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Monday, December 5, 2011

A Lansford man was among five defendants who waived a trial by jury when their cases were called and entered guilty pleas to criminal charges at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court.

Their sentences were deferred to a later date by president Judge William E. Baldwin. The court, ordered the probation department prepare a pre-sentence investigative (PSI) report for the court and counsel prior to sentencing.

Those who entered pleas rather than got to trial were:

Monday, December 5, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news West Penn Township police believe two men involved in a shooting with a homeowner may have made their escape over several fields leading to an area near Mush Dahl Road.

West Penn Township police are investigating an attempted home invasion which led to an exchange of gunfire between the intruders and the homeowner.

Chief of Police Brian Johnson reports that Patrolman Jason Lorah was dispatched at 2:36 a.m. last Thursday, to the home of Michael Savlik Jr. at 36A Air Strip Lane on a report of shots fired.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thirteen area residents were among 55 who were arraigned on criminal charges before District Attorney James P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse Monday and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury.

They were:

Joseph C. Benny, 33, of 23 South St., Tamaqua, was charged by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy, with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and careless driving last July 16 on Lafayette Avenue.

Monday, December 5, 2011

At the monthly meeting of the Mauch Chunk Town Council, the economy question was discussed with the result that it was decided to reduce the wages of borough officials and employees 10 percent, effective January 1. Street employees will be reduced from nine to eight hours per day to make the cut. The reduction fee does not affect the employees of Asa Packer Park, because they are maintained by an endowment fund provided by the late Mary Packer Cummings.

Monday, December 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Spreading Christmas cheer during the parade are Josh Gordon, 13, playing Santa's elf, Frosty, playingLinda Heigele and Madelyn Jones, 8, who was this year's Little Miss Spirit of Christmas.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by sleigh Friday night and flipped a switch to illuminate the Tamaqua Depot Square fountain and park.

The Santa Parade was a highlighted the 16th annual Spirit of Christmas Festival held over the weekend.

The parade, which consisted of an ATV elf escort, stopped at the Depot Square Park, where hundreds of spectators watched as Santa and Mrs. Claus helped create the light show.

Following the illumination, Mr. and Mrs. Claus got back in their sleigh to entertain children with candy and photos at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its third annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., in the elementary/middle school cafeteria. Topics will be upcoming family nights, Y-Ties wrap up, Five Below invitation, Power Walk 2012 and more.

Childcare will be provided.

A door prize will be given out and refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The sight of Santa Claus arriving via a PennSTAR helicopter thrilled youngsters at the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

Despite not having his sleigh, the sight of Santa Claus arriving via a PennSTAR helicopter thrilled youngsters during the Summit Hill Recreation Commission's annual Christmas on the Hill event held on the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

The event was followed by breakfast with Santa at the Summit Hill Community Center. In addition to acting as Santa's elves, PennSTAR crew members gave visitors tours of their helicopter.

The children at the breakfast has a chance to write Santa a letter along with visiting with him.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Carbon County man was jailed on Saturday following a gun incident resulting from a domestic dispute in Kidder Township.

Township police identified the suspect as Robert Moore, 44, of Lake Harmony.

At about 5:35 p.m. officers were called to Greenwood Road in Lake Harmony for a domestic dispute involving a firearm. Upon arrival officers observed Moore coming out of his home. He refused police commands to show his hands and then ran back into his home.

Monday, December 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Jazz Coral perform for a well-attended tree lighting festival in Tamaqua.

An energetic crowd watched the annual Tamaqua Beautification Association's Tree Lighting event held at the Depot Square Park, part of the finale of the four- day Spirit of Christmas Festival in Tamaqua.

Speakers included Kevin Steigerwalt, president, Tamaqua Beautification Association; Jean Ann Towle, chairman, Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas; and Micah Gursky, Tamaqua Borough Council President. Gursky said that the men should keep their eyes open for people in need while the women should strive to keep holiday traditions and values alive through our children.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These two adorable 5-month-old Labrador and collie mix sisters are available for adoption. Hanna, left, and Lilly, right, are from the Pennsylvania Stray Save organization. They came from a rescue center, The Clemsons Rescue 2 in South Carolina. Bob Costello of Palmerton thinks they would make great police canine dogs for the town of Palmerton. In the meantime, Denise Williams of Palmerton will be fostering the pups until suitable homes can be found. They have all their shots and have been microchipped. Denise says they are great dogs and get along well with other pets and people.