Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

HARRISBURG (AP) — The defense lawyer for ex-Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer says charges for allegedly lying to federal agents are based on little more than her lapses in her memory.

Lawyer John Knorr predicted Hafer will be exonerated. He declined to answer questions Friday, such as why federal agents interviewed Hafer.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Three rising high school seniors from Jim Thorpe recently attended Keystone Boys’ State, an annual event held by the American Legion, where they learned about leadership, state and local government, and civic participation. Participants are among the best and brightest of Pennsylvania’s future leaders.

Among those who attended were Jim Thorpe Area High School students Cole Frycklund, Ryan McArdle and Benjamin Saxon.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It’s not for me to preach politics in this column. Just turn the pages of this newspaper or press the remote on your TV if you want somebody to tell you who to vote for or who not to vote for in the upcoming election.

Just imagine if you lived on Mars for the past few years and you’ve come back to earth just before Election Day in November. You don’t even know the names of the presidential candidates.

At the voting booth, you’re given a sheet of paper with no names or parties attached. It’s a list of what each anonymous candidate intends to do if elected.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Matthew Schutter

A Penn Forest Township auditor admitted in Carbon County court that he assaulted a county detective during a confrontation in the courthouse on March 28.

Matthew Schutter, 45, pleaded guilty before Judge Steven R. Serfass to one count each of simple assault and a summary offense of disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an incident where he allegedly assaulted county Chief Detective Tim Nothstein, who was attempting to escort Schutter out of the county courthouse.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Alicia Ortiz shops through the cereal aisle as her daughter Aaliyah Garcia catches a short nap in the shopping cart at a Family Dollar store in Waco, Texas. Up and down supermarket aisles, rows of perfectly placed products reflect calculated deliberations aimed at getting shoppers to spend more. Take cereal, for example. Research published in the Journal of Environment and Behavior found that kids’ cereals tended to be placed on lower shelves where they are more eye-level with kids. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File Copyright - AP2010

p and down supermarket aisles, tranquil rows of perfectly placed products reflect calculated deliberations aimed at getting shoppers to spend more.

Take cereal. Research published in the Journal of Environment and Behavior found that kids’ cereals tended to be placed on lower shelves where they are more eye-level with children. It’s just one example of the tactics food companies and supermarkets use to sway what people put in their carts.

Here are some others:

Migrating candy

Saturday, July 23, 2016

To qualify for the dean’s list at Misericordia University, Dallas, students must earn a 3.55 grade-point average or higher. The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester:

Noah Bard, Kunkletown; Julia Callavini, McAdoo; David Kunkel, New Ringgold; Brandon Leap, Kunkletown; Nathan Macdonald, New Ringgold; Alison Machey, McAdoo; Alyssa Machey, McAdoo; Jacqueline McMullen, Tamaqua; Lauren Oertner, Slatington; Atasha Rehrig, Lehighton; Christopher Rehrig, Walnutport; Jacob Szczecina, Summit Hill; and Alexandra Wagner, Tamaqua.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Samuel T. Fox graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Fox is the son of Denise and Jeffrey Fox of Pen Argyl.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Members of Damien Council 598, Knights of Columbus of Jim Thorpe recently presented Mary’s Shelter in Bethlehem with a check for $5,500 from a recent baby bottle campaign held by the group earlier this year. From left are Knights of Columbus treasurer Thomas R. Brogan, Miguel Gonzales, John Bradley, Mike Gonzales, Steven Sofranko, Damien Council Grand Knight Carl Burghardt, chancellor David Bradley, Deputy Grand Knight Francis O’Donnell and Christine Duddy, outreach coordinator of Mary’s Shelter. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SARAH BRADLEY

The Damien Council 598, Knights of Columbus of Jim Thorpe, raised over $5,000 to help a shelter in the Bethlehem area.

On Thursday, Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Carl Burghardt of the Damien Council 598, Jim Thorpe, along with fellow members, presented Christine Duddy, outreach coordinator of Mary’s Shelter in Bethlehem, with a check for $5,500.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I don’t know the first thing about Pokémon Go, and I’m just fine with that.

As I’ve seen lately, however, I may be the only one not interested in downloading the game.

Last week, I was in Jim Thorpe talking to police after an attempted armed robbery and, just feet from where the incident took place, people were walking up and down the street, eyes glued to their phone.

The suspect could have walked right by them and, unless he looked like a Squirtle, they wouldn’t have known any better.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tamaqua Police received a call Friday morning from a victim who reported that his vehicle was taken from his home without permission.

Off duty officers spotted the car on Clay Street and saw Phillip Michael “Mike” Ryan, 26, get behind the steering wheel. His girlfriend, Ashley Bynon, got in the passenger seat and the couple drove away.

Police stopped them in the area of Rose Street and Rolling Mill Avenue. Ryan got out of the car and fled, going north.

After refusing to stop, officers used a Taser to end the foot chase.