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Thursday, March 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from 12 companies battle a raging fire at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street in Slatington Wednesday afternoon. Both homes were gutted as a result of the fire.

A fierce three-alarm fire gutted two homes and damaged three others in Slatington Wednesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, but 14 people were displaced as a result of the outbreak that occurred just after noon.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said firefighters were called to a fire in two attached homes at 560 and 562 W. Franklin St.

Weaver said the dwelling fire extended into two additional homes at 554 and 556 W. Franklin, which sustained severely damaged attics.

A fifth residence, a separate home at 566 W. Franklin, had minor damage, Weaver said.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area School District/Penn Kidder Campus eighth grader Annamarie Fiducia, center, displays her certificate that she received from the Penn Kidder Lions Club by being named Student of The Month for the month of March. She was accompanied to a breakfast meeting of the Lions by her parents Keelie, left; and Paul.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Delano and Ryan Township firefighters responded to a dumpster fire Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. at the Locust Valley Bar and Grill located at 151 Locust Lake Road in Barnesville, Ryan Township. It is still under investigation. This was one of a several emergency calls firefighters responded to Wednesday.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the tribute to John "Sonny" Kovatch and the Kovatch family at CCTI Wednesday were Anthony Demarco, left, Joint Operating Committee Chair; Kathy Reaman, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; Judy Lebo, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; John Kovatch III, Sonny Kovatch's son; David Reinbold; CCTI Administrative Director, and Helen Kovatch, Sonny Kovatch's wife.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute awarded the Kovatch family of Nesquehoning with a proclamation honoring the late John 'Sonny' Kovatch Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. The Kovatch family was also invited to have lunch with members of the administration at CCTI's Harvest Café.

John 'Sonny' Kovatch Jr. was the founder of KME Kovatch. KME is known for giving to the community, including CCTI.

"They (KME) donate to CCTI financially and they offer co-op positions to the students," stated CCTI Joint Operating Committee member, Andrew Yenser. "They really support the school."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Allentown Diocese Bishop John O. Barres will present $1,000 scholarships to 114 eighth grade students from Catholic elementary schools who will attend one of the diocesan high schools in the Fall, during the Annual Bishop's Scholar Society Awards Ceremony to take place on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at Alvernia College, Reading.

Included among the scholarship recipients are 16 students who will attend Marian High School, Hometown, and two students who will attend Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

At midnight tonight the operation of Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) will be taken over by the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority consisting of nine members, in action taken by the county commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A resolution was adopted which terminated the current management contract between the county and ReDCo at midnight and all operations related to the coordinated public transit bus line be handled and administered by the SCTA which was formed last fall.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person fails to complete the program, or is revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic were:

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A firefighter's pickup truck comes to rest after it crashed into a PPL utility pole while returning from a fire Wednesday.

A section of fire hose fell off the back of a fire truck Wednesday morning and caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 11 a.m. along SR1005 (Burma Road), a quarter-mile south of SR1008 (Morea Road), in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Paul David Hillibush Jr., 37, of Barnesville, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck behind a Delano Fire Company truck when a section of hose fell onto the road from the back of the truck.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Two area women were among 14 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court recently and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin as follows:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and unlawful retraint in Carbon County court on Tuesday. He was one of 13 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

East Penn incident

George Thomas Anger, 48, pleaded to two counts each of indecent assault and unlawful restraint/involuntary servitide, and one of false imprisonment.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident that occurred on Sept. 19, 2010, in East Penn Township.