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November 2011

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holidays hold hidden dangers for teenagers

With the start of the holidays, young people face added danger in this special season otherwise known for celebration and good cheer. The hooligan? Often it's alcohol.

School break offers up unstructured, and perhaps unsupervised, time and thus some significant risk especially when you add in the propensity of some adults to promote alcohol-included events as a way to mark Christmas, Hanukkah, or the New Year.

Let the reindeer games begin.

Teens and Alcohol

According to research from SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance:

Schuylkill court news

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

File for divorce

Douglas G. Cramer, 1256 West Penn Pike, Apt. B, West Penn Township, started a divorce action against Marcia Cramer, 3887 Barryan Drive, Danielsville, Northampton County. They were married May 29, 2010.

Jacqueline (Fogarty) Maschal, 275 Valley Road, New Philadelphia, filed for divorce from Gene Maschal, 20 S. Lemon St., Mount Carmel, Northumberland County. They were married April 12, 2003.

Kimberly A. Economy, 40 E. Spruce St., Mahanoy City, filed for divorce from Michael D. Economy,176 Long Row Road, Gilberton. They were married Oct. 6, 2004.

Board meeting on variance request reset for Jan. 10

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Lower Towamensing Township business must wait until after the new year to have their request for a variance heard.

Representatives from AMPAL, Inc., of 2125 Little Gap Road, were scheduled to go before the township's zoning hearing board on Tuesday in search of permission to erect several additions onto their property.

Delayed by 35 minutes due to the lack of a stenographer, the hearing finally got under way after the township secretary arrived at the township municipal building to provide the board with a tape recorder.

Ambler man cited in motorcycle theft

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jim Thorpe police have arrested Charles H. Hemmen, 25, of Ambler, with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition as a result of an incident on July 24 in the borough where a motorcycle was stolen.

Police said the victim, Chris Hynes, said that someone took his 2001 Suzuki GSXR 1000 from its parked position at a meter on Lehigh Avenue.

'Twilight': 'Breaking' boredom

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" is an entertaining movie that should please fans of the movie and not disappoint fans of the fictional book series by Stephenie Meyer.

One presumes they are one and the same.

As for the vampires and werewolves, we're not so sure.

The vampires don't come off as half-bad for being half-dead.

The werewolves, well, they are often in the dark. And, as they zoom through the woods faster than a Predator drone, you can barely pick them out.

The big three are what's important here, anyway.

My shining freshman moment

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Editor's note: This is the piece, written by Bridget McFadden, that was published in Teen Ink's October magazine.

Bright lights flicker on and off. Music is blaring from the speakers. A man's voice comes on.

"Up next is Jim Thorpe High School. Now let's hear it for Lebanon Cedars!"

The crowd went crazy. My heart pounds as loud as a gong. My stomach feels like I'm about to revisit everything I ate that day. My hands are suddenly drenched in sweat and shaking. My teammates notice.

Luzerne man jailed on Kidder warrant

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Luzerne County man was placed in the Carbon County prison in Nesquehoning after being picked up on a warrant issued to Kidder Township police.

Township police said Timothy J. Moran, 40, of White Haven, was stopped on Nov. 24 about 12:01 a.m. by state police at Hazleton for a traffic violation. At the stop it was learned he had an active warrant for his arrest on two felony counts of theft by deception.

SCFCA holdingCollege Night

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Schuylkill County Football coaches Association will host its first Annual College Night on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain High School in the cafeteria.

Any high school senior that is interested in pursuing a football career in college is strongly urged to attend. Collegiate football coaches from Division II and Division III schools located throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states have been invited to attend.

Vehicle stolen, then crashed

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

State police at Frackville are looking for the person who stole a vehicle and then a short time later crashed it into two parked vehicles. Troopers said the incident occurred shortly after midnight today at 16 E. Main St., Girardville, and ended at 34 W. Main St.

Troopers said the 2011 Ford Fiesta of Rayna J. Noble, 20, was stolen from in front of her home about 12:04 a.m. The car was driven a short distance when it crashed into two parked vehicles. The suspect who stole the Ford then fled the scene.

New salt shed is built just in time for winter

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
John Gallagher of Summit Hill, white shirt, and Tommy DiAugustino, of Hellertown, employees of Nimaris Construction of Bath, work on the roof of the salt shed.
John Gallagher of Summit Hill, white shirt, and Tommy DiAugustino, of Hellertown, employees of Nimaris Construction of Bath, work on the roof of the salt shed.

A new salt shed that will store anti-skid materials is being constructed behind the Lehighton Borough Garage off East Penn Street.

The building is nearly complete and serves as a reminder that although we've experienced some unusually warm weather, winter conditions probably aren't too far away.

The structure has pre-cast concrete supports with wooden walls above them.

The shed is being built by Nimaris Construction of Bath and is nearly completed. Nimaris was one of four firms which bid on the project, offering the lowest quote of $57,633.75.

Palmerton winter sports ticket sale

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will be selling winter sports season tickets beginning on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the high school office.

