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July 2011

Inmate found dead in cell

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An inmate in the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Frackville, Schuylkill County, was found dead in his cell on Sunday, July 24.

Luis Diaz, 31, formerly of Pottsville, was found unresponsive and hanging in his cell at about 10:20 p.m. Staff was making rounds when they found Diaz, said prison Superintendent Robert Collins. The staff immediately started CRP as medical staff responded to the scene.

Faulty extension cord cause of fire

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A faulty extension cord was the cause of a fire that extensively damaged a Schuylkill County home.

State police at Frackville said the fire occurred at the residence of Jason and Bethany Clark, 215 Chestnut St., village of Mar Lin, Norwegian Township, on Saturday, July 23. The fire was discovered about 7:30 a.m. when Bethany Clark and her 11-year-old son were awakened by a neighbor, James Santai, who entered the home and escorted them to safety, troopers said.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Harry Potter party

The Panther Valley Public Library will host a birthday party for one of Hogwarts' most famous students, Harry J. Potter, on July 30, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Feel free to dress in Wizard or Muggle (non-wizard) clothing depending on your preference. At the celebration quests will be sorted, have activities to win points for their house, have snacks and will be given the opportunity to win prizes. The festivities will end at 12:30 p.m.

Jim Thorpe man jailed following gun incident

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Jim Thorpe man was jailed last evening following a gun pointing incident.

Borough police identified the suspect as Thomas D. Dobbie Jr., 38, of 241 Center Ave.

According to the police report Douglas Smela, of 209 Center Ave., was driving home from work about 8 p.m. when he said a man stopped him in front of 241 Center Ave. and began yelling at him. Smela said the man, later identified as Dobbie, was yelling at him about urinating on his garage. Smela told officers he had no idea what Dobbie was talking about.

Domestic incidents leads to arrests

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Three domestic incidents led to arrests and jail for two men in Monroe County. Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the incidents.

Treasurer promoted to borough mgr.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, left, Lehighton borough treasurer, is congratulated by council President Grant Hunsicker after the council named Beckett the new borough manager in Lehighton effective Oct. 1. Beckett was selected from a list of nine candidates for the position.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, left, Lehighton borough treasurer, is congratulated by council President Grant Hunsicker after the council named Beckett the new borough manager in Lehighton effective Oct. 1. Beckett was selected from a list of nine candidates for the position.

Nicole Beckett, 30, who has been serving as treasurer for Lehighton Borough since March 2010, is being elevated to borough manager.

The borough council chose Beckett over a field of nine candidates for the position. She was hired by a 6-1 vote, with only council member Dale Traupman opposed.

"She's been with us over a year. We know her work ethics," remarked council President Grant Hunsicker.

Beckett, who has an associate degree in public administration from Kutztown University and is working on her master's, assumes her new position Oct. 1

Kunkletown man runs for his health and Semper Fi

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

Angelo Stambolis admits he wasn't getting the exercise he should have.

Then one day, the national construction firm where he works as an electrical estimator presented health insurance incentives to its employees.

"That's when I decided to go from a couch potato to a 5K runner," says the 45-year-old Kunkletown man.

In order to motivate and commit himself to the health pledge he made, he added another commitment to the Semper Fi Fund as a Community Athlete.

Schuylkill man gets long state prison term for drug deal

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fifteen defendants entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court this week and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Keith Lamont King, 38, Pottsville, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (CS) and criminal use of cell phone, sentenced to serve nine to 18 years in a state correctional institution, pay $400 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $200 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $767 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $300 to Pottsville Police Drug Task Force. He was cited by Pottsville police.

Eagles happy to be back at Lehigh

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Now that the NFL lockout is over, teams are now able to function as normal in preparation for the upcoming 2011 NFL season.

Training camps are just around the corner, and the Philadelphia Eagles will report to Lehigh University for their 16th straight training camp.

Eagles Chief Operating Officer Don Smolenski announced at a press conference on Tuesday at Starters Bar and Grille, that the team will report to Lehigh on Wednesday afternoon, and the first practice open to the public will be held on Saturday, July 30, at 8:15 a.m.

Pocono arrests

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two arrests made by officers.

On July 19 about 9:07 p.m. officers were on patrol in the area of SR196 and Carriage Square shopping plaza and observed a male urinating on the front of the Carriage Square building near the CVS store.

The male was identified as Bolivar Beltran, 45, of Tobyhanna. He was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27, 1953 Three two-run homers in the first inning help propel the Summit Hill All-Stars to a 13-3 win over the Lansford All-Stars in the annual Twin-City League all-star game. Bob "Kaska" Watkins, Alex Maketa and the Rev. Raymond Rossnagle all go deep during the eight-run frame. Richie Davidyock adds a two-run single in the big inning. Johnny Herbert adds two hits and two runs and also gains the pitching win. The winners receive two hits and three runs from Allan Schock while Joe Van Horn chips in with two hits and a run.

Major improvements at Ginder playground

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Sokol, left, and Scott Reese sand metal on a fire truck climbing structure at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Sokol, left, and Scott Reese sand metal on a fire truck climbing structure at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

Some major improvements are occurring to the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

New rides are being added, existing rides are being painted, buildings are getting fresh paint, more picnic tables will be placed here, and much-needed maintenance is occurring at the pavilion.

Even a foot bridge over a small drainage ditch is getting a new coat of paint.

The work is being done with volunteers by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Miller Bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct a bloodmobile at the First United Church of Christ's air-conditioned Fellowship Hall (next to Borough Hall) on Monday, Aug. 15. Registration hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This visit is sponsored by Janet Snyder.

Off-street parking will be available at Penn Northeast (both sides of the building), and at the former Golden Key parking lot, by permission of the owners.

Lighten up!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This July 18, 2011 photo shows angel food cake in Concord, N.H. Itís light, pairs perfectly with fresh berries and ice cream, and even is low-fat. Itís summerís perfect dessert _ angel food cake. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This July 18, 2011 photo shows angel food cake in Concord, N.H. Itís light, pairs perfectly with fresh berries and ice cream, and even is low-fat. Itís summerís perfect dessert _ angel food cake. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Angel food cake: Light as air, sweetly satisfying

It's light, pairs perfectly with fresh berries and ice cream, and even is low-fat. It's summer's perfect dessert – angel food cake.

It's also wonderfully easy to make. So to help you sweeten up your summer table, we've given you a master recipe for this egg white-based confection, plus three recipes for different ways to serve it – a tiramisu trifle, grilled and topped with fresh berries, and layered with sorbet for a cool and refreshing torte.

Angel Food Cake

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Makes 1 tube cake (12 servings) or 2 loaf pans

Driver cited after Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A driver was cited after a one vehicle crash that occurred about 5:36 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, along Pheasant Run Road, in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Madison A. Accordino, 19, of Auburn, was driving a 1999 Saab 93 eastbound and negotiating a curve at a speed too fast for the wet road conditions. She lost control of the car which traveled across the westbound lane and up an embankment before striking a concrete wall.

Three healthy dips to inspire eating healthier snacks

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This July 6, 2011 photo shows fruit dippers in Concord, N.H. Dippers shown are orchard spice dipper, bottom, chocolate dipper, center, and citrus dipper. Making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This July 6, 2011 photo shows fruit dippers in Concord, N.H. Dippers shown are orchard spice dipper, bottom, chocolate dipper, center, and citrus dipper. Making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Maybe you need another idea for packing fiber and vitamins into your child's lunch. Or maybe you're looking for a way to convince yourself to eat more fruit. Either way, making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun.

In constructing a healthful dip for fruit, the main problem lies in the base of the dip. You want something that doesn't pile on the fat or sugar, but still is interesting enough that you want to dunk your apple wedges and strawberries in it.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Senior news

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens met last week with 82 members in attendance. One new member, Marie Williams, and one guest, Jan Cavarella, were welcomed.

