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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A garbage collection caught on fire Nov. 5 in Jim Thorpe and borough police believe it was intentionally set.

Home surveillance video obtained during the investigation shows a white male, possibly bald, walking toward 12 E. Fourth St. from Fern Street, several minutes before the items set out for the trash went up in flames around 7:30 p.m.

The fire damaged a nearby vehicle and home.

The same male was later observed across the street spectating as fire personnel extinguished the flames.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mahoning Township police announced multiple recent arrests on Tuesday.

Police were dispatched to the McDonalds drive-thru at 12:42 a.m. on Oct. 3, for a male asleep behind the wheel.

On arrival, officers found a male, Daniel Shelley of Port Royal, slouched over the wheel at the first drive-thru window.

Officers observed an open container of alcohol and had difficulty waking him.

Shelley refused a blood test and has been charged with DUI, and violating restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot and wounded by a sniper two months ago has been taken to a hospital in New York City.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton (http://bit.ly/1pNEyyr) reports that an ambulance transported Trooper Alex Douglass to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday night.

State police Lt. Christopher Paris declined to provide specifics on why Douglass was taken to the hospital but says it wasn't an emergency. The hospital specializes in orthopedics.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Monroe County woman was killed on Monday when the vehicle she was a passenger in left a county road and crashed into a tree.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the victim as Casey Ann Hoffman, 22, of Saylorsburg.

Troopers said the crash occurred at 6:19 p.m. along Weir Lake Road at Frantz Road in Chestnuthill Township. Brian Petix, 31, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2002 Buick Century northbound and was approaching the intersection with Frantz Road when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the road.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A former star Jim Thorpe High School football player who was involved in a road rage incident in which he was accused of assaulting another man was placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Monday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Ryan R. Saunders II, 18, of Penn Forest Township, was charged by Lehighton police for an incident on Dec. 18, 2013. Police alleged that a road rage incident occurred 4 miles north in Jim Thorpe involving Saunders and Kirt D. Adams, 57, of Nesquehoning.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A worker was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in an early Tuesday morning incident at a Tamaqua business.

Emergency responders were dispatched by the Schuylkill Communications Center at 8:57 a.m. for a report of an industrial accident with possible entrapment at 10 West Broad St., site of M & S Do It Best Hardware store.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

During the Carbon County Veterans Day program on Monday, the county commissioners honored some very special veterans.

Those highlighted included 35 county employees from a number of departments.

Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, chairman; William O'Gurek; and Thomas J. Gerhard thanked the men and women who served the country and now serve the county.

"Thank you for those who served," Nothstein said.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Harry J. Wynn of American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, listens to the speakers of the Carbon County Veterans Day program in Jim Thorpe on Monday.

The sun smiled on Carbon County Monday afternoon as residents, veterans and employees of the county gathered in the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe to honor the men and women who served this country.

During the annual Veterans Day program, hosted by the Carbon County Veterans Council, the Carbon County Commissioners addressed the crowd about the importance of remembering those who fought for our freedoms.

Henry Desrosiers, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs in Carbon County, welcomed everyone to the event.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Carbon County man who abducted his daughter, which triggered a Amber Alert, entered a guilty plea in the county court on Monday.

Timothy C. Simcsuk, 27, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of interference with the custody of children, a felony three.

Simcsuk was arrested for an incident at 6:10 p.m. on Dec. 14 when he took his 4-year-old daughter from her grandmother, Lisa Fatzinger, her legal guardian and sole caregiver.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS An artist's rendering of the pedestrian bridge.

A gap in the Delaware and Lehigh Canal trail might soon be filled.

Carbon County has been approved for $2 million for the installation of a prefabricated pedestrian bridge across the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe.

This bridge will connect the 60 miles of D&L Trail north in Carbon and Luzerne counties to the 105 miles of D&L Trail in Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks County. If all goes as planned, the bridge would be completed in late 2016.