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November 2009

Monroe man cited for theft incident

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Monroe County man was cited following an incident at INsley Shoprite store in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Anthony Pellegrino, 30, of Kresgeville, allegedly took a 32-inch LCH HD television from the store without paying for it. He was confronted by store employees who asked for a sales slip, which he could not produce. The incident occurred about 5:45-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Troopers said Pellegrino was also found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time. He was cited for retail theft and public drunkenness.

Pet Store Universe carries a complete line of supplies

Monday, November 30, 2009
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Janice Coles, owner of Pet Store Universe, 450 Interchange Road, Suite 101, Route 209 in Franklin Township, has stocked the store with a selection of premium wholesome pet foods that will add healthy years to your pet's life. The store is in the same building as All Lit Up.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Janice Coles, owner of Pet Store Universe, 450 Interchange Road, Suite 101, Route 209 in Franklin Township, has stocked the store with a selection of premium wholesome pet foods that will add healthy years to your pet's life. The store is in the same building as All Lit Up.

Shopping for your pet has never been easier.

Discriminating pet owners who seek healthy, all natural, holistic pet foods for their pets are invited to let Pet Store Universe at 450 Interchange Road, Suite 101, be their one-stop pet shopping spot.

Pet Store Universe is located next to All Lit Up lighting store along Route 209 in Franklin Township.

Janice Coles, owner, has stocked the store with a selection of premium wholesome pet foods that will add healthy years to your pet's life.

Nolehi title bid falls just short

Monday, November 30, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh quarterback Ty Bolton (10) gets set to pitch the ball to Cody Remaley.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh quarterback Ty Bolton (10) gets set to pitch the ball to Cody Remaley.

MAHANOY CITY - Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout knew his team was so close to delivering a knockout punch to North Schuylkill inthe District 11 Class 2A championship on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs had those hopes stripped from them in the fourth quarter as the Spartans ran off 19 straight points to pull out a 33-26 triumph before an overflow crowd at Alumni Stadium.

The first District title for the Spartans in 13 years didn't come easy, but they earned the right to meet West Catholic on Saturday in the PIAA Interdistricts at 1 p.m. at Palisades High School.

Schuylkill woman found intoxicated

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Schuylkill County woman was found walking in a middle of a road under the influence of alcohol.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Michelle L. Schneck, of Old Forge Road, in Pine Grove Township, was found walking in the middle of the road above about 2:19 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, in a intoxicated condition.

Troopers said she was cited for public drunkenness.

SUPPORT GROUP

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its Christmas party (no gift exchange) on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota, Hazleton.

New members are welcome to attend and get the opportunity to learn more about the group.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please call Carol Vilcko at (570) 788-7363 to R.S.V.P. for this event.

There will be no meetings in January or February. Meetings will resume in March and take place the first Wednesday of each month.

Panther Valley HS lists honor students

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Panther Valley High School Honor Roll for the 1st marking period of the 2009-2010 school year as announced by the Principal, Mr. George C. Gillespie.

Distinguished honors - (Major subject average of 95; no grade lower than 83)

Seniors: Miranda Altemose, Joshua Faenza, Matthew Galgoci, Wajiha Gillani, Denielle Kennedy, Abigail Markovich, Joel Maruschak, Maria Motika, Kayla Nunemacher, Jennifer O'Brien, Demi Ogozalek, Kyle Picht, Emily Rehrig, Katarina Rohlfing, Nicolette Scheitrum, Logan Stano, Stephanie Stoffa, Andrew Tucker, Katelyn Zulic.

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, November 30, 2009

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating two crashes on Saturday, Nov. 28, on Schuylkill County roadways.

Holiday mixer planned

Monday, November 30, 2009

Members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce are invited to join the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce for an evening of socializing and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli with friends and fellow Chamber members.For more information and RSVPs call (610) 841-5804 or email elliep@lehighvalleychamber.org.

Several hurt in SR895 crash

Monday, November 30, 2009
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State police at Frackville investigated two crashes along SR895, five-tenths of a mile south of SR443, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred moments apart and included a pedestrian being hit who stopped to aid persons injured in the initial crash. Troopers said about 1:35 a.m. Scott Reed, 24, of Orwigsburg, was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer southbound when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. The Ford first entered the north lane, then Reed counter-steered to the right causing the vehicle to go off the road and strike an embankment.

