Wednesday, July 30, 2014
     

August 2011

Lehighton crash kills motorist

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Jim Thorpe man suffered a fatal heart attack while driving along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (SR209) in Lehighton on Monday afternoon and crashed into three parked cars. Louis Squillace, 47, of 200 South Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. as Squillace was traveling north when he lost control of his vehicle, swerved to the left, climbed the curb and entered a parking lot. His car struck a parked car in the rear, pushing it into two others.

PSSA improvement plan presented to JT board

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Area School Improvement Plan was presented at Monday evening's school board meeting. The School Improvement Plan is designed to improve student PSSA scores.

Superintendent Barbara Conway presented the 2010-2011 PSSA Preliminary Results.

To make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) students needed to score 67 percent proficient or advanced in mathematics and 72 percent proficient or advanced in reading. To make AYP schools also need to have 95 percent exam participation, 90 percent attendance, and an 85 percent graduation rate.

Panther Valley students get a longer ride to school this morning

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley students were moved to another school bus this morning after the school bus they were riding had mechanical issues which forced it to be stuck in the middle of Bull Run Street at the intersection of SR-209 in the Seek section of Coaldale. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic around the bus until it could be towed.

Electronics recycling to be held in Lehighton

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Solid Waste will conduct an E-cycling event on Sept. 26 and 27 at the Lehighton Borough Garage, located along Penn Street in Lehighton.

They will accept computers, monitors, printers, scanners, mainframes, telecom equipment, circuit boards, fax machines, DVD players, radios and stereo equipment at no charge to the county or residents. Televisions and white goods, such as appliances will not be accepted.

PPL continues working to repair Irene damage

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities crews continue to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, working around the clock to restore power to more than 230,000 customers so far.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, about 51,000 customers remain without power across the utility's service area in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Daredevil kayakers tackle Tamaqua rapids

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Two daredevil kayakers from the Reading area sought thrills by challenging the deep rapids of the swollen Little Schuylkill River in downtown Tamaqua on Sunday at noon during the height of Hurricane Irene. Emergency management officials might have admonished the pair for taking risks, but the duo told the TIMES NEWS that the roar of the waves was "excellent."

Two Tamaqua men cited

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two Tamaqua men were cited after a confrontation on Aug. 21.

Officers were patrolling in the Center Street area at 3:20 a.m. when they heard sounds of a disturbance to the rear of the Fegley Mini Mart.

They discovered Harry Hahn, 25, of 243 Spruce St., and Dennis Yeater, 23, of 62 Hunter St, having a heated discussion.

Both men claimed to have been struck by the other.

Both were cited for disorderly conduct.

Carbon driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:17 p.m. on Aug. 21 along S. Second Street at Bridge Street, in Lehighton.

State police at Lehighton said Donald Long, 35, of Palmerton, was stopped at the above location for a traffic violation. He was found to be under the influence and is facing a DUI count.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30, 2002 Ryan Hluschak carries 20 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh register a 35-7 Colonial League win over Saucon Valley. Hluschak opens the scoring with a 40-yard run and put the Bulldogs ahead for good with a two-yard tally. The winners, coached by Jim Tkach, also receive a 23-yard scoring strike from Chris Knappenberger to Aaron Bortz and TD runs from Jason Henritzy and Jack Gill. On defense, Bortz adds a sack and two tackles for losses.

Literary education professor speaks to N. Lehigh teachers

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, speaks recently at Northern Lehigh Middle School.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, speaks recently at Northern Lehigh Middle School.

Sometimes the most ordinary things can teach the most useful lessons.

That was one of the strategies shared recently with teachers and staff in the Northern Lehigh School District

Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, gave a presentation as part of an in-service day held in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium.

The program was about "Effective Teaching of Reading", at which time Rasinski focused on "The Important Book", which was originally authored by Margaret Wise Brown in 1949.

IronPigs drop two to Chiefs

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs had little working in their favor on Monday night, as they dropped both seven-inning games of the double-header to Syracuse by a score of 4-0.

