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January 2012

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
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

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.

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.

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.

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
From back left are Boy Scouts unit commissioner David Clemson, den leader Sean O'Neill, scouts Shane O'Neill, 9, Nicholas Wall, 9, Rachel Hinkle, 9, Angelina Casella, 7, Girl Scouts service unit manager Nancy Paisley and assistance event planner Julie DeAngelo. In front are Derek DeAngelo, 7, and Kaitlyn Soley, 7.
From back left are Boy Scouts unit commissioner David Clemson, den leader Sean O'Neill, scouts Shane O'Neill, 9, Nicholas Wall, 9, Rachel Hinkle, 9, Angelina Casella, 7, Girl Scouts service unit manager Nancy Paisley and assistance event planner Julie DeAngelo. In front are Derek DeAngelo, 7, and Kaitlyn Soley, 7.

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.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges after he fled the scene of a one-vehicle crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, along T820, or 56 Ferndale Road, in North Union Township.

Troopers said Jared Gebhart, 33, of Zion Grove, was driving a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound when he drove off the south side of the road causing him to lose control. The vehicle spun counter-clockwise and struck a wooden utility pole with the right side. The vehicle then spun clockwise and came to rest on the road facing north.

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.

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

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.

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."

Trip combines rockfish with waterfowling

Saturday, January 28, 2012

DAMERON, Md. When most sportsmen from this region think of visiting the Chesapeake Bay, the first thing that usually comes to mind is striped bass.

Because the Chesapeake is a popular destination for "rockfish," as they're called in Maryland, anglers traveling from near and far to battle the sleek, hard-fighting fish. Come late fall and winter, however, fishermen are not alone on the water, as thousands of hunters head out and about in search of a variety of waterfowl.

Not for human consumption

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Move over, bath salts.

The dangerous narcotic that had been all the rage has since been replaced by the newest designer drug to hit the market.

That would be in the form of jewelry cleaner.

Yes, you heard that right. Jewelry cleaner.

Also known as 'Cosmic Blast', the potentially deadly cocaine-like powder is hidden in packages called "jewelry cleaner".

If swallowed or breathed in, the drug contains poisonous ingredients such as ammonia, detergent, and soap, according to the web site, www.drugs.com.

Pen Argyl rallies to defeat Northwestern

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Offensive droughts have plagued Northwestern all season. And they were the cause of the Tigers' problems again Friday night.

Northwestern made just two field goals over the first 15 minutes of the second half as visiting Pen Argyl came from behind to win 48-37.

After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, the Knights allowed less than that for the next three.

"We came out pretty bad," said Pen Argyl's Kyle Muller, who scored 15 points in the game. "We picked it up. We only gave up 16 points in the last three quarters combined. We turned up the defense."

When Mom is gone, recipes disappear

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Did you ever notice the January hypocrisy of so-called women's magazine?

Scan the covers of these magazines while you wait at the supermarket checkout line to see what I mean. This month, headlines scream: Lose weight in the New Year. Unfortunately, the headline is right next to a big chocolate cake or an appealing dish of macaroni and cheese.

I'm probably noticing those food fables more at this time of year because I'm just like millions of others who want to shed those extra holiday pounds.