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July 2010

Cited for trespassing

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Three individuals were cited for criminal trespass after they trespassed on a property in Summit Hill.

According to borough police on July 16, at 6:48 a.m. police were dispatched to 530 E. White Bear Drive for persons trespassing.

Upon arrival the owner of the residence said he observed three individuals, later identified as Eric Matthews, 33, of 107 Hawthorne Drive, Jim Thorpe; Joshua Stein, 28, of 237 Main St., Walnutport; and Edwin Mertz, 50, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, on his property. The men then left the property and went onto property at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Main Street initiative

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lansford, Summit Hill will work together on program

Two Panther Valley communities will work together and try to capitalize on the state's "Main Street" program.

Borough councils in both Lansford and Summit Hill gave approval to community organizations to participate.

Mark Sverchek, of Lansford Alive, and Debra Ranck, president of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization, both assured their respective borough councils that participation would not come from tax dollars.

A healthier side of bacon

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bringing home the bacon used to be a noble thing. Today, it's considered a health hazard.

What's a bacon lover to do? Read nutrition labels and use common sense.

The good news is bacon is so loaded with flavor a little goes a long way. Using just a bit to garnish a salad or speckle a meatloaf or burger can feel indulgent without ruining a diet.

Also look for center-cut varieties, which often have less fat and fewer calories per serving than the regular stuff. Low-sodium variations also are available.

Man falls from tree, is injured

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A man was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a tree cutting accident in a remote and heavily wooded area of Ryan township, Schuylkill County. The incident occurred at 5 p.m. when the victim reportedly fell out of a tree. His young son walked a mile through the woods to seek help for his injured father. Emergency personnel from the Ryan Township and Delano fire companies, Ryan Township ambulance and Ryan and Rush township police were dispatched to an area along Church Street. Rescue workers decided traveling up Bridge Street, a narrow dirt road, would place them closer to the victim.

Carbon County court news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions have been filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Sovereign Bank, 601 Penn St., Reading, filed against Matthew N. and Heather Wentz, 797 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $67,062.95 and continuing interest.

Sovereign Bank filed against Lerhonda D. Robinson, 41 Cranberry Circle, East Brunswick, N.J., over property at 204 Mountain Rd., Albrightsville, seeking $134,060.72 and continuing interest.

Juveniles charged for garbage fire

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Two juveniles were charged after they lit garbage on fire in Summit Hill.

According to borough police on July 4, at 7:58 p.m. police were summoned to the 100 block of East White Street where someone had set some garbage on fire. An investigation revealed that two juvenile males from Summit Hill started the fire.

They were both charged with dangerous burning.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nesquehoning

Community supper

The free community supper will be held on Wednesday, July 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Meed's Methodist Church. All are invited

Senior boxes

Seniors are welcome to sign up for the free senior boxes on July 30 from 10 to noon at the Meed's Methodist Church on West Catawissa Street.

Summit Hill

Preschool enrollment

Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 school year of the Little Angels Pre-School of Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Two placed in probation program

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Two persons with pending criminal charges were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked, then the commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The two were placed for a year on driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

Cited for careless driving after accident

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A 16-year-old female is being cited for careless driving following a one-car accident at 4 p.m. Monday in Mahoning Township.

Chief of Police Ken Barnes said the accident happened in the vicinity of 744 Troxells Road. A vehicle driven by a 16-year -old female from the 100 block of Creekside Manor Drive, Lehighton, failed to negotiate a curve, drove off of the roadway, struck a fence and struck two poles.

Police said the car left 105 feet of skid marks on the roadway and then continued another 230 feet on grass before coming to a final rest.

Lehighton man charged with retail theft

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Lehighton man has been cited by Tamaqua Police following an incident at Ed's Sport Shop, 308 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Joel G. Semanoff, 55, of 160 S. Fifth St., Lehighton, reportedly entered the shop last Friday at approximately 4:25 p.m. and proceeded to steal a Blackhawk Pistol Light, valued at $159.

Semanoff has been charged with retail theft.

Nesquehoning man faces year in jail for drunk driving

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Nesquehoning man faces a minimum term of one year in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of driving under the influence (DUI). He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a plea on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Controlled substances

Charles Kaukaoh Misawic, 41, was arrested on Sept. 22, 2009, along SR209 in Lansford after being observed driving erratically.

