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Friday, December 13, 2013

Carbon County is planning to reduce the parking fee in its county lot in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to advertise an amendment to the parking ordinance of the lot. The amendment, which Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard outlined, will include a rate reduction on weekends.

For the complete story, grab a copy of today's Times News.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18

A teenager who police said brought a fully loaded replica revolver to Jim Thorpe Area High School is back in Philadelphia while he awaits court action.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, who lived in a ChildFirst Services Inc. group home in Albrightsville when he brought the gun to school on Nov. 27, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
TIMES NEWS file photo Bhaskarbhai Patel

Charges against the former owner of a Bowmanstown convenience store accused of the indecent assault of a customer have been dismissed after the alleged victim failed to show up for court.

Bhaskarbhai Patel, 49, of Ben Salem, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But the alleged victim never showed up for the hearing. However, the dismissal gives the commonwealth the opportunity to refile the charges at a later date.

Patel faced charges of indecent assault and harassment.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School's Leo Club members Nina Giambalvo, president, and Rosana Ponce, tell Mrs. Santa Claus (Joyce Castillo of the Western Pocono Lioness Club) what they would like for Christmas, while Elizabeth Bartos, 7, tells Santa Claus (Joseph Malocheski) what she hopes to find under the tree at the Western Pocono Women's Club's annual Breakfast for Santa held at Salem UCC in Gilbert.

LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Thursday, December 12, 2013

(AP) It may be difficult for Banks Township residents to address the township's board of supervisors at their next public meeting.

That's because the board has scheduled its next public meeting for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, some 80 miles outside the township.

Township Solicitor Joseph A. Woitko said this week the relocation is taking place for safety reasons, claiming Chairman Walter Bobowski has received a death threat, something minority Supervisor Rick Porpiglia questions.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Christopher Czapla, Tamaqua Area Middle School principal, has announced the middle school Students of the Month for November. The students include: Alexandria Davis, eighth grade; Cory

Cunningham, eighth grade; Emma Kuczynski, sixth grade; John Buchala, seventh grade; Ethan Turrano, sixth grade; and Shelly Valentine, seventh grade.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sherry Sernak, principal at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, presents toys and gifts which were collected at the school for the Toys for Tots program to Joe Balogach, member of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626.

A member of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 was out and about on Wednesday picking up toys for the annual Toys for Tots distribution at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton.

Joe Balogach, member, is only one of the many former Marines who take part in this annual event which helps so many children have a better Christmas.

Balogach said that this year the MCL will be serving 600 families with toys.

In Carbon County, 460 families are registered, with 160 families registered in Schuylkill County.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A total of 12 defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Paul Leslie, 41, of Lansford, was arrested on Aug. 15, by Lehighton police in the area of E. Bridge St. Police attempted to stop Leslie, who was operating a motorcycle, near SR443 for erratic driving. However, he fled and led police on a short chase which ended with Leslie crashing his bike into a guard rail.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Christopher Czapla has announced Students of the Month for October. The students include: Michael Minchoff, sixth grade; Sarah Maue, seventh grade; Brooke Zellner, eighth grade; Michael Kostecky, eighth grade. Missing from the photo are Miracle Fisher, sixth grade; and Hunter Knepper,

seventh grade.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Band Director Mark Beltz displays a Tamaqua band uniform. The school board is considering the purchase of new uniforms.

The Tamaqua School Board appears ready to buy new uniforms for its band. The board viewed uniform samples, presented by band director Mark Beltz, and reviewed the three bids they've received. They'll vote on the matter during the board meeting Dec. 17.

During his presentation to the board, Beltz laid out three uniform samples and a plumed cap on a desk. One of the three samples was a current uniform, in use since 2001. The lowest bidder for the 175 uniforms is DeMoulin Brothers, Greenville, Ill., at $67,408.