Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly on Wednesday announced that her office has imposed restrictions on the proposed merger of Geisinger Medical Center and Shamokin Area Community Hospital over antitrust concerns that the merger may substantially lessen or eliminate competition in the region, especially for Medicare Advantage Plans.
The theft of an undetermined amount of jewelry from a Polk Township home is under the investigation of state police at the Lehighton barracks.
The victim is Ralph Lucchese, 3 Upper Green Hill Road in the township.
Police said someone burglarized the home between 2 p.m. July 25 and 10 p.m. July 26 by gaining entry through a front door. The jewelry was removed from a bedroom in the home before the thief left the scene undetected.
Will open November 1 in the 400 block of South Ninth Street
A motorcycle and ATV sales center will be moving from Route 248 in Parryville to a site in Lehighton.
Last night, the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board unanimously gave approval to Terry and Christina Blocker to open the business at 497 S. Ninth St.
Terry Blocker said he anticipates a November 1 opening.
The business will be in an area zoned industrial. It is situated next to the Kim DePue Insurance Agency on Ninth Street and the Zimmerman Dairy on Bridge Street. A PennDOT garage is located across the street.
Sold will be Yamaha and Kawasaki brands.
State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating an incident whereby a vehicle parked in a private lot in Monroe County was damaged by an unknown vehicle.
The incident was reported at 1:36 p.m. July 23 at a private parking lot in Ross Township.
The victim, Katherine A. Hanley, 53, of Effort, told police the unknown vehicle struck her unattended 2011 Kia Sorento in the left rear, causing minor damages.
Criminal charges were filed against Gregg Romig, 20, of 152 Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, and Tyler Hosier, 19, of 165 Woods Road, Palmerton, for robbery, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy. The incident occurred on July 16 at 3:27 p.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.
Matthew Lenhart, 30, of 156 Princeton Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. The violations occurred on July 12 at 9:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Princeton Avenue.
The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship game is set, as two-time defending champion R.R. Frey Services will try for a three-peat when they tangle with B & R Gym on Friday night (7 p.m.) at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua.
In the event of rain, the game will be moved to Monday night at 7 p.m.
R.R. Frey Services advanced to the championship game by defeating Guerilla Squad, while fourth-seeded B & R Gym posted a monumental upset over top-seed and previously undefeated Ryan's Oil & Heating.
The West End Rotary Club held their annual Installation and Awards Dinner at The Hamilton in Saylorsburg.
The Beltzville Area Lions Club is forming in Carbon County. Now is the time to learn more about what Lions do in their community.
Beltzville Area Lions Club will be meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at 576 Main Road, Lehighton. The format will be informal and everyone is welcome to stop by and meet the new club members and find out what it takes to join the world's largest service organization. Members who join will become Charter members of the new organization.
Anyone interested in attending and learning more about Lions is invited to attend this meeting.
State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned July 24 at 5:25 a.m. to investigate a one-car crash on State Route 903, south of Hatchery Road, in Penn Forest Township.
Police did not reveal the identity of the driver but said a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier was southbound on Route 903, about 66 feet south of Hatchery Road, when the operator fell asleep. The car traveled off the roadway, struck a small embankment and became stuck at the scene.
Police said the driver will be cited.
Federal assistance designated to help those who have setbacks in income
Carbon County residents in jeopardy of losing their homes because they have been laid off, had their hours of employment cut, or for health reasons are unable to work, could qualify for federal assistance that could save their homes.
Tamaqua Area Street Machine will hold a car cruise Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heislers Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. The cruise is free to view for the public.
Pauline M. Longenecker, 77, of Pine Grove, suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash July 26 at 12:35 p.m. on State Rt. 183 in Cressona Borough.
State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said she needed to be extricated from her wrecked 2007 Chevrolet Impala, after which time she was flown to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
A Pocono Summit man was injured in a one-vehicle crash July 27 at 7;10 a.m. on State Rt. 94- in Tobyhanna Township.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police said John Vacolla, 18, was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, after the crash. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.
Police said he was driving a vehicle west on Rt. 940 when it veered off the right side of the road, struck a rock and a tree, overturned and burst into flames.
Anyone who follows professional golf closely, and even most that follow it casually, know that the sport's television ratings suffer when Tiger Woods doesn't play.
While viewership has declined over the past couple years as Woods has been either absent or not at his best, there has still been plenty of great golf and many exciting finishes. But a public that likes to follow favorites has missed much of them.
Suspicions led to arrest of home grown terrorist
Within a week we've seen examples of homegrown terrorism in two parts of the world. The first, in Norway a week ago, ended in the massacre of 76 people; the second occurred in Texas, where an alleged plot was foiled thanks to a concerned gun shop owner.
The randomness of these cases shows that no city or town in the civilized world is immune to acts of individual terrorism. The lone wolf is often the most difficult for law enforcement agencies to trace.
No one was injured when a deer entered the path of a vehicle on State Rt. 183 in Cressona Borough on July 28 at 1:42 a.m., causing the 2001 Dodge Caravan to crash.
Police said Matthew J. Sinkovich, 41, of St. Clair, was driving the vehicle southbound, just north of Sweet Arrow Lake, when the deer jumped in front of it and the operator was unable to avoid the collision.
In addition to Sinkovich, three passengers in the vehicle were also unhurt.
Police said the caravan sustained disabling damages and required towing from the scene.
