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July 2011

Gilbert woman leaves crash scene

Friday, July 29, 2011

Amanda M. Hahn, 26, of Gilbert, is facing charges after she left the scene of an accident on July 15 at 10:15 p.m. on Serfass Road in Polk Township, Monroe County, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Remembering David on Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Thorpe

Friday, July 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

On Thursday, July 21st Mayor Michael Sofranko of Jim Thorpe declared the day to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

David, who was diagnosed in 2002 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 11, lost his battle to the disease on July 21, 2006.

Wanted man dives in lake

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are seeking Robert Waters, 19, of Bangor, who police said they tried to take into custody on July 27 at 4:42 a.m., when the man jumped into a lake and avoided apprehension.

Police said they responded to a fight reported to have been taking place along Deerfield Drive in Mount Pocono and upon arrival found Waters at the property. Police observed a marijuana pipe and several small baggies lying on the floor of Waters' vehicle.

Motorcycle stolen in Jim Thorpe

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jim Thorpe police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle owned by a Lewisberry, Pa. man.

Police said they were summoned on July 24 at 12:37 p.m. to Lehigh Avenue near the train station for a report of a stolen motorcycle.

Upon arrival, police learned from Chris Hynes of Lewisberry that his black Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle was stolen from the scene. The cycle, valued at $5,000, has silver lettering on its gas tank.

Anyone with information about the incident or motorcycle is asked to contact police at (570) 325-4995.

Garbage dumped in Schuylkill

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating an incident whereby someone illegally dumped several bags of household waste at a site in East Union Township.

Police said the incident was discovered July 28 off Old Mill Road, west of Green Mountain Road.

Police said several items inside the bags will assist them in identifying the person who left the items along the roadway.

Details of Polk incident are listed

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks said they are investigating an incident they called "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle."

The incident happened between July 1-26 in Polk Township.

Police said the victim is a 58-year-old female and the actor is a 34-year-old female, although police did not reveal their identities.

Police said the actor was making payments to the victim for a 1998 Saab. Police said the actor fell behind on payments but made the final payment and changed the title upon state police making contact with her.

Wallet, cash taken from unlocked car

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a wallet that contained $130 in cash from an unlocked vehicle.

Police said the victim is Antoinette Pologruto of Saylorsburg.

The incident happened between 7-8 p.m. July 27 while the victim's vehicle was parked at the Vanbuskirk-Haney Community Park, Anchorage Road, Ross Township, Monroe County.

The wallet was removed from the glove compartment of the vehicle.

Tamaqua news

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. held a Summer picnic at the Grier City Playground with 51 members and 2 guests in attendance. The meal was catered by Christy Joy.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld led the group invocation. Activities included a Chinese Auction and bingo.

The group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Ryan Township Fire Company. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to join.

Cross country

VVOCC commemorating 47th anniversary of Vietnam War

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County (VVOCC) is hosting a program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Palmerton Park, Third Street and Delaware Avenue, Palmerton. The group will be commemorating the 47th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. The main speaker will be Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, a Vietnam era Air Force Veteran.

Ex-boyfriend is charged in Monroe

Friday, July 29, 2011

John Paul Carangelo, 49, of Analomink, has been cited by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks for harassment, stemming from incidents that happened between Feb. 17 and July 26 involving his former girlfriend.

Police said the 35-year-old victim from Stroudsburg reported Carangelo made numerous harassing telephone calls and sent numerous text messages to her.

Carbon groups urged to send support for narrowband-capable radios grant

Friday, July 29, 2011

Municipalities, ambulance organizations, fire companies, and police in Carbon County participating in a nearly $2 million grant application for the purchase of narrowband-capable radios and other devices and have not yet sent the county commissioners their letter of support, please do so now, officials ask.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein stressed the importance of these letters.

"The more letters of support we have (with the application), the better chance we will have at getting the grant," he said.

Vehicle rolls over in Interstate crash

Friday, July 29, 2011

Three persons were injured in a one-vehicle crash at 4:40 p.m. July 27 on Interstate 81 southbound in Frailey Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Robert Baker, 77, of Plantation, Fla., was driving the vehicle when he lost control of it and it crossed both southbound lanes, entering the west berm. The vehicle proceeded to roll over and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the west berm.

Kathy Rimm performs in Tamaqua

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

Despite a small drizzle, Kathy Rimm still strummed her acoustic guitar on the platform at the Tamaqua Train Station yesterday. Rimm, a Tamaqua native, performed in front of a hometown crowd as part of the Summer Concert Series produced by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The concert was sponsored by Tamaqua Business and Professional Women's Club. The next show in the Summer Concert Series will be on Thursday, August 11, when Wildcat will play classic rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Water line project postponed

Friday, July 29, 2011

A project to replace a water line in a section of Palmerton has been postponed.

