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July 2011

Attempted break-in probed in Monroe

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an attempted burglary at a Monroe County business.

Police said on Monday, July 25, about 2:45 a.m. officers were called to the Mount Pocono Plaza, in Mt. Pocono. Employees of the McDonald's Restaurant reported hearing glass breaking at one of the stores in the plaza.

A further investigation revealed two windows of Brother Bruno's Pizza were smashed by the use of lids from trash cans.

Shootin' hoops in Middleport

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rain and drizzle didn't stop Vernon Wright and his sister Kiandra, 10, from playing a gameof basketball at the Middleport Recreational Park in Middleport.

Juvenile caught with marijuana

Friday, July 29, 2011

A 15-year-old boy from Tobyhanna was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a glass pipe apparently used to smoke the controlled substance when Pocono Mountain Regional Police investigated an incident on July 26 on Route 611 in Mt. Pocono.

Police said officers on bicycle patrol observed a group of juveniles walking on the premises of Reihl Quality Sheds and loitering behind its display models. Upon making contact with the group, police found the boy to be in possession of the contraband, charging him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Three local persons among 12 who plead guilty in Schuylkill County Court

Friday, July 29, 2011

Three area people were among 12 who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

RSVP volunteers are needed

Friday, July 29, 2011

RSVP in Monroe County is putting out an all-points-bulletin for volunteers.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. With RSVP, you can choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. You choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity that's right for you.

State police make Act 64 arrest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jorge L. Ortiz Jr., 26, of Macungie, has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for driving under the influence of drugs, an Act 64 offense.

The incident happened at 2:56 a.m. July 27 at the intersection of Scenic View and Hunt drives in Lower Macungie Township.

police said he was stopped for a traffic violation, after which time police learned he was driving under the influence of drugs and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Carbon County EMA sets training sessions

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call, fax or email the hosting agency.

Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams): starting Sept. 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA.

PA State Fire Convention: Free trainings starting Sept. 22. Contact Lake Harmony Fire Department at (570) 722-8138.

Citizen's Fire Company parade winners

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua was filled with emergency sirens and lights during the Citizen's Fire Company annual apparatus parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua was filled with emergency sirens and lights during the Citizen's Fire Company annual apparatus parade.

Citizen's Fire Company, Tamaqua, has announced the winners of its annual parade held recently. Awards were given out in various categories.

1. Most Functional 1750 GPM and over: 1st: Tuscarora Fire Company. 2nd: Summit Hill Fire Company. 3rd: Coaldale Fire Company.

2. Most Functional 1500 GPM and over: 1st: Mary-D Fire Company. 2nd: Nesquehoning Fire Company.

3. Most Functional 1250 GPM and over: 1st: Hometown Fire Company. 2nd: Palo Alto Fire Company. 3rd: Coaldale Fire Company.

4. Most Functional 1000 GPM and over: Coaldale Fire Company.

Charges pending against driver

Friday, July 29, 2011

Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against Samantha Richardson, 21, of Tamaqua, who was involved in a one-vehicle accident July 27 at 10:35 p.m. on Old Route 209, about one-quarter mile east of the Village of Newkirk in Walker Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said severe damages result to her 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including multiple airbag deployment.

JT Lions announce leadership change

Friday, July 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Acknowledging a leadership change for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club, Secretary Jim Gallagher (left) stands with the club's incoming President Jim Trainer (center) and outgoing President Ron Sheehan.

Muzzleloader Hunting 101 program slated

Friday, July 29, 2011

Outdoors writer and lecturer Doyle Dietz, a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association will present "Muzzleloader Hunting 101," focusing on deer hunting with flintlock and traditional percussion ignition rifles. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. August 13 in the Locust Lake State Park Amphitheatre.

Jacob's Church marks 250 years

Friday, July 29, 2011
The area in the cemetery where the first church stood remains open land. The iron gate had fallen into disrepair and was restored.
The area in the cemetery where the first church stood remains open land. The iron gate had fallen into disrepair and was restored.

Jacksonville house of worship began in 1761 with dirt floors

"We thank you Lord God for brave and believing people who planted your message in this place."

Call to Worship, Homecoming, May 22, 2011

The Church of the open doors,

The Church of the open Bible,

The Church of the open hand,

The Church of the open heart,

The Church open to the Spirit of the Living Christ.

The Rev. Richard Solliday, served 1984-1987

BB or pellet gun causes damages

Friday, July 29, 2011

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 1-9 a.m. July 26 in Penn Forest Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Dorthea Moser, Behrens Road, Jim Thorpe.

Police said her 2000 Ford Ranger was parked in the parking lot of All-Points Towing, 136 Smith Road, when an unknown actor arrived at the scene and broke the rear and passenger's side windows on it. Police said the windows appear to have been shot by a BB or pellet rifle.

Orefield driver escapes injuries

Friday, July 29, 2011

A man from Orefield escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash that happened after he avoided striking a deer on Orchard Road in Lowhill Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Chad L. Gray, 32, was northbound in a 2011 Nissan X-Terra when he swerved the vehicle to the right to avoid striking the deer. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree with the right side of its front end, resulting in disabling damages that required it to be towed from the scene.

On this date

Friday, July 29, 2011

August 29, 1993

World famous fashion designer Calvin Klein visited Nesquehoning this morning to meet his employees at the Kaijay Pants Company. Klein, who owns the firm as a subsidiary of Calvin Klein Sportswear, was especially interested in production of of of his fall sportswear newest lines, C. K. Outerwear. He said the line is proving so successful that he is adding about 40 more full-time employees to the plant. Presently the plant employs about 200 workers.

Mischief probed at Schuylkill site

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported at 6 p.m. July 24.