State police kill man who took mother, two others hostage, shot at officers and set house on fire
A 29-year-old Monroe County man is dead, shot by a state trooper after allegedly ignoring a PFA order, holding hostages inside a dwelling, starting the house on fire with the hostages inside, ambushing police and striking a state trooper in the head with bird shot pellet from a shotgun, and finally approaching police carrying a bolt-action long gun.
Robert Kish, of 174C Maple Lane, Weir Lake Development, Chestnuthill Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Totem pole used to celebrate borough's 125th anniversary
A historic relic, made to help celebrate Tamaqua's 125th year as a borough, was reunited with its native town recently after it caught the eye of a local sharp-minded individual.
About two weeks ago, Michael J. O'Malley III, of Hometown, was browsing an antique shop in Lemoyne, Pa., near Harrisburg, when he spotted two familiar dates, 1832 and 1957.
Those dates were painted on the bottom of a colorful 13-foot, 3-inch hand-carved, hand-painted totem pole, which was displayed upright and for sale at the shop.
A female juvenile from Jim Thorpe, who police said was a runaway who became combative after she was located, resulting in injury to a police officer, has been arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional Police.
Officers said they were notified by state police on July 26 that the juvenile runaway was possibly staying at 217 Green Briar Circle. The homeowner was identified as Susan Marin, 48.
With the handing over of the gavel of Western Pocono Lioness president Lioness Arlene Mullery turns over her six years of service as president of the club to new president Virginia Lamendola. She begins the tenure of her two-year term as president the beginning of July.
The Tamaqua Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting today at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley. Anyone may stop by to inquire about joining the society or to help in other ways. FMI: Call (570) 668-1234.
The new officers and board members of the Western Pocono Lioness Club were recently installed by Lion PDG Bob Argot, back. Seated, from left, are the following Lioness and their respective office: Vice President Lioness Ruth Smith, President Lioness Virginia Lamendola, Past President Lioness Arlene Mullery, Treasurer Lioness Pat Brooks, Secretary Lioness Camille Desando.
Nesquehoning Council voted to replace the late council member Frank DiMiceli Wednesday evening. Voted to fill the position was Frank Jacobs, a former councilman who was the leading vote getter in the May primary election. Abstaining from the vote was Michael Sniscak and Richard Zabroski. Jacobs thanked those who voted for him.
During the visitors segment, resident Mickey Angst thanked council for placing the pedestrian crosswalk signs on Catawissa Street. He said a lot of people praised the borough for their action.
PHILADELPHIA – The 2011 Carpenter Cup champions finally got their just rewards.
Last month, the Lehigh Valley squad, dotted with local players, wrapped up the championship at Citizens Bank Park. Last night, they were back once again, this time as guests to receive the Carpenter Cup before the Phillies game against San Francisco.
To present the trophy there was no better person than Northampton's own Brian Schneider.
Angry citizen threatens to call in state
Lansford resident Rita McIntyre Klekamp, president of Lansford Concerned Citizens, took council to task Wednesday on a number of items, including the borough's deteriorating buildings.
"Not to take this personally, but council is inept. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations of your office, I will call in the state to see if we can get assistance for the citizens," she said.
"Buildings in town are deteriorating and owners are not being held accountable," Klekamp said.
The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning a dedication ceremony with an open house event from noon to 4 p.m. August 6. The public is invited free of charge.
The Frederick R. Wallace Flight Pen will be officially dedicated. The newly completed structure allows CCEEC staff to more quickly rehabilitate and release injured raptors. IT was completed as part of an Eagle Scout project by area resident Steven Hutta and is named in honor of CCEEC volunteer and falconer Fred Wallace.
Progress for replacing the Lower Middle Creek culvert and bridge may well be in evidence this week in Polk Township as the contractor wants to start today, reported supervisor Chairman Brian K. Ahner. Discussion as to whether a poured-in place-footer or a precast footer should be used ensued. After considering the merits and demerits of both the 3-0 vote was to spend $4,600 additional funds to use the poured-in-place.
In regard to the bridge, the township engineer reported that PennDOT approval has been received.
July 28, 1953
At a meeting held in the Nesquehoning Recreation Center, the ground work was laid for a citizens' celebration when the Robert M. Green and Sons Inc. plant is dedicated on Sept. 26. Governor John S. Fine will be the principal speaker. The plant, which will produce metal hospital equipment, stands on a 10-acre plot, which will be surrounded by a $15,000 landscape project. There will be a parade, consisting of eight bands, at the dedication. Ten thousand persons are expected to attend the event.
Members of the Hometown Army National Guard FRG, Family Readiness Group, routinely hold fundraisers to raise donations for troops overseas. Pictured socializing during a recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser from left are guest Sis Lechleitner, FRG chairperson Heather Rossetti, FRG treasurer Darci Woleslagle, and guest Al Lechleitner, who served in the Hometown Army from 1978 to 1997 with the 103rd National Guard Armored Division. For more information visit the FRG on Facebook or call the armory at (570) 668-1850.
A Lansford borough councilman is challenging President Adam Webber's right to be on the board, saying Webber is not qualified to hold the seat because, although he owns a home in town, he actually lives in McAdoo.
Councilman Tommy Vadyak at a public meeting Wednesday announced he would be filing the challenge. He presented Webber's water bill, obtained through the Right To Know law, as proof that Webber's house at 356 W. Ridge St., is not where Webber lives.