Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nesquehoning residents say they are concerned about unmarked railroad crossings following a train-car crash earlier this week.

Nesquehoning Borough Council listened as Renee DeMelfi and John McArdle voiced their concerns about two railroad crossings in particular, but noted that there are quite a few crossings in the borough that don’t have adequate signage to protect both trains and motorists at these intersections.

DeMelfi, who is also a member of the Panther Valley School Board, asked about the crossing on Tippets Road.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

A former police officer from Carbon County has been charged with providing alcohol to a teenager in the Lehigh Valley.

Robert J. Shubeck is also expected to be arrested for violating probation on a previous conviction.

Shubeck, 43, was charged in Lehigh County earlier this month after a traffic stop where police found him with an intoxicated 18-year-old man.

The man allegedly told police that Shubeck provided him with vodka and Red Bull because they were on a date.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An injured eagle found early Tuesday morning in South Tamaqua had to be euthanized.

The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue posted on its Facebook page Wednesday night, “She was worse this morning.”

The bird, which was found on Route 443, near Leiby’s, was taken to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill by the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue. The center had received a call from West Penn Police and picked up the injured bald eagle near Archery Club Road. The bird was severely underweight.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mahoning Township’s board of supervisors discussed implementing a tax credit for emergency workers at Wednesday’s meeting, but several important details must be worked out before it can get the ball rolling.

Act 172 allows for the board to provide a 20 percent real estate tax credit and/or a fixed amount Earned Income Tax credit for any volunteer fire and ambulance workers in the township. The credit would be provided to workers who meet the eligibility requirements, and would come as a rebate after filing taxes.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua will host a Christmas in July candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The “holiday” service will focus on the birth of Jesus Christ, minus the distractions common to the winter holiday season.

A time of food and fellowship will follow.

The church is located at 109 Greenwood St.

Free meal

The next monthly Community Soup Social at Trinity United Church of Christ will be held on Aug. 5. The social will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the social hall.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tamaqua Area School Board this month has awarded a three-year contract to Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling Inc., for a of $34,500, effective Aug. 1, through June 30, 2020.

The board also:

• Approved the agreement with the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit No. 29 for an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act allocation of $418,368.

• Approval for S.J. Thomas Inc. for the West Penn excavation, loading dock and asphalt, for not more than $106,372.


• Established the school uniform stipend for the 2017-18 school year at $25 per student.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Erick S. Mack, 36, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of simple assault.

He was charged by Lansford police for assaulting his wife on June 15 at their residence. Charges of terroristic threats and public drunkenness were dropped in a plea bargain.

When police arrived on scene, the victim said she feared for her life because of threats made by Mack.

Nanovic accepted the plea but deferred sentencing.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A letter of credit has been received but still not turned in to Lehigh Township for the Turkey Hill development. The Highway Occupancy Permit will be for the entire Turkey Hill project. Preliminary conditional approval was given.

Chip Hazard said the municipal authority has still not seen the plan and must see water and sewage plans, he said on July 11. The plan must go back to the planning commission and then returns to the supervisors.