Tamaqua garage damaged

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tamaqua Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that caused damage to a garage on Schuylkill Avenue.

Officers were notified of the damage at 12:45 p.m. last Saturday. Two holes were found in a garage door at 204 Schuylkill Ave.

Anyone with information may contact police at (570) 668-6100.

Correction

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In the article in Tuesday's edition regarding the 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the second paragraph reads, "Jamie Folweiler wanted to remind everyone of the importance of that piece of legislation, which established a clear and comprehensive national mandate against individuals who are disabled."

The sentence should have said, "which establishes a clear and comprehensive national mandate against the discrimination of individuals who are disabled."

THE TIMES NEWS regrets any confusion this might have caused.

The transition

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Musselman sits on the bed in her room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living in Lansford. Musselman moved to Edgemont after the state closed her previous residence, Eastern Comfort Assisted Living in Palmerton.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Musselman sits on the bed in her room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living in Lansford. Musselman moved to Edgemont after the state closed her previous residence, Eastern Comfort Assisted Living in Palmerton.

Former Eastern Comfort residents find new quarters

Maryann Musselman sits on the twin bed in her cozy room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living facility in Lansford. On a table nearby, a ceramic angel, given her by a staff member, sits beside a graceful frosted-glass lamp. More angels rest on a shelf beneath the air conditioner. Musselman's wall-hangings, all expressing her strong religious faith, are placed carefully on elegant, beige-on-beige satin wallpaper.

Nesquehoning incidents

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nesquehoning police reported on several incidents and citations issued in recent days.

Chief Sean Smith reported investigating a vandalism call from 339 W. Catawissa St. on July 20. Kerry Klotz reported that the passenger side of his 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck was keyed causing an estimated $500 in damages.

Summit Hill woman cited for animal cruelty

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Summit Hill woman was cited after she left her dog in a crate.

According to Summit Hill police on June 14, at 2:28 p.m. police received a complaint of a dog howling at an apartment at 3 E. Ludlow St. When police investigated the complaint they found the apartment, rented by Deanna Leibowitz, 20, of 3 E. Ludlow St., Apt. 8, was empty but a dog was left in a crate.

She was charged with animal cruelty law.

Clean Currents company has people thinking green

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A program that can save customers money and help fight global warming may sound too good to be true.

Yet, it is exactly as good as it sounds, according to an outreach coordinator for Clean Currents Green Power, a leading green energy company in the Mid-Atlantic.

Karen Sander, outreach coordinator, said the company will expand its offer of clean nationally-sourced wind power to electric customers in the PPL Electric Utilities territory.

Burglaries

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Police need public's help to stop thieves

Police, members of Lehighton Borough Council, and citizens in general in Lehighton are a little restless these days.

Three burglaries occurred within several days in the West end of the town. The burglars very boldly broke into homes while the victims were asleep.

It brings concerns of whether the burglars were prepared for confrontation with the tenants, and what the result would have been.

Corporal Neal Ebbert of the Lehighton Police Department agreed that police need help from the public not only in solving these burglaries, but in preventing more from occurring.

Monroe trucker dies in I80 crash

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Monroe County truck driver died in a crash along Interstate 80 in Luzerne County. State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred in Butler Township about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

Troopers said Mark A. Lockwitch, 53, of Blakeslee, was operating a tanker truck westbound near the intersection with I81 when the rig left the road and into the median where it struck several trees. The fuel tanks separated from the truck upon impact and caught fire. Local fire companies extinguished the blaze.

Lockwitch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Monroe burglary

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Monroe County residence.

Troopers said the home of Stephan W. Hansen, 47, of Willow Lane, Kunkletown, Chestnuthill Township, was forcibly entered sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. Entry was gained by smashing a rear window.

Removed from the home was a Playstation III, several games and a black Toshiba laptop computer.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rush taxes

Real estate tax bills sent to Rush Township residents contain an error in office hours. Tax Collector Dolores Walck has noted her office will be closed on Aug. 3 and 4. The office will then be open on Aug. 10 and 11, which is the reverse of what is on the tax bill.

Residents may wish to take note of this change to avoid any inconvenience.

Senior news

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met last week with 73 members in attendance. President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided readings.

