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Monday, April 9, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Jesse Reis, a 2010 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, won the 2012 Penn State White Out T-shirt Contest. Reis, who attends PSU, University Park, is a sophomore majoring in Supply Chain Management at the Smeal College of Business.

It's all in the design.

At least, that was the case for Jesse Reis, who nabbed first place honors in a recent T-shirt design contest at Penn State University.

A 2010 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, Reis won the 2012 Penn State White Out T-shirt Contest, sponsored by the Daily Collegian, Penn State Bookstore, and Penn State Athletics.

Reis said the contest was open to current Penn State students to design a T-shirt to be worn at this year's white out game, a tradition for Penn State football since 2005.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board, which typically meets the second Monday of each month, will conduct this month's regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Administrative Building Board Room.

Monday, April 9, 2012
Larry Neff Franklin Township fire crewmen remove a driver from the scene of Saturday's accident along Fairyland Road.

One man was seriously injured late Saturday afternoon when involved in a violent crash along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township.

The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. as the driver was traveling west in a Ford pickup truck. He apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway entering the right berm continuing back on to the roadway crossing the centerline and leaving the right berm.

Monday, April 9, 2012
Andy Leibenguth/The Times News Items of remembrance have been placed at the Mahanoy City residence of Gene M. Slavinsky, victim of last week's brutal slaying in the basement of his home.

State police at the Frackville barracks on Friday arrested an 18-year-old Mahanoy City man on charges of homicide in connection with the April 4 death of a man from that town.

Gene M. Slavinsky, 48, of 408 W. Centre St., was pronounced dead Thursday at 8:45 p.m. The following day, police arrested Jarvin Huggins, 18, of Room 17, White Owl Manor.

The investigation is headed by the Troop L Major Case Team, the Schuylkill County District Attorney's and Coroner's offices and the Mahanoy City Police Department.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Nesquehoning police closed off streets, evacuated homes and called in a bomb squad after a postal carrier discovered a suspicious device in a mailbox on Friday afternoon.

Police Chief Sean Smith said the carrier opened the box at 83 W. Catawissa St., saw the device, which was about the size of a cell phone, wrapped in white duct tape and had a black wire protruding from it. She immediately closed and locked the box, and called 911, he said.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Juries were set to begin hearing testimony today in four criminal cases in the Schuylkill County Court.

Michael Francis Ortlip, 25, of Pottsville, faces charges brought by Cpl. Henry Woods, Tamaqua police, of three counts of alleged indecent assault on persons of age under 13 and 16 years of age and one count of corruption of minors.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin will preside.

Monday, April 9, 2012
Andy Leibenguth/the Times news

His trusty pail in hand, Brandon Case, 2, surveys the work ahead during Saturday's Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Todd Miller and his family organize and sponsor the egg hunt every year. Brandon is the son of Thomas and Rebecca Case of Tamaqua.

Monday, April 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A day after his namesakes of the chocolate fraternity supplied many an Easter basket on Sunday, this real bunny is all ears to activities in the Dutch Hill part of Tamaqua.

Monday, April 9, 2012
Shooting victim Ledis Hernandez, 24, of Shenandoah, is transported to the hospital helicopter after being shot in the leg.

One man was arrested and two suspects are still on the loose following a shooting in Shenandoah over the weekend.

Alfonso Reyes, 18, of Newark, N.J., was arrested late Saturday night after he, Juan Jose "Montana" Perez, 26, and a third unidentified Hispanic male shot Ledis Hernandez, 24, of Shenandoah in the backyard of 504 W. Coal St., Shenandoah on Saturday evening.

At the time of the shooting, Hernandez was in the backyard of the residence with friends. Several shots were fired by Perez, hitting Hernandez in the right leg, just above the knee.

Monday, April 9, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Children search for their treats on the grounds of the Towamensing Fire Company.

Blue Mountain Kodas Motorcycle Club sponsored an egg hunt for the children of Dream Come True-Blue Ridge Chapter on Saturday on the grounds of the Towamensing Fire Company.

As families arrived they were treated to refreshments served by club members and then the were give the opportunity to children play games for prizes before hunting for eggs. The hunt was followed by a ride in an Easter basket, which was mounted to a motorcycle, driven by the Easter bunny. Then more prizes were awarded to every Dream Come True child and their siblings.