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September 2010

Coaldale driver cited in Tamaqua

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Coaldale man has been cited by Tamaqua police for spinning the tires on his vehicle on Tuesday.

Officer Anthony Stanell was on patrol at 6:18 p.m. in the area of Mermon Motors, SR309 south, when he observed the incident in progress.

The actor was identified as Lucas Valentin Mastropasqua, 107 W. Whillips St. He was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.

Engineers' recommendations for the Coaldale Complex

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Engineers who inspected the Coaldale Complex found it to be in overall poor to fair structural condition and recommended the borough:

1. Monitor the bricks in the playground and the stone trim above the windows for movement;

2. Repoint all the miscellaneous cracks in the brick joints;

3. Place a metal coping trim above the parapet and properly flash the parapet with stainless steel flashing;

3rd annual Oktoberfest for pets

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Amazing Grace Spay/Neuter program is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest for Pets at the Lehighton Grove on South 7th on Sunday, October 3 from 12 - 6 p.m.

This year the group will have many rescues including Hazleton Animal Shelter, Cats Peek, Julies HUGS, Pocono Greyhound Adoption, Safe Haven, Waggin Tails, North American Daschund Rescue, Friends of Pep, and H.O.P.E. (Hounds of Prison Education Rescue).

Theft from vehicle probed in Tamaqua

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle reported to the department at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, Ashley Melendez, of Girardville, told officers she parked her 1999 Hyundai on Mountain Avenue on Monday night. When she returned to the car she discovered that a Pioneer compact disc player and a Garmin GPS were missing. Total value of the items was listed as $300.

She admitted leaving the car unlocked. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 668-6100.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Summit Hill

Boy Scout troop

Boy Scout Troop 743, Summit Hill, is seeking new members. The troop meeting room is located in the Summit Hill Heritage Center in a room designed, remodeled and maintained by the troop.

The scouts meet each Sunday night at 6-8 o'clock at the center, which is the former St. Paul UCC Church, Hazard and Chestnut streets.

All boys ages 11-18, or in the fifth grade or higher, are invited to register.

For more information, call Anne, 645-5142, or go to www.summithillheritagecenter.com.

Fall cleanup plans

Synthetic Marijuana

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bill is designed to protect kids

It may look and smell like candy. But to youngsters, it could be poison.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (198-1), to pass a bill to ban synthetic marijuana.

Your kids know what it is. Hopefully they haven't tried it. But for you who are not up-to-date on the latest menace to our society, here's what it is.

Woman charged with torching van

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County woman has been charged with torching her own van.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Sharon Shepherd, 31, of Mt. Pocono, has been charged with arson, criminal mischief and insurance fraud for an incident that occurred on July 17, about 4 a.m.

According to police on the day and time stated the Mt. Pocono Fire Company was called to a vehicle fire at the Snowshoe Condominiums, located along Sterling Rd. On scene firefighters found a 2006 Chevrolet mini-van fully engulfed in flames and located about 20-feet from a building.

Man charged with raping 2 young girls in McAdoo

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Selinsgrove man has been charged by McAdoo Police with raping his 10 and 9 year-old nieces in the borough while he was babysitting for them between February and August 2009.

David Henry Miller, Jr., 21 of 5519 Route 15 South, Selinsgrove, has been charged by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick with the rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

Tamaqua man cited for ordinance violation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

If you're going to allow your dog to defecate on someone else's, or public property, next to a police station is not the place you want to select.

John M. Temchatin, 56, of 500 Arlington St., Tamaqua, was walking his dog at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, in the vicinity of Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St, allowing the animal to do its business in the grass near the employee parking spaces. He made no effort to clean up after the pooch.

The action was witnessed by an on duty police officer.

Two arrreted on drug charges

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two persons were arrested, including a Carbon County resident, on drug charges following a vehicle stop in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Wednesday, Sept. 29, officers stopped a vehicle on SR115, south of Interstate 80, in Blakeslee, for an equipment violation.

The two occupants of the car were identified as Ashleigh Davis, 20, of Jim Thorpe, and Stephen Persavage, 28, of Coal Township, Northumberland County. Officers observed in plain view drug paraphernalia in the car and conducted a search of the vehicle.

