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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Last night and today's snowstorm provided a new layer of snow throughout our area. Pictured are snow-covered trucks on the All American Jeep lot off SR-309 in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In a listing of Schuylkill County Court News which appeared in the TIMES NEWS, it was reported that the West Penn Township Supervisors filed a petition to obtain a temporary easement to enter on the property of Mrs. Florence Arner, 160 Pine Hill Road.

The property is actually the estate of Robert A. Arner.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Rush Township Zoning Hearing Board reorganized on Tuesday.

The board will remain the same, with Wayne Postupack serving as Chairman and Thomas Klein remaining Vice Chairman. Catherine Schimpf remains the third member, while Kevin Leitzel and Michelle Griffiths serve as alternate members.

The entire board met on Tuesday with officials from Air Products & Chemicals to take action on Special Exception No. 22211-1 regarding the proposed Ammonia Plant Expansion. Kyle Kehoe, an engineer with Alfred Benesch & Company, was also in attendance for the township.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
David A. Rapoport

A veterinarian has been charged with the murder of a former Lehighton resident.

State police at Bethlehem charged David A. Rapoport, 30, of Upper Gwynedd Township, near Lansdale, with the shooting death of Jennifer L. Snyder, 27. Rapoport was taken into custody at the home of his parents in Philadelphia, on Tuesday and charged with two counts of homicide. He was incarcerated in the Lehigh County prison without bail.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Carbon County man, who admitted pointing a loaded BB gun at police, was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday.

Joseph Anthony Flammia, 21, of Albrightsville, was sentenced to serve nine to 18 months in prison followed by one year of probation.

Flammia was arrested by state polcie at Fern Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at his residence at 94 Buckhill Road in the Indian Mountain Lakes development in Penn Forest Township.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Water seeping into residents' basements and coming up through drains in showers can be partially credited for standing room only at the Slatington Borough Water and Sewer Committee work session on Monday evening.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

If Weissport residents want to help their town, the easiest way is to contain their garbage in a can.

Gene Kershner, vice chairman of Weissport Council, noted that this is the season for rodents and he is asking every resident to place their garbage in a can for collection.

"Putting your garbage in a can will benefit everyone," said Kershner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two British sailors who had dates with their pen pals, Tamaqua girls, and who stand accused of entering and robbing three Tamaqua stores early Tuesday morning, face a barrage of questions when they return to New York at the expiration of their leave. The store that were entered by dint of breaking display windows were Nesbitt's Cut Rate Drug Store, the American Auto Store, and Meredith Stationery Store. The sailors contacted their "pen pals" while traveling on bus through Harrisburg and arranged to meet with them.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Borough purchased a 2011 F550 Ford dump truck under the PA Co-Stars Program from KME in Nesquehoning. The four wheel drive truck with a snow plow adds to the borough's truck fleet and has the look of a crisp clean image painted grey. The total price was $70,000 with $60,00 taken from the Liquid Fuels Account and $10,000 from the General Fund.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In Saturday's "On This Date" in the TIMES NEWS, it was stated that James E. Ziegenfuss was the first recipient from Franklin Township Lions Club of the Melvin Jones Fellow award, the highest award in Lionism, in 1993.

The information came from a newspaper in 1993.

Richard Schirer has informed the TIMES NEWS that he was the first recipient, being given the Melvin Jones Award in 1992.