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Monday, August 25, 2014
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More than 250 pieces of firefighting apparatus and 11 bands passed the reviewing stand for two hours during Saturday's 60th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Convention Parade held Saturday in Pottsville. Here, members of the marching unit of the American Hose Company, Tamaqua, parade down Market Street accompanied by music from the West Islip, New York, Fire Department Band.For more photos from the parade, see our gallery at www.tnonline.com.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Tamaqua man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in January 2013 gets his chance to make his case before a Schuylkill County jury today.

Borough police charged Angel Anthony Resto, 22, formerly of 62 Hunter St., with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault of a person between the ages of 8 and 11, indecent assault on a person younger than 13, corruption of minors, and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

President Judge William Baldwin will preside, with Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lehman prosecuting and Christopher Reidlinger providing Resto's defense.

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMMA, W.Va. (AP) – Altered fireworks, weapons, live chickens and marijuana were found inside an SUV that wrecked Friday on Interstate 79 in West Virginia, and a Pennsylvania man was arrested, police said.

A criminal complaint in Roane County Magistrate Court charged Seth Grim, 21, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a felony.

Monday, August 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Runners take their first strides for the Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run, held Saturday morning at Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville.

Saturday morning was the kind of dark, rainy, precursor-of-fall mornings that could make you want to curl up on the couch in some comfy sweats.

That is, unless you were one of the Truskey Run loyals. If that were the case, it was instead one of those dark, rainy, precursor-of-fall mornings when you could curl up on the couch in some comfy sweats, after giving your all during a demanding run on an unforgiving course.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A biker was seriously injured Sunday evening when involved in a crash along Valley Road just west of Mountain Road in Walker Township.

The crash occurred around 6: 30 p.m. as a group of bikers were traveling west. The victim failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway entering a grassy berm then back out onto the roadway.

The older-aged man was treated at the scene by members of the New Ringgold ambulance and Pottsville paramedics before being flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center.

State police at Frackville are investigating the incident.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Randolph “Randy” Rabenold was a man of few words Sunday.

It wasn’t because the nearly 84-year-old Lehighton resident had little to say, but because he was in shock at the turnout for an art show held in his honor at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” Rabenold, who taught art for 37 years in the Jim Thorpe Area School District, said. “This was a total surprise.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yet another tractor trailer load of demolition debris has been discovered illegaly dumped, this time along Route 309 in Kline Township, Schuylkill County.

The mountain of waste is located atop the Mile Hill where trucks are required to stop and down shift before depending the mountain.

Two piles were discovered in Carbon County this week, one at Snyder Tire in Lehighton and one on Riverview Road in East Penn Township.

Officials believe they have a suspect in the case.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State agency employees in Pennsylvania — from the governor's office staff to front-line workers — routinely are encouraged to pare the numbers of emails they keep, and by doing so, they effectively decide on their own which are public records.

They have that power because deleted emails within the executive branch are backed up by state servers only for five days, the state says.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just before 3:30 a.m. miles from Napa in California wine country was felt widely, breaking water mains, causing more than 100 gas leaks, leaving two adults and a child critically injured, damaging some of Napa Valley's famed wineries, and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Annual Truskey Run was help Saturday in Tuscarora State park.

The run is organized by Wayne and Pat Truskey of West Penn Township. Their son, Chris, who often trained at Tuscarora, passed away as the result of a car crash in September 1990.

Family friend Wendy Dunkelberger of Tamaqua worked with the Truskeys to organize an annual race to honor Chris's memory. The first was held in August 1991. They established a scholarship fund to help high school runners further their educations. So far, about $65,000 has been distributed.