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December 2010

Drivers are needed to assist veterans

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Volunteer drivers are needed to help provide transportation for veterans as part of the Veterans Administration Medical Center Transportation Network.

Henry Desrosiers, Carbon County's director of veterans affairs, said he is hopeful to get the public involved in this volunteer program that can be of tremendous assistance to veterans from Carbon County.

Rescue

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Bilardo of Jim Thorpe is removed from the Lehighton paramedic unit in preparation to be flown by the Penn Star helicopter to a Lehigh Valley trauma center.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Bilardo of Jim Thorpe is removed from the Lehighton paramedic unit in preparation to be flown by the Penn Star helicopter to a Lehigh Valley trauma center.

Man falls 50 feet at Glen Onoko, survives

Jim Thorpe resident Robert Bilardo was airlifted to St. Luke Hospital's Bethlehem Campus Tuesday evening after sustaining injuries during an ill-fated hike on the Glen Onoko Falls.

Bilardo fell from a height of roughly 50 feet into the waters of the creek at the bottom of the falls, according to published reports. He struck his head upon impact, lacerating the right side.

Fellow hiker Kris Cozad called out for assistance, and was helped by John Spanogle, a trained EMT, and other hikers. The men on the scene called police around 2:30 p.m.

Washing machine stolen in Lehigh Co.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of a washing machine from a property at 2501 Golden Key Road, Weisenberg Township.

The incident happened between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Dec. 21.

The victim is Leroy Hahn, 25, of Weisenberg Township.

Police are probing Monroe burglary

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that was reported at noon Dec. 23 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

The victim is David G. Spadoni, 56, of 5579C Woodhaven Drive, Saylorsburg.

Polilce did not provide any other information about the case, which they also are calling a theft.

Beta Sigma Phi donates to Tamaqua Library, Mission in Haiti, and Trinity Food Bank

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Alpha Theta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority donated $250 to both the Tamaqua Library and a mission in Haiti. They also donated $200 to the Trinity Food Bank. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Library Director Gayle Heath, sorority members Edie Hoffman, Marilyn Felsoci, Sister Lisa Valentini representing the Missionary of the Sacred Heart, and sorority member Priscilla Hosak.

Part 2: Shoulder problems common for seniors

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Editor's note: This is the second of two columns on shoulder problems.

The shoulder is made up of three bones: the collarbone, the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone. The shoulder is the body's most movable joint. It is also unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. The unstable shoulder is held in place by soft tissue: muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Schuylkill man escapes injury in accident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Schuylkill County man was uninjured in an accident that occurred around 10:57 a.m. Dec.17.

Schuylkill Haven Police said Haley G. Sippel, 18, of Friedensburg, was traveling east on Panther Valley Road in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, when the collision occurred as Sippel was exiting a left curve and lost control of his 2001 Oldsmobile Alero.

The vehicle struck an embankment with its right front corner bumper and began to spin clockwise. The vehicle came to rest facing southeast after it sustained damage to the front two front tires and left rear tire.

Hrin-Solt

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Reneé Hrin and Joe Solt
Reneé Hrin and Joe Solt

The engagement of Reneé Hrin of Philadelphia, to Joe Solt of Lehighton, has been announced by their families.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of George Hrin and the late Mary Jane Hrin, both of Philadelphia. She is a 1987 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School; a 1992 graduate from Holy Family University; and a 2003 graduate of Lehigh University, where she earned a master's degree in molecular biology. She is currently employed at Merck & Company, in West Point, Pa. as an HIV researcher.

Mahoning Township crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

A Lehighton woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when her car impacted with and snapped off a utility pole along state route 902 in Mahoning Township. The woman was traveling east when she apparently lost control of her car and struck the pole. Utility wires came down within inches off the roadway, while the pole was left swinging in the heavy winds. Responding was the Mahoning Township Fire Company. Mahoning Township police are investigating the mishap. The roadway was closed for several hours.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces upcoming blood drives

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced upcoming blood drives for the first month of 2011.

They include:

Ÿ Sunday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St, Lehighton, call Judy Greig at (610) 577-5040.

Ÿ Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Luke's Miner's Memorial, 360 W. Ruddle St, Coaldale, contact Bill Paslawsky at (570) 645-8222.

