Monday, May 29, 2017

Local News

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Center activities

The Community Center in Eldred Township is hosting fundraising dining at Slopeside Pub & Grill at Blue Mountain Ski Resort from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Participants should present a brochure, available at ETCC or the township office, and 15 percent of a person’s food sales will be donated back to the Eldred Township Community Center.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday the center will host a yard sale. For tables, contact Ann at 610-381-4252, ext. 2.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Crews are responding to a crash in the southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension.

Dispatchers said the incident occurred around 4:35 p.m. near the Hickory Run Service Plaza.

One person was reported to have been unconscious with a head injury.

Traffic in the area may be delayed. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gas prices in Pennsylvania fell almost three cents this week to $2.572 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

On the National Front

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

With many Pennsylvanians expected to travel for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is encouraging the public to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at so they can plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this weekend.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Positioned in front of a flag line, color guard, over a dozen veterans advocates and the silhouette of Army Spec. Michael Wargo, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) addressed veterans and their supporters on the Capitol steps Tuesday afternoon. Heffley’s House Resolution 349, which recognizes Mission 22, an organization that helps prevent veteran suicide, passed the House unanimously on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade Committee has selected a Korean War veteran to be the grand marshal of the 2017 parade, Carbon County’s largest tribute to America on Memorial Day.

Bernard C. Markey, 123 E. Walter St., Summit Hill, will be the guest of honor, leading the four-division parade that will step off at approximately 11 a.m., following the traditional memorial service that will begin at 10 Ludlow Park.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Carbon County woman, convicted by a jury of a drug dealing charge, was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in the county court.

Kathleen Maureen Roth, 53, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve 18 to 48 months in a state correctional institution by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

A jury found Roth guilty of two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance following a two-day trial.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Carbon County man who admitted scamming an elderly woman out of over $50,000 by telling her he needed the cash for medical bills due to having cancer, was sentenced Monday to a state prison term.

Thomas Peter Bertalan Jr., 51, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 24 to 60 months in a state correctional institution and make restitution of $50,323 to his 84-year-old victim. Bertalan previously pleaded to one count of theft, a felony three, in the case. At the same proceeding he also pleaded to a driving under the influence charge in an unrelated matter.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Food trucks will eventually be allowed to set up shop at certain areas in Lehighton.

Borough council on a unanimous measure Monday agreed to advertise an ordinance regulating food trucks.

Last month, council agreed to create an ordinance for mobile food vehicle licensing, which would create regulations for mobile food trucks.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the borough received a few requests for food trucks along the trail and within town.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ten defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in the county court on Thursday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Theft incidents

Kaitlin Rose Helmer, 22, of Beaver Meadows, entered guilty pleas to two counts of receiving stolen property for two separate incidents but the same victim each time.

Borough police said Helmer entered the J&N Exxon station at 104 E. Broad St., on July 10 and then again on July 11, and both times taking money from the lottery funds cash box. Helmer was a former employee at the business.