Thursday, July 27, 2017

Local News

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ten defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Senior Judge Leonard Zito specially presiding from Northampton County, accepted pleas from:

Jeffrey Lynn Gildner, 53, of Palmerton, was arrested on Feb. 1 along Route 248 in Parryville by state police at Lehighton. He refused a test. He also pleaded to driving under suspension — DUI related.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Did Lansford Borough’s road work cause rainwater to damage the property of a local business?

A suit being heard in Carbon County Court alleges just that.

A civil trial got underway Tuesday in the case brought against the borough by Jesse Hiles.

Hiles, who owns the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar, has sued the borough, alleging that their work caused an ongoing stormwater issue on his property, starting back in 1994.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Several events have been announced for Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks in Barnesville, Schuylkill County.

Three are scheduled for Saturday.

• Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a hike on the Oak Loop trail at Locust Lake. The hike is 4 miles long and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below.

Part of the hike includes “tree identification trail” created by one of the area Eagle Scouts. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

One person was seriously injured when a train struck a car this morning at the raillroad crossing at Ametek plant in Nesquehoning.

According to scanner reports, the person was entrapped.

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has been called to the scene.

We’ll update as details become available.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Mahoning Township burglary suspect fled police and has been caught in Tamaqua tonight. Another suspect is still on the loose.

Police are currently investigating a burglary/retail theft/hit and run at the Verizon store on Route 443.

Two male suspects fled the scene in a vehicle heading west on Route 443. While entering the highway they struck another vehicle, according to the Mahoning Township Police Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city was charged Tuesday as part of a long-running federal corruption probe, according to his lawyer.

Jack McMahon told The Associated Press that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is named in an indictment.

Pawlowski has consistently denied misusing his office, and McMahon said the mayor, who is running for a fourth term, will vigorously contest the charges.

"There will be nothing but fight in Ed Pawlowski, because he did nothing wrong," McMahon said.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Familiar faces are shifting seats within Lehighton Area School District’s administrative team.

Craig Reichl’s departure as high school principal for the same position at J.T. Lambert Intermediate School in East Stroudsburg set off a domino effect that has Suzanne Howland, Dr. Mark McGalla and Jennifer Evans changing roles.

Howland, previously Franklin and East Penn elementary principal, was hired to replace Reichl at a salary of $92,000.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Photo contributed by George Geisinger

An injured bald eagle found Tuesday morning in Schuylkill County is in critical condition at a Tamaqua veterinarian.

The bird, which was found on Route 443, near Leiby’s, was taken to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill by the Tamaqua Animal Rescue.

Jeannie Carl from the CCEEC said that the bird “showed some fight” when given fluids and supportive care at the center before being taken to Dr. Kathryn Kropp at Companion Animal Hospital in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A music shop on a sleepy street in the coal region is one of the top retailers in the country for high-end Martin Guitars.

But even among the world-class acoustic guitars at Maury’s Music, one stands apart from the others.

The OM-45 De Luxe authentic 1930 guitar, one of only 11 in the world, is a handmade recreation of an 85-year-old design. Built with wood from an endangered rainforest tree, it lists for $99,999.

Maury’s is currently selling it for the discount price of $72,999.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A personnel hearing in Palmerton Area School District is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Parkside Education Center on Fourth Street.

While the district has not confirmed the employee who is the subject of the hearing, social media posts indicate it is related to the suspension of high school principal Paula Husar.

In a federal lawsuit filed by Husar against the district and its superintendent, Scot Engler, Husar confirms she received a three-day suspension for “alleged improper handling of a school bus investigation” on April 19.