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December 2010

Store employee to be arrested

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said a female employee of the Dries Do It Center, Lower Macungie Township, will be cited for theft by deception as a result of incidents that happened between Dec. 1-22 at the store.

Police said the woman took numerous invoices and marked them as returned to make them look like the customer brought back the merchandise. The woman then pocketed the cash that amounted to $428.51, police said.

Tom J. Gerhard candidate for Carbon commissioner

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tom J. Gerhard
Tom J. Gerhard

Tom J. Gerhard, a resident of Packer Township, will seek his first term to the office of Carbon County Commissioner on the Republican ticket.

Born and raised in Packer Township, Weatherly, Gerhard is the son of Tom C., who served for 12 years as Carbon County Commissioner before retiring in 2003 and Elizabeth (Kovalick) Gerhard, Weatherly. He is a graduate of Weatherly Area High School in 1974.

Carbon driver, passenger arrested

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Two Albrightsville men were arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks after a vehicle stop at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at the intersection of State Route 903 and Church Road in Penn Forest Township.

Police said Jonathan Edgar Montalvo, 22, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while a passenger, Joseph Pepe, 21, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrests came after police stopped the vehicle for an equipment violation.

Minersville woman facing DUI charge

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said a Minersville woman was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop at 2:10 a.m. Dec. 26 at the intersection of Westwood Avenue and Westwood Road in Pottsville.

Police said charges are pending against Jennifer N. Seladones, 24.

Police said she was observed committing a traffic violation, after which time police made the traffic stop and learned she was under the influence of alcohol.

The charges are pending result of chemical testing, police said.

Minersville man held on warrant

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Philip Koles, 30, of Minersville, who was stopped by state police at the Frackville barracks on Dec. 24 at 11:11 a.m. for a traffic violation, was later committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, after police learned there was an outstanding bench warrant out for his arrest.

Police said he was stopped on Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township, after which time is was learned Koles was wanted in Elk County for failure to appear for court.

He is being held at the Elk County Sheriff's Office and is awaiting to be extradited there to face the court charges.

359 million diabetes testing strips are recalled

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Abbott Diabetes Care announced that it has initiated a recall of 359 lots (approximately 359 million strips) of Precision Xtra®, Precision Xceed Pro®, MediSense® Optium™, Optium™, OptiumEZ and ReliOn® Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Palmerton police file charges

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Indecent exposure

Criminal charges were filed against Benedict Flynn, 75, of 80 Hillside Avenue, Apt. 2, Palmerton, for indecent exposure. The incident occurred on Feb. 22 at 3:55 p.m. at the above address.

Defiant trespass

Criminal charges were filed against Eleanor Schmick, 51, and Vincent Smith, 59, last known address, 140 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, for defiant trespass. The incident occurred on Nov. 27 at 4:28 p.m. at the above address.

Public drunkenness

Tonight's scheduled Gregg Allman concert at Penn's Peak postponed

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Gregg Allman concert, scheduled for this evening at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, has been postponed.

The performance is rescheduled to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored for the Jan. 22 event.

Gregg Allman's website says the concert date was changed because of the East Coast blizzard.

Allman is presently touring along the East Coast.

There are two more concerts scheduled this week at Penn's Peak.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Dark Star Orchestra makes a return appearance to the venue.

Cash, credit cards stolen from vehicle

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said someone stole $1,000 in cash and miscellaneous credit cards when they entered a vehicle between 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Mack Trucks Plant in Lower Macungie Township.

The victim is a 44-year-old female from Wescosville.

Bombers, Bulldogs play for title

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
mike feifel/times news Jim Thorpe's Brittany Holland goes between Palmerton defenders Jen Snyder (left) and Kelsey Hay to get off a shot.
mike feifel/times news Jim Thorpe's Brittany Holland goes between Palmerton defenders Jen Snyder (left) and Kelsey Hay to get off a shot.

The Lady Indian Holiday Classic went from one extreme to another.

In the opening contest, Casey Rinfret hit a clutch free-throw with eight seconds left to help Palmerton pull out a close 52-51 victory over Jim Thorpe.

In the night cap, Northern Lehigh perfected a single offensive strategy to run away with a 63-28 win over host Lehighton.

It sets center stage for two Colonial League rivals to battle for tomorrow's tournament championship.

Jim Thorpe-Palmerton

West Penn students hold food drive

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

More than 800 individual food items were raised during the West Penn Elementary School's annual holiday food drive held to help the Tamaqua Salvation Army provide hundreds of meals to needy families. Mrs. Abigail Neverosky's class received an initiative party for raising the most cans, 134. Assistant Principal James Fasnacht helped to organize the drive. Pictured from front left are Bryn Miller, 8, from Mrs. Vanessa Boyle's class; Tyler Steigerwalt, 8, from Mrs. Harriet Gustus's class; Cody Hamm, 9, from Ms. Ashley Stanek's class; Trent Schlecht, 6, from Mrs.

Man escapes injuries in crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said a Pine Grove man escaped injuries when a vehicle he was driving crashed and rolled over on Dec. 23 at 12:36 p.m. on Rt. 61 in Norwegian Township.

Police said Gavin T. Bowers, 23, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Trailblazer northbound on Rt. 61 and was in the left lane of traffic when traffic stopped for a light at the intersection of the Fairland Village Mall. Police said he was traveling too fast to stop, applying his brakes and causing the vehicle to swerve into the right lane and skidding out of control.

