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November 2010

'Restrepo'

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A movie every American should see

On November 16, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta of the 173rd Airborne became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. His actions occurred in Afghanistan's Korengal valley during the deployment chronicled in the movie "Restrepo."

"Restrepo" is a movie most every American should see although it's not suitable for small children. It's very real; very graphic.

There are no actors in the film. It is all footage from actual combat by American soldiers in the Korengal Valley.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one- vehicle crash that occurred about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, along Schuylkill Avenue in Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township.

State police at Frackville said Krystal Marie Lombardo, 27, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero westbound when she lost control while negotiating a left-hand curve. The car went onto the north shoulder and struck an embankment.

The car came to rest blocking the eastbound lane facing west.

Contractor gets prison term

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Union County contractor, who bilked a New York state couple out of more than $100,000 for a new home construction, was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday in Carbon County court.

William D. Wehr, 66, of Lewisburg, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve six to 23 months in prison and to make restitution to the victims of $105,800. The prison term will be followed by four years of probation.

FrankStock raises $6,000 for American Cancer Society

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are roadie Greg Taylor, performers Brian Legutko, Ranee "Peach" Gubala, event organizer Steve "Steve-O" Ulicny, Tom Flamini, Joel Digris, and Frank "Blazer" Blozusky.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are roadie Greg Taylor, performers Brian Legutko, Ranee "Peach" Gubala, event organizer Steve "Steve-O" Ulicny, Tom Flamini, Joel Digris, and Frank "Blazer" Blozusky.

Hundreds of spectators took part in the annual FrankStock held recently at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville. FrankStock is a yearly music event held to raise donations for the American Cancer Society and held in memory of Frank Ulicny, a 1977 graduate of Shenandoah Valley, and employed by Mrs. T's Pierogies until approximately 2002.

Retail theft arrests

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Fogelsville reported the arrest of two females for retail theft at Kohl's Department store in Lower Macungie Township.

About 6:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, troopers were called to the store by security who had two females in custody for theft. They were identified as Megan Betz, of Walnutport, and a juvenile female from New Tripoli. Both were issused non-traffic citations and released, troopers said.

Oil burner blamed for Mahanoy fire

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A faulty oil burner has been blamed for a fire that caused extensive damages to several homes and left 12 people homeless in Mahanoy City.

State police fire marshall Trooper John F. Burns, of the Frackville barracks, said the fire was started by a oil burner malfunction in the basement of the property at 1117 E. Pine St., which was occupied by Cornelius Vanderpluym, 65, and his wife, Mildred, 51, and their son, Joseph, 28. Also residing in the home of Jennifer Tutko, 25.

Jury favors doctors in malpractice suit

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County jury panel found in favor of two doctors in a malpratice suit.

The panel ruled that Dr. Kailash Makhija, of Lehighton, and Dr. Kanwal S. Khan, of Palmerton, were not negligent in their treatment of Ann Castro, of 832 Main Rd., Lehighton.

Castro and her husband, David, sued the two doctors and their practices claiming she received negligent treatment. Dr. Makhija and Dr. Kahn, treated Mrs. Castro for severe abdomen pain. The pain was attributed to two abscesses she developed.

Schuylkill County court news

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

County treasurer

County Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern released her monthly report on the county's financial status for October.

The beginning balance was $46,464,526.20, deposits $15,063,271.69, disbursements $12, 150,118.61 leaving an ending balance of $49,377,679.28.

Santa decorates too

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Santa decorates too
Copyright 2010

Santa took a break out of his busy holiday schedule to help electrician Allen Briener, 35-year Tamaqua Borough employee, put up Christmas wreaths on Broad Street in Tamaqua. Santa chose to do this to promote Tamaqua's Spirit of Christmas event this coming weekend.

Snow-covered road causes crash

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A snow-covered Lehigh County road was the cause of a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 10:36 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Hundreds of nativities on display

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Some nativities are paintings such as this one.
Some nativities are paintings such as this one.

The morning of Nov. 26 was busy with setting up tables and spreading blue and white lights before people started bringing in their nativity sets large and small, expensive and home made.

A silver nativity at Holy Lutheran Church, Cherryville, was dedicated in memory of Susie Olewine by the Szoke family. That was only one of the 500 expected. Last year there were over 300 and when the project began 11 years ago there were 45 on display.

Marshall Tucker Band next concert at Penn's Peak

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Opening for the Saturday show will be The Bounty Hunter Gang

Two popular Southern rock bands will be appearing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are The Marshall Tucker Band, with the opening act being The Bounty Hunter Gang.

The Marshall Tucker Band is a Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band's blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel[1] helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s.

The band has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for nearly 40 years.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

John Leskosky to Jeffrey W. Payne, 53 E. Oak St., Box 91, Tresckow, property at 53 E. Oak St., $58,800.

East Penn Township

Troy L. McFarland to Troy L. McFarland, 278 E. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 278 E. Sunset Road, $1.

Shirley M. Schnell to Merlin D. Kuehner, 2393 Hahn's Dairy Road, Palmerton, parcel No. 85-7-C12.02, $165,000.

Jim Thorpe

Citimortgage, Inc., to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Oklahoma City, Okla., property at 309 Oak St., $1.

Kidder Township

Elderly man jailed for sexual offenses

Monday, November 29, 2010

An elderly Schuylkill County man was jailed on sexual assault charges that stem from alleged offenses that occurred over 10 years ago.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Eugene Barry, 76, of 31 W. Railroad St., Donaldson, Frailey Township, was arraigned before District Judge Carol Pankake, of Tremont, on charges of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent exposure. Barry was placed in the county prison after failing to post $75,000 straight cash bail.

Summit Hill man cited

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Summit Hill man was cited after police found him lying on the ground drunk.

According to Summit Hill police, at 11:17 p.m., Nov. 20, police received a report of a person lying on the ground in the area of Market and Ludlow streets.

Upon arrival officers found Mark Kulick, 49, 118 W. fell St., lying on the ground at the aforementioned intersection. He was found to be highly intoxicated.

A citation was filed against him for public drunkenness.

Christmas Festival held in New Philadelphia

Monday, November 29, 2010
Children participating in the New Philadelphia Christmas Festival manger scene from back left are Gillian Bartashus, Bobby Motto, and Lucas Durm, all playing "the three kings". Pictured from front left are Billy Minnig playing "Joseph" and Molly Bartashus playing "Mary". All are age 8.
Children participating in the New Philadelphia Christmas Festival manger scene from back left are Gillian Bartashus, Bobby Motto, and Lucas Durm, all playing "the three kings". Pictured from front left are Billy Minnig playing "Joseph" and Molly Bartashus playing "Mary". All are age 8.

On Sunday, New Philadelphia enjoyed its 16th annual Christmas Festival organized by the New Philadelphia Community Organization.

The day-long free community event consisted of ice carving, craft show, caroling, manger scene, cookies, and even sleigh "carriage" rides with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Jessica Mary Claus.

Hundreds of riders waited in line to ride with Santa and Mrs Claus in a Leiby's carriage which was pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.

Area residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas

Monday, November 29, 2010

Five area men, including three from Tamaqua, and three area women were among 22 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Commissioner talks to Rotary

Monday, November 29, 2010

William J. O'Gurek, left, chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. Commissioner O'Gurek discussed the current state of Carbon County, as well as future plans for the county. With O'Gurek is club president, Dr. Barbara Belón. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Thursdays from 7:45-8:30 a.m. at Hampton Inn in Lehighton. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Tamaqua man cited in Lehigh

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Tamaqua man was cited for an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said troopers stopped Christopher Costin, 31, about 12:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, along Interstate 78 in Weisenberg Township, for following a vehicle too closely.

At the stop Costin gave troopers a false name. It was also learned that Costin had an outstanding arrest warrant for him out of Bradford County court. Costin was charged with false identification to law enforcement by troopers and was taken into custody on the warrant.

Spartans hold off Lions

Monday, November 29, 2010

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State struck for 19 fourth quarter points Saturday against Michigan State, which hadn't won in Beaver Stadium since 1965.

In past seasons, that would have been enough to seal the deal for another Nittany Lions' win over the Spartans.

With a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, however, Michigan State didn't let it slip away this time.

The Spartans used the running of Edwin Baker and the clutch passing of Kirk Cousins to build a 21-3 after three quarters, then held off a furious PSU rally bid to hold on for a 28-22 victory.

Woman cited for drunk in public

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Carbon County woman was cited for public drunkenness at a Monroe County location.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Lisa Kroculick, 53, of Jim Thorpe, was cited about 4:49 p.m. on Nov. 15. Officers were called to the Wawa store in Blakeslee, Tobyhanna Township, for a report of an intoxicated female. On scene officers found Kroculick under the influence of alcohol and causing a disturbance. She was issued a citation and later released to the custody of her brother, police said.

3 break-ins reported in Tamaqua

Monday, November 29, 2010

Three Tamaqua businesses were broken into right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Borough police responded to an alarm from the kitchen area at the Restaurant at the Station at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Officers discovered a broken window on the northwest side of the building. Once inside they found a large rock on the floor in the bar area. Several wine glasses were broken and the cooler was dented. Owners did an inventory and learned that two cash registers were missing. The building was secured.

Dog law violation

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Monroe County woman was cited for a dog law violation.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 21 officers were dispatched to Dorset Road in Coolbaugh Township, for a report of a dog running loose and causing a disburbance. On scene officers located the dog and identified the owner as DeAndrea Reed, 20, of Tobyhanna. She was told the dog needed to be confined to her premises or kept on a leash.

She was cited for confinement of dogs, police said.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Jim Thorpe fire department has free smoke detectors for Jim Thorpe borough residents. If you need a smoke detector, please contact Fire Chief Bill Diehm at (570) 325-3890. No commercial properties please.

Christmas party

Dec. 1, is the final day for members of the Phoenix Hose Company to make reservations for this year's Christmas party. If you wish to attend, contact Arlene, (570) 325-4251 or (570) 952-1164. The party will be held on Dec. 10, following the business meeting of the company, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Borough openings

Weatherly Winterfest

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Weatherly Area PTA is sponsoring Winterfest 2010, a community-wide event featuring vendors, crafts, a bookfair, Breakfast with Santa, Kids Go Shopping and more! Winterfest will be held on Saturday, December 4, from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium. Call Shay Wagner at 570 233 2900 for additional information.

Break-in probed in Summit Hill

Monday, November 29, 2010

Summit Hill police are investigating a possible break-in at a borough residence.

According to police, on Nov. 28, officers received a report from a resident at 272 W. Ludlow St., stating that when he returned from work, he found the kitchen window open and the screen popped out. The resident also stated that articles inside the window were moved to the side.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Summit Hill police at (570) 645-7429.

On this date

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 1945

S. Sgt. Robert Jones of Mauch Chunk, missing since the fall of Bataan, died on May 31, 1942, according to word received today by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, from the War Department. Confirmation of the soldier's death establishes the fact that he was the first man from this community to give his life in World War II. His death brings to 23 the total of war dead from the Mauch Chunks. S. Sgt. Jones is survived by his parents, who had five sons in the service.

Santa to arrive in Palmerton

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hopefully boys and girls in the Palmerton area have been nice, because a certain someone is making his list and checking it twice.

Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, courtesy of a fire truck, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand.

Goodie bags will be given out to all children, who will also have a chance to win a Toys R Us gift card, or a Child's Membership to the Palmerton Pool in 2011.

The annual event is sponsored by the Palmerton Fire Department and the Aquashicola Fire Department, and the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Theft of drugs probed at home

Monday, November 29, 2010

The theft of drugs at the Schuylkill County retirement home is being probed.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a very small amount of several narcotic-based medicine items were removed during a shift change at the Rest Haven home in North Manheim Township. The thefts were discovered during a routine inventory done during the shift change.

The items were taken from two locked narcotics drawers in two locked medical carts. The carts were located in a locked medication room with key access limited. The incident occurred sometime between 3-10 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Damages at school probed in Tamaqua

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that resulted in damages to the Tamaqua Elementary School on Boyle Avenue.

Officers were dispatched to the school at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, after custodians discovered a broken window in the front lobby. The building had been secured following a dance on Friday night. Damages were estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

Birth: George

Monday, November 29, 2010
Hailey Lynn George
Hailey Lynn George

A daughter, Hailey Lynn George, was born at 1:50 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2010 at St. Luke's, Allentown, to Kristie and Matthew George of Lehighton. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 21.5 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her big brother, Mason, 3.

Maternal grandparents are Debbie and Dennis Green of Palmerton. Maternal great-grandparents are William and Betty Green of Palmerton and the late Mildred Kochen.