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January 2011

A split verdict

Friday, January 28, 2011

Trial ends for 3 Shenandoah cops

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – One of three former municipal police officers accused of obstructing an FBI investigation into the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant was convicted Thursday of the most serious charge against him.

Former Shenandoah Police Chief Matthew Nestor and subordinates William Moyer and Jason Hayes were accused of helping a group of white high school football players cover up their roles in the July 2008 attack on 25-year-old Luis Ramirez in the small, ethnically charged town.

Carbon County court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Elizabeth Labaty, 1425 Church Rd., Pen Argyl, from Eric Labaty, 1859 Dinkey Rd., Lehighton.

Christine A. Forrest, 300 W. White St., Summit Hill, from Kenneth E. Forrest II, same address.

Chad M. Kershner, 754 Princeton Ave., Palmerton, from Jennifer I. Kershner, 100 Ramapo Trail, Allentown.

Sharon Steigerwalt, 127 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, from Allen Steigerwalt Jr., 228 Mill St., Nesquehoning.

Divorces started

Monroe man jailed for sexual assualt, shooting incident

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County man was jailed on Thursday following a shooting incident in which he allegedly fired a shotgun into a home, and also for the sexual assault of a young girl.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the suspect as Jonathan Leach, 20, of Pocono Summit.

Police gave the following account of Leach's arrest.

On Wednesday about 5:25 a.m. officers were dispatched to 210 Fox Lane in the Harvest Acres development in Tobyhanna Township, for a broken window. Upon arrival police determined that the window had been sharttered by a shotgun blast.

2 PV directors not guilty of harassment

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two members of the Panther Valley School Board, who were accused of harassing an elderly man attending a meeting, were exonerated of the charge yesterday by District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Board President Jeffrey J. Markovich was the defendant in a privately filed complaint by Nesquehoning resident John J. Barna. Kosciolek dismissed the charge because the criminal complaint didn't list a town in which the alleged offense occurred.

Schuylkill County court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pay or go to jail

Because of the recession banks and credit card companies are having a difficult time collecting monies owed but not the Schuylkill County Collection Agency, which operates from the office of Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach at courthouse.

Carbon court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Chad C. Beesley, 22 E. Main St., Fleetwood, Berks County, from Ginny Sayuri Arakaki, same address.

Lydia E. Mertz, Box 476, Lehighton, from Todd N. Mertz, 455 Maury Rd., Lehighton.

Jacqueline Ann Ahner, 2007 Wayne St., Bethlehem, from Jeffrey Wayne Ahner, 2200 Indian Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Kelly J. Sommers, 494 Franklin AVe., Palmerton, from Michael J. Sommers, 722 Mill St., Palmerton.

Named to dean's list at Mount Saint Mary's

Friday, January 28, 2011

Michel Lindenmuth of Nesquehoning has been named to the dean's list at Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Md. for the fall 2010 semester.

Lindenmuth is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in history and sports management.

He is in the honors program at Mount Saint Mary's and a member of the Student Government Association Advisory Board.

Lindenmuth was one of several students who were recently selected to represent Mount Saint Mary's at the European Union Conference for college students in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Two returning Marines honored

Friday, January 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third grade teacher Heather Wagner made red,white and blue Jello treats for her students and honored guests at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Marine Corporal George Tessitore (left) and Lance Corporal Lee Thear are holding their cups of Jello during a program held in their honor at the school.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third grade teacher Heather Wagner made red,white and blue Jello treats for her students and honored guests at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Marine Corporal George Tessitore (left) and Lance Corporal Lee Thear are holding their cups of Jello during a program held in their honor at the school.

A teacher at Panther Valley Elementary School recently acknowledged two P.V. graduates, Corporal George Tessitore and Lance Corporal Lee Thear, who both entered the U.S. Marines together and attended basic training together.

Third grade teacher Heather Wagner invited the soldiers to the school to honor them.

Winter blues

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weather taking a toll on budgets, and health

It's been a brutal month of winter weather for many in the Northeast and it's taking a toll on budgets – both personal and governmental – as well as on the physical and mental health of individuals

Every week seems to bring one or two major storms and with it the snow piles grow higher, as do the bills for municipalities to deal with the frozen precipitation. A number of towns and cities up and down the East Coast have already equaled or exceeded the amount they had budgeted for snow removal this winter.

Heffley receives House committee appointments

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has been named to serve on the House Game and Fisheries Committee, the House Human Services Committee, the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, and the House Transportation Committee to begin the 2011-12 legislative session.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area awards grants to communities

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has awarded grants to five communities for projects intended to draw users of the Schuylkill River land and water trails to area downtowns, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

The communities of Pottstown, Phoenixville, Hamburg, Pottsville and East Falls were selected to receive funding from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's (SRHA) new Heritage Towns and Tours initiative. (Please see attached sheet for details on each grant award).

Two arrested for theft in Mahoning

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Bangor man was arrested by Mahoning Township police for assaulting a retail store manager and giving false identification to police, and both the man and a woman who was with him were charged with retail theft after trying to leave the store without paying for $1,463 worth of merchandise.

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place at 6:06 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Super Wal-Mart along SR443, according to police chief Kenneth A. Barnes.

Stanovick's hot hand leads PV

Friday, January 28, 2011
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwin Wright (right) starts his drive to the basket as Lehighton's Nate Kresge (11) defends.
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwin Wright (right) starts his drive to the basket as Lehighton's Nate Kresge (11) defends.

It took Lehighton coach Michael O'Brien just one possession to realize his team could have a problem.

It took Pleasant Valley's Nick Stanovick just two shots to realize it could be him.

Stanovick drilled a pair of three-pointers in the game's opening minutes and finished with a school-record tying seven triples. His hot hand was more than enough to carry Pleasant Valley to a 69-41 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton on Thursday night.

On this date

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 1954

The president of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company announced that uranium has been discovered near Mauch Chunk and his firm will start mining it in spring. Robert V. White, head of the LCN, said the first mining operations will be carried out in a "very small way" to determine whether it would be economically feasible to expand operations. The mining operation will be on Route 209 between Mauch Chunk and Nesquehoning.

Carbon man admits assaulting his mother

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Carbon County man admitted to assaulting his mother.

Theodore E. Williams, 38, of Nesquehoning appeared before Carbon Judge Steve R. Serfass on Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault.

Williams was arrested on July 7, 2010, at the residence of his mother, Barbara Williams, 121 E. White St., Summit Hill. Police responded to the home to a report of a domestic incident in which a man was weilding a knife and threatening family members.

Tamaqua news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sorority news

Members of the Preceptor Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met Jan. 19 at the home of Mary Machay. The program for the evening was a presentation by Molly Pavia and Sandra deLay about massage and reflexology.

Carbon Navy Club to meet on Monday

Friday, January 28, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club of the USA will meet at 7:30 p.m., on Jan. 31, at the Nesquehoning VFW. Commander Stanley Jaruszewski will be in charge of the meeting.

The Pennsylvania squadron commander will also be in attendance.

During the meetings, nominations and an election committee will be made.

SCIDA seats new directors

Friday, January 28, 2011

During the 41st annual meeting of the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) held on Jan. 20, in Pottsville, three directors took their seats for new terms on the board.

Each appointed to the SCIDA board by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for a five-year term ending on December 31, 2015 are Brian Canfield of Pottsville, Attorney Joseph R. Baranko Jr. of McAdoo, and John F. Reilly Jr. of Ashland.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers stopped Bradford R. Borstelmann, 23, of Mt. Pocono, along SR611 at Crestwood Drive for several equipment violations.

Borstelmann was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest and taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results.

Two arrested for DUI in Lehigh

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said about 8:23 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, Julius Racz, 29, of Breinigsville, was stopped operating a 2000 Saturn sedan along Hamilton Blvd., near Krocks Rd., in Lower Macungie Township, for a vehicle code violation. At the stop Racz was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest for DUI and taken for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results, troopers added.

This is no picnic

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It will take some time, sunshine, and warmer temperatures before these picnic tables in downtown Jim Thorpe are ready to be used.

What is New Age?

Friday, January 28, 2011
Painting by Ray Swartz
Painting by Ray Swartz

The New Age movement is a spiritual way of life. It has no holy text, nor central organization, no official list of members, no formal clergy or geographic center, dogma, creed, etc. It is a free-flowing spiritual movement among a network of believers and practitioners who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices.

Some believe humans to have potential healing powers, such as therapeutic touch, which can be developed to heal others.

Colts' Richards gives verbal to James Madison

Friday, January 28, 2011

Marian's Dominick Richards, a 6-6, 200-pound senior tight end on Thursday gave a verbal commitment to James Madison University Head Football Coach Mickey Matthews to accept a Division 1scholarship to attend school and play for the Dukes.

Richards will make the scholarship official on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the NCAA's National Letter of Intent Day.

James Madison is a Football Championship Subdivision team (formerly Division I-AA) that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference.

Vehicle theft

Friday, January 28, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a vehicle that occurred this week.

Troopers said a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 series conversion van was stolen from along Reservoir Road, in Union Township, sometime between 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The van, blue in color belongs to Lamar Lex, 71, of Ringtown, and was parked on his property.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Mildred Kromer celebrates milestone birthday

Friday, January 28, 2011
Mildred Kromer celebrates milestone birthday
Copyright 2011

Mildred Kromer celebrated her 100th birthday recently, surrounded by friends and family and members of her church.

Born on Jan. 18, 1911, in Indianland, Lehigh Township to Charles and Mae Deibert, Mildred was recognized at her church, St. Paul's UCC in Indianland, during the Jan. 16 service. Flowers there that day were presented by Cindy Deppe and Geraldine Christman in her honor.

The bulletins were presented for the same reason by Gloria Newhard, Shirley Eckhart and Donna Henninger.

On this date

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 2003 Chris Condrick scores a team-high 19 points and also pulls down 11 rebounds to help Weatherly gain a 63-56 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Condrick scores 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wreckers hold on for the victory. The winners, coached by Bob Lutzick, also receive 16 points and nine boards from Conrad Pfeiffer while Ryan Nenstiel chips in with 12 points.

Not needed today

Friday, January 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An ice box, located outside the snow-covered boat rental shack at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, seems strangely out of place.

Carbon renews health care pact

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday renewed a contract with First Priority/Blue Care PPO to administer the county's health care program. The one-year agreement carries a modest increase in costs.

"First Priority Blue Care has administered that program for us on a year-to-year basis," said Commissioners' Chairman William O'Gurek.

The cost for this new contract rose modestly, he said, from $57.17 to $60.60 per contract per month.

"That's per month per employee," he said.

Commissioners Getz, O'Gurek seek re-election

Friday, January 28, 2011
Charles Getz
Charles Getz

Carbon County commissioners Charles Getz and William O'Gurek have announced their candidacies for re-election to four-year terms of office. They are seeking the Democratic Party's nominations in the May 17 Primary Election.

Getz, of Albrightsville, is currently the vice chairman of the board. O'Gurek, of Summit Hill, is the current board chairman.

Getz was a Kidder Township supervisor for 18 years before being elected to county office. O'Gurek was the Summit Hill mayor for 10 years before his county service.

Lansford citations

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lansford police have issued nontraffic citations to the following people:

Stacy Thomas, 32, of 825 E. Ridge St., and Mary Swider, 78, of 823 E. Ridge St., both of Lansford: Harassment on Jan. 7 at 10:45 a.m. at their residences; Tiffany Black, 32, of 30 Cortright St., Lansford: Violation of the borough's animal nuisance ordinance on Jan. 8 at 3:20 a.m.; Victoria Argott, 31, of 156 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford: Harassment on Dec. 25 at 156 W. Snyder Ave.; Anna Heffelfinger, 18, of 216 N. Oak St., Summit Hill: Harassment on Dec. 30 at 11:49 a.m. on the 200 block of E. Ridge Street.

Northern Lehigh Middle School All Stars graduate

Friday, January 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Travis Hoffman, a seventh grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School, accepts his certificate for successfully completing the All Stars Program from, left to right, NLMS principal Jill Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Karen Nicholas, All Stars Program, physical education/health teacher, Mrs. Michelle Raber.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Travis Hoffman, a seventh grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School, accepts his certificate for successfully completing the All Stars Program from, left to right, NLMS principal Jill Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Karen Nicholas, All Stars Program, physical education/health teacher, Mrs. Michelle Raber.

Mrs. Michelle Raber and Mr. Jason Reinhard, physical education and health teachers at Northern Lehigh Middle School, have been teaching all seventh graders how to deal with issues that arise during adolescence since Sept. 10 of the new school year. Monday night, 90 of those students received recognition for completing the course known as the All Stars Program.

"The certificate they received congratulates them on successfully completing the All Stars Program. It is signed by the principal, (Jill Chamberlain) and myself," said Mrs. Raber.