Thursday, January 19, 2017

Local News

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5 announced work has begun to improve the intersection of routes 248 and 946/West Mountain Drive in Lehigh Township, Northampton County. Work began Monday.

Motorists may experience weekday lane restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., and are encouraged to check 511PA before their trip for information on lane restrictions.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and use caution driving through the area. Work on the project is expected to be complete in November.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former funeral director arrested after three decomposing bodies were found in her north Philadelphia garage has been sentenced to three months in prison followed by 20 months of house arrest.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that a judge also barred 73-year-old Janet Powell-Daily on Wednesday from working for any mortuary business or service despite her protests that "the whole story hasn't been told."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A death penalty trial has begun for a man accused of tying up and killing another man in an eastern Pennsylvania motel and then taking a cellphone video of the bloody victim and saying, "I do what I want."

Prosecutors in Northampton County allege that another video shows Jeffrey Knoble, 27, touching the head of Andrew "Beep" White, 32, while referencing the bullet hole that killed him in March 2015.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association will celebrate 25 years of service to the school community during 2017. Events will kick off with a board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Weatherly Area Middle School LGI Room.

Guest speaker will be State Representative Doyle Heffley.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One of the accomplishments this year at Valor Clinic Foundation and Paul’s House was the placing of 12 service dogs with local veterans.

One dog, a 5-year-old black lab was given to two brothers residing at Paul’s House in the old Hotel Jonas in Polk Township.

Unfortunately, earlier this month a visitor to the house accidentally let Dora out and she ran away.

Residents of the house and neighbors had searched for Dora for 17 days went she was humanly trapped by Donna Barney.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
SHINE student Ryan Filer shows Thea Phalon, community relations manager for UGI Utilities, one of the projects they are working on in the new MakerSpace at L.B. Morris Elementary in Jim Thorpe. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area School District, UGI Utilities and the Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool program all have one thing in common.

They want today’s students to get the best education possible that will prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Carbon County woman admitted assaulting a police officer on Monday during guilty plea proceedings in the county court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Debrah Lynn DeWalt, 48, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of simple assault for an incident on Sept. 20, 2016. An aggravated assault charge was dropped in a plea bargain.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Nesquehoning man faces charges for a crash he caused last year after he huffed Ultra Duster.

Matthew David Coughlin, 24, of East Center Street was charged by Nesquehoning police earlier this month for his part in a crash on April 5. He faces charges of driving under the influence of a solvent or noxious substance and careless driving.

According to the affidavit, filed by Chief Sean Smith, he was dispatched to the unit block of West Catawissa Street just before 12:30 p.m. for a reported crash with an unconscious driver.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lehighton Ambulance is conducting its annual subscription drive.

If you reside or have a home or business in Lehighton, Franklin Township, Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill, Lansford, Weissport or Parryville, you should have received a subscription packet in the mail.

Lehighton is the primary emergency medical provider, offering bothbasic life support andadvanced life support services for these areas.

There are sections in Mahoning Township, East Penn Township and Towamensing Township that are 911 serviced by Lehighton Ambulance.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Residents fill the meeting room at Palmerton Area School District Tuesday night. Many spoke in support of the teachers, who gave up their seats for community members. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Speaker after speaker made their way to the microphone during Palmerton Area School District’s board of directors meeting Tuesday night with one common theme running throughout their comments: “We support our teachers.”

In the first public meeting since a strike began Jan. 9, students, former teachers, parents and community members blasted the district’s negotiating team for not asking the Palmerton Area Education Association to come to the table since the work stoppage began.