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December 2011

Tamaqua playground damaged by vandals

Monday, December 26, 2011
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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.

Schuylkill CountyCourt news

Monday, December 26, 2011

The following actions were taken recently in Schuylkill County:

Claim defaults

Danielsville woman facing DUI charge

Monday, December 26, 2011

Megan Focht, 23, of Danielsville, is facing drunk driving charges after a one-vehicle crash at 3 a.m. Dec. 24 along the Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said she was driving a motor vehicle that veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole headon.

She was transported to the Palmerton Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police said the woman showed signs of impairment and was arrested for DUI. She submitted to a blood test at the hospital to determine her blood-alcohol level.

Tamaqua woman among 8 people entering guilty pleas

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Tamaqua woman was one of eight people who entered guilt pleas in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Car flips on roof, Tamaqua driver hurt

Monday, December 26, 2011

One person sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 10:32 a.m. Dec. 24 on Route 895 in East Penn Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said Gary L. Kryzmalski, 30, of Tamaqua, was hurt after a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving crashed and landed on its roof.

Rigs crash on I-81 in Ryan Township

Monday, December 26, 2011

A tractor trailer crash at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 21 on Interstate 81 in Ryan Township resulted in minor injury to the driver.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Miguel Cotto of Lebanon was operating the rig north on the interstate when he became distracted and drove off the west side of the road. The tractor trailer went down a slight grass embankment into the median between the north and south lanes, and traveled about 150 feet into a wooded area where it struck several trees.

Police said the rig was moderately damaged and was removed after daybreak.

Derek Marouchoc recognized as Nesquehoning Fireman of the Year

Monday, December 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc, center, receives the Nesquehoning Fire Company's Fireman of the Year award from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, left; and Nesquehoning Hose Company President Matthew Evans.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc, center, receives the Nesquehoning Fire Company's Fireman of the Year award from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, left; and Nesquehoning Hose Company President Matthew Evans.

Derek Marouchoc, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Nesquehoning Hose Company, was recently named Fireman of the Year.

The annual award recognizes members who go above and beyond what is routinely expected.

Marouchoc has been a member of the company since the age of 14, and has recently completed his Firefighter 1 certification.

Marouchoc is known as the go-to person at the station. Whenever there is a need, members know that they can turn to him to get the job accomplished.

Water Authority's audit completed

Monday, December 26, 2011

John M. Nonnemacher, a certified public accountant for Snyder and Clemente in Hazleton, presented the Nesquehoning Water Authority's audit findings for 2010 and 2011, at a special meeting last Thursday.

The authority received an unqualified opinion, which means that the "financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America."

Man threatens state trooper

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gregory S. Zahradnick, 44, of Doylestown, Ohio, will be charged by state police at the Lehighton barracks with harassment as a result of an incident at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 24 in Towamensing Township.

Police said the man threatened Trooper Christopher Bonin as he was conducting an investigation into the accused.

The incident happened at the state police barracks located at 5730 Interchange Road.

Teen drivers

Monday, December 26, 2011

New law has some teeth

By tomorrow, Pennsylvania's new laws will be in place to better protect teens younger than 18 who have a driver's permit or junior license.

The law affects current permit-holders younger than 18 who have not yet passed the driving skills test before Dec. 27 will have to meet the requirements of the new law.

In summary, the new law increases behind-the-wheel training requirements, places a limit on the number of passengers a young driver can transport and makes not wearing a seat belt a primary offense for young drivers.

Glen Campbell, Nitty Gritty Band to perform in 2012 at Penn's Peak

Monday, December 26, 2011
Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell

Visit by Campbell on April 19 is a stop on his 'Goodbye Tour'

Tickets went on sale this past weekend for two big concert events in 2012 at Penn's Peak:

Ÿ Glen Campbell will be at the venue on Thursday, April 19, with his "Goodbye Tour." Tickets are $45 and $40.

Ÿ The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays for the first time at Penn's Peak on Saturday, June 2. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 the day of the concert.

In August, Campbell released his "final" studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas." The album was named one of the top 10 best new LPs of 2011 by the New York Daily News in its Sunday edition.

Live Wire to stage New Year's Eve concert at Penn's Peak

Monday, December 26, 2011
The Fabulous Greaseband
The Fabulous Greaseband will be performing Friday night at Penn's Peak, playing selections from the 50s through the 90s.

The Fabulous Greaseband brings oldies music on Friday night

The year 2011 is just about over, but there are still two nights of concerts left at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday night, The Fabulous Greaseband is back with a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 on the day of the concert.

On New Year's Eve, it's going to be a rockin' time with Live Wire performing. Live Wire is considered "the world's greatest AC/DC tribute." The party begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the door. This is an "all ages" event.

Yost motivated by disappointment

Monday, December 26, 2011
Yost motivated by disappointment
Copyright 2011

Haley Yost didn't mind how she finished at the Colonial League meet last year, but it was the way she finished at the District 11 Class AAA meet that struck a nerve.

Yost followed a fifth-place finish in her first-ever league meet with a 17th place finish at districts, just one spot away from qualifying for the PIAA State championship meet.

Yost used that disappointment as a motivational tool for this season.

Two face assault charges in Slatington

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two individuals were charged with assault by Slatington borough police.

Shane Ehrich, 18, of 135 First Avenue, Walnutport, faces two counts of simple assault by mutual combat and two counts of harassment by physical contact.

David John Getz, 47, of 4036 Best Station Rd., Slatington, was charged with simple assault, conspiracy, and harassment by physical contact.

