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Friday, December 3, 2010

David Henry Miller Jr., 22, of Selinsgrove, elected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing this week before District Judge Stephen Bayer on rape related charges. Miller stands accused of raping his two young nieces while he was babysitting for them between February and August of this year. The incidents allegedly took place in McAdoo, when the girls were nine and 10 years old. The charges were filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnich in September.

Friday, December 3, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Chief of Police Dave Mattson investigates the armed robbery at We R Cigarrettes, 34 Mauch Chuck Street, which took place this morning. Standing in the background is Ed Paperman, owner of We R Cigarettes.

At least three masked men robbed a Tamaqua store at gunpoint this morning, getting away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Tamaqua Police are in the process of investigating the robbery, which occured at We R Cigarettes, 34 Mauch Chunk Street, at approximately 9:10 a.m.

"It was probably the most frightening thing that ever happened to me," said Ed Paperman, owner of We R Cigarettes, which also operates as a check cashing business as well as a cigarette store. "I never had a gun pointed at me like that before."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, will hold their annual Christmas meeting on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Lehighton Legion (downstairs). Doors will open at noon, with the meeting to begin at 2 p.m.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Hometown High Bridge in Schuylkill County will be getting an upgrade in 2011.

On Thursday, the Carbon County Railroad Commission, which owns the High Bridge as part of its railroad land, voted to accept the $700,000 Capital Projects and Rail Freight Assistance Program Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Palmerton residents won't have to dig deep into their wallets in 2011.

Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to adopt next year's $15,566,815 budget with no increase in the property tax rate.

That decision will leave the property tax rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. That means the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, will again pay $413.50.

Councilman Kris Hoffner praised borough Manager Rodger Danielson and the borough office for their work with the budget.

Friday, December 3, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Needy Christmas trees at the Tamaqua Art Gallery are ready to be judged by visitors as part of the many activities and events planned this weekend as part of the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas. "Needy trees" donated by local merchants and decorated by local organizations will be on display. Visitors can vote for their favorites and prizes will be awarded to the top three.

Friday, December 3, 2010
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the middle school Students of the Month for October, 2010. The students honored included, front row from left, Rebecca Kanaskie (6th Grade), Chelsea Frantz (7th Grade), and Brianna Wittig (8th Grade). Back row, Joshua Gordon (6th Grade), Matthew Minchhoff (7th Grade) and Kyle Weaver(8th Grade).

Friday, December 3, 2010
Jeremy Barbosa

Palmerton Borough Council can once again run on all cylinders.

In a move that brings it back to full capacity, council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to appoint Jeremy Barbosa to fill a vacant seat.

Barbosa takes over for former Councilwoman Sherri Malik, who resigned last month because she plans to relocate. Barbosa will fill the remainder of Malik's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2011.

A member of the borough planning commission for about four years, Barbosa, 33, of 560 Lafayette Avenue, thanked council for its decision to select him.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Summit Hill man pleaded guilty to a drug count plus other charges including fleeing police on Thursday in Carbon County court before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

William Witrosky, 39, was arrested for an incident that began in Lehighton but ended in Summit Hill following a high speed chase.

Lehighton police observed a vehicle speeding along Bridge Street on May 18, 2009, and attempted to stop it. The driver sped off and led borough police, plus police from other communities, on a high speed chase. Police said speeds reached 90 miles-per-hour during the chase.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lehighton Area Library is forming a book discussion group. The first informational/organizational meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Anyone interested is invited to bring suggestions. Call the library at (610) 377-2750 for details or to sign up.