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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will hold their January meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway.

Tim Potts, co-founder of Democracy Rising PA, will be the guest speaker. Democracy Rising PA is a non-partisan organization, which works for "integrity, value, transparency, and citizen confidence in government."

A State of the Union Viewing Party will follow the meeting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were called to the 200 block of Mahanoy Avenue (SR54) in Hometown around 6:45 this morning after the driver, Michael Ulinitz Jr., of a blue Dodge Ram truck, who was driving east, lost control on icy roads and flipped his vehicle near the intersection of Kahler Avenue. Emergency personnel were seen slipping on the ice. Responding were Rush Township Police, Tamaqua Rescue, Rush Township Fire Company, Quakake Fire Company and others. Rush Township Fire Police closed that part of SR54 while PennDOT workers laid salt.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Three Summit Hill youngsters – Glacie Heintzelman, age 5, front, Morgan Delvillaggio, back left, and Cassie Deifer, 11, – found the sleighing excellent this past weekend on the hill behind St. Joseph's Church.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Criminal charges were dismissed against seven defendants for various reasons by Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in the Schuylkill County Court. Noon filed petitions to nolle pros the charges and President Judge William E. Baldwin granted the motion and cleared the record against the following:

Mi Duk Park, 47, Philadelphia, charged with prostitution by the district attorney's office. Noon reported Park was deported to South Korea by Immigration Justice Andrew Arthur last November and since the charge was a misdeanor the motion to nolle pros was requested.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

After several months of planning and preparation culminating in two bids from fire equipment manufacturers, Mahoning Township supervisors, at the recommendation of a committee of the fire company and township fire chief Mark Ebbert, unanimously agreed to contract Nesquehoning based KME-Kovatch Organization to build their custom pumper for an amount of $467,217.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Neal Ebbert, left, is congratulated on his appointment as new chief of police in Lehighton by Grant Hunsicker, center, president of Lehighton Borough Council. Looking on is Mayor Donald Rehrig.

Lehighton borough has a new chief of police.

Veteran police officer Neal Ebbert assumed the duties effective Jan. 8.

He succeeds Matthew Bender as the chief. Bender stepped down from the position on March 1, 2010. He remains a patrolman with the police department.

Since Bender left the position, Sgt. Joseph Lawrence had been serving as acting chief of police.

The borough council opened applications up to the Lehighton Police Department for the chief's position. Several officers applied, along with Ebbert.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt was concerned and disappointed with regard to a story in the TIMES NEWS last Friday in which Carbon County Head Commissioner Wayne Nothstein was quoted in the weekly commissioners' meeting as having attended the most recent Mahoning Township Zoning Board meeting only to have them refuse to grant the county's waivers for the Packerton Yards project. In the story Nothstein said they would have to return to the supervisors to hopefully get approval of the necessary waivers. Steigerwalt said he attended a Planning Commission meeting last week.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Schuylkill County Zoning Office reported in 2011 it issued 143 permits and the Zoning Hearing Board issued seven permits which were denied by the zoning office bringing the total permits issued to 250 and the total fees collected was $59,172.

The applications were received for various construction projects as follows:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DCNR/Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and Pocono Heritage Land trust is sponsoring Adventures to the Ancients: Pocono Area Old Growth Forest and Open Space Hike at noon, Sunday, Jan. 29.

Naturalists Bill Sweeney and Don Miller will explore and interpret the unique natural and cultural history of some of the finest old growth forests left in eastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Carbon County man has been sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison after admitting to downloading and sharing images of child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District said Eugene F. Hartzell, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced Monday by Senior Judge Edwin M. Kosik, in Scranton. Hartzell had pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography. He admitted to committing the crime during March through September 2010.