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Monday, May 23, 2016

A free car seat checkup will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdayat the Palmerton Ambulance Building, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. The event is sponsored by Kid Zone Blue Mountain Health System and the Pennsylvania State Police.

During the check, a safety specialist will make sure the seat is installed correctly, there are no recalls on the seat and the child fits properly.

They will also provide information on when to turn a baby’s car seat around to face forward. Parents are asked to bring the child who uses the car seat.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Carbon County man admitted driving under the influence with an infant in his vehicle.

He entered a guilty plea in the county court on Thursday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Zack Daniel Beddiges, 25, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of DUI and endangering the welfare of a child.

Beddiges was stopped on Oct. 25, 2014, along Berwick Street by Beaver Meadows police. At the time of the stop he had a 1-year-old child in the vehicle. A test showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A shooting incident at a Schuylkill County restaurant is being investigated.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at the McDonald’s restaurant located along Route 61 in North Manheim Township, at 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tamaqua Area School Board on Tuesday accepted and approved the following:

• The resignation of Bobbie Jo Williams, elementary teacher, at the end of the 2015-16 school year

• The resignation of Jill S. Matz, special education teacher, at the end of the 2015-16 school year

• Katelyn Collevechio as a full-time speech/language therapist, at a salary of $43,975

• Alison Marmas as a school nurse for the 2016-17 school year, at a salary of $40,000, contingent upon documentation

Monday, May 23, 2016

The small town of Fryeburg, Maine, has been embroiled in a legal battle with Nestle Waters NA since 2005.

On May 12, the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine ruled in favor of Nestle in the ongoing war between residents trying to protect their local, natural resources and the international food giant, which plans to withdraw up to 603,000 gallons of water a day from the Saco aquifer.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Six defendants in driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in the county court on Thursday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

John Patrick Garrett, 49, of Tamaqua, was arrested on July 4, 2015, by Nesquehoning police along Route 209 after he was found operating a vehicle with a flat tire. He refused to submit to a chemical test.

Matika deferred sentencing so Garrett can obtain a D&A evaluation and apply for the IPP. Matika noted under mandatory sentencing guidelines Garrett faces a minimum of one year in jail.

Monday, May 23, 2016
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWSA 19-year-old male was seriously injured Saturday night in a crash along Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township. The male was traveling west and lost control of his Pontiac GTO, which crossed the roadway entering the south berm into a heavily wooded area with dense brush.

A 19-year-old male was seriously injured Saturday night in a crash along Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township. The male was traveling west and lost control of his Pontiac GTO, which crossed the roadway entering the south berm into a heavily wooded area with dense brush.

He was able to report his accident but emergency responders had a difficult time finding the car because of its location off the roadway. Lehighton paramedics eventually found and treated the man for facial and arm injuries.

Monday, May 23, 2016

ALLENTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested in the stabbing death of another man in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment after authorities allege that he broke into the unit.

Twenty-two-year-old Hector Arroyo-Rivera of Allentown is charged in Lehigh County with criminal homicide, burglary and terroristic threats in the death of 20-year-old Angel Nieves-Cirino.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rush Township supervisors last week:

• Approved the Hometown Fire Police to assist the Tamaqua Fire Police with the Memorial Day Parade on May 30 and the Rubber Duck Race from 1-4 p.m. June 19, on Elm Street.

• Announced that the township building will be closed on May 30, in observance of Memorial Day, and that if garbage is supposed to be collected on that Monday, it will be collected on May 31.

Monday, May 23, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a second straight blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the black man's death from injuries suffered in the back of a police van.

The judge who decided Officer Edward Nero's fate in the non-jury trial concluded Nero played little role in Gray's arrest and wasn't responsible for the failure by police to buckle Gray into the vehicle.

Upon hearing the verdict, Nero hugged his attorney and appeared to wipe away a tear.