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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A sign marks the entrance to the ChildFirst facility on Route 903 in Albrightsville.

A teenager who brought an air-propelled replica revolver loaded with metal bullets to school last week was under the supervision of a social services agency.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, remains in Carbon County prison under $100,000 straight cash bail after bringing the Black Ops Airsoft revolver, loaded with six metal bullets, to Jim Thorpe Area High School on Nov. 27.

The address listed for Johnson on an affidavit of probable cause, filed by Jim Thorpe Detective Lee Marzen, is 2605 State Route 903, Albrightsville. The address is that of ChildFirst Services Inc.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Police are looking for the public's help to solve a six-year-old murder that happened on the first day of hunting season.

Between 9-10 a.m. Dec. 4, 2007, Lee Vanluvender was murdered on Hypsy Gap Road in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County. His body was found in the parking area next to the one-lane bridge.

Police said Vanluvender, 22, of Bartonsville, was driving a gold colored Jeep Cherokee with oversized tires.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Faith Alive Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is presenting a Christmas cantata "Down From his Glory: The Love Story of Christmas," at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Terry ahner/Times NEWS The Christmas trees in Palmerton Borough Park, which were knocked over by vandals, are upright now and ready for the celebration on Saturday.

Over a handful of Christmas trees in the Palmerton Borough Park were the target of vandalism within hours after they were set up over the weekend.

Seven of the 48 trees set up on Saturday in preparation for the Christmas in the Park program this coming weekend were knocked over, and three were thrown into the creek.

Word of the vandalism was posted by Christmas in the Park Committee chairperson Michele O'Neill on her Facebook page. She said more than 30 people came on Saturday to help get the event under way, and added that decorating began on Sunday.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Carbon County woman entered a guilty plea to a drug count on Monday in county court.

Vanessa M. Zapotosky, 23, of Junedale, Banks Township, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. In a plea bargain charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and persistent disorderly conduct were dropped.

She was arrested on June 24 at her home at 8 W. Main St., when state police at Hazleton responded to the residence for an active domestic incident. While investigating the domestic incident troopers found heroin in the home.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating the discharge of a firearm in Nesquehoning. The incident took place on Monday in the area behind Maple Shade Meadows Senior Living Center.

Cory Bentzoni, conservation officer for Carbon County, has reported that the investigation has led to a 14-year-old juvenile who accidentally discharged his rifle, hitting two vehicles.

Bentzoni's said initial investigation has determined that the shooting was not intentional and the youth was not shooting at a deer at the time the shot was fired.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club presented a check to Michael Spairana, right, fire chief of the Bowmanstown Fire Company. The presentation was made by Norman "Junior" Engle, a Lion and president of the fire company as well; Wayne Engle; and Ray Nunnemacher, president of the Lions. The $1,000 will go toward the $5,000 needed to replace the set of six tires on the pumper. The truck recently had a blowout.

The Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club presented a check to Michael Spairana, right, fire chief of the Bowmanstown Fire Company. The presentation was made by Norman "Junior" Engle, a Lion and president of the fire company as well; Wayne Engle; and Ray Nunnemacher, president of the Lions. The $1,000 will go toward the $5,000 needed to replace the set of six tires on the pumper. The truck recently had a blowout.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS From left, Kirsten and Gary Smith, Tamaqua, and Mike Price, Global Real Estate Solutions, Stroudsburg.

It happened the way it happens for too many couples. Somebody gets hurt, and there's no health insurance. They struggle along on one person's salary.

They scrimp, dropping cable and Internet, keeping the heat low, stretching dollars at the grocery store and conserving hot water. Despite their best efforts, they begin to fall behind on their bills.

And one morning there's a knock at the door, and it's a guy with stunning bad news.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System, in collaboration with Eastcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center and the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley, will offer a free workshop from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

The workshop will involve discussions about metastatic melanoma and advanced basal cell carcinoma, as well as treatment options, clinical trials and key considerations.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A 33-year-old Kresgeville man reportedly shot and killed himself in front of police in Catasauqua.

Michael Ferriello, of 216 Paw Paw Drive, was pronounced dead at 6:34 a.m. Monday in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grimm said the coroner's office and the Catasauqua Police Department are conducting the investigation.

The apparent suicide happened at about 5:56 a.m. Monday at Howertown Road and Wood Street in Catasauqua.

According to police, they received reports of shots fire in the area shortly before that time.