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November 2011

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.

Palmerton rock concert to benefit 2011 Toys for Tots campaign

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A concert featuring Black Fate, Hell Freeze, Infernal Opera, Skalped and Panic will be presented from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Palmerton Sokol Hall 214, 452 Lehigh St., Lehighton.

All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. There will be games, baked goods, food and drinks available, plus photos with Santa Claus.

For additional information, call Paula at (610) 703-1933.

Marriage licenses

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Schuylkill County

Kelsey A. Anderson and John W. Wefel Jr., 48 Schuylkill Road, New Ringgold.

Brenda L. Sabol and James P. Moss, 33 Hamilton St., Barnesville.

Melissa R. Clouser and Rodney E. Clouser, 203 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Glass shattered at Wine & Spirits in Tamaqua

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police were dispatched at 3:14 this morning following a glass-break and two internal motion alarms at the Wine & Spirits Store on North Railroad St. Responding within seconds of the alarm, police arrived to see one of the two front glass doors shattered after a rock was thrown through it. Rush Township police also responded. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570)-668-5000.

Names omitted

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Palmerton's Kane Kralik and Aaron Cook were both named in the Colonial League football all-stars list, but were omitted from the lead part of the brief that ran in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.

Kralik was named to both second team offense (guard) and defense (tackle), while Cook was honorable mention at inside linebacker.

Book signing

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Autumn Jordan at Palmerton Library

Award-winning author Autumn Jordan will conduct a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palmerton Area Library.

She will sign copies of her newest release, "In the Presence of Evil."

A blurb from the book is as follows: Gina's upcoming Christmas looks bleak when she is framed for the murder of her boss. The only way she can stay out of jail is to accept help from the man who broke her heart years ago.

Slatington family of 5 forced to live in a car

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A dejected John Corio talks about his family's eviction from their Slatington home on Tuesday.
A dejected John Corio talks about his family's eviction from their Slatington home on Tuesday.

They tried working within the system but the financial hole just grew deeper

A family of five and their eight dogs have lost their home and are being forced to move into their Chevy Suburban, victims of what the family says is not just a bad economy, but predatory lending and even the failure of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program.

The predicament reached a head early Tuesday morning when the family was put out on the street in the rain and house door locks were changed.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30, 1954 Palmerton's Les Sweitzer and Jim Oravec combine to score more points than Weatherly, as the Blue Bombers roll to an 84-38 victory. Sweitzer hits on 11 shots from the floor and finishes with a game-high 23 points, while Oravec finishes close behind with 21. Palmerton, coached by Win Evans, also receives 18 points from Fred Reinhard. The Wreckers are led by Joe Knepper, who nets 20.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No paper drive

There will be no newspaper drive by St. John's Lutheran Church in December. The drive will resume in January.

Persons wishing to dispose of papers may take them to the garage across from the church on Fireline Road, which is always open.

Ecumenical service at Little White Church

The Palmerton Area Historical Society's annual ecumenical service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. (following the carol sing in the borough park) in the Little White Church at Third Street and Columbia Avenue, Palmerton.

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.

Four area players on MVC football first team

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Mountain Valley Conference has chosen their football All Stars for the 2011 season. Four TIMES NEWS area players were selected to the MVC First team with most of the players earning multiple selections. The following players were named to the MVC First Team; Jacen Nalesnik (Jr. LEH, WR), Michael Balliet (Sr., LEH, DT), Dakota Everett (Jr., PV, LB), and Rob Getz (Two-way selection, Sr., PV, RB/DB).

@$:The following TIMES NEWS area players were named to the Second Team; Anthony Farole (Sr. LEH, DB), Dakota Everett (Jr., PV, TE), and Dean Bumbulsky (Sr., LEH, DB).

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29, 1974 Five Lehighton players score in double figures and the Indians open their season with a 68-56 victory over Northwestern. Jimmy Snyder tallies a team-high 17 points and pulls down 10 rebounds, while Jay Seigendall nearly matches that effort with 16 points and 10 boards. The winners, coached by Jim Smith, use a 28-14 second quarter to take control of the game. Kris Kunkle nets 15 points for the Tribe, while Dave Koch and Eric Snyder each finish with 10.

Two injured in vehicle rollover in West Penn

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A female driver and male passenger were injured just before 5 p.m. yesterday after their red Toyota Camry, traveling north in the 1900 block of West Penn Pike (SR309), lost control, struck a tree and mailboxes and then flipped back onto the road. The incident occurred across from Knepper's Inn in Snyders. Responding in addition to township police were West Penn Fire Company, fire police, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Penn Mahoning and Lehighton ambulances. The names and condition of the individuals weren't available as of press time this morning.

Getting ready for Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A larger-than-life Santa Claus appears to be watching Deb Danchak, kneeling, co-owner of the Angela Theater in Coaldale, as she puts together a Christmas display in the foyer of the movie house. "I enjoy doing this at Christmas," said Danchak, as she worked on the display.

Resident complains about fire whistle

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Polk Township's Volunteer Fire Company's recent public event got good reviews. "It was well attended," said Supervisor Nancy May who received a thank you letter from the fire company for all her help on that day.

"It was a big success," agreed Chief Terry Jacoby as Polk Township Supervisors held their monthly meeting.

Jim Thorpe to roll out red carpet for holidays

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Take a breath from the hustle and bustle and step back in time for Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival, where the town nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains rolls out the red carpet for visitors with an extra dose of holiday spirit.

The annual Olde Time Christmas festival will be celebrated three weekends this year: Dec. 2-4, 10-11 and 17-18.

Driver falls asleep, crashes on I81

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Hampshire driver fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and crashed along Interstate 81 in Kline Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 6:25 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Troopers said Gerald Mafera, 21, of Derry, was driving a 2004 Cadillac Seville northbound in the left lane when he fell asleep. The car went onto the berm at which point Mafera awoke and attempted to return to the road.

The car overturned and came to rest on the berm.

Santa coming to town Saturday

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

He's made his list, checked it twice, and knows by now who's been naughty or nice.

Back by popular demand, Santa Claus will arrive in a fire truck to greet children in the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The annual event will once again be sponsored by the Palmerton and Aquashicola fire departments and the Pool Pals of the Palmerton Memorial Park.

Susie Arner, president of Pool Pals of Palmerton Memorial Park, said the organizations are proud to be able to back the event.

Christmas in the Country event to benefit Blue Ridge Toy Drive

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas in the Country will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Route 209, Lehighton. Visit with Sanda, and drop off a new unwrapped toy or some non perishable food items for the Carbon-Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 Blue Ridge Toy and Food Dive. All proceeds directly help families and children in Carbon County. There will be refreshments available. Free cookies and punch.