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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tom Newman, a supervisor in Towamensing Township, said a new gas pipeline extending from Luzerne County to New Jersey will be passing through the township.

Newman said at a meeting of the supervisors that he attended a meeting regarding the pipeline.

Newman reported that for the project, surveys will be done this year, a formal application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be made in 2015 for a permit, and construction will begin in 2016 if all rights of way have been received.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alfred M. Kotsch, 78, of 3444 Colonial Court, Allentown, was killed when the motorcyclehe was driving collided with a tractor-trailer. The crash happened Tuesday afternoonat the intersection of Route 873 and Mountain Road in Washington Township. Kotsch was pronounced dead at the scene by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas. The name of the driver of the tractor-trailer was not available as of press time.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Allentown man was killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Washington Township.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 873 and Mountain Road.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office said Alfred M. Kotsch, 78, was driving a motorcycle that was in a collision with a tractor trailer.

Kotsch was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:18 p.m.

State police are investigating.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Monroe County woman has been charged with making a false report of being raped.

State police at Fern Ridge said Danielle Dutka, 22, of Brodheadsville, has been charged with false reports to law enforcement.

Troopers said Dutka reported on Aug. 24 that she had been raped in the parking lot area of the West End Fair. She said the incident occurred sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m.

A further investigation revealed that the rape did not occur, troopers said.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Carbon County Master Gardeners will hold a workshop on diagnosing and managing plant disease in your garden from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Penn State Extension Office, 529 Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe.

Dealing with plant disease is part of the challenge of gardening. Learn to recognize the major diseases that infect your plants and find out how to manage them effectively.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hilbert Haas was announced "Citizen of the Year" by the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to him by President John Angelo during the 19th annual awards dinner.

Other award recipients were Darryl Arner, Businessman of the Year; Paul R. Smith, Educator of the Year; Harold Sthare, Volunteer of the Year; and Franklin Elementary School, Volunteer Group of the Year.

Former chamber President Kenneth Leffler was presented with a clock in recognition of his achievements as president.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole and probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation against defendants who violated the terms of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Robert Ahn, 34, of Lansford, had his parole revoked on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on petition filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart for violating conditions by testing positive for a controlled substance, which violated the zero-tolerance provision.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Burglars chopped this hole in the cinderblock wall at Lehigh Tire in Tamaqua to gain entry to the garage bays, where they made off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and supplies. The internal wall was reached after the suspect(s) pried open a door at the rear of the building.

"They took everything they could carry. Our toolboxes were empty, not even a screwdriver left behind," is the way Lehigh Tire-Tamaqua Manager Marie Morgan describes the burglary that took place late Saturday into early Sunday morning.

The burglary at the business, located on Route 309 at the northern edge of Tamaqua, was discovered at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, when mechanic Charlie Franz just happened to be driving by his place of employment.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh High School junior Gavin Kemery is given his ceremonial oath by school board solicitor Charles Stopp as a student representative to the board on Monday.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Penn State is back in the bowl business.

The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more seasons left and restoring scholarships next season.

Penn State was halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the scholarship sanctions last year.