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December 2011

Cash is stolen from Schuylkill site

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating the theft of $2,000 in cash from a site in Pine Grove Township.

The victim is Thomas I. Wolfe of Pine Grove.

He told police someone arrived at his home between Dec. 1-21 and entered the garage, removing the cash that was hidden in a drawer in the garage.

Schuylkill County Court news

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Zoning permits

The Schuylkill County Zoning Office issued only 25 zoning permits and the estimated cost of proposed construction is $314,647, the lowest in the office's history. LIfting permits were:

Actions taken in Carbon County

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The following transactions were taken our recently at the Carbon County courthouse:

Mortgage foreclosures

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

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Fort Mill, S.C., filed against Ralph Alban and Angela Munjone, 25 David Circle, Lehighton, over a property at that address. Sought is $213,612.48, plus continuing interest, costs and fees.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 1991 Panther Valley, coached by Tony Antinozzi, rallies in the second half to down Blue Mountain, 58-51, in the Tamaqua Raider Holiday Classic. John Terray collects two baskets during a 13-0 run to turn a six-point PV deficit into a lead. J.C. Dietz tallies 18 points to lead Panther players in double figures. Jimmer Kane adds 12 points and six steals while Terray and Cazzie Kosciolek both end with 10 points.

Sherkness is still 'Queen of Court'

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sherkness is still 'Queen of Court'
Copyright 2011

For Marykate Sherkness, her supporting cast couldn't have been any different.

Yet, the end result proved to be exactly the same.

For the second straight season, Sherkness continued her reign as "Queen of the Court," as the Marian junior has once again been recognized as the 2011 TIMES NEWS Volleyball Player of the Year.

As a sophomore, Sherkness captured Player of the Year honors as a role player among an experienced roster consisting of six senior starters.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

David J. Hauser to David B. Mack, 530 W. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 530 W. Sunset Road, $2,000.

David B. Mack to David B. Mack, 530 W. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 530 W. Sunset Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Thomas L.G. Mase to Neil Bogin, 225-227 High St., Jim Thorpe, property at 227 High St., $172,000.

Kidder Township

Split Rock Country Club, Inc., to Gary F. Fucaloro, Bethpage, N.Y., Lot H-10, Split Rock, Section H, $65,000.

Identity thieves

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hackers not taking a Christmas vacation

Headline: Iowa Caucus Polling System Threatened By Hackers - Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month's presidential nominating caucuses.

Carbon property transfers recorded

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The following transactions were recently recorded in Carbon County:

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Miroslaw Mazur to Yvonne Kapes, 31 E. Oak St., Tresckow, property at 55 Maple St., $1.

East Penn Township

Mary C. Pry to Robert L. Nansteel Sr., Collegeville, Pa., Mary C. Pry Subdivision, Lot 4, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Vantium REO Capital Markets, L.P., to Jessica L. Strubinger, 500 N. Third St., Lehighton, property at 504 Pine St., $82,800.

On this date

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 1956

A legal battle has developed over money and property left by the late Tommy Dorsey. The entire estate has been estimated at three-quarters of a million dollars. He left no will. His wife, Jane, who was seeking to divorce Tommy at the time of his death, has asked to be appointed administratix of the estate. Tommy was married twice previously. He had two children from a previous marriage. The two children have entered objections at Probate Court in Greenwich, Conn. to the petition filed by Dorsey's third wife.

Nine defendants ordered to serve prison terms

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nine defendants lost their freedom when Senior Judge D. Michael Stine and Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin revoked their probations and paroles after hearings in the Schuylkill County Court and remanded them to serve prison sentences.

Judge Stine ruled on the following:

Window screens cut at Weissport business

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 10 a.m. Dec.22 in Weissport.

Police said someone went to the Educare business, 413 Bridge St., and cut window screens on windows on two of the firm's buildings, leaving the scene undetected.

Lady 'Dawgs to defend tourney title

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Rachel Harris looks for a teammate as Lehighton's Maria Magyar applies some pressure.

The Northern Lehigh girls basketball team has enjoyed immense success in recent years at the annual Lady Indians Holiday Classic.

In fact, it has been able to capture the Classic the last three seasons, with center Aimee Oertner winning the tournament MVP in each of those years.

Oertner and the Lady 'Dawgs once again showed no signs of giving up their spot as Classic champs, routing Lehighton 50-9 in the opening round of tournament play on Monday night.

Northern Lehigh attacked Lehighton right from the tip, using Oertner to dismantle the Lady Indian defense inside.

Parker Green's 'best Christmas'

Monday, December 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carissa Sevin, left, was brought to tears by Parker Green's reaction after receiving his new bike. Alyssa Wentz is at right.

Fellow students showed up in a big way to make his holiday memorable

Christmas day was certainly made more memorable for 14-year-old Parker Green of Lehighton, thanks to a large group of his fellow friends and classmates.

