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July 2011

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.

Two vehicles crash in Mahoning

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a T-bone type collision in the 800 block of North First Street (SR209) in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. According to reports from the scene as a person operating a sport utility vehicle attempted to pull out onto the road and pulled into the path of a car and was struck in the side of the SUV. That person was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The road was closed for several hours. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Charges pending after crash

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Charges are pending against a Schuylkill County driver following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 26. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred along SR4002 (Valley Road), in the village of Heckscherville, Cass Township.

Troopers said Tyrone Leiby, 24, of Minersville, was driving a 1990 Jeep Cherokee westbound when he lost control. The Jeep left the road and struck a utility pole. Leiby was not injured.

Troopers said Leiby is facing several charges that are pending a blood test result.

Request by engineer to make development changes tabled

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors Monday night discussed but consequently tabled a request for a policy statement from the Township Engineer Tim Edinger on whether he had the ability to approve minor changes to development plans without board approval.

At issue for the supervisors was the question as to how to decide what is a minor change and whether the term "minor" would mean the same to supervisors as it would to Edinger.

Four charged for theft incidents

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Four persons have been charged, including two juveniles, in connection with theft of vehicle incidents in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the four were arrested on Monday, July 25, in connection with theft from vehicle incidents that were reported on July 15. The theft incidents were reported in the Pocono Farms development in Coolbaugh Township.

Several residents reported their vehicles were entered and various items removed.

Closed due to flooding

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton officials closed Bridge street between Third and Fourth streets Monday when heavy rains flooded a section of the roadway.

Schuylkill resident facing theft count

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Schuylkill County resident is facing a charge of retail theft.

State police at Frackville said Brian L. Dietrick, 40, of Ashland, has been charged with the count, a felony, for an incident at the Kmart store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township.

Troopers allege that Dietrick entered the store about 1:36 p.m on July 5 and removed merchandise from the electronics department without paying for it.

Dietrick was arraigned before duty District Judge David Plachko, of Port Carbon, and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Valley Athletic Supply, Sandstorm both sweep

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) had another week of volleyball at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale.

Valley Athletic Supply and Sandstorm both won all their games for the week through Tuesday and Thursday's action.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Now Serving-Sandstorm

Sandstorm won all three of the games against Now Serving 25-22, 25-15, 25-15.

No individual serving points were recorded for this game.

Diggers Wit Attitude-

Team Ram Rod

Team Ram Rod swept pass Diggers Wit Attitude in all three games 25-14, 25-11, 25-18.

Cited for dog running loose

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Doris Cohen, 50, of 366 East Alley, Lehighton, has been cited by Lehighton police for allowing a dog to run at large.

Cohen was initially cited at 5:30 p.m. July 8 for allowing the dog to roam the 300 block of North Second Street.

Police said the second violation happened at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 25, when the dog was running loose in the vicinity of the 300 block of East Alley.

Allowing a dog to run loose is a violation of a borough ordinance.

Under mother's watchful eyes

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This mother doe keeps a vigilant watch as her two fawns graze on a lawn near Jim Thorpe just before sunset.

Schuylkill man facing charges

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Schuylkill County man is facing charges following incidents that occurred on July 21, between the hours of 10:20 a.m and 4:30 p.m.

State police at Frackville said Michael Jevelle, 24, of Shenandoah, was observed multiple times throughout the day trespassing on the property of Far Away Springs, located at 22 Spring Water Blvd., in Brandonville, East Union Township, despite being told verbally by the owner not to be on the property. He will be cited for criminal trespass.

On this date

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 1964

A major expansion program designed to provide the finest and easiest skiing in Pennsylvania has been announced by Big Boulder Ski Area near Split Rock Lodge on Lake Harmony. The Big Boulder improvement program will be developed in a series of progressive steps, including two new ski slopes, two new ski lifts, snow-making facilities will be tripled in size, the parking area will be enlarged so 1,000 cars can be accommodated, and the lodge will be enlarged and refurbished.

Lehighton Fire Co. expansion

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Steve Ebbert, a member of the Lehighton Fire Department, who is also the department's volunteer grant writer, speaks to Lehighton Borough Council about the need for a larger fire station. The council agreed and committed itself to helping finance the project.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Steve Ebbert, a member of the Lehighton Fire Department, who is also the department's volunteer grant writer, speaks to Lehighton Borough Council about the need for a larger fire station. The council agreed and committed itself to helping finance the project.

Council agrees to project costing $3.75M

The Lehighton Fire Department Monday night gave a PowerPoint presentation about the crowded conditions and safety deficiencies in the existing fire stations.

Apparently the presentation was effective.

The council unanimously agreed to borrow $1.75 million from the borough's capital reserve fund to match an anticipated grant which will let the present stations be enlarged and enjoined.

The money from the reserve fund will be repaid through a two-mill fire protection tax increase to be levied beginning in 2012.

