating.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Several Tamaqua residents were lucky enough one spring day to get their photo taken with Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The young people were walking to the Blue and White inter-squad game at Beaver Stadium when Paterno pulled up in front of his house. They asked for a photo and despite the fact that it was a busy day for the coach, he posed with the group. The Tamaqua teens are Corey McCann (furst person back row), his brother Eric McCann (just over Paterno's shoulder) and Michael Taylor (second to the left of the coach).

Monday, January 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale firefighters Lonnie Ahner, top, and Chris Galloway, on ladder, get assistance from fellow firefighters as they investigate the smoke.

After tenants reported seeing smoke coming from their housing unit at 409 East Ridge Street in Coaldale Friday night, firefighters from Coaldale, Tamaqua, Lansford and Summit Hill responded quickly.

Firemen used ladders to scale the roof of the building and found the cause to be a faulty wood burner.

On further investigation, firefighters found multiple code and safety violations and cited the landlord.

Also responding were Lansford Ambulance, Coaldale Police and fire police.

Monday, January 23, 2012

An 18-store shopping mall may be coming to Franklin Township. Dr. Shyam Devani, who has a practice in both Lehighton and Palmerton, told the Franklin Township Zoning Hearing Board that he acquired 17 acres on Harrity Road above Platz's Restaurant two years ago and recently retained the services of Geho Architects to help plan a shopping mall on the triangle-shaped lot. Architect Franklin L. Geho said the project would cost $1,250,000.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fifteen first time defendants in criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program recently.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their 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 guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Placed by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb were:

Monday, January 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police have identified and charged two Tamaqua juveniles who stole a 2000 Ford Taurus New Year's Eve from a North Railroad Street home and then crashed it into a utility pole on Birch Crossing Road in West Penn Township. Churchgoers spotted the wrecked car New Year's day. Due to their ages the youth's names were not disclosed.