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July 2010

Pigs let one slip away

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ALLENTOWN – If "Lost" were a television show that starred the IronPigs, the island would be called Coca-Cola Park.

The outcomes of games at that ballpark of late have come in strange if not bizarre manners. Tuesday night the IronPigs squandered a superb outing by Vance Worley in his Triple-A debut as Durham downed Lehigh Valley 5-3.

In recent games, shaky starting pitching gave up the lead with the IronPigs battling back behind solid relief pitching including Monday night's 15-inning loss. Last night, the bullpen was unable to hold up its end of the bargain.

Two cited for criminal trespass

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Jim Thorpe man and a Lehighton man were charged by Coaldale police with criminal trespass after being caught drinking beer on property owned by a Montgomery County firm.

Steven Craigie, 26, of 44 W. Sixth St., and Michael Hricik, 30, of 1203 Mahoning Mountain Rd., were caught drinking on the property, formerly owned by Lehigh Coal and Navigation, Pottsville, and now owned by BET Associates of Horsham.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman, 21, injured in Mantzville

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 21-year old woman was injured Monday morning when involved in a one car crash in the village of Mantzville, West Penn Township. The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. as the victim was traveling north on St. Peters Road just off Mantzville Road. For some unknown reason she lost control swerving to the right going down an embankment impacting with and snapping off a utility pole. The wires and transformer on the pole dropped onto the car with the woman trapped inside. Rescuers from the West Penn Fire Co. No.

Celebration of life planned for recently departed teacher

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lehighton Area School District will host a celebration of life tribute next week to remember one of its own.

During the monthly meeting of the Lehighton Area School Board on Monday, Timothy Tkach, high school principal, announced that a memorial service for the late Kelly Keffer, the high school Spanish teacher who passed away June 30, is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

IronPigs lose in 15th inning

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ALLENTOWN – Sometimes a bad inning can over shadow the nine, ten,….or fourteen that came before it.

Last night the IronPigs cast away a golden opportunity to win their second straight series as the Norfolk Tides won the battle of the bullpens and scored three in the top of the 15th inning to down Lehigh Valley 6-3.

Joe Savery, starting his first game in over a month, gave up three runs before being pulled after five innings. All the IronPig bullpen did was throw nine plus scoreless innings including a stretch where they retired a club record 23 Tide batters.

Tire fire smoke seen for miles

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy smoke and flames pour from a large tire fire Monday evening in Hazle Township.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy smoke and flames pour from a large tire fire Monday evening in Hazle Township.

Firefighters from all over the area, including 20 firefighting units with 10 tanker trucks from Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties, were called to battle a large tire fire Monday. It started just after 7 p.m. in Hazle Township in a salvage yard located between SR309 and SR924 in Hazleton.

Initial reports indicated the fire was located on a piece of property owned by Hazle Auto Parts. Heavy black smoke filled the sky for many miles, the majority of it traveling southwest. Some residents stated it could be seen as far away as Nesquehoning, and even Lehighton.

Vandalism to church is probed

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An act of vandalism to a church in Schuylkill County is being investigated.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at Manbeck's Evangelical Church located at 110 Wild Cherry Rd., in Schuylkill Haven, Washington Township. Troopers said unknown criminals threw eggs and sprayed graffiti on the church siding. The incident occurred sometime between July 19 at 11 a.m. and July 21 at 12:20 p.m.

Troopers also reported on other acts of criminal mischief.

Burglary outbreak

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lehighton police assure they're working hard to solve crimes

A series of recent burglaries in Lehighton has some members of Lehighton Borough Council concerned.

Three burglaries happened in the west end of the community. Corporal Neal Ebbert of the Lehighton Police Department said what concerns him most about them is that the homes were entered by the burglars while the occupants were sleeping.

Council member Scott Rehrig remarked, "I'm certain the police department is doing a 100 percent investigation."

Beltzville

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Start charging for using the facility

A few years ago, lifeguards were eliminated at Beltzville State Park because of federal budget cuts.

Who can guess what types of sacrifices will be made by future funding reductions?

We don't understand why officials don't charge, or at least let local municipalities charge, for utilizing such things as the swimming area of Beltzville State Park.

There's a fee charged at state-owned parks. There are fees charged for municipal swimming pools.

Imagine the money that could be made by charging for parking or using the swimming area!

Coaldale man among three sentenced to prison terms

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Coalalde man was among three men sentenced on Monday in Schuylkill County court to jail terms. The three were found guilty of criminal charges, one by a judge following a non-jury trial and two by a jury.

DUI case

Timothy Stephen Keer, 46, of 101 E. Philip St., who was found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol following a non-jury trial held last May 12, was sentenced by Judge D. Michael Stine to serve two to six months in the county prison.

Palmerton doctor seeks addition onto his property

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Palmerton doctor seeks approval to construct an addition onto his property.

To that end, Dr. Louis Sportelli will go before the borough's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Wednesday in search of a variance related to side-yard setbacks.

Sportelli wishes to construct a 35-by-35-foot addition to the west side of a dwelling unit at 776 Columbia Avenue, which is located in an R-2 (Residential - Medium Density) zoning district.

Hit-and-run crashes probed

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two hit-and-run crashes are being probed in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a vehicle was driven northbound on Hidden Valley Road, in Wayne Township, about 6:30 a.m. on July 22 when for unknown reasons the driver drove onto the berm and struck a mailbox, then re-entered the road and continued north without stopping. The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be a Ford pickup truck and should have front end and right front end damage and a missing Ford emblem from the front.

West Penn Lions pass District banner

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Bob Neumoyer (left), immediate past District 14-U governor for the Lions Club and a member of the West Penn Township Lions Club, passes the District banner to Robert Kelsey (right), District governor for 2010-2011 and a member of the Western Pocono Lions Club, during a recent West Penn Lions meeting.

Road rage incident leads to an arrest

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A road rage incident in Schuylkill County led to the arrest of a Montgomery County man.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred along White Birch Road, in West Brunswick Township, on July 16 about 7:30 p.m.

Troopers said a 17-year-old male from Schuylkill Haven was driving aggressively and his passenger spit out the window at the car of Jose Antonio Marrero, 44, of Pennsburg. Marrero then followed the teen until he pulled over. At this point the teen and Marrero began a verbal argument.

Couple cited after domestic dispute

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Monroe County couple were cited following a domestic dispute.

State police at Fern Ridge were called to the home of Mary E. Frable, 36, and Harvey R. Frable III, 40, of Poplar Creek Lane, in Effort, Chestnuthill Township, on Saturday, July 24, about 12:37 a.m.

Upon arrival Harvey stated he wanted his keys and when he went to get them Mary punched him. Mary said Harvey had struck her causing a bruise on her forehead and a small cut on her ear.

Driver facing DUI after accident

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 25, along Deep Creek Road south of Creek Road, in Barry Township.