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Friday, September 26, 2014
Donald Serfass has been named grandmarshal for the 48th Annual TamaquaHalloween Parade.

The leaves are changing colors in Tamaqua, meaning it's almost time for the haunting to begin.

That's right, the annual Tamaqua Halloween Parade is just a few short weeks away, when the streets of Tamaqua will be filled with all sorts of ghosts, goblins, witches (good and bad) and other assorted pranksters having an old-fashioned good time.

In preparation for the grand event, which will be held Oct. 28, organizers have selected a grand marshal, and he's not spooky at all.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Lansford woman was placed on a long probation period Thursday for an assault incident that occurred almost three years ago.

Carrissa Whateley, 25, was sentenced to four years probation by Judge Joseph J. Matika, on a charge of aggravated assault. She previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Whateley was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on Jan. 28, 2012, at 508 Lansford Court. Police said she broke into the residence of Cassandra Mitchell and struck her with the leg of a piece of furniture. At the time Mitchell told officers she was holding her 2-week-old son.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Lehighton is seeking grant money to make improvements in its parks, including repairs to this fountain.

Lehighton plans to use grant money to make improvements to its downtown parks.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett briefly discussed funding for the parks that surround the borough municipal building with borough council on Monday.

After the meeting, Beckett said the borough had received a $350,000 Department of Community and Economic Development multimodal grant for its lower park, which requires a 30 percent match. The borough will be responsible for contributing $105,000, and the state will contribute $245,000, she said.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Are several of Lehighton's streets in need of repair?

Councilman Scott Rehrig believes so, and took a portion of Monday's borough council meeting to address the condition of several streets in the borough.

"Some of our streets are bad and need to be fixed," Rehrig said.

Borough engineer Bruce Steigerwalt added that there are many streets in the borough that haven't had anything done to them in some time.

Friday, September 26, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS An artist's rendering shows what a 250-foot pedestrian bridge would look like in Jim Thorpe. The $3.1 million project would connect 40 miles of completed D&L trail to the north to 90 miles of completed trail to the south.

A 250-foot pedestrian bridge in Jim Thorpe could be complete by 2016, according to Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor officials.

The $3.1 million project would connect 40 miles of completed D&L trail to the north to 90 miles of completed trail to the south.

Around 10 members of the public attended a meeting Thursday night at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe to hear details of the continuous span, truss bridge planned between the south end of the Carbon County parking lot and just north of the Jim Thorpe water treatment plant.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge D. Michael Stine admitted five people into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The program is for first-time offenders. If they successfully complete it, their records may be expunged.

Neil A. Hoffman, 41, of 220 high St., Tamaqua, was charged on Nov. 10, 2013, by Tamaqua police with two counts of driving under the influence after an incident at the Fegley Mini Mart on Center Street. Hoffman pulled into the parking lot at 2:48 a.m. that day, hitting a safety pole at a gas pump and tearing the rear fender from his Jeep Cherokee.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Lehigh County on Wednesday evening has been identified by the county coroner's office.

Jorge Lugo Jr., 45, of 185 Larch Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:55 p.m. crash. The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 145 and Second Street in North Whitehall Township.

The coroner's office ruled Lugo died of multiple blunt force injuries.

Friday, September 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A special Mass was held on Sept. 17 to induct the Marian High School 2014 studentsserving as Peer Listeners. The students include: front from left Nicole Ambruch, Savanna Krusinsky, Katie Healey, Sierra Volkert, Taylor Horvat, Heather Getten, Julianna Oberto, Kayla Rivers; rear Nicholas Kubishin, Chris Bruno, Nick Sully, James Kolbush and Joshua Ambruch

Friday, September 26, 2014

Three defendants who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence were sentenced in Carbon County court on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Elias Cruz, 45, of Allentown, was sentenced on DUI and additional counts of criminal conspiracy-retail theft, and fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Cruz was arrested on April 25 following an incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Jim Thorpe boys soccer team will be collecting canned goods, bags of tuna fish, peanut butter, dog food etc. for VALOR Clinic at their home games on Monday and Tuesday.

VALOR stands for Veterans Assisted Living Out Reach. It is a nonprofit charity focused on providing assistance with accessing benefits to veterans with limited or no access to care, and shelter to veterans who, due to health or lack of means, are unable to find or keep shelter of their own.