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January 2012

ACS workshop

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Catherine Medical Center, 101 Broad St., Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Fort Mill, S.C., property at 62 Sherwood Forest Drive, $1.

Cartus Financial Corporation to David S. Keck, 3237 Mahoning Mountain Road, Lehighton, property at 3237 Mahoning Mountain Road, $178,500.

Donald E. Neamand to Dennis Wayne Neamand Sr., Sunbury, Pa., property along Bake Oven Road, $1.

Franklin Township

Fay Ann Shoemaker to Kay K. Kasick, 2625 Stoney Ridge Road, Palmerton, property at 240 Fairview St., $70,000.

Dealing with a hearing loss

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?

(I've received this question from more than a few readers. It's a subject of great interest to seniors, so I'm going to write two columns on hearing aids.)

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

Relay for Life meeting slated

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

East Penn police probing burglary

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Police in East Penn Township are investigating a burglary which took place sometime between Jan. 21 and Jan. 26.

It occurred at a storage shed located on the corner of Route 895 and Riverview Road, on the property of 100 Riverview Road.

Police said the burglary is believed to have occurred during the overnight hours within those dates.

Removed were numerous items, including camping apparel, three to four camping tents, vehicle jack stands, vehicle car ramps, a large white stove, and FOX racing apparel.

I81 crashes probed

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State police at Frackville reported investigating three crashes along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County, in recent days.

Troopers said Eric E. Melusky, 18, of Seltzer, Schuylkill County, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker southbound about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, when he encountered ice on the road surface due to a snow squall that moved through the area.

Police Log

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Criminal charges were filed against Matthew Frederick, 18, of 539 Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, for burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession or delivery of a small amount of marijuana, and purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation of intoxicating beverages. The incident occurred on Jan. 23 at 9:41 p.m. in the 600 block of Mauch Chunk Road.


Bat assault is probed in S.H.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Summit Hill borough police are investigating an incident last night in which a borough resident was assaulted in the head with a baseball bat.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said the incident was reported at 9:04 p.m. on East Ludlow Street.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Fittos said no arrests were made and the incident is still under investigation.

The name of the victim is being withheld because the investigation is still being conducted.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Forensic evidence prevails in Freeby trial

The prosecution's case in the murder trial of Ernest Troy Freeby, the Lansford man charged with killing his estranged wife, was heavily reliant on forensic evidence.

When the Carbon County murder trial began three weeks ago, District Attorney Gary F. Dobias called it a "search for the truth" during his opening argument. Last night, the 12-person jury believed that Dobias had successfully proved his case and brought a first degree guilty verdict against Freeby.

Resident seeks to operate service station at his home

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Lower Towamensing Township man wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.

David Christman, of 3224 Fireline Road, is scheduled to pitch his request to the township's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Feb. 7.

At that time, Christman will attempt to gain a variance and/or special exception to operate the business as a home occupation.

In addition, Christman also seeks variances and/or special exceptions for outside storage, a sign, and operation of a home occupation from an accessory structure.

Freeby convicted

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Ernest Troy Freeby faces life in prison
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Ernest Troy Freeby faces life in prison

Jury finds Lansford man guilty of murdering his wife

A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for more than five hours late Monday afternoon and evening before finding a Lansford man guilty of first degree murder of his wife, who disappeared.

Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, faces a mandatory life without parole sentence. The panel of seven women and five men also found him guilty of tampering with evidence. They reached their verdict at about 9:25 p.m., after beginning deliberations about 4 p.m.

New DA meets with police chiefs to promote cooperation

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A meeting with police chiefs and the new Schuylkill County district attorney took place over the noon hour Monday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon addressed the group on the manner she plans to conduct her office and promised better communications between her office and the local police departments. She exchanged cell phone numbers to improve the communication and asked questions as to any procedural changes in producing cases against defendants.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Maria J. Martino and Brendan P. Whitfield
Maria J. Martino and Brendan P. Whitfield

The engagement of Maria Joan Martino of Jim Thorpe to Brendan Paul Whitfield of Ashburn, Va. has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Patricia Martino of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2005 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2009 graduate of DeSales University, where she earned a bachelor of science in nursing.

