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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises to 100

Monday, May 11, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — The families of at least 100 people who died in crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches will be offered compensation by the company.

The number revealed Monday by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, is the first acknowledgement by the company that the defective switches have caused at least 100 deaths. The total stood at 97 as of last week.

Amber alert issued in Jim Thorpe

Monday, May 11, 2015

State police issued an amber child abduction alert for the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The Jim Thorpe Police Department is searching for Mason Pachulski, a white 12-year-old male, 4-foot 4 inches tall, 80 pounds, dressed in dark pants and a dark shirt, red hair, blue eyes, wearing Blur framed glasses.

He was last seen behind his residence on Center Avenue in Jim Thorpe between 7:10 and 7:30 a.m. today.

He has been reported missing.

The suspect, vehicle information and direction of travel is unknown at this time.

Any sightings, call 911.

Slight chance of rain today

Monday, May 11, 2015

We could get some wet relief from tropical storm Ana today. Here's the forecast:

Today: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Report: Pennsylvania is so-so for working moms

Monday, May 11, 2015

Trying to gauge the best and worst places to be a working mom, a new report looked at — among other things — child care availability and cost, gender pay gaps, number of female company executives and the average length of a woman's workday.

When the numbers were crunched, Pennsylvania's rating was, well, mediocre.

Monroe County soldier remembered as funny, loving

Sunday, May 10, 2015
A United States flag is removed from Sgt. Derek Pagan’s casket on Sunday in preparation to be given to his family. A funeral service with full military honors was held at Gower Funeral Home in Gilbert. The Kunkletown native was killed April 26 in a hit-and-run accident in Austin, Texas. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Sill searching for answer’s regarding his death, Sgt. Derek Pagan’s family and friends paid their respects during a funeral service with full military honors Sunday in Gilbert.

The 29-year-old Kunkletown native and Fort Hood soldier was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours of April 26 in Austin, Texas.

Police: Boy preparing to wash father's car struck, killed

Sunday, May 10, 2015

DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a youth preparing to wash his father's car was accidentally struck and killed by the vehicle in suburban Philadelphia.

Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Delaware County Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1IuvQLT ) that the 17-year-old victim and his 18-year-old brother were in back of the Drexel Hill house with buckets of water at about 8 p.m. Friday.

Car hits pole in early morning East Penn crash; driver flees

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

State police at Lehighton are investigating a violent crash in which one person was seriously injured while another, the driver, fled the scene.

The crash occurred 3 a.m. Sunday morning along Route 895 just east of the intersection with Lauchnor Road. It appeared the duo were traveling west when the driver lost control. The car crossed the roadway entering the berm where it snapped off a utility pole.

Monroe, Carbon firefighters battling wildfire in Chestnuthill

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News Rocky Mountain Road in Chestnuthill Township just off Route 115 is closed as firefighters set up one of two command posts in an effort to attack a major wildfire.

Fire companies from throughout Carbon, Monroe and Northampton counties are battling a wildfire in Chestnuthill Township.

The fire started in a deep ravine, which is difficult to access.

Fire command stations are set up at Route 115 and Rocky Mountain Road South, as well as Hypsy Gap Road. Planes are being brought in to battle the fire.

According to scanner reports, one firefighter has been injured. An estimated 50 acres have burned so far.

Palmerton and Penn Forest have been brought in from Carbon, as well as Plainfield Township from Northampton.

Palmerton woman suffers minor injuries in crash

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Palmerton woman suffered a minor injury Saturday when her 2001 Ford Focus crashed into a guard rail and concrete divider on Route 248 in Lower Towamensing Township.

Karen S. Kolek, 66, was eastbound around 4:30 p.m. when her car fishtailed out of control and hit the guard rail a quarter-mile east of the Palmerton exit, police said.

The vehicle then crossed the left lane of Route 248, hit the concrete divider, continued east, bounced off the divider again, crossed the right lane and hit the guard rail, crossed the left lane and bounced off the divider a third time.

Route 209 in Franklin Township closed

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Copyright Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

Route 209 in Franklin township is expected to be closed for hours after a car impacted with and snapped off a utility pole carrying a multitude of wires across the roadway. The car left the east berm when it impacted with the pole. It did not appear there were any serious injuries. Franklin Township police are investigating the incident.
Larry Neff