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January 2012

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.

Martino-Whitfield

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.

Palmerton man given jail term for striking child

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Palmerton man was given a Carbon County jail term on Monday after previously admitting to striking a young child. He was one of several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to criminal counts that were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Palmerton incident

Adam Cebrosky, 24, was sentenced to serve two to one day less 24 months in jail on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Monroe teen facing various drug counts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Monroe County teen is facing various drug related charges following an investigation that began as a domestic incident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police Emmanuel DelCastillo, 19, of 112 Lower Notch Rd., in the Indian Mountain Lakes Community, in Tobyhanna, is facing multiple charges.

According to police on Jan. 23 about 8:19 a.m. officers were dispatched to DelCastillo's home for a report of a domestic assault. On scene DelCastillo was placed under arrest after officers determined he assaulted his girlfriend, the mother of his newborn child.

Shickora having big senior season at Georgia

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kristen Shickora is having an outstanding senior season as a member of the University of Georgia women's swim team.

Shickora has played a key role in the Lady Bulldogs continuing two long winning streaks and earning the No. 5 ranking in the nation.

Shickora not only has turned in impressive performances in the backstroke her specialty but she is also contributing in freestyle, butterfly and relay events for Georgia.

Tamaqua Fire Depart. releases annual report

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief, stressing the firefighters' state-mandated and required in-field hours, pointed out that firefighters lose valuable training time fundraising.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief, stressing the firefighters' state-mandated and required in-field hours, pointed out that firefighters lose valuable training time fundraising.

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz released the 2011 response report for the Tamaqua Fire Department, which consists of American Hose Company, Citizen's Fire Company, East End Fire Company and South Ward Fire Company.

Lehighton arrest

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lehighton police reported the arrest of an Albrightsville resident.

Police said Libardo A. Roa, 33, was cited for disorderly conduct after being observed urinating in public. The incident occurred in the 200 block of Bridge St., about 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police said.

On this date

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 1942

Seeking to relieve the congested traffic conditions as tey now exist on Ridge Street, Lansford's principal business thoroughfare, borough fathers of that community voted five to four in favor of the adoption of an ordinance for the installation of parking meters. The meters will be paid from the receipts deposited in them. It was noted that 300 meters would be leased. Twelve-minute parking will cost one cent, while it will be five cents an hour.

Guest bartenders in cancer fight

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State Sen. Dave Argall and Rep. Jerry Knowles will be helping to raise awareness in the fight against cancer as they serve as guest bartenders during the Celebrity Bartenders Month at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. Argall and Knowles will be serving up drinks from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Every Wednesday during February, guest bartenders will do their best to help the cause, with 15 percent of the bar bill being donated to the American Cancer Society Telethon.

Guest bartender for Feb. 8 will be Andy Leibenguth, with entertainment by Cody Sassaman.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 1967 Weatherly uses a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for an 88-66 victory over Marian. John Hartz tallies a game-high 27 points to lead the Wreckers while teammate Charlie Potter contributes 23. The winners, coached by Bill Knepper, also receive 18 from Henry Panckeri. The Colts' Fran "Flip" Flaim and Andy Seroka each finish with a team-high 18 points.

Knowles calls for open primary

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In view of what's happening in the competitive Presidential race across America and in the U.S. Senate race here at home, State Rep. Jerry Knowles today called for an open primary in the race for the 124th House district.

"I welcome healthy competition in every election and today am calling for an open primary to give voters the voice they deserve and the one our Constitution guarantees," Knowles said. "I want Pennsylvania and our Republican Party to be as strong as possible and an open primary right now, this year, makes both of those stronger and healthier.

Colonial League title to be settled on mat

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Rich George/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton fans react during Skyler Rosenberry's recent matchup with Bangor's Andrew Lumsden. The Blue Bombers are hoping to reach the initial Colonial League wrestling playoffs, which will take place on Feb. 18.
Rich George/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton fans react during Skyler Rosenberry's recent matchup with Bangor's Andrew Lumsden. The Blue Bombers are hoping to reach the initial Colonial League wrestling playoffs, which will take place on Feb. 18.