The business meeting was conducted by President Jean Machamer and Rose Vallee provided the invocation, entitled "It Only Takes A Moment." Jane Springer was added to the sick list, while it was reported that Alice Miller and Doris Brobst are recuperating at their homes.

Two members of PVSD staff receive awards

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Dr. Lauretta Woodson, a Pennsylvania educator, joined the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees in 1988 and rose through the ranks of the organization and was instrumental in helping PASR to become what it is today. She bequeated a sum of money to PASR to be used for the support of public education. Each year, the Lauretta Woodson Recognition Program honors one teacher and one support professional for doing an outstanding job within a dsitrict or school. A chapter selects the award recipients, who receives a medallion, certificate and a PASR pin.

Postal cutbacks

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Parryville Post Office is among 3,700 nationwide included on an "expanded access study list" for possible closure by the U.S. Postal Service.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Parryville Post Office is among 3,700 nationwide included on an "expanded access study list" for possible closure by the U.S. Postal Service.

5 area departments being considered for closure

Five local post offices are on a study list of the U.S. Postal Service for potential closing as a cost-saving measure.

Postal officials stressed this doesn't mean they will be closed, but consideration is definitely being given to shutting them.

They are: Parryville and Junedale in Carbon County, and Mary D, Mahanoy Plane and Cumbola in Schuylkill County.

Nationally, there are 3,700 post offices on the "expanded access study list" of the Postal Service for potential closure.

The Postal Service currently maintains nearly 32,000 retail offices.

Postal pinch

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Even Franklin museum feeling the cash crunch

Whenever present-day technology – which accelerates by the day – clashes with history, it leaves us with an empty feeling.

One important thread of history that students in this area should become aware of at an early age is that Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., came to New Gnadenhuetten – present-day Weissport – in order to design and build Fort Allen to protect the settlement against the hostile Indians in 1756.

Crash along I81 in Schuylkill

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

State police at Frackville reported investigating a one vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred on Monday, July 25.

Troopers said Joseph D. Brennan, 44, of Minersville, was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota southbound about 2:05 p.m. in the passing lane when he lost control. The pickup truck flipped several times and struck an embankment before coming to rest along the west side of the road.

Fun at the pool

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Fun at the pool
Copyright 2011

Seven-year-old Hailey Anthony of Lehighton emerges from a large tube at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool into 11-feet of water. The warm weather we've been having this summer has made for a successful season at the pool, according to Lehighton recreation director Tom Evans.

Revitalizing Tamaqua park

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the assocation with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also dding new ideas and programs. Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park. To volunteer or for more information about the restarted Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association and its future initiatives, visit them on Facebook or email Startzel at skatepark18252@hotmail.com. Community volunteer Jeremy Richardson, 18, left, and Tamaqua Area Skate and Startzel load barrels of excavated dirt onto a truck for disposal.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the assocation with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also dding new ideas and programs. Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park. To volunteer or for more information about the restarted Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association and its future initiatives, visit them on Facebook or email Startzel at skatepark18252@hotmail.com. Community volunteer Jeremy Richardson, 18, left, and Tamaqua Area Skate and Startzel load barrels of excavated dirt onto a truck for disposal.

Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua.

Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the association with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also doing new ideas and programs.

Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park.

Cyclist who fled police is sought

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are seeking the operator of a motorcycle who fled troopers and led them on a chase.

Troopers said the incident began about 7 p.m. on Tuesday along SR209 in the Brodheadsville area of Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, when a traffic stop was attempted. The driver of the bike fled.

Troopers engaged in a pursuit north on Weir Lake Road, north on SR115, west on Jonas Road and then north on Mountain Road. Troopers terminated the pursuit in the Sun Valley area of Mountain Road.

