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January 2012

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.

Schuylkill woman facing DUI charge

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against Nikki A. Dohner, 34, of Schuylkill Haven, after an incident on Jan. 31 at 1:25 a.m.

Police said she was stopped on Rt. 61 in Schuylkill Haven Borough for depositing waste on the highway, after which time police found her to be in an intoxicated state.

Polk Fire Company holds appreciation banquet

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Polk Township Fire Department has new executive officers: Aaron Keller, Chris Overpeck, Bill Smith, Bernie Shea, Candy Burger, Billy Tippitt, Kenny Hawk, Rich Beck, Terry Jacoby, Linda Kile and Rick Scherer.
Polk Township Fire Department has new executive officers: Aaron Keller, Chris Overpeck, Bill Smith, Bernie Shea, Candy Burger, Billy Tippitt, Kenny Hawk, Rich Beck, Terry Jacoby, Linda Kile and Rick Scherer.

The Polk Township Fire Company, founded in 1969, held an appreciation banquet on Jan. 28. It was catered by Cherry's Restaurant, Kresgeville.

Matt Schessler, outgoing president, thanked his wife Melody for standing by him when he was so often at the firehouse, Bill Thompson as his vice president and Billy Tippett who was his secretary.

"They did a great job. We have some new personnel in important places," he said.

New weapons to fight blight

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, left, and Sen. Dave Argall talk about ways of dealing with blight during a two-hour seminar held last night at the LCCC Morgan Campus in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, left, and Sen. Dave Argall talk about ways of dealing with blight during a two-hour seminar held last night at the LCCC Morgan Campus in Tamaqua.

Argall, Heffley seminar outlines options available to communities

A number of municipal, county and state officials from Schuylkill, Carbon, Berks, Lehigh and Monroe counties took part in a blight seminar hosted by Sen. Dave Argall and state Rep. Doyle Heffley last night at the Morgan Campus of the Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua.

Marian stuns Mahanoy

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Damian Richards (left) tries to wrestle the ball away from Mahanoy Area's Jimmy Baker.
bob ford/times news Marian's Damian Richards (left) tries to wrestle the ball away from Mahanoy Area's Jimmy Baker.

Fighting for a spot in the District 11 Class A playoffs, Marian's magic number to qualify was two heading into its match-up with Mahanoy Area. In front of a packed house in Hometown, the Colts (10-9) have now reduced that number to one after they shocked the Bears on Monday night 42-39 for the Schuylkill League Division 3 win.

The win for the Colts couldn't have come at a better time. Sitting at 9-9 before their contest with Mahanoy (16-3), Marian had to win two out of its last four games all against opponents it previously lost to this season.

Man caught attempting to steal aluminum spouting from Lansford church

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Lansford man was arrested after he attempted to steal aluminum down spouting off a church this past weekend.

According to Lansford police, on Jan. 28, at 11:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to the now vacated St. Ann's Church, located at the intersection of East Bertsch and Tunnel streets in Lansford for a report of a male ripping aluminum down spouting off the church.

Area Catholic schools host open houses as part of Catholic Schools Week

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 21st Annual Open House program for prospective Marian High School students and their parents was held Sunday for prospective students in grades 9 through 12 and any student from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties interested in attending Marian for the upcoming school year.

TIMES NEWS MAT RANKINGS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

(Through Jan. 30)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (29-2); 2. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, So. (26-1); 3. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (19-6).

Honorable Mention - Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, So. (28-6); Ryan Rubio, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (11-9).

Rabbit blamed for Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A rabbit was blamed for a one vehicle crash that occurred about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a 17-year-old male from Pottsville, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS southbound on Ann St. in Norwegian Township when he said he swerved to avoid a rabbit on the road. He lost control of the car which began to slide in a clockwise motion. The car went onto the west berm and traveled through a grassy area until coming to rest after striking a brush row of several small trees.

Our Lady of the Angels students perform musical at MapleShade

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows residents recently enjoyed a musical performance by the Our Lady of the Angels Academy band, which is comprised of 21 students from all grades. Under the direction of Tom Dowd, sixth grade teacher and band director at OLOAA, the students performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "Star Upon the Ocean," and "Old Lang Syne." Gathered with some of the students following the program were, back row, left and right, Susan Hydro, activities director at MapleShade; and Marie Badowsky, a resident.

