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July 2011

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

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.


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

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

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.

Heritage Hill woman is 92 years old

Monday, July 25, 2011
Agnes Josephine Kopec
Agnes Josephine Kopec

Agnes Josephine Kopec, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, recently celebrated her 92nd birthday.

She was born on July 18, 1919 in Harwood, Pa. Agnes also resided in Treskow, Hazleton, West Hazleton and Weatherly. She was married to Peter Kopec in 1944 and they were married for 33 years until his passing in 1977.

Agnes worked as an examiner in Perfect Maid and Tony & Carmella's dress factories. She is a member of the ILGWU and Transfiguration church in West Hazleton.


Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 1979 Jim Thorpe scores in every inning to post a 14-6 victory over Lansford in the opening round of the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Pat Large connects for a pair of RBI hits while Tom Carrigan drills a run-scoring double. Scott Kmetz adds an RBI single while Ken Kuhn picks up the pitching win. For Lansford, Mike Repik delivers a two-run single.

Berks man cited in Schuylkill

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Berks County man was cited for an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Harry H. Grym, 64, of Hamburg, arrived at the residence of Anthony E. Sparacino, 54, of 363 Pine Valley Road, New Ringgold, East Brunswick Township, about 2 a.m. on Friday, July 22.

The two men got into a altercation in the driveway area. Grym allegedly struck Sparacino in the head with his fist. Troopers said Grym was charged with harassment.

Pigs blank Columbus

Monday, July 25, 2011

ALLENTOWN – It's been a rough go lately for Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs' recent road trip saw their division lead sawed to just one game as the Columbus Clippers and their International League best record rolled into Coca Cola Park.

As they have done all season, the team stepped up to the challenge.

After splitting the first two games of the series, Brian Bass and two relievers combined for a two-hit shutout Sunday to lead the IronPigs to a 4-0 win over the Clippers.

Temps dip for a couple of days

Monday, July 25, 2011

For the first time in more than a week, temperatures won't be in the 90s today.

The oppressive heat wave that has us sweating, weary, and complaining, is gone.

Today's high is only expected to be 82, says the National Weather Service. Humidity will be much lower than it has been the past few days.

The only down side is we're likely to have some showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Then, the mercury is expected to gradually climb each day this week, with the 90s making a comeback on Friday and Saturday.

Warwick surge ends Blue streak

Monday, July 25, 2011

The radar showed that there was a storm approaching, and little did Tamaqua Blue's 10 & 11 team know, it was coming in the form of Warwick's offensive surge. The Bulldogs cracked their bats and deluged the scoreboard in the final two innings of play, as they came back from a 5-0 deficit for a 12-6 win.

Warwick now moves on to the state tournament that begins later this week in Latrobe.

Scary report

Monday, July 25, 2011

Naval 'deficiencies' in combat readiness

There's a frightening report in a recent issue of the Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper which covers all branches of service around the world.

The headline reads: "Navy facing 'alarming' deficiencies' in combat readiness, lawmaker says."

The article states that more than a fifth of Navy ships fell short of combat readiness in the past two years, and fewer than half of the service's deployed combat aircraft are ready for their mission at any time."

DUI arrests reported

Monday, July 25, 2011

Several arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) have been reported by Nesquehoning police.

On May 21 about 12:50 a.m. police stopped Robert John Yorke, 50, of 16 Deer Trail Lane, Nesquehoning, after observing him driving erratically. He was stopped along SR54.

Officer Thomas Kurtz said Yorke showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test. The test showed Yorke had a .13BAC. He was also charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic, and restraint systems.

Carbon man facing mischief count

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of criminal mischief. The incident was one of several investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Michael Balogach, 31, of Weissport, allegedly damaged the cellular phone of Melissa Tessitore, 32, also of Weissport.

The incident occurred about 5 a.m. on Friday, July 22, at 218 White St., Weissport.

David John Dutton, 42, of 640 Mill St., Palmerton, reported his vehicle was entered and removed was $2 in cash. The incident occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21. The vehicle was unlocked.

Woman charged with stealing funds

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Pottsville woman, formerly of Carbon County, has been arrested and charged with stealing money from her father.

Nesquehoning police arrested Lori Ann Christman, 30, of 509A Carbon St., Pottsville, for theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Carbon court news

Monday, July 25, 2011

Auto loan

Alliance Capital Management, 1597 Washington Park, Bridgeville, Allegheny County, filed an action against Bruce Bisbing, 120 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, alleging he defaulted on an automobile loan. Sought is $16,134.37 plus interest, costs and fees.

Judgment sought

Ford Motor Credit Company, Box 6508, Mesa, Ariz., filed an action against Robert A. Hess II, 610 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, seeking a judgment of $12,711.82 plus interest, costs and fees.

Mortgage foreclosures

Scholarships available to help local food, beverage and hospitality businesses

Monday, July 25, 2011

Local food, beverage and hospitality industry businesses in Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill and Wyoming counties are eligible to apply for scholarships to MetroAction's Small Business Institute program. Through an innovative partnership between Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, and MetroAction, food, beverage and hospitality businesses are now able to access these training scholarships as well as flexible loans to help their businesses grow.