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November 2011

Eight area residents among 18 to enter guilty pleas

Monday, November 28, 2011

Eight area residents were among 18 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Leonard A. Ruggiero, 54,of 101 First St., Coaldale, on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance was sentenced to serve nine to 23 months in the county prison beginning Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9:30 a.m.

Mahoning to purchase new police car

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors unanimously ratified their bid to purchase a 2011 Crown Victoria police car from Milham Ford at their recent meeting at a cost of $33,379 over the term of a four year lease which is to be paid over four equal payments.

"The vehicle itself costs $24,776 from Milham Ford and we are getting it outfitted at Kovatch's at a cost of $8,603," said Township Chairman John Wieczorek. "The equipment portion for the bill will be paid over two years."

Three sought in theft incident

Monday, November 28, 2011

Three persons are being sought in a retail theft incident at a Schuylkill County mall.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred inside the Sears store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township. About 11:35 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, Loss Prevention officers were monitoring video surveillance and observed two black females and a black male in the men's department, working as a team, removing various items of clothing from shelves and displays and placing the items into a large shopping bag.

Mahoning to pursue action against zoning violator

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors are preparing an action for zoning violations upon a report at a recent meeting by township resident Brian Mertz who complained about a problem with a neighbor who happens to be a cousin who allegedly moved a camper onto the property illegally and was beginning to excavate to construct a road to the property.

Textile Waste Company burns

Monday, November 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from throughout Schuylkill and Berks counties battled a stubborn commercial structure fire at the Cressona Textile Waste Company in Cressona on Saturday. The fire was first discovered at 6:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were shooting through the one-story masonry structure, which is located at the intersection of Front and Chestnut streets. State police Fire Marshal Michael Yeity said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. He estimated damages at $100,000 to $150,000.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

Police said about 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 24 they received a report of an accident along Kuhenbeaker Road, in Tunkhannock Township. Upon arrival officers found a vehicle in the ditch with the driver, identified as Patrick Denig, 32, of Tobyhanna, still inside.

Denig was found asleep behind the wheel and intoxicated. He was taken into custody, failed field sobriety tests, and transported to the Pocono Medical Center (PMC), East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

Coaldale couple wed 60 years

Monday, November 28, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Boyle
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Boyle

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Boyle of Coaldale recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 17, 1951 in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church by the late Monsignor Nicholas Terna.

Mrs. Boyle is the former Julia Hutta, daughter of the late Paul and Mary Hutta. Mr. Boyle is the son of the late Donald and Grace Boyle. They are the parents of four children: Joseph of Bethlehem, Thomas of Tamaqua, Susan Lopata of Nesquehoning, and MaryKay Horvath of Summit Hill. They also have 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI) and fleeing the scene of an accident.

State police at Frackville identified the suspect as Kristopher See, 20, of New Philadelphia.

According to troopers about 4 a.m. See was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck along Pine St., in Blythe Township, northbound when he struck the rear of a Ford F150 pickup truck that was parked along the east side of the road.

Slatington woman cited by police

Monday, November 28, 2011

Slatington police have cited Nicole Arnold, 23, of 1305 Pin Oak Lane, Slatington, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Pollice said she was arrested after a disturbance that happened at 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at 578 Main St.

Thanksgiving baskets for Nesquehoning

Monday, November 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McDonald's Restaurant in Nesquehoning donated two food baskets to the needy in Nesquehoning for Thanksgiving. Seen are Bertha Shreffler from Meed's United Methodist Church receiving the baskets and Dorothy Gula, shift manager and Todd Sheckler, manager ot the McDonald's. Managers collected the food for the donated baskets.

Pet Food Food Pantry helps pet owners keep their pets at home

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly; Dr. Mary Lombardo and Maryann Dyer, members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, are collecting pet food for the pet food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, 2967 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, or call Zimmerman at (570) 427-4343.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly; Dr. Mary Lombardo and Maryann Dyer, members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, are collecting pet food for the pet food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, 2967 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, or call Zimmerman at (570) 427-4343.

