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Thursday, October 20, 2016

St. John’s

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mahoning holds worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday,and Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

The Sunday school will be having a Halloween party from 5-8 p.m.Oct. 29 in the auditorium. Food will be served from 5-6 p.m. and activities are from 6-8 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share. Appropriate costumes welcome. Dress warm for the hayride. Hayrides, pumpkin painting, live music, movies and food. Bring your family and friends.

Food pantry item for November will be macaroni and cheese. Boxes will be in the narthex.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Business Women

The Tamaqua Business and Professional Women’s Club’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Tamaqua Station Restaurant. The meeting will feature guest speaker Heather Saxton, who is head athletic trainer for the Lehigh Valley Network Rehab Center-Schuylkill. Her topic will be teen head injuries and possible problems they create later in life.

This year, club members have been focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, which may have a link to head injuries.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Golden Agers

Forty-one members of the Panther Valley Golden Agers attended the indoor picnic. Everyone who attended brought a food item to enjoy. The picnic was a success, and thanks to leaders Mary Ann Yusella and Violet McHugh. The Chinese auction run by Mary Biddle, Norma Lee Burke and Ruth Ann Feane was a success. All gift items were donated.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Weissport man was sentenced to time-served in a drug dealing case while two other defendants, all who previously pleaded guilty, were sentenced Monday by Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Steven Michael Mika, 31, had pleaded to one count of criminal use of a communication device. He was arrested on Oct. 15, 2014, following an ongoing drug-dealing investigation, which led to a controlled buy set up by Mahoning Township police involving a confidential informant. The drug transaction occurred along Second Street in Lehighton involving heroin and Mika making the sale.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three Pennsylvania residents have been indicted on multiple charges after they were stopped in New Jersey trying to drive into New York City with a cache of weapons.

Authorities say they’ll release details of the 63-count indictment in court on Oct. 31.

Fifty-one-year-old John Cramsey and 53-year-old Dean Smith of Zionsville, and 29-year-old Kimberly Arendt of Lehighton, have pleaded not guilty to weapons charges.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Crews prepare to transport the victim of a motorcycle crash in Towamensing Township Wednesday afternoon. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorcyclist was flown from a crash at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in Towamensing Township, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police identified the injured person as John J. Kline Sr., 67, of Kunkletown. They said the severity of his injuries is not known.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation approved by the Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday would let police departments across the state refuse public requests for copies of video recordings by officers, unless a court orders the release.

The bill sets a sweeping policy to exempt recordings from body cameras and dashboard cameras from public records requests in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
This 1975 microscope image made available by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria magnified 200X. A report by the CDC released on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 says infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before. (Dr. E. Arum, Dr. N. Jacobs/CDC via AP) Copyright -

NEW YORK (AP) — Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high.

Chlamydia (kluh-MID'-ee-uh) was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before.

Nearly 400,000 gonorrhea (gah-nuh-REE'-uh) cases were reported, up 13 percent. And there were about 24,000 cases of the most contagious forms of syphilis, up 19 percent.

The three infections are treatable with antibiotics.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — As a tumultuous campaign nears an end, undecided voters across the country watched the final debate of the U.S. presidential race with a mix of skepticism and rapt attention Wednesday night.

They were searching for clarity, and some found it. But others remained painfully undecided just a few weeks before the election, saying neither candidate won them over.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI says dozens of pimps, prostitutes and associates have been arrested in the Philadelphia area and New Jersey under international efforts to combat underage human trafficking.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( ) federal authorities say 15 pimps and associates have been arrested in the Philadelphia area as part of Operation Cross Country X.

Authorities in Newark, New Jersey say a 17-year-old was rescued in that state as part of the operation, and 29 prostitutes and pimps were arrested.