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Thursday, December 15, 2011

An alleged member of the Molly Maguires, who was convicted by a jury 117 years ago of planning the murder of a coal mining official, was vindicated today by a Carbon County jury after a daylong trial.

Alexander Campbell, then 43, was convicted in 1876 of planning to kill mine official John P. Jones in Lansford a year earlier.

Today a panel of seven men and five women, brought into the county from Northampton County, after listening to over four and a half hours of testimony, found Campbell not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Friends of Animals donation

The Carbon County Friends of Animals organization recently received a $200 donation from the Summit Hill Lions Club. Bob Crampsie, club member, presents the check to Kimmy Mulik, representing the receiving organization.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Janel Tirpak, right, a member of the Summit Hill Lions Club, presents a check of $200 to Cheryl Laub, associate member of the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626, to assist with the organization's Toys for Tots project. Laub is the coordinator of the Toys for Tots project.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the first marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

THIRD GRADE: Emily Baumgardt, Brock Bollinger, Owen Buck, Molly Campbell, Carissa Fallon, Dylan Frank, Ariana Jones, Brayden Kline, Gina Laviolette, Madix Marlatt, Aidan McCarty, Kayla Nothstein, Yesmine Olewine, Ethan Recker, Carly Schwenger, Megan Serfass, Tyler Stuck, Chelsea Wagner and Corlan Wood.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Officials of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative recently learned about a program that motivates students to act properly during the school days.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nesquehoning police have filed multiple charges against two Carbon County residents who allegedly entered the basement of a residence and attacked the occupants.

Keith A. Johnson, 23, of Jim Thorpe, and Danielle Neff, 22, of Lansford, were both charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, and harassment.

Chief of Police Shawn Smith of Nesquehoning said felony warrants have been issued for Johnson and Neff. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Nesquehoning Police Department at (570) 669-9111.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will hold a holiday party on Monday, Dec. 19 at the AMVETS on Ridge Street in Lansford. There will be a short meeting to nominate officers at 6:30 p.m. followed by food, drink and conversation at 7 p.m. Retired and active union members who reside in Carbon County are welcome to attend and to bring a guest. Call President Terry Whiteman for more information at (610) 379-0162. The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter represents the interests of working families.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Carbon County couple accused of theft has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Herman McFarland, 45, and Kelly Neff, 43, of 70 Anthony Lane, Palmerton, pleaded guilty to the charge during a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

In turn, Appleton dismissed a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition against the couple.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Garth Holloway:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Nesquehoning man is in prison in lieu of bail after allegedly making many telephone calls - some of them threatening - to his former employer.

Richard John Padora, 27, of East Railroad Street, was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford who set bail at $5,000 straight.

Padora has been charged with harassment, persistent disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, and public drunkenness.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It was incorrectly reported recently in a Schuylkill County Court column that there was a mortgage foreclosure action against the property at 7 Nolan, Barnesville. The property was purchased three years ago and the owners have a clear title to it.

The reporter mistook a late sheriff's return of papers to the prothonotary's office of an old complaint which was included with new complaints just filed. There had been a suit filed against the former owner years ago which has been settled and the new owners now have a clear title.