In the first game, Scott Mathieson labored through five innings in which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

Monroe County burglary probed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary at the Sun Valley Fire Company in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

The burglary happened at about 3:20 a.m. Friday.

The burglar smashed a rear window to enter the fire company club on Juniper Road and stole several bottles of liquor.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call state police at (570) 646-2271.

Two area schools are closed again as a result of hurricane

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The start of the 2011-2012 school year has been delayed another day for two area school districts as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Pleasant Valley and Northern Lehigh school districts remain closed today due to the aftermath of the storm.

Monroe man cited for assault of teens

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Monroe County man has been charged with assaulting two teens.

State police at Fern Rige said Juan Jose Rivera Jr., 31, of Jackson Township, was cited for simple assault for allegedly assaulting two teens, a 12-year-old male and a 11-year-old female.

The incident occurred at 6414G Pine Ridge Road, in Jackson Township, about 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 22, troopers said.

Grandparents play bigger role in child-rearing

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
AP PHOTO Eileen and Doug Flockhart stand amongst tree stumps representing each of their seven grandchildren at their home in Exeter, N.H.
AP PHOTO Eileen and Doug Flockhart stand amongst tree stumps representing each of their seven grandchildren at their home in Exeter, N.H.

WASHINGTON (AP) – America is swiftly becoming a granny state.

Less frail and more involved, today's grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.

The newer grandparents are mainly baby boomers who are still working, with greater disposable income. Now making up 1 in 4 adults, grandparents are growing at twice the rate of the overall population and sticking close to family – if their grandkids aren't already living with them.

Southbound Lehigh Tunnel closure scheduled tomorrow

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for a daytime single-lane pattern and two-way traffic in the Lehigh Tunnel tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 31. The southbound tube will be closed between 8 a.m. -2 p.m. to complete maintenance work cancelled last week due to severe weather conditions.

The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74). The work is weather permitting and subject to change.

Monroe man jailed in gun incident

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Monroe County man was jailed on Saturday following a gun-point incident. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occured in the 200 block of Third Street, Pocono Pines, in Tobyhanna Township.

Incident at fire company probed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An incident at a Schuylkill County fire company resulted in an arrest.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said John Ryan Bushar, 31, of Pottsville, was cited for harassment for allegedly punching Patrick Michael Harach, 21, also of Pottsville, in the face.

The incident occurred at the Llewellyn Fire Company, 12 Silverton Rd., Branch Township, about 11:33 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rally Day rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather, this past Sunday, the Rally Day events at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, had to be postponed. The celebration will now be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.

The children of the Sunday School will enjoy an all school craft and will receive their World Hunger banks. There are three children of the Sunday School who will be receiving their Bibles. They are Alexis Keiper, Daphnie Morris and Hager Rodgers.

Reunion committee meeting

Tamaqua Soccer Boosters camp

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The 2011 Tamaqua High School Soccer Boosters Youth Soccer Camp was held July 26-29 at the high school field. Members of the boys and girls soccer teams instructed 50 area children on basic skills, conditioning and sportsmanship. In the top photo, youngsters practice their dribbling skills under the watchful eyes of camp instructors. In the photo on the left, Logan Betz of Andreas prepares to take a shot on goal.

Minor injuries in I81 crash

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Minor injuries were reported in a one vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 12:10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.

State police at Frackville said Dipen Regmi, 29, of Scranton, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu northbound in the right lane through a construction zone.

The vehicle entered the left lane and went off the road where it traveled about 70 feet before striking an embankment.

Palmerton man dies; crashes car while fleeing police

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A vehicle that officials said was being pursued by police crashed into a home in Walnutport on Saturday morning, claiming the life of a Palmerton man.

Officials said James Diehl, 24, died in the incident, which happened around 3 a.m.

State police at the Bethlehem barracks said the man was attempting to flee police at the time.

His red Honda Civic went out of control, flipped over and crashed into the porch of the home located at 238 Main St.

Tamaqua suspect had to be released

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tamaqua police attempted to take a former local man, wanted on an outstanding warrant, into custody Aug. 17 but had to release him when the duty district judge was unavailable.

