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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Have you started spring cleaning yet? If so, members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are looking for donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and anything else you don't want to throw away or wouldn't mind parting with.

They will accept practically anything clean and odor-free, no matter how small or large. Anybody can donate. The only items not accepted are old computer monitors and old console televisions.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Daisy, a female Golden Doodle, enjoys the company of caregiver and Towamensing Fire Police volunteer Bob Daniels while standing at the entrance to the boat launch to Beltzville Lake. Both Daniels and Daisy have staged themselves at the entrance for the past few days while search and dive crews from over four counties search the lake for a missing boater who apparently fell out of his boat early Monday morning. Daniels, a longtime fire police volunteer, stated that Daisy always goes with him during calls.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A woman was injured after a triaxle rear-ended the truck she was a passenger in yesterday afternoon along SR54 near Pine Creek Drive in Rush Township. Police reported that the incident occurred during the passing of an oversized load traveling east on SR54. The triaxle truck is owned by TROPP Excavating and Paving Company of Pottsville. Responding in addition to Rush and Ryan Township Police were Tamaqua Rescue, Quakake Fire Company, Ryan Township Ambulance, Tamaqua Ambulance, Hometown Fire Company and Ryan Township Fire Company. Hometown Fire Police controlled traffic around the area.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Gina Miller

Mahoning Township police said a 4-year-old girl found her mother unresponsive on the floor of their home.

The child notified her grandmother, who then called 911.

Police said illegal drugs, specifically heroin, may have been the reason for the mother's unresponsive state.

As a result, Gina Miller, 24, of Mahoning Township, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of children.

Police said the incident happened on June 4.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A kitchen fire in a mobile home in the Nis Hollow section of Mahoning Township early last evening forced a family to temporarily seek living quarters elsewhere.

Two adults and one child lived in the dwelling.

The fire was discovered in the kitchen, but the entire mobile home filled with smoke, according to reports.

An occupant managed to extinguish the fire before it got out of control.

Members of the Mahoning Valley and Lehighton fire departments responded to the scene, as well as the Lehighton Ambulance Corps.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mary Brumbach, principalof S.S. Palmer Elementary School,Palmerton,presented the Sen. David Argall Good Citizenship Awards to

sixth-grade

students Rachael

Dickson and Nathan Andress. The recipients exemplified the qualities of a good citizen through their display of outstanding character,leadership and scholarship.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Diann Belsak, Charlie Snukis, Chad Snukis and Erin Lewis. From back left are Ryan Canfield, Christopher Canfield, Chris Snukis, Mike Confield and Marigrace Confield at 26th annual activities benefit at Rosemount Camping Resort, to benefit Avenue's Schuylkill County Therapeutic Riding Program..

Owners and staff at Rosemount Camping Resort in Lewistown Valley held their 26th annual activities benefit over the weekend to raise funds for Avenue's Schuylkill County Therapeautic Riding Program (SCTRP).

The event, which involved over 2,000 visitors, consisted of horseback riding, food, Chinese auction, and other events.

Activities coordinator Diann Belsak said, "It is great to see the many benefits the program provides. Therapeutic Horseback Riding is designed to provide both physical and psychological benefits."

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The mosquito population in Pennsylvania may be up this year, but cases of West Nile virus are currently down.

West Nile virus is a disease that infects birds and mosquitoes and transmitted to humans through infected mosquito bites. It can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain; or meningitis, inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

It was first detected in the United States in 1999, when 62 people in New York became ill and seven died; and has since spread into other states.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Joanne Love of Tamaqua immediately knew the caller was trying to scam her when he urgently warned her about a computer virus Microsoft had detected on her computer.

The caller on the other end of her phone line was insistent and persistent, telling Love she needed to immediately go to her computer and "follow a few steps to get rid of the virus."

Love knew it was some type of scam, not because she's a computer expert, but because she doesn't actually have a computer in her home.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. Person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic placed the six for a year. The six were placed on driving under the influence (DUI) charges..