Schuylkill man jailed on charges

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Monday, Jan. 30, following a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville said about 10:50 a.m. troopers were dispatched to 390 State Road in Ryan Township, for a reported domestic dusturbance involving a firearm.

As a result of an investigation troopers placed Joseph Edward Mayesky, 30, into custody. The victims were identified as Christine M. Banavage, 37, and Edward V. Gimeno, 84.

Mayesky was charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering, and one count each of simple assault and harassment.

Carbon County phone book recycling program starting Feb. 1

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory program is about to get under way. Elementary students throughout Carbon County will be competing to collect the most phone books from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17.

Participating schools will be keeping track of how many phone books are brought in. After the program ends, the recycling office will pick up the phone books for recycling.

The five highest collectors will receive an award from Carbon County and a $100 savings bond donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank and First National Bank of Palmerton.

2012 Dollar Bill Presidents Day essay contest open to students

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 2012 "Dollar Bill" Presidents Day Essay Contest" is open to all Middle and Senior High School students residing within the geographic bounds of Lehighton Area School District, including private, charter and homeschool students. The first prize of a $150 U.S. savings bond will be awarded by the Lehighton Area Republican Club, the sponsoring organization, for the best essay, according to a panel of qualified impartial judges. Also two runners-up will receive $50 savings bonds. Judging criteria include originality, accuracy and composition, but not the opinion expressed.

Lehighton police averaged 23 criminal arrests per month

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

They also gave out 58.8 traffic citations per month during 2011

The year 2011 was a busy one for the Lehighton Police Department.

A report submitted by Sergeant Joseph Lawrence showed that during 2011, there were a total of 276 criminal arrests made - an average of 23 per month.

Despite the high number, it was still a little lower than in 2010 when 320 arrests occurred.

The most arrests came for disorderly conduct (55) and harassment (40).

The police investigated 570 offenses in 2011, down from 640 offenses the previous year.

Mahoning tables request by officer to attend training

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

During their regularly scheduled meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors also acted upon the following items:

Ÿ Tabled a request for training by township officer Amie Barclay until the supervisors receive some answers to questions regarding the content of the course. Barclay would attend during her time off, but if approved would be paid straight time for attending as is the custom in the township.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, along SR61, just south of Garfield Ave., in Schuylkill Haven borough.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Nikki A. Dohner, 34, of Schuylkill Hvaen, was stopped for depositing waste on the roadway.

She was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for DUI.

LV Soccer Scholar Athletes

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tim Gilman/special to the times news
Tim Gilman/special to the times news

The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete annual awards banquet was held Sunday in Fullerton. Seven nominees from the TIMES NEWS area were recognized for their soccer and academic achievements. From left, are Josh Breckenridge, Northwestern, Richard Buell, Jim Thorpe, Samson Walton, Weatherly, Kristopher Holland, Brett Snyder, Palmerton, and James M. Bilger, Northern Lehigh. Troy Schauder of Pleasant Valley was unable to attend the event.

Raiders, Wreckers both suffer losses

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tamaqua and Weatherly both dropped boys basketball contests on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pottsville-Tamaqua

Pottsville flexed its muscles and rolled to a 60-33 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.

The Tide, now 17-1 on the season, were led by Brandon Bridy's 17 points.

Brett Kosciolek led the Blue Raiders (5-14) with 16 points.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 47-45.

POTTSVILLE

Charges pending for McAdoo man

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A McAdoo man faces numerous counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, stemming from an early Monday morning incident in Rush Township.

Robert E. Keister, 25, was traveling on Claremont Avenue at 2:59 a.m. when officers conducted a vehicle stop.

A small amount of marijuana was discovered and Keister was transported to St. Luke's Hospital for blood tests.

Charges are pending the results of those tests.

Panther Vy. falls to NS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.

The effort was there for the Panther Valley boys' basketball team.

For 31 minutes, the Panthers gave North Schuylkill all it could handle.

In the final minute of play, however, the Spartans pulled away to deny Panther Valley's upset bid.

The 66-57 Schuylkill League loss means the Panthers now need to win three of their final four games to earn a District 11 playoff spot.

Support group

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alzheimer's

For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 1.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at dipper38@ptd.net.