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Friday, June 20, 2014
Missing: Jason "Jay" Hahn

Family and friends of a Tamaqua native are asking the public's help in finding him after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Jason "Jay" Hahn, 22, of the Andreas region of south Tamaqua, was seen last weekend, possibly late June 14, when he left the house with a friend.

"It was late Saturday night or early Sunday morning," said Derek Snyder.

Hahn has been living with the Snyder family for the past year.

"The friend said he dropped off Jay near Mary D or New Philadelphia," Snyder said. "But his story kept changing."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

After years of debate, a new sports stadium could be headed to Lehighton Area School District.

That depends on the outcome of a hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. June 25 before the borough's zoning hearing board.

At that time, the school district is asking to obtain variances to move the project forward.

The district has requested a determination of the necessity for approval of a special use for the construction of a sports stadium with artificial turf complete with field house, restrooms and grandstand-style bleachers, and if necessary, approval of that special use.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania man may have been following Meals on Wheels delivery drivers in order to find elderly victims from whom he stole a purse, tools and medications in a series of bizarre and sometimes brazen thefts, state police said.

James Brian Hay, 46, of Garrett, remained in the Somerset County Jail on Thursday, a day after troopers charged him in three incidents, though they continued to seek other possible victims. Online court records don't list a defense attorney.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Police are searching for whoever stole approximately 200 gallons of fuel from four bull dozers in Penn Forest Township.

The incident occurred between 7 p.m. June 10 and 6 a.m. June 11 on Route 903, just south of the Bear Creek Lakes community on Route 903.
The owner of the bull dozers is Pappillon & Moyer Contracting.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Shaun M. Flynn of the Pennsylvania State Police, Lehighton barracks, at 610-377-4270.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Thursday sentenced a former Colorado sheriff to 15 months in prison for repeatedly violating his probation in a meth-for-sex case, saying the lawman, who was once regarded as a hero, had exhausted his opportunities to reform.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Alex Edwin Christman, 20, of Lansdale was arrested earlier this week after eluding police who had attempted to stop him for several traffic violations.
According to state police at Lehighton, at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, police made an attempt to stop Christman, who was driving a 2007 YZF450 dirt bike traveling on Route 209 in the area of Route 715 in Chestnuthill Township.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Wednesday, a resident of Center Street received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Officer Max Clinton. The caller said there was a legal arrest warrant to be forwarded to local police. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign spent money twice as fast as it came in during the weeks surrounding Pennsylvania's primary.

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday showed the Republican governor received $1.4 million in contributions between May 6 and June 9, while he spent nearly $3 million — pushing his total expenditures to more than $11 million.

Corbett still had $4.8 million on hand.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Dobias

Carbon County's chief prosecutor is retiring.

District Attorney Gary F. Dobias of Palmerton made his intentions known this week that he is planning to step down from the job in September.

Dobias has held the position of district attorney since 1992 and is currently serving his sixth term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2015.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Experimental Aircraft Association, which meets at the Slatington Airport, took youths from ages 8 to 17-years-old for 20-minute flights recently. Some of the youth also took a turn flying the aircraft.