Calling all artists and photographers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art and photography exhibitors are needed to participate in all media, black and white and color, by adults and students for the annual Concourse Club's show in Palmerton on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

It will be held at St. John Neumann School hall at 3rd and Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Applications can be obtained at the Palmerton Library at 402 Delaware Ave. or by calling Venita Horenko at 610-377-0530.

Tamaqua man jailed for threats

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been cited after allegedly entering a borough woman's apartment and threatening one of her friends.

Debra Nuttall, of 129 W. Broad St., called police at 11:48 p.m. Sunday to report an unwanted male had broken into her apartment. The intruder, identified as Kareem Walker, also threatened a male friend of Nuttall's, forcing him to flee the residence. Walker then locked the doors to the apartment and the apartment building.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Slatington Moose

The Slatington Moose Club will have a Tommy Moose presentation at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday).

As part of the program, the club gives dolls away to the fire companies. The firefighters then give the dolls to young children to help comfort them.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 2001 Summit Hill uses four home runs to gain a 16-6 Panther Valley Little League Tournament win over Towamensing. T.J. Parambo blasts two homers, a two-run and a three-run, for the winners while Justin Roberts belts a two-run blast and Ryan O'Gurek adds a solo shot. Jeremy Liggitt contributes two hits, one a double, and Jonathan Liggitt chips in with a triple. Aaron Salla gets credit for the pitching win.

Jim Thorpe teen travels to Kenya

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brittany Holland, center, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, with three of the children she met while on a trip to Kenya. Holland spent 15 days in Kenya with Penn State students to assist with the development of a health clinic and gain a self-awareness of the diversity within health and education.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brittany Holland, center, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, with three of the children she met while on a trip to Kenya. Holland spent 15 days in Kenya with Penn State students to assist with the development of a health clinic and gain a self-awareness of the diversity within health and education.

15 day visit is to help street children

Typically when school is out, the start of summer break welcomes family vacation, swimming, relaxation and hanging out with friends.

Jim Thorpe Area High School senior Brittany Holland spent the beginning of her summer volunteering in a destination less traveled and in a country whose culture and language are challenging.

"My mom teaches at Penn State Berks and one of her classes ends with an experience in Kenya," the 17-year-old said. "She asked me if I would like to go this year."

Carbon CART to reorganize

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Carbon County Animal Response Team has announced that it will hold a reorganizational meeting in September.

During the meeting, Joel Hersh, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART), will talk to the team about various topics. The meeting date has not yet been set.

Also during the meeting, members will vote on changes in operation, such as funds and leadership teams. All team members are urged to attend.

It Gru on 'Me'; talking Joan Rivers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Despicable Me" is an enjoyable 3-D movie that should be seen in 3-D.

The animation feature touts its eye-popping effects and indeed they are, especially in 3-D. There's a roller coaster sequence that puts you right in the seat and staring down the tracks. There's an amusement park game of chance scene where you're front and center. You'll blast off to the moon and experience what near zero gravity might be like.

Alcohol related citations

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summit Hill police charged two men after they were found to be under the influence of alcohol.

According to borough police, the first incident occurred on July 9, at 11:06 p.m. Police were in the area of East White Bear Drive when a vehicle, driven by Anthony Fitzgerald, 29, of 424 Hazle St., Tamaqua, passed them and failed to dim the high beams.

Police initiated a traffic stop and it was determined that Fitzgerald was under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and for multiple beam road lighting equipment.

Carbon GOP elects officers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MaryEllen Salerno has been elected the new chairman of the Carbon County Republican party.

She succeeds Doyle Heffley, who is running for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Other officers are Michael J. Sofranko, vice chairman; Sandra Dellicker, treasurer; Lee Becker, secretary, and Gilbert Gerhard, state committee.

Salerno said her priority will be to increase the county party's visibility and boost membership.

Salerno is a native of New York. She lived part-time in Carbon County since 1976 and full-time since 1988.

Zoning officer rehired

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lehighton council says pressing issues necessitate action

Lehighton borough's former zoning officer is being taken out of retirement.

John Quinn, who had resigned as zoning and property code enforcement office last Nov. 30, was rehired this week by Lehighton Borough Council to work on a part-time basis.

Quinn didn't apply for the job. The council said there are numerous pressing zoning issues in the borough.

The acting zoning officer is borough manager John Wagner, who the council said can use assistance in catching up with pending applications and complaints.