Sunday, July 5, 2015

Local News

Friday, July 3, 2015

The 10th annual Race Street Run will be held on Saturday.

The 15K event begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 4-mile event begins at 8:45.

Both start in front of the Carbon County Court House and end at St. Mark's church on Race Street.

The course for the 15K goes west on Broadway to the old bus road then on the Switchback trial to Mauch Chunk Lake.

At the main entrance to the park they turn around and retrace their steps east on the trail and Broadway to Race Street and finish in front of the church.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Dylan Messerschmidt/Times News Patricia Schaeffer was chosen as this year's Gallery of Hope honoree.

A Carbon County breast cancer survivor was honored last week at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton as part of Blue Mountain Health System hosting the Gallery of Hope.

Patricia Schaeffer of Lehighton was chosen as the Carbon County honoree for the gallery, which honors and tells the stories of those who have survived breast cancer. The gallery is sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fire ripped through and destroyed a single-family home on Thursday morning in Packer Township.

The home of Robert and Cynthia Yurchak, 917 Railroad Drive, erupted into flames around 7:30, beckoning firefighters from three counties. Both Yurchaks are attorneys in Carbon County and lived at the residence with their three children. The home is only about three years old, officials said.

No one was injured.

It appeared the fire started in the basement of the home and spread to the first floor and then to the roof.

Friday, July 3, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The pig couldn't fly, the cowboy got away, and the pilot's OK.

So it went Thursday at an Independence Day festival in Utah, where officials said a pig-shaped hot-air balloon descended quickly to the ground after hitting a Wyoming cowboy-themed entry.

Paul Warner, a festival executive, said the licensed pilot of the fallen balloon suffered minor burns to his face. He was treated at the scene and released.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Tamaqua woman was injured Wednesday afternoon after she was hit by a car while crossing the street at the intersection of Broad and Greenwood Streets.

Tamaqua Police were dispatched to the intersection at 4:38 p.m. and found Laurie Nothstein, 49, of 201 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, lying on the street, next to the southeast curb.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor on Thursday as well as two budget-related bills, two days after he rejected the main budget bill.

Wolf, a Democrat in his first year, said in a news release that selling off the liquor system was not a good business decision.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firefighters from three counties battle a blaze which has destroyed a home along Railroad Drive in Packer Township this morning. The fire broke out shortly before 8 a.m. in the basement and went through to the roof. At one point flames were reported to be shooting through the roof.w

The American Red Cross is assisting a family  of four and providing services like lodging, food and clothing as needed.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.

D.C. police said in a statement that someone had called from inside a Navy Yard building to report possible sounds of gun shots around 7:30 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, and no one was hurt.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Anthony Dylan Shetrompf appeared before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek on Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The affidavit of probable cause describes the incident leading up to the arrest. Lansford police officers questioned Shetrompf regarding an assault on his 2-month-old daughter.

After being read his rights, Shetrompf, 21, of Lansford, admitted to having had an argument with this wife, Katelyn Shetrompf.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — It was a sweet ending for an orange and white cat that crawled into the engine compartment of a pickup truck.

The cat survived the 28-mile commute Thursday from East Stroudsburg to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

That is where police were called to rescue the feline.

With the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees, the cat was freed from the fan blades.

The cat ran off. But it was soon caught by police after a brief chase on foot and turned over unharmed to the animal control officer.