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Saturday, February 23, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith studies a database, a two-year "snapshot" of crime in the borough. While the figures show a slight drop, they also reveal an increase in serious crimes. Assaults, he notes, have more than tripled.

A few miles to the west, Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich sees a troubling increase in sexual assaults of children, and in neighboring Summit Hill, Police Chief Joseph Fittos is working to thwart thieves who are breaking into homes to steal copper.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Michael Miller, 43, of 120 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Jan. 1 at Abbott and Springgarden streets, Lansford. Charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public drunkenness were filed by Officer Jason Helmer.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Friday, February 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS AARP computer instructor Jeanne Marie Novack helps Brenda Fetter of Tamaqua with a few tasks at the training station located at the library.

The Tamaqua Public Library, with partnership of the AARP Foundation, are providing free computer classes for seniors aged 50 and older.

The one-on-one classes, taught by Jeanne Marie Novack of Tamaqua, are open by availability and appointment only.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Middleport man was one of 21 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Friday, February 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured are reddish-blue skies over the east end of Tamaqua this morning. It reminds one of the adage, "Red sails in the morning, sailor take warning. Red sails at night, sailor's delight." So, be prepared for some nasty winter weather this weekend.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pat Early, director of communication for Rite Aid Pharmacies, has announced that the company will be building a new store on the former Dick Sands car sales lot, located on the 600 block of Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. Early said construction of the store is expected to begin in March, with completion anticipated in the fall. The free-standing store will cary over 11,000 items, Early said.

Friday, February 22, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a shooting incident at a Monroe County residence.

Troopers said about 1:20 p.m. on Thursday they responded to 251 Whisperwood Rd., Saylorsburg, in Chestnuthill Township, for a report of a shooting.

On scene they found Bernadette O'Reilly, 50, inside her home with a gunshot wound to her abdomen.

She was transported to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, by West End ambulance, troopers said.

Friday, February 22, 2013
AP PHOTO This photo shows vials of flu vaccine in Philadelphia. This season's flu shot did almost no good at protecting people over 65 from the worst and most dominant flu strain spreading around, according to a government study released Thursday. Vaccinated people in that age group had only a 9 percent lower chance of going to the doctor with flu symptoms from the dominant virus than people who didn't get the shot.

ATLANTA (AP) – It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting senior citizens, the most vulnerable age group.

The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in people 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year.

Friday, February 22, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three persons were slightly injured Thursday afternoon when involved in a single vehicle crash along the Lansford – Summit Hill hill. The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. with the car coming to rest on its roof in a ditch along the west berm of the roadway. The three occupants managed to free themselves from the wreckage and were then transported to St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale by the Lansford ambulance. Summit Hill police, assisted by Lansford police, are investigating the incident.

Friday, February 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

"We are in desperate need of shelving for our ceramics and pottery classes," said Craig Bulger, coordinator, community Black Diamond ceramic sculpture group, of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center."We have many projects done by community members, but have no shelving to store them." They are looking for anyone to donate strong shelving, capable of supporting heavy items. If you can donateshelving or funds, call Bulger at (570) 926-6370. The group meets three times a week; Monday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. andSaturday from 11 to 1 p.m.