Irving helps Bears 'receive' win

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Pleasant Valley senior wide receiver Rich Irving is congratulated by head coach Jim Terwilliger for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Irving caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Lehighton in the Bears' Mountain Valley Conference opener. Irving currently leads the TN area in receptions with 18.
Pleasant Valley senior wide receiver Rich Irving is congratulated by head coach Jim Terwilliger for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Irving caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Lehighton in the Bears' Mountain Valley Conference opener. Irving currently leads the TN area in receptions with 18.

Due to Pleasant Valley's spread offensive attack, most opposing defenses don't have a choice but to play the Bears' receivers one-on-one.

When that happens, quarterback Derrik Walling and wide receiver Rich Irving know that they have an immediate advantage.

Teen arrested for retail theft

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County teen has been charged with retail theft.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Sept. 22 about 1 p.m. officers were called to the Wal-Mart store in Mt. Pocono. Store security had a female in custody for theft.

Police identified the suspect as Diamond Derival, 18, of East Stroudsburg. Derival allegedly attempted to removed $101 worth of merchandise from the store by placing it in her purse and walking out the front doors. She was stopped by security and held until police arrived.

She was issued a citation and released, police added.

Class reunion

Thursday, September 30, 2010

PVHS Class of 1991

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1991 will hold a reunion planning meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in Kelly's Restaurant, E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Alll classmates are welcome to attend.

Jim Thorpe Democrats to meet on Oct. 13

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Association will hold its pre-election meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the small conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

All District 3 (Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest and Kidder South) committee persons are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Area chair and Jim Thorpe club president Edith Lukasevich will preside at the session.

McCall for, Knowles opposes tax on Pa. natural gas industry

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Democratic members of the Pa. House of Representatives successfully led the charge to pass an extraction tax on the production of natural gas in the vast Marcellus Shale formation.

The House Democratic Caucus said the tax will help "to fund critical environmental programs and aiding local communities impacted by the expansion of this industry."

Kennel owner's charges mount

Thursday, September 30, 2010

More charges against a Franklin Township kennel owner have been filed in a related case of theft by deception.

According to state police at Lehighton, Patricia E. Gadaleta, 51, the owner of Musket Labradors, has been charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices.

This time, troopers state, Gadaleta purchased a Labrador Retriever from Sharene Greer Clark and Dan Clark of California.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30, 1977 Phil McGarry carries 26 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Palmerton to a 22-6 Centennial League victory over East Stroudsburg. McGarry opens the scoring with a 36-yard run and also finds the end zone from four yards out. The Blue Bombers, coached by Bill Dukett, also receive a 15-yard TD run from Terry Rex.

Completes Air Force basic military training

Thursday, September 30, 2010
West
West

Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark A. West graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Claude and Winifred West of N. Second St., Lehighton.

Polk column

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley Intermediate news

PVI will have a sixth grade "Meet Your Friends" night on Friday, Oct. 1, from 3:45 until 6 p.m. Please be there to pick your child up promptly.

Blood Drive

Getz Personal Care Home will be sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Getz is located on Rt. 534 in Kunkletown.

Make an appointment to donate blood by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Jessica Herman on Oct. 5.

Blood drive scheduled for ex-Tamaqua football player

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A blood drive has been organized for a former Tamaqua Area High School football player who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is holding a replacement blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 2 for Harold "H.T." Fryer, who is a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua High who played wide receiver on the Blue Raiders' gridiron squad.

The drive, which is being sponsored by the Tamaqua Rescue Squad, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the rescue squad's headquarters at 19 Pine Street.

Layers of Love

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS A sample of the hand sewn blankets donated to cancer patients through the Layers of Love program.
Special to the TIMES NEWS A sample of the hand sewn blankets donated to cancer patients through the Layers of Love program.

Comforting cancer patients one blanket at a time

Comforting cancer patients one blanket at a time.

That's been the mission of one Palmerton woman who started a campaign known as "Layers of Love" on behalf of her father, who last year was diagnosed with cancer.

Patty Beidleman of Palmerton said her father, Wendell Jennings, underwent chemotherapy at the Cooper Cancer Institute in New Jersey shortly after he was diagnosed.

From that point on, Beidleman has made it her intention to have blankets donated for cancer patients who also receive chemotherapy at Cooper.

Palin is given protection from McAdoo man

Thursday, September 30, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Sarah Palin has been granted a restraining order against a McAdoo man accused of stalking and threatening her.

Alaska Magistrate Judge Colleen Ray issued a 20-day protective order Monday against 18-year-old Shawn R. Christy, finding probable cause to believe he had stalked the former governor.

Dog law violation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge have charged a Monroe County resident with a dog law violation.

Troopers said Fitzroy Johnson, of Effort, was charged after he allegedly allowed his five boxer dogs to escape from the interior confinement of his property at 2090 Treible Drive, Chestnuthill Township, and run free through the community.

The incident occurred aobut 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Tout wants more

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another game, another offensive eruption for Northern Lehigh.

Friday night, the Bulldogs topped the 40-point mark for the fourth straight week as they buried Palisades, 52-0.

So far this season, Northern Lehigh's numbers are as intimidating as they are impressive. In four games, it has scored 194 points.

The Bulldogs' 48.5 points per game average is sixth best in the state and the best in District 11.

But if you expect Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout to be singing his team's praises and making postseason plans, then you don't know Joe Tout.

Monroe resident victim of fraud

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County resident is a victim of fraud, theft and forgery.

State police at Fern Ridge said Joanne Boyle, 57, of Theresa Lane, Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township, reported someone charged $2,500 worth of merchandise on her credit card without her permission. The purchases were made during the period of Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 29, troopers said.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Slatington HS Class of 1952 reunites

Thursday, September 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Slatington High School Class of 1952 met recently to celebrate the class's 58-year reunion at the Slatington American Legion Post 16. Those attending included, front row, from left, Judy Lentz Shiner, Theo Jones Elias, Joan Skutches Heffelfinger, Melisse Phillips O'Brian, Pat Kuhnsman House and Shirley Frederick Kern. Second row, Abner Merkel, Pearl Hamm Follweiler, Marlene Levan Smith, Phyllis Schuck Hunsicker, Ruth Snyder Davies, Carolyn Krause Steele and Lucille Metzger Blose.

Tamaqua driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been cited after police observed him fail to stop for a red light last Friday in the borough.

Patrolman Thomas Duarte was on patrol at 8:30 p.m. when he observed a white pick up truck fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of Railroad and Mauch Chunk streets. The officer initiated his lights and siren but the pickup proceeded to 310 Market St., then pulled into the driveway.

Carbon resident named new chief U.S. probation officer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Carbon County resident has been appointed chief U.S. probation officer for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, based in Scranton.

Anthony C. Harvilla, of Tresckow, was promoted from senior probation officer to chief probation officer covering 33 counties in the district.

Harvilla is a former chief probation officer for Carbon County. He held that position until he was appointed a probation officer for the U.S. Middle District many years ago.

Lehighton Rotary Club has guest speaker

Thursday, September 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tony Sulkevich, President of Hazleton Area Habitat for Humanity, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Lehighton Rotary Club. Sulkevich spoke on the success that his organization has had in building and refurbishing houses in Schuylkill County and the positive impact it has had on the region. Pictured (L-R) are Rotarian Becky Wanamaker, Mr. Sulkevich, and Club President, Barbara Belon. The Rotary Club of Lehighton meets each Thursday morning from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at Lehighton Hampton Inn.

Heavy rains may ease area drought conditions

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pennsylvania may experience some relief from extra dry weather conditions as a strong storm system heads up the coast today.

The storm system is a result of a slow moving upper trough and a stalled frontal boundary combining with the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of Northeastern Pennsylvania until Friday afternoon as the storm passes through the region today and tonight.

Memory walk scheduled for Heritage Hill

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly will chair the Carbon County Alzheimer's Memory Walk for the 10th consecutive year.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Heritage Hill.

Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. The three-mile walk through the picturesque borough of Weatherly begins at 10 a.m. For those who cannot participate in the walk, there will be other fundraising events at Heritage Hill from 9 a.m. until noon. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association.