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Monday, September 19, 2011

Lansford police nabbed a Lehighton man for allegedly carrying a handgun with altered serial numbers in his car.

The man, Kareem Diamonte Sanders, 18, also did not have a license to carry the gun, a .22 caliber Jennings J22 handgun.

He faces five charges: possession of a firearm with altered manufacturer's numbers, firearms not to be carried without a license, both felonies; false identity and giving false identification to law enforcement, both misdemeanors, and carrying a loaded weapon, a summary.

Monday, September 19, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

As smoke seeps through broken windows, Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. pauses to assess damage to the White Diner, an area landmark that dates back to 1932. The diner was built from original trolley cars from the Tamaqua and Lansford Street Railway system. The building also incorporates elements of a former gas station.

Monday, September 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bill Wartz, a member of the Ryan Township EMS Rescue Squad Dive Team, takes off his oxygen after retrieving the man from the water.

An 18-year-old male from Lenhartsville, Berks County, died Sunday afternoon in the Tuscarora Lake at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

According to two of the victim's friends who were also at the park, Gicardo Jeanbaptiste went under the water at about 5:30 p.m. and never resurfaced.

Stephen Zakrewsky of Mahanoy City was at the lake with his dog when he was approached by one of the victim's friends.

"He came running to me and said his friend was in the water and asked me to get help," Zakrewsky said.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted from Sept. 19-26 throughout Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Monday, September 19, 2011

St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center provides a team of experienced and skilled cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists. The team is passionate and committed to providing patients with unique heart care solutions.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Having a safe alternative to "Trick or Treat" is the emphasis for the third annual Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Halloween Spooktacular Party.

Elementary children (12 years of age or younger) in the Lehighton Area School District are invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Candy, treats, "goolish" fun and games, are all on the agenda.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news Motorcycle lies in front of a Jeep Cherokee after Sunday night's accident in Ryan Township. Driver of the bike, Jeffrey Donnelly, later died in the hospital.

A Barnesville motorcyclist was killed Sunday night in a crash with a Jeep along State Road, near Church Road, in Ryan Township, in which alcohol may have been a factor.

State police at Frackville identified the victim as Jeffrey Donnelly, 51.

According to troopers, Edward O'Boyle, 38, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee northbound and negotiating a right curve about 7:04 p.m. Troopers said Donnelly was driving a Yamaha motorcycle southbound and negotiating a left curve.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Zions Lutheran Church, Third and Fell streets, Weatherly, will have a special service to honor the many people in the area who give of themselves by volunteering their time and talent to the citizens of the area through the many varied service organizations on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m.

The church is inviting any member of a volunteer organization to participate. Zions feels that it is important to recognize the individuals and groups who are often unsung for their contribution in making life a little simpler, easier and safer for the people of the community.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call, fax or email the hosting agency.

PA State Fire Convention: Free trainings starting Sept. 22. Contact Lake Harmony Fire Department at (570) 722-8138.

NEPRCTTF Mass DECON: Oct. 1, 8 a.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

NIMS-700: Oct. 8, 8 a.m. at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA.

Blood Borne Pathogens: Oct. 15, 8 a.m. at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA.

Monday, September 19, 2011
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sabrina Hill was killed when her car struck a tree in Walker Township.

A Schuylkill County teen, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, was killed in a one-vehicle crash late Friday night. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 10 p.m. along Wildcat Road, in Walker Township.

Troopers said Sabrina Hill, 17, of New Ringgold, was driving a 2001 Saturn SCI southbound and negotiating a slight turn when the car crossed over into the northbound lane and onto the berm. The car's front end then collided into a tree.