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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Former Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek addresses council during a meeting Tuesday.

Former Coaldale Fire Company Chief Rich Marek, who wrote a resignation letter May 22, addressed borough council during its meeting Tuesday.

At the time he resigned, Marek cited personnel problems within the department, saying that the wives and girlfriends of firefighters were attacking each other via social media, namely Facebook.

During the meeting, Marek elaborated.

He said that for him, the last straw was the Coaldale Fire Company's response to a working structure fire in Lansford.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Back by popular demand is the energetic West End Assembly of God Youth Choir, performing at Effort United Methodist Church on Father's Day weekend.

They will serve, sing and worship at all three services Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to meet these young people (over 50 of them) and their chaperoning adults at 6 p.m. Saturday or 8:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A $2 million grant will be used by the Lehighton Area School District for energy savings at the proposed elementary center.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver announced at the school board's building committee workshop meeting Monday that the district has been awarded the grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development through the state's Alternate and Clean Energy Program.

The new 140,000-square-foot K-2 primary and 3-5 elementary center will replace four aging facilities.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika conducted parole/probation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants currently under supervision for violating the terms of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Lehighton woman who already is awaiting trial for alleged burglaries in Summit Hill, Mahoning Township and Lehighton has been jailed on another burglary count.

Stephanie Lill, 26, of 318 NE Alley, Lehighton, was arraigned Monday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek on charges she burglarized a home in Summit Hill on Sept. 25.

Kosciolek set bail on Lill at $40,000.

She has been charged with four felony charges: Burglary - overnight accommodation, person present; criminal trespass; receiving stolen property; and theft by unlawful taking.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This vehicle is shown as it travels east on Route 248 situated in the left through (passing) lane as it attempts to make a turn onto Club Road.

A median at the intersection at State Route 248 and Club Road could be shut down, and left-hand turns prohibited, in an effort to improve safety.

Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors Chairman Brent Green said Tuesday that the township received a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that suggests it may consider such action in the future.

If the median were to be shut down, vehicles would be prohibited from making a left-hand turn from Route 248 onto Club Road, and from Club Road onto Route 248, Green said.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Look for Grumpy Cat on Lifetime to herald in the worst Christmas ever.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Internet sensation with the wobbly walk, big blue eyes and frowny face will play a chronically overlooked pet-store cat. The twist, according to the cable network, is the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her.

The live-action movie is aptly named "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," and the human to voice the four-legged star has not yet been cast. It will shoot this summer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One member of an Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, family has been arrested and charged with assault over a dispute among family members over frozen chicken strips.

Township police said at 5:57 p.m. Monday they were dispatched to 5919 Derick Drive in Orefield, for a domestic disturbance between family members. As a result of an investigation, police said they learned that Zachary Suppan, 18, assaulted his brother, Joshua Suppan., 20, and his mother, Maureen Suppan, 43, all of that address, over frozen chicken strips.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — A gunman shot and killed a student Tuesday at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon shortly after classes started and was found dead himself as police arrived, authorities said.

The attack panicked students at Reynolds High School in Troutdale after a lockdown was ordered and they were told to quietly go to their classrooms.

Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she hunkered down in a locker room with another student and two teachers.

"It was scary in the moment. Now knowing everything's OK I'm better," she said.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Coaldale fugitive Joseph R. Becker, wanted in connection with a reported robbery in Lansford on June 5, was caught by Rush Township Police Tuesday afternoon. Becker, whose photo has been published by local media and online, was recognized by alert employees of St. Luke’s Health Center on Claremont Avenue in Hometown, who then contacted police.