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Monday, June 13, 2011

Lansford police have arrested three borough residents and have charged them with arson and other criminal counts.

They are:

Jeremy Schmick, 27, West Ridge Street – Arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief.

Michael Zuber, 25, of East Ridge Street – Two counts of arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Wherys Family will be at Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Palmerton (Bowmanstown area) at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

The Wherys Family is an evangelistic preaching and singing family ministry team from Northumberland. Randy and Wendy have been singing together for more than 30 years and have been blessed with five children who are part of the ministry.

Monday, June 13, 2011
 Larry Neff/special to the times news

West Penn Township police are investigating a crash which occurred late Friday night along SR895, about a half-mile east of SR309. Police found a car which appeared to be traveling east when the driver lost control, entered the right berm mowing down a set of guardrails, then rolled down an embankment. The driver, from Stroudsburg, was not at the scene when police arrived. They later learned he was driven to the St. Luke's Miner's Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, by a friend. West Penn Chief of police Brian Johnson and officer Jason Lorah are investigating.

Monday, June 13, 2011

An appeal was filed in the Schuylkill County court by the Coaldale Community Ambulance Association from the ruling by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board which removed the ambulance group exemption on its headquarters building at 300 W. Ridge St.

The appeals board also imposed a tax base on the property, ruling the fair market value was $93,680 and assessed it for tax purposes at $46,840.

Monday, June 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A two-car accident shortly before 6 p.m. Friday shut down White Bear Hill (SR902) for more than an hour. No serious injuries were reported but both the car and pick-up truck were disabled and had to be towed. A delay by the tow truck arrival resulted in the delay in reopening the road. The Summit Hill Fire Department responded. Traffic control was handled by Summit Hill fire police. Borough police are investigating.

Monday, June 13, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION  This TIMES NEWS illustration used in the Amber Lantern story, published November 10, 2010, has been awarded a national second place for daily newspaper feature photography. The photo was used to illustrate a full-page story, 'The Amber Lantern Massacre,' which also earned a national second place as determined by the National Federation of Press Women, Arlington, Va.

A feature story that appeared in the TIMES NEWS on November 10, 2010, has won two national awards, one for writing and one for photography, as announced late last week.

'The Amber Lantern Massacre' was a full page story recounting the gang-related, unsolved murders which took place exactly 73 years ago, June 14, 1938, on Lincoln Drive in Rush Township, then called Route 29, the Hometown-Hazleton highway.

Monday, June 13, 2011

One person sustained burns and was transported to a hospital when a garage burned last night in Nesquehoning.

Reportedly the detached garage is at a home which is a rental property, and the owner lives in New Jersey.

Fire Chief John McArdle said the Nesquehoning Fire Department extinguished the blaze, which destroyed the garage and a car inside it.

Assisting at the scene was the Nesquehoning Police Department, fire police, Nesquehoning Ambulance Corps, Lansford Ambulance Corps, and Lehighton ALS.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Tamaqua man was one of three defendants who had their freedom taken away by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin after a hearing in Schuylkill County court for violating terms of their probation and now have to serve time in the county prison.

Christopher Shea, 45, formerly of 262 W. Cottage Avenue, who on May 23, 2007 was placed on probation on charges of criminal attempt to deliver a controlled substance to a confidential informant (CI), was ruled to have violated his probation because of failure to make timely reports to his probation officer.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Lehighton Baer Memorial Swimming Pool will be the venue for the second annual Lehighton School and Community Educational/Safety Program Thursday, June 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The free evening of swimming, food, and activities is sponsored by Lehighton Area School District Title One Department and Lehighton Baer Memorial Swimming Pool.

Monday, June 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brother Bernard on one of his visits to China.

Brother Bernard Seif blends together his interests in spirituality, natural medicine, clinical psychology and Asian culture in the plot of his newest book, Night Prayer: From the Office of the Dead, the sixth book in the series.

A Catholic Christian monk who is fascinated by the Salesian tradition (a way of living inspired by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal), he practices clinical psychology and Chinese medicine.

While the three seem somewhat unrelated, Brother Bernard assures they are linked.