Parker, a freshman at Lehighton Area High School, had the surprise of his life when 65 of his friends gathered around him last Thursday to present him with some valued gifts.

The effort to make Christmas brighter for Parker, who attends some special classes, was the brainchild of Carissa Sevin and Alyssa Wentz.

"He is so nice and so friendly all the time that we wanted to do this for him," said Sevin.

SS. Peter & Paul students complete D.A.R.E. program

Monday, December 26, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS D.A.R.E. report winners Mary Grace Wilhelm, front left; and Caleb Kovach, front right; stand with special guests and school officials during SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School's D.A.R.E. graduation, held Wednesday in the school. Twenty-five fifth and sixth graders received certificates for completing the nine-week program.

25 students say 'no' to drugs and peer pressure

Twenty five students from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton pledged to remain drug and violence free recently.

During the D.A.R.E. graduation on Dec. 21, 11 fifth and 14 sixth grade students listened as their D.A.R.E. instructor, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, as well as Assistant District Attorney and Carbon County Judge-elect Joseph Matika, Lehighton Officer in Charge Joseph Lawrence, and SS. Peter and Paul principal Sherry Sernak and teacher Jennifer Lorenz, congratulated them on a job well done.

A necessary part of the health-and-fitness equation

Monday, December 26, 2011

A half-truth can do just as much damage as a blatant lie. Especially when it comes to your health and fitness.

That's why last week's article stressed the importance of critically reading health-and-fitness related information while being on guard for what I call "misinformation," information that's not really false, but is to some degree deceptive.

Carbon property transfers

Monday, December 26, 2011

Recent Carbon County deed recordings included the following:

Banks Township

Anna J. Bodnar to Anna M. Carr, 9 E. Oak St., Tresckow, two transactions, properties at 9 E. Oak St., $1 each.

East Penn Township

Chris C. Wehr to Judy L. Mantz, 240 Windy Lane, Andreas, 4.316 acres along High Point Road, Andreas, $39,000.

HSBC Bank, U.S.A., N.A., to Dean A. Berger Jr., 12 Kittatinny St., Lehighton, property at 12 Kittatinny Road, $99,900.

Franklin Township

Sophia Soltys to Sophie Soltys, Garfield, N.J., Kriss Pines Estates Lot A0524, $1.

Woman escapes injuries in Monroe

Monday, December 26, 2011

Adriana Kulik, 40, of Saylorsburg, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash Dec. 21 at 1 a.m. on State Route 715 in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said she was driving a 2006 Dodge Caravan southbound when it went out of control on a curve, exited the southbound lane of travel and struck a sharp turn arrow sign and two pine trees.

Police said she will be cited for driving on roadways laned for travel.

Tamaqua native Bill Arner Jr. receives special aviation award

Monday, December 26, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS
Special to the TIMES NEWS William S. Arner Jr., 75, right, a native of Tamaqua, is presented with The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by Eugene McCoy, manager of the FAA flight standards district office.

His sons, both pilots, were present at Allentown ceremony

A Tamaqua native recently received the coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, one of aviation's most prestigious honors.

William S. Arner Jr., 75, of Allentown, was presented with the award during a ceremony held at the Copperhead Grill in Allentown.

Arner, who soloed in March 1959 as a Naval Cadet, retired from the Navy in 1978 as a commander.

Since 1978, he has been employed in civilian aviation and is still employed full-time as a corporate pilot.

Suessville Christmas at West Penn Elementary School

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 5th graders Morgan Lusch, 10, left, Angeline Castagna, 11, center, and Emily Amershek, 10, wear holiday caps as they race against other groups to be the first to wrap a gift box.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 5th graders Morgan Lusch, 10, left, Angeline Castagna, 11, center, and Emily Amershek, 10, wear holiday caps as they race against other groups to be the first to wrap a gift box.

Along with their whipped cream and hot chocolate, West Penn Elementary School students enjoyed a fun-filled day of games and activities during the school's Suessville Holiday Program last Friday.

Some activities consisted of dancing in the library, art projects, Christmas card mailing races, gift wrapping/unwrapping contests, tree decorating contests and much more.

PTO members also helped teachers with the program.

Judicial, county officials to be sworn in on Thursday

Monday, December 26, 2011

Seventeen judicial and county officers elected in last November's general election, will take their oath of office on Thursday, 10 a.m. in the Ceremonial Court Room Number One at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.

Court Administrator Lois Wallauer said this will be the largest group to be sworn. President Judge William E. Baldwin will administer the oath.

Late season hunting opens today

Monday, December 26, 2011

For everyone who enjoys the song of the beagles and the chatter of squirrels, there is something special about the late season for hunting small game.