Robert Hines receives award for helping educate PV of needs of the homeless

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District, presented Robert Hines, associate principal of PVHS, with the Pennsylvania Homeless Children's Initiative Region 7 Homeless Advocate of 2010 Award. The award was for Region 7 (made up of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike, Monroe, Wyoming, Wayne, Carbon, Columbia, Northumberland, Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties. It is issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education/Bureau of Teaching and Learning/Division of Student Services.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grocer's fight cancer

Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville will hold Grocer's Fight Cancer Day on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Special activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including"celebrity baggers" who will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can call Lisa Hoey, Monroe ACS Unit, at (570) 562-9749, ext. 321, or store volunteer co-chairs Rosie Francis or Lori Fernandez at (570) 992-2670.

Construction tools reported stolen

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A large amount of construction tools were reported stolen in a Monroe County incident.

State police at Fern Ridge said the tools were removed from the 1998 GMC truck of Mark Maggio, of Bartonsville, while parked and unlocked at 2918 Rocky Ridge Rd., in Barton Glen, Jackson Township.

The theft occurred sometime overnight of July 11-12.

Gillick stunned when call came from Hall

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg (left) and Pat Gillick chat before Tuesday night's IronPigs game at Coca-Cola Park. Gillick, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall this past weekend, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg (left) and Pat Gillick chat before Tuesday night's IronPigs game at Coca-Cola Park. Gillick, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall this past weekend, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

ALLENTOWN – One of the newest members of Baseball's Hall of Fame visited the Lehigh Valley to throw out the first pitch.

Pat Gillick, one of the most successful General Managers and evaluators of talent the game has seen was honored at Coca-Cola Park last night.

The first 3,000 fans that entered the Park received Pat Gillick bobblehead dolls.

His enshrinement last weekend made him just the 32nd baseball executive to make the Hall of Fame.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:12 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, along SR904, east of Brady's Lake, in Pocono Lake, Tobyhanna Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers conducted a traffic stop for motor vehicle code violations. The driver was identified as Shawn Kingsley, 30, of Pocono Lake. It was determined that Kingsley had been consuming alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

Weatherly, Beaver Meadows install legion officers

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly American Legion Post 360 and Auxiliary held its installation of officers for the upcoming year along with Post 383 of Beaver Meadows at the Post 360 Legion Home in Weatherly. Newly installed officers of Weatherly American Legion Post 360 are, front, left to right : Chuck Weber, Deputy Commander 30th District; Roosevelt Acker, Judge Advocate; Bruce Doney, Sgt. at Arms; Dominic DeLuca, Vice Commander; Thomas Keener, Commander; and Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District Commander. Rear from left : Ray Kochin, Vice Commander; Earl Drasher, Assistant Sgt. at Arms; Cal Walper; Chris Keller, Post Adjutant; and Arnold Keller, Jr. Vice Commander.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly American Legion Post 360 and Auxiliary held its installation of officers for the upcoming year along with Post 383 of Beaver Meadows at the Post 360 Legion Home in Weatherly. Newly installed officers of Weatherly American Legion Post 360 are, front, left to right : Chuck Weber, Deputy Commander 30th District; Roosevelt Acker, Judge Advocate; Bruce Doney, Sgt. at Arms; Dominic DeLuca, Vice Commander; Thomas Keener, Commander; and Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District Commander. Rear from left : Ray Kochin, Vice Commander; Earl Drasher, Assistant Sgt. at Arms; Cal Walper; Chris Keller, Post Adjutant; and Arnold Keller, Jr. Vice Commander.

Carbon crash

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 11:54 a.m. on July 14 at the intersection of Old Stage Road and Penn Forest Trail in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, in which one driver was cited.

Troopers said Hebedyare Velez, 22, of Hazleton, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Old Stage Road and approaching a stop sign at the intersection while Maria Kaplan, 43, of Rockville, Md., driving a 2006 Mazda 5, was stopped on Penn Forest Trail.