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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring, left, and Nesquehoning Chief of Police Sean Smith investigate a one-car crash which occurred Monday on Route 54 near the Carbon/Schuylkill line. Brian Rivera, 22, of Coaldale, was seriously injured in the accident and was flown by PennSTAR helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.

It took about 30 minutes for rescue crews to free a man trapped in his car following a single-vehicle accident along SR54 in Nesquehoning yesterday.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a vehicle accident with entrapment. When rescue crews arrived, they used hydraulic tools to extricate 22-year-old Brian Rivera of Coaldale, from his car, a blue 2004 Mazda 6.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

During a meeting Monday, West Penn supervisors tabled adopting the township's Act 537 plan. The township began working on the plan in 2003 (see Act 537 Plan timeline).

In a related action, the supervisors also tabled adoption of the On-lot Sewage Facility Maintenance Ordinance.

Along with Walker Township, the supervisors had held a public hearing on the Act 537 plan last Monday. Citizens who attended the meeting had concern about the On-lot Sewage Facility Maintenance ordinance, specifically, the time frame for scheduled system pumping.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Former State Senator Sean Logan of Monroeville, was unanimously confirmed to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission yesterday by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Logan on June 13 to fill the vacated seat of former State Senator J. William Lincoln. Logan testified June 26 before the Senate Transportation Committee and was unanimously reported to the full Senate. He will attend his first meeting as a turnpike commissioner on July 16 in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Florida man was sentenced to a jail term on Monday in Carbon County court for driving under the influence (DUI).

Ricky Lamar Mcfarland, 55, of Pompano Beach, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 10 days to one day less 24 months in prison. He was fined $500 and had his license suspended for a year. Additionally, he must render 50 hours of community service, pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision feel while on parole.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Independence Day is typically a time for barbecues, family gatherings, and celebrating the birth of our nation, however, for many travelers this holiday it may end in tragedy.

According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4 is now the deadliest day on the road for all Americans.

In the U.S., car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
CAJETAN BERGER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ryan Kinsey and Tommy Correa give Albrightsville resident Nicholas Weber, 9, and his grandmother Catherine Weber a tour of a Lake Harmony ambulance at the Health and Wellness Fair at Pine Point Plaza on Saturday.

Coordinated Health and Carrigan's Pharmacy have joined forces to provide free and consistent educational seminars, blood pressure tests, and body mass index screenings at the Pine Point Plaza on Route 903.

They celebrated the partnership by organizing a Health and Wellness Fair this past Friday and Saturday. The fair was a collaborative effort between the businesses in Pine Point Plaza, the Lake Harmony Ambulance and Fire Company, and the newly opened Penn-Kidder Library Center, which celebrated its grand opening as part of the fair.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Individuals who are in need of community service hours are welcome to join the fair board members and volunteers on the following dates at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays: July 13, July 20, July 27 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 and 12. Volunteers are reminded to bring paperwork requiring verification to each session. There are a variety tasks that can be performed to prepare for this year's event.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Are these flooded picnic tables at the Kresgeville Deli & General Store a portent for what our 4th of July will be like? Will the rainy forecast wash out your picnic celebration of America's 237th year of independence? Almost two inches of rain fell yesterday, flooding several places throughout the West End of Monroe County and the Palmerton area.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive, West, Lehighton, will host Vacation Bible School Kingdom Chronicles, July 8-12 from 6:30-8:45 p.m. There is no charge.

Children ages 3 by Aug. 31, through those attending 12th grade are invited to attend for Bible adventures, songs, games, fellowship, crafts and food.

The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443. For more information, call (570) 386-4547.