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October 2011

Tamaqua driver facing DUI count

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Tamaqua man faces driving under the influence (DUI) and related charges following an incident on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Police were monitoring traffic at 12:57 a.m. Saturday and heard the loud exhaust from a white Dodge pick up truck that was traveling north on SR309, in the area of the Hess Express station. The noise was loud enough to be heard even though the windows in the patrol car were closed.

The officer followed the truck and made a vehicle stop and identified the driver as Daniel T. Day, 48, of 514 Arlington St.

IU holding special town hall meeting

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School District is hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Effective Teaching on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Maple Avenue Campus Gymnasium located near Marlin in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County.

This meeting will be a statewide video-conference event connecting superintendents, school board members, teachers, parents, business leaders, representatives from higher education, state legislators and other concerned about public education in the Commonwealth.


Monday, October 31, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be Amanda Collier, D.C. of Mulberry St. Chiropractic who will discuss Cold Laser Therapy.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

For information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-7363 or Stacy at (570) 403-4063.

LAHS class of 1986 reunion

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Lehighton Area Class of 1986 will be holding it's 25-year class reunion at the Lehighton American Legion on Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Any classmate who did not receive an invitation and would like to attend can contact Melissa Miller at (570) 386-1119 or send an email to lahsclassof1986@yahoo.com.

Monroe theft

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a theft incident in Monroe County.

Troopers said the theft occurred at the Apenzell PPL substation along SR715 in Jackson Township. Troopers said unknown crminals entered the substation and removed about 100 feet of copper ground wire. Troopers said there were safety grounds for the transmission lines that carry 138,000 volts that were ground for the linemen to work on.

Heritage Hill resident celebrates 91 years

Monday, October 31, 2011
Michael N. Jepko
Michael N. Jepko

Michael Nestor Jepko, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 91st birthday on Oct. 30.

Born in Coaldale in 1920 Mike was married to his wife, Mary Agnes, for 41 years until her passing in December of 1986.

He has three children, Michael, Weatherly; Joann Keys, Florida; and Mary Lou Cookson, Illinois. He is the proud grandfather of two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Carbon woman cited for theft

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Carbon County woman was cited for retail theft at a business in Luzerne County and later jailed.

State police at Hazleton said Dianne Lynn Lutz, 42, of Lehighton, was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 26, about 3 p.m. at Boscov's Department Store in the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township.

Troopers allege that Lutz was observed placing various merchandise totaling $494 in two separate bags and walking out of the store without paying for the items. She was stopped by store security and held until troopers arrived.

Tamaqua man facing theft count

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Tamaqua man is facing a charge of theft.

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported that Andrew McNulty, 24, of Cressona, reported his Apple 4G Iphone was removed from his locker at the Hexcel Corporation, Saint Clair business park, in East Norwegian Township, sometime between 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Troopers said the GPS tracking of the phone led them to Walter Fox III, 19, of Tamaqua. Fox eventually admitted stealing the unit for his own use and later returned it to McNulty, troopers said.

Fox was charged with theft by unlawful taking.

Saturday's weather blamed for crashes

Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday's snowy weather has been blamed for at least four crashes on Schuylkill County roadways, three along Interstate 81. State police at Frackville reported on the accidents.

Carbon driver facing charges

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing several charges, including driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident that occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

State police at Lehighton said Robin S. Rhyder, 48, of Lehighton, was observed committing several motor vehicle code violations along SR248 in Parryville at about 10:10 p.m.

Pet poison

Monday, October 31, 2011

Chocolate not a dog treat

Willie Nelson sings his hits during Penn's Peak concert

Monday, October 31, 2011

Country's best-known "outlaw," Willie Nelson, performed at Penn's Peak last night.

As any true Willie Nelson fan would expect, there would be nothing fancy. He didn't talk much.

He just sang one hit after another. And that was just fine.

The 75-minute set consisted mostly of the hits he's either recorded or written over his decades long career.

About the only words he uttered during the performance was "thank you," which was okay. He also introduced his band, which included his sister Bobbie Nelson, a pianist who did a solo selection.

Only four races in northern Carbon County

Monday, October 31, 2011

Very few races exist for the General Election balloting in the seven northern Carbon County municipalities. Voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the county's 51 voting precincts.

In northern Carbon, only four races have opposition. Those include a race for the positions of mayor and councilmen of Weatherly, as well as a battle for three four-year terms on the Beaver Meadows Borough Council and one seat on the Weatherly Area School Board.

Meanwhile, there are no contested races in Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh and Packer townships, nor East Side Boro.

Corn dumped on SR209 in crash

Monday, October 31, 2011

A one vehicle crash about 6:35 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, resulted in hundreds of pounds of corn kernels being dumped on the road. State police at Lehighton said the crash occurred along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Troopers said Gordon L. Rudelitch, 70, of Kunkletown, was driving a 1990 GMC truck southbound when he said another vehicle headed northbound entered his lane. He lost control of the truck which spun 180 degrees and rolled onto its roof off the right side of the road. The corn spilled along the right berm and part of the road. Rudelitch was not injured.

Wet and cold volunteers

Monday, October 31, 2011

Firefighters and fire police volunteers were kept busy all weekend responding to weather related incidents. Pictured during heavy snow are Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers controlling traffic at a powerless traffic light in Tamaqua.

Nazareth rallies to oust Bears

Monday, October 31, 2011

Don't let the seeds fool you.

