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November 2010

Woman gets jail time for DUI; faces big restitution payment

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a short county prison term Monday for driving under the influence (DUI) but faces a big restitution bill for injuries she caused to another person in an accident involved in the case. She was one of several defendants, who previously pleaded guilty, to be sentenced by Carbon Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Kidder incident

Troopers report on DUI arrests

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks reported on four driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers over the past long holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, about 10:19 p.m. troopers stopped Brandyn Gatens, 19, of Lehighton, for a traffic violation along Bridge St., in Weissport, Carbon County. Gatens was found to be under the influence and transported to the Palmerton hospital for a blood test. Troopers said Gatens was found to have a small amount of marijuana. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schuylkill crashes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Frackville reported investigating three crashes along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County over the past weekend.

Two crashes occurred on Thursday, Nov. 25. The first at 11:04 a.m. as Conica M. Smith, 36, of Baltimore, Md., was driving a 2000 Lexus RX300 on the exit-ramp in Mahanoy Township, heading toward SR54. While rounding a right- hand curve the vehicle left the road and rolled onto its roof. Smith and two passengers, a 17-year-old male and a 1-year-old female, both of Baltimore, were all not injured. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

'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.

On this date

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 1965

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has provided Lehigh University with a special marker noting the University's founding by the Hon. Asa Packer 100 years ago at Bethlehem. Lehigh is observing its centennial anniversary through June of 1966. The marker will be erected at a main entrance to the campus on Dec. 29 during a special ceremony. The date is that of the birth of Packer, whose historic era mansion is located on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe.

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.

Jewelry, cash taken in break-in

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jewelry and cash was reported taken in a Carbon County burglary. State police at Lehighton reported on the incident along with a theft and mischief cases.

The residence of Bruce Todd Koch, 1244 Cherryhill Rd., Parryville, was entered through a window. The break-in occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28

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.

Faith Alive presents Christmas story

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will present "The Christmas Song," at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.

All are welcome to this free, "heart-stirring dramatic musical presentation," about the birth of Christ.

Santa decorates too

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Summit Hill couple married 50 years

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sommers
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sommers

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sommers of Summit Hill recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married by the late Monsignor Francis Haley at St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill on Sept. 24, 1960.

Mrs. Sommers is the former Elizabeth "Liz" Matta, daughter of the late Joseph and Jean Matta of Lansford. Her husband is the son of the late Patsy and Katie Sommers of Summit Hill.

The couple has three children: Alex Sommers and his girlfriend, Susan, of Summit Hill; Jeremy Sommers, also of Summit Hill; and Patricia Sommers of Schwenksville.

Hundreds of nativities on display

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Gable crocheted this nativity. It involves a month's work.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Gable crocheted this nativity. It involves a month's work.

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.

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

Coaldale police probe death of 19-year-old

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old boy in Coaldale. The teenager's body was found in his bed by a family member at about 1:30 p.m. Monday in a home on Bull Run Street, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

"It's under investigation," he said. Delaney said an autopsy is expected to be performed today by Schuylkill County Pathologist Richard Bindie.

Northern Lehigh places six on Colonial Football first team

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

League champion Northern Lehigh Bulldogs placed six on the Colonial League football first team with three unanimous choices, while a Northwestern Tiger was one of two players to earn first team honors on both offense and defense.

Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley, the league's all-time leading rusher, tackle Carl Sahlberg, and defensive back Jake Kern were unanimous first team selections.

Bulldog Linebacker Matt Gill joins Remaley and Kern as repeat first team selections. Joining Gill on the league's first team defense are teammates Kyle Schomp (DT) and Mike Buresh (DE).

Area woman celebrates 96 years

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett

Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 26.

Born in Nesquehoning in 1920, Blanche also resided in Lansford, Jim Thorpe, Lake Harmony and New Jersey.

A graduate of Summit Hill High School, Blanche worked in the Windsor Department Store in Lehighton and Brights Department Store, and she managed the coffee and Italian shop at Split Rock Lodge.

She was married to Russell Warran Garrett for 14 years until his passing in 1996.

Tamaqua street sweep

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Weekly street sweeping operations in the Borough of Tamaqua have been discontinued for the Winter months. Street sweeping will resume in the Spring of 2011, with schedules to be advertised in the TIMES NEWS.

For further information, stop in at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., or call (570) 668-3444 or 668-0300.