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Friday, October 21, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Todd Pritchard, vice president, cash management, of National Penn of Bethlehem, discusses retail fraud and how to prevent it members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Where there's a will, there's a way for bandits to attempt to swindle assets from innocent victims.

In an effort to avoid that pitfall, tips on retail fraud and how to prevent it were shared recently with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Todd M. Pritchard, vice president, cash management, of National Penn of Bethlehem, told Chamber members detecting and fighting payment fraud is of primary concern.

"It's more prevalent nowadays," Pritchard said. "In areas like Palmerton and other areas I cover, it's more of a community feel."

Friday, October 21, 2011
Post 316 officers installed in SH

Officers of the American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, were installed during a ceremony held Oct. 16 at the Post Home. They include, front, from left, Dan Conahan, judge advocate, Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District commander from Post 927, Gilbert, who was the installing officer, W.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Carbon County's retirement fund portfolio continues its financial roller coaster ride on a very volatile stock market.

During the monthly meeting of the retirement board, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the fund's portfolio value as of Sept. 30 was $56,559,382, down $3,565,660 from the end of August; but as of Oct. 19, the fund had rebounded to $59,248,579.

"This market is fluctuating everyday," Crampsie said. "You can see in a matter of 19 days, we're up $2.7 million.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Lansford man pleaded guilty on Thursday in Carbon County court to criminal charges pending in three separate cases. He was one of six defendants to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Stolen tools

John Bartenope, 34, entered guilty pleas to counts of receiving stolen property, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, October 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Providing free hotdogs and refreshments following the Andreas Halloween Parade are West Penn Lions and Lioness Club members, from left, Paul Barth, Liz Mcelwee, Pat Bednarik (past 30 year parade coordinator) and Eileen Meiser.

Friday, October 21, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bella, a German Shepherd, and Moe, a Black Labrador, try on their Halloween costumes for the upcoming Howloween Pet Expo and Holistic Fair to be held this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10-a.m.-4 p.m. at the American Legion in Gilbert. Their mistress, Violet Albano of Effort, is the organizer of the event.

There's going to be a Howling good time on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the American Legion Post 927, Rt. 209, in Gilbert.

That's when the Howloween Pet Expo and Holistic Fair, sponsored by "Precious Pets Magazine, will be held.

Participants can enter their pets and win a prize in a best-costume contest. There will also be contests for the Best Trick, Best Kisser, Longest Tail, Longest Ears, Best Howl, the Biggest, the Smallest and more. There is an entry fee of $5.

At 11 a.m. there will be a Blessing of the Animals.

Friday, October 21, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Towamensing Township Vol. Fire Co. brought lots of helpful fire safety tips to the students at Towamensing Elementary School during Fire Prevention Week. This eye-catching and informative display in the entrance of the school was done by Towamensing Twp. Vol. Fire Co. firefighter, Ann Bachert.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Insight Pharmaceuticals, LLC of Langhorne, Pa., is recalling one lot (34,092 bottles) of Nostrilla Nasal Decongestant nasal spray to the consumer level, because it may contain the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia.

Burkholderia cepacia may cause serious infection in individuals with a compromised immune system or chronic lung condition (i.e. cystic fibrosis). However, the possibility of infection is remote in healthy individuals.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two persons were robbed at gunpoint early today in Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. along side Lower Mountain Road in Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers said Freddie Alvarez, 23, Shaun Miraihl, 23, and Shakir Kelly, 20, all of Effort, were seated in a vehicle when they were approached by another vehicle with its high beams activated.

Two individuals got out of the other vehicle and confronted the three, robbing them at gunpoint.

Both individuals had