Tickets will also be sold in the high school lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 1.

Ticket prices will be as follows:

Wrestling: Adults, $20.00; Students/Senior Citizens, $10.00

Basketball: Adults Girls and Boys Basketball, $30.00; Students/Senior Citizens $15.00

Family Pass: Wrestling $50.00, Girls and Boys Basketball $75.00.

Family Pass for all winter sports $125.00.

Orwigsburg man facing child porn, assault charges

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, already facing charges of assaulting a woman in his home, is facing new allegations of sexual abuse of children.

State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged William John Shilbe, 54, of 2008 Village Rd., in Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, with having in his possession images of female children nude and also engaged in sexual acts with adult men. The photos are of children from infant age to pre-teen, troopers allege.

On this date

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30, 1968

Damage at the Palace Theater, Lansford, caused by a fire of unknown origin yesterday morning, is estimated at $200,000. The entire interior of the building, owned by William J. McDonald, was gutted and a large stock of new household furniture was completely destroyed. The building served as a storage area for the Ridge Center. Sgt. Joseph Delpero and patrolman Francis Karnish of the Lansford Police Department were patrolling in the area and heard an explosion when the doors of the building were blown open.

Schuylkill break-in

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County residence.

Troopers said a home at 258 North SR183, in Wayne Township, was entered sometime between Nov. 21-25. Entry was gain by breaking a rear window.

After gaining entry the criminals removed copper wiring and piping throughout the residence and also fuses from the basement of the home.

It is not known how much wiring or piping was taken. The home is owned by Brenda K. Koperna, of Pottsville.

Budget report clarified

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In an article in the TIMES NEWS, it was reported that Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett indicated there will be no tax hike in the 2012.

Beckett clarified that at a recent meeting of the borough council, she stated that the General Fund was balanced and no tax increase would be necessary for operating expenses.

She told the TIMES NEWS, "However, please remember, council had voted in July to add millage for the Fire Station Construction Project." The TIMES NEWS reported this in an article on July 26th.

Beaver Run R&G Club given NRA range grant

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club has been awarded a grant by the NRA for the improvement of their range facilities.

A check for $1,850 was received recently at their Mahoning Township sporting club.

The grant is the result of an NRA sanctioned pistol league which the club has been conducting for the past seven years at their pistol range. The outdoor league enables shooters to compete and to obtain NRA classification for shooters from marksman to high master.

Slatington couple celebrate 50 years

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Miller

Carol and Gary Miller of Slatington recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 26, 1961 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Slatington, by the Rev. Earl Kreidler.

Mrs. Miller is the former Carol Henry, daughter of the late Mark and Erma Henry of Slatington. Her husband is the son of the late David and Erma Miller of Laurys Station, Pa.

Luzerne man admits his part in fatal shooting prior to trial

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

While 140 prospective jurors sat in a courtroom at the Schuylkill County courthouse Monday awaiting to be called to be screened to sit on a murder trial, the defendant chose not to go on trial but entered a plea of nollo contendre (no contest) to a charge of third degree murder.

Damon L. Ennett, 31, of Freeland, after accepting his plea Judge Jacqueline Russell immediaetly sentenced him to serve 13 1/2 to 27 years in a state correctional institution. The sentence is to begin when a sentence of 60 months he is currently serving in a federal prison expires.

Mahoning Twp. to advertise for new fire engine/pumper

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

After two years of preparation and planning, Mahoning Township Fire Chief Mark Ebbert presented a dozen bid packages to the board of supervisors to advertise for the purchase of a new fire engine/pumper for the Mahoning Township Fire Department.

The board unanimously approved the advertising for soliciting bids for a new vehicle.

"We planned and worked on these bid specifications for two years and am happy to report we are ready to move forward with the bidding process," Ebbert said. "We are ready to advertise and accept bids."

Volt, the electric car, comes to Rentschler

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
 Rentschler Chevrolet employees John Knapp (left), sales and leasing, and Charles Walsh (right), general manager, stand beside the white Chevy Volt.
Rentschler Chevrolet employees John Knapp (left), sales and leasing, and Charles Walsh (right), general manager, stand beside the white Chevy Volt.

Imagine, for a moment, a vehicle that won't use any gas at all if driven less than 40 miles contingent on terrain, temperature, and technique.

A fuel-efficient compact car, the Chevrolet Volt, is the first fully-electric vehicle on the market, of which Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Slatington has two in stock.

Charles Walsh, general manager, Rentschler, said the first wave of Volt dealers were in NY, TX, MI, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Madelyn Jones is Tamaqua's Little Miss Spirit of Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Tamaqua's 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Madelyn Jones, 8, are organizers Judy Hoppes, left, and Linda Yulanavage. Madelyn is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones, Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Tamaqua's 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Madelyn Jones, 8, are organizers Judy Hoppes, left, and Linda Yulanavage. Madelyn is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones, Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival committee has announced that the 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas is Madelyn Jones, 8, a third-grade student at the Tamaqua Elementary School, and the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones of Tamaqua.