Early commit to Temple fits McGowan

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS  Marian's Brendan McGowan chases after Shenandoah Valley's Eric Whalen during action last fall in a game at men of Marian Stadium. McGowan has verbally committed to attend Temple University in the fall of 2012 after his high school career with the Colts is over.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Brendan McGowan chases after Shenandoah Valley's Eric Whalen during action last fall in a game at men of Marian Stadium. McGowan has verbally committed to attend Temple University in the fall of 2012 after his high school career with the Colts is over.

Marian's Brendan McGowan liked Temple University so much that he didn't want to wait to make his decision.

Despite the fact that McGowan has yet to suit up for his senior season of high school football, the offensive lineman recently gave his verbal commitment to the Temple Owls and head coach Steve Addazio for 2012.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Elmer W. Reinhart to Elmer W. Reinhart, Greeneville, Tenn., property at Box 111, Beaver Meadows R.1, House 61, Coxeville, $1.

East Penn Township

Thomas S. Haberman to Thomas S. Haberman, 319 Thomas Jefferson Road, Lehighton, property at 319 Thomas Jefferson Road, $1.

Franklin Township

Patricia Lynn Graham to Paul H. Heere Jr., 3750 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 3750 Long Run Road, $1.

Linda L. Smith to Paul H. Heere Jr., 3750 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 3750 Long Run Road, $1.

Kidder Township

Schuylkill break-in

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said the Tastee Freeze building, located at 63 Ringtown Blvd., Shenandoah Heights, in West Mahanoy Township, was entered sometime between 12:45 and 1:20 a.m. on Monday, July 25.

The criminals pried open a rear door of the business to gain entry. Once inside they went through the business and then fled. Nothing was apparently taken. The building is owned by Louann Rader, troopers noted.

Next of kin sought for two individuals

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is seeking the next of kin for two persons who were found deceased.

The next of kin for Larry F. Abreu, 60, of 36 S. Fifth St., Allentown, is being sought. Abreu was found dead in his apartment on Monday, July 25, about 1:28 p.m when friends went to check on his well being. The coroner's office attributed death to natural causes.

Turbulent waters close road

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Officials closed off Gypsy Hill Road in Mahoning Township Monday when torrential rains passed through the area. A river of water was found flowing down a private drive into a storm drain marked by a safety cone. The force of the water could easily consume a child or small adult in seconds.

Palmerton Jr. High student named All-American Scholar

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Jenna Wallace, of Palmerton, has been named an All-American Scholar.

The All-American Scholars must earn a 3.3 or higher GPA. Only scholars selected by a school instructor, counselor or other qualified sponsor are accepted.

Wallace, who attends Palmerton Junior High, was nominated for this honor by her school. Wallace will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Panther Valley makeup physicals

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Panther Valley School District will be holding fall make up sports physicals on Wednesday August 3.

The sports physicals will be held in the Panther Valley high school nurses office at 4:00pm.

Cheerleading, Volleyball, 7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball , Freshman, JV and Varsity Football and 7th and 8th grade Football are all included.

In order to receive a physical, student athletes must have a physical form and consent to random mandatory drug testing paper work signed by a guardian.

Grandma-to-be wonders what's changed since she was new mom

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Q. I'm going to become a grandmother for the first time and I was wondering how things have changed since I took care of a newborn many years ago.

Probably the most important change is in the approach to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the abrupt, unexplained death of an infant younger than a year. SIDS is often called crib death because many victims are found in their cribs.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 2003 Bobby Karman slugs a two-run homer and Anthony Bumbulsky has a good day at the plate to help lead Tamaqua to an 8-7 win over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Bumbulsky finishes with two hits, one an RBI double, two runs scored and earns the pitching win. Tyler Rother adds a two-run double while Chris Pilla also collects two hits. For FT, Tim Sulzer hits a two-run homer and Kyle Hunter knocks in three runs with a pair of hits.

Theft of vehicle being probed

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft of vehicle incident that occurred Monday night.

Troopers said Tyler Jaye Watkins, 20, of Freeland, stopped in the parking lot of the New Ringgold Market, located near the intersection of state routes 895 and 443, in New Ringgold, about 11:42 p.m. to "relieve himself."

Deluge quenches area's thirst for much needed rain

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

4.83 inches recorded in Lehighton

After a days-long stretch of extraordinarily hot, dry weather that turned lawns brittle and brown, the region's thirst was quenched by a deluge Monday.

The storms rumbled through in the afternoon and early evening, bringing some thunder and lightning and dumping 4.83 inches of rain on the Lehighton area as of 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The Lake Hauto area, still cleaning up from a severe storm on July 7, got 2.56 inches.

In Tamaqua, weather-spotter Ron Yurchak measured 2.10 inches of rain from the storm.

Coaldale resident among 11 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Eleven defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Jose Enrique Paulino Jr., 35, of 139 Second St., Coaldale, theft of scrap metal, placed on probation six months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), perform 20 hours community service and make restitution of $28 to victim. Paulino was cited by Trooper Arthur Wink.