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

Police: Man assaulted mother-in-law, friend

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Georgia man was placed in jail hours after he broke into a Schuylkill County home Wednesday morning and assaulted his mother-in-law and a family friend.

State police at Frackville were dispatched to 83 Trenton, Delano Township, at 12:34 a.m. for a report of Tyler Jonathan Smith, 29, of Milledgeville, Georgia, breaking into the residence and assaulting his 58-year-old mother-in-law and a family friend, a 39-year-old male.

Both the mother-in-law and family friend have Mahanoy City addresses.

Wolf makes stop in Slatington

Friday, August 7, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gov. Tom Wolf addresses the crowd as part of his "Schools That Teach" Tour Thursday morning at Slatington Elementary School.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gov. Tom Wolf addresses the crowd as part of his "Schools That Teach" Tour Thursday morning at Slatington Elementary School.

Governor brings his funding message

Gov. Tom Wolf made Slatington Elementary School the first of his three stops Thursday morning as part of his "Schools That Teach" Tour.

A crowd of about 40, comprised primarily of district faculty, administrators and board members, were in attendance to hear the governor's proposals on school funding.

District Superintendent Michael Michaels introduced Wolf, and said he was both encouraged and humbled by the governor's presence in the district.

Running on rims

Friday, August 7, 2015
DYLAN MESSERSCHMIDT/TIMES NEWS Ben Everett's car sitting atop Miranda Green's overturned car at the demolition derby Thursday at the Carbon County Fair. For more photos see the gallery  at tnonline.com.
DYLAN MESSERSCHMIDT/TIMES NEWS Ben Everett's car sitting atop Miranda Green's overturned car at the demolition derby Thursday at the Carbon County Fair. For more photos see the gallery at tnonline.com.

Carbon demolition derby provides bang-up fun

Twisted metal and clouds of smoke filled the arena at the Carbon County Fair on Thursday evening as the demolition derby was held for the fairgoers in attendance.

Three compact car heats were scheduled, followed by a feature and a full-size car feature.

The last four cars running in the compact car heats would move on to the feature, and the last three would receive cash prizes.

The first heat for the compact cars got the event started.

Out of the nine cars entered, Lonnie Behler Sr., Randy Ahner and Darin George grabbed the top three spots.

Mushroom program set for CCEEC

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a program for mushroom enthusiasts. "Shroomer Sunday" will take place at 9 a.m. this Sunday.

Mycologist Laura Weishaupt will present the program, which includes an indoor lecture and a hike on easy walking trails.

Though edibility will be discussed, the program will focus on mushroom ecology, and on learning to identify and understand members of the bolete family, known as "spongy mushrooms."

The program is open to all ages and interest levels.

Saylorsburg pair on trial in elderly woman's death

Friday, August 7, 2015

STROUDSBURG (AP) A man and woman are on trial in eastern Pennsylvania in the death of an elderly stroke victim four years ago who was in their care.

WNEP-TV reports that proceedings began Wednesday in Monroe County in the case of 45-year-old John Tedesco and 38-year-old Tina Tedesco.

Earlier this year, the defendants withdrew guilty pleas to third-degree murder charges in the August 2011 death of 70-year-old Barbara Rabins.

Water boil advisory in Tamaqua

Friday, August 7, 2015
Crews worked throughout the day Thursday in Tamaqua addressing a broken water main. The location of the problem along a narrow, one-lane section of Route 309 northbound resulted in extensive rerouting of traffic with volunteer manpower from two communities' fire police units placed into service for most of the day.
Crews worked throughout the day Thursday in Tamaqua addressing a broken water main. The location of the problem along a narrow, one-lane section of Route 309 northbound resulted in extensive rerouting of traffic with volunteer manpower from two communities' fire police units placed into service for most of the day.

Water main breaks beneath Route 309

A water boil advisory has been issued by the Tamaqua Area Water Authority for a portion of the Middle Ward section of the community following a water main break on Pine Street, Route 309, after 2 p.m. Thursday.

The advisory was put in effect 9 p.m. upon completion of repairs to a cracked cast-iron pipe, a seven-hour procedure which involved rerouting of traffic until late at night.

Nearby residents were without water for much of the day and crews were preparing to restore water service at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Beltzville Lake open again

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park as of Friday, because of acceptable bacterial counts in water samples taken on Aug. 5.

Paragliding festival this weekend at Blue Mountain

Friday, August 7, 2015

A two-day paragliding festival kicks off Saturday at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton.

The Pennsylvania Paragliders will launch near the summit of the mountain and soar over spectators in homemade costumes.

The event will take place from approximately 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturday and Sunday and is free to the public.

Over 30 pilots plan to participate in the flight festivities.

Organizers said the Festival of Flight is modeled after the iconic Icarus Cup in France and will feature the "twisting, diving and aerial acrobatics."

Flights are weather permitting.

No jail for former Williamsport officer in fatal car crash

Friday, August 7, 2015

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A former police officer in central Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter stemming from a car crash that killed another motorist in 2014.

Former Williamsport police Officer Jonathan Deprenda was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. He was also fined $825 and must pay the victim's funeral expenses.

Man charged in Schuylkill brought gun to court

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Wilkes-Barre man faces a felony gun charge after he allegedly brought a handgun into court for his preliminary hearing on misdemeanor drug charges Wednesday.

Brandon Darius, 21, of South Hancock Street was scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Paul Roberts for a hearing on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Wednesday afternoon, according to court records.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Kingston police: A Kingston police officer was called to testify at the preliminary hearing.