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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Tobyhanna man shot his brother Tuesday during a domestic scuffle in Coolbaugh Township, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Officers were dispatched around 6:17 p.m. to a large fight in A Pocono Country Place residential community.

Following a verbal argument, Hadzovic rammed a car carrying his mother, stepfather and brother. “

After ramming the car, Hadzovic hit his stepfather and then pulled a CO2 gun on him,” according to police.

“Hadzovic's brother then got between the two and was shot in the hand with a BB.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a rape reported Sunday night in the West End Fair parking lot in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. A 22-year-old female said she was raped between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Police did not list any suspects. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police at 570-646-2271.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ALLENTOWN (AP) Two children and their grandfather are injured after being struck by a vehicle near the Great Allentown Fair.

The Express-Times of Easton reported the 5-year-old boy was in serious condition as a result of the Tuesday afternoon incident.

The paper says the boy, his 13-year-old sister and their 64-year-old grandfather were all patrons at the fair.

A police captain wasn't able to provide details about the others' injuries.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Elementary Principal Scott Pyne grins as sixth-grade student Nicholas Miller cuts his hair during the student student assembly program. Miller earned the barbering rights by having the highest scores in a state testing program. School guidance counselor Sue Mengel watches.

Scott Pyne, elementary principal in the Northern Lehigh School District, subjected himself to schoolwide humiliation on Tuesday to promote positive behavior.

Pyne let a sixth-grade student cut his dark, wavy hair during an assembly program attended by the student body.

The student, Nicholas Miller, earned the right to be the barber after netting the highest PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) scores in math and reading.

Miller admirably did a terrible job, leaving just stubble on the back and top of Pyne's head. And the students loved every minute of it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is getting ready for fall.

Preschool Story Hour will resume at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5 and is free each Friday during the school year.

The Paws of Hope will visit return with their little dogs from 11 a.m. until noon Oct. 1. Children can practice reading out loud to the dogs to improve their reading skills. The program is free but parents should call the library at 610-826-3424 to register for a time slot.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An assembly program at the Northern Lehigh Elementary School on Tuesday demonstrated the efforts the school is taking to accentuate positive student behavior.

Other schools, too, are giving more emphasis to rewarding students for doing good.

In the Panther Valley School District, students can earn "Panther paws" for such things as walking through the halls without talking and being spotted doing good deeds.

The Panther paws can be accumulated and cashed in on tangibles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Carbon County officials want answers in regard to the railroad the county owns.

During the monthly meeting of the county railroad commission on Wednesday, the board voted to hire K&L Gates LLP of Washington, D.C., for professional services related to the review of the current operating agreement with Carbon & Schuylkill Railroad and Reading and Northern Railroad. C&S Railroad, which was hired to manage the county railroad, is run by Reading and Northern Railroad following a 1994 agreement, which gave trackage rights to the company.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Weatherly man admitted to his part in the theft of valuable tools and also to a drunken driving charge.

Brandon J. Zeigler, 23, entered the pleas on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Zeigler admitted his part in the entry of the residence of Mark Kunkle, 319 Third St., Weatherly, on May 1 and removing various power tools valued at over $2,800.

Zeigler was stopped by Hazleton city police in a stolen car, and one of the missing power tools was found in the vehicle. He admitted his part in the theft and said he sold the tools for cash.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Only one defendant opted for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer last week. Most of the cases were waived to Schuylkill County Court, with several cases dismissed or withdrawn.

Gregory Steven Knepper, 48, of Quakake, had two of the charges filed against him, simple assault and harassment, held over for court after his preliminary hearing. A third charge, making terroristic threats, was dismissed. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Joseph Krebs following a May 30 incident.

Knepper was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.