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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Lansford man, who was arrested on drug counts following the death of his girlfriend, entered a guilty plea on Tuesday to reduced charges in the county court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Eric R. Zuber, 32, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Zuber was arrested following a June 6, 2013, incident at his residence at 304 W. Bertsch St.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cramer's Home Center store in Kresgeville is closed as of last Friday.

Kresgeville said "goodbye" to a good neighbor when Cramer's Home Center on Route 534 closed last Friday.

Mike Carmella, vice president and director of marketing for Cramer's, cited the economy as the most obvious reason for its closing.

Ken Cramer is the president of the corporation, owned by the Cramer family and stockholders.

Carmella says that Cramer's employees enjoyed their time in the Kresgeville store and many of the customers became their friends.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Carbon County officials want to help grandparents raising their grandchildren.

That's why the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative, which is made up of a number of area agencies, schools and organizations, has created a support group for Carbon County grandparents acting as the main caregiver for their grandchildren.

Jeanne Miller, co-chairperson of the collaborative, said the meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Jim Thorpe campus, is open to all grandparents who took on the role as parent for their grandchildren.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The National Weather Service is still calling for freezing rain to start this morning.

 

Temperatures will rise as the morning progresses and start   decreasing the geographical extent of the freezing rain during the latter half of the morning.

 

According to the Weather Channel, precipitation is supposed to start after 10 a.m.

 

The forecast:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Surveillance photos of the suspects in the Wal-Mart arson

The Rush Township Police Department has made an arrest in reference to the fire at the Hometown Wal-Mart Supercenter at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police have arrested Jonathan L Maldonado, 20, of Hazleton on numerous felony charges.

Maldonado was arraigned before Judge Ferrier and lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison on $50,000 straight cash bail.

At this time Maldonado is the only one facing charges, police said.

Police have released surveillance photos of all four suspects.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An early morning blaze at the Hometown Wal-Mart sent shoppers and employees fleeing to the safety of the parking lot during a snowstorm and damaged a portion of the sales area.

Police have ruled the fire as an arson.

Police have released surveillance photos of four males they say are responsible for starting the fire near the lawn and garden section of the Wal-Mart store in Hometown this morning.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Frace

A Mahoning Township police officer ran into a burning building twice to save the life of an elderly woman.

Veteran Patrolman Jeffrey Frace responded to the fire on Oak Grove Drive, off Route 443, within three minutes of the alarm.

The incident happened at 11:31 p.m. Feb. 11.

Mahoning Township Police Officer In Charge Audie Mertz released details of the incident Monday.

Mertz said Frace ran inside the building, which was filled with smoke, and convinced the 81-year-old woman to leave.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Slatington road crews spent Saturday morning using dump trucks and backhoes to clear out parking spaces along the 600 block of Main Street. Although the state clears the driving portion of Main Street that also serves as Route 873, the sides of the street, where much of that snow gets pushed, remains the town's responsibility. Borough Council President Daniel Stevens said it was the second time within a week crews had to clear out the spaces. He believes the last time this much heavy machinery was needed was in 2010.

The many headaches recent snowfalls have caused were a main topic of discussion in Slatington Monday night during the borough's Water/Sewer/ Highway Workshop Committee meeting.

Highway Committee Chairman Galen Freed explained how the continuous snow events have drained the borough's workers and resources this winter.

"We're getting cleaned up where we can, when we can," explained Freed. "The guys are working a tremendous amount of hours. They're been putting in a lot of overtime … and they'll be out again tonight."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bail has been posted for a Slatington woman who was caught by a camera on her son's tablet computer stabbing her husband over the weekend.

Kathleen Sell, 48, is free on bail. She was charged with aggravated assault and simple assault, and initially sent to Lehigh County Prison under $8,000 bail by District Judge Rashid Santiago.

The case will be sent to the office of District Judge Rod Beck of Slatington. Sell will have a preliminary hearing before Beck on a date that's yet to be determined.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS State Rep. Doyle Heffley honored fire fighters and fire police with 20 years and more with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition. From left are, front row, Dale Ahner, Francis Kresge, Bruce Wolfe; and Bob Mertz; and back row, Steven B. Everett; Kevin Lilly, Lynn Diehl and State Rep. Doyle Heffley. Also recognized were Mark Goodhile and Todd Hawk, firefighters; and Raymond Moyer and Russell Jeffries, fire police.

Cutting expenses for prizes didn't stop Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from recognizing firefighters and fire police at the annual Valentine's Day dinner and dance held Saturday at the fire station.

Instead of the usual array of prizes, State Representatives Doyle Heffley presented Pennsylvania House of Representative Certificates of Recognition to honor seven firefighters and four fire police for giving at least 20 years of service and dedication to the community through their efforts at the fire company.