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Saturday, August 9, 2014

READING, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man stole an ambulance and led them on a 10-mile chase before he was arrested.

Boyertown police say 47-year-old Kevin C. Fountain stole a Reading Fire Department ambulance Saturday at about 6 a.m. as an emergency crew was tending to a patient inside a hospital. After the chase Fountain ended up in Exeter Township. That's about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Eldred Township supervisors held a Blue Ridge Cable franchise hearing before the regular supervisors' meeting. The last term was approved in 1999 for 15 years at a 2 percent franchise fee for cable television service. The new agreement is for five years, remaining at 2 percent. Township solicitor Michael Kaspszyk said there should be no dramatic impact on residents and if there was any change, it would be seen in the October bill. If there is, the supervisors can revisit this. During the regular meeting, it was approved 3-0.

In other business:

Saturday, August 9, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Crews from two counties were called to battle the blaze that leveled a summer home in Summit Hill.

A home in Summit Hill used for summer gatherings and parties was leveled by flames shortly after noon Friday.

The fire occurred at a vacant, L-shaped house off Laurel Drive (Route 902) at the bottom of Bugzies Mountain in the White Bear section of the community.

The home is surrounded by a privacy fence, making it impossible to see from the highway.

Officials said it is owned by Peter Radocha of Coaldale.

Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos said the home is well-maintained and is used during the summer months for social activities.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sharon Swanson, Slatington "I think we're in a depression. We need to turn things around. Get a new president and get everybody out and start fresh. And we should keep our noses out of other countries and take care of ourselves first."

Is our economy in recovery, stable, a recession, or depression-and why?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

EASTON (AP) Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well.

The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall.

Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with a personalized wrapper. Another will let kids appear on their own coloring page.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The state Superior Court has upheld the sentence of a Lackawanna County man convicted of raping two little boys he was baby-sitting in McAdoo.

Clark Emmanuel Mead Jr. must serve the 27 1/2 to 55-year sentence imposed by Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin, the three-judge panel ruled.

Mead was left to baby-sit by the boys' mother, with whom he lived in McAdoo, while she was at work.

About a month after Mead moved out, the older boy told his mother what had happened, and that Mead had threatened to hurt them if they told anyone.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Members of a Pennsylvania State Police incident reconstruction team carefully place markers in front of J & J Sunoco early Friday afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police investigators were summoned to Tamaqua after an incident early Friday involving a police Taser gun in which one man later died.

According to a report by state police at Frackville, Tamaqua police were dispatched at 4 a.m. to the vicinity of Fegley's Mini Mart, 30 Center St., for a report of man running around the parking lot shouting obscenities.

The man, later identified as Jose Paulino Jr., 38, ran over to the Sunoco station, according to police.

Police said Paulino continued to act aggressively, and they used a Taser on him numerous times.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police said Michal Kobylinski, 20, was traveling north on this section of Route 715 when he lost control and hit a tree.

A Stroudsburg driver was killed and his teenage cousin injured following a one-vehicle crash Friday morning along Route 715 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Michal Kobylinski, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 8 a.m., according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.

Kobylinski was traveling northbound on Route 715, just south of Effort Neola Road, at 7:27 a.m. when his Nissan sports car lost control around a curve.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jo deForest from Lehighton, an intern at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, removes an opossum from a cage at the center to be released.

The staff at Carbon County Environmental Educational Center in Summit Hill is all about helping animals.

They proved that yet again this week when Jo deForest, an intern at the center, released a dozen opossums back into the wild. The opossums were orphaned in June after their mother was hit by a car.

Since then, the staff at the center have cared for the animals until they were old enough to be released.

During the release, the opossums explored their new habitat around a creek behind CCEEC.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
John Large

A Lansford man charged with planting a fake bomb near the car of a Nesquehoning woman he had been harassing is in Carbon County Prison after being caught in York County.

Carbon County sheriff's deputies brought John Large, 49, back to the county on July 24.

He was arraigned the next day before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Sept. 3.