Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A large quantity of drugs were found in a vehicle following a high-speed chase that began in Carbon County early this morning and ended in a crash in Hazleton.

State police at Fern Ridge said at 2:09 a.m. a vehicle that was entered into the NCIC as stolen by New York City police was spotted traveling westbound on Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. Cpl. John Chulock and troopers Joseph Urban, Jeffrey Kreidler and Daniel Spath attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver sped off.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Polk Township will not be increasing taxes in the upcoming year. The current rate of 4.3 mills will be in effect for another year.

The township will carry over $710,000 in cash and will acquire the balance of its operating costs through taxes and fees.

“Any major expenses for the upcoming year will hopefully be paid for with grants,” said Chairman Brian Ahner.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Two Jim Thorpe Zoning Hearing Board actions Monday night paved the way for a new wine shop in the Heights and a county archives office on the east side of town.

Anthony and Denise Sebelin, who own the former Carbon County Friends of Animals property along Walnut Street, received a variance to change the use of the property to a wine shop.

The site will become a sixth location for the Ulster-based Antler Ridge Winery.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Tamaqua Community Art Center and the Strawberry Playhouse of Tuscarora are teaming up this Sunday to offer lunch with Santa, followed by the presentation of the musical “We Need a Little Christmas.”

The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

For more information or advance reservations, call 570-668-1192.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25, 1963

A 25-year dream of Carbon County Superintendent of Schools Stuart Prutzman for a Carbon County Area Vocational-Technical School may become a reality when school directors vote on the establishment of such a school at a special meeting to be held at the courthouse.

Prutzman first proposed the school, which was subsequently rejected, 25 years ago today, mainly because the school directors of that era could not agree on a site.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Lower Towamensing family was displaced from their home by a fire that took place the day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Firefighters say the blaze started in a wood burning stove that was left unattended.

Crews were called to a home on Summit St. around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday for a dwelling fire with flames showing.

No one was inside the house at the time. A dog was able to escape the house unharmed.

According to Aquashicola Fire Dept. Chief Bill George, the fire was limited to the living room area around the wood burning stove, which had been left unattended.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor faces a new threat to her hold on office after a state Senate committee recommended Wednesday that the full chamber consider whether to remove her from the job as she fights criminal charges.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is running her divided office with a suspended law license. She was charged in August with perjury and obstruction for allegedly leaking secret investigative material to a newspaper and lying under oath about it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there's no single hot toy emerging. But anything "Star Wars," life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.

As the holiday shopping season kickoff starts over Thanksgiving weekend, toy sales will heat up.

The Associated Press has compiled a list of some of this year's expected hot toys and trends for 2015:


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HARWICK (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 for hurling driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor's drone.

Mark Shock says he was finishing up a flight in Harwick on Aug. 30 when Martina Wlodarski hurled a stone and hit the remote-controlled aircraft.

A video shows the drone going haywire after being hit. Shock says two blades flew off and nearly hit him in the face.

Wlodarski says she was frightened by the 3.5-pound aircraft and acted in self-defense.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — A former Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of faking leukemia to benefit from fundraisers has been charged with stealing from three more victims.

Twenty-three-year-old Brandi Weaver-Gates, of Pleasant Gap, was arraigned Tuesday on three additional counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.

She's been jailed since her arrest in August. Authorities believe she conned at least 165 people into donating nearly $30,000 through a bingo event in April and other fundraisers since August 2013.