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December 2010

Repeat special for Remaley

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Repeat special for Remaley
Copyright 2010

After his record setting junior season, Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley knew it would be difficult for a repeat performance in 2010. His team graduated its entire offensive line and teammate Jake Kern was emerging as playmaker who would share the offensive load with Remaley.

Tamaqua swim team aids Toys For Tots drive

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving teams recently collected over 60 toys for the local Toys For Tots drive to assist children that are less fortunate.

The Tamaqua Swimming/Diving team is coached by Eric Lech.

Change is stolen in area burglary

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a burglary that was reported at 4:25 a.m. Dec. 26 at J.C. Cleaners, Hamilton Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township.

Police said someone forcibly entered the business and stole about $40 in change.

Jeep flips on roof in Lehigh accident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Quakertown man was uninjured when a 1995 Jeep Cherokee he was driving on Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. crashed in South Whitehall Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Gregory L. Steich, 19, was driving on the Route 22 eastbound off-ramp to Route 309 southbound at about 35 mph at a time when the roadway was snow-covered and icy.

Sherry Haydt marries Daniel Shupp

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Allen Shupp
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Allen Shupp

Sherry Lynn Haydt, daughter of Jerry and Sally Haydt of Kunkletown, became the bride of Daniel Allen Shupp, son of Karl and Grace Auchter of Macungie and the late Lloyd Shupp, on July 24, 2010, during an outside ceremony at Jerry and Sally Haydt's home. Judge Debby York officiated the ceremony. Dan Smale was the organist.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Denise Shupp of Illinois as the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kelly Wilkins of Kunkletown; Kristin Sherer of Kunkletown, cousin of the bride; and Abby Shupp of Palmerton, the groom's daughter.

One person hurt in Rt. 248 crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One person was hurt in a one-vehicle crash at 2:57 p.m. Dec. 24 on Route 248 in Parryville Borough.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said Alissa K. Heckman, 22, of Catasauqua, sustained minor injuries.

Police said she was driving a 1992 Plymouth Sundance westbound, east of State Road, when the vehicle struck a concrete barrier.

The car sustained moderate damages.

Two passengers with Heckman, Brook Bigley, 2, and Lacey Bigley, 1, also of Catasauqua, were uninjured. Police said child safety seats were used.

Frackville shoplifter sought by police

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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.

Car catches fire in Schuylkill Co.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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.

Marijuana found at development

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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.

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.