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November 2011

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 Police from various area departments responded to Gnaden Huetten Hospital last night after a man went on a rampage and attacked staff members before commandeering a mail truck.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police from various area departments responded to Gnaden Huetten Hospital last night after a man went on a rampage and attacked staff members before commandeering a mail truck.

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.

Pocono arrests

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests made by officers.

About 6:05 a.m. on Nov. 24 officers were dispatched to Thunder Drive, in Pocono Summit, Tobyhanna Township, for a domestic incident.

Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim, not identified by police.

After an investigation police said Sergio Almeida, 38, of Pocono Summit, was arrested for simple assault and harassment.

Weissport lights the park

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Beltzville Lions Club assisted Weissport Borough by lighting up the gazebo and bell tower with Christmas lights. Standing at top of bell tower is Tom Zellner and holding the ladder is Bob Maholick. Also assisting were club members Tammy Solt and Linda Schoenberger and Arland Moyer, council member.

Pawn shop owners who bought stolen items get probation

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two pawn shop owners, who purchased items stolen from a drug ring that used the money to purchase illegal drugs for sale, were placed in a probation program Monday by Carbon County judges.

Golden dope

Waheeb Girgis, 56, and Donald H. Dorward Sr., 65, both of Lehighton, appeared in separate courtrooms to be sentenced. Girgis appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb and Dorward before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Both had previously entered plea bargains with the district attorney's office.

Children's Remembrance Day to be observed in Lehighton

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The first Carbon County candle lighting ceremony in 15 years in honor of Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day, the second Sunday in December, honors the memories of children who have died at any age and from any cause.

Since 1997, a Worldwide Candle Lighting, believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, has created a 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. local time.

On this date

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29, 1965

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has provided Lehigh University with a special marker noting the university's founding by the Hon. Asa Packer 100 years ago at Bethlehem. Lehigh is observing its centennial anniversary through June of 1966. The marker will be erected at a main entrance to the campus on Dec. 29 at a special ceremony. The date is that of the birth of Packer, whose historic Victorian era mansion is located on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe. He was born in 1805 in Mystic, Conn. and died in former Mauch Chunk in 1879.

Polio survivors may be at risk for post-polio syndrome

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Q. A friend of mine had polio when he was a kid and now the disease seems to be coming back in his old age. Have you heard of this?

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than 440,000 polio survivors in the United States may be at risk for post-polio syndrome PPS, a condition that strikes polio survivors decades after they've recovered from an attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Various researchers estimate that PPS affects from 40 to 80 percent of polio survivors.

Three sentenced to prison terms for DUI

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three Carbon County residents, who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) charges, were sentenced Monday to county prison terms by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Andrew Jason Tyahla Sr., 41, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in prison on charges of unauthorized use of a automobile and DUI.

Tyahla was arrested by Palmerton police on March 5 along Delaware Avenue.

Franklin Township supervisors tentatively adopt 2012 budget

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors recently tentatively adopted the 2012 budget. There will be no tax increases and no increase in garbage fees next year.

The budget lists a total of $3,993,318 in budgeted funds.

New Philadelphia holds 17th Christmas Festival

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Families enjoyed a carriage ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Families enjoyed a carriage ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the event.

On Sunday, New Philadelphia held its 17th annual Christmas Festival, which is organized every year by the New Philadelphia Community Organization.

The day-long free community event consisted of ice carving, craft show, caroling, manger scene, cookies, and even sleigh "carriage" rides with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Jessica Mary Claus.

Hundreds of riders waited in line to ride with Santa and Mrs Claus in a Leiby's carriage being pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.

Red flags

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who knew what ... and when, at PSU, Syracuse?

For the better part of half a century, there have been no greater bastions in college sports than Penn State football and Syracuse basketball.

Now, in the space of a month, the foundations of both campuses and college communities have been rocked by alleged sex scandals involving assistant coaches who helped build both programs into national powerhouses, each under the tutelage of their legendary Hall of Fame coaches Joe Paterno and Jim Boeheim.

Groceries for Walnutport's families in need

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary of the R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport would like to thank all those who made generous donations to their Thanksgiving food drive. Theycollected enough groceries andmonetary donations, while sittingoutside Rednor's and Pathmark,to supply eight local families in need with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner and more. Each family received a turkey and a ham. They distributed the groceries Tuesday, Nov.

Carbon court news

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mortgageforeclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., 1661 Worthington Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla., filed against Bill J. and Candace L. Seamon, 8 W. Front St., Jim Thorpe, over property at that address. Sought is $85,125.99 and continuing interest.

Midfirst Bank, 999 N.W. Grand Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla., filed against James A. and Kathleen S. Osborn, 24 Penn Spring Drive, Jim Thorpe, over property at that address. Sought is $200,720.02 and continuing interest.

Deer hunters get an early start

Monday, November 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hunters were out in force this morning taking advantage of "not so cold" weather. Pictured enjoying an early bird hunter's breakfast at the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport are Bill Spayd, Middleport, left, and Harold Angst, Schoetown.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hunters were out in force this morning taking advantage of "not so cold" weather. Pictured enjoying an early bird hunter's breakfast at the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport are Bill Spayd, Middleport, left, and Harold Angst, Schoetown.

Hunters were out in force this morning taking advantage of "not so cold" weather. Pictured enjoying an early bird hunter's breakfast at the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport are Bill Spayd, Middleport, left, and Harold Angst, Schoetown.

I-81 crash injures four

Monday, November 28, 2011
A Jeep Cherokee is pictured where it came to rest after leaving Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County Sunday and crashing down an embankment before coming to rest near railroad tracks between the north and southbound lanes of the interstate.
A Jeep Cherokee is pictured where it came to rest after leaving Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County Sunday and crashing down an embankment before coming to rest near railroad tracks between the north and southbound lanes of the interstate.

Four persons were injured Sunday afternoon when the sport utility vehicle they were in left Interstate 81 in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, and ended up on a railroad bed beneath the interstate.

Hit-and-run driver being sought

Monday, November 28, 2011

A hit-and-run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, along SR443 in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said Kaine P. Richway, 21, of Hegins, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram eastbound while a Chevrolet was westbound. As the vehicles passed, the side mirrors on both vehicles struck. The mirror on the Dodge collapsed rearward and shattered the driver's side window.

Top of the day

Monday, November 28, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Late Friday afternoon, Masters Roofing workers Francisco Hernandez, top, and Hermane Luna, both of Freeland, reinstall a restored gold spire atop the roof at the 1890s Fitzpatrick Victorian House, 242 W. Broad St., in the Tamaqua National Historic District. Not shown are others working from a position inside the dome. According to a document discovered in the tower, the ornate metalwork was handcrafted by E. R. Reeser, early Tamaqua tinsmith and owner of a steam heating operation, who installed the finial on October 29, 1902.

Hit-and-run driver sought in Monroe

Monday, November 28, 2011

State police at Lehighton are looking for a hit-and-run driver. Troopers said the incident occurred along SR209 in Polk Township, Monroe County, about 1:44 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

Troopers said Laura G. Demaio, 28, of Coaldale, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Venture northbound when her vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. After impact Demaio pulled off the road but the other driver fled the scene. The hit-and-run vehicle was a Toyota Camry, troopers said.