Balloting for Little Miss Spirit of Christmas took placed Nov. 14-25 at the Wells Fargo Bank.

Eleven girls, in third through fifth grades in the Tamaqua Area School District, including St. Jerome Regional School, participated in the holiday contest.

Car takes out pole

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Police Chief Thomas Beltz is investigating a one-car accident that took place around 7:35 a.m. today at 657 Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township. Police said that the driver of the car was Jason Wuermuth, no age or address available at the scene. Wuermuth appeared to be uninjured following the crash. The Dodge Avenger that he was driving was demolished. Wuermuth hit a pole and took down utility wires at the Roeseler property. Firefighters believed the wires were Verizon wires. Power lines were across the street from the crash. Wuermuth's air bag deployed during the crash.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Elsie R. Greybush to Michael J. Bubel Jr., 30 Hometown Ave., Tamaqua, property on Elm Street, $21,000.

Franklin Township

Michael D. Wilmot to Clifford C. Colgan, 20 Pine Needle Drive, Lehighton, property at 20 Pine Needle Drive, $245,000.

Jim Thorpe

United States of America to Nancy Beers, P.O. Box 4006, Jim Thorpe, property at 30 River St., $135,000.

Robert J. Syracuse to Family First Mortgage Corporation, Palm Coast, Fla., property at 314 W. Broadway, $1.

Schuylkill property transfers

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Carol Ann Dunlap, as executrix of the estate of Marguerite P. Hentosh, of Delano, to Renee L. Hruniuk, Mahanoy City, property on north side of Hazle Street, Delano, $38,000

Jason S. and Angela M. Greenzweig to Jarrod and Brenda Pensyl, property at 308 E, Railroad Avenue, New Ringgold, $58,000.

Leo J. Skotek and Lisa Skotek to Lisa Skotek property at 20 James St,, Kline Township, $1 (transaction between husband and wife).

Breakfast with Santa to benefit Dream Come True

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The third annual Breakfast with Santa will take place at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Breakfast with Santa will benefit children through the local Dream Come True Chapter, with a donation of $1 from every breakfast.

Jim Thorpe Old Time Christmas Parade to be held Friday night

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Celebration of Light Old Time Christmas Parade will be held at 5:50 p.m. Friday. The parade will march down Broadway to Josiah White Park. For more information, go to www.jimthorpeoldtimechristmas.com.

The parade will begin at Immaculate Conception Church on West Broadway, and end at Josiah White Park at the train station.

Boris captures Grid Picks title

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

After 13 weeks of prognosticating winners and office trash talking, the TIMES NEWS Sports Department has crowned Jason Boris its 2011 Grid Picks Champion.

It is Boris' sixth Grid Picks Title in his 11 years on staff (since 2001), as he finished the annual high school football contest with an overall record of 147-48 (a .754 winning percentage).

Tamaqua man cited for theft

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Tamaqua man has been cited after he reportedly failed to return equipment to a fire department in the borough.

Jonathon Jones, 30, of 101 Pine St., agreed to be a volunteer firefighter with Tamaqua's American Hose Company in 2006.

He was provided with a pager on Aug. 15, 2006, and signed an agreement to follow the rules of use and obligations required for continued use of the pager.

On July 10, 2009, officers of the company determined Jones was in violation of the agreement he signed and began attempts to have their property returned.

Harassment arrest reported

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

State police at Frackville reported the arrest of a Schuylkill County resident for harassment following an incident in the parking lot of a county mall.

Troopers said Thomas Pusavage, 20, of Frackville, was cited for an incident that occurred about 6:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, in the parking lot of the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Pusavage allegedly approached a 16-year-old male from Wilburton, and pushed him several times in an attempt to start a fight. A witness to the incident called troopers. Pusavage was then cited.

Lehighton hospital staff attacked, suspect hijacks mail truck before he's captured

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A mail truck is surrounded by police cars last night in Lehighton after a man smashed the window and assaulted the driver before being taken into custody.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A mail truck is surrounded by police cars last night in Lehighton after a man smashed the window and assaulted the driver before being taken into custody.

Police believe he's same individual who left suspicious liquid at Jim Thorpe restaurant

A Nesquehoning man is lodged in Carbon County Prison after allegedly tossing a nauseous liquid on a table at a Jim Thorpe restaurant yesterday afternoon and then going on a violent rampage at the Gnaden Huetten Campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton last night, after which he reportedly attempted to steal a postal truck.

Travis T. Loch, 24, of 236 W. Mussmano St., was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Humanko of Weatherly this morning. He is facing a long list of charges, including felony counts.

Judge Humanko listed bail at $50,000 cash.

Hit and run crash

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred about 1:50 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, along SR61 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Alyson J. Folweiler, 22, of Saint Clair, was stopped at a red light northbound in the right lane.

A vehicle approached from behind in the right lane.

The driver of the second vehicle attempted to make a lane change and struck the left rear bumper of Folweiler's 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara.