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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Jim Thorpe man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday on a charges of simple assault and possession of instruments of crime. He was one of several defendants, who previously pleaded guilty, and were sentenced by Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass

Domestic incident

Paul G. Herman, 52, was sentenced to serve a total of 10 to one day less 24 months in the county prison. Serfass imposed a term of four to one day less 12 months on the assault count and six to 12 months on the possession charge, with the terms running consecutively.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Police say they believe a fatal car fire and a house explosion in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains are related.

Authorities identified the person inside the burning car early Monday morning as Robert Colthrist. The car is registered to the address of the home that burned at right around the same time.

The Pocono Record reports the home that burned in Pocono Summit, Coolbaugh Township, was under foreclosure and Colthrist, who was living there, was scheduled to be evicted from the house later in the day.

The paper also reported that Colthrist had gone through a divorce.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were called to 1200 block of East Broad Street (SR209) in Tamaqua around 8:30 this morning after the driver of a maroon Jeep Cherokee crashed into a utility pole. Passersby stated they saw the driver lying on the ground outside the vehicle and called 911. The male driver, the only person in the vehicle, was taken via ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital - Miner's Campus for unknown injuries. Firefighters stated the vehicle appeared to be going east on SR209 when it swerved to the right and struck the pole.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mayor George Demetriades of Lansford told the Evening Record yesterday that the dirty, obnoxious habit of a few residents who dump trash in the nearest empty lot is presently the community's greatest eyesore.

The Evening Record photographer accompanied him on a tour of some of the most offensive spots, all located along East Front Street. The sight of trash and garbage, some of it fresh and ripley pungent, was "sickening," the mayor said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Carbon County veterans have a new opportunity to learn about benefits, Carbon County Veterans Affairs Director Henry Desrosiers told county commissioners Thursday.

A town-hall meeting organized by Brigadier General Michael Gould, Deputy Adjutant General to the U.S. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in conjunction with county directors, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. May 16 at the Marine Corps Detachment Post #313, at 158 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Kline Township Republican Committee today threw their support behind Dave Argall for re-election to the State Senate.

Chairman Nick Sanko applauded Argall on his solid voting record on Second Amendment rights and cited his recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association.

"Senator Argall has been a solid supporter of our right to bear arms," said Sanko, an avid sportsman. "We need leaders like Dave in Harrisburg fighting for us and our values. Dave has earned our support and deserves to be re-elected."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS First place winners of the annual District 5 CYO Arts and Craft Competition were, front row, Dylan Newton, OLOAA; Reilly Burke, St. John Neumann; Gabriella Greek, OLOAA; and Ava Piccioni, St. John Neumann; and back row, the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield; Ji Eun Choi, Amy McConnell, Ji Young Choi, all of St. Peter and Paul School; and Timothy Hillanbrand, St. John Neumann; and Phil Liszka, CYO director.

Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade attending Catholic schools competed in the annual District 5 CYO Arts and Craft Competition. Winners were recognized at the competition held at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton. Schools competing were St. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton; St. John Neumann Regional Academy; and Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

There were 169 entries.

The CYO director is Phil Liszka.

Judging for winners was based on originality, design and execution.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday fired an employee because of a past offense.

The board did not name the employee, who is not a teacher, other than as number 384, nor did officials release details of the nature of the offense.

School Director Koreen Nalesnik did not vote on the matter; School Director Mickey Angst was the sole opponent.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Officials are taking the threat of forest fires serious since conditions are perfect due to high winds and the lack of rain. Here a sign notifies motorists along Cherry Hill Road in the Borough of Parryville that a burn ban is in effect for 30 days. Over the past several weeks local fire companies as well as members of the Department of Forestry have been plagued with brush and forest fires throughout the area. Officials emphasized that common sense could have eliminated many of the fires. The burn ban was issued by the Parryville Fire Department.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The number of applications for gun permits processed by the office of Sheriff Joseph G. Groody at the Schuylkill County courthouse this year passed the 1,000 mark.

Last Saturday Groody ordered his office open during the morning hours, as the courthouse is closed on Saturdays, in order to allow those seeking a gun permit to be able to come to his office to fill out and file their applications. A total of 131 people came in, many of them women, who submitted applications.