She is employed as a critical care nurse in the Lehigh Valley.

The sorry state of the union

Monday, January 30, 2012

Earlier this week, the President painted a rosy picture in his State Of The Union address. I believe that he does not recognize the reality of our current situation. Listening to his speech, I would think that America is well on the road to recovery with a vibrant economy. But when I look at the facts, our nation is still in recession. There is a ray of economic sunshine, but we have to ensure that the President and the congress do not stamp out the light before it grows into a full economic recovery.

Bombers top Tamaqua

Monday, January 30, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.

All it took was a few words from coach Mick Stefanek to inspire the Palmerton boys' basketball team prior to its non-league match-up with Tamaqua.

As they walked on to the court for the tip-off, the Bombers' starting five, which consisted of seniors Tyler Svetik, Cody Geist, Brett Snyder, Kyle Ruch, and junior Matt Leaver, looked as if every single one of them were on a mission.

Svetik said it was the motivating words from their first year coach that pushed them to the limits in earning a 60-48 victory Saturday afternoon.

Charged with simple assault

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged after he assaulted a woman.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 7, officers received that an assault had occurred. It was discovered that the party involved was Jeffrey Tee, 22, of 50 W. Ludlow St.

He was charged with simple assault and harassment.

Justice served

Monday, January 30, 2012

Proponents of justified force, Capital punishment satisfied

Last week was an important one for those who believe in capital punishment or that persons under attack have the right to defend themselves with justified force under the law.

In a regional case, a 65-year-old man was riding his bicycle on a trail in West Reading last Wednesday when three teenage boys knocked him off his bicycle in an apparent robbery attempt. The trio, two aged 15, and the other 16, had skipped school that day and reportedly went on a crime spree, robbing two pedestrians before attacking the bicyclist.

This time, they targeted the wrong victim.

Sweets and more

Monday, January 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 3 Kids Bake House's Pastry Chef Frank Bradley starts applying icing on what will become some lucky person's birthday cake.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 3 Kids Bake House's Pastry Chef Frank Bradley starts applying icing on what will become some lucky person's birthday cake.

"3 Kids Bake House" in Jim Thorpe satisfies many tastes

Sweet tooth need satisfying ? Well, in Jim Thorpe, there is a great place to do just that and much more.

A place where not only will you find sweet treats like cakes, pies, donuts, sticky buns, cookies, cream puffs, turnovers, eclairs, nut rolls, etc. but also a wide variety of breads, rolls, and buns.

In addition, it is also a place where tomato pies (pizza), a variety of stromboli, and Soccacia Bread, an Italian style herbed bread topped with different herbs and vegetables are also available.

Carbon DUI arrest

Monday, January 30, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in Carbon County.

Troopers said Patricia A. Desousa, 37, of Palmerton, was stopped about 12:08 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, along Little Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, for traffic violations.

She was found to be under the influence and placed under arrest for DUI. Charges will be filed, troopers said.

Heffley endorses pro-life legislation

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

In collaboration with this week's annual Right for Life Week in Washington D.C., I joined several of my colleagues from both political parties at a press conference at the state Capitol to support bipartisan legislation on the Women's Right-to-Know Act.

Schuylkill property transfers

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sheriff Joseph G. Groody, at sheriff sale, to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Carrollton, Tex., property at 130 South St., Coaldale, assessed to Jacqueline K. Chaney, Brian T. Swineburne and Lori A. (Swineburne) Weaver, for $1,215.04.

Sheriff Groody, at sheriff sale, to Eagle Rock Resorts Company, LLC, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, lot in AW Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, North Union Township, assessed to Robert F. and Olivia Garringer, for $1,050.03.

