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December 2010

Teen driver charged with harassment

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A 16-year-old female from Lansford was charged with harassment after she was seen driving too close to another motorist.

According to Summit Hill police, on Dec. 11, at 11:04 p.m., police received a call from a motorist that said they were being followed closely by another motorist. Police responded to an area where they told the motorist to go, and observed the vehicle, driven by the juvenile, following closely to the motorist who called in the complaint.

Property transfers recorded in Schuylkill County

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Property transfers recorded at the Schuylkill County Courthouse were as follows:

Shawn E. Gilbert to James T. and Helene M. Richmond, tract containing 1.148 acres at 47 Tamanend Road, Rush Township, $155,000.

Gary P. Seladonis, as executor of the estate of Anna Seladonis, late of Tamaqua, to Gary P. Seladonis, Allentown; William E. Seladonos, Tamaqua and Beverly A. Seladonis Magelnicki, Saint Petersburg, Florida, property at 6 South Lehigh Street, Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $11,000).

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.

Youth sells drugs at I-U school

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a case where a 16-year-old female allegedly brought drugs into school and sold them to other individuals.

Police said the incident happened at the Schuylkill I-U 29 school in MarLin.

Police said the girl brought morphine and Oxycodone pills into school and sold the medications to other individuals.

Lehighton driver escapes injury

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bradley Kerr, 21, of Lehighton, escaped injury in a crash Dec. 26 at 4 p.m. on the Little Gap Highway in lower Towamensing Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition that crashed in the area of 2955 Little Gap Road. Police said he was westbound on a slushy/icy roadway during a snowstorm when he lost control of the Expedition and it veered into the eastbound lane. The vehicle went off the southern shoulder of the road and struck a PPL pole, then continued to spin and strike a mailbox.

McAdoo man waives five cases to court

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A McAdoo man had five cases scheduled for preliminary hearings this week before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, opting to waive all of the cases to court.

Pine Grove man hurt in accident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jesse J. Aungst, 19, of Pine Grove, sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 1:10 a.m. Dec. 19 on Route 895 in Washington Township, Schuylkill County, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said he was flown by the Life Flight 5 helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment of injuries.

Bloomsburg man hurt in accident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ralph H. Bankes, 38, of Bloomsburg, sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 6 a.m. Dec. 23 on State Route 339 in North Union Township, Schuylkill County, according to state police at the Frackville barracks.

Police said he was driving a 2003 Ford F150 northbound when it traveled off the left shoulder of the roadway, went over a guide rail and rolled partially down an embankment.

Police said Bankes was treated at the Berwick Hospital.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Police said the driver will be cited as a result of the crash.

CCAR installs new officers

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 2011 board of directors for the Carbon County Association of Realtors was installed at their annual dinner on Dec. 17 at the Blue Ridge Country Club by Rep. Doyle Heffley. From left are, front row, Kristen Obert, Paula Fritzinger and Hugh Dugan II; and back row, Pamela Gothard, immediate past president; Cass Chies, treasurer; Joan Muniz president-elect; Darla Kravetz, president; Jim Zurn, secretary; Kimberly Rabenold, Lisa Sawyer and Rep. Doyle Heffley. Also installed was Bonnie Hoffman.

Vehicle is stolen, crashed in Lehigh

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said a 1996 Jeep Cherokee that was stolen in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, was involved in a crash in which the investigation remains open.

Police said the victim is Heather Mae Wickett, 2103 Independent Drive, Breinigsville.

Police said the vehicle was reported stolen between 4:30-11:30 p.m. Nov. 27.

Krcic like another coach on the field

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Krcic like another coach on the field
Copyright 2010

When it comes to sports, coaches do the coaching and players do the playing.

A coach is designated to the sideline, usually against his well, and is forced to lead his team through strategy and motivation. The player has it a little easier, as he or she is actually playing the game and has a direct impact on the result.

Frackville man hurt in Union Twp. crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Frackville barracks said Matthew P. McTiernan, 23, of Frackville, sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash Dec. 19 at 1 a.m. on Ridge Road in Union Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said he was transported to the Pottsville Hospital in a private vehicle.

He was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty south on Ridge Road and was rounding a curve when he was distracted with his car radio. The vehicle left the roadway, traveled into a wooded area along the west side of the road and struck a large rock and tree before coming to rest.