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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted 8-0 with Dominick Sacci absent to approve recalling two former PVSD furloughed employees: Adrianne Keefer as a long-term second-grade substitute until Nov. 26; Kelly Collins, PVHS health room technician for Deborah Daly, effective Aug. 26 through Nov. 26.

The board approved hiring Kristin Fuentes, substitute custodian/secretary; Philip Masiello substitute health and physical education; Kristen Pierri, secretary, full-time, PVE, replacement position for Susan Vegetable; and Melissa Snyder, substitute custodian.

Monday, August 18, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Woodland String Band of Philadelphia strut their stuff down Main Street in Slatington on Saturday as America's Slate Capital celebrates its 150th. See more photos on Page 8 and our gallery at

Slatington's 150th Anniversary Parade and Block Party on Saturday was not only attended by hundreds of residents and guests, but was also a unanimous success.

"The turnout was great, and people are having so much fun," said Darla Fakla, owner of Darla's 1950s Ice Cream Parlor and Hot Foods shop on Main Street in the borough.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Two people arrested by Tamaqua police on charges related to dealing drugs were scheduled for preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua recently. Both elected to waive those charges to be heard in Schuylkill County court instead of at the magistrate level.

Ashley Weirich, 20, of 308 Washington St., Tamaqua, was charged in connection with illegal drug sales from March 20, April 2 and May 1.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver led police on a chase early today eventually crashing her vehicle into a tree and is now facing numerous drug and related charges.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident began about 2:40 a.m. at the intersection of Second and Russell streets, in Saint Clair where a Dodge Dakota pickup truck failed to stop for a steady red light. Troopers attempted to stop the truck but the driver fled, traveling through numerous intersections in Saint Clair without stopping at stop signs and failing to use turn signals.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was unharmed Saturday after he crashed his car into a backyard pool, authorities said.

Officers responded around 11:45 a.m. to a report in Altadena of a car crashing into a pool in the 2700 block of Scripps Place, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told KNBC-TV.

The man was pulling into his garage when the crash occurred, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Jeff Sims told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The car went through a rear garage door and into a backyard swimming pool, ending up fully submerged, Sims said.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face.

A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally gave Hall a lick, then turned and kicked her in the face.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A young couple and their young child escaped with minor injuries Sunday afternoon when involved in a head-on type crash along Route 443 in East Brunswick Township.

The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. as the family was traveling west and for some unknown reason their 2005 Subaru drifted over the center line striking a pickup truck traveling east which had slowed down to make a left turn onto the lot of Eckert Farm Equipment.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured. State police at Frackville are investigating the incident.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Tamaqua man said his 2003 Suzuki SV1000S motorcycle was stolen early Sunday morning, according to state police at Schuylkill Haven.

The motorcycle was parked in a park and ride lot at “The Rock” in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

According to the 21-year-old victim, it was unattended for around three hours while he was fishing down at the river.

Police said the theft occurred between 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Hamburg man accused of stealing from a Giant Supermarket in Pottsville is in Schuylkill County Prison, according to state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Robert Joseph Ryan Jr. was reportedly spotted Tuesday pushing a cart with unpaid grocery items on a sidewalk near the store in North Manheim Township between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Police said Ryan has two prior retail theft convictions and will face felony charges for last week's incident.

Ryan is in prison in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Slatington celebrated its 150th anniversary today with a parade.

Here, the Woodland String Band, Philadelphia, marches down Main Street in Slatington on Saturday to the delight of hundreds lining the sidewalk. "The Slate Capital of America" capped its 150th birthday with a gala parade featuring the theme "Past, Present and Future," closing a week-long celebration.
Photo/Donald R. Serfass/Times News