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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A female juvenile in Monroe County was jailed on Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed another female juvenile with a pair of scissors at a school bus stop.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 3:26 p.m. along SR115 at Arthur Way.

Police received a call for a fight in progress with injuries and were later informed that scissors were involved.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Victor Izzo/SPECIAL TO THE Times News North Carolina driver and new hill climb record holder George Bowland receives the Charles W. Potter, M.D. Memorial Award at the conclusion of the event. Pictured at the presentation are, from left, Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors, Dr. Potter's daughter Becky Potter Gregory, Bowland, and Joe Cyburt, councilman and president of the Weatherly Hill Climb Association.

There's a new "King of the Hill" for the Weatherly Hill Climb as George Bowland from North Carolina won the event with a record time of 47.17 seconds.

That smashed the old hill record which was held by Ron "Sammy" Moreck of Larksville, Luzerne County, with a time of 48.515 seconds set in 1998.

Approximately 90 cars from throughout the country competed on the 1.1 mile course during the two day event which was sponsored by Fairway Subaru of Hazleton and co-sponsored by DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton (DBI).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Franklin Township supervisors last night rescinded the motion to oppose a traffic signal at the intersection of Harrity Road and Route 209.

Supervisors had made the motion at the June meeting not to allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to install the light because of potential maintenance costs.

The light was proposed for the area as part of the Harrity bridge replacement project.

According to Sandra Gaumer, supervisors will also be responsible for painting the intersection, plus annual costs for inspection of the signal, which costs about $643.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A habitual offender of the state vehicle code was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Raymond P. Desrosiers Jr., 47, of Weatherly, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve 60 to 120 days in prison on the charge and 60 days in jail on a charge of driving under suspension-DUI related. The prison terms run concurrently.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the Mahoning Valley Ambulance EMTs and board members accepting the new 2010 Chevrolet PL Custom Duramax Diesel ambulance were, from left, Evelyn Exner, secretary and board member; Robert Miller, treasurer and board member; Lewis Exner, president and board member; Todd Dotter of Spitler Vehicle Specialties of Montoursville; Jon Deibert, staff; Michelle Bisbing, PHRN; Johnette Lenik, EMT, board member; Phil Liszka, board member; and Norm Wetzel, board member.

Amid little fanfare, Mahoning Valley Ambulance personnel proudly welcomed their brand new ambulance last Friday, just as the weekly bingo game was held at the ambulance building.

The timing was only fitting since it was through various fundraisers, such as bingo games, that Mahoning was able to help pay for the custom-ordered $176,000 vehicle. The group also relied on the funds from renting out the hall for banquets, weddings and other events.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A proposed land development in Mahoning Township got the green light from the Carbon County Planning Commission recently.

During the monthly meeting of the planning commission on Tuesday, the board unanimously voted to recommend plan approval to Daniel and Jennifer Steigerwalt, for their plan to renovate an old home, located at the intersection of Blakeslee Boulevard West and Mill Road.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Jarred Kane Klager, 22, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 11 to 23 months in prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-crack cocaine.

Klager was arrested by agents of the state attorney general's office at his residence on Feb. 5. Agents served a warrant after a continuing investigation into drug trafficking.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski today announced that 157 individuals have been invited to begin training Monday to become Pennsylvania state troopers.

"These cadets will receive 28 weeks of intense classroom and physical training," Pawlowski said. "Those who complete this training will join an organization with a long record of distinguished service to the citizens of the commonwealth."

The state police worked with Gov. Edward G. Rendell to ensure there would be a cadet class this year despite the state's budget deficit.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
TIMES NEWS PHOTO BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH

Pictured are before and after photos of 200-202 East Broad Street in Tamaqua. Currently, the building is occupied by AAA Travel on left and the Tamaqua Times News Branch Office on the right. AAA moved into the building in 1972 and the Times News moved in sometime after. The older pictured was taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s when Genetti's Super Center occupied both sides of the building. If you look close, you'll notice that some of the women are wearing jackets and wedgie heel sandals.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School Board has not acted on the request of a West Penn Township parent to change a school district bus stop at Mush Dahl Road and Chain Circle.

AnnMarie Helsley, who resides on Mush Dahl Road, addressed the board about the safety of the stop during its committee meetings on Sept. 14. She said she has children who are special needs students.