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December 2009

Resolve to eat right in 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"Eating Well 500 Calorie Dinners" by Nicci Micco and Jessie Price.
"Eating Well 500 Calorie Dinners" by Nicci Micco and Jessie Price.

Four new cookbooks help lead the way

Right about now you're probably thinking about those resolutions vowing to eat better, cook more and shed the holiday pounds.

To help you get started – and spend that gift card from your mother-in-law – here's the latest healthy-eating, better-living cookbooks.

Two persons hurt in Monroe crash

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle crash at 5:47 p.m. Dec. 19 on Running Valley Road in Jackson Township, Monroe County.

Injured were Nicholas E. Monteforte, 24, of Henryville, the driver, and Nicholas G. Dehaven, 26, of Canadensis, his passenger. Police said Monteforte sustained a minor injury while Dehaven's injuries were moderate. The latter was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, in the Central Pocono Ambulance.

Police said Monteforte was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer east when it went out of control and struck a tree.

NL wins championship

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
steve shinko/times news Northern Lehigh's Aimee Ortner takes a shot over a pair of Lehighton defenders.
steve shinko/times news Northern Lehigh's Aimee Ortner takes a shot over a pair of Lehighton defenders.

Early on in its game against Lehighton, things weren't going as easy as the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team would have liked.

Fortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, they got back to their bread-and-butter in the second half and ran away from the Lady Indians.

Northern Lehigh's three forwards Aimee Oertner, Sonya Josephson and Lauren Oertner combined to score 33 of the team's 39 second-half points and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 59-39 victory in the tenth annual Lady Indian Holiday Classic championship game on Tuesday.

Hahn leads Bulldogs to title

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Nick Pappas (left) blocks the shot of Jim Thorpe's Rashid Epps.
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Nick Pappas (left) blocks the shot of Jim Thorpe's Rashid Epps.

Northern Lehigh coach Rich Oertner knew his team had its hands full. Jim Thorpe's athleticism and the talented Rashid Epps in the middle made the Slatington Rotary Tournament Championship a tall order.

Things seemed even more imperiled in the third quarter when Bulldog big men Evan Biegley (fouled out) and Nick Pappas (four fouls) both found themself on the bench.

But Bobby Hahn scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and two freshmen came off the bench to help propel Northern Lehigh to a 75-62 win over previously undefeated Jim Thorpe.

Home is entered; nothing missing

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State poilce at the Lehighton barracks were summoned to investigate a burglary that happened between 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 5 p.m. Monday at a residence in Polk Township.

Police said the residence of Pernell Williams, 37, of 327-F Arnold Drive, Gilbert, was entered although it was determined nothing was taken in the breakin.

Police said the actor(s) broke a window to the right of the front door and apparently reached inside to unlock the door to gain entry to the home.

Tamaqua dedicating 1,000-point banner on Saturday

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A banner honoring Tamaqua Boys Basketball players who have scored 1,000 or more points will be dedicated during the half-time of the Tamaqua-Salisbury varsity basketball game Saturday, Jan. 2.

The junior varsity game begins at noon and the varsity game follows immediately.

The banner is being presented to the district by the Tamaqua Boys Basketball Boosters.

Lynn Twp. home is burglarized

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 6:20-7:20 p.m. Dec. 23 at a home in Lynn Township.

The victim is a 33-year-old female who resides along Slateville Road, Kempton.

Police said someone entered the residence through an unlocked door and took several pieces of jewelry from the victim's bedroom and also attempted to remove a flat-screen television from a wall mount without success before fleeing in an unknown direction.

Tobyhanna woman facing DUI charge

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Laurence Woods of Tobyhanna was arrested for driving under the influrence of alcohol after a traffic accident at 7:03 p.m. Dec. 18 at the intersection of Rt. 196 and Wildflower Drive in Tobyhanna.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said the woman had a blood-alcohol level of .24.

Police said they responded to an accident at the intersection and learned that Woods was driving a vehicle that failed to stop for a red traffic signal, proceeded into the intersection, and struck a vehicle operated by Jennifer Pecorale, also of Tobyhanna.

McAdoo fugitive nabbed

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Was wanted for November robbery in Tamaqua

Tamaqua Police have arrested a McAdoo fugitive who allegedly robbed a woman at knifepoint in her car in November.

Acting on an anonymous phone tip, Swatara Township Police picked up Richard Ellenbrook, 34, of N. Kennedy Drive, on Monday evening in Enhot, near Harrisburg.

Tamaqua Police had an active warrant for Ellenbrook's arrest following a robbery in the borough on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

The victim, a woman who reported to police she had spent two days with Ellenbrook, had picked him up in Tamaqua to give him a ride back to his McAdoo apartment.

Man is drunk at bus terminal

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Robert Richardson, 49, no address given, has been charged by state police at the Fogelsville barracks with resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct as a result of an incident at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Charcoal Drive In/Bus Terminal, Lower Macungie Township.

More information sought about sewer expenses

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

East Penn Township paid Bowmanstown $271,183 for sewage capacity service when it connects the new West Bowmans sewer to the Bowmanstown treatment plant. Four $50,000 CDs will be purchased and the remainder will go into the sewer fund.

A question on the sewer treasurer's report showed a Nov. 3 cost was for having to pump out grease. Councilman Troy Muffley said the council should be informed by the operator, Portland Contractors, when there are any charges except the most minor.

Councilman Chad Everett is to inform Craig Labarre of Portland that more information is required.

Tamaqua car wash cleaned out

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More than $5,215 taken from coin changer and safe

A Tamaqua car wash was taken to the cleaners by burglars last weekend.

Borough police are investigating a report received on Sunday that the Tamaqua Auto Spa on Cedar Street was burglarized.

According to police, an unknown actor entered into the building and broke into a coin changer machine, used to convert bills into coins to operate the manual car wash bays and vacuum machines.

The thief or thieves also went into a safe and removed all of the money.

In addition, a window on the building was discovered broken, with glass scattered on the inside.

Tamaqua column

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

TAHS Class of 2010

The Tamaqua Area High School Class of 2010 All Night Party Committee will meet on Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Plans for the 2010 All Night Party will be discussed. All parents of class members are invited to attend.

Bethany E.C. Church

Nolehi's Hedash brings home title

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Briar Stern pins Northern York's Kelton Mehls in the consolation bracket of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Briar Stern pins Northern York's Kelton Mehls in the consolation bracket of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

It took Colin Hedash 6:48 to finally score a takedown against Hazleton's Jared Kay Tuesday night in the 171-pound finals at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. Fortunately, for Hedash, that one takedown in overtime was just enough to knock off the defensive Kay 3-1.

Hedash's tournament title was the glowing light from a two-day wrestling festival at Liberty, where Northern Lehigh came away with the best finish of the three Times News area participants, taking 13th overall with 91.5 points.

Motorbike is stolen in Monroe County

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating the theft of a motorbike from a residence in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

The victim is Robert Holler, 6783 Aspen Way, Saylorsburg.

He told police someone took his 2003 Honda XR100 from a shed on his property. The bike is red and black in color, with red hand guards, and has flat front and rear tires on it.

FDA warns public of extortion scam

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scam.

No one is injured in Lehigh crash

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No one was hurt in a two-vehicle accident at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 10 at the intersection oe Kauerkraut and Willow lanes in Lower Macungie Township, state police at the Fogelsville barracks reported.

Police said cars operated by Mary P. Metzker, 79, of Macungie, and Judy A. Ehret, 58, of Schnecksville, collided in the intersection.

Bulldogs' Remaley is something special

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Bulldogs' Remaley is something special
Copyright Times News 2009

When Cody Remaley was a member of the junior high football team, his coaches tracked Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout down and told him that they thought they saw something special.

As the Bulldog junior made his way up to the JV and varsity level, it didn't take Tout long to see what they meant.

In week three of his freshman year, an injury left Tout with no choice but to get Remaley on the field. He rushed for 650 yards that season and has been the shining star on the team ever since.

4 Shenandoah officers resign

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Shenandoah Police Capt. Jamie Gennarini
Shenandoah Police Capt. Jamie Gennarini

SHENANDOAH, Pa. (AP) – Four northeastern Pennsylvania police officers who were arrested Dec. 15 on federal charges have resigned from their jobs.

The Shenandoah Borough Police Department has only three officers after the resignations of Chief Matthew Nestor, Capt. Jamie Gennarini, Officer Jason Hayes and Lt. William Moyer were accepted Tuesday night. State police are helping patrol the town.

'Cheese'

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
'Cheese'
Copyright Times News 2009

This great little grin came from Cole Joseph Dietz, 2, when he was asked to smile for the camera. He was playing at the park. He is the Grandest Kid of Joe and Sally Dietz of Nesquehoning and Louie and Pat Relber of Summit Hill. Cole is also the Great Grandest Kid of Leonard Dietz of Nesquehoning. Cole is the son of J.C. and Louann Dietz of Lehighton.

Lehighton hosting youth wrestling tourney on Sunday

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Lehighton Area Booster Club Wrestling program will be hosting its First Annual "King off the Ridge" Tournament this Sunday, Jan. 3 at Lehighton High School.

Wrestlers from Lehighton, Palmerton, Northern Lehigh and Jim Thorpe will take part. Lehighton and Northern Lehigh are from the East Penn League while Palmerton and Jim Thorpe are from the Valley Elementary league.

There will be 17 weight classes ranging fron 46-pounds to 160-pounds.

Wife is arrested for assault of husband

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sharon Shepherd, 30, of Mount Pocono, was arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional Police on Dec. 27 at 11:30 a.m.. on charges of simple assault and harassment stemming from a domestic incident in which her husband was the victim.

Police said she was temporarily committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, awaiting arraignment. Bail was set at $2,500.

Snowboard stolen at Blue Mountain

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a snowboard that happened in an 11-minute span on Monday at the Blue Mountain Ski Area, Lower Towamensing Township.

The victim is Patricio German Borja, 25, of Bound Brook, N.J.

Police said between 5-5:11 p.m. someone arrived at the free ski check area and utilized a claim ticket to steal the victim's Santa Cruz snowboard. The board is valued at $585.

Mahanoy City VFW cited by Pa. LCE

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Pa. Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited a Mahanoy City veterans organization's post for violating state liquor laws.

State police said the Veterans of Foreign Wars of U.S., Hall-Reese Post 1420, 3 S. First St., was charged by officers from the District Enforcement Office No. 9, Allentown, for violations that took place on various dates.

The post is charged with selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person and possession or operation of gambling devices, lotteries, pools and/or bookmaking on the premises.

Car windows are smashed in Lehigh

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident whereby windows on seven vehicles were smashed.

The incidents happened between 11 a.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday on various drives in Lower Macungie Township.

The victims are Scott Hagy, Larry Youndt, Kason Kremus, Brian Garrity, Timothy Gill, Alex Fischl and Bryan Christiano.

Two to be cited after confrontation

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two persons will be cited for assault/harassment following an incident at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Weissport.

Police said the incident happened at 224 White St. when Samantha M. Carlos, 19, and John H. Binder, 22, became involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical.

Injuries are averted in Lehigh accident

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No one was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Dec. 13 at 7:51 p.m. on Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Philip Krogstad, 19, of Allentown, was driving a 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX north on the road when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossed into the southbound lane of travel and struck a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor driven southbound by Michael J. Wassel Jr., 35, of Macungie.

New Year's resolution - get fit

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Julie Reichl, manager/certified personal trainer, demonstrates several forms of exercise members can partake in at the Palmerton Fitness Center.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Julie Reichl, manager/certified personal trainer, demonstrates several forms of exercise members can partake in at the Palmerton Fitness Center.

While the cold weather is indeed upon us, that doesn't mean exercise habits have to take a backseat.

Snap out of those winter doldrums and meander on over to the Palmerton Fitness Center, located at 346 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

January marks the start of a new year, and along with it can come healthy changes, according to Julie Reichl, manager/certified personal trainer.

Reichl said the flip of the calendar is the perfect time to make resolutions to attain some reasonable goals.

JT officer's appeal denied

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Todd Leslie
Todd Leslie

Commonwealth Court upholds Carbon ruling

A panel of Commonwealth Court judges has upheld a Carbon County Court ruling that found no fault with a Jim Thorpe Civil Service Commission decision that the borough was within its rights to fire a former police officer for falsifying his time cards.

Jim Thorpe students perform

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The L.B. Morris Elementary Faculty Choir performed at MapleShade Meadows in Nesquehoning recently with a half hour medley of Christmas Carols. The Safety Patrols also attended and participated as a service project. Some of the students staged a live Nativity Scene.Safety Patrol and advisors visited all residents and gave them a gift. Front row pictured are Brianna Waselus, Isle Hassler, Jason Montemuro, Hope Damian, Gabriele Ramirez, Shelby Crowley, and Brendan Horos.

Vehicle is driven through 3 yards

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Three properties were damaged when someone drive a vehicle through their yards on Friday between 3 and 8:15 a.m. in Lower Macungie Township, state police at the Fogelsville barracks said.

The victims are Robert Drexinger, Donald Rohrbach and Terrel Essig, all who reside along Gun Club Road in the township.