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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Police Chief Thomas Beltz is investigating a one-car accident that took place around 7:35 a.m. today at 657 Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township. Police said that the driver of the car was Jason Wuermuth, no age or address available at the scene. Wuermuth appeared to be uninjured following the crash. The Dodge Avenger that he was driving was demolished. Wuermuth hit a pole and took down utility wires at the Roeseler property. Firefighters believed the wires were Verizon wires. Power lines were across the street from the crash. Wuermuth's air bag deployed during the crash.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A female driver and male passenger were injured just before 5 p.m. yesterday after their red Toyota Camry, traveling north in the 1900 block of West Penn Pike (SR309), lost control, struck a tree and mailboxes and then flipped back onto the road. The incident occurred across from Knepper's Inn in Snyders. Responding in addition to township police were West Penn Fire Company, fire police, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Penn Mahoning and Lehighton ambulances. The names and condition of the individuals weren't available as of press time this morning.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Elsie R. Greybush to Michael J. Bubel Jr., 30 Hometown Ave., Tamaqua, property on Elm Street, $21,000.

Franklin Township

Michael D. Wilmot to Clifford C. Colgan, 20 Pine Needle Drive, Lehighton, property at 20 Pine Needle Drive, $245,000.

Jim Thorpe

United States of America to Nancy Beers, P.O. Box 4006, Jim Thorpe, property at 30 River St., $135,000.

Robert J. Syracuse to Family First Mortgage Corporation, Palm Coast, Fla., property at 314 W. Broadway, $1.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A larger-than-life Santa Claus appears to be watching Deb Danchak, kneeling, co-owner of the Angela Theater in Coaldale, as she puts together a Christmas display in the foyer of the movie house. "I enjoy doing this at Christmas," said Danchak, as she worked on the display.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three Carbon County residents, who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) charges, were sentenced Monday to county prison terms by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Andrew Jason Tyahla Sr., 41, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in prison on charges of unauthorized use of a automobile and DUI.

Tyahla was arrested by Palmerton police on March 5 along Delaware Avenue.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As just one part of Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe, visitors and residents are encouraged to send a Christmas card to an anonymous military person, addressed simply "Dear Soldier", by dropping a card in the Military Mail Box located inside the Jim Thorpe Railroad Station. Doing just that are, left to right, Richard Rodriguez, Noelia Moreno, Justin Rodriguez, and Alexa Rodriguez visiting from Miami, Fla. The cards, which are available free-of-charge at the Military Mail Box, will be sent to various military posts by "Soldiers' Angels" with postage paid by the Old Jail Museum.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors recently tentatively adopted the 2012 budget. There will be no tax increases and no increase in garbage fees next year.

The budget lists a total of $3,993,318 in budgeted funds.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Complaints about the Mahoning Township Municipal Building by the township's Police Chief Kenneth Barnes to the Department of Labor and Industry were discussed during the meeting last evening.

Township Chairman John Wieczorek said several items were reported to L&I, including air quality, handicapped access, flammable materials stored under the stairs and lack of a fire escape.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

While 140 prospective jurors sat in a courtroom at the Schuylkill County courthouse Monday awaiting to be called to be screened to sit on a murder trial, the defendant chose not to go on trial but entered a plea of nollo contendre (no contest) to a charge of third degree murder.

Damon L. Ennett, 31, of Freeland, after accepting his plea Judge Jacqueline Russell immediaetly sentenced him to serve 13 1/2 to 27 years in a state correctional institution. The sentence is to begin when a sentence of 60 months he is currently serving in a federal prison expires.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Beltzville Lions Club assisted Weissport Borough by lighting up the gazebo and bell tower with Christmas lights. Standing at top of bell tower is Tom Zellner and holding the ladder is Bob Maholick. Also assisting were club members Tammy Solt and Linda Schoenberger and Arland Moyer, council member.