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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Lehigh County resident, who was serving a weekend sentence at the Carbon County prison, has been charged with bringing a controlled substance into the prison.

Nesquehoning police identified the suspect as Stephen Timothy Meleschuk, 55, of 225 Seventh St., Whitehall. Meleschuk has been charged with contraband (controlled substance) an felony two; unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses.

According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time.

The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient's computer.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Northern Lehigh School District appears to have a leak in its high school gymnasium roof in check.

Superintendent Michael Michaels informed the school board on Monday that the gymnasium roof sprung a leak during the high school boys' basketball game on Saturday.

Michaels noted that in conjunction with the rainy weather, the gym began to leak as the team prepared for its contest against Freeland. As a result, the game had to be moved to the middle school gymnasium.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday for a domestic assault incident.

Joseph Muse, 23, Weissport, was sentenced to a total term of 12 to 36 months in a state correction facility by Judge Steven R. Serfass. Muse previously entered a guilty plea in the case.

Muse was arrested on April 30, 2013, after state police at Lehighton responded to 401 Bridge St., Weissport, for a domestic incident involving Muse and his girlfriend, identified as Tracy Ann Morey.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Justin A. Berger's mother, Cheryl Berger, presents a check in the amount of $6,000 to Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company President Richard Smallenburg. The money represents the proceeds from the third annual Justin A. Berger Memorial Softball Tournament, which took place in July.

A check presentation this past Saturday in the amount of $6,000 in the memory of Justin A. Berger, the son of Cheryl and Barry Berger, was made to the Albrightsville Fire Company where he had served as a junior firefighter before he passed away in 2011.

The funds represented the proceeds from the third annual Justin A. Berger Memorial Softball Tournament, which was held July 20.

The tournament is organized and put on by the Berger family, with all proceeds being donated to the fire company to use as it wishes.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after previously pleading guilty.

Jonathan M. Lopresti, 26, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of theft. The jail term will be followed by 24 months of probation.

He was arrested on Jan. 2, 2013, by Jim Thorpe police for taking a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun from the home of Joseph Bunso, of 26 E. Fourth St.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Those attending should use the side entrance.

The menu is pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes.

Everyone is invited. For additional information, call 610-377-2675.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bob Yurchak isn't taking his firing as Carbon County's chief public defender lightly. On Friday, the Nesquehoning resident filed a federal lawsuit against the county and the three commissioners claiming he was illegally discharged because of political reasons.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane cautioned consumers who may have been victims of the security breach at Target to only deal directly with Target or her office with concerns about their personal information.

"A number of scammers have taken advantage of Target customers' misfortune and have set up websites and are sending emails with Target's logos in an attempt to further victimize consumers whose personal information may have been taken from Target," Kane said.