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Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Richard T. Dermo died when fire broke out at this house at 33 S. Maple Ave. in CassTownship.

A Schuylkill County man died in a fire early Sunday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the body of Richard T. Dermo, 65, of 33 S. Maple Ave., in Cass Township, was found inside his home.

According to troopers, fire companies were dispatched at 2:41 a.m. to a working structure fire at 33-35 S. Maple Ave. with entrapment. When firemen arrived on scene, they were met with heavy flames coming from 33 S. Maple Ave. Firefighters were unable to make entry to Dermo's home due to the heavy fire.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Bob FORD/TIMES NEWS

Fireworks dwarf St. Joseph's Church on the east side of Jim Thorpe Saturday evening, as viewed from the Liberty section of the borough. For Summit Hill's celebration and other scenes, see Page 13.

Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Franklin Township firefighters rescued a passenger who fell down an embankment after getting off a tour bus on the turnpike.

A passenger of a disabled tour bus had to be rescued Sunday morning after falling down a steep embankment.

The incident began just after 8 a.m. when the bus had mechanical difficulties in the northbound lanes of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the 80.6 mile marker.

Some of the passengers left the bus, and one of them fell down a steep embankment.

Franklin Township firefighters used steep terrain rescue gear to bring the victim back to the roadway.

Lehighton paramedics treated the victim at the scene.

Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One man was injured Saturday afternoon when he failed to negotiate a curve near Tuscarora Park. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. when a man driving a pickup was traveling west on Tuscarora Park Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. His truck crossed the roadway striking an earth embankment and rolling onto its side. The victim was treated by members of the Tamaqua ambulance. No other details were available Monday morning.

Monday, July 7, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Fireworks illuminated the steep of St. Joseph's Church in Jim Thorpe Saturday night.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Schuylkill Township Supervisors hope to save more than $100,000 by refinancing a 2006 United States Department of Agriculture loan, originally taken out for $400,000 at 4.5 percent. The loan was used to repave Valley Street.

Currently, the township pays $24,556 a year on the loan. This year, about $15,000 of that payment will be applied to interest, and about $9,000 to principal. For several months, Supervisor Christine Verdier has been contacting area banks to negotiate a refinance.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Lehighton Police Civil Service Commission is set to meet Tuesday.

However, the nature and purpose of the meeting at 6 p.m. at Firehouse station No. 1 is somewhat uncertain.

Reached this morning, borough Manager Nicole Beckett said that administrative is not responsible for scheduling the commission's meetings, and deferred the matter to the police department.

Monday, July 7, 2014

HARVEYS LAKE (AP) Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania have released the names of a man and woman killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend.

The Luzerne County coroner's office identified the victims as 24-year-old Aaron Setzer and 21-year-old Chelsea Engle, both of Lehman Township.

They were pronounced dead at the scene after the motorcycle crashed into a utility pole shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Route 29 in Lake Township,

Authorities said speed may have been a factor in the crash and neither victim was wearing a helmet.

Monday, July 7, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley will tour the Mauch Chunk Opera House and meet with local business owners to discuss legislation that would exempt the holders of liquor licenses located in a historic district from the liquor code's noise restrictions.

The opera house is one of these buildings, is not soundproof and cannot be altered to comply with the rules.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Opera House.

Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Beltzville State Park manager Devin Buzzard said medical crews were called for a potential drowning victim at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The woman was in a designated swimming area at the beach, and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, and then flown to a Lehigh Valley hospital.

Franklin Township Firefighters and Lehighton paramedics assisted at the scene. No other information was available Monday.