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January 2012

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.

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

Burglary

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.

Speeding

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.

Guilty

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.

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.

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.