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January 2011

Nesquehoning rollover

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons escaped serious injury Saturday morning when involved in a crash along SR209 in Nesquehoning. The crash occurred at 6 a.m. between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe as a couple was traveling north. For some unknown reason the driver lost control entering the right berm. The car continued for a distance before re-entering the roadway and rolling onto its roof. Units of the Nesquehoning Fire Department responded to the scene. Nesquehoning police are investigating.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, along Long Pond Road, in Long Pond.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said white in color Dodge Shadow almost struck a patrol car headed in the opposite direction. Police turned around to stop the vehicle and found it struck in a snow bank after failing to negotiate a curve.

New Philadelphia man gets jail time for DUI

Monday, January 31, 2011

A New Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison.

KOVATCH: A pillar of the community

Monday, January 31, 2011

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle said he was saddened to hear of the death of John "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., founder of the Kovatch Corporation and its subsidiaries in Nesquehoning.

"Certainly he's going to be missed," McArdle said. "He's been a pillar of the community for a long, long time."

McArdle said he remembers him best as a "friend and asset for our fire companies."

He had donated the land for the Hauto Fire Department.

When the Nesquehoning Fire Station was built, Kovatch assisted with the use of his firm's equipment and provided slab (site fill).

Vehicle stop leads to warrant arrest

Monday, January 31, 2011

A vehicle stop in Monroe County has led to an warrant arrest.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers stopped a vehicle along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township, about 1:50 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, for a headlight out. The driver was identified as Yury Henao, 27, of Coolbaugh.

A further check revealed an arrest warrant for Henao was issued out of Elizabeth, N.J. Henao was taken into custody and placed in the county prison in Snydersville pending arraignment.

Kantner will run as independent

Monday, January 31, 2011

Anticipating the Democratic Party bosses would be working against her winning the nomination, Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner surprised everyone by announcing she would not seek the party's nomination in the Primary Election on May 17 but will be running as an Independent candidate in the General Election to be held in November.

PennDOT plow hits parked vehicle

Monday, January 31, 2011

A PennDOT plow truck struck a parked vehicle in an accident in Schuylkill County. It was one of several accidents reported by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said Robert J. Mickonis, 54, of New Philadelphia, was operating a Mack dump truck of the state southbound on SR61 in Schuylkill Haven about 10:14 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the side plow struck the back end of a 2000 Hyundai Sonota. The Sonota was pushed in a southeast direction.

No one was injured.

Harassment incidents probed

Monday, January 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two harassment incidents in which charges will be filed.

On Jan. 22 about 9:59 p.m. troopers said Charles Kiernan, 51, and Laureen Kiernan, 50, of 102 North Shore Drive, Indian Mountain Lakes, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township,were involved in a verbal argument. Charles Kiernan allegedly pushed Laureen Kierman into a vacuum cleaner. He fled the scene prior to the arrival of troopers.

Bulldog rally beats Bombers

Monday, January 31, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Lucas Dise (standing) prepares to take down Dillon Masington of Palmerton. Dise went on to post a 7-4 decision at 119 pounds.
Northern Lehigh's Lucas Dise (standing) prepares to take down Dillon Masington of Palmerton. Dise went on to post a 7-4 decision at 119 pounds.

It's been a long time since Northern Lehigh and Palmerton have wrestled a match that was as competitive as the one they did on Saturday.

The Bulldogs, smarting from a loss to Northwestern Lehigh last Thursday, were chomping at the bit to put that one in the past.

The Bombers, on the other hand, had eyes set on possibly their first trip ever to District XI Duals this coming weekend.

Neither team disappointed their followers and when the dust cleared, the Bulldogs came away with a 35-30 win that wasn't decided until the final bout.

On this date

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jan. 31, 1952

January 31, 1952 George Hewitt hits for a game-high 26 to help Mauch Chunk pull out a 58-55 Mountain League first half playoff win over East Mauch Chunk. The Bruins, who trail by seven at halftime, also receive 12 points from both Lowell Swartz and Roy Gover. The game, played at Hazleton High, sees four lead changes in the final two minutes. Gene Acker also chips in with six points for the winners, coached by Ossie Maehrer.