Many times in years past the Colonial League wrestling title was already determined by the last week of the season. The league championship trophy was given to the team with the best win-loss record at the end of the season or shared among teams that tied for the best record.

But that's all changed. This year, for the first time in league history, a four-team tournament will be held to determine the league's team champ.

Two division winners and two wild cards will square off next Saturday, February 18, with the winner taking home the league trophy.

Carbon Fair officials seek to gain 47 additional acres

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Could the Carbon County Fair have an additional 47 acres of land to operate its popular annual fair on?

Representatives of the Carbon County Lion/Lioness Fair Association certainly hope so, and plan to broach the subject to the Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at which time the organization plans to discuss its intention to use about 47 acres of a 700-acre tract of land located at 2645 Little Gap Road for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

Eleven area residents placed in probation program

Monday, January 30, 2012

Eleven area residents were among 35 who were admitted to Schuylkill County's Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition(ARD) probation program, recently.

The ARD program reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime to allow them to work off the charge to clear their name.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon made the motion to admit them into the program at a hearing and Senior Judge D. Michael Stine granted the motion and imposed the following conditions. All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Referee assaulted at basketball game

Monday, January 30, 2012

A referee was assaulted at a basketball game in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred at the Palmerton Junior High School, 3525 Fireline Rd., Lower Towamensing Township, on Saturday, Jan. 28, about 1:21 p.m.

Troopers charged Michael Robert Vannote, 26, of Allentown, with assault on a sports official. He allegedly assaulted Mark Ryan Ruch, 21, of Lehighton, who was officiating the game. Ruch was taken to the Palmerton hospital for treatment of injuries, troopers added.

DUI cases dominate district court hearings

Monday, January 30, 2012

A number of driving under the influence (DUI) related cases were scheduled to be heard before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, this past Tuesday with each of the defendants waiving their right to a preliminary hearing. The cases will now be heard the Schuylkill County court.

George R. Rogosky, 44, of 500 S. Main St., W. Mansfield, Ohio, was in court on charges of DUI of alcohol and careless driving. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Peter Wysochansky following a Dec. 28 incident.

Rogosky was released on his own recognizance.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, January 30, 2012

Financial Aid night

The Jim Thorpe Area High School guidance office will hold a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. This presentation will be open to any interested students and parents.

A representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will conduct the presentation. Guidance personnel will be available after the program to answer specific questions pertaining to aid for college.

Snow date will be Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Thanks for support

Monday, January 30, 2012

I can't begin to express my gratitude for your prayers and support.

The kindness extended to me and my family from the community, law enforcement, schools and co-workers, has allowed me to focus on recovering. Your generosity has really made a difference.

Thank you again for being there for me during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Officer Joseph A. David

Voter suppression

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Some Pennsylvania legislators are attempting to enact a voter suppression bill, House Bill 934, which will disenfranchise as many as 11 percent of eligible voters from voting. You may be one of them if you don't have a current government issued photo I.D.

Two persons injured following crash down creek slope between Tamaqua and Coaldale

Monday, January 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Rescue Squad members lift a victim of a Sunday night crash up a steep hill after her car crashed.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Rescue Squad members lift a victim of a Sunday night crash up a steep hill after her car crashed.

Two thin trees were the only things preventing a red 2000 Pontiac Sunfire and it's three occupants from falling into the Panther Creek after the driver hit a stretch of ice while traveling east on SR209, lost control and crashed into the sloped woods between Tamaqua and Coaldale just before midnight Sunday.

Schuylkill court news

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dismiss charges

James Malcolm Thomas, 27, Saint Clair, at his hearing on a motion to dismiss charges filed against him had it granted by Judge John E. Domalakes because the Commonwealth was unable to proceed as the prosecutor, Trooper Timothy J. Rymarkiewicz, failed to appear in court as witness.

