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Saturday, January 21, 2012

By David Wargo

Sometimes I think the world has disappeared while I was asleep and replaced with this Bizarro clone of Earth in which good is bad and right is wrong.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Allentown – With snow forecast for some areas of Pennsylvania within the next day, PennDOT reminds drivers to slow down and give snow plows a wide berth to do their jobs.

Motorists are reminded that during winter weather events, PennDOT's primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow.

Roadways such as interstates and expressways are the primary focus and, at times, PennDOT may redirect equipment to these routes during significant winter events.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hector Enchautegui Jr., 32, of 3512 Limestone Drive, Whitehall, faces charges from an incident which took place at 11:49 p.m. Dec. 17, 2010.

Charges of identity theft, false identification to law enforcement, false reports to law enforcement, drivers required to be licensed, driving under suspension, registration and certificate of title required, and violations concerning licenses. were filed by Lansford officer Jason Helmer. according to an affidavit of probable cause:

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Dick Fosbenner, Tamaqua – "Definitely not. I retired after 25-years as a Philadelphia police officer and think council members should have found another way."

"Do you think Tamaqua Council was justified in laying off a police officer to help avoid a tax hike?"

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Annie, a golden retriever, is an "orphan Annie" after someone abandoned her at Mauch Chunk Lake. Police are hoping to find the identity of Annie's owner. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

At the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning, they named her Annie because they don't know her real name.

She's really an "orphan annie."

She was brought to the shelter after being found at Boat Lauch B of Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Summit Hill.

Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos said two individuals came across Annie. She needed medical attention for an eye and mouth problem, and had other health problems. Fittos said the dog appeared "sickly." It was treated by a veterinarian at the Animal Shelter.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A multi-million dollar solar park in Nesquehoning is one step closer to becoming a reality.

During the Carbon County Planning Commission meeting earlier this week, the board voted to approve the revised preliminary/final plan for Green Energy Capital Partners' solar park project.

Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, overviewed the updates of the project.

He said the park was scaled back to a 133.9-acre solar park and will be constructed in phases.

Meixell added that the reason for the plan coming before the commission again was because of the revisions.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Justin Hill, 20, of 366 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place in that borough at 7:35 a.m. May 5, 2010, on Parkway Street. Charges of driving under the influence, duties at stop signs, and reckless driving were filed by Chief John Turcmanovich. According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Turcmanovich was dispatched to Parkway and West Bertsch Street for a traffic accident. Fire and ambulance crews were also called out.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jason Miller, 33, of 543 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 2010, at Ridge and Chestnut streets in that borough. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia were filed by Officer Jason Helmer. According to an affidavit of probable cause:

While on patrol, Helmer saw a gray sedan with two people inside illegally parked and blocking a garage in the 300 block of East Ridge Street for an extended period of time.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The ex-girlfriend of a Lansford man charged with killing his estranged wife, told a Carbon County jury that he once remarked that the only way he was going to get out of his marriage is by killing her.

That electric testimony occurred during the trial of Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, charged with criminal homicide and tampering with evidence in the death of Edwina Atieno Onyango, 34. State police charged that Freeby killed Onyango, a native of Kenya, in the basement of his home at 207 W. Bertsch St. on Dec. 9, 2007, and disposing of her body.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news With instructor Kevin Kuehner observing, John Halada, a sophomore in Carbon County Career & Technical Institute's Precision Machinery course, cycles through a program to check the set-up to carve a designer license plate into a -inch thick aluminum plate on a programable Bridgeport milling machine.

In a December 2011 survey of 3,000 manufacturing executives conducted by Cook Associated Executive Search, 85 percent see low-volume, high-precision, high-mix operations, automated manufacturing and engineered products requiring technology improvements or innovation as the primary forms of manufacturing returning to the States.

The good news is we're seeing an uptick in manufacturing in the U.S.

The bad news is we may not have enough skilled labor to meet the demand.