Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country but once it did it was relentless, quickly exhausting snow removal budgets and pushing the resources of state transportation agencies to their limit as they fought to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said 23 states reported combined spending of more than $1 billion on winter maintenance operations and 8 million work hours plowing or treating state roads from October to March.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Amy Miller/Times News Palmerton Borough Councilman Richard Nothstein, right, presents Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey with a citation from Palmerton Borough.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey is the highest ranking official in the United States Army.

He serves as the personal adviser to the Army chief os staff on matters affecting the enlisted force.

He oversees just under 1 million soldiers and has served four tours in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, as well as one tour in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The community cleanup activists of Towamensing Trails Community gathered to collect litter from the main roads Saturday morning.

Community members Carla Benckert, Ray Kadingo, and Stacy Venetos of the Advisory and Planning commission led the event with Patrick Craig, director of Towamensing Trails Property Association. More than 40 Towamensing Trails Community members worked to collect the trash lining the roadsides.

Towamensing Trails Community is located in Albrightsville and contains about 2,200 homes with 600 full-time residents.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Copyright Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

West Penn Township home received major structural damage Saturday morning as the result of a two-vehicle crash along Route 309. The crash occurred around 10 a.m. on the north side of the Blue Mountain. Police said a woman was traveling Route 309 and pulled off to make a U-turn. Her vehicle was struck by a van pulling a trailer which was traveling north bound. The van struck the car then continued off the west berm into aresidence.

Monday, May 4, 2015

ALLENTOWN (AP) A motorcycle crash on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate that injured a powerful state senator is being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence, authorities said.

Sen. Patrick Browne, who previously had his license suspended following two DUI crashes, was operating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that went out of control on an Interstate 78 off-ramp Saturday afternoon in Allentown, state police said. The motorcycle fell on its side and slid along the roadway until it came to rest, according to investigators.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a citizen of the Dominican Republic illegally residing in Hazleton has been charged with attempting to obtain a U.S. passport by false statements and with illegally possessing a firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Jhonny Melenciano Marte, 34, of Hazleton, was charged in a criminal information filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Scranton. The criminal information was filed pursuant to a plea agreement which is subject to the approval of the court.

Monday, May 4, 2015

HARRISBURG It's the first thing each Pennsylvania state lawmaker checks in a governor's brand-new budget proposal: How much more money the public schools in their districts would get. Then it's closely watched until the governor signs a budget bill.

This year, a move to depoliticize the process that drives billions of dollars in state aid to public schools is injecting another level of intrigue as Gov. Tom Wolf seems determined to give schools their biggest-ever one-year increase.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The death of a Lehighton woman is being investigated by authorities in Lehigh County.

Pamela Zackus, 39, of 226 Center St., waspronounced dead at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at 8729 Evergreen Circle, in Upper Macungie Township.

The county coroner's office said the cause of death is pending completion of an autopsy which was scheduled for this morning.

The death is beinginvestigated by township police assisted by thecoroner's office and the office of the districtattorney.

No other details were released by authorities.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Firefighters from numerous counties, some as far as Bethlehem are battling a raging forest fire in Kidder Township, Carbon County. More than 165 acres burned.

The fire was first discovered about 2 p.m. in a very remote area somewhere between the Francis Walter Dam and Jack Frost Ski Resort.

Officials have set up a command post at the Jack Frost Golf maintenance building.

Firefighters are being shuttled into the area by all-terrain vehicles from numerous companies. The smoke from the fire can be seen for miles.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A late rush to the sign up sheet pushed the number of riders over 200 for the second “Bike For The Bridge” event along the D&L trail on Sunday.

Blue skies and a nearly picture perfect afternoon greeted riders as they departed Jim Thorpe on shuttle for one of two starting points, the Black Diamond trailhead or Rockport.

Funds raised from the ride, which officials estimate will be over $5,000, will go toward engineering and consulting costs for a pedestrian bridge in downtown Jim Thorpe.