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December 2009

4 Shenandoah officers resign

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Police Patrolman Jason Hayes
Police Patrolman Jason Hayes

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.

Gregg Allman back at The Peak

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Gregg Allman will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Gregg Allman will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Rock'n' Roll Hall of Famer makes third local appearance Wednesday

Gregg Allman's legacy as a pivotal figure in the development of both Southern rock and the jam band movement has been long secure.

For four decades, as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Allman's vocals and keyboards have graced ABB's finest moments.

Both the laid back and hell raising parts of his persona have surfaced during his solo turns, highlighted by 1987's hard rocking anthem, "I'm No Angel".

Christmas card is unwanted

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

David Endy, 50, of Allentown, has been cited for harassment by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for having sent a Christmas card to a female from Emmaus.

Police said the incident was reported to them at 5 p.m. Dec. 22 by the 42-year-old woman, who said Endy sent her a harassing card after repeatedly being told to stop contact with the woman.

Highchairs, ATVs, patio fireplaces top recall list

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The following recalls were issued Dec. 20 - 23 by federal and state agencies:

Community Churches Christmas Music fest

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua hosted a Community Churches Christmas Festival of Music event. The service was held to raise donations for Schuylkill Women in Crisis. St John UCC in Tamaqua provided a singing chorus. The event also featured musical performers Audrey Christ and Samantha Yachera. Reverend Jim Cavallero was the host. Pictured providing holidays songs during the Community Church Festival of Music is the choir from the St John UCC in Tamaqua.

Television for Nesquehoning Rec Center

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Citizens Sokol Club bought a Christmas gift for the Nesquehoning Recreation Center. Accepting the 32 inch flat screen television is Pam Zlock president of the Nesquehoning Recreation Commission and Mark Stromelo of the Nesquehoning Borough Council. Representing the Sokol Club is Carl Andreas, treasurer. The television will be up and running after the offices of the Nesquehoning Police Force, attached to the recreation center,are completed.

Tamaqua news

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

St. Jerome's

St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church, West Broad Street, will celebrate the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Masses will be held on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 4 and 7 p.m., and for the Feast Day on Friday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.

The parish office will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1. The office will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4.

Zion Lutheran

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greenwood and Mauch Chunk streets, will hold a 9:30 a.m. worship service for Sunday, Jan. 3. Sunday School resumes on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Trooper's car strikes deer

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A state trooper en route to a call struck a deer on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township on Thursday morning.

The incident, which happened at 6 a.m. as Dean Deem, 40, of Lehighton, was responding to an emergency call. His passenger, Michael E. Pahira, 27, of Lehighton, was slightly injured. Deem immediatley pulled off the highway after the incident. Both Deem and Pahira were wearing lap and shoulder belts.

Nolehi, Thorpe will battle for crown

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The annual Slatington Rotary Tournament title game has the makings of one of being one of the best in their 28-year history.

The Jim Thorpe Olympians, led by standout Rashid Epps, took

control of their game against Palmerton in the second period and cruised

to a 73-43 win on Monday nigt. Host Northern Lehigh methodically disposed of Lehighton 67-46 in the nightcap.

Northern Lehigh (5-2) will face undefeated Jim Thorpe in the championship game immediately following the Palmerton-Lehighton consolation matchup that has a 6:30 tip-off.

Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua overrides mayor's tax veto

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Micah Gursky
Micah Gursky

Tamaqua Borough Council overrode Mayor Christian Morrison's veto of the proposed 2010 tax ordinance at last night's special meeting without any changes to it passed on Dec. 15.

Resident Dan Miorelli questioned whether cuts had been made, based on the mayor's veto.

"The mayor's proposal does not give us any cuts. The mayor vetoed the budget, presented his reasons, but there was nothing in there about cuts," said council President Micah Gursky.

Pedestrian hurt in hit-run accident

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened at 8:47 p.m. Dec. 22 in Arrowhead Lakes, resulting in a pedestrian who was struck by the vehicle being injured.

Police said Nicholas Caruso of Arrowhead Lakes was transported to the Geisinger Medical Center after the accident.

Police said he was struck by a vehicle while walking on Oruno Drive in the development.

Perfume thefts land Barnesville man in prison

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Tamaqua area man pleaded guilty to theft of six bottles of perfume and now must spend time in the county prison according to a sentence recently imposed by Judge D. Michael Stine following a hearing in the Schuylkill County Court. Two others who pleaded guilty were also sentenced and five people had their probation revoked.

Troop N Camp Cadet 2010 applications being accepted

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Application period for the 2010 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted. Anyone interested in attending camp can obtain an application at any of the following Troop N State Police Stations: Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater State Police. Applications have also been distributed to most of the local schools located throughout the Troop N Area.

LCCC to offer computer classes

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer various levels of noncredit computer courses for students who want to learn Excel-Microsoft Office 2007 software package. All classes have a ratio of one person per computer to provide hands-on experience.

The following computer courses will be held at one of LCCC's locations in Schnecksville or at its Donley Center in Allentown.

Beginning Excel (6 hours). Start dates: Jan. 27, Jan. 29, May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 3

Beginning Excel (10 hours). Start date: Apr. 27

Tamaqua quilters spread warmth

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS "The Needlebugs" of Tamaqua hurry to finish their latest lap quilt in order to present it to Salvation Army worker Esther Stofocik, who is scheduled to undergo knee surgery after the holidays. The quilting circle meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m., at 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. New quilters are always welcome beginners and experienced sewers alike.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS "The Needlebugs" of Tamaqua hurry to finish their latest lap quilt in order to present it to Salvation Army worker Esther Stofocik, who is scheduled to undergo knee surgery after the holidays. The quilting circle meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m., at 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. New quilters are always welcome beginners and experienced sewers alike.

