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December 2011

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
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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
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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.

VFW Post 7215 holds children's Christmas party

Friday, December 23, 2011
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elsa kerschner/times news Santa had a lapful of kids when the Amorims, Sydney, Sophia and Evan, talked to him.

The Ladies' Auxiliary to the R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, held a Christmas party for 26 children ages 0-10 of Post members.

Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi and Mick Minnich did the shopping and then Santa Claus came to Bandzi's house and helped with the wrapping.

Funds were provided by the Auxiliary, the board of the VFW and two members of the Post.

The King and Queen until July are Skylar Green and Faith Ohl.

They will help with the poppy sale and participate in parades.

Bringing Christmas to nursing home

Friday, December 23, 2011

The TNT Studio of Dance, Lehighton recently performed its annual Christmas show for the residents of the Lehighton Nursing Home.

The show was a hit with the residents.

280 families receive food and toys in Tamaqua

Friday, December 23, 2011
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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Salvation Army Volunteer Mel Latham, Lansford, looks for a family's Angel Tree donation during yesterday's distribution.

Christmas has been made much brighter for a number of deserving families, thanks to the benovelence of others.

"If it wasn't for this, we wouldn't have a Christmas," said Jackie Richardson, mother of two from Tamaqua, as she picked up toys and food during the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Christmas Angel Tree/food and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Toys For Tots distribution held yesterday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Vandalism reported in Rush Township

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Mahanoy City man is facing charges related to a vandalism incident at Transwestern Polymers in Hometown.

Rush Township Police were called to the business on Dec. 14 after it was discovered that someone had spray painted some of the equipment. The vandal was identified as Dennis Bachman, 23, who was a Transwestern employee. Damage was estimated to be $2581.

Quit complaining

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Editor:

This is in response to ex-reader Kris Moyer's letter that was published in 11-26-11 newspaper. Let me just say I am grateful he is an ex-reader since he obviously doesn't appreciate a lot of things in life.

First and foremost. Reason 1 is a total contradiction since he says that all Robert (Ski) Sieputowski does is complain. Correct me if I am wrong but that is what you're doing Kris.

Vehicle damaged in Tuscarora

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating an incident that happened between 1 and 5:45 a.m. Dec. 21 in Tuscarora, where someone tried to steal a motor vehicle.

Police said Leocadia J. Matsago, the victim, reported someone entered her unlocked Dodge Stratus while it was parked in an alley alongside her residence and proceeded to cause damage to the ignition and steering column.

The incident happened on Strawberry Street, near Chestnut Street, in Schuylkill Township.

Marriage licenses

Friday, December 23, 2011

Schuylkill County

Amy L. Pester and Donald B. Ansbach, 739 Claremont Avenue, Tamaqua.

Jessica A. Wilson and Scott K. Fell, 16 Wilson Lane, New Ringgold.

Frances R. Houser and Scott A. Eltringham, 150 Tamanend Road, Quakake.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 1943 Lansford's Joe Sarabok and Paul Kucan are both named to the Associated Press All-State football team. Sarabok, nicknamed "Coco", was a 5-10, 175-pound guard for the Panthers. Kucan, nicknamed "Corp" made the team as a 6-0, 176-pound end on offense. Five other Lansford players are named as Honorable Mentions. They include Bernie Sniscak, Jackie Chuckran, Andy Lukac, John Krauchick and Steve Orachko. Coaldale's Jackie McGeehan also earns honorable mention status.

Tamaqua man cited for public drunkenness

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Tamaqua man was cited by police after he was found walking along the center line on SR309, in the area of the Fegley Oil Company on West Penn Pike. The incident was reported at 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 15.

Officers were dispatched to the area and found John Welfel, 19, in an intoxicated condition. He was transported to the station and later released into the custody of his mother. He was cited for public drunkenness and underage drinking.

Chestnuthill Twp. taxpayer requests forgiveness of school tax penalty

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mitchel Klein, a resident of Chestnuthill Township, addressed the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors. He said that he had served six years in the United States Air Force and his wife also served in the armed forces. Currently he is working for the U.S. Army at the Tobyhanna Army Depot and recently bought a home in Effort.

"We picked the Pleasant Valley School District for the community. We have always been productive members of our previous communities. We do things and plan to become just as involved here.