Bank helps with cameras

Monday, November 30, 2009
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe National Bank donated $1,000 to Nesquehoning Borough to purchase two cameras for the police cars. Costing $4,995 per unit. The borough is hoping that more businesses step forward to help purchase the cameras. The cameras are made by the company who supplies cameras to the PA State Police Department. They are court tested in the PA Court System as to their accuracy and validity for evidence purposes. They have been pre-bid by Co-Stars Bidding Program. Councilman Frank DiMiceli approached Nesquehoning Borough Council with the idea and was supported by both council and the mayor.

Harhart announces availability of new militiary license plates

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced that a new series of military license plates are being made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

"These license plates are a great way to honor those motorists who have bravely served our country through military service," said Harhart. "Pennsylvania is home to a large population of veterans and this new series of license plates is a small, but fitting, way to recognize these outstanding members of the community."

Woman facing theft charge

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of theft by deception.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Donna Brady, 49, of Pottsville, wrote a check for 150 gallons of home heating oil to H.B. Steele & Son Inc., West Brunswick Township, on Nov. 9 at 3:02 p.m. The check was written on a closed account, troopers said.

Schuylkill woman facing theft count

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of retail theft following an incident at the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

State police at Frackville said Michelle McIver, 23, of St. Clair, was arrested for allegedly attempting to remove mechandise from the Kmart Store without paying for them. The incident occurred about 4:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, troopers said.

West Penn Elementary releases honor roll

Monday, November 30, 2009

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2009-2010 school year. To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four and five must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Palmerton woman, 91, raped; suspect arrested

Monday, November 30, 2009

An East Stroudsburg man accused of raping a 91-year-old Palmerton woman is behind bars.

Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith said the incident was reported to the Palmerton Police Department around 1:54 p.m. Saturday.

Smith said the victim called police and said a man knocked on her door and requested to use her telephone.

That's when the woman told police she was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted, Smith said.

Police have identified the suspect as Leslie Settzer, 34, of 388 Race Street, East Stroudsburg.

Lehighton Area High School choirs present 'Disney Christmas Celebration'

Monday, November 30, 2009
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Concert Choir of Lehighton Area High School will join the Music Express of the school for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. The concert precedes a trip by the two school groups to Disney World from Dec. 8 to 13.
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Concert Choir of Lehighton Area High School will join the Music Express of the school for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. The concert precedes a trip by the two school groups to Disney World from Dec. 8 to 13.

The Lehighton Area High School Choirs will be presenting "A Disney Christmas Celebration" on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

This marks their 54th Annual Christmas Choral Concert and will feature the voices of the Concert Choir and "Music Express".

The concert will feature all of the music that they will be performing in the Walt DisneyWorld Resorts December 8-13.

A minimum admission fee is charged. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Carbon/Tamaqua Unit and Holiday Educare.

Minor injuries in Schuylkill crash

Monday, November 30, 2009

Minor injuries were reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred about 12:40 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, along SR924, just north of Sheppton in East Union Township, Schuylkill County.

Christmas concert

Monday, November 30, 2009

Singing and Ringing in Lehighton

A Christmas Concert of Singing and Ringing will be held at Ben Salem UCC, 1965 Church Hill Rd., Lehighton, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Featured will be the men's gospel quartet, Lost and Found, and the Ben Salem Handbell Choir.

The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Completes basic combat training

Monday, November 30, 2009

Army Pfc. Melissa A. Kieffer has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Offensive line was strong point for Bulldogs the entire season

Monday, November 30, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Mike Buresh (left) and Nick Hartman (72) get set to block North Schuylkill's Kody Flail.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Mike Buresh (left) and Nick Hartman (72) get set to block North Schuylkill's Kody Flail.

High school football games are won and lost on the line of scrimmage.

Northern Lehigh's play on the line of scrimmage was a big reason it won 10 games this season and earned a spot in the District 11 title game.

The Bulldogs' have the Colonial League's leading rusher and the top ball carrier in the Times News area in Cody Remaley. The junior running back ran for 2,155 yards on 354 carries this year thanks in part to the line in front of him, which featured 12 years of experience among the five interior linemen.

Local student serves in honor guard

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cathrine Schoch, a senior nursing major from Lehighton, served in the student honor guard for the inauguration of Carmen Twillie Ambar as the 13th president of Cedar Crest College in October.

