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Friday, September 12, 2014

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. His team benched him for this weekend's game against New England.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the charge in Montgomery County accuses Peterson of using a switch to spank one of his sons, whose age was not disclosed. Hardin said Peterson has cooperated with authorities and didn't mean any harm.

Friday, September 12, 2014

HAZLETON - City police and the state Office of Attorney General on Friday have charged Amir Edwards, 22, with the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Zachary Richards.

Zachary Richards was the brother of Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Justin Richards.

Edwards, of Hazleton, is charged with an open count of criminal homicide, which was filed with District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.

Friday, September 12, 2014

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the past three years.

Friday, September 12, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Following in the footsteps of the St. Clair school directors, Panther Valley School Board member Manny Roman strongly recommended at a meeting of the directorate, that all school district employees be required to be tested for drug and alcohol use.

Roman had high praise for the action taken by the St. Clair board earlier this week and said that he feels drug and alcohol tests should be discussed during future contract negotiations.

Roman said members of the school board should also submit to the tests. No action was taken.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A 78-year-old South Whitehall Township man with Lehighton ties died on Tuesday after a motorcycle he was operating struck a tractor-trailer on Route 873 at Mountain Road in Washington Township, north of Slatington.

Alfred M. Kotsch was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:18 p.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas. Officials said he sustained multiple traumatic injuries.

His obituary, which appears in today's Times News, states Kotsch was an accomplished musician who owned the former Kotsch's Music House, Lehighton.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two changes are coming to traffic patterns in Jim Thorpe Borough.

Borough council on Thursday night approved ordinance updates extending the amount of time School Street is closed between Fifth and Sixth streets and creating a "no left turn" condition from West Tenth Street onto North Street, except for buses for a short time at the end of the school day.

According to Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, the closing of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton has led to increased enrollment at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Submitted Photo Lehighton Area School District board member Rocky Ahner speaks at the state capitol Wednesday in favor of legislation aimed at simplifying the school construction reimbursement process.

A Lehighton Area School District board member spoke Wednesday at the state capitol in Harrisburg in favor of legislation aimed at simplifying the school construction reimbursement process.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires school districts to use the 11-step Planning and Construction Workbook (PlanCon) process to apply for state reimbursement for a share of approved construction costs.

House Bill 2124, sponsored by State Rep. Seth Grove, of York, would establish a five-step Accountability and Reducing Costs in Construction (ARC Con) process.

Friday, September 12, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Michael Luciw of Lehighton gets his blood pressure read by Melinda Walck from St. Luke's Physical Therapy in Jim Thorpe during the 2014 Carbon County Senior Citizens Expo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. The event was sponsored by State Representative Doyle Heffley and State Senators John Yudichak and David Argall.
Friday, September 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking forward to this weekend's Weatherly Hill Climb are Brian Griffith of DeAngelo Brothers Inc., Carbon County Commissioner Tom J. Gerhard, Weatherly Hill Climb Association President Joe Cybert, Al Corazza of Fairway Motors, and Jim Baran of Lehigh Tire.

The Weatherly Fairway Subaru Hill Climb will be held this weekend, with a parade of local businesses and hill climb drivers kicking off the events at 6 p.m. today.

Following the parade, everyone is invited to meet the drivers in the pit area and support the Relay for Life Chapter, which will be providing a dinner as a fundraising event.

Racing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

In conjunction with the Carbon County Animal Shelter, a dog walk will be held following the race on Saturday.