Fun, fellowship and warmth are three key ingredients that go into the making of every lap blanket created by "The Needlebugs."

The dedicated group of women have managed to warm more than three dozen laps this year, each quilt donated to a person in need of some personal warmth.

The group of women, numbering up to 15 some days, meets once a week, Wednesday mornings, at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Albrightsville man facing charges

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Glenn Gehret of Albrightsville has been arrested by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks on a charge of simple assault stemming from a domestic disturbance at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Police said the incident happened at 115 Ginsberg Circle, Mount Pocohontas, Penn Forest Township.

Police said the man was involved in a verbal argument with Karen Gehret, Albrightsville, that turned physical when the man struck the victim in the face, choked her around the neck with his hands and forced her to strike her head on the refrigerator door several times.

LAHS plans financial aid workshop on Wednesday

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 in the Lehighton Area High School cafeteria. Joe Alamo, financial aid director from Wilkes University, will be on hand to guide parents/ guardians through an important first step in financial planning for college. The workshop will include, "What Financial Aid is All About," and an "hands-on" activity completing the Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA). Reservations should be made by calling the guidance office at (610) 377-7600 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. immediately. Deadline is Jan. 4.

LC&N presents Safety Awards

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehigh Coal and Navigation safety department gave awards to employees who worked all year without an accident. These awards also showed job performance, work attendance, and work ethic. Pictured from front left are pit foreman Louis Mitchalk, dragline operator Daniel Baer, breaker welder George Boyle, maintenance mechanic Alvin Schlauch. From back left are superintendant Bob Thompson, safety director Dave Wolfe, assistant superintendent Brian Bevan, and maintenance supervisor Jim Lechleitner.

Ex-board chairman remembered; Polk budget passes with no hike

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dramatic change and status quo came together at the final Polk Township Supervisors meeting for 2009. Dramatic change was in the empty chair of the late H. Lee Everett, who for years served as chairman of the board. A moment of silence in his memory recognized his passing last week as did Supervisor Nancy C. May's reading of a piece Everett reportedly often gave to others, entitled the "Obituary for Mr. Common Sense."

Components of that piece were Everett's philosophy of serving as supervisor including "Don't spend more than you earn."

'Times Square on Broad Street'

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS The "2010" sign is placed outside of the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise in preparation for Tamaqua's annual "Times Square on Broad Street" New Year's Eve celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by THE TIMES NEWS.
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS The "2010" sign is placed outside of the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise in preparation for Tamaqua's annual "Times Square on Broad Street" New Year's Eve celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by THE TIMES NEWS.

TIMES NEWS sponsors Tamaqua's annual New Year's Eve celebration

The eagles may be flying down instead of up, but that won't stop the New Year from being celebrated in downtown Tamaqua.

The annual "Times Square on Broad Street" New Year's Eve celebration will once again be hosted by the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise on East Broad Street, beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

Parambo comes full circle on court

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Devin Parambo is the 2009 TIMES NEWS Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Devin Parambo is the 2009 TIMES NEWS Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

She had more digs than an archaeologist, and more kills than a health reform bill proposal.

Marian's Devin Parambo has the rare ability to play the front row and the back row at an extremely high level. The Fillies' full rotation player also has the unique capability to stand out individually while playing fully within the team concept.

And to top it all off, Parambo's attitude exceeds her ability.

Mailbox post pulled from ground

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 9 p.m. Dec. 23 and 9 a.m. Dec. 24 in Lower Macungie Township.

The victim is Brian W. Kluck, 54, who resides in the 3800 block of Maulfair Drive in the township.

He told police someone pulled a wooden post of his mailbox out of the ground and left it lying in the end of the driveway of the residence.

Blue Year Celebration

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Covered Bridge Inn to hold annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop

So rare are some instances that they're said to occur once in a blue moon.

Yet, patrons who attend the sixth annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop in Little Gap Square at the Covered Bridge Inn will be treated to such an anomaly.

That's because the month of December will close out with a blue moon, and will mark the second full moon in the calendar month, an instance so uncommon it only takes place once every 20 years.

14-year-old cited for shoplifting

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks arrested a 14-year-old female juvenile from Macungie for retail theft after she was caught shoplifting at 11:38 p.m. Dec. 23 at Kohl's Department Store, Hamilton Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township.

Police said it is alleged she stole $226 worth of items from the store.

Faces hit, run charges

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

An East Brunswick, New Jersey, man faces hit-and-run charges after he struck a parked vehicle at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Tuesday, then fled.

Joshua Li, 21, was pulling out of a parking space at 4:30 p.m. when he struck a parked Dodge Ram owned by Christopher Eaton, 21, of Sewell, New Jersey, said state police at Lehighton. Li then fled the scene.

Rush Police report thefts, accident

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Rush Township Police Department is investigating a theft of a Blue Toshiba laptop, from 30 Wayne Ave., Hometown. Police responded to a burglary. The only thing taken was the laptop. The burglary was reported on Dec. 22.

Helene C Grutza, 34, of Barnesville, is facing felony retail theft charges after stealing $80.72 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart. Rush Township Police reported the theft took place on Dec. 23.