The honor guard dressed in academic regalia lined the procession route as the president and others processed, and followed the president as she entered Lees Hall auditorium for the ceremony.

On this date

Monday, November 30, 2009

November 30, 1975

Boroughs throughout the state, such as the 12 in Carbon County, now have the right to appropriate funds for fire protection to fire companies which serve the borough, under legislation now served into law by the governor. The new law permits boroughs to levy a special tax to cover the cost of fire protection but limits it to three mills. Should the borough wish to raise the tax above the three mill limitation, the issue would have to be submitted to the voters of the borough for approval.

Tamaqua news

Monday, November 30, 2009

Spirit of Christmas

Tamaqua's Annual Spirit of Christmas Festival will be held this weekend at a variety of venues in the downtown area.

Festivities will begin with a candlelit walking tour of the historic district. Participants will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 116 W. Broad St.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Mack Quiteh, 51, of Tobyhanna, appeared along SR924 at Eagle Rock Resort in East Union Township, about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, in an intoxicated condition. He was detained by security until troopers arrived.

Quiteh was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He will be charged with DUI, troopers added.

Completes basic combat training

Monday, November 30, 2009

Army Pvt. Joseph A. Zaprazny has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Chimney cleaning

Monday, November 30, 2009

Don't overlook this vital maintenance

December arrives tomorrow, a month synonymous with colder weather and the beginning of winter. It means furnaces will be working harder to keep your house warm.

Is your heater up to the task? Have you had your chimney cleaned within the past couple of years?

Chimneys and furnaces are a major cause of winter fires.

The U.S. Fire Administration says that in 2006, 11.4 percent of residential fires in the United States were caused by heating the home.

Slatington driver in Lehigh mishap

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Slatington driver was involved in a two vehicle crash about 5:47 p.m. on Nov. 25 along SR100 in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Katherine A. Kercher, 20,. of Whitehall, was in the parking lot of the Clausville Business Center and attempting to pull onto 100 to go southbound when the front end of her 1995 Pontiac Sunfire was struck by a 2004 Saturn Ion driven by Kelly A. McAvoy, 21, of Slatington, who was northbound.

No one was injured in the accident. Troopers indicated that Kercher was cited but did not state for what violation.

Housing woes hit first-time buyers

Monday, November 30, 2009
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Laura Kennedy stands outside of her parents' home in Summit Hill, where she has been living as she attempts to purchase her first home. Kennedy is trapped in housing limbo, unable to close on the home she wants but, unwilling to walk away and lose the money she's invested so far.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Laura Kennedy stands outside of her parents' home in Summit Hill, where she has been living as she attempts to purchase her first home. Kennedy is trapped in housing limbo, unable to close on the home she wants but, unwilling to walk away and lose the money she's invested so far.

When Laura Kennedy set out to buy her first home this year, she did everything right. Kennedy, 25, saved up a down payment, earned a solid credit score, and found a home that she could afford.

Now Kennedy is trapped in housing limbo, unable to close on the home she wants but unwilling to walk away and lose the money she's invested so far. The Tamaqua house she is attempting to buy is worth less than the seller's mortgage, which means that the seller's bank must accept a "short sale" or risk the house going into foreclosure.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, November 30, 2009

November 30, 2002 Danny Miller and Ray Lenhart both have big games to help Lehighton register a 73-70 victory over Bangor. Miller finishes with a game-high 30 points and also pulls down 15 rebounds, while Lenhart contributes 23 points and nine boards. The Indians, coached by Jason Weaver, also receive eight points from Jon Yenser.

Camp Adams client to be cited

Saturday, November 28, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks reported a client at the Camp Adams location of the Youth Services Agency will be cited for harassment as a result of an incident Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The camp is located at 73 Act Lane, Penn Forest Township.

Police said the client, Matthew Bucher, 18, of Gilbertsville, assaulted an employee, Brandon G. Lawton, 28, of Allentown.

F-150 pickup truck stolen in Monroe

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The theft of a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck from a property in Monroe County is under investigation by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is 81-year-old Charles A. VanAuken of Kunkletown Road, Ross Township, Saylorsburg.

Police said sometime between 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 3 p.m. Tuesday someone went to a locked shed on the victim's property, located a hidden key to the vehicle and proceded to drive it from the scene.