Both were arrested at 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Sal's Pizzeria, 116 Main Street, Slatington, police said.

Philippine-American Christmas shows diversity between cultures

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pastor Gaitan Gideon, laughs as he tries to "dance the sticks."
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pastor Gaitan Gideon, laughs as he tries to "dance the sticks."

A Philippine-American Ethic Christmas Celebration was held recently at the Tamaqua Community Center to celebrate and display the diversity between Christmas cultures.

The celebration, which was offered to the public with any donation, involved a wide array of both Philippine and American music, contests, dancing, singing and ethnic foods. One of the highlights was a bambo stick dance via Filipino Christmas Performers.

Guest were also encouraged to bring in, share and explain their special foods. The children were also cheered by a visit from Santa Claus.

Lions seat 2012 officers

Friday, December 23, 2011
Lions seat 2012 officers
Copyright 2011

The 2012 officers of the Summit Hill Lions Club were elected and installed recently. Dr. Kenneth Vermillion will remain in the capacity of president. Other officers are, from left, Thomas Ponting, second vice president, Kathy Crampsie, secretary, Judy Midas, first vice president, and Joe O'Gurek, treasurer. Also joining them in club leadership are Janel Tirpak, Tail Twister, Bill Chapman, Lion Tamer, and the Rev. James Burdess, chaplain.

Driver flees scene of Schuylkill crash

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said a driver fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash that happened at midnight Dec. 23 at the intersection of routes 183 and 901 in Cressona Borough.

Police said the runaway driver was operating a 2002 Jeep Liberty that collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer in the intersection. The Blazer was driven by Cynthia R. Yoder, 51, of Pine Grove, who was injured in the crash.

After striking the Blazer, the Liberty proceeded east on Pottsville Street. Police said it sustained damages to its left front and rear.

Man is facing DUI charge in Lehigh

Friday, December 23, 2011

Steven D. Beshore, 48, of Dover, Pa., has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police said the incident happened at about 11:15 a.m. Dec. 20 along Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township.

Police said Beshore was found sleeping inside his running vehicle.

Carbon County Court news

Friday, December 23, 2011

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by a credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on a credit card/loan account:

Midland Funding, LLC, San Diego, Calif., filed against Martes Mayra, HV 3 Box 3492, Albrightsville, seeking $19,683.09.

Capital One, U.S.A., N.A., Glen Allen, Va., filed against Michele T. Searfoss, 410 Pocono Road, Albrightsville, seeking $5,571.58.

Dept. of Justice lien

Copper thieves target vacant home in West Penn Township

Friday, December 23, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news
Larry Neff/Special to the times news Burglars reportedly entered this vacant home located at the intersection of Mush Dahl Road and SR309 in West Penn Township this week, stealing all of the copper pipes including the baseboard heaters. The home owned by Jay Bluebaker.

West Penn Township police are investigating a home break-in and a copper theft at the intersection of SR309 and Mush Dahl road.

Sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday night, burglars stole all of the copper piping, including the baseboard heaters, off the walls from the home owned by Jay Bluebaker The burglars reportedly failed to gain access to a home just to the south.

Community organizations receive donations from Lansford Legion

Friday, December 23, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Several area organizations were the recipients of donations from the Lansford American Legion Post 123, Lansford American Legion Auxiliary and the Lansford Sons of the American Legion on Saturday following the annual children's Christmas party held at the post. Checks were presented to the Lansford Police Department, fire company and ambulance; Panther Valley Public Library; Lansford Alive; Lansford Improvement Committee; and the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots Campaign.Post Commander Jack Anderson presents a check to Lansford Fire Department members from left Nate Krajcirik and David Aungst while Morgan Rosohac looks on.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Several area organizations were the recipients of donations from the Lansford American Legion Post 123, Lansford American Legion Auxiliary and the Lansford Sons of the American Legion on Saturday following the annual children's Christmas party held at the post. Checks were presented to the Lansford Police Department, fire company and ambulance; Panther Valley Public Library; Lansford Alive; Lansford Improvement Committee; and the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots Campaign.Post Commander Jack Anderson presents a check to Lansford Fire Department members from left Nate Krajcirik and David Aungst while Morgan Rosohac looks on.

Attains dean's list at Duquesne Univ.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Mele
Mele

Taylor Elizabeth Mele attained the dean's list in her first semester at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, with a GPA of 3.67.

Taylor is a 2011 graduate of Marian Catholic High School. She is currently enrolled in Duquesne's School of Education with a dual major of math and secondary education.

Taylor is the daughter of Angelo and Lori Mele of Lehighton and granddaughter of Angelo and Liz Mele of Nesquehoning.

Schuylkill County Court news

Friday, December 23, 2011

Divorces granted

Beth A. Williams, 1302 Germans Road, Lehighton, was granted a divorce from Thomas L. Williams, III, no address. They were married February 10, 2001.

Sabrina M. Ziolko, Gordon, was granted a divorce from Brandon Ziolko, Ashland. They were married September 6, 2008.

Karl V. Petritsch, Pine Grove, was granted a divorce from Susan L. Petritsch, Mahanoy City. They were married November 9, 1974,

Kelly Ann Edwards, Pottsville, was granted a divorce form Christopher Colby Edwards, Conyers, Georgia. They were married August 7, 2010.

Girardville woman facing charges

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bernadette Leo Fidler, 46, of Girardville, has been arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks on charges of retail theft.

Police said the incdient hapepned between 10:07 and 10:10 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Sears department store in the Schuylkill Mall, new Castle Township.

Police said the store's loss prevention depeartment observed the woman attempting to shoplift from the store.