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Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County man was jailed on Thursday following a shooting incident in which he allegedly fired a shotgun into a home, and also for the sexual assault of a young girl.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the suspect as Jonathan Leach, 20, of Pocono Summit.

Police gave the following account of Leach's arrest.

On Wednesday about 5:25 a.m. officers were dispatched to 210 Fox Lane in the Harvest Acres development in Tobyhanna Township, for a broken window. Upon arrival police determined that the window had been sharttered by a shotgun blast.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday renewed a contract with First Priority/Blue Care PPO to administer the county's health care program. The one-year agreement carries a modest increase in costs.

"First Priority Blue Care has administered that program for us on a year-to-year basis," said Commissioners' Chairman William O'Gurek.

The cost for this new contract rose modestly, he said, from $57.17 to $60.60 per contract per month.

"That's per month per employee," he said.

Friday, January 28, 2011
Charles Getz

Carbon County commissioners Charles Getz and William O'Gurek have announced their candidacies for re-election to four-year terms of office. They are seeking the Democratic Party's nominations in the May 17 Primary Election.

Getz, of Albrightsville, is currently the vice chairman of the board. O'Gurek, of Summit Hill, is the current board chairman.

Getz was a Kidder Township supervisor for 18 years before being elected to county office. O'Gurek was the Summit Hill mayor for 10 years before his county service.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two members of the Panther Valley School Board, who were accused of harassing an elderly man attending a meeting, were exonerated of the charge yesterday by District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Board President Jeffrey J. Markovich was the defendant in a privately filed complaint by Nesquehoning resident John J. Barna. Kosciolek dismissed the charge because the criminal complaint didn't list a town in which the alleged offense occurred.

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While not really in demand by sports fans at this time of the year, these bleachers in Jim Thorpe are currently "all filled up".

Friday, January 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8:15 a.m. this morning, Rush and Kline Township Police responded to a one-vehicle accident at the bottom southbound side of the "Mile Hill", Claremont Avenue, on Rt. 309 in Hometown after a male driver lost control and hit a guardrail and sign. He was taken via McAdoo Ambulance to the Hazleton Hospital. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the area fo the duration.

Friday, January 28, 2011

A McAdoo property owner purged himself of a contempt of court citation issued by a Schuylkill County judge by agreeing to connect to the McAdoo Borough Sewer Authority's sanitary sewer system.

After Wayne C. Kapish, 41 S. Kennedy Drive, relented and agreed to connect to the system, Judge Charles M. Miller handed down an order on how payments must be made. Kapish initially has to pay $500 each on arrearages of two properties, 307 E. Blaine St. and 322 E. Blaine St. and then $50 monthly on each property until all arrearages are paid.

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While it may not look it, these railroad maintenance vehicles in Jim Thorpe are indeed parked, ready and waiting on rail lines hidden beneath a cover of snow.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jim Thorpe Police Department is hosting the third annual Policemen's Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County. Dress is formal attire. The evening will include dinner, drinks and dancing with music provided by DJ "Dave G" from 4D Karaoke/DJ Services and Entertainment. There will be raffles and door prizes including a flat screen TV.

For additional information, call the Jim Thorpe Borough Office at (570) 325-3025 or (570) 325-2181.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several requests for county employees to attend seminars and training sessions.

Adult Probation: Joseph Berke, Kim Cooper, Jillian McGinley, Joseph Bettine and Clifford Eckhart will attend a seminar on street crime in Quakertown, Bucks County. The cost is $295 per person for the conference fee, in addition to mileage and meals.

Corrections: Steven Markovich and Kim Kostak will attend a Suicide Prevention and Intervention Instructor course in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. Cost is mileage and meals.