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Monday, August 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The tractor trailer driver, Ernest Baehr of Jim Thorpe, escaped serious injuries during a three-vehicle accident on Route 895 in East Brunswick Township.

Two area drivers were involved in a three-vehicle crash that occurred just after 10 p.m. on Friday along SR895 (Summer Valley Road), in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Patty Adams, 59, of Orwigsburg, was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer SUV (sport utility vehicle) westbound when she failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the road.

Police said the Explorer crossed the center line and struck the driver's side mirror on an eastbound 1998 Ford Club wagon operated by Samuel Burkholder, 39, of Tamaqua, who had taken evasive action.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Attempts by Saint Clair Borough to halt development of a demolition landfill adjoining its boundary line with Blythe Township was denied by a ruling from Judge Jacqueline Russell in the Schuylkill County court.

The borough brought the matter to court to prevent Blythe Township from executing a contract with FKV, LLC, to construct the landfill. The township and FKV both filed preliminary objections to the borough's suit and they were upheld by Russell.

Monday, August 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This parked car was only a few feet away from the Little Schuylkill River after an older Tamaqua resident backed into it after striking a wall and another parked vehicle in the same Tamaqua parking lot. No one was in the car at the time.

Shocked onlookers watched as an older man crashed his SUV into a wall and two parked vehicles Saturday night in Tamaqua. The incident took place a short distance away from American Hose Company's annual community bazaar.

Tamaqua police report that Theodore Michaud, 81, Tamaqua, was driving an Isuzu Rodeo when he struck the wall and then a van and a car behind the Majestic House Apartments.

Monday, August 5, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Mike Barna, 39, of Freeland, right, received minor injuries when his truck overturned on Route 902 in Mahoning Township. The triaxle truck was carrying a load of silt to Northampton when the driver lost his brakes.

A driver of a triaxle truck hauling silt received minor injuries when the truck rolled onto its side and lost its load on Route 902 in Mahoning Township this morning.

Mike Barna, 39, of Freeland, who drives for Franzosa Trucking, Hazelton, was taking a load of silt to Northampton, when the truck overturned as he struck the berm.

"I lost my brakes and I did what I could," said Barna.

The smell of burning brakes was heavy in the air as emergency responders entered the scene.

The large truck lay on its side with most of the load of silt spilled from the truck.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

Monday, August 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A female driver was taken to the hospital after her car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by a Coaldale man Sunday morning in Hometown. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of state routes 309 and 54 around 10 a.m. for a report of a two-vehicle accident. Rush Township police reported that Chris Smell, 46, of Coaldale, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck south on SR309, when he rear-ended a 2006 Jeep Liberty driven by Georgia Paul, 41, of Ashland, who was stopped at a stop light in the southbound lane. She was transported by ambulance to St.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Slatington Police continue to investigate several burglaries and a robbery that occurred within the past five days in the borough.

Police Chief David Rachman said the incidents, two burglaries and a robbery, took place between last week Wednesday and Sunday.

Rachman said the robbery transpired at around 9 a.m. Sunday at the Sunoco gas station at 160 Main St. At that time, he said a white male believed to be in his 40s jumped over the counter, grabbed the cash drawer, and fled.

Monday, August 5, 2013
Calvin Rodriguez

Two men are facing theft and drug related charges following the alleged theft of a computer and sound system from the Mahoning Township Wal-Mart on July 31.

Calvin Rodriguez, 33, of Wilkes-Barre, and Brandon Patterson, 26, who has addresses in Wilkes-Barre and Lehighton, have been charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy - retail theft.

Additional charges for possession of heroin and tampering with evidence are pending.

Police said both men admitted to they that they are heroin addicts.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The next meeting of the Nesquehoning Lion's Club will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Lengyel's Restaurant.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with the meal starting at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, August 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Senior Fun Day in West Penn West Penn Lion Club member Curt Bailey pulls prizes for attending seniors during the free Senior Fun Day, hosted by the Lions.

Over 70 area seniors participated in the West Penn Lions/Lioness Clubs 32nd annual Senior Fun Day held Saturday at the West Penn Community Park. The free event, opened to West Penn residents 55 and older, consisted of music, ham and pulled pork meals and other activities. The event also included an information session by Janine Holter from the Attorney General's Office, who provided a presentation about phone scams, mail scams and the importance of a power of attorney. "This fun event gives an opportunity to give back to our area seniors," said Melissa Kistler, club President.