Perhaps it's the chance of hunting in a blanket of fresh snow, or the opportunity to hunt with family members and friends that makes the second season so appealing. Regardless of the reason, the season arrives Monday for – in addition to rabbit and squirrel snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse and – in specific wildlife management units – pheasant.

Delano man arrested on child porn charges

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks report the arrest of Timothy Russell Steward Jr., 38, of Delano, on child pornography charges relating to incidents that happened eight years ago.

Police said he was arraigned on Dec. 23 and committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Steward is charged with sexual abuse of children, pornography, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor (three counts); obscene and other sexual material and performances; and corruption of minors.

Parks, Forests offer a variety pursuits

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pennsylvania's forest and park system offers a wide range of ways for visitors to enjoy spending time outdoors during the winter, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. To view scheduled activities around the state, visit on the Web at www.getoutdoorspa.state.pa.us.

Tamaqua playground damaged by vandals

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel shows the inflatable Santa Claus decoration slashed by vandals Friday night.

South Ward hit just before Christmas, Crime Watch offering a $250 reward

Vandals caused over $500 worth of damage to Christmas decorations and a metal fence at the South Ward Playground Friday night in Tamaqua.

A neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous called 911 after seeing three male teens use a knife to slash the park's inflatable Christmas decorations, cut Christmas lights and knock the park's Christmas tree over at about 10 p.m.

He said the vandals ran off after he yelled to them that he called the police. The neighbor also stated one of the teens allegedly pulled a knife on him when he approached.

Christmas celebration held at Tamaqua YMCA

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Cara, YMCA board member and Air Products employee, make "LIN" ice cream via liquid nitrogen. Air Products has been a long time company in Rush Township. Pictured from left are Cara, Merissa Smith, 10, Ryan Smith, 10, Debi Dodson, and Teegen Phillips, 3.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Cara, YMCA board member and Air Products employee, make "LIN" ice cream via liquid nitrogen. Air Products has been a long time company in Rush Township. Pictured from left are Cara, Merissa Smith, 10, Ryan Smith, 10, Debi Dodson, and Teegen Phillips, 3.

Hundreds of children and their family members took part in the annual Tamaqua YMCA Community Christmas Celebration held Friday night at the Y.

The free event, organized by board members and staff of the Tamaqua YMCA, consisted of holiday activities, music, food and games.

Volunteers, Jeffrey Walker, Kyra Dale, Christine Boyle, Heather Souders, were recognized for their efforts.

15-year-old boy facing charges

Monday, December 26, 2011

A 15-year-old Jim Thorpe boy is facing harassment charges after he assaulted two persons on Dec. 23 at 3:15 p.m. along State Rt. 903 in Penn Forest Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the victims are Scott Reese, 29, of Lansford, and Patrick Rodgers, 39, of Jim Thorpe.

Police said the 15-year-old struck Reese in the head area several times with a closed fist and then attempted to choke Rodgers.

Both victims were treated for minor injuries.

Clean bill of health for eateries

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lansford's eateries have been give a clean bill of health.

A Nov. 27 letter to borough officials from Health Inspector Duane Dellecker said he had done 21 inspections and one re-inspection and found no problems.

The letter was made public at council's Dec. 14 public meeting.

The re-inspection was of a school and required by state law.

No one is injured in Lehigh mishap

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said no one was injured in a mishap at 5:48 a.m. Dec. 19 on Route 22 in Upper Macungie Township.

Police said Julio Perez-Mota, 45, of Allentown, was driving a 1992 Toyota Camry that sustained a flat tire/blowout while traveling westbound. After he brought the vehicle to a stop, it was struck in the rear by another westbound vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire operated by Michael A. Gold, 24, of Albrightsville.

police said both vehicles sustained disabling damages.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 1984 Brett Jones sinks two free throws with five seconds left to play to help seal Northern Lehigh's 64-63 win over Parkland in the opening round of the Slatington Rotary Tournament. The Bulldogs, coached by Glenn Rissmiller, lead by one when Jones is sent to the line. After Jones converts both free throws, the Trojans score a meaningless bucket at the buzzer. Jones finishes with a team-high 22 points while Jeff Jones tallies 18. Randy Howell also chips in with 10.

Man is arrested at hearing location

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks said they arrested Richard Hartranft, 46, no address given, after the man reported for a hearing at the magisterial district office in Jim Thorpe while he was under the influence of alcohol.

The incident happened at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the office of District Justice Edward Lewis, Center Avenue, Jim Thorpe.

Police said Hartranft was arrested for a summary charge of public drunkenness.

Car batteries are stolen from store

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of between 30 and 40 car batteries from the Wal-Mart Store in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said the incident was reported at 5:43 a.m. Dec. 20 after someone broke into an enclosed area behind the store and took the batteries.