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Friday, July 11, 2014
 Bob Ford/Times News Emergency crews work on a Dodge Neon in the parking lot of the Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township. According to police, the Neon driven by Angela Ouly hit a Kia Rondo, causing it to move from its spot and into a Chevrolet Equinox, moving both vehicles from their spots. A Kia Soul parked next to  the spot where the Kia Rondo was originally parked was also damaged.

A pregnant woman was hurt Thursday afternoon as she fell while she was trying to get out of the way of an out-of-control car.

Mahoning Township investigated the five-car crash started by Angela Ouly, 93, of Nesquehoning.

Police said Ouly, driving a Dodge Neon, made an illegal left-hand turn from Route 443 into the Carbon Plaza Mall lot.

Friday, July 11, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith, stages its 150th anniversary concert in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater.

Lehighton Band celebrated its 150th anniversary by presenting a concert that featured sounds from 1864 to the present.

The concert, held Thursday in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater, attracted an estimated 200 people.

The same show will be given by the band at 7 p.m. Sunday in Eurana Park, Weatherly.

Paul Smith, who has been director of the band for the past 49 years, led the musicians in a wide variety of music, including show tunes, classical numbers, pop hits, military songs and marches.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A pregnant woman was hurt Thursday afternoon as she fell while she was trying to get out of the way of an out-of-control car.

Mahoning Township investigated the five-car crash started by Angela Ouly, 93, of Nesquehoning.

Police said Ouly, driving a Dodge Neon, made an illegal left hand turn off of Route 443 into the Carbon Plaza Mall lot.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police are investigating gunshots fired near a south Philadelphia refinery that prompted the brief closure of a bridge spanning the Schuylkill River.

Authorities said a security guard at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery reported hearing gunfire shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.

Officers responding to the scene on the westbound Passyunk Avenue Bridge found 10 shell casings from a semi-automatic weapon near the refinery entrance and on the bridge.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Blaze destroys barn A barn-sized storage shed was destroyed by fire in West Penn Township Wednesday night. The blaze was reportedto the Schuylkill County Communications Center just before 10 p.m. The building, located at 474 Rabbit Run Road, near the intersection with Pine Hill Road, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Despite heavy rain, the blaze could be seen for miles. Due to the remote location of the site, water had to be tanked into the scene. Firefighters from communities throughout Schuylkill and Carbon counties responded to the scene. Lightning was reported in the area at the time and may have hit the structure, although no official cause has been released yet. According to online records, the property is owned by Daniel and LouAnn Algard.

A barn sized storage shed was destroyed by fire in West Penn Township Wednesday night. The blaze was reported to the Schuylkill County Communications Center just before 10 p.m.

The building, located at 474 Rabbit Run Road, near the intersection with Pine Hill Road, was totally engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Despite heavy rain, the blaze could be seen for miles.

Due to the remote location of the site, water had to be tanked into the scene.

Firefighters from communities throughout Schuylkill and Carbon counties responded to the scene.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved six one-year contracts for the Office of Human Services:

Ÿ NHS Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, for medical assistance transportation program services for NHS clients with rates of $14.50 for one-way trip for trips under 10 miles and $15.50 for one-way trip for over 10 miles.

Ÿ Lifeline Systems, Framingham, Massachusetts, for personal emergency response systems monitoring for attendant care clients at $25 per eligible consumer per month.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Carbon County's firing range is moving along quickly.

Frank Shubeck, the work release/treatment director at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning, reported that progress is being made on the new 75-foot by 150-foot range, which will be located on the Broad Mountain behind the prison.

"We're getting a lot of cooperation," he said, noting that currently six work-release inmates, as well as three sergeants at the prison, have been working at clearing trees and brush from the area.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Reeders man was scheduled to have three preliminary hearings before District Judge Colleen Mancuso on June 20, but elected to waive those hearings to Monroe County Court.

Russell James Hayes, 23, was in the magistrate's court for hearings on charges related to a theft, hindering prosecution and a burglary.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
@$:TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Charlie Silliman worked tirelessly to make sure families received food.

When Palmerton area residents think food pantry, the name Charlie Silliman will always have a fond place in their hearts.

For years, Silliman willingly and selflessly gave of his time to ensure that families less fortunate were able to have food on their tables.

Silliman made sure of that until he fell ill and was forced to retire last year. Before his illness, Silliman served as the food pantry coordinator for the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches since 1999.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Lansford man who last month attended his sentencing proceedings in Carbon County Court while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, said on Wednesday he will plead guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab in the borough.

The meth lab charge is unrelated to the previous court charges for William David Barnes of 237 W. Patterson St.

Barnes was scheduled for the preliminary hearing Wednesday on the meth lab charges before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford.