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November 2010

Vehicle break-ins being probed

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the break-ins of several vehicles at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said several vehicles along Summer Hill and Blue Mountain roads, in Wayne Township, were entered and multiple items and cash were taken. The vehicles were unlocked, troopers noted.

The thefts occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Here is some sunny news about the sun

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(This is the second of two columns on the benefits of sunlight.)

Most public health messages have focused on the hazards of too much sun exposure.

But there is some sunny news about the sun.

Sunlight increases the body's vitamin D supply. In seniors, vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones become increasingly brittle.

Vitamin D also protects against cancer, heart disease, and other maladies.

But there are other benefits from a daily dose of sunlight.

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.

Monroe man facing theft charges

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing theft charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:48 p.m. on Nov. 17 officers were dispatched to SR115 and Burger Road, in Tobyhanna Township, to a report of theft of firewood. On scene officers made contact wtih Manuel Torres-Zayas, 35, of Pocono Lake. Torres-Zayas admitted taking the wood without paying for it. He was released with charges to be filed, police said.

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.

Monroe man facing firearms charge

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing a firearms charge.

State police at Lehighton said Richard J. Frantz, 42, 561 Molasses Valley Rd., Kunkletown, was found to have in his possession a Ruger M77 30-06 caliber hunting rifle while not being licensed or privileged to do so.

He will be charged with felon not to possess a firearm, troopers said.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 1940 Charley Melley's one-yard touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter lifts Coaldale to a 7-0 victory over Lansford in front of 6,000 fans. The Tigers' win, which occurs during a snowstorm, ends the Panthers' undefeated season and chance for an Eastern Conference championship. Melley, who carries 27 times for 71 yards, sets up his winning score by completing a 37-yard pass to Frank Priggins.

Woman placed on probation in child endangerment case

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Parryville woman was placed on probation on Monday in Carbon County court on a charge of criminal conspiracy-endangering the welfare of a child.

Stephanie Lynn Gerhart-Schuster, 27, was placed on probation for two years by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Schuster was found guilty of the charge by Webb following a day long bench trial. She was not charged with causing injuries to a then 18-month old boy but for not getting medical attention for the child.

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.

Winter parking rules in S. Hill

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Summit Hill police reminded residents that winter parking rules will go into effect Wednesday, Dec. 1, through March 31, 2011.

All vehicles shall park facing west on E. White St., between Spruce and Pine sts.; all vehicles shall park facing west on W. White St., between Poplar and Coal sts.

From Dec. 15 to March 15, 2011, all boats, trailers and campers shall be off borough streets. Police said violators wll be fined and the vehicles towed at the owners' expense.

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 driver cited for DUI in Lehigh

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Carbon County driver was cited for driving under the influence (DUI) in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Luis Ernesto Colon, 21, of Lansford, was stopped for speeding about 12:18 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, along SR22 at SR309 in Whitehall Township. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI. Troopers also said Colon had an active warrant for his arrest.

Rescued kitten needs a home

Monday, November 29, 2010
Rescued kitten needs a home
Copyright 2010

This cute 4-6 month old kitten was rescued from that fire in Mahanoy City this morning. The family owned 13 cats. This cat was the last one to be rescued. His name was DJ. He was soaking wet and shaking when he was rescued. Now he's looking for a new home. If you're interested in adopting DJ, you can respond to: andyleibenguth@tamaquaarea.com.

Christmas trees

Monday, November 29, 2010

None beat the ones that are grown locally

For the second time, a local grower is providing the National Christmas Tree in the White House in Washington D.C.

Chris Botek, an owner of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township, officially presented the tree to First Lady Michelle Obama and her children on Friday.

In 2006, a similar presentation occurred by members of the Botek family to then First Lady Laura Bush.

Nesquehoning couple celebrates 25 years

Monday, November 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paul
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paul

Mary Lou and Louis Paul of Nesquehoning recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 5, 1985 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, by the late Rev. Paul Welkie.

Mrs. Paul is the daughter of the late Gene and Georgine (Coniglio) Kennedy, formerly of Nesquehoning.

Mr. Paul is the son of Louise (Vitek) Paul-Solomon, Lansford, and the late Michael Paul. He is also the stepson of the late Andrew Solomon.

Nolehi to face West Catholic at J. Birney

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs will travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown to take on District 12 champion West Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (13-0) advanced with a 50-14 victory over Wilkes-Barre GAR in the first round. West Catholic (10-2) beat Bok Tech the week before, 34-6.

Tickets can be purchased in the Northern Lehigh Main Office. Tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $6/adult and $3/students. All tickets at the gate are $6.

Teens cited for harassment

Monday, November 29, 2010

Two teenagers were cited for harassment after they were involved in an altercation.

According to Summit Hill police, officers were called by Panther Valley Middle School at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16, for two 14-year-old males from Coaldale. The school reported that the two students had an altercation on one of the school buses. Both were cited.

Marriage licenses

Monday, November 29, 2010

Carbon County

John Charles Miles, 10 Chestnut Ridge Circle, Kunkletown, and Brittany May MacFarlane, 723 First St., Palmerton.

Mark Anthony Stemko Jr. and Renee Nicole Haggerty, 65 Church St., Milnesville.

Todd Bernard Mendez and Michelle Scherre Thomas, 673 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

New Northern Lehigh Trail System Map to be unveiled

Monday, November 29, 2010

Northern Lehigh at a glance.

That's the snapshot those who attend a news conference and map unveiling at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington are certain to catch wind of.

The event will introduce the new Northern Lehigh Trail System Map, a cooperative project between Northern Lehigh Future Focus and The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, said Robert Stettner, president of NLFF.

Livestock Club meets

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its Christmas party at the Big Creek Grange on Saturday, Dec. 4.Set up begins at 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and a bottle of cold soda.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University.

Deer blamed for Tamaqua crash

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Tamaqua woman escaped serious injury when her car struck a tree after she swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

Antoinette Miller, of 216 Patterson St., told borough police she was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo along Owl Creek Road when a deer entered the roadway. Miller swerved to avoid striking the animal but lost control and struck a tree.

The car was towed from the scene.

Tamaqua couple wed 50 years

Monday, November 29, 2010
Marlin and Antionette "Dolly" Schuetrumpf
Marlin and Antionette "Dolly" Schuetrumpf

Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Schuetrumpf of Tamaqua celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

They were married on Nov. 24, 1960 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Summit Hill, by the late Rev. Msgr. J. Francis Haley.

Mrs. Schuetrumpf is the former Antionette "Dolly" Cusanelli, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Cusanelli of Summit Hill.

Mr. Schuetrumpf is the son of the late Elmer and Agnes Schuetrumpf. He is retired from Sonaco of Reading.

The couple has one son, David of Tamaqua, and two grandchildren, Amber and Cory Schuetrumpf.

Icy roads blamed for two crashes

Monday, November 29, 2010

Icy road conditions last Thursday, Nov. 25, were blamed for two of three crashes investigated on Schuylkill County roadways by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

A crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. along Mill Creek Avenue in East Norwegian Township. Troopers said Fallon M. Tice, 27, of Coaldale, was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty and descending a hill and she lost control when the vehicle hit icy patches. The vehicle slid onto the south berm where it struck a utility pole.

Tice and her passenger, Steven B. Reed Jr., 29, also of Coaldale, were not injured.

Board approves right-to-know policy

Monday, November 29, 2010

A right-to-know policy on messages received at the 9-1-1 Emergency Center and the Emergency Management Agency office was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

This policy is specifically directed toward right-to-know law request for disclosure of names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses generated through the 9-1-1 Center and Emergerncy Management offices. If they receive requests it will be handled in the following manner:

Voluntary recall issued for Rolaids; children's Benadryl, Motrin

Monday, November 29, 2010

In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.

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.