Lady Bears, Fillies pick up non-league wins

Monday, January 31, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palemrton's Jourdan Reinhart goes up to take a shot from underneath as Salisbury's Sam Cochrane defends.
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palemrton's Jourdan Reinhart goes up to take a shot from underneath as Salisbury's Sam Cochrane defends.

Pleasant Valley and Marian came away with girls basketball wins over the weekend.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Reading CC.

Marian converted 10 of 13 free throw attempts in overtime to help secure a 44-39 non-conference win over Reading Central Catholic.

The Fillies' Danielle Tristani was a perfect six-for-six from the foul line in OT, while Gillian Ferko was two-for-two. Ferko paced the Fillies (16-2) with 15 points, while Tristani finished with 12 points.

The Cardinals' Maria Wendt had 14 points, while Nicole Valley added 11.

MARIAN

Money seized in drug cases distributed to police officials

Monday, January 31, 2011

Tamaqua Borough and Schuylkill Township police departments were recipients of checks from Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman of monies that were seized from drug dealers and gamblers. The funds will be used to upgrade their departments,

The presentation was made Friday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Snow and ice headed our way

Monday, January 31, 2011

Best lay in a supply of rock salt, flashlight batteries and blankets, and plan for plenty of extra time to drive to work tomorrow and Wednesday. National Weather Service forecasters are expecting a vicious storm to lash the area with a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain starting late tonight and lasting through late Wednesday.

The storm is steamrolling in from the Rockies, threatening heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and possibly tornadoes across a huge swath of states. The storm is expected to blanket the Midwest with heavy, wind-whipped snow.

Hometown hill treacherous with early morning ice

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents and while PennDOT de-iced the roadway.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents and while PennDOT de-iced the roadway.

Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents that occurred just after 6 a.m. while PennDOT de-iced the roadway.

Following the accidents, Tamaqua Police closed the hill for two hours, stating the hill was unsafe for travel due to a thin layer of ice that formed on the roadway. PennDOT laid salt to de-ice the roadway.

Sonny Kovatch

Monday, January 31, 2011

His vision fashioned a path to success

John "Sonny" Kovatch was a visonary.

The area business and civic leader, who died Saturday, launched a small auto repair business in Nesquehoning shortly after returning home from fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

But he saw bigger and better things than his initial enterprise. He wanted to grow, and his business grew with him.

The repair shop expanded into a number of automobile franchises that proved successful. Who would have ever thought that such an endeavor would one day be U.S. and World leader in fire truck manufacturing?

Never ending snow

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall and flurries make you wonder if the white stuff will ever stop falling. Pictured re-covered with snow is Lafayette Street in Tamaqua.

New Legion home dedicated

Monday, January 31, 2011
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary were, from left, District President Catherine Olker, Frances Keener, Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener, Department President Beverly Reinhard and Christopher Keller.
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary were, from left, District President Catherine Olker, Frances Keener, Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener, Department President Beverly Reinhard and Christopher Keller.

Legion members, residents of Weatherly, and dignitaries gathered in a full house Saturday to dedicate the newly completed Legion Home for Post 360.

In addition to the presentation of keys from the property owner the Borough of Weatherly to Post 360, a number of the dignitaries spoke to those in attendance.

When the dedication ceremony had concluded, a Winter Carnival sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 was held.

'Sonny' Kovatch, 85, founder of KME, dies

Monday, January 31, 2011
John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr.
John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr.

Built industrial empire from a small local garage

John "Sonny" Kovatch, 85, who began his career by owning a small car repair shop and evolving it into Carbon County's largest employer, died Saturday at his home.

A lifelong resident of Nesquehoning, Kovatch was the founder of several companies bearing his name that are global leaders in specialty vehicle manufacturing.

On this date

Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, 1983

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners approved a plan, calling for a possible non-binding referendum on the part of the county's electorate to determine how the voters feel about a proposal for a county-wide police force. Commissioner Dean D. W. DeLong said it will be merely a sentiment vote and will serve as a guide in any future moves on the suggestion advanced last week by the Bowmanstown Borough Council.