The victim is the Hubley Community Park, School Road, Hubley Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said someone cut the padlock used to lock the handle on the well pump at the park, and then proceeded to turn the pump on before leaving the scene in an undetected manner or direction.

Eldred column

Friday, July 29, 2011

Smith Reunion

The Smith-Schmidt Reunion will be this Sunday, July 31 at St. Matthew's UCC Picnic Grove from 1-7 p.m.

This reunion brings together the descendants of Abraham and Margaretha Schmidt.

Entertainment includes music, cake walk, basket raffle and they are looking for donations for the cake walk and basket raffle.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be Aug. 1-5 at St. Matthew's UCC from 9-11:30 a.m.

Farewell open house scheduled for minister

Friday, July 29, 2011

A farewell open house will be held at the Trinity UCC in Tamaqua on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house is also being held to say farewell to Rev. Dr. David Grant, who will hold his last official service on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Wheel is stolen off woman's car

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating the theft of a wheel off a parked car in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

The victim is Catherine M. Sparacio, 36, of Albrightsville.

Police said the incident happened between 4:20 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. July 26 at the Martz Park & Ride at the Mt. Effort Shopping Plaza, Rt. 115.

Police said someone removed the left front wheel of the victim's 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and replaced it with another wheel.

The estimated loss is $200.

Vehicles entered at Bear Creek Lakes

Friday, July 29, 2011

Several items were removed from three vehicles that were unlocked and parked at 51 Hawthorne Drive, Bear Creek Lakes, Penn Forest Township, between 10 p.m. July 13 and 6:30 a.m. July 14.

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the thefts.

Police identified the victims as David Laurie Woodman and Thomas John Stokes, both of Jim Thorpe, and Thomas Steven McGunnigle of Mattituck, N.Y.

Injuries averted in Schuylkill Co.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A 17-year-old female from Schuylkill Haven escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash July 26 at 9:05 a.m. on State Rt. 813 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks did not reveal the identity of the driver but said she was traveling westbound in a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan when the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole on the north berm, coming to a halt facing northwest.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29, 1945 Palmerton jumps on Nesquehoning early and cruises to a 16-6 victory. "Lefty" Steinmetz has a big day with three hits and two runs scored. He also earns the pitching win, striking out 10 while walking nine. Brobst adds three hits and scores four times while Sabota, Frantz and Kuba all finish the contest with two hits. For Nesquehoning, Sammy Alonge collects three hits, one of them a two-run homer.

Injuries averted in interstate accident

Friday, July 29, 2011

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash July 27 at 9:38 a.m. on Interstate 81 in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Megan Leymeister, 26, of Schuylkill Haven, was driving a 1996 Honda Accord northbound when it traveled off the western berm and struck a guide rail.

The vehicle required towing from the scene.

Police said Leymeister will be cited for Motor Vehicle Code violations.

Tamaqua Relay for Life wrap-up meeting set

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is hosting its 2011 Relay season wrap-up meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.

The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved. Top fundraising teams and individuals will be announced and plans for the 2012 Relay will be discussed. Committee members are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

PV Library picnic held

Friday, July 29, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Front left: Kayla Kibler, Kierstan Moyer. In back is Kierstan's sister, Cassie Moyer, who did not participate in the reading program.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Front left: Kayla Kibler, Kierstan Moyer. In back is Kierstan's sister, Cassie Moyer, who did not participate in the reading program.

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, held a picnic at the Lansford swimming pool on Thursday to mark the end of the library's Summer Reading Club.

The club, one section for pre-school children and those in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The weekly session featured a variety of guest readers, including state Sen. John Yudichak, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, and WLSH on-air personality Kerry Dowd.

JT Vet honored by American Legion

Friday, July 29, 2011
 VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

30th District Senior Vice Commander for Carbon County, Harry J. Wynn III, left, presents a "Continuos Member Certificate" to Jim Thorpe Post 304 member Francis C. O'Donnell recognizing his 60 years "as a member in good standing of the American Legion."

Two are arrested for prostitution

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office reported today two persons were arrested on prostitution charges stemming from an investigation police launched after receiving complaints about that type of activity taking place at the Aroma Spa, 511 Rt. 61 South, North Manheim Township.

Officials said Sung Chun Yang, 47, of Rockville, Md., and Miduck Park, 47, of Philadelphia, were arraigned before District Justice James Ferrier, Orwigsburg, on charges of prostitution and related offenses and criminal solicitation.

Humble Hearts for Hope needs your help

Friday, July 29, 2011

Did you ever wonder the stress multiple deployments puts on a military marriage?

Do you know if a military family has a webcam or laptop to keep in touch with their soldier when they are actively serving?

Do you realize every time a military family relocates, children are moved to a new school?

Do you realize how many young children go around with no father or mother on a daily basis because their mom or dad is a soldier serving our country for our freedom?

Vehicles collide in Polk Township

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two vehicles were damaged in a driveway-highway collision on July 27 at 12:13 p.m. in Polk Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the accident happened when Emily M. Steffen, 23, of Nattleborough, Mass., driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, was turning out of a private driveway to travel east on Whitey B Drive, and turned into the path of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado operated by Robert A. Derco, 22, of Brodheadsville. The latter was westbound on Whitey B Drive and was unable to stop in time. His vehicle was struck in the left front by the Elantra.

Operation: Touch of Home meets

Friday, July 29, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Argall, Knowles address budget, welfare cuts

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David Argall, left, and Rep. Jerry Knowles recently addressed state issues during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David Argall, left, and Rep. Jerry Knowles recently addressed state issues during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) addressed state issues to about 60 people during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise. Some of the discussion focused on the pro-jobs agenda in the Senate and House, welfare cuts and bills to be voted on when the General Assembly reconvenes in September.