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Monday, August 11, 2014
Zachary Hess

Police have identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle crash that took place Friday along Route 54, just east of Shawn Avenue.

According to investigating officer Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, Zachary Hess, 28, Brockton, lost control of a Honda motorcycle and struck several trees.

Witnesses said they saw sparks coming from Hess's motorcycle before he crashed. Hess was not wearing a helmet.

Frederick said the crash is still under investigation.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The West Penn Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at the West Penn Park.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Becky Neymoyer, right, of West Penn Township, with her patriotic pal, Martha Moyer of Jim Thorpe, said that lines were always long at Dale's Concessions.

A record-breaking crowd helped make this year's Carbon County Fair the most successful in its history.

More than 50,000 visitors came out to support the 15th annual event held at the fairgrounds along Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

"This is the best year we've ever had," said Bob Silliman, fair president. "Every year we try new things that helps attract people."

Monday, August 11, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Emergency crews respond to the 200 block of Delaware Avenue just before 10:30 a.m. today for reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. One man was taken to the hospital for a head injury.

A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a vehicle this morning in Palmerton.

According to Palmerton Chief of Police, Randal Smith, Annette Wargo, 76, of Palmerton, was driving west on Delaware Avenue just before 10:30 a.m., when she struck Carl Eckhart of Palmerton, with the left side of her vehicle. Eckhart was standing somewhere in the middle of the street between 242-248 Delaware Ave., in the vicinity of Hager Furniture Co.

Eckhart's head struck Wargo's windshield.

Monday, August 11, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Bieniek escaped serious injury Saturday morning after he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe while driving along East White Bear Drive in Summit Hill.

A New Ringgold man escaped serious injury following a one-vehicle crash in Summit Hill over the weekend.

According to Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, John Bieniek, 47, of 41 Schuylkill Road, was traveling east along East White Bear Drive in the borough just after 7 a.m. Saturday when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.

Bieniek's vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe, went off the roadway, snapping a telephone utility pole and striking a tree.

Bieniek said he was not injured.

The Tahoe was towed from the scene by Krajcirik's Automotive and Towing in Lansford.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lansford Police are investigating a three-car crash that occurred last Thursday.

According to officer Chris Ondrus, Jason Seekins, 37, of 117 W. Ridge St., Coaldale, was driving a 2004 Subaru west on the 300 block of W. Abbott Street at at 10:38 p.m. Aug. 7 when he lost control and drove head on into a parked yellow 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The Cobalt was pushed onto a red 2007 Cobalt, both owned by Mike Rehatchek of Lansford.

Seekins told police he just had new tires installed and thought his alignment was off.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News A Gilbert woman was injured when she hit a utility pole on Route 209 on Sunday afternoon.

An elderly Monroe County woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Sunday.

State police at Lehighton said Nancy A. Green, 73, of Gilbert, was driving a 1991 Buick Regal southbound on Route 209 in Towamensing Township at 2:47 p.m. and approaching Hemlock Street.

Troopers said Green fell asleep at the wheel with the car traveling across Route 209 and going onto the berm, where it hit a utility pole.

The car came to rest on the road facing south.

Monday, August 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania State Police investigators confer Friday  after taking measurements at  J&J Sunoco in Tamaqua where a Tamaqua man was stunned by a police Taser and later died.

An in-depth autopsy Saturday has not yielded an answer in the death of a Tamaqua man Friday.

As a result, additional laboratory tests are underway, a process that could take weeks.

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III said Monday that an autopsy was conducted at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by forensic pathologist Dr. Barbara Bollinger, and more information is being gathered.

"We're still getting toxicology to see if there were any substances on board. We're also doing microscopic examination of the tissue," Moylan said.

Monday, August 11, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly woman was injured Monday morning after sun glare caused her to crash while driving along Route 309 in West Penn Township.

The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. as the victim, who has not yet been identified, was traveling south while climbing the Blue Mountain. The woman as well as many of the first responders were blinded by the rising sun and windshields that instantly fogged up with sudden temperature changes.

As the woman was climbing the mountain and lost her vision she drove into the rear of a car that had slowed down due to the sun glare.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Tamaqua man who made methamphetamine in the home where he lived with his girlfriend and six-month-old daughter will spend 16 months to three years behind bars.

Travis Boerner, 25, of Tamaqua, was charged by Tamaqua police with operating the meth lab, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of red phosphorus, endangering the welfare of children, and recklessly endangering another person. The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 22, 2013.