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Friday, April 11, 2014

The 19th annual Skippy Dietz Rabies Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad building, 105 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. Shots for dogs and cats will be $10. All animals must be in a cage or on a leash.

The clinic is dedicated in memory of Sandi Dietz, who spearheaded it to combat rabies. Rabies in vaccinated animals is rare.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The fight against a proposed soil-incinerator in East Penn Township continues, as approximately 50 area residents turned out for a meeting of the Blue Mountain Environmental Coalition last night.

The Coalition's main concerns are for the potential effects of human activities and health, wildlife and the environment that the incinerator would cause.

The proposed site for construction is a large sand quarry at the north base of Bake Oven Knob, and the incinerator would be used for burning soils contaminated with hydrocarbons.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Summit Hill man who helped distribute crack and powder cocaine in Carbon County will serve three years and one month in prison, followed by four years of probation.

Alexander "Butch" Sommers, 48, was sentenced Wednesday by Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, Scranton.

Sommers pleaded guilty to the crimes committed between January 2011 and December 2012, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A student in the Palmerton Area School District is responsible for various social media threats made to students in the Palmerton and Lehighton area school districts.

According to a report filed by trooper Jason Campbell from State police at Lehighton barracks, the suspect, a 13-year-old male from Palmerton, utilized social media sites Oovoo and Instagram to threaten and harass students at both Towamensing Elementary School, as well as Franklin Elementary School.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday evening in which speed was a factor.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 6:13 p.m. along Route 209, just south of Payton Street, in East Norwegian Township.

Troopers said Christopher Gibas, 41, of Pottsville, was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee southbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control. The Jeep went onto the west berm, traveled about 212 feet, and then became airborne.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — One of the victims of a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh says he was terrified he might die when he realized he had been stabbed in the back.

Sixteen-year-old Brett Hurt appeared at a hospital news conference Thursday, a day after authorities say fellow student Alex Hribal either stabbed or slashed 21 students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

"What was going through my mind?" Hurt said. "Will I survive or will I die."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed as usual with students at their lockers or chatting with friends.

Nate Moore was walking to homeroom, book in hand, when a classmate he knew to be quiet and unassuming tackled a freshman boy a few feet in front of him. Moore thought it was the start of a fistfight and went to break it up.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Turcmanovich

John Turcmanovich, chief of police in Lansford for the past six years and a police officer in the borough for 41 years, is retiring.

He informed Lansford Borough Council in a resignation letter that his retirement date is May 1.

During the meeting of the borough council Wednesday, the council accepted the letter of resignation.

However, council did not accept a request that he retire with a disability retirement pension. This matter was later discussed in an executive session.

Turcmanovich has been on sick leave from the police department since February.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS George Essick, front, of Walnutport, receives a hot dog from Paul Seifert, owner of the Pickled Dog, which recently opened at the Slatington Trailhead.

These days there's a savory scent that wafts through the air near the Slatington Trailhead.

That succulent smell signifies the various foods that are whipped up inside the Pickled Dog, a truck that's stationed by the Trailhead along Main Street.

Operated by Paul Seifert and Sandy Root, the Pickled Dog specializes in foods such as pulled pork, fresh-cut french fries, and of course, hot dogs.

Its signature food is the pickled dog, Seifert said. Chili dogs, as well as other kinds of hot dogs, are also sold at the wagon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/BOB FORD Bullying is unfortunately a common occurrence in schools.

Jenn Fox sits next to her 13-year-old daughter in her living room on an afternoon when the seventh-grade girl should have been in school.

She is staying home based on advice from her psychiatrist.

The girl met with the doctor after she had attempted suicide by cutting her wrist. She says being bullied in school and not getting help from teachers led her to take such drastic action.

Fox said the doctor advised her not to let the girl return to school yet because the situation which led her to cry out for help hasn't been remedied.