Lititz man facing DUI charges

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Denis Zamotayev, 32, of Lititz, will ne arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks as a result of an alcohol-related accident at 9:50 Dec. 21 on Route 29 in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said he was driving a vehicle northbound when it crossed into the opposite lane of travel and struck a vehicle operated by Lindsay Pokallus, 26, of Emmaus. Zamotayev's vehicle continued to travel north in the oncoming lane of travel and struck a second vehicle driven by Corey O'Brien, 25, also of Emmaus. Police said he fled the scene for about a mile until his vehicle became disabled.

Leztek Computer Sales & Service opens JT location

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new Leztek Systems computer store opened in Jim Thorpe at 434 Center Street. Pictured at the grand opening are, left to right : Mike Petrucci; Heather Skodacek, Office Manager; John MaGuire, JT Borough Council President; Jeff Leslie, Owner; Bill Richards, Rep from Keith McCall's Office; Bill O'Gurek, Carbon County Commissioner; Justin Yaich, JT Councilman; and Danny Yaich.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new Leztek Systems computer store opened in Jim Thorpe at 434 Center Street. Pictured at the grand opening are, left to right : Mike Petrucci; Heather Skodacek, Office Manager; John MaGuire, JT Borough Council President; Jeff Leslie, Owner; Bill Richards, Rep from Keith McCall's Office; Bill O'Gurek, Carbon County Commissioner; Justin Yaich, JT Councilman; and Danny Yaich.

Small and medium sized businesses along with residential customers in Jim Thorpe and the surrounding area who are in need of computer sales and service will now need to go no farther than the corner of 4th and Center Streets in Jim Thorpe.

Now located at 434 Center Street is the newly opened Leztek Computer Store which is operated by Jeff Leslie, who has been providing contract Information Technology (IT) services for municipalities and businesses around the Carbon County for several years.

Copper pipe taken in area burglary

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A burglary that happened between Aug. 15 and Dec. 10 in Towamensing Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is PNC Mortgage, 8655 Interchange Road, Lehighton.

Police said someone forced their way into the premises with an unknown tool and once inside stole copper pipe before fleeing the scene at the point of entry.

Emmaus man is facing charge

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Steven E. Dreisbach, 19, of Emmaus, has been charged by state police at the Fogelsville barracks with harassment as a result of an incident at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Hess gas station in Upper Milford Township.

Police did not identify the victim, but said it is alleged Dreisbach and a victim became involved in an argument, during which time the defendant threatened the victim.

Carbon County Court news

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Assumpsit complaint

Oliphant Financial, LLC, Sarasota, Fla., has filed a complaint in assumpsit against Terry Petitto, 119 Eliot lane, P.O. Box 248, Albrightsville, seeking the sum of $1,141.98 plus applicable costs, interest and attorney's fees.

The plaintiff contends it is a debt buyer that holds a promissory note signed by the defendant in which the latter agreed to pay costs associated with valuable considerations it received. Oliphant says the defendant has not made a payment on the account since Dec. 18, 2009.

Credit defaults

Rush, Tamaqua Elementary hold holiday program

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elementary school students from Tamaqua and Rush Township held their annual Holiday Christmas show Thursday in the gym of the Tamaqua Elementary School. Each grade performed musical skits or sang songs in front of all the other students, teachers and attending parents. Elvis Santa also made a surprise visit. Teachers Tim Murphy and Jeff Reading play the characters of "My Two Front Teeth" during one of the skits done during the holiday program.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elementary school students from Tamaqua and Rush Township held their annual Holiday Christmas show Thursday in the gym of the Tamaqua Elementary School. Each grade performed musical skits or sang songs in front of all the other students, teachers and attending parents. Elvis Santa also made a surprise visit. Teachers Tim Murphy and Jeff Reading play the characters of "My Two Front Teeth" during one of the skits done during the holiday program.

Stolen vehicle recovered locally

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks said a 2002 Artic Cat that was reported stolen has been recovered.

The vehicle, owned by Martin Beers, 82, of Pen Argyl, was found along Old Route 115 in Ross Township at 4 p.m. Dec. 19.

Police said the theft of the vehicle is being investigated by the Plainfield Township Police Department.

Polk Township home is burglarized

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 5:05 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at a residence in Polk Township.

The victim is Phyllis V. Wandell, 83, of Kunkletown, who resides along Shafer Drive in the township.

Police said someone forced their way into the home through a rear door and once inside proceeded to ransack the entire residence. The actor(s) removed jewelry before fleeing the scene.

Wreckers, Lady Panthers suffer setbacks

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Weatherly boys and Panther Valley girls both dropped basketball tournament games on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tom Fenney TourneyWeatherly-Lack. Trail

The Wreckers had their hands full on the holidays, as they dropped a 63-26 decision to Lackawanna Trail in the opening night of the Tom Feeney Tournament.

The locals were outscored 43-9 by halftime, as LT cruised the remainder of the way for the non-league win.

Leading the winners in scoring were David Boslough and Steve Miller with 14 points apiece.

A new year extravaganza

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Activities will abound in Little Gap this weekend

Patrons who celebrate the new year at the Covered Bridge Inn in Little Gap can have three times the fun.

That's because the authentic American Tavern located at the base of the Blue Mountain Ski Area will sponsor a three-day New Year's Eve celebration Thursday through Saturday.

Ron Gilbert, owner, said the tavern's dark wood trim, pressed tin ceiling, and friendly atmosphere next to the twinkling lights of the ski slopes should provide the perfect setting to ring in the New Year.

Frozen feelings

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Next time there's a blizzard, call Ed Rendell

Although most of our immediate area was spared the heavy snowfall of the post-Christmas storm that charged into the Northeast last weekend, New York City and other points along the coast certainly took a pounding. One weather expert likened it to a category 2 or 3 hurricane, since the system brought together the necessary ingredients of heavy snow and high winds.

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.