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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ten defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Alisen Vanger, 23, formerly of Coaldale and a inmate in the county prison, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested on Aug. 21, by Nesquehoning police at the county prison. While being processed into the prison on other charges, illegal substances and paraphernalia was found on her.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Palmerton woman who is charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property against Rachael E. Greenzweig, 22, will now head to Carbon County Court.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Jim Thorpe Detective Lee Marzen, here's what happened:

Thursday, October 25, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Andrea Lazicki, of West End Physical Therapy, leads participants in stretching exercises before a crowd of over 200 began the Pink Light Walk for breast cancer awareness and to get the word out that early detection is the best protection. The event was hosted by West End Happenings.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Yoga/modern dance performers (Clockwise from top), Amanda Carson, Maya Kowalcyk, and Dani Davison, choreograph and practice a dance that will be presented at the Mauch Chunk Opera House performance of local talent, Harvest Jam, on Thanksgiving Eve, November 21.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge have made an arrest in the death of a New Jersey man whose body was found late Monday afternoon buried in Carbon County.

Troopers said Michael Rhubart, 28, of Juniper Rd., Effort, Monroe County, has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, illegally possessing a firearm, and tampering with evidence. He was arraigned before District Judge Michael Muth, of East Stroudsburg, and committed to the county prison in Snydersville, with no bail set.

He is charged with shooting to death Jubar Hughes, 33, of Newark.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Alvin Messinger brings a skunk to life by putting his hand in a skin.

Canal and Lehigh streets and further south along the towpath were filled with people who turned out to see the many exhibits at the Walnutport Canal Festival. As a passerby said, "It's a small festival but has something for everyone's interest." The festival was held Oct. 21 with near perfect weather.

The lock has not been repaired since a storm destroyed the gates last year. The Rev. David Mohr said they are having problems getting permits because it is considered a public waterway.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Costumes, floats and hair-raising fun is set to hit the streets of Slatington and Walnutport.

Those ready for a Spooktacular time should plan to attend the 105th annual Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Main Street will be closed in Slatington at 5 p.m. to Walnut and Main. Main Street will be closed in Walnutport from Lincoln to Walnut Street in Slatington.

The three-division parade starts in Slatington, goes down Main Street, and then goes through Walnutport, where it ends at the Walnutport Playground on Lincoln Avenue.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gus Lloyd, host of the nationally broadcast daily talk show, "Seize the Day" on Sirius XM Radio's The Catholic Channel and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a nationally recognized evangelist and speaker from Portland, Ore., are two of the keynote speakers at this year's Allentown Diocesan Men's Conference.

"Fanning the Flame of Faith," is the title of the conference to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at DeSales University. It begins with registration at 8 a.m. and will conclude with a 4:30 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop John Barres.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hiding from their parents during a quick hide-and-go-seek game are Jonathan, 11; Jason, 9; and Jacinda, Webber, 6; in the brush field next to the Community Park in Kelayres.