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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ALLENTOWN (AP) — A masked group broke into an apartment and forced a man to open his safe, then told his young daughter to turn around before shooting him five times, authorities said.

One arrest has been made, and three other people are being sought.

The home invasion happened early Sunday at Jermaine Taylor’s apartment in Allentown. His roommate and his brother called 911 when they returned home and found the 39-year-old Taylor dead.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It will cost Tamaqua Area School District over $38,000 for safety poles at its baseball/softball complex.

On an 8-0 vote, with Director Aaron Frantz absent, the school board on Tuesday purchased the services of S.J. Thomas Company, Inc., Lansdowne, for the transport and installation of safety poles at the complex, at a cost of $38,115, less a $5,000 insurance deductible.

After the meeting, Superintendent Ray Kinder said “insurance will cover all but our $5,000 deductible.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Tuesday to his part in a robbery that occurred in Lansford.

Robert Lee Clifford III, 23, of Lansford, who had a former address in Forty Fort, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count each of criminal conspiracy-robbery and receiving stolen property.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The leading vote-getter in the primary election for a seat on Palmerton Area School District’s board of directors is getting an early start on his new role.

Earl Paules agreed Tuesday to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Chuck Myers, board president, earlier this week.

According to Vice President Tammy Recker, Myers informed the board of his intentions late Monday afternoon.

In a resignation letter, Myers said he stepped down for personal reasons.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Slatington Council looks at its animal ordinance after Oscar the pig was shot in the borough. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

Slatington Borough Council combed over the wording of Animal Ordinance 60 Monday night to determine if there is a potbellied pig pet loophole.

The issue came to Council’s attention after a potbellied pig got loose in the borough and was shot by police.

The animal ordinance states that residents are not allowed to own an animal “not normally purchased in a retail pet store,” said borough solicitor Thomas H. Dinkelacker.

“The ordinance that deals with animals is consistent with the zoning ordinance,” he said.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Lehighton Area School District board members and invited guests begin a tour of the new elementary center outside its main entrance Monday. The $33 million school is slated to open for the 2018-19 school year and house all K-5 students. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

School board members and other invited guests left impressed Monday night after their first walk through the construction site of Lehighton Area School District’s new elementary center.

Structural steel erection is complete and concrete slabs are in place in the south and north classroom wings of the $33 million school, which is slated to open to all K-5 students for the 2018-19 school year.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Carbon County woman was given a time-served sentence after admitting she stole from her father’s bank account.

Marley Cecilia Geusic, 29, of Lansford, pleaded guilty on Tuesday before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count of forgery as a felony two. She admitted taking money from the bank account of her father, Thomas Geusic, in May. Borough police filed the charges in which she originally faced 10 criminal counts. Nine were dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weatherly Area School District will be back in session Aug. 28, with new start times for elementary and middle schools.

At the 2017-18 school year hours for both the elementary and middle school students will be 8:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., while high school will remain the same from 7:35 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A breakfast program is set to be implemented in the early morning hours for all students. The cost of breakfast is $1.15 with the possibility of reduced cost for qualifying families.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It will cost Northern Lehigh School District nearly $43,000 to upgrade its districtwide door access system.

The school board on Monday unanimously agreed to enter into an agreement with Vector Security for software, hardware and key fobs, at a cost of $42,729, to be paid from the capital projects account.

In other financial matters, the board:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A scene from Graceland on Tuesday night where fans mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis. JOE KRUSHINSKY/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

As Elvis fans around the world mark the 40th anniversary of his death, Tamaqua resident Joe Krushinsky is continuing a tradition this week of visiting Graceland every five years.

“This is my third trip,” Krushinsky said Wednesday morning. “I was also here for the 30th and 35th anniversaries. It’s a very different experience each time.”

Tonight, Krushinsky will be attending a concert at the FedEx Forum featuring a recording of Elvis’ lead vocals paired with a symphony orchestra.