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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Freedom Community Church, Lehighton, invites the public to a free Easter Pancake Breakfast from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth Street, Lehighton.

There will be candy and crafts for the children and giveaways for the adults.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers at 610-714-9834 or on the web at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kidder Township burglary suspect Erick James Rivera, 22, leaves the office of District Judge Joseph D. Homanko in Weatherly, after being arraigned on charges that he allegedly stole copper pipes from nine Lake Harmony residences. Kidder Township Chief of Police Matthew R. Kuzma is walking with Rivera.

A Kidder Township man has been charged with breaking into nine homes in Lake Harmony and stealing copper water pipes.

Erick James Rivera, 22, of 136 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, was arraigned Monday afternoon before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly.

He was charged with nine counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and possessing instruments of crime.

Homanko set bail at $10,000 straight per incident, or a total of $90,000. In lieu of the bail, Rivera was lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Lake Harmony man was arraigned Monday afternoon and charged with stealing copper tubing from nine homes in the Lake Harmony area.

Erick James Rivera, 22, of 136 N. Lake Dr., was committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $90,000 straight bail.
He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly.

Corporal Neil T. Yurchak of the Kidder Township Police Department said the value of the copper stolen was "just shy of $12,000."

Monday, March 31, 2014

An inquest jury found today that a Schuylkill County inmate died of an accidental overdose.

An inmate housed with Matthew Koncsler testified at an inquest into Koncsler's death said he saw Koncsler snort crushed medications in the cel.

James Landron Jr.  of Reading also testified Koncsler was slipped cigarettes beneath the cell door by other inmates Koncsler knew.

"I seen him snort pills, " Landron said.

Monday, March 31, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have agreed to a request that an ailing former Pennsylvania senator in a federal prison on corruption charges to be temporarily released for an examination by his own doctors.

Attorneys for 85-year-old Raphael Musto say he has cancer and may have as little as two months to live.

Musto was being evaluated at a North Carolina federal medical facility after a judge in January declared him mentally unfit to stand trial.

Monday, March 31, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials in southeastern Pennsylvania say smoking in bed is to blame for a fire that has left 20 people homeless.

Chester County Fire Marshal Harrison Holt also said Monday that the fire in Phoenixville caused $300,000 in damage.

It took firefighters an hour to bring the blaze under control early Sunday at the multi-unit building, which consisted of three attached row homes.

No one was hurt.

Monday, March 31, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An umpire's call was overturned Monday for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe.

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the sixth-inning play at Miller Park in the season opener won by Milwaukee, 2-0. Braun was originally called safe at first base by umpire Greg Gibson on a leadoff infield single fielded by third baseman Chris Johnson.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tamaqua Area School Board last night approved a $450,000 bond issue, authorized $24,500 for asbestos removal from the swimming pool area, and accepted the resignation of board member Andrew Tuzinski.

Board President Harry Everhart also announced plans to seek an early contract with the Tamaqua teachers.

The bond issue will finance a major renovation program mostly at the senior high school.

Monday, March 31, 2014
SS. Peter and Paul's Lithuanian Catholic Church of Tamaqua.

Two Tamaqua houses of worship with a combined total of 284 years of service to the community will merge on July 1 into a new church known as St. John XXIII Parish.

Parishioners learned Saturday that SS. Peter and Paul Church and the Church of St. Jerome will be consolidated under one clergyman.

The Rev. William Linkchorst, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul's, advised parishioners Saturday he will retire. Linkchorst made the announcement during regular service.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Diocese of Allentown said plans for consolidation of two Tamaqua churches have been under discussion for a long time and the time has come, according to a statement issued by spokesman Matt Kerr.

In a letter from Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres read at all Masses this weekend in Tamaqua, it was announced that effective July 1, 2014, St. Jerome and SS. Peter and Paul Parishes will merge and become the new St. John XXIII Parish.