For some people having a pet is more than their budget can handle. With the rising cost of food, budgeting for pet food has forced some people to give up their pets.

A volunteer group is trying to reverse that trend.

Jean Zimmerman, a volunteer for the Pet Food Food Pantry, said that she is concerned that people will not be able to afford keeping their pets.

"I know that I've seen people cry when they received food for their pets," said Zimmerman.

Fire destroys landmark restaurant in Schuylkill

Monday, November 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Schuylkill County landmark was destroyed by a raging fire late Saturday night along SR61 between Pottsville and Cressona. The fire was first reported at 11 p.m. as passing motorists who saw heavy black smoke coming out of the roof of the former Dusselfink Restaurant now known as The Buffet House. Most fire units in the immediate area were still fighting the structure fire at the Cressona Textile Waste plant when the alarm sounded. Fire officials at the scene believe the fire had its start in the basement and worked its way up through the interior walls.

Schuylkill Court news

Monday, November 28, 2011

Divorces granted

Sharon Haughton Grady, Pottsville, was granted a divorce from John Grady, Pottsville. They were married Feb. 14, 1996.

Kimberly A. Colnnors, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Kevin A. Connors, Orwigsburg. They were married May 29, 2004.

Lynn A. Romberger was granted a divorce from Scott Romberger, both of Schuylkill Haven. They were married Dec. 5, 2001.

Grace L. Stock, Gordon, was granted a divorce from Gerald Stock, Richfield. They were married May 6, 1985.

Sentenced

Ss. Peter and Paul School wins another computer

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ss. Peter and Paul School collected the most shoes per student for the Walk in Our Shoes program through Blue Ridge Communication TV-13. The students and Maria Stianche of 1 Love Foundation were recognized by Retired Colonel George Duell Jr., liaison with the military, and Bill Campbell of the Pennsylvania Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). From left are, front row, Angelina Degler and Linda Vella, teachers at Ss. Peter and Paul School; and Sherry Sernak, principal; and back row, Maria Stianche, Kim Bell, station manager; George Duell, Bill Campbell; Jill Kuntzman, administrative assistant; and Marie Johns of Eyewatch News TV-13.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ss. Peter and Paul School collected the most shoes per student for the Walk in Our Shoes program through Blue Ridge Communication TV-13. The students and Maria Stianche of 1 Love Foundation were recognized by Retired Colonel George Duell Jr., liaison with the military, and Bill Campbell of the Pennsylvania Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). From left are, front row, Angelina Degler and Linda Vella, teachers at Ss. Peter and Paul School; and Sherry Sernak, principal; and back row, Maria Stianche, Kim Bell, station manager; George Duell, Bill Campbell; Jill Kuntzman, administrative assistant; and Marie Johns of Eyewatch News TV-13.

Accepting another Dell computer is a habit that the children of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School have acquired ever since a shoe collection contest began.

Marie Johns of TV 13 started the Walk in Our Shoes program five years ago. Four years ago, PenTeleData began offering a computer to the school that collects the most shoes per student. Ss. Peter and Paul School has received the computer every time.

Local business provide prizes to students

Monday, November 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Local businesses provided prizes to two local students. The male winner was Logan Rutch, from Marian Catholic High School, who won prizes from Charles X. Block, Just Hair, Guy's Flowers & More, Flexers Photography and Turkey Hill. The female winner was Erin Paton from Panther Valley High School, who won prizes from Juliette Bridal's, Petals & Greens, Steph's Styling Studio, Flexer Photography and Wal-Mart's Nails & Spa Center. Pictured are Erin Paton, Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography and Logan Rutch.

Student of The Month

Monday, November 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Steven Jaramillo, second from left, receives a certificate from Penn-Kidder Lions Club president Manuel DaCosta, center after being honored as the November Student of the Month of the Penn/Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. Jaramillo was joined by his family, from left, father Gustave, mother Sabrina, and sister Mariana at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony.

Two events at Penn's Peak this weekend

Monday, November 28, 2011
Vanilla Fudge will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be the Craig Thatcher Band.
Vanilla Fudge will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be the Craig Thatcher Band.