Monroe man facing charges

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing charges following an incident that occurred on Friday, Jan. 28, about 12:09 a.m.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers were called to Skyline Drive in Blakeslee for a complaint of criminal mischief to a vehicle which had been caught on video.

As the result of an investigation officers charged Kirk Bontempo, 47, of Blakeslee, with criminal mischief to a vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police allege he threw a chunk of ice at a neighbor's vehicle causing damage to the windshield.

Mom jeans don't have to be fashion default

Monday, January 31, 2011

It's possible for stylish moms to stylishly blend fashion and functionality. No, really.

Good moms are known for being kind, nurturing and patient. But fashionable? Not so much. Some days, just getting out of the house with matching socks can seem like an accomplishment.

But a little planning and attention to details can go a long way in preparing you for the stylish, adult world.

Here are some of fashion tips for looking good or, at least, presentable.

Fire quelled in Walnutport

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by Walnutport area fire companies saved the lives of several occupants of a home at 420 Lehigh Gap St., all of them wheelchair bound. The flames broke out in the bathroom area of the one story single family wood frame home at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. When the fire companies were dispatched it was reported to be a working dwelling fire with entrapment. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and brought the occupants outside to safety. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Schuylkill County judges rule on bail motions

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hearings were held by Schuylkill County judges on motions filed by defendants in criminal cases for reductions of bail money to be posted.

Judge John E. Domalakes made the following rulings:

Faces sexual assault charges

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Schuylkill County man is facing numerous sexual assault related charges.

State police at Frackville said Jonathan Michael Binns, 36, of Shenandoah, has been charged with having sexual contact with two female juveniles. The information was discovered during the execution of a search warrant and subsequent interview with Binns, troopers said. The incidents occurred in the area of 234 W. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, at various times during the period of May 1 to Oct. 14, 2010.

Kid's Party Club open to local youngsters

Monday, January 31, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School celebrates 125 years

Monday, January 31, 2011
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.

Those attending Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School's open house this past weekend could enjoy the results of the students' research. The student shared decades of history about their school they gleaned while talking to family members and friends who had ties to the school.

Their research was displayed at the Education Fair to celebrate the school's 125 anniversary.

Marian holds off JT

Monday, January 31, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Ryan Gimbi (23) goes up with a shot as Dane Ciavarella defends for Jim Thorpe.
bob ford/times news Marian's Ryan Gimbi (23) goes up with a shot as Dane Ciavarella defends for Jim Thorpe.

Marian never trailed in Saturday's non-league contest against rival Jim Thorpe.

But by no means does that imply the Colts' 48-43 win came easy.

After racing to a huge first quarter lead against the host Olympians, John Patton's club battled through a number of factors to pull out yet another victory.

"We ran our offense real well and got some good looks early," said Patton, whose team improved to 14-4. "The momentum carried us and early on, we played well.

Oddly covered in white

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall accumulation has left many areas impassable. Pictured are the steps leading up to the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua.

Crash injures one person

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along Towamensing Trails Road in the Towmensing Trails Development. The crash occurred at the intersection with Pope Lane involving one vehicle. At least one person was transported by ambulance to the Lehighton hospital. The Penn Forest Fire Company and Lehighton paramedics responded to the scene.

Operation: Touch of Home meets Tuesday

Monday, January 31, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home will meet Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

at the American Legion Post 927, Rt. 209, Gilbert. If you need to confirm because of weather, call 570-977-1724.

Students to raise funds in Jump Rope for Heart

Monday, January 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary student Kyle Strohl does his best on the pogo stick in an effort to raise money as part of the Jump Rope for Heart program.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary student Kyle Strohl does his best on the pogo stick in an effort to raise money as part of the Jump Rope for Heart program.

They've been granted permission to jump until their little hearts are content all in the name of a healthy cause.

Because the more they do, the more money elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District will raise for Jump Rope for Heart.

The program, which began last week but was stalled several times due to inclement weather, is set to wrap up Wednesday, said physical education instructor Ryan Heller.