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Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Slatington woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in what she said was the accidental shooting death of her 19-month-old son last fall.

Holly Pallone, 27, who is formerly of Carbon County having once resided in Summit Hill, told a Lehigh County judge Wednesday that she planned to sell the .44 caliber gun and was trying to unload the weapon when it discharged, hitting Anthony Pallone Jr., who was lying in his crib.

She said she had taken prescription medication before the October shooting and remembers "bits and pieces" of what happened.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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

Principal's list

Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third Grade: Carter Gardner, Madison Anthony, Donovan Beers, Julia Blose, Kaleb Eitner, Shea Finney, Ignacio Gonzalez, Lucas Heydt, Magdalena Himmelwright, Erin Kistler, Jeremy Mooney, Isabella Mujevic, Kaitlyn Nansteel, Kierra Pfaff, Analise Recker, Chris Walkowiak and Wyatt Werner.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The governing boards of Palmerton Hospital and Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton, have agreed to merge the obstetric and pediatrics departments of the two hospitals. At separate meetings, the boards voted to have all obstetrical work performed at Palmerton Hospital and pediatrics work at Gnaden Huetten Hospital. Emergency cases in either category will be handled at both hospitals. The action was taken primarily to permit both hospitals to apply for future Hill-Burten funds for expansion programs.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Alexandra Baran, left, and Hannah Lesitsky display their photos that were chosen to appear in the Drexel University High School Contest Exhibition.

Two students at MMI Preparatory School have each had a photograph selected to appear in the Drexel University High School Contest Exhibition.

The photos by senior Alexandra Baran, daughter of Richard and Maxine Baran, Sugarloaf, and junior Hannah Lesitsky, daughter of Neil and Julie Lesitsky, Albrightsville, are on display during the exhibition at Drexel University's photography gallery in Philadelphia running until March 4. An opening reception for the exhibition was held Feb. 2.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jarrod Bowman, 26, of Tamaqua (center) is escorted to his arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs (left) and Criminal Investigator Henry Woods. Bowman was charged in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl.

A Facebook relationship landed a 26 year old Tamaqua man in jail after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a minor he friended on the social media site.

Jarrod A. Bowman of Railroad Street, Tamaqua, was arraigned Wednesday morning before District Judge Stephen Bayer on felony charges of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Ding dong the witch is dead because Dorothy's house from Kansas has fallen on the Wicked Witch of the East, ridding the Land of Oz of her nasty ways. Glinda the Good Witch of the North (Justina Hnatowicz) explains to Dorothy (Anya Moreo) about the Ruby Red Slippers and to never take them off. The Wicked Witch of the West, (Kodi Clifford) has vowed revenge against Dorothy and will try to steal the magical slippers.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left to right, The Tin Man (Megan Bush), Dorothy (Anya Moreo), The Cowardly Lion (Cade Evan Miller) and Scarecrow (Nicole Brooks-Miller) finally arrive in Oz and meets the Wizard (Troy Snyder) center. They ask him for their hearts' desires, a brain for Scarecrow, a heart for the Tin Man, courage for the Cowardly Lion and to send Dorothy back home.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police are still investigating a stabbing that took place around 8:30 p.m. yesterday. Police scanner traffic last night stated a man was stabbed by a woman. After tracking the man's cell phone, the 911 center instructed police to search areas around West Penn, South Tamaqua and eventually inside Tamaqua. Involved in the search were police from West Penn, Tamaqua and surrounding communities. In the end, the injured man was found in an apartment at 104 Schuylkill Ave. He was taken by Tamaqua ambulance to St. Luke's-Miner's Campus, Coaldale.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What problems a little bit of snow can create!

Yesterday most areas got less than two inches of snow (although Summit Hill got 2.5 inches according to the National Weather Service) but it was enough to create driving havoc for awhile.

At one point, the Hometown Hill (Route 309) in the vicinity of the Taggertsville intersection was closed.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weissport Council discussed the pending McCall bridge project and the lack of confirmation that residents will have a way to leave town after the new traffic flow plan goes into effect during the rehabilation of the bridge next year.

"We're inviting a Pennsyvania Department of Transportation engineer and our engineer to our next meeting," noted Dana Brubaker, borough secretary.

Council member have requested that PennDOT install a traffic light somewhere on Bridge Street in Weissport that will allow residents access to Bridge Street.