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Friday, July 11, 2014
Midas

Lansford Borough Council wants to see a copy of the state police investigation on a high-profile suicide of part-time officer David Midas eight months ago.

On the night of Friday, Oct. 25, Midas, who was also a lieutenant with the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, was off-duty but hopped into a Lansford borough police cruiser, picked up a fellow police officer, then drove to Broadway in Jim Thorpe, where he fatally shot himself.

The investigation of the incident was handled by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Carbon County man violated the conditions of his probation and was resentenced to a state prison term recently by a county judge.

Keith Breiner, 52, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for two years on April 17, 2012, for indecent exposure. At the same sentencing proceeding, Judge Steven R. Serfass also sentenced him to serve 90 days to 23 months in the county prison on a corruption of minors charge. The terms ran consecutively.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Feed the People will provide a free community dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 1 West Abbott St. in Lansford.

Please use the Tunnel Street entrance.

For more information, call 570-657-1480.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A limited number of produce vouchers are still available to Weatherly area senior citizens.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board talked about the Senior Farmers' Market Program, which offers $20 vouchers to county seniors over 60 years old and who meet income guidelines.

The problem, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said, was that a glitch with getting the word out in one area newspaper that serves Weatherly caused the seniors to miss the distribution dates.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Lansford man was sentenced to a county prison term Thursday after previously pleading guilty to bringing a controlled substance into the county prison.

He was one of five defendants who had previously entered guilty pleas who were sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Marijuana cigarette

George S. Heffelfinger Jr., 39, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.

Friday, July 11, 2014

An article on June 30 concerning the Blue Raider Foundation Awards contained an error concerning a scholarship. Michael Kelly and Joann Butkus, top student athletes in the Tamaqua Class of 2014, were presented the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Scholarship.

Friday, July 11, 2014
 Bob Ford/Times News Emergency crews work on a Dodge Neon in the parking lot of the Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township. According to police, the Neon driven by Angela Ouly hit a Kia Rondo, causing it to move from its spot and into a Chevrolet Equinox, moving both vehicles from their spots. A Kia Soul parked next to  the spot where the Kia Rondo was originally parked was also damaged.

A pregnant woman was hurt Thursday afternoon as she fell while she was trying to get out of the way of an out-of-control car.

Mahoning Township investigated the five-car crash started by Angela Ouly, 93, of Nesquehoning.

Police said Ouly, driving a Dodge Neon, made an illegal left-hand turn from Route 443 into the Carbon Plaza Mall lot.

Friday, July 11, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith, stages its 150th anniversary concert in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater.

Lehighton Band celebrated its 150th anniversary by presenting a concert that featured sounds from 1864 to the present.

The concert, held Thursday in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater, attracted an estimated 200 people.

The same show will be given by the band at 7 p.m. Sunday in Eurana Park, Weatherly.

Paul Smith, who has been director of the band for the past 49 years, led the musicians in a wide variety of music, including show tunes, classical numbers, pop hits, military songs and marches.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A pregnant woman was hurt Thursday afternoon as she fell while she was trying to get out of the way of an out-of-control car.

Mahoning Township investigated the five-car crash started by Angela Ouly, 93, of Nesquehoning.

Police said Ouly, driving a Dodge Neon, made an illegal left hand turn off of Route 443 into the Carbon Plaza Mall lot.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police are investigating gunshots fired near a south Philadelphia refinery that prompted the brief closure of a bridge spanning the Schuylkill River.

Authorities said a security guard at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery reported hearing gunfire shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.

Officers responding to the scene on the westbound Passyunk Avenue Bridge found 10 shell casings from a semi-automatic weapon near the refinery entrance and on the bridge.