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Friday, September 9, 2011

A Lansford councilman faces charges of receiving stolen property after allegedly buying two firearms that had been taken in a burglary in the borough.

Andrew M. Snyder, 43, of 28 Cortright St., was charged on Sept. 1 by state police at Lehighton where he had been stationed as a state trooper with two counts of receiving stolen property and firearm ownership-duty of other persons. He was released on $2,000 unsecured bail.

Friday, September 9, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A bridge linking Ash Circle to Route 895 in West Penn Township was closed Thursday when the Lizard Creek flooded. Traffic trying to find a detour from a closed section of Route 309 was backed up at both the Ash Circle and Ridge Road bridges.

Residents of a neighborhood along Ash Circle, Ridge Road and Lime Kiln Drive in West Penn Township found it tough to get into or out of their neighborhood Thursday afternoon when days of heavy rain caused Lizard Creek to overflow its banks and flood two bridges that provide access to Route 895. The bridge at Ash Circle and Route 895 was opened in the evening.

Worse flooding closed the bridge at Ridge Road and Route 895, where deep water covered a large area of roadway.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Over-60 Club meeting will be held at noon on Sept. 20 at the Palmerton Borough Hall, 401 Delaware Avenue.

The program will entail a business meeting and a social visiting.

Friday, September 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lizard Creek's overflowing waters washed out guard rails on Ash Circle at water levels continued to rise.

Lizard Creek's overflowing waters washed out guard rails on Ash Circle at water levels continued to rise.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pine Hill Road near the intersection of SR309 was closed after waters of a nearby stream completely flooded the area and nearby businesses.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

School road just off SR309 in West Penn township was closed to traffic after a usually small stream flooded the roadway during Thursday's storm.

Friday, September 9, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Janene Holter recently spoke to Weatherly Area High School students about the dangers and implications of Cyber-Bullying. Holter is a Senior Supervisory Special Agent from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Michael Kaspszyk, Eldred Township solicitor, reported that the Environmental Hearing Board dismissed Blue Mountain Preservation Association, Inc.'s appeal against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection and Alpine Rose Resorts, Inc. As stated by Bernard A. Labuskes, Jr., judge, "The Board holds that the Department's (DEP) issuance of a new NPDES permit for post-construction storm water discharges that was revised following an earlier remand by the Board complied with antidegradation requirements."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Although the Schuylkill County Courthouse building sits on top of one of the seven hills which comprise of the City of Pottsville, it was closed Thursday morning because of flood conditions in the county.

County Commissioner Mantur Gallagher met with President Judge William E. Baldwin and at first considered a delay but as flood waters continued to rise, on advise of the county's Emergency Management Center, a decision was made to close.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

PennDOT closed Mountain Road in Washington Township Wednesday when the road became impassible because of heavy rains.