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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Proposals are being accepted by Lower Towamensing Township for the repair of Hunters Creek Bridge.

The township will accept bids for the bridge until 1 p.m. Feb. 8. The bids will then be opened that night by the township's board of supervisors at 7 p.m.

Bids will be received for the underpinning and wing replacement for the bridge, located on Covered Bridge Road over Hunter Creek.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said the bridge is structurally deficient, and in need of repair.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A former Carbon County physician was sentenced yesterday to nearly two years in federal prison for his role in a prescription drug marketing scheme in a case which also involved a local pharmacist.

Dr. Andrew Dancha, 46, who formerly had offices in Jim Thorpe and Palmerton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Scranton, to 21 months for his role, which defrauded pharmaceutical firms out of more than a half-million dollars.

The doctor, who currently has a practice in Altoona, must turn himself in to federal officials by Feb. 14.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A preliminary injunction was granted to a Pine Grove Township property owner directing his neighbor to remove a blockade from a dirt road which provides an access to his property.

The ruling was made by Judge John E. Domalakes after a hearing in the Schuylkill County Court. Theodore B. Butler filed an injunction against Thomas E. and Shirley Daubert seeking to have the court enjoin them from blocking a dirt lane which provides access from the Butler property, over Daubert's property, to Spitler Road, a public highway in Pine Grove Township.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kevin T. Gray, 53, of Tamaqua, left, is escorted by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods on his way to an arraignment on sexual abuse related charges. District Judge Stephen Bayer set bail at $50,000 straight cash bond.

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison Tuesday, after allegedly sexually abusing a five year old family member.

Kevin T. Gray, 53, of 142 Penn St., was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer on felony charges of forcible compulsion involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, as well as misdemeanor counts of indecent assault without consent, indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age, indecent assault on a person less than 16 and corruption of minors.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A motion to change the name of St. John's Lutheran Church, North Street, Jim Thorpe, was rejected by the congregation. The change in name was suggested in an effort to avoid confusion with other congregations bearing the same name. George W. Smith was re-elected to a three-year term on the church council. Other councilmen re-elected were Nathan Melber and Norbert Hawk. Smith has served 39 consecutive years on the council.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year's Dairy of Distinction award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15.

The award is based on the idea that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry. Dairies receiving the highest scores in each of 10 Pennsylvania districts will be awarded an 18-inch-by-24-inch Dairy of Distinction sign to display in front of their farm.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The following recalls were issued Jan. 9 - 13 by federal and state agencies:

Youth Jackets:Prairie Mountain Inc. is recalling youth hooded wind/rain jackets sold February - July 2010. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which poses a strangulation hazard. Consumers should remove the drawstring from the jacket hood to eliminate the hazard, or contact Prairie Mountain, 800-370-4941, www.prairie-mountain.com http://www.prairie-mountain.com/ , to receive a full refund.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Wilkes University student Brianna Edgar meets for the second time Arthur Terembula, a junior at Lehighton Area High School, who was diagnosed last spring with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Edgar undertook a fundraiser that raised $3,357.68 for Terembula's medical expenses.

A Wilkes University student's desire to help a boy with cancer raised a whopping $3,357.68 when she was assisted in the cause by her volleyball coach.

Brianna Edgar, a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, and a student at Wilkes University, heard about Arthur Terembula's battle with anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

"I learned that when your heart is in the right place to helping someone else, others are willing to pitch in too," said Edgar.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The fourth and final defendant in a Lansford home invasion incident was sentenced in Carbon County court on Monday. Like the other three, he received a prison term. He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to be sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Prison term

Jarred M. Dillman, 20, of Palmerton, was sentencd to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on charges of robbery, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of an automobile, criminal conspiracy and theft.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The new photo license center in Lehighton opened today at the PennDOT garage. Employees are Russell Jacoby of Lehighton and Paul Flickinger of Franklin Township. On the first day, the two employees spent much of the day talking to media about the operations there. They also practiced utilizing the Dek-Electro Instant Camera equipment. The first visitor to the center was Mrs. Ruth Kerling of Lentz Avenue, Lehighton.