Lansford police report

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Lansford woman was charged after an altercation in Lansford this past weekend.

According to Lansford police, on Jan. 28, Officers Robert Shubeck was dispatched to 508 Lansford Court for a complaint that someone broken into the residence and a domestic was now occurring. While en-route, Shubeck was advised that another call came in, reporting that the domestic was escalating and spilling out onto the street.

Catholic Schools Week at OLOAA

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Catholic Schools week and it is being observed throughout the area. On Sunday, an open house was held at Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford. Connie McLaughlin, left, a teacher's aide in the pre-school class, shows her son, Jacob, age 11 and a fifth grade student at the school, some of the projects in her classroom.

Eagle Rock Resorts records lot sales

Monday, January 30, 2012

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse 25 transaction of lots in its development in East Union and North Union Townships, to the following:

Anna Rhea Velosa and Rex Velosa, Union, N.J., lot in WSS Subdivision, East Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $24,700).

Carlos G. and Juanita N. Ticonoy, Catonsville, Md., 1/50th interest in Lot 413, ER Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $27,900).

Disorderly conduct

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill woman who caused a scene with officers was charged with disorderly conduct.

According to Summit Hill police, officers were at 43 E. Hazard St., serving a warrant to Nicole Hinkson, 31, of that address, became very combative and gave the officers a hard time.

Birth: DeMatto

Monday, January 30, 2012
Mark Luke DeMatto Jr.
Mark Luke DeMatto Jr.

A son, Mark Luke DeMatto Jr., was born at 3:42 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, to Trish and Mark DeMatto of Summit Hill.

He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ann and George Nalesnik of Nesquehoning. Paternal grandparents are Aurelia and Donald DeMatto of Summit Hill.

Maternal great-grandmother is Eileen Bonner of Nesquehoning.

Theft at Palmerton school is probed

Monday, January 30, 2012

A theft incident at the Palmerton Area High School, located at 3525 Fireline Rd., Lower Towamensing Township, is being probed by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Whitney Babyak, librarian at the school, reported her pocket book was taken from the library office.

It was later found in a trash can in the boys' bathroom with $15 missing from it.

The theft occurred sometime between 12:40 and 1:05 p.m. on Jan. 26, troopers said. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

SH juvenile charged for disturbance

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill juvenile was charged after she caused a disturbance.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 16, at 8 a.m., officers received a call for a disturbance in the units block of East Fell Street. The caller stated that they heard a lot of noice and cursing coming from a neighboring home. It was discovered a 17-year-old female was responsible.

She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Juvenile charged with simple assault

Monday, January 30, 2012

A 12-year-old Carbon County juvenile was charged after he assaulted another juvenile.

According to Summit Hill police, on Nov. 17, officers received a report that the male juvenile had assaulted one of his peers.

Charges were filed with juvenile probation for simple assault and harassment.

Carbon court news

Monday, January 30, 2012

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Sherri Ann Mertz, 1037 Park Drive, Tamaqua R.D., from Edwin David Mertz, same address.

Terri L. Fairchild, 2440 Hayes St., Easton, from Willard M. Fairchild Jr., 552 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

Kenneth Ric Kohlstrom Yarmosh, 115 Alan Drive, Effort, from Alicia D. Barlip, Lot 12A, Connell Ave., Palmerton.

Peter Paul Halada III, 888 Princeton Avenue West, Palmerton, from Geraldine B. Halada, 841 Beaver Run Drive, Lehighton.

Girls beat boys in Tamaqua Pinewood Derby

Monday, January 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Shane O'Neill, 9, stares intensely while adjusting his car on the starting line.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Shane O'Neill, 9, stares intensely while adjusting his car on the starting line.

There was a competitive atmosphere during the Tamaqua Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts Pinewood Derby held Saturday at the St John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from a 7" by 2 " block of wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.

The derby, which started at 8 in the morning, lasted the entire day and consisted of more than 80 combined scouts.