Ÿ Monday, Jan. 17, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Slatington American Legion, 510 Main St, Slatington, PA; call Gary Levan at (610) 395-5696.

Vehicle forces car off Monroe roadway

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a two-vehicle crash whereby one vehicle, traveling in the wrong lane of traffic, forced the other vehicle off the road.

The incident happened at 9:10 p.m. Dec. 21 on Deibert Drive, near Balson Drive, in Chestnuthill Township.

15 admitted to ARD program

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Carbon County Court Judge Steven R. Serfass on Monday admitted 15 people into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program. The program is for first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes who waive their right to a trial. In turn, they are placed on probation and may have their records cleared once they complete the program.

Arrested for drugs

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Summit Hill man was arrested following a discovery of marijuana at his residence.

Son and father fight on Christmas eve

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said a son and father, both from Port Clinton, were imprisoned after a fight they had on Christmas Eve at the father's home in Port Clinton.

As a result of the melee, Codey Himmelberger, 22, and Bradley Himmelberger, 41, were committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville.

Lehigh County mailboxes entered

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 8:15 a.m. Dec. 25 at an apartment community in the area of Cold Spring Road, Lower Macungie Township, is being investigated by state police at the Fogelsville barracks.

Police said Bruce Stuckel, 69, a community board member, reported multiple mailboxes were broken into during the above times.

Indiana man jailed after incident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

James R. Adkins, 40, of Indianapolis, Ind., was committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville following his arraignment on Dec. 26 after an incident in Cressona.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment after the incident at 10:13 p.m. at 161 Railroad Street.

Police said the victim is Laura M. Adkins, 38, of Cressona.

Registration plate stolen from trailer

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a registration plate in the Eldo Lakes development, Polk Township, Monroe County.

The incident was reported to have happened on Dec. 4.

The victim is a 53-year-old male. Police said he notices the plate was removed from a trailer at his property. The plate bears the registration XFR-7822.

Little towns of Christmas

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Miniature lighted displays of holiday towns are a common site during the holidays, such as is this one done by Patricia Eisenberg and on display at the Tamaqua Library.

On this date

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28, 1962

Rev. Francis Marzen, Pearl City, Hawaii, a native of Jim Thorpe and a son of Mrs. Frank Marzen who now resides with a son, Joseph, in Annandale, Va., and the late Mr. Marzen, has been named a monsignor, it was announced today. Father Marzen serves as a rector of Mother of Good Counsel Church in Hawaii and is editor of the deacon newspaper, The Catholic Herald. The investiture ceremony will take place Jan. 1 in Hawaii.

Driver is cited after Carbon crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said John J. Silny, 19, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested after a two-vehicle crash Dec. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Old Stage and Stony Mountain roads in Penn Forest Township.

Police said he was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique west on Old Stage Road and was traveling too fast to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went out of control and began to slide off the road.

Jewelry, quarters taken in break-in

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 8:10 and 11:45 a.m. Dec. 22 at a residence in Ross Township.

The victims are Jodi and William Dannels, 5598 Mt. Eaton Road, Saylorsburg.

Police said someone forced their way into the home via a rear door and proceeded to remove several pieces of jewelry and a jar of quarters from the bedroom of the home.

ADDITION: PV DARE essay winner

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In a photo that ran in the TIMES NEWS on Dec. 22, Michelle Refsnider, a student at Panther Valley Elementary School, was not listed as one of the essay winners for PV's DARE graduation. Refsnider was also named a first place winner in the DARE essay contest and received a PlayStation 3, donated by Kovatch Corporation.

TD Bank is cited for false alarms

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville reported a Lehigh County business has been cited for disorderly conduct as a result of repeated false alarms.

Police said the last incident happened at 8:41 p.m. Nov. 4 at TD Bank, 5980 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie Township.

The citation was issued, police said, because the bank had multiple false alarms take place within a 12-month period.

Lansford man, 40 charged in assault

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Lansford man will likely be eating Christmas dinner in jail.

Andrew Tyahla Sr., 40, of 347 W. Bertsch St., was charged by Officer Brian Zulic after an incident at Tyahla's house at 11:38 p.m. Dec 22. Tyahla is charged with one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct, and three summary offenses of disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis, Jim Thorpe, and jailed under $20,000 percentage bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Mallard Market donates to Toys for Tots

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Joe Balogach, left, and Leon Frohnheiser accept a check from Mallard Market owner Frank Kuhn and checker Amber Recker Thursday afternoon at the store in Lehighton. Kuhn challenges his check out people each year to sell Toys for Tots cards that get displayed in the store. Recker won the competition by selling around 400 of the fundraisers. Mallard Markets added $500 to the proceeds to bring the total to $1,370.69.

No one is hurt in Mahanoy crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash at 9:14 p.m. Dec.25 on State Route 1010 in Mahanoy Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Danielle Ann Heckman, 22, of Pottsville, was driving a 2000 Ford southbound in the area of the "S" turns, about one-quarter mile south of Mahanoy City, when the vehicle went off the roadway, crossed over a drainage ditch and struck an embankment.

The car sustained moderate damages and was required to be towed from the scene.

Lehighton man facing charges

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Randy Jo Whiteman, 30, of Lehighton, is facing several charges as a result of two incidents between 9:50 and 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he was driving a 1989 Buick sedan that crashed into a ditch at the intersection of Rt. 895 and West Bowmans Road in East Penn Township.

Police said he then arrived at his residence along Lower Nis Hollow Drive in the township and assaulted a male resident.

Police said he will be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, summary Motor Vehicle Code violations and harassment.

Thorpe, No. Lehigh in final

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce (50) gets set to make a move towards the basket as Lehighton's Josiah Evans defends.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce (50) gets set to make a move towards the basket as Lehighton's Josiah Evans defends.

It'll be Jim Thorpe and Northern Lehigh in the championship of the 29th Annual Slatington Rotary Boys Basketball Tournament once again.

The Olympians used two big quarters to hand Palmerton a 74-66 setback in the first semifinal and the Bulldogs rolled to an easy 69-50 triumph over the Indians in the nightcap.

The two will battle for the title at 8 p.m. after Palmerton and Lehighton meet in the 6:30 consolation tonight.

Lehighton-No. Lehigh

Basement window smashed by vandals

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A criminal mischief incident that happened between midnight and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in Upper Milford Township, Lehighton, is being investigate by state police at the Fogelsville barracks.

The victim is Donna M. Quier, 58, of Emmaus.

She told police someone used an unknown object to smash the basement window of her home at 3285 S. Seventh St. Extension in the township.

St. Luke's Miners Hospital attains Chest Pain center accreditation

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital has received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for achieving a higher level of expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with acute coronary conditions. Displaying the accreditation plaque are, from left, Mary Kay Horvath, R.N., Nancy Wilcox, R.N., Kim Sargent, R.N., interim emergency department nurse manager; and Bill Moyer, president. Paramedic Dan Lang participated in the accreditation process on the EMS level.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital has received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for achieving a higher level of expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with acute coronary conditions. Displaying the accreditation plaque are, from left, Mary Kay Horvath, R.N., Nancy Wilcox, R.N., Kim Sargent, R.N., interim emergency department nurse manager; and Bill Moyer, president. Paramedic Dan Lang participated in the accreditation process on the EMS level.

There are few things in life more alarming that the sudden onset of chest pain.

From the moment a person begins to feel that pain, nothing is more important than treating it.

When it comes to one's heart health, minutes truly matter.

"Time is heart muscle," said Mary Kay Horvath, R.N., St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. "Earlier diagnosis and treatment have better outcomes."

Storm remnants still felt

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS This is one of four traffic accidents that occurred on Route 902 between New Mahoning and Bugzie's Mountain this morning. Apparently they were caused by black ice. No injuries were reported.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS This is one of four traffic accidents that occurred on Route 902 between New Mahoning and Bugzie's Mountain this morning. Apparently they were caused by black ice. No injuries were reported.

Black ice blamed for 4 accidents on Route 902 this morning

Remnants of the nor'easter which huffed up the coast Sunday remained early this morning, even though our area was spared the heavy snow.

Black ice was blamed for four accidents on Route 902 between New Mahoning and Bugzie's Mountain.

In one accident, a car flipped onto its roof.

No injuries were reported.

During one accident which happened at about 6:30 a.m., another vehicle approaching it barely stopped in time. The driver applied the brakes and went into a spin, sending the SUV into the opposite direction.