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January 2012

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.


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

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.



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.


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


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

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.