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Monday, February 25, 2013

A New Ringgold man entered a guilty plea to drug charges and a Pottsville man to a series of retail theft charges before President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Vincent Gustis, 31, of 111 Beach Creek Drive, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monday, February 25, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 53rd Annual Carbon County Band Festival was held last Thursday evening in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium with a near-capacity audience in attendance.

The 53rd Annual Carbon County Band Festival was held last Thursday evening in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium with a near-capacity audience in attendance.

The concert, which was presented by the Carbon County Music Educators' Association, consisted of student musicians and Directors from a total of six area school districts.

The festival will showcased the 123 student musicians representing Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, and Weatherly High Schools.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has introduced legislation to reduce the length of the term of service for the board of commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

"I believe this legislation will allow for added legislative oversight of this agency as the commissioners will be more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process," said Heffley, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

Monday, February 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joseph Paluck, MS, St. Luke's Clinical Exercise Physiologist, St. Luke's Health Network, talks to visitors during one of their regular health talks held at the Tamaqua YMCA.

Many of us know basic means of preventing heart disease, but most of us continue to put ourselves at risk.

"A risk factor is something that increases your chance of having heart disease," said Joseph Paluck, St. Luke's clinical exercise physiologist, during one of their regular health talk sessions held at the Tamaqua YMCA.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Coaldale tax office will be closed Feb. 26 through March 1. It will be open Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 5, during regular hours.

The office will be closed Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8.

Normal hours, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1-4 p.m., will resume Tuesday, March 12.

To qualify for exoneration or exemption, please return a signed and dated application, along with proof of eligibility.

Monday, February 25, 2013
As members of Cub Scout Pack 160 of Clark Summit tour the KME facilities in Nesquehoning, Cub Scout John Paul Shields enjoys sitting in a soon to be delivered Colorado fire truck under the watchful eye of KME sales manager Mark Kopunek.

Mark Kopunek, sales manager at Kovatch Mobile Equipment in Nesquehoning, was in charge of a tour by Cub Scout Pack 160 from Clark Summit as they are studying Fire Safety Month.

The scouts had their local fire company do a presentation recently and the Kovatch company was kind enough to show the boys and adults the makings of a fire truck from start to finish.

They saw how a fire truck is designed through means of the engineers drafting a design on their computers. They then went to the place where it all starts and after an hour saw the finished product.

Monday, February 25, 2013
ERIC BECKER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames shoot through the roof of one of the 11 homes damaged by fire in Shenandoah. Eight homes were destroyed.

Twelve people, ages 3 to 69, were left homeless after a fast-moving blaze claimed eight homes and heavily damaged three others early Saturday morning in Shenandoah.

Firefighters from Schuylkill and surrounding counties were called to the 100 block of West Coal Street and 200 block of North Jardin Street just around 3:15 a.m. after callers reported heavy flames and smoke coming from multiple homes.

"Flames were shooting out of the second floor of 34 West Coal St. It was fully engulfed," said newspaper delivery person Cindy Arias, who was one of the first to call 911.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The most serious crimes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson are tracked by the Crime Index.

Crime Index offenses are used nationally as a basis for comparison of criminal activity.

The number of Crime Index offenses statewide has risen by 2.77 percent, over a decade, from 320,737 in 2001 to 329,627 in 2011.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The police chiefs of all four Panther Valley towns Nesquehoning, Lansford, Summit Hill and Coaldale agree that the best crime deterrent is prompt reporting by residents of suspicious activity.

"If you see something or want to report something, don't be a day late and a dollar short," says Coaldale Police Chief Timothy Delaney.

Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos encourages people to call their local police department or 911 if they see something suspicious, and not to worry about being embarrassed if it turns out to be nothing.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Jessica Alford

Jeremy Alford, 33, and Jessica Alford, 26, last known address, 306 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, have been charged following an incident which took place between April 15 and Aug. 19 at 306 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Felony charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, and criminal conspiracy were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick.

Anyone who knows of their whereabouts is asked to contact police at (570) 645-5844. All calls will be kept confidential.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened: