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Thursday, April 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Todd Deem II of Lehighton, center, is escorted from the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

A former Carbon County firefighter already charged in connection with two barn fires faces four more counts of arson.

Todd Deem II, 19, of 39 Sambrooke Circle, Lehighton, was granted a continuance as part of a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Last week, Deem was charged with setting two barns on fire in East Penn Township. On Wednesday, he was charged with starting four other fires in East Penn and Franklin Township.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Garfield is an orange, fuzzy, tabby cat who was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant where his love of lasagna began. He was named after his creator's grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis, who Jim Davis described as "a large cantankerous man."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it the commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed included:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Five persons with pending criminal charges entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Harry McLaughlin, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of criminal trespass, theft and forgery. The trespass and forgery counts are felony threes.

He was charged for taking a checkbook from the home of Regina Kociolek, of Lansford, and writing one out to himself and forging her name on it.

McLaughlin was a neighbor of the victim at the time of the incident.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Parryville Council is looking at spending nearly $100,000 on road repairs.

Council members on Tuesday night discussed how to fund the repaving of Main Street from curb to curb.

Mike Grant, council president, said that core sampling is currently going on at Main Street to determine whether the costs could be reduced if the roadbed is solid.

Grant said that the borough's goal is to pave the entire length from Center to Center street, but that the scope of the project depends entirely on the costs and available funding.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

St. Luke's Orthopaedic Specialists announced the opening of their newest locations - St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, 360 West Ruddle St., Coaldale and St. Luke's Urgent Care Center, 1104 North St., Jim Thorpe.

The orthopaedic specialists at St. Luke's help patients who suffer with bone and joint conditions. St. Luke's Orthopaedic surgeons and staff provide the most advanced diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Blinis (also spelled bleenies), pierogies (also spelled perogies), and fish were a popular item during many organizational fundraisers held over Easter holiday weekend. Pictured frying hundreds of their well-known bleenies are members of the Citizen's Fire Company in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Allentown Diocese Bishop John O. Barres with St. Ann Senior Apartments residents Margaret and Nick Butrie at a ceremony held Tuesday to dedicate the building.

Residents of the new St. Ann Senior Apartments in Lansford welcomed Bishop John Barres of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown on Tuesday for the dedication of the 17-unit subsidized housing project.

"Today, as we dedicate these apartments, we want to be instruments of a deep engagement with the sacred scriptures, that these apartments have a beautiful spirit, a wonderful faith, and that these scriptures animate the spirit that is lived in these halls, in these apartments, and in the larger community," he said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two persons were killed and 196 others were injured in the 527 crashes investigated by the state police during the three-day Easter holiday driving period, Commissioner Frank Noonan said today.

"The two deaths represent a decrease from the eight fatalities recorded in crashes investigated by troopers during last year's Easter holiday travel period," Noonan said. "Nonetheless, we will never rest in our efforts to reduce the numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities on our highways."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lansford borough council called a special meeting Tuesday so that Mayor Ron Hood could break tie votes on whether to allow secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper to work from home because a mold problem in the borough offices and whether council should hold executive sessions before instead of after public meetings.