Pleasant Valley coach John Gesiskie certainly didn't let them fool him.

Although his Bears had earned the No. 2 seed in the District 11 Class AAA Volleyball Tournament, Gesiskie knew they were the underdogs against No. 7 seed Nazareth.

Pleasant Valley didn't play like it early in the match as it looked poised to avenge a regular season sweep at the hands of Blue Eagles. But Nazareth used superior frontline depth to eventually take control and rally for a 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-9 quarterfinal round victory Saturday morning.

Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade rescheduled

Monday, October 31, 2011

The litany of homes without power weren't the only targets Mother Nature conspired against over the weekend.

The 104th annual Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade that had been scheduled for this past Saturday has been postponed.

But, due to that day's unseasonable storm that dumped multiple inches of snow and rendered countless homes powerless, the event will now be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, October 31, 2011

The next meeting for the committee planning the joint class reunion of Jim Thorpe High School 1955-1965, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the administration building of the Jim Thorpe Area School District, on Center Avenue. Any one that would like to join the committee in helping to plan the 2012 event, is invited to attend the meeting.

Witch season?

Monday, October 31, 2011

A sign displays the mixtures of seasons.

Carbon theft incident probed

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a theft incident in Carbon County.

Troopers said Jeffrey Hosier, 43, of Bridge St., Weissport, alleges that Dietrik Hosier, 21, same address, removed silver quarters, gold coins, jewelry, 12 gauge single action shotgun and a HP laptop computer form his home on Oct. 24.

Dangerous roads

Monday, October 31, 2011

Emergency personnel were busy all day Saturday and Sunday responding to vehicle accidents, fender benders and stuck vehicles. This Air Products truck is stuck on Marian Avenue in Hometown.

Orwigsburg man's appeal of arson conviction denied

Monday, October 31, 2011

An Orwigsburg man serving time in a state prison on arson charges had his appeal of his conviction denied by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Carl Jeffrey Zehner, 54, was found guilty by a jury in September 2008 of intentionally setting fire on the evening of July 16, 2007, in front of the home of Michael P. Lonergan. borough manager, who had terminated his water service for failing to pay his bill. The property suffered fire damages. The trial was held in the county court.

State judgeships part of Nov. 8 election ballot

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who has served since 2002, is facing a 10-year retention vote.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Project Vote Smart notes: "He has authored several opinions in poetic verse, which has drawn praise in some legal circles and criticism in others."

Whether voters will hold his poetry, or his judgment in using it, against him remains to be seen.

Pa. joins in effort to stop young drivers from texting while driving

Monday, October 31, 2011

HARRISBURG -Attorney General Linda Kelly on Thursday joined with her colleagues from all 50 states, along with Consumer Protection agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council to launch a new national public service campaign urging young drivers to stop texting while driving.

Kelly said the nationwide education campaign about the dangers of distracted driving will feature television, radio, outdoor and digital public service announcements, along with online messages using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Halloween snowman

Monday, October 31, 2011

Evelyn Ahner, 6, of West Phillips Street in Coaldale puts the final touches on her Halloween snowman.

Knights 'whiteout' Bombers

Monday, October 31, 2011

PEN ARGYL - About the only one having fun during Saturday's snowstorm was Pen Argyl's unbeaten football team.

The Green Knights (9-0), showing why they've been the talk of the Colonial League all season, had no problem keeping their footing on the white, slick Alumni Field they call home en route to a 52-0 win over Palmerton (4-5).

Break-ins, theft incident probed

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two burglaries and a theft incident occurring in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said a residence and two detached garages at 205-207 Dietrich Ave., Porter Township, were entered and removed was about 100 feet of half-inch and one-inch copper pipe, about 75 gallons of home heating oil, and a 10,000 BTU Emerson air conditioner from inside the home. Also removed was a Green Thumb string trimmer, a Homelite leaf-blower and six by three-foot wooden workbench from the garages.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations being issued.

Chief Sean Smith cited Craig Ortiz, no address given, for illegal transfer of a firearm.

Officer Brian White filed charges against Jefferry Cope and Daniel Smith, no addresses given, each for aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

The incidents occurred at the county prison.

Snow storm closes many roads

Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday's freak snow storm resulted in the closure of many roads over the weekend. A Hometown Fire Company vehicle sits in front of a fallen tree in Hometown that fell on three high voltage power lines. This closed SR54 for almost 7 hours while PPL and PennDOT cleared the scene. Rush Township Police and Fire Police detoured traffic during the incident.

Carbon crash

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash in Carbon County.

Troopers said Karen Ann Amendolta, 39, no address given, was operating a 2005 Dodge Caravan along Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township, about 8:31 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

Amendolta and a five-year-old male in a restraint seat, were not injured, another passenger, a 10-year-old female sustained a minor injury.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Lehighton and Palmerton ambulances and Penn Forest Fire Company volunteers.

Tamaqua student cited for incident

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Tamaqua teen has been cited after creating a hazardous situation at the Tamaqua Area Senior High School on Oct. 6.

At approximately 11 a.m. a group of students finished an outdoor archery lesson and were returning to the school.

One of the students, Damon Lee Cluff, 18, of 245 Cedar St., reportedly shot an arrow across Penn Street into the football stadium. The arrow landed on the south hillside near the bleachers.

Several maintenance personnel were in the stadium at the time, marking the lines on the football field.