Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Friday, August 18, 2017

A Schuylkill County man was charged this week for attempted homicide for an incident that occurred Aug. 11.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Kenneth Alan Boyer, 51, ofSpruce Street, Port Carbon, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted homicide, aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possessing instruments of a crime.

Boyer is charged with shooting Alexander Rosario, 22, ofPort Carbon. The incident occurred about 6 p.m.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a holiday bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square of Nov. 25. The bus will leave Tamaqua at 11:30 a.m. and return at approximately 9:15 p.m. Seating is limited. Payment is due at the time of reservation.

For more information, contact the chamber at 570-668-1880 or

Friday, August 18, 2017
Gary Mondschein of Brodheadsville, organizer of the Vintage Celebration at Pocono, instructs Brad Plainfield as he sits in a Cale Yarborough 1971 IndyCar. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

Marty McFly’s time machine went 88 miles per hour.

This weekend at Pocono Raceway, they’ll go “back to the future” at nearly twice that speed.

To celebrate the IndyCar race weekend, more than 100 race cars spanning the 20th century will be racing on three different tracks at Pocono.

The Vintage Celebration at Pocono Raceway will run all day Friday and Saturday, wrapping up with some parade laps just before Sunday’s Pocono IndyCar 500.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A man with a history of threats against police and lawyers in Carbon County was in court Wednesday.

But John Large’s preliminary hearing on harassment charges did not go forward because he is still trying to get legal representation.

Large, 52, faces charges for threatening the Lehighton State Police barracks and his ex-wife.

The former Lansford resident has previously been accused of making bomb threats to judges and attorneys, puncturing car radiators, placing a fake bomb outside a residence and other harassing behavior.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Police said 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the terror attack.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
West End Fair’s Got Talent will feature plenty of unique and entertaining acts on Sunday evening. Front row: Shayna Fishon, Breanna Fishon, Alycia Torres, middle row: Taylor DeHaven, Heidi Meisenhelder, Morgan Martin, Hayley Bock, back row: Riley Pastor, Brianna Benincasa BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

If you’re looking for a variety of great live performances, there’s no need to stray any farther than Gilbert this Sunday, because the West End Fair’s Got Talent.

“This is our fifth year, and we’re celebrating five years of great talent. We’re looking forward to having quite a few dancers and singers, and it’s going to be a great show,” organizer Pam Borger said.

“We have some returning talent, but we also have some new faces as well,” she added.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker Thomas Guzinski directs traffic in a work zone on Interstate 80.

When you’re a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintenance worker, your life is often on the line. It’s an accepted part of the job to stand in the middle of the road facing down speeding traffic.

PennDOT has focused on improving safety for its workers, but officials say that distracted and aggressive drivers are worse than ever.

“Sometimes when you’re setting up cones, they’ll go by and blow your hard hat right off,” PennDOT worker Tanner Seltzer, of Lehighton, said.

There were 2,075 crashes within work zones in 2016, according to PennDOT.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A total of seven defendants in pending drug-related cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Three counts

Jeremy D. Knappenberger, 38, of Jim Thorpe, entered guilty plea to one count of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia in three separate cases.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Several programs have been scheduled by personnel of the Tuscarora or Locust Lake state parks in Barnesville, Schuylkill County.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
John and Melodie Hettler are raising money for medical expenses. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

When life hands you some lemons make lemonade — or in this case a benefit.

In an effort to help cover medical expenses for John Hettler, who needs a liver transplant, Melodie Hettler came up with the idea to host a benefit event complete with cotton candy, funnel cakes, sno-cones, popcorn and deep fried Oreos.

The second annual Liver Benefit for John Hettler will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 533 Spruce St. near Walker’s Tree Farm.