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Monday, March 3, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Market meat manager Mike Suzadail restocks ground beef Friday morning.

Beef prices are on the rise locally because of weather conditions in the western part of the United States.

Add to that the cost of fertilizer and grain, and shoppers are paying nearly $4 a pound for hamburger.

Mike Suzadail, meat manager at Jim Thorpe Market, said,"There's no relief in sight. When the prices first started going up, the suppliers told us it would be for a few months, then eight months, then a year. We finally saw a drop about a week ago, but then I got a message that it will keep rising."

Suzadail has worked in the industry for 40 years.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Carbon County officials are working to make nearly two million court papers available to attorneys through an online database.

During the county commissioners' meeting last week, the board tabled a motion to hire Extract Systems LLC of Madison, Wis., indefinitely after Roberta Brewster, county court administrator, made the recommendation.

The cost for the redaction services in 2014 would be $46,622, with $2,654 annual support and maintenance costs in 2015.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Carbon County man entered a guilty plea to a drug charge along with a conduct count and was given a state prison term, which he requested.

Jaden Diacheysn, 26, of Nesquehoning, who was scheduled to go on trial this week in Carbon County court, entered guilty pleas to one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, persistent disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Carbon County man, scheduled to go on trial this week in the county court, entered guilty pleas in two pending cases and was immediately sentenced to a county prison term.

Daniel Hollan, 31, last known address in Lansford, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal trespass, both felonies.

Hollan was charged with the drug count after he sold heroin to a confidential informant working for the state Attorney General's office. The sale was on Aug. 8, 2012, along W. Patterson Street in Lansford.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Two persons scheduled for trial this week in Carbon County court, both charged with driving under the influence, decided to enter guilty pleas before county judges.

Brian E. Dillman, 52, of Palmerton, was arrested on Jan. 15, 2013, along Stoney Ridge Road in Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .25 BAC. It is his second conviction for DUI.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Weatherly man, scheduled to go on trial this week in Carbon County court, instead entered into a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and pleaded guilty in three pending cases and a no contest plea in a fourth case. The pleas were entered before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Frank Kephart Sr., 46, pleaded to two counts of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief. He entered a no contest plea to terroristic threats.

Kephart was arrested for incidents that occurred over a two-month span, June and July of 2013, in Weatherly.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Northampton County driver was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 2:27 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Jason R. Binder, 40, of Pen Argyl, was driving a 2002 Nissan Xterra eastbound on Interstate 78 approaching the Route 309 overpass when, for unknown reasons, he traveled off the road.

He continued eastbound off the road until his vehicle struck a concrete bridge pillar beneath Route 309 overpass, head-on.

Binder was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers noted he was not wearing a seat belt.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The owner of a long-time Palmerton variety store has died.

George J. Spillane, 98, of Allentown died Feb. 28. He was the loving husband of the late Ellen L. (Gibbons) for 71 years. Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late William & Mary (Henehan) Spillane.

He retired at age 85. after owning and operating his own business, G.J. Spillane 5 & 10 cent stores in Allentown & Emmaus and Spillane’s Variety store in Palmerton, for 52 years.

The Palmerton store closed in October.

For complete obituary, see Monday's Times News.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

It was fitting that dozens of hands held the wide red ribbon, just before it was cut to celebrate the second anniversary of the Tamaqua Community Art Center and its renovated Performing Arts Hall.

That's because for the past two years, dozens of volunteers had a hand in the ongoing success of the center, contributing their labor, time and money in support of a common goal - to create a home for area artists and their talents.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Rush Township Police Department arrested two people on retail theft and drug charges this weekend.

 

Arrested were  Steven A Smith, 36, of Plains and Barbara L Figueiredo, 34, of Plains on retail theft, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, and drug paraphernalia charges.

The pair is facing charges for four other theft related incidents at Walmart.

The pair was arraigned by Judge Reilly and lodged in the Schuylkill County prison.