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Monday, August 4, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court Friday to the illegal sale of counterfeit controlled substance.

Kyle Nalesnik, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to the charge before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Nalesnik was scheduled to go on trial this week on that and other drug counts. The other counts were dropped in a plea agreement.

Nalesnik was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on June 26, 2013, after he sold what was supposed to be heroin to a confidential informant.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Carbon County man, who has been jailed in the past for showing up at the courthouse under the influence of alcohol, was sentenced to a state prison term after pleading guilty to three pending driving under the influence charges, bringing his conviction total for DUIs to seven.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II sentenced Andrew Kressler, 45, of East Penn Township, Lehighton, to serve a total of 18 to 60 months in a state prison on three DUI counts.

Kressler has had several run-ins with law enforcement over the past several months, most of them tied to alcohol.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt held off the hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win for the third time this season.

Earnhardt is the first driver to sweep both races at the track since Denny Hamlin in 2006.

He tweeted "Lookin for a broom" when he landed in Pocono. He could use one in Victory Lane.

Earnhardt also became the fifth straight Hendrick Motorsports driver to win at Pocono. His third win, he also won the Daytona 500, ties him for the most in Sprint Cup this season.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Damage is in the thousands of dollars, possibly tens of thousands, after an early morning vandalism spree in Tamaqua early Saturday.

The exterior finish on about 25 parked cars was damaged overnight by a caustic chemical that quickly ate through the vehicles' clear coat layer, then dissolved the paint, leaving bare metal exposed in a pattern of dots and marks along the full length of each car.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say two 17-year-old boys have been charged with breaking into a Pennsylvania home and baking drug-laced brownies.

Police say the burglary happened late July 22 in Perkiomen Township, though the department only recently publicized it.

Police say the boys were found with drug paraphernalia and more than 2 pounds of the unspecified drug used to make the brownies.

The boys have been charged in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

The township is in the Philadelphia suburbs, northwest of the city.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

​LONG POND – Yes, Austin Dillon won Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 in rather convincing fashion. The Richard Childress Racing driver started second and led three times for a race-high 23 laps en route to the victory.

​But it wasn’t quite that easy for the 24 year-old, who won the Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011 driving for Childress, also his grandfather, and now races full-time in the Sprint Cup Series.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Austin Dillon sat in the media center, his firesuit soaked in beer, finishing a celebratory call.

"Love you, too," Dillon said.

Awww, sweet.

"I'm in the media center and everybody's going 'Awww,'" Dillon said.

Dillon called his dad, Mike, who was at Iowa Speedway to watch another Dillon in the Nationwide Series race. Last week, Ty Dillon had his dad, brother, and grandfather Richard Childress together when they kissed the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The shooting death of a 3-year-old girl sitting on a front porch was decried as senseless violence, with one family friend saying, "No baby deserves to die like that."

Police on Saturday identified the girl as Tynirah Borum. She was shot in the chest by a stray bullet while getting her hair braided at about 9:40 p.m. Friday in the Grays Ferry section of the city, according to police. Officers put her in their patrol car and rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Three adults were injured, one critically.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

HARRISBURG Pa. (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of their house says she didn't know he had died until noticing the smell.

Kimberly Tutko tells Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/1rXiJbV ) that her husband was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son. She says Jarrod Tutko waited several days to tell her the boy had died.

Police charged Jarrod Tutko on Saturday with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Who would have thought that from the embers of Bethlehem Steel an entire new industry would flourish, a creative industry that honors the community's past and celebrates its future with music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts," First Lady Susan Corbett said.

The opening ceremony of the 31st annual Musikfest was held Aug. 1 inside the ArtsQuest building in the Capital Blue Creativity Commons at SteelStacks. The event, which was originally to be held outside at the Aetna AmericaPlatz, was moved inside due to rain.