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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If the police stop you in Pennsylvania, they don't need a warrant to search your car.

And soon, you could be in trouble even if they find nothing.

The state Supreme Court ruled last week that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. The state General Assembly, meanwhile, is moving forward with a bill that would give cops the authority to arrest people caught with "secret compartments" in their vehicles, even if there is nothing illegal in those suspicious containers.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS Ann Bieber accepts congratulations from people attending the press conference to announce her appointment as the fifth president of Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Lehigh Carbon Community College named Ann D. Bieber as its new president Monday night at the Schnecksville campus. Her position will be formally approved on June 5, and effective on July 1.

Bieber, who served as interim president, is replacing Donald W. Snyder, who has retired. After 48 years of only four presidents serving the college, Bieber is fifth in the line.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The sculpture honoring victims of elder abuse stands at the Schuylkill County Human Services building in Pottsville.

It was 2001 when a Pottsville couple, Catherine and Robert Whitney, befriended 76-year-old Louis Long at Long's church. The couple gained the elderly man's trust, insinuating themselves into his life. Within two years, they had moved into Long's home and convinced him to name them as his financial guardians.

By the time Long died in 2006, the Whitneys had siphoned more than $84,000 from his hard-earned savings.

The Whitneys were sentenced in 2009 to jail time for theft and the heart-rending case remains one of the most infamous examples of elder abuse in the county.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One week after having been told the Slatington Sewer Authority would like to dissolve, what to do next was the main topic of discussion at the borough's Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee meeting Monday night.

It was just last Monday, May 12, that authority Chairwoman Laurie Dart-Schnaufer, present with the rest of the authority members, had told borough council at its monthly council meeting that, along with an important letter sent to the authority from the Department of Environmental Protection on May 2, it was the authority's recommendation that the authority be dissolved.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
special to the times news

Lynn Stelling, center, group sales and special events managerat Penn's Peak, has been presented the Outstanding Tourism Employee of The Year award by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. She received this prestigious honor at the TourismAchievement Awards luncheon, held during the 20th Annual Pocono Mountains Tourism Day on May 14. This award is given out annually to local hospitality industry workers and properties for theirexcellence in guest and community service throughout the region.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Prayer Garden time capsule

The congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church on South Avenue, has been busy preparing a Memorial Prayer Garden in the rear of the church.

The garden angel has arrived and has a section for time capsule materials. The committee is asking members of the church to write something of interest that they think should be stored in the time capsule. Suggested items include letters, pictures, DVDs, etc.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Schuylkill-Carbon Lodge 13 rifle squad stand at attention during the annual memorial service on Monday. From left, are Summit Hill Officers Todd Woodward and Joshua Carter, McAdoo Officer William Curilla and Police Chief Jeff Wainright, Lansford Sgt. Jack Soberick, and Summit Hill Officers Matthew Blatt and Joseph David.

Just off Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua sits a granite memorial plaque with the names of 82 police officers from Carbon and Schuylkill counties who passed on.

Each name holds a story about a person who served their community with honor and dignity during their career as a police officer.

On Monday evening, members of the Fraternal Order of Police Schuylkill-Carbon Lodge 13 gathered for their annual memorial service in the grove area of the lodge to honor these brave men and women who have paved the way for the current officers serving the the area.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Slatington woman has been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer in New Jersey.

According to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor, Colleen Mahony-Sgro, 54, stole in excess of $500,000 from Bolton Construction, where she worked as the company's bookkeeper.

Mahony-Sgro is charged with theft by deception and forgery, among other offenses.

She posted the $500,000 bail, and was released, pending a first court appearance.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bryce Orloski of Bethlehem, Dylan Reber of Pottsville, Jonathan Schatz of Schuylkill Haven and Tadd Shiffer Jr. of Pine Grove were awarded the Forest Conservation Award.

The Scouts are members of the Auburn BSA Troop 651.

The Forest Conservation Award is bestowed to a Scout that has earned the Forestry Merit Badge and two other related badges such as Bird Study, Weather, Insect Study, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving, and, Nature, to name a few.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in the community room at the Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The meeting is geared for women who have been diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives. The format is informal.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at 610-824-6490 for more information.