The Marian chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America held a fundraiser during the month of November. The entire school was encouraged to participate in a competition among classes to see who could donate the most socks, hats, gloves, and/or scarves. It was called "Sockvember" and the proceeds were donated to United Charities, West Hazleton. Each week was broken into a "quarter" of a football game with weekly announcements about the progress. Pictured from left to right: Maryangla Schell, Kathleen Reilly, Rachel Krajcirik, Hilary Furmanchin, Jessica Horlacher, and Emily Burger.
State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a burglary that was reported at 2:23 a.m. Dec. 29 in Brodheadsville.
Police said someone forcibly entered the American Sport Shooting Store, Rt. 209, and removed several hand guns.
State police at the Frackville barracks are trying to locate Stephenie Knorr, 23, of Frackville, for whom a felony warrant exists as a result of a shoplifting incident that happened at the Sears store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township.
Police said the incident happened at 3:15 Dec. 1, after Knorr removed various items for sale from the store. She was confronted by the store's loss prevention personnel, although Knorr was able to get to her vehicle and flee the scene.
A 1990 Dodge Daytona caught fire and sustained disabling damages after a one-vehicle crash at 8:10 p.m. Dec. 23 along Wade Road in Norweigan Township, Schuylkill County.
State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned to the entrance area of the Pleasant Valley Estates development in Polk Township, Monroe County, on Dec. 22 at 9:40 a.m. after someone found suspected marijuana at the site.
Police said the marijuana was found in a small plastic bag along Route 534.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Weatherly boys and Panther Valley girls both dropped basketball tournament games on Monday.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.