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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A pair of civil suits in Carbon County Court over Summit Hill's building project appears to have been settled without a trial.

Records indicate that settlement was reached in the two cases – Hoch Mechanical Inc. of Allentown vs. Summit Hill Borough and Borough of Summit Hill vs. Western Surety Company and Hoch Mechanical Inc.

No details of the settlement were attached to documents in the office of the Carbon County Prothonotary. The parties have until Feb. 4 to work out the details. In an out-of-court settlement, sometimes the terms aren't disclosed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Could all kindergarten pupils in the Palmerton Area School District be required to participate in an extended day kindergarten program?

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, presented the proposal to the school board on Tuesday.

Fenner said the purpose of the extended day program is to remediate students who show delays in kindergarten readiness; to receive focused instruction for first-grade readiness; and to potentially reduce future special education placements.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Testimony in the murder trial of a Lansford man in Carbon County court Tuesday centered on the use of a credit card issued to the victim.

Jurors heard from employees of businesses where the card was used.

There was also testimony from the father of the victim.

Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, is charged with criminal homicide and tampering with evidence. He is accused of killing his estranged wife, Edwina Atieno Onyango, 34, in the basement of his home at 207 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, on Dec. 9, 2007. Her body has never been found.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Palmerton Area School District could implement its own Life Skills program to serve students with severe disabilities.

The concept was presented to the school board on Tuesday by Robert Palazzo, school psychologist, and Bob Dailey, director of special education.

Palazzo said Life Skills support classes provide education to students with severe disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, Autism, and severe learning disabilities.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Application period for the 2012 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

This week-long camp is designed to give young people a better understanding of law enforcement activities in an atmosphere of an actual State Police training school. Once accepted, the cadets will reside at the camp for six days under the direct supervision of state and local police officers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The East Carbon County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m., today, Jan. 17. The meeting will be held at Penn-Kidder School campus on Route 903.

The club will discuss the Presidential and other elections scheduled for 2012.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed last week on rape and related counts for incidents that allegedly occurred in Lehighton.

Borough police said Lawrence Danforth, 26, of 319 Market Square, Apt. 19, Pottsville, was arrested on Jan. 11 and arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis, of Jim Thorpe. He is charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two men were sentenced to state prison terms on Monday in Carbon County court. The two were among several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Burglary count

Joseph Michael Breuer, 22, of Cressona, Schuylkill County, was sentenced to serve 21 to 42 months in a state prison on a charge of criminal conspiracy-burglary.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A number of defendants opted to waive their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Steven Bayer, Tamaqua, last week.

All will now have their cases heard in Schuylkill County court, Pottsville.

William Brown, 53, of 28 Nescopec St., Tamaqua, will face trial on charges of making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a May 30, 2011, incident and were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.

Brown was released on his own recognizance.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

About 120 anthracite miners were forced to quit two tunnels of the vast Dodson colliery of the Weston-Dodson Coal Co. today because of an underground mine fire. Mining engineers continue to search for the underground fire in the No. 6 mine, without much success. Company officials said they have been unable to locate the fire. The blaze was uncovered when a noticeable amount of carbon dioxide gas was detected during a routine check of the air in the mine.