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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A half-dozen Weissport residents who live along Bridge Street apparently are not getting the service they believe they deserve from the borough's solid waste hauler.

Council members discussed the issue on Monday night, and upon the advice of solicitor Michael Greek, approved having secretary Jillyan Sterling write a letter outlining the complaints to Advanced Disposal Systems.

Council accepted the low bid of $108,528 for a three-year contract from the Northampton-based company last year to service the 400 homes in Weissport.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third in the videotaped beating of a city park ranger trying to enforce a no-skateboarding rule.

The beating happened Friday at Love Park, home to a Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture and a one-time skateboarding mecca featured in a video game.

Police say they arrested a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old Monday. Both face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The man accused of waging a three-state crime spree that ended when he crashed near the George Washington Bridge is due in federal court.

Luis Figeuroa is expected to make an initial appearance on Tuesday afternoon in Newark.

The resident of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and the Bronx, New York, was arrested in June following a day of mayhem.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed RadioShack in Hometown Monday morning, binding a store employee in a back room. The investigation continues.

Rush Township Police are investigating an armed robbery at the RadioShack Store at HT Commons Shopping Center, 45 Plaza Drive, Hometown.

According to police, two men, one brandishing a handgun, entered the retail store at 10:45 a.m. Monday, bound the male employee with tape and left him in a back room.

The men took an undetermined amount of electronic merchandise from the store.

Both males were wearing baggy jeans, sweatshirts and winter-type hats, according to Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick.

One of the males also had dreadlocks.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Illegal drug cases took up the bulk of the docket recently in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, whose office is in Tamaqua. All of the defendants chose to waive their rights to preliminary hearings.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A soccer tournament hosted this past weekend by KidsPeace went off without a hitch even after one local youth soccer team pulled out of the event due to the organization's housing of immigrant children.

The OutKasts, a Lehighton youth soccer team, were scheduled to participate in the 17th annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational held over the weekend at the Orchard Hills campus in Orefield, Northern Whitehall Township.

The team, a participant in last year's tournament, opted not to participate in the tournament after it learned KidsPeace houses immigrant children.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe, joined several state legislators in announcing Reading & Northern Railroad has secured a $10 million state grant to construct a new railroad bridge over the Lehigh River near Nesquehoning.

"The project will put construction workers back on the job, utilize local manufacturing products, and position Carbon and Luzerne counties to be key players in attracting new businesses along the central artery between the Marcellus Shale play and the Port of Philadelphia," Yudichak said.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Monroe County man, convicted of killing his girlfriend and their child, had a death warrant signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday.

Michael Parrish was convicted on March 30, 2012, of killing his girlfriend, Victoria Adams, and their 19-month old son, Sidney Parrish. On April 2 the same jury that convicted him of first and second degree murder, ruled he should die for the murders. The following month he was sentenced to death.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rush Township Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Radio Shack Store in the Hometown Commons Mall.

Two males, one armed with a handgun, entered the retail store at 10:45 a.m. Monday, bound the male employee with tape and then left him in a back room. The men then proceeded to take an undetermined amount of merchandise from the store.

Both males were wearing baggie jeans, sweatshirts and winter-type hats according to Rush Township Police Sergeant Duane Frederick. One of the males also had dreadlocks.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Carbon County's summer programs are wrapping up the 2014 season.

On Thursday, the commissioners approved a number of employment separations associated with the Liquid Fuels Summer Program.

The program hires students for the summer months to do a variety of tasks throughout the county. The end dates for the summer laborers are Aug. 15 unless otherwise noted.

Summer laborers