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Friday, January 21, 2011

Carbon County is another step closer to being ready for the first tenants to move into Packerton Business Park. Work on the park is expected to begin this year, pending a state highway occupancy permit.

Commissioners on Wednesday signed off on a sewage agreement with the Mahoning Township Municipal Authority to buy 37 Equivalent Dwelling Unit connections for a total of $162,800, or $4,400 per EDU.

Township officials had inked the agreement earlier.

Friday, January 21, 2011
ron gower/times news Robert Tracy, an employee of the TIMES NEWS in Mahoning Township, uses a snow blower to clean the sidewalks of nearly a half foot of snow that fell overnight.

We haven't had any crippling snowstorms like Boston and some other cities received this winter.

Yet, snow piles keep getting larger.

Overnight, many areas had about six inches of snow to add on top of what hasn't melted from the three previous storms. And no melting is likely any time soon.

Schools were closed in Carbon County, while in Schuylkill County, schools were operating on a two-hour delay.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Tamaqua man's petition to suppress evidence in a a driving under the influence (DUI) case was denied by Judge Jacqueline Russell after a hearing in Schuylkill County court.

Keith A. Washeim, 40, of 112 Center St., Tamaqua, claimed that the traffic stop which led to his DUI charge was unconstitutional.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Eight people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Angela Dawn Singh, 37, Pine Grove, was sentenced on a charge of harassment of Meredith Weaver, Pine Grove, to pay a fine of $25 and costs. She was cited by Pine Grove Det. Thomas Trotter IV.

Phillip James Gibble, 41, Girardville, was sentenced on a charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $100 and costs. He was cited by Pottsville Patrolman Michel Stank.

Friday, January 21, 2011

About 300 persons were in attendance at the third annual Firemen's Ball, sponsored by the Coaldale Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. It was held in the Coaldale Victory Band Hall. The highlight was the crowning of a queen, Donya Warcholak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Warcholak. Her court consisted of Cindy Hedes, Lisa Zubey, and Peggy Matula. The funds raised will be used towards the purchase of much needed equipment.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if a person fails to complete the program or is revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Being the singer for a Hall of Fame hard-rock band must be a lousy gig.

Robert Plant turned it down to run with a bunch of Appalachian folkies.

Steven Tyler shelved his own gig with Aerosmith and turned down the Led Zeppelin offer to fill the Plant job as if that made any sense to become a judge this season on fading flower "American Idol."

Friday, January 21, 2011

A member of a drug and burglary ring that operated in a multi-county area entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Thursday and is facing a prison term at the time of sentencing.

He was one of 14 persons with pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Twelve arrested

John Joseph Aleksiejczyk, 41, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance, a felony.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Northampton County man was sentenced to a county prison term Thursday for drug dealing while five others entered guilty pleas before Carbon County Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Sold to CI

Friday, January 21, 2011
Joann M. Behrens

Joann M. Behrens, 263 Behrens Road, Jim Thorpe, has announced her candidacy for re-election to the position of Carbon County Prothonotary. She is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.