Work to replace the water line in the 200 and 300 blocks of Lehigh Avenue, and pave the 200-400 blocks of Lehigh, likely won't start until next spring, borough council learned on Thursday.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the borough still plans to use its allotment of Community Development Block Grant funds toward the project, which was originally scheduled to begin by late-summer, early fall.

Fanciful painting marathon at Jim Thorpe gallery

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will host the second annual Painting Marathon, for artists and anyone with the desire to try painting.

Artists ages 10 and up are eligible to participate and will create work most of the time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. There is an entry fee, and seniors are discounted.

Wooden racks to hold paintings in progress will be set up outdoors around the historic, 1849 church that the foundation owns and uses as an art museum. Artists may also paint nearby Jim Thorpe scenes.

Imposed restrictions placed on Geisinger, Shamokin merger

Friday, July 29, 2011

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.

Jewelry is stolen from Polk home

Friday, July 29, 2011

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.

Motorcycle sales center given approval by Lehighton zoners

Friday, July 29, 2011

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.

Vehicle damaged in parking lot

Friday, July 29, 2011

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.

Palmerton Police Log

Friday, July 29, 2011

Robbery

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.

Criminal trespass

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.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28, 1984 Brian Kane tosses a no-hitter and strikes out 15 batters in helping Lansford post a 15-5 win over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Kane, who walks five and is hurt by five errors, strikes out the side in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Tom Rosahac collects four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored to pace the offense. Craig Goida adds two hits, one a two-run triple, while Bill Maynard chips in with a pair of hits.

Blue Mountain to host Pa. Blues Festival

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Otis Thorpe will be among the many talented blues singers to perform this weekend at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Otis Thorpe will be among the many talented blues singers to perform this weekend at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Celebrating 20 years of Blues in the Poconos.

That tradition will continue when the inaugural Pennsylvania Blues Festival emanates this weekend from Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

The event will kick off Friday evening from 8 p.m. to noon with a performance by Studebaker John & The Hawks from Chicago inside the air-conditioned Adventure Center.

It will continue from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates open one hour before performance start both days.

Still cleaning up

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Trees crashed onto Phil Price's house on Crescent Drive in the Lake Hauto development.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Trees crashed onto Phil Price's house on Crescent Drive in the Lake Hauto development.

Lake Hauto's July 7 'big disaster' toppled a thousand trees, caused untold damage

Retired welding supervisor Phil Price was looking forward to getting home as he drove between the weathered wooden pyramids on Route 54 and headed down the winding road through the Lake Hauto development.

It was about 10 p.m. on July 7, and a storm had just rolled through the area, so Price expected some branches on the road.

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

File for divorce

Joshua Aaron Napolitano, 217 Market St., Tamaqua, filed suit for divorce from Tonya Jean Napolitano, 333 W. Mill St., Nesquehoning. They were married Aug. 20, 1999.

Charles E. Brinich, 145 Valley Road, Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Alberta Brinich, 224 E. Elm St., Tamaqua. They were declared a Common Law marriage in 2001.

Granted divorce

William Irvin Horn Jr., 377 Mountain Road, New Ringgold, was granted a divorce from Lori Ann Horn, 2300 W. End Avenue, Pottsville. They were married Sept. 17, 1988.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

St. John's Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, Worship and Music Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Learning Ministry Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Get involved at the Carbon County Fair

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Volunteers are needed to assist at the 12th Carbon County Fair noted Liz McElwee, volunteer coordinator.

"It's all about having fun and so many of our volunteers return year after year," said McElwee. "They enjoy doing what they do best…volunteering and they enjoy being part of our fair family."

Each year at least two volunteers are recognized by the association during the opening ceremony.

YMCA camp teaches community pride

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua YMCA kids spent a day during their YMCA Summer Fun Camp this week to clean parts of Tamaqua. Pictured cleaning outside the Tamaqua Community Center are Bradley Hornung, 12, Coaldale, Leah Sharer, 8, Tamaqua and camp counselor Katie Hummel.

Passing of the office

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Tamaqua Historical Society to meet

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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.

New Western Pocono Lioness leadership

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Frank Jacobs named to Nesquehoning council

Thursday, July 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith was awarded two commendations for his recent involvement of the Carbon County Correctional Facility's Postage Stamp incident and the bath salts apprehension in town. Presenting the awards is Mayor Tony Walck on behalf of council.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith was awarded two commendations for his recent involvement of the Carbon County Correctional Facility's Postage Stamp incident and the bath salts apprehension in town. Presenting the awards is Mayor Tony Walck on behalf of council.

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.