Sunday, July 23, 2017

Local News

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Walnutport man was sentenced to a prison term in Carbon County court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of recklessly endangering another person.

Derek Leon Frable, 33, entered his plea before specially presiding Senior Judge Leonard Zito, of Northampton County.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Panther Valley

Senior Center

The menu at the Panther Valley Senior Center for the week of July 14-28 is:

Monday: Corn chowder, chicken cheese steak and salad

Tuesday: Fish and Au Gratin potatoes or grilled chicken sandwich

Wednesday: Pork marsala and noodles or Italian sandwich

Thursday: Honey chicken and mashed potatoes or chicken salad sandwich

Friday: Italian wedding soup, penne with meat sauce or Cuban sandwich

The center has also announced upcoming events.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday on charges of forgery, criminal trespass and theft.

Randy Joseph Gable, 35, of Palmerton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve one to 18 months in prison on each count, with the terms running concurrently. The prison term will be followed by one year of probation.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Weissport borough council agreed Monday to begin considering amendments to its burning ordinance within the borough.

Council members discussed ways they could amend the burning ordinance to allow people with small, controlled clean fires to burn while still banning trash fires and large fires.

The ordinance would stipulate the size of fires being burned, the time frame residents would be allowed to burn in, how much debris would leave the burning pit, and what exactly was being burned.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Knoxville has sentenced a Carbon County man to life in prison for a multistate bank robbery-kidnapping spree.

U.S. Attorney Nancy Stallard Harr announced Tuesday that Michael Benanti of Lake Harmony received four consecutive life sentences plus an additional 155 years.

Benanti was convicted of 23 charges in February, including conspiracy to commit bank extortion, and kidnapping, carjacking and extortion.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Schuylkill County judges placed nine people charged by local police on probation. All were ordered to pay court costs and fees.

Jonathan T. Ford, 30, of Barnesville: Charged by Mahanoy Township police with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct-unreasonable noise, and disorderly conduct-obscene language/gestures on Sept. 28, 2016. He pleaded guilty to the threats charge. Judge Charles M. Miller sentenced him to 12 months of probation.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The executive board of the Preceptor Alpha Upsilon sorority met July 12 to begin planning the 2017-2018 sorority year. In addition to selecting meeting dates, The board also approved the committee assignments and decided to hold a Summer meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 2, at Skipper Dippers in Still Creek.

Also discussed were various ideas for service and fundraising projects.

The annual beginning meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20, featuring a family picnic at Lake Hauto.

Summer concerts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BETHLEHEM (AP) — Authorities say gas spurting out of a main at Lehigh University prompted evacuation of 16 buildings in the area of the eastern Pennsylvania campus.

The Bethlehem fire department said several roads were closed and the area evacuated after pressurized gas was reported spurting out of the street shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Craig Hoffert said the smell indicated it was natural gas and a construction worker on a backhoe knew immediately it was a gas leak. No injuries were reported.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Monroe County man was given a short prison term for driving under the influence and for his conduct at a state police barracks after his arrest.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic sentenced Justin Robert Mazur, 43, of East Stroudsburg, to serve 10 days to six months in prison. A mandatory minimum for the offense is six months probation but the judge ruled Mazur’s actions at the Lehighton state police barracks justified giving the jail term rather than probation.