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December 2009

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 Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash (top) rides Pen Argyl's Dylan Evans in the semifinals of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School. Hedash won with a 13-3 major decision.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash (top) rides Pen Argyl's Dylan Evans in the semifinals of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School. Hedash won with a 13-3 major decision.

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.

Video games, system are stolen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Two persons were arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for entering a home in Lower Macungie Township, stealing a video system and video games, and then exchanging them for cash.

The incident was reported at 5 p.m. Dec. 23 by Yvonne C. DeJesus, 36, of Princeton Road in the township.

Police said a 17-year-old male and Elhadji Sylia, 19, of Macungie, were arrested after the incident.

Theft probed in Monroe County

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State Police at Lehighton are investigating a theft that occurred over the weekend in Monroe County.

According to reports, an unknown actor(s) cut a screen out of an open window on a garage at 11 Emily Way, Polk Township, sometime between 9 p.m., Dec. 27, and 5 a.m., Dec. 28. The actor then crawled through the window and removed a 2002 Kawasaki Prairie ATV. They then pushed the ATV to the roadway and fled in an unknown direction.

The victim in the crime is Matthew D. Hageman, 33, of Kunkletown.

'Dawgs, Tribe reach championship

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson and Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas battle for a rebound during Monday's opening round of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic at Lehighton.
STEVE SHINKO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson and Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas battle for a rebound during Monday's opening round of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic at Lehighton.

Northern Lehigh was dominant. Lehighton was resilient. They were both triumphant

The Bulldogs and Indians took totally different paths, but both arrived at the same destination. The two teams will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game of the 10th Annual Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Northern Lehigh jumped on Jim Thorpe early and breezed to a 53-20 victory. Lehighton rallied from a seven-point third quarter deficit to edge Palmerton, 43-39.

Jim Thorpe

-No. Lehigh

Pizza Hut burglarized in Lehigh County

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of $1,036 from the Pizza Hut on Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said the theft took place between Dec. 19-22 when the actor(s) removed the money from the safe at the restaurant and fled in an unknown direction.

New light, old dangers

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Electronic signs warn drivers on Route 443 of the new traffic signals at the Normal Square intersection, left, and at Fritz Valley and Mill roads in Mahoning Township, right.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Electronic signs warn drivers on Route 443 of the new traffic signals at the Normal Square intersection, left, and at Fritz Valley and Mill roads in Mahoning Township, right.

Normal Square fatality claims Coaldale woman; blinking signs are placed

Mahoning Township police have identified the woman killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 443 at Normal Square Monday morning as Linda Faye Huynh, 62, of Coaldale.

Huynh, according to police, was traveling north on Mill Road at about 8 a.m. toward the Normal Square traffic light at the intersection of Rt. 443, Mill Road and Fritz Valley Road. An ambulance belonging to Regional EMS and Critical Care of Lehighton was heading west on Route 443.

Towamensing Elementary student council visits Renee's Personal Care Home

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the student council from Towamensing Elementary School visited Renee's Personal Care Home providing musical entertainment and Christmas treats.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the student council from Towamensing Elementary School visited Renee's Personal Care Home providing musical entertainment and Christmas treats.

Jodi Kocher, counselor, and Debbie Heydt, nurse at Towamensing Elementary School took the student council (grades three to six) to Renee's Personal Care Home, Trachsville, on Dec. 18. They are the advisers for the group.

A musical program and Christmas treats were on the agenda.

Natalie Dize, the music teacher had already taught the students most of the music in class so there was little preparation needed for the visit, said Heydt. Many of the songs they were able to sing without looking at the words.

Lehighton community dinner

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

On January 1, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Third and Iron Streets in Lehighton, invites area residents to join the Trinity family for our 2nd Annual Community Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner, served from Noon to 2 p.m. in Luther Hall. Please call the church office at (610) 377-4303 to make your dinner reservations. Meals delivered to home-bound are also available by calling the church office. Snow date: January 2.

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."