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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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman was arrested for drunk driving after she crashed into a transit police vehicle in Philadelphia.

TV station KYW (http://cbsloc.al/1oEifts ) reports that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority vehicle was struck at about 3 a.m. Saturday after the officer responded to a call.

The officer was treated for minor injuries at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Police say the unidentified driver had a blood alcohol level of .149, twice the legal limit. She was also evaluated for minor injuries.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Marge Banta, Nesquehoning "I don't like computers. I like picking up a book and reading it."

In this technology driven world, do you read your books and newspapers on smartphones or tablets or do you still prefer the feel of holding a book or newspaper?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lehighton's addition to its Light & Power building will be turned over to the borough and contractor for completion.

At a special meeting Friday morning, borough council on a 6-0 vote agreed to proceed with the building withoutengineering. Councilman John Kreitz was absent.

In a related matter, council approved a change order for the Light & Power building, which is a credit of $9,513.

Council in June awarded a bid to C&E Ankiewicz, of Mountain Top, Luzerne County, in the amount of $487,082.

With the credit, the cost of the building is $477,569.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Auctioneer Benjamin Stoltzfus of R.A. Arner Auctioneers, New Ringgold, draws bids for a 1920s Tamaqua KKK seal embosser in Tuscarora on Saturday.

The value of an antique is determined in large part by rarity and its provenance, its place of origin.

That rule of thumb proved true in Tuscarora when auctioneers discovered a unique artifact of local and American history while liquidating an estate.

A 1920s cast-iron stamp seal embosser believed to have been owned by knights of the Tamaqua chapter of the Ku Klux Klan went up for grabs at a Saturday auction. Bidding skyrocketed.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Another  fee for  smokers

All the talk about hiking the cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help fund city schools has some state lawmakers wondering, what about the rest of the state?

State Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester, wants to take the concept of the vice tax and also apply it to the 66 counties outside Philadelphia. He's circulating a proposal to levy a higher tax on cigarettes everywhere except Philadelphia to fund property tax rebates for homeowners who are older than 65 and make less than $35,000 a year.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
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In an opportunity to better serve the cancer needs of patients, the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center has added four highly skilled physicians. These physicians offer convenient, university-level care to patients right here in the community.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Voting machines are now on display in both Lehighton theaters and in the municipal building. A voting machine inspector will demonstrate proper use of the machines from 7 to 10 p.m. in the theaters and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the municipal building daily until Aug. 30.

Lehighton is the first borough in Carbon County to use voting machines. They are calculated to give prompt and accurate figures on the election results and will go far to avoid costly litigation in the courts over inaccurate returns.