Officers responded to a disturbance at 35 Vine St. at 6:50 p.m. where they found George Cope, 24, involved in an altercation with Sarah Jean Hill, 22.

A records check indicated Cope was wanted on a warrant issued by Rush Township police.

Instead of being taken into custody Cope had to be released when District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, was unavailable.

CCF volunteer picnic to be held

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Due to Hurricane Irene, the Carbon County Fair Volunteer Picnic held annually to honor volunteers and sponsors has been changed to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Blue Mountain Health System Conference Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. Reservations for volunteers, sponsors and their family members are required and can be made by calling Alicia at (570) 325-8685. There will be food, fun and games.

The 2012 fair will be held August 8-12 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

Palmerton Police Log

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Criminal charges were filed against Scott Heffelfinger, 24, no known address, for receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of automobile, possession of drug paraphernalia, and drivers required to be licensed. The incident occurred on Aug. 16 at 1:19 a.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.

Public drunkenness

Troy Bender, 46, of 401 Lehigh Avenue, third floor, Palmerton, was cited for public drunkenness. The violation occurred on Aug. 23 at 4:03 a.m. in the 400 block of Lehigh Avenue.

Alcoholic beverages

Smooth opening for Palmerton schools

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pupils show their curiosity as they enter the Parkside Education Center Monday morning for the first day of classes in the Palmerton Area School District.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pupils show their curiosity as they enter the Parkside Education Center Monday morning for the first day of classes in the Palmerton Area School District.

Solid attendance rate. Check.

Efficient transportation schedule. Check.

Adherance to the new dress code policy. Check.

On the heels of a ferocious weekend storm, Palmerton Area School District was able to function as a well-oiled machine on Monday, the first day of classes.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said she monitored each of the five buildings in the district: S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center, Towamensing Elementary, the junior high and high school.

Tigers earn golf split

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Northwestern golf team earned a split to highlight Monday's scholastic sports action.

GOLF

Northwestern-Pen Argyl-So. Lehigh

Northwestern pulled out a Colonial League win over Pen Argyl, but dropped a contest to Southern Lehigh.

Medalist honors for the day went to the Spartans' Matt Guro, who fired a 74.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Cole Miller, who had a four-over 75. Nick Vecellio followed with a 76 for Nprthwestern.

NORTHWESTERN 410

Cole Miller 75, Nick Vecellio 76, Stephen Reitz 82, Mike D'Ancona 86, Devin Haddad 91

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Carbon County business has been cited by the state liquor control board.

Sue Ellen M. Tracey, doing business as Penn Lunch, 201 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, was cited for failed to post in a conspicuous place on the outside of the licensed premises, or in a window plainly visible from the outside of the premises a notice of suspension.

This charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.

Jury selected, second murder trial for Reading man begins

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It took only a half a day to select a jury, which is rare in a murder trial, and as soon as the final juror was selected Monday afternoon testimony was presented in the Schuylkill County courthouse against Juliius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, who is charged with the fatal shooting of Bruce L. Forker in his home in Shenandoah on March 16, 2010.

Spruce Street in Tamaqua to be closed for construction on September 1

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Spruce Street between Center Street and South Railroad Street in Tamaqua will be closed for construction on Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning at 7 a.m. Drivers traveling in the vicinity of the Spruce and Center streets intersection should expect delays and allow for additional travel time. School bus traffic will be rerouted Thursday to avoid the street closure. Individuals traveling to and from the Tamaqua High School and Middle School, Lehigh Carbon Community College and other locations in the South Ward should use Lehigh or Hunter streets.

Worker falls from roof

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A worker was seriously injured Monday morning after falling from a roof at a construction project in Kidder Township. The incident began at 9 a.m. when the worker fell from the roof of a home at 15 Hemlock Drive in the Holiday Pocono developement along SR534. The worker was working for the Seitz Construction company of Lake Harmony, falling an undetermined distance to the ground. It was reported the 40 year old victim was unconscious after the fall.