Sunday, August 31, 2014

Local News

Thursday, August 28, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Police and emergency response vehicles surround the scene of a fatal car-motorcycle crash Wednesday on the Hometown Hill, Route 309, just north of Tamaqua.

A Barnesville man lost his life Wednesday on the Hometown Hill when his motorcycle lost control, struck a car then veered off the roadway and crashed into a parked truck.

Rush Township police say Brian C. Bittner, 38, was operating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on Claremont Avenue, Route 309, in Hometown, about 7:15 p.m. when he lost control, crossed over the double yellow lines, and then struck the rear of a Chevrolet Impala that was driving south.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The biker who lost his life in a car-motorcycle crash Wednesday near Tamaqua has been identified.

Rush Township police say Brian C. Bittner, 38, Barnesville, was operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Claremont Avenue, Route 309, Hometown, about 7:15 p.m. when he lost control, crossed over the double yellow lines, and struck the rear of a Chevrolete Impala that was driving south.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, Bittner then struck a parked vehicle in the parking of 83 Claremont Ave., Seitz Bros Exterminating, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias, second from right, accepts a resolution honoring him from Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, second from left; and William O'Gurek. Dobias retires Friday after 22 years as district attorney.

Carbon County officials recognized outgoing District Attorney Gary F. Dobias for his dedication to the job.

Dobias, who retires Friday after 34 years as a prosecutor and nearly 23 years as the county district attorney, accepted a resolution, presented by Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, chairman; Thomas J. Gerhard and William O'Gurek during their weekly meeting today.

O'Gurek read the resolution prior to the presentation and thanked Dobias for leading the prosecution of hundreds of cases that came through the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Design committees for three proposed building projects in Lehighton Area School District will each include all nine board members following an 8-1 vote this week.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver had assigned each board member to one of three design committees for either a proposed $32.5 million elementary center, a $10.7 million renovation to Lehighton Middle School or a $9.3 million renovation to Lehighton High School.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, Lansford, will be celebrate Labor Day weekend with a picnic on Sunday.

The event will include homemade ethnic foods, coal mine and museum tours, music and a living history encampment.

All activities will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking, admission to the grounds, music and the encampment are free to the public.

A fee is charged only for the mine and museum tours and food.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Police are on scene investigating a collision between a car and a motorcycle that took the life of the motorcyclist on Route 309 near Tamaqua.

Emergency responders from Rush Township and Tamaqua initially were summoned by a Schuylkill Communications Center dispatch at 7:16 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a collision in which the motorcyclist suffered amputation.

Arriving at the scene, responders issued a call to summon a medical airlift service and preparations were being made to set up a helicopter landing zone at the intersection of Route 54 and 309.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Tobyhanna man shot his brother Tuesday during a domestic scuffle in Coolbaugh Township, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Officers were dispatched around 6:17 p.m. to a large fight in A Pocono Country Place residential community.

Following a verbal argument, Hadzovic rammed a car carrying his mother, stepfather and brother. “

After ramming the car, Hadzovic hit his stepfather and then pulled a CO2 gun on him,” according to police.

“Hadzovic's brother then got between the two and was shot in the hand with a BB.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a rape reported Sunday night in the West End Fair parking lot in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. A 22-year-old female said she was raped between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Police did not list any suspects. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police at 570-646-2271.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication."