Friday, January 30, 2015

December 2009

House fire ends in severe damages

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A summer home at 7876 Country Place Drive South, Coolbaugh Township, resulted in severe damages on Dec. 23.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said personnel from the township's fire department extinguished the blaze that was reported at 2:36 a.m., but not before the damage occurred. Police said flames were observed coming from the first and second floor windows when firemen arrived.

No one was residing in the home at the time. The cause is unknown and still being investigated, police said.

Woman is charged with retail theft

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Loriann Graham, 38, of Newfoundland, was arrested on charges of retail theft and disorderly conduct after she was caught shoplifting on Dec. 21 at 10:26 p.m. at the WalMart store on Rt. 940 in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said the woman attempted to take $180.27 worth of assorted items from the store. She had her four-year-old son with her at the time, police said.

Police said the woman was uncooperative with authorities while in custody, resulting in the disorderly conduct charge.

TAHS pool benefits from large donation

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A fundraising effort by the Tamaqua Area High School Swim Team Boosters and the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team Boosters netted $8,000 that helped to fund the addition of five lanes on the current scoreboard as well as new scoring plates on the pool deck at the Tamaqua High pool. A total of $6,000 was raised during a recent Vera Bradley Purse Bingo that was co-sponsored by the Blue Waves and Swimming Boosters. An additional $2,000 was contributed by the Blue Waves themselves to meet the total expense of the equipment purchased.

Ski lodge is scene of theft incident

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a snowboard at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Lower Towamensing Township.

Police said the victim is a minor who was not identified.

The incident happened between 7:50-8 p.m. Tuesday when someone went to an open ski rack located at the Summit Lodge and stole the unsecured Burton UNINC board while the victim was inside the lodge. The board is valued at $600.

Northern Lehigh column

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Slatington Women's Club news

The board of the Slatington Women's Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the home of President Jessica Rehrig to complete the GFWC annual reports.

The next meeting of the Slatington Women's Club will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 40 S. Second St., Slatington. The evening's program will feature the club's annual arts contest for members and area students. Go to the club's Web site at for contest information.

Walnutport Fire Dept. 2010 officers

Boyer's Food Market aids Toys For Tots

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Boyer's Food Market in Tamaqua used its Cedar Street Parking Fund to purchase and donate hundreds of new toys to the 2009 Tamaqua Salvation Army and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots drive. Most of the toys purchased were specifically limited to the younger ages. Pictured with some of the toys purchased are, from left, employee Jared Schuetrumpf, front end manager Rachelle Young, assistant manager Jay Hendricks, customer service rep Holly Gergar, and manager Donald Kawalski. Boyer's Food Market is an annual contributor to theToys For Tots drive.

Reward offered for information on bank robbery

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monroe County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in a bank robbery investigation. M&T Bank, North Ninth Street, Stroud Township, Monroe County, was robbed at approximately at 3:11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. The suspect is a black male, approximately six feet tall with a slim build. He was wearing a dark colored leather jacket and black knit cap and black pants.

Tickling the ivories together

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tickling the ivories together
Copyright Times News 2009

Vincent Michael Kelly enjoys playing the piano with his grandfather, Michael Vincent Kelly. They make beautiful music together, as you can see by the adoring way they look at each other. Vincent is the Grandest Kid of Jeannie and Mick Kelly of Gilbert and Barbara Blythe of New Tripoli and Bob Blythe of Philadelphia. He is the son of Daniel Kelly and Rose Blythe of Slatington.

Theft at ski resort

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State Police at Lehighton are investigating a theft that occurred at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

According to police unknown actors entered a vehicle in the parking lot of the ski resort and removed two iPods and accessories, as well as a blackberry cell phone. Victims are Daniel Aitkens, 21, of New Jersey; and Richard Schroeder, 21, of New Jersey.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call State Police Lehighton at (610) 377-4270.

Suitcase is stolen from aboard bus

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a theft by unlawful taking incident that happened between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

The victim is Alina Sharkey of Emmaus.

She told police said was traveling aboard a Bieber bus from New York City to Wescosville and upon arrival at Wescosville learned that her suitcase and its contents had been stolen. The bus made a stop in Hellertown, where the suitcase may have been taken. The stolen property has a value of about $190.

Pennsylvania State Police gearing up for Camp Cadet program

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pennsylvania State Police Troop "N" is once again sponsoring Camp Cadet. Camp Cadet is a fun, week-long summer camp designed to give young people a better understanding of law enforcement activities in an actual state police training school.

Participants can witness helicopter and canine demonstrations and learn about martial arts, drug awareness and more.

Boys and girls are eligible to attend. Attendees must be between 12 and 14 years old and be in good physical condition.

Children must live in Lower Luzerne, Carbon, Columbia and Monroe counties.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Jan. 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.

Chestnuthill Twp. mischief reported

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and 6:30 a.m. Dec. 21 in Chestnuthill Township.

The victim is Linda Perry, 8 Eldorado Drive, Lower Serra View, Effort.

She told police someone broke all of the windows on the right side and rear of her vehicle and also punctured the right side tires.

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.