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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County, effective Friday, Aug. 8, because of safe bacterial counts in water samples from Aug. 6.

The swimming area was closed Wednesday after samples showed high bacterial counts in the water.

On Thursday, Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for DCNR, said the cause of the bacteria has not been determined, but there have been no reports of any swimmers becoming ill after swimming in the lake.

Friday, August 8, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge are searching for two Hispanic males in a gray and blue four-door Sedan.

The men are wanted in connection with an attempted child luring incident in the Birches Development, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Police said the men drove up to two children around 3 p.m. on Aug. 1 and asked them if they wanted a ride.

The make, model and registration of the vehicle are unknown.

One of the men, police said, had a "widow's peak" hairline.

Anyone with information is asked to call 570-646-2271.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mahoning Township Police are requesting assistance in locating a wanted person.  

Dillon Hontz last known to have resided in Jim Thorpe has been charged with Theft for taking gun at a residence in Nis Hollow.  The stolen firearm was recovered by police in Burlington County, New Jersey.  

Anyone with information on Dillon’s whereabouts is asked to call 570-386-2241 or 570-325-9111.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Brodheadsville man faces charges of possessing and distributing crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Jose Hernandez-Tirado, 34, faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

Police said Hernandez-Tirado distributed the cocaine in 2013.

Charges, filed Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court in Scranton, came after an investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration special agents, Homeland Security investigators, Pennsylvania State Police, the Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and Berks County detectives.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.

Jon Hildebrand said he was stunned when one of the French-speaking men kicked the squirrel over the edge and into the air. He later posted his video on YouTube, and it went viral.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Colleen Baez, front, of Lansford, leads the conga line at Kennedy Park in Lansford as part of Lansford Alive's Music in the Park festivities.

As part of Lansford Alive's Music in the Park summer series, residents of Lansford and the surrounding communities recently enjoyed an evening of music, dancing, games and fellowship on a beautiful summer's evening.

DJ Rosie Hamm of Rockin' with Rosie provided music and games for the crowd.

The free event was held in Kennedy Park in Lansford.

This was the third and final event for the summer and Lansford Alive hopes to do it again next year.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

VIZIO has issued a recall on approximately 245,000 39- and 42-Inch E-Series Flat Panel televisions after receiving 51 reports of televisions unexpectedly tipping over.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, VIZIO has stated that the stand assembly can fail and cause the television to tip over, posing a risk of impact injury if anyone is near it at the time.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

AmeriHealth Northeast's annual Children's Art Contest encourages young membersto express themselves creatively, boosts self-esteem and promotes health awareness. This year's theme featured drawings about what the family does to keep healthy. This year's winner, Darian Johnson from East Penn Elementary School, proudly shows his winning entry.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
CASSANDRA JONES/Special to the Times news Meg Walker of PPL; Bonnie Fisher of Wegmans; Amy Bartholomew of United Way; Andrew Steele of Wegmans; prize winner Nolan LeBlanc; Phillip St. James and Kelly Gooley, both of United Way; and Sarah Cooke of PPL watch as LeBlanc is presented with a $10,000 check Wednesday at the Allentown Wegmans.

What would most people do if they won $10,000 worth of food? Keep it? Share the food with family?

For Lehighton resident and PPL project manager Nolan LeBlanc, the answer was easy. He plans on donating a majority of his winnings to local food banks and organizations helping to feed homeless children in Allentown.

LeBlanc was presented Wednesday with a symbolic big check for $10,000 worth of groceries from the Allentown Wegmans.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

For the sixth time this summer, Beltzville State Park closed its waters to swimming due to high bacterial counts in a sample taken on Monday. The closing was effective Wednesday morning.

According to Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, "it's a pre-emptive safety move."

He said that there have been no reports of swimmers becoming sick, so it is not necessary to close the park for the remainder of the summer.