Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Local News

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Qatar judge has given a Jim Thorpe family the power to choose whether their daughter's killer will live or die.

On Sunday, the judge overseeing Jennifer Brown's murder trial ruled that he would like to hear from her family about the fate of the Kenyan security guard who is on trial for the 2012 slaying of Brown.

The guard, who has never been identified to the media, faces first-degree murder charges but has not yet been convicted of the crime.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Brooke Scott, 18, jumps on her snowboard Monday afternoon at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton.

The forecast called for 6 to 10 inches of snow, but by Tuesday morning the most recorded was just 4 1/2 inches in Albrightsville. People reported clear roads and clear skies as the sun popped up this morning.

Was the fact that the storm missed our area a disappointment or a praise?

Facebook readers had mixed reactions:

Our happy readers:

Chris Kibler: Happy. Not a fan of winter, give me blue skies, sunshine and warm temps!

Susie Behler: Very glad

Russ Diefenderfer: Crazy people, that's who wanted more.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In an attempt to squelch confusion over its new parking rules, Lehighton plans to revise recently approved changes to its snow ordinance.

On a 5-1 vote, borough council on Monday agreed to change the borough's snow ordinance to give residents from midnight to 7 a.m. to move their vehicles to the appropriate side of the street when a snowfall of 3 inches or more is forecast by the National Weather Service. Councilman Joe Flickinger was opposed. Councilman Darryl Arner was absent.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly senior Kayla Craver looks at a slide through a microscope in the laboratory department of Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Campus during the school's Career Day at the hospital.

A hospital setting is always a flurry of activity.

From patient registration to discharge procedures, something is always going on to keep employees busy serving residents.

On Wednesday, 16 Weatherly Area High School students were immersed in the operations of Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten campus, learning about a variety of clinical and clerical careers that make the hospital run like a well-oiled machine.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Monday in the county court after pleading guilty to a gun law charge.

He entered a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Travis Allen Walck, 24, of Summit Hill, was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution on a charge of firearms not to be carried without a license.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

State police at Lehighton are investigating a report of a stolen car.

Douglas J. Kuntz Jr., 22, of Lehighton, said his dark green Volkswagen Golf was stolen in Parryville between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday.

Police said the vehicle was left not far from the theft site, the 500-block of Centre Street.

Franklin Township police had the car towed before Kuntz reported it stolen.

Anyone with information can contact state police at 610-681-1850.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S.

In 2004, the weather service developed a scale for rating Northeast snowstorms similar to the Fujita and Saffir-Simpson scales used for tornadoes and hurricanes. The index, which factors population to determine severity, was deemed necessary because the storms can have a profound impact on transportation and economic activity throughout the country.

Monday, January 26, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has spent almost $300,000 defending a claim by a company that supplied the supermarket wine kiosks in a program that was aborted because the machines were unpopular and allegedly didn't work properly.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reported the legal fees in a story Sunday updating the status of the litigation by Simple Brands LLC.

Monday, January 26, 2015

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is under arrest after police say he brought a gun to a snowball fight.

York police say Jerquan Shaquille Dickson shot a 15-year-old boy in the right arm and left thigh Saturday after the teenager allegedly threw snowballs at his car.

The 15-year-old was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Dickson is charged with felony aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. The 22-year-old is free on $150,000 bail. Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The following schools have announced two-hour delays for Tuesday:
Jim Thorpe
Panther Valley

Pleasant Valley is closed.

Other announcements:
The Beaver Meadows Snow Ban will be in effect from 3 p.m. today until further notice.