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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chestnuthill Township supervisors on Tuesday night heard concerns about a waiver needed to clean the Merwinsburg Hotel.

Nancy Christman, president of the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society, told the supervisors that she and the historical society members would not sign a waiver. The waiver is needed for the members to clean the Merwinsburg Hotel, which the township owns and is in the process of restoring.

"It's not that we don't want to clean the hotel. We do. We just don't want to sign something we don't understand," Christman said.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

After a lengthy executive session that included personnel and legal matters, Tamaqua Borough Council voted to hire Amy Macalush as the borough assistant secretary and treasurer at a rate of $18.75 per hour. She will start as soon as possible.

Council members Justin Startzel and Kerry Dowd-Lasky voted against the hiring, due to the proposed salary. Council also hired Shannon Boyer as a utility billing clerk at a rate of $13.50 per hour, to start on July 28. Boyer's hiring was unanimously approved.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mahoning Township Police are investigating this two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Spring Hill and Jamestown roads.

Mahoning Township Police investigated a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Spring Hill and Jamestown roads.

At 11:25 a.m. on June 22, Jacqueline Heydt of Nesquehoning was driving south on Spring Hill Road in a Scion when she crossed over the center of the road, striking a northbound Ford F-150 driven by Steven Mekilo of Mahoning Township.

Both drivers were belted, and multiple airbags deployed.

Heydt suffered a minor injury and declined medical transport from the scene.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A 10-year-old girl who went missing from her Summit Hill home at about 11 a.m.Tuesday was found safe just a few blocks away three hours later.

Brandi Barbera was spotted leaning against a car at Fell and Pine Street by a couple driving past.

The couple, Timothy and Heather Heffelfinger of Summit Hill, had seen the news on Facebook about her disappearance.
She was living in a foster care home in Summit Hill for about three weeks.

Her foster father, Steve Stone, said she left after getting angry. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Emergency crews are searching in Summit Hill for a 10-year-old mentally challenged girl who is missing from her foster home.

Crews have been searching since shortly after 11 a.m.

The girl, Brandi Barbera, left her home after arguing with another foster child.

She is petite with light brown hair, is wearing a purple shirt, orange shorts and black and white sneakers. She is described as combative, and kicks and bites. She has been living in the area for only about three weeks.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Florida man, formerly of Easton, was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on a theft charge.

He was one of three defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal counts sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Penn Forest bank

Michael Steven Jopling, 44, of Tampa, was sentenced to serve 14 to 28 months in a state correctional institution of a charge of theft by deception, a felony.

Jopling was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident at the Jim Thorpe National Bank branch office in Penn Forest Township.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Schuylkill County prison inmates have filed a federal civil rights suit, saying they are not being given enough food and that commissary snacks are overpriced.

The suit, which asks for $1.5 million to be divvied up among the inmates for their "pain and suffering," that a new kitchen contractor be hired and that commissary snack prices be reduced, was filed May 20 in U.S. District Court, Scranton.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Danielsville man was killed when the garbage truck he was driving plowed into other vehicles in a construction zone on Interstate 80 in Columbia County.

The accident happened at 1:11 p.m. Monday.

State Police at Bloomsburg said William J. Boettinger, 60, was traveling westbound on Interstate 80, driving in the right-hand travel lane.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says four-year undergraduate students enrolled at the main campuses at the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State pay more for tuition than students at any other publicly-funded schools in the country.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/TzmF6K ) says the department's newest College Affordability and Transparency list shows Pitt main campus students pay $16,590 annually while Penn State main campus students pay $16,444.