Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Monday, October 24, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former towing contractor has been granted a delay for health reasons in beginning his federal prison sentence on fraud, firearms and tax convictions in connection with his exclusive contract with a northeastern Pennsylvania city.

Forty-five-year-old Leo Glodzik III had been expected to report to prison Monday in New Jersey to begin serving a 2½-year sentence. He pleaded guilty in April to mail fraud, being a felon in possession of a firearm and filing false tax returns related to his contract with Wilkes-Barre from 2005 to 2013.

Monday, October 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath.

Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a Montgomery County judge who said Kane's ego drove her to take down enemies and break the law.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Families and friends of Lehigh County bundled up for the cold October evening to enjoy a century-old event Saturday.

It’s been 109 years since the first Halloween Parade took over both Slatington and Walnutport’s main streets. The tradition continued over the weekend with more than 60 floats, bands and a new 6 p.m. start time instead of the usual 7 p.m.

Northern Lehigh Events Committee Chairman Russel Hallman said the event was paid for by funds raised throughout the year. This year the committee had 12 members.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Pennsylvania State Senate took a baby step forward in efforts to provide local law enforcement officers with the ability to use electronic speed detection devices, such as radar, on Monday. While Senate Bill 535 passed by a large margin, 47-2, there isn’t much time left to get the bill before the State House of Representatives and Gov. Tom Wolf before the legislative session ends.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A fire hydrant line in the Lake Hauto private development that has been the subject of recent concerns regarding adequate fire protection may soon be updated.

The Carbon County Planning Commission on Tuesday submitted a letter of support for the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority’s request for Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development funding under the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program for the private development’s water system improvement project.

Monday, October 24, 2016
Aubree Selby feeds “Mindy,” one of the horses at TP’s Crunch N Munch shelter. Selby is one of the members of Girl Scout Troop 30470 who visited the shelter recently. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A group of Jim Thorpe area Girl Scouts recently got hands-on experience helping rescued horses.

Nineteen members of Girl Scout Troop 30470 collected various supplies including horse treats, fly spray, carrots, apples, salt blocks and more, and delivered them last week to TP’s Crunch N Munch, a local rescue shelter in its eighth month of operation.

While there, the Scouts learned how to interact with the horses, feed them, figure out their weight and size and learn about the different parts of the animal.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lansford police have charged three borough residents with crimes.

Travis M. Brideson, 28, of Cortright Street, Lansford, was charged with possession, use, sale or display of documents, and traffic violations on Aug. 13.

Officer Shawn Nunemacher at 8:45 a.m. stopped a car with an inspection sticker that had expired in April.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The developer of a planned Gerrity’s store in the Mount Effort Plaza in Effort questioned stipulations for conditional use plan by the Chestnuthill board of supervisors last week.

Michael Kaspszyk, attorney for the Mount Effort Development Company, said his client would file an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas if needed.

The board cited concerns that the applicant did not address the existing retail space in the land development plan.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tamaqua Council last week discussed a lack of projects in neighboring municipalities for the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission to pursue.

Director of Community Development Mary Linkevich said she met with ESRC director Sarah Connelly to discuss other projects.

Councilman Micah Gursky said the cooperative organization could be in jeopardy if projects are not developed in the future.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Carbon County’s retirement fund is performing well, officials report.

On Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the county retirement board, said that the retirement portfolio value as of Sept. 30 was $72,019,982, bringing the end of the third quarter rate of return to 6.8 percent.

“We’re pretty close to the assumed 7.5 percent rate of return,” he said.

Crampsie added that the investment performance for the year is about $4.7 million.