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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) north from Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and south from Pocono (Exit 95) should be prepared for slow-moving traffic and a stoppage of no more than 20 minutes between 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., today, Jan. 14.

The stoppage, scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. will allow the demolition of the rock slope adjacent to the northbound Turnpike without jeopardizing worker and motorist safety.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Walck

The person identified as the "stabber" in a Lansford attempted homicide incident was sentenced to a long state prison term along with another co-defendant in the case.

Steven Allen Walck, 28, and Jennifer Steigerwalt, 36, both of Lansford, were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass on Monday for their part in the attack on Christopher M. Herman, 28, of 115 E. Snyder Ave., Lansford, where the incident occurred on Oct. 21, 2011. The two previously entered guilty pleas to the charges.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Coaldale borough council expects to meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 to again consider its 2014 budget. The meeting will be held at borough hall, 221 Third St.

Council at a Jan. 7 reorganization meeting voted to reopen the spending plan. Currently, the budget keeps the property tax rate at 25.040 mills, the same as last year.

That means the owner of a home assessed for taxes at $25,000 would pay $626 in borough property tax.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Two men, who previously entered guilty pleas, were sentenced on drug and other criminal counts Monday in Carbon County court by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Jim Thorpe incident

Anthony M. Capriglione, 24, of Albrightsville, was sentenced to serve a total of six to one day less 24 months in the county prison followed by two years of probation.

Capriglione was arrested on Dec. 8, 2012, by Jim Thorpe police for an incident in the area of Leffler's Service station along Front St. Police responded to the area to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The following were sentenced in Schuylkill County Court to state prison.

Alicia Marie Rivera, 28, Freemansburg, who was cited by Trooper Scott Grochowski for smuggling 16 packets of heroin into the state correctional facility in Mahanoy Township, was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller for possession of controlled substance contraband, to serve two to four years in a state correctional facility, fined $500, and ordered to make restitution of $176 to Bethlehem Regional Lab.

She had pleaded guilty to the charge.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blue Mountain Vineyards will be host to a wine tasting mixer this evening.

The event is coordinated by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce – regional partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber).

There is a $12 cost per person, which includes a $5 voucher off a purchase of wine that evening, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) One person is dead and at least two others are injured after a fiery crash along a busy highway in northeastern Pennsylvania. The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Monday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 78 at the Pennsylvania state line in Williams Township, Northampton County. Pennsylvania State Police say the driver of a car was stopped at the toll booth when a ShopRite tractor-trailer came through and hit the car, which got lodged under the truck and caught fire. Authorities said the driver of the car died.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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A portion of Route 248 was closed temporarily this afternoon due to debris on the side of the roadway. Eastbound 248, just outside Palmerton, was closed for a short while as state Department of Transportation workers cleaned up the debris.

Monday, January 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

In his homily, Francis called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The 2014 budget for Schuylkill County Court and court related offices runs into millions of dollars and includes a 3 percent cost of living pay increase for staff employees and clerical staffs.

Estimated cost of operation of the six courtrooms is $408,660, a 1.93 percent increase over 2013.

Costs include the salary of staff for President Judge William E. Baldwin, which is $99,350; Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, $93,380; Judge John E. Domalakes, $79,043; Judge Jacqueline Russell, $81,208; Judge Charles M. Miller, $77,668; and Judge James P. Goodman, $77,668.