Vanilla Fudge performs Friday; it's disco fun on Saturday night

Two special events are scheduled this coming weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday night, Vanilla Fudge, one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create "psychedelic symphonic rock," will be in concert as part of it's "Farewell Tour."

The concert starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $22 in advance and $27 at the door.

Opening for Vanilla Fudge will be the Craig Thatcher Band.

On Saturday night, it's Elektrik Company's Boogie to the Disco Show - The Ultimate Disco Tribute.

Two Tamaqua men given prison terms

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two Tamaqua men entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court received jail sentences from Judge Charles M. Mller.

James William Kunkel, 29, of Ryan Avenue, on three counts of selling a controlled substance from his home, was sentenced to serve three to six years in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 224 days in the county prison.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, November 28, 2011

November 28, 1981 Mark Coury carries 19 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns to help Marian gain a 31-26 victory over Wilkes-Barre Meyers in an Eastern Conference Class B semifinal game. Coury opens the scoring with a 28-yard run and also reaches the end zone from 62 yards out. Quarterback Mike Kmetz aids the victory by completing 10-of-17 passes for 187 yards and two scores. Kmetz throws a 15-yard scoring strike to Steve Agosti and also hits Angelo Martin with a 29-yard TD toss.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, November 28, 2011

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Linda K. Piotrowski to David Whitehorn, 632 Mill St., Bowmanstown, property at 632 Mill St., $169,600.

East Penn Township

J & R Slaw, Inc., to Stoney Ridge Development Corporation, 438 Riverview Road, Lehighton, property at 438 Riverview Road, $1.

Franklin Township

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

Sophie Soltys to Sophie Soltys, Garfield, N.J., Lot 525, Kriss Pines Estates, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Palmerton's veterans monument on course

Monday, November 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization gather upon the receipt of a $1,000 donation courtesy of George's Plumbing & Heating of Palmerton toward the veterans monument that will be erected in the borough next year.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization gather upon the receipt of a $1,000 donation courtesy of George's Plumbing & Heating of Palmerton toward the veterans monument that will be erected in the borough next year.

Three-quarters of the funds needed for the 'Some Gave All' sculpture have been raised

About three-quarters of the funds needed to erect a veterans monument in Palmerton have been secured.

George's Plumbing & Heating of Palmerton recently donated $1,000 to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization.

"It just shows that it's real; that it's going to happen," said Ed Moyer, commander of American Legion Post 269 in Palmerton said. "It's making the veterans monument possible."

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.

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.

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.

Kilgore-Strohl

Monday, November 28, 2011
Kallie Kilgore and Allen Strohl
Kallie Kilgore and Allen Strohl

The engagement of Kallie Kilgore of Hellertown to Allen Strohl of Lehighton has been announced by the couple, together with their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Barb Heschl of Hellertown, and Martin Kilgore of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2004 graduate of Saucon Valley High School She attended Lehigh Carbon Community College. She is currently employed full time.

Body found in Lehigh River is identified

Monday, November 28, 2011

A woman found dead in the Lehigh River near Weatherly on Friday morning has been identified.

According to police, she is Joann Hagen, 63, of White Haven.

The cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy is scheduled.

She reportedly was found by kayakers at about 11:25 a.m. Friday near Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail, just east of Rockport in Lehigh Township.

Trooper Christopher Hill of the Hazleton barracks of the state police, the investigator in the incident, said the woman was wearing a wedding band and a diamond ring on her left hand.

Free parking in Lehighton

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shoppers in downtown Lehighton won't have to put money in the parking meters this month.

Lehighton Borough Council said parking will be free in the downtown for the month of December.

Mailbox smashed in North Manheim

Monday, November 28, 2011

A criminal mischief incident in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, is being investigated by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

The victim is Arthur H. Heffner, 36, of 215 E. Second Mountain Road in the township.

He told police that between 4-6 p.m. Nov. 24, someone used a blunt object to smash his mailbox before fleeing the scene undetected.