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February 2010

Tamaqua domestic

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following a domestic incident in the borough.

Officers were dispatched to 302 Orwigsburg St. at 3:45 a.m. Thursday for a reported domestic in progress. When they arrived they could hear a male yelling inside the home. The male was identified as Levi Warren, 26, of that address.

Carbon reapplying for $200,000 grant

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carbon County is reapplying for a $200,000 grant to help fund the Packerton Business Park Project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to submit an application to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), for the project. This is a re-submission of last year's application.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that the re-submission includes changes and additions of information, which was requested by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

On this date

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 1942

It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.

Clearing church walk

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured are Tamaqua residents shoveling snow outside the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua.

Suspended Andreas firefighters work to regain active duty

Friday, February 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Answering questions about the Andreas Fire Company's three-month suspension by the West Penn Township board of supervisors are, from left, Assistant Chief Jeff Bradford; Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr.; and Assistant Chief Rob Nunemacher, Sr.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Answering questions about the Andreas Fire Company's three-month suspension by the West Penn Township board of supervisors are, from left, Assistant Chief Jeff Bradford; Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr.; and Assistant Chief Rob Nunemacher, Sr.

On Feb. 1, the West Penn Township board of supervisors suspended the Andreas Fire Company from active duty for three months.

The supervisors cited financial, safety and training concerns with the fire company for taking the action.

Since then, the volunteers of the Andreas company say they have been working to address those concerns to the board's satisfaction.

"We need the community to know that we are complying," said Rob Nunemacher Jr., the company's fire chief.

Weather conditions close Schuylkill courthouse

Friday, February 26, 2010

For the third time during the month of February the Schuylkill County courthouse was closed today because of the amount of snow dumped in the county.

However, county employees at the county prison and 9-1-1 Communication Center located in Pottsville and at Rest Haven Home and Hospital in Schuylkill Haven, struggled to reach their workplace to keep them functional.

Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania forming

Friday, February 26, 2010

A new singing group known as The Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be auditioning voices for membership on Sunday, March 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Membership will be open to all interested singers from anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania who wish to audition.

Strange formations

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These strange snow formations occurred on the ground throughout our area last night. These spots are the result of rapid freezing, snowfall, and blowing winds.

Schuylkill Co. man pleads to 10 counts of sexual assault

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tower City man pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse recently in Schuylkill County court and is being evaluated as a sexual offender.

Leroy Joseph Johns, Jr., 44, entered a guilty plea to 10 counts of sexual abuse of children and Judge Jacqueline Russell deferred sentencing and ordered the defendant to submit to an evalation through the state's sexual offenders asssessment board. A sentence date will be set when the court receives the result of the evaluation.

Carbon County court news

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lease payments

Woodrow R. Frey Jr., aka, Woody Frey, dba, Body & Soul Complex, 701 Bridge St., Lehighton, filed a complaint against SPA, and Blair and Leslie Gerber Jr., 22 Hillside Place, Kunkletown, alleging the defendants have defaulted on a lease agreement at the defendants' Lehighton property. Sought is an amount in "excess of the jurisdictional limits requiring compulsory arbitration."

Medical suit

District 11 postpones all Friday basketball

Friday, February 26, 2010

All District 11 basketball playoff games scheduled for Friday night have been postponed.

The games will now be played on Saturday afternoon.

Of the games rescheduled, six of them involve TIMES NEWS area teams.

In boys AAA, the site of the Panther Valley vs. Pottsville contest has also changed. The game will now be played at Minersville at 2:30 p.m.

Other AAA boys games with local teams include Jim Thorpe vs. Blue Mountain, which will be played at 2:30 p.m. at Weatherly, and Northern Lehigh vs. Saucon Valley, now scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Catasauqua.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, February 26, 2010

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Roman J. Baran to Roman J. Baran, Hazleton, property at 1405 E. Broad St., $1.

East Penn Township

Alan T. Steigerwalt to Paul A. Baker, 1849 Municipal Rroad, Lehighton, parcel No. 99-8-B36, $100,000.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Wells Fargo Bank, Ft. Mill, S.C., property at 59 W. Front St., $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Pasadena, Calif., property at 206 South Ave., $69,531.

Naratil, Rat Pack enjoy success

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rat Pack Fighting Systems recently had a very successful weekend, capturing four titles in two days of Mixed Martial Arts competition.

Rat Pack Fighting Systems is a Mixed Martial Arts Academy that is located on Delaware Ave. in Palmerton

On Friday night, the club's top amateur MMA fighter T. Bubba Naratil, of Aquaschicola, fought for and captured the Central PA Warrior Challenge Heavyweight title belt with a seven second first round KO of the reigning champion.

Schuylkill burglary

Thursday, February 25, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County property.

Troopers said unknown criminals gained entry to a barn belonging to the Tallman Family Farms and located at 62 Kalmia Rd., in Porter Township, and removed a Chicago electric wire feed welder, gray and red in color. The welder weighs about 50 pounds and is valued at $200. The incident occurred sometime between 4 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 593-2000.

Alarms accidentally triggered in Tamaqua

Thursday, February 25, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During installation of a new monitor box at the intersection of Lafayette and Swatara Street in Tamaqua, PP&L workers accidentally triggered sporadic alarms Wednesday afternoon via a wire leading from a nearby fire alarm box. Reportedly, a tool came in contact with the wire, triggering multiple fire whistles to be heard in Tamaqua for about 20 minutes.

Terray caps three-peat at PSAC Championships

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lock Haven junior Amanda Terray, a former Panther Valley standout, capped a three-peat over the weekend winning the 200 backstroke for the third straight year at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships held at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Terray won the 200 backstroke for the third consecutive year with a time of 2:02.81. Her time is also a NCAA automatic qualifying time, marking her second NCAA qualifier in as many days after hitting one in the 100 backstroke event a night earlier with a time of 57.57. for a silver medal.

Chili Challenge held at Jerusalem UCC

Thursday, February 25, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Paul Hoppel displays chili in a crockpot before the judging begins.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Paul Hoppel displays chili in a crockpot before the judging begins.

Members of Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, do fundraising all year. Then Pastor Sharon Temple said it was time to do something "just for fun."

"This won't cost anything except the hot dog rolls," said Terry Goodhile, who organized the Chili Challenge as that fun project. He hopes it will become an annual event.

"Everybody makes the 'best' chili," Goodhile said. People made the chili at home and brought it in crockpots.

First they took tastes because everyone was a judge. The contestants can vote for themselves.

Polk column

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hunter Trapper Safety Course

Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education classes will be held on June 12 and 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Register early as class fills quickly. No walk-ins, limited seating. No fee for course.

The ins and outs of snow

Thursday, February 25, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The owner of this Jeep awakened to a snowy greeting today. He'll have to shovel his vehicle both inside and out before the storm is over.

Marian Mock Trail team picks up two wins

Thursday, February 25, 2010
KEITH HOPPES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
KEITH HOPPES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic's team of Mock Trial attorneys and witnesses cruised into victory at the Services Center in Reading for a chance at the quarterfinals. Marian earned an 18 point win over Northampton and another victory over Boyertown. The Marian Catholic team competed against Pine Grove on Tuesday evening, to end up just two points shy of moving into the quarterfinals of competition. The case was presided over by Judge Jeffrey Sprecher of the Court of Common Pleas, Berks County.

College financial aid workshop postponed

Thursday, February 25, 2010

State Rep. Keith McCall said his Free Application for Federal Student Aid Workshop originally scheduled for this Saturday in Nesquehoning has been postponed until Saturday, March 13 due to the forecasted inclement weather.

The workshop will now be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13 at Lehigh Carbon Community College's Carbon Center, 24 Locust St., Nesquehoning.

Solicitor criticises controller

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Board approves loan from debt service fund

A resolution was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to borrow $2.5 million from the county's Debt Service Fund to be transferred to the county's General Fund cash account, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Controller Melinda Kantner continued to question the legality of this transaction. She raised it at last week's work session.

Monroe arresst

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Monroe County woman was arrested for retail theft.

State police at Fern Ridge allege that Ashley Knibbs, of Effort, attempted to remove $94.73 worth of merchandise from the Weis Market, located at SR209 and Weir Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township. The incident occurred about 6:38 p.m. on Feb. 13, troopers said.

Snow parking objectors at Nesquehoning meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Several Nesquehoning residents objecting to the recent rash of snow storm parking bans appeared at Wednesday night's Nesquehoning Borough Council meeting.

One resident had four tickets issued by two different police officers on Rhume Street. He said he moved his car as others in the area did. President Mark Stromelo told the residents to follow the rules on the snow parking signs and that it would be enforced during this week's snow storm as well.

DUI roving patrol

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following information from activities held this past weekend.

A Roving DUI Patrol was held Feb. 19 with two law enforcement departments represented by two officers. A total of 26 vehicles were contacted and detained. Two drivers were tested for possible DUI. Officers issued 11 traffic citations, made one criminal arrest and issued 16 warnings.

A night of jamgrass at M.C. Opera House

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Boris Garcia
Boris Garcia

JTAMS Productions is presenting Boris Garcia & Cabinet for a night of Jamgrass live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe on Saturday, February 27 at 8:30 p.m.

Boris Garcia isn't a person but a band, an ensemble that starts with what is called jamgrass – "We're all folkies at heart," remarked one band member, "but our music also fuses American music into a rich, ever-evolving sound.

Bluegrass, jazz, rock, folk, Celtic, soul, blues, you can hear them all."

Carbon prison needs new shredder

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Carbon County Correctional Facility is in need of a new shredder.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, the board discussed the issue of its broken shredder, which cuts up refuse in the sewer lines at the Broad Mountain facility.

Charles Neff, maintenance supervisor at the correctional facility, explained that the motor is worn out and vendors cannot find replacement parts to fix the equipment. The cost for a new shredder was previously estimated to be around $20,000 to $25,000.

New and renewed coal leases are approved

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New and renewed leases for coal companies were approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to strip mine on county held coal lands in several townships in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Eight area teams in quarterfinals

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Eight TIMES NEWS area teams will take to the hardwood this weekend as the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Basketball Tournament takes center stage.

BOYS

Class AAA

No. 9 Panther Vy. (14-9, 5-7 Schuylkill) vs.

No. 1 Pottsville (21-3, 10-2 Schuylkill)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain

COACHES: PV - Pat Crampsie (8th year), Pottsville - Dave Mullaney (3rd year)

Lehighton man assisted in Haiti with U.S. Navy

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Jeffrey Teets
Jeffrey Teets

A Lehighton man, serving in the U.S. Navy, had a change in his assignment.

Jeffrey Teets was supposed to head for the Mediterranean, but instead is spending time assisting with operations in the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti.

He was actually bound for the Mediteranean Sea when his ship was diverted to Haiti.

Teets is the son of Marci Teets Marsicano of Hazleton and the late Jeffrey Teets.

His grandparents are Carlos and Kay Teets of Lehighton.

Monroe crash

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 19 along SR196 near the K&L section.

Police said Efrain Ramirez, 56, of Tobyhanna, failed to negotiate a curve with his vehicle leaving the road and colliding head-on into a tree. Ramirez was not injured but his vehicle had to be towed from the scene.