Saturday, April 18, 2015

Local News

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Schuylkill County woman, scheduled to go on trial before a Carbon County judge on Thursday on a driving under the influence charge, changed her mind and entered a guilty plea instead.

Bonnie Steinbrunn, 55, of New Ringgold, admitted to Judge Steven R. Serfass that she was driving under the influence on Sept. 26, 2013, when stopped along North Street by Jim Thorpe police. She submitted to a test, which revealed a 0.11 BAC.

Friday, April 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some waiting passengers turned away when a man tumbled onto the tracks at a downtown Philadelphia subway station, but one of them leaped into action.

Surveillance video shows Alfred McNamee walking close to the edge of the platform Wednesday and falling to the tracks. Some riders look away in horror, but 28-year-old Charles Collins jumps down to help McNamee up.

WPVI-TV reports ( that Collins is recovering from a minor leg injury.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A special meeting Thursday night led to a shakeup at the top of Jim Thorpe Borough Council.

According to Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Betsy Ahner submitted her resignation earlier this week as council president.

The resignation was approved Thursday by a 4-0 vote.

Attending the meeting were Greg Strubinger, John McGuire, Joanne Klitsch and Paulette Haupt.

Ahner, who was in her fourth year on council and as president, will also be withdrawing her candidacy for the upcoming election.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Changes could be in store for a pair of popular recreational facilities in Lehighton.

In an attempt to get the ball rolling borough council, on a 5-1 vote at a special meeting this week, approved a resolution to submit and application to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a $530,000 grant.

Councilman Joe Flickinger was opposed. Council President Grant Hunsicker was absent.

Friday, April 17, 2015

There will be a dedication program honoring all waterborne military branches on Saturday in Ludlow Park in Summit Hill.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. and include several guest speakers.

Summit Hill resident, Navy veteran and member of the Carbon County Navy Club, Robert "Ski" Sieputowski, came up with the idea of creating a memorial honoring the men and women of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Merchant Marines, earlier this year and has worked to raise enough money for the plaque.

Friday, April 17, 2015
MARTA GOUGER/TIMES NEWS A petite daffodil blooms in a garden in Brodheadsville, providing a bright spot in the brown landscape.

Daffodils and pussy willows are in bloom throughout the region.

It won't be long before the tulips and the forsythias blossom.

Soon we'll be planting annuals and of course, our vegetable gardens.

What's blooming on your property?

Send us your photos of spring blooms and we'll enter your name in a contest for future shows at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

We'll give away four pairs of tickets. We'll put all the photos online and and we'll run the best photos in our print.

Friday, April 17, 2015

One person is dead and another is listed in critical condition following a head-on crash in Schuylkill County on Thursday morning.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred at 10:23 a.m. on Route 209 in Port Carbon.

Troopers said George R. Stevenson, 83, of Pottsville, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet HHR westbound while James F. Garland, 70, also of Pottsville, was driving a 2010 Buick Lucerne eastbound.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Tamaqua man was cited, and his son was arrested, after an incident in the borough on Sunday.

A police officer on patrol at 3:22 p.m. saw Michael Neff Sr., 47, of 538 Pine St., behind the wheel of a Honda Civic.

The officer was familiar with Neff and knew his license had been suspended, due to a driving under the influence incident. Neff was stopped in the area of Center Street and freely admitted to driving with a suspended license.

The Honda was towed from the scene and Neff was given a ride home.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Once again Carbon County firefighters were called to battle a brush fire.

This morning the Aquashicola Fire Company along with crews of the Department of Forestry were called to a brush fire at 85 Maple Drive in Lower Towamensing Township.

The wind swept flames were traveling quickly through heavy brush and trees at the northeast corner of Maple Drive and Fire Line Road. Crews managed to maintain the fire with the use of hoses and chain saws.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is expected to announce that he's running to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's re-election bid, creating the potential for a contested Democratic Party primary in 2016.

Pawlowski planned an announcement Friday.

A political adviser, Mike Fleck, wouldn't say what Pawlowski will announce. But Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn says Pawlowski has been calling party officials to inform them he has decided to run.