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Monday, September 8, 2014

A Carbon County woman admitted to dealing drugs while five charged with drug offenses also entered guilty pleas Friday in the county court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Sold to agent

Celeste Hawk, 20, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of driving under the influence.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Lehigh County man, who led police on a foot chase through backyards in Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to a county prison term on Friday after pleading guilty to a drug count and drunken driving charges.

David Allen Poniktera Jr., 22, of Fountain Hill, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to a total of three months and three days to 18 months in prison followed by 24 months on probation.

He pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and false identification to law enforcement.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Hannah Binyon fires a pitch during Sunday's softball gamein Franklin Township to benefit the family of Butch Rodgers. Rodgers, a longtime Franklin Township softball coach, passed away earlier this year.

Two softball teams met Sunday afternoon at Franklin Township's Christman Field and unlike many athletic events, the final score didn't matter.

All of the focus was on the memory of Warner B. "Butch" Rodgers, a beloved coach in the Franklin Township Girls' Softball League who passed away suddenly July 31 at 46 years old.

Monday, September 8, 2014
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A brand-new look took center stage Friday when the award-winning Tamaqua Area High School Raider Marching Band entered the Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium decked out in new uniforms, courtesy of Tamaqua Area Band Boosters and band supporters. Blue-and-white uniforms for the 170-member band feature a front sash complemented by a pleated, rear white cape monogrammed with an Old English letter T,

a tribute to the original Tamaqua High Boys Band. Friday's unveiling also kicked off the band's 2014-15 marching season.

Monday, September 8, 2014

In addition to its scheduled agenda items, Walnutport's Borough Council heard several requests from residents at its workshop meeting on Thursday.

Residents Frank and Bernice Schlegel, who said they rent along South Canal Street, asked "what the borough does for tenants (when) landlords don't take care of properties."

They said conditions at their rental unit have become a health hazard, then showed council members photos that they said show proof of black mold and more.

Council said it will look into the matter.

Monday, September 8, 2014

POCONO SUMMIT (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of a machete attack on his wife and son last week is behind bars after two fishermen reported their encounter with him to the Game Commission.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police arrested 46-year-old Paul Anthony Brown of Tobyhanna on Saturday after he emerged from the woods where he may have been hiding since the incident at his home in the Poconos on Wednesday.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Yorgey

At 8:16 p.m. on July 16, Mahoning Township Police responded to a reported heroin overdose on Orchard Road.

As a result of the investigation, police have charged Gina Miller and Joshua Yorgey, both of Mahoning Township, with possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.

Preliminary hearings for both are scheduled at 3 p.m. Oct. 8.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Lehigh County driver pleaded to driving under the influence and fleeing police and was immediately sentenced to a prison term. He was one of four defendants in pending DUI cases to enter a plea before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass on Friday.

Mahoning incident

Cody Lee Kale, 28, also pleaded to one count of driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident on July 12 along Mauch Chunk Street.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Time to get that old sofa off the front porch. Schuylkill County will hold its annual fall cleanup this month. Collections include scrap metal, tires, appliances, electronics and bulky items.

People bringing items to to drop off must provide proof of residency. Hazardous wastes such as paint, solvents, cleaners or poisons will not be accepted. For information about disposing of those items, call the county Office of Solid Waste at 570-628-1220.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club said the 20th annual Halloween Parade will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

"The 20th Anniversary of the parade is a special milestone," accordingto Jim Trainer, parade coordinator for the Lions Club. "The parade has grown in terms of participation in each of the last three years since the Lions have managed it and we hope the 20th anniversary draws even more community participation."

This year, the Lions are also hosting a House Decorating Contest. All homes within theborough are invited to participate. There will be prizes donated by local businesses.