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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Creek Grange, Lehighton. This is for livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1 2014. 4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Police radios currently in use in Schuylkill County will soon join the ranks of analog television sets obsolete.

West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson said that county emergency officials have told him that the radio switch from analog to digital may be complete by Memorial Day.

During the township meeting Monday, council members agreed to spend about $48,000 to buy six portable and four mobile radios from Green Communications of Pottsville.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lehighton Borough Council will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at borough hall.

This will be a meeting of general purpose.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Schuylkill County woman has been charged in connection with a head-on crash that occurred last year in which two of her children were seriously injured.

State police at Schuylkill Haven has charged Nicole Marie Moore, 28, of Minersville, with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI); DUI of a controlled substance; DUI - general impairment; endangering the welfare of children; recklessly endangering another person; careless driving; reckless driving; and several traffic citations.

Monday, April 7, 2014
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Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton, a local Catholic school, has been under study this past year.

The study is looking at the financial and enrollment challenges and is being performed by a local group, with the assistance of the Allentown Diocese. This study was confirmed by Matthew T. Kerr, diocesan spokesman.

Presently, 86 students are enrolled at the school.

Kerr said that Ss. Peter and Paul School is presently the only school in the Diocese under study.

Monday, April 7, 2014

 

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former bank manager in southeastern Pennsylvania has admitted stealing nearly $550,000 from elderly customers but says he can't remember how he spent it.

The Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/1gFmY4h) said 58-year-old Joseph Policare of Quakertown pleaded guilty Monday to multiple counts of theft, forgery and identity theft.

As part of a plea deal, he was sentenced to two to five years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation.

Monday, April 7, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in the death of an 85-year-old woman in front of her northeastern Pennsylvania home.

The Express-Times (http://bit.ly/PUGfcg ) said 34-year-old Christopher Murphy of Warrington, Bucks County, entered the plea Monday in Lehigh County Court.

Prosecutors said Murphy struck Helen Kemmerer last May because he was distracted when his cellphone fell onto the floor of his Nissan Pathfinder.

Kemmerer died at the scene.

Monday, April 7, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for four games for an illegal check to the head.

Rinaldo will miss the final four games of the regular season and will forfeit $15,384.60 in salary.

He injured Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel in the third period of Sunday's game. Ruhwedel will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a concussion.

Monday, April 7, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Model and media personality Peaches Geldof, the second daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof and member of a talented, troubled family who grew up in the glare of Britain's tabloid press, was found dead Monday at age 25.

There was no immediate word on the cause of Geldof's death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England, but police called it "unexplained and sudden."

In a family statement, Bob Geldof said: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain."

Peaches Geldof had acknowledged using drugs in the past but said in a 2009 interview that she had quit.

Monday, April 7, 2014

OLEY, Pa. (AP) — Fire has destroyed an old eastern Pennsylvania farmhouse that officials say was the site of a murder that resulted in the last public execution of a woman in Pennsylvania history.

The cause of the Oley Township fire on Saturday night, which killed three dogs, remains unknown. State police in Reading estimated damage at $250,000 or more and said the home appears to be a total loss, The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/1mUkzLn ) reported.