Thomas was charged with adriving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol last Sept. 3 on Schuylkill Mountain Road in Wayne Township.

File for divorce

2012 Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch needs volunteers

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will conduct its 16th annual Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch on the weekend of Feb. 17-19.

Seventy-four volunteers participated in the 15th annual survey last February and sighted over 4,000 birds of 41 different species. Over 37,000 birds have been tallied in the fifteen years of counting.

Fire destroys Mahoning home

Monday, January 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames engulf the mobile home of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames engulf the mobile home of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A fast-moving fire Saturday night completely destroyed a Mahoning Township home.

The fire was first reported just after 11 p.m. at the residence of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West.

The blaze could be seen for miles.

Township police, who were first to arrive on scene, warned firefighters of ammunition being set off by the inferno. Hundreds of rounds of ammo were heard going off to the west and rear portion of the home.

The house was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Paterno is no hero

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Maybe it is too soon for this…or maybe it is too late! As the Penn State community mourns the loss of Joe Paterno and holds high the signs of their support I keep hearing words like 'Idol' and 'Hero' thrown around, and I cringe. Joe Paterno is not a hero.

Agreement reached on tax value of golf course and former school

Monday, January 30, 2012

Owners of a public golf course and a building formerly used as a Catholic high school reached an agreement with the Schuylkill County Assessment Bureau on the market values of their properties. County judges approved the stipulations and fixed taxes beginning Jan. 1.

Concerning Rolling Meadows Golf Course, an 18-hole course built on 90.70 aces in Butler Township, an agreement was reached the market value would be $389,129. Judge John E. Domalakes approved the agreement and fixed the assessment at $184,058 for taxes.

Nigeria's Art Ambassador visits with Penn Kidder students

Monday, January 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking on approvingly while students of Mrs. Reese's 6th grade class work on their watercolor paintings, the United Nation Ambassador of Art, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, from Nigeria, recently visited the Penn Kidder Elementary School to share with them the diversity of art and culture around the world.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking on approvingly while students of Mrs. Reese's 6th grade class work on their watercolor paintings, the United Nation Ambassador of Art, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, from Nigeria, recently visited the Penn Kidder Elementary School to share with them the diversity of art and culture around the world.

Yudichak announces grant for bridge work

Monday, January 30, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) yesterday announced a $194,800 state grant to repair a heavily damaged Pocono Township bridge.

"With the frightening amount of deteriorating bridges located all across the state, improving the safety of our transportation network is vital," Yudichak said. "This grant will not only fund overdue repairs to the bridge, but also improve the ease and safety of the bridge for travelers who rely on the Frantz Hill Road Bridge."

Snowy stunts

Monday, January 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Arion Mace, 13, shows off his snowboarding skills in Tamaqua with his friends Tyler Gaffney, 14, Alberto Rosas, 13, Aaron Raeder, 13, and Micah Young, 13.

Mommy dearest

Monday, January 30, 2012

JIM:

"Alma Mater" is Latin for "nourishing mother." The term is usually applied to some school or college from which we graduated. In my case, it's Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. When I attended in the late 1960s, F&M was a men's college. We students joked that the letters stood for "Frustration & Masturbation." The fall semester after I graduated was the first time F&M admitted female students. We frat boys joked that, once we were gone, it was safe enough to let them on the campus.

Strange sounds in the sky

Monday, January 30, 2012

I was sitting at home late last week watching some television when a friend called me excitedly to ask if I heard about the strange sounds in the sky. I had to admit the only strange sounds I heard up to that point was the cat racing through a darkened house late at night. He said, "No. On YouTube. Look up 'strange sounds in sky 2012'."

BDWN to host writers' conference

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will share her wisdom about today's changing publishing landscape as keynote speaker at the third annual Write it Right writers' conference in Pottsville.

Boyle will present her keynote speech as part of the Black Diamond Writers' Network (BDWN) third annual Write it Right writers' conference on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

Boyle will provide a breakout session on the writer-agent relationship.