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August 2011

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.

Toppled tree caps strange sequence of events

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

A large pine tree that toppled and narrowly missed the home of Nancy Meiser, Still Creek, capped a very unusual sequence of events. The tree had been planted 30 years ago by Meiser's father, Emory C. Meiser, who lived at the house until his passing August 23 at age 90. Emory Meiser passed away on the day of the earthquake. His funeral service took place Saturday, on the day of the hurricane, and his funeral dinner was held on the grounds of the Still Creek residence later in the day.

Long trying to continue tradition

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton field hockey coach Lamar Long meets with players after being named coach in the Spring. Long is inheriting a program that is loaded with tradition and used to success.
bob ford/times news Lehighton field hockey coach Lamar Long meets with players after being named coach in the Spring. Long is inheriting a program that is loaded with tradition and used to success.

At Lehighton High School there is nothing short of a winning season expected for the Lady Indians field hockey program, and just because first year head coach Lamar Long has taken over the reigns doesn't mean that stance has changed.

Long takes over a unit that lost some key components from last year's AA state silver medal squad, but as usual Lehighton faithful anticipate their team to be highly competitive.

Beltzville beach closed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The several inches of rain dumped on the area this weekend by Hurricane Irene has forced the closure of Beltzville Lake beach and boat launches.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the closures, due to high water levels, late Monday. Swimming and boating are prohibited until further notice.

On this date

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30, 1948

Local high school students may be offered a course in the correct manner of operating an automobile as well as instruction in the state's traffic laws as a result of action taken at the regular monthly meeting of the Mauch Chunk Board of Education. Discussed at length was the driving course that is made possible by the A.A.A. in cooperation with Chevrolet Company that furnished the specially equipped, dual-controlled cars that are used. A car has already been allotted to this community.

Monroe County Navy Club forming

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monroe County residents who have served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, Seabees or Coast Guard are invited to join a local unit of the Navy Club of the United States of America.

The club is being started by Navy veteran Bob Siesputowski, who in 2009 launched a Carbon County unit.

Any member of a waterborne service is eligible to join.

Crippling

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Due to hurricane's size, no state was unaffected

As officials in cities and towns all along the Eastern seaboard continue to assess their losses from Hurricane Irene, many are thankful that at least the loss of life was kept low thanks in great part to the pre-storm warnings and evacuations.

W.E. Fair opens a day late

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Blake Sebring of Tannersville, 1 1/2 years old, sits on a tractor displayed by Charles S. Snyder Inc. at the West End Fair in Gilbert. The Snyder firm, West Penn Township, has a large tractor exhibit.
Blake Sebring of Tannersville, 1 1/2 years old, sits on a tractor displayed by Charles S. Snyder Inc. at the West End Fair in Gilbert. The Snyder firm, West Penn Township, has a large tractor exhibit.

No obvious effects from Irene, demolition derby set tonight

Except for a couple of water puddles, there were no effects from Hurricane Irene which passed through the West End Fair grounds on Sunday.

The fair officially opened Monday – a day late because of Irene – to large crowds.

Tents that were pitched before the arrival of Irene were still standing, unaffected by 50 mile-per-hour winds. All the rides were operating.

"We had a few branches down in the grove, but that was it," said one security guard. "And we cleaned that up right away."

The fair had appeared vulnerable to Irene because of its renowned tree-lined midway.

Riding the rapids

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Unidentified kayakers paddle the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko to take advantage of the 5,000 cfs flow in the wake of Hurricane Irene to paddle the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko.

Several Monroe County roads remain closed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Several state routes in Monroe County remain closed Tuesday as a result of damage and flooding from Hurricane Irene, which blew into the region over the weekend, bringing heavy rain and high winds.

Rape report probed in Tamaqua

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating an alleged rape that occurred in Tamaqua.

Troopers said a 24-year-old Tamaqua woman reported she had been raped by a person known to her. The alleged assault occurred between 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, and 1:30 a.m. on Monday, in the 300 block of Cottage Avenue.

Troopers said no other information concerning the incident is being released at this time to protect the victim's identity. The investigation into the incident is continuing.