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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tamaqua Borough Water Authority officials are on the scene of a water main break in the heavily traveled unit block of Mauch Chunk Street, the main artery for motorists traveling north towards Hometown.
Traffic is being re-routed along East Broad to Pine Street, causing traffic jams.
No other information on when the break will be fixed or which parts of town are affected has been released at this time.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and surrounding states that were still in the dark and cold on Thursday after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that from a hurricane.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

 Brace yourself, another round of winter weather may be on its way.

According to various news sources, the potential for a coastal storm over the weekend is starting to become a talking point.

The National Weather Service already issued a hazardous weather outlook for the weekend that states a “coastal storm may affect the area with the potential for more snowfall.”

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fire crews responded to a call for a dwelling fire on Manor Drive, off Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township this morning.
According to scanner reports, the fire began shortly after 7 a.m.
The problem was quickly resolved and the cause was determined as electrical.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Two defendants had their parole/probations revoked and two were removed from a special probation program following hearings held in Carbon County court.

Dirk Pompa, 25, of Jim Thorpe, had his parole revoked on charges of forgery and his probation likewise revoked on another forgery charge on a petition filed by probation officer Jospeh Bettine, of the county adult probation office. Bettine's petition indicated Pompa violated conditions by testing positive for opiates, admitted using suboxone and percocet, which violated the zero tolerance provision of his release.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Tamaqua couple was killed in a two vehicle crash on Wednesday afternoon along a slush-covered SR309 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville identified the couple as Roger D. Jones, 52, and Geraldine M. Jones, 58. The two were pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:30 p.m. crash by Lehigh Country deputy coroner Craig Hanzl.

County coroner Scott M. Grim said both died of multiple blunt force trauma. He ruled the deaths were accidental.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Extradiction started for suspect

A memorial service will be held Saturday for a 35-year-old Tamaqua woman who was brutally murdered last weekend.

Angela M. (Serfass) Steigerwalt's body was located, badly burned, when firefighters were summoned to a brush fire along Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe.

The complete obituary appears on page 4 of today's TIMES NEWS.

Her car was found in Kinston, N.C., on Sunday. The man who was driving the car, Anthony Darrell Heath, 24, of Allentown, was taken into custody and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education, Spring 2014, will be 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 5.

It is sponsored by the Indian Mt. Rod & Gun Club, Route 534, Kresgeville,

This is a one-day course with required online study before attendance.

Pre-registration is required due to limited seating.

Minimum registration age is 11 years old.

You must register online at: www.pgc.state.pa.us/.

Certification earned is required by Pennsylvania law for all first time hunters.

Lunches will be available at the course for a nominal fee.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Palmerton should soon have a new set of rules and regulations in place to attract potential police officer candidates.

The borough's Civil Service Commission on Tuesday agreed to send the updated rules and regulations for testing requirements to borough council, and to ask for a list of applicants to sit for the entry level police test.

Council will consider the action when it meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said, "We're going with the rules and regulations as originally presented by our (labor consultant) solicitor."

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month for January at Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford are, front, from left, Connor Rehnert, Quentin Petschauer, Dylan Newton and Hannah Soberick. Back, Alexus Eschbach, Cole McArdle, Zinnia Ruch, Sophia Tenisci and Alfred Collevechio III.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently chosen as the Students of the Month for the month of January.

The students were recognized for their efforts in displaying the virtue of self-control. Here are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Quentin Petschauer: "I try to get my behavior clip on blue every day."

First grade, Connor Rehnert: "I try to do what is right, even if it is hard to do."

Second grade, Dylan Newton: "I control my actions in class with my classmates and Mr. Davis."