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February 2012

PSP issues bulletin to warn public of homemade bottle bombs

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pennsylvania State Police have issued the following warning about bottle bombs.

Incidents involving homemade "bottle bombs," also known as "acid bombs," "works bombs," and "pressure bombs," have been reported for at least two decades. Due to the increased prevalence of instructional videos and manuals on the Internet, these bombs are now surfacing more frequently. These explosive devices are easily concocted by utilizing common household ingredients, thus making them quite popular.

A treat of warm weather

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Monday's warmer weather was definitely a treat for most, as people and pets spent a little more time outside enjoying the nicer weather. Robert Coccio of Summer Valley Road in New Ringgold gives warm weather treats to his four dogs, from left, Howie, Lilly, Henry and Junebug.

Progress made on zoning designations on two Towamensing townships

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., discusses zoning matters as part of a joint meeting of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing Township ordinance committee on Monday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., discusses zoning matters as part of a joint meeting of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing Township ordinance committee on Monday.

Progress continues to be made on zoning designations and permitted uses in two lower Carbon County municipalities.

Members of the Lower Towamensing and Towamensing Township ordinance update committee again met on Monday with R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., at the Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

Dellinger began the session with discussion on the status of the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Application.

Two arrested in Beaver Meadows

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two persons were arrested following an incident in Beaver Meadows that occurred on Thursday, Feb. 23

Police Chief Michael Morresi reported about 4 p.m. he was parked on Berwick St. looking for a Jeep Cherokee vehicle that was involved in an incident in Freeland in which a police officer was injured and the suspect fled the scene.

Morresi observed a Jeep Cherokee traveling on SR903 with front end damage head southbound and fit the description of the vehicle wanted in the Freeland incident.

Kidder couple dead

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A state trooper sits in the driveway of John and Mildred Carnochan Sunday morning. The couple was found dead Saturday in their Lake Harmony, Kidder Township home.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A state trooper sits in the driveway of John and Mildred Carnochan Sunday morning. The couple was found dead Saturday in their Lake Harmony, Kidder Township home.

Grandson suspect commits suicide 70 miles away

An elderly Kidder Township couple was found dead in their home on Saturday afternoon and several hours later a suspect in the deaths committed suicide when confronted by police nearly 70 miles from the scene and in the victims' vehicle.

State police at the Stonington barracks said Gregory Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, shot himself while in a 2006 Cadillac DTS sedan along SR61 near Feeney Street in Coal Township, just outside Shamokin, in Northumberland County.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 1991 Jim Thorpe hits four free throws in the final minute of play to hold on for a 53-50 District 11 Class AA playoff win over Panther Valley. Dave Guzman accounts for three of those foul shots and ends the game with 10 points. Dave Figura finishes with a team-high 16 points for the Olympians, coached by Randy Engle. The winners also receive nine points from Mike Kmetz and eight from Brian Rehrig. The Panthers, who had rallied from a nine-point defict to one during the fourth quarter, are led by Mark Paluck's 18 points.

Theft of trailer being probed

Monday, February 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the theft of a trailer.

Troopers said a 2010 carry utility trailer, black in color, with a wood deck, about 12-feet long, was stolen while parked at the Days Inn Motel, located at 1476 SR61, in North Manheim Township. The trailer is owned by Ruth Singh, 32, of Pottsville, and was parked outside her apartment at the motel.

The theft occurred sometime between 1 and 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The trailer has state registration plate XFT-9334, on it, troopers said.

4-H Reunion Committee looking for quilters to help celebrate centennial

Monday, February 27, 2012

Carbon County 4-H Reunion Committee is holding a quilting contest in conjunction with the centennial celebration. The contest is open to anyone in Carbon County, whether they were a 4-H member or not.

One square will be chosen to go on to Penn State University and a centennial quilt will be put together and auctioned at the 4-H Tailgate on Sept. 15.

The rest of the quilt squares will be put together and hopefully a quilt or wall hanging will be made and auctioned off at the 4-H reunion in the fall.

The quilt squares should meet the following guidelines:

Carbon County Democrats to meet

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will hold their February meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Officers for the year will be elected and a overview of the Primary Election will be discussed.

CCDC is an action group in Carbon County that supports progressive legislation and candidates at the national, state, and local level. Newcomers are always welcome. For further information, please call President Linda Christman at (610) 377-0235 or email lachris@ptd.net .

Woman injured in Lehighton crash

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

First street (SR209) in Lehighton was closed due to an early morning accident which brought down a utility pole and wires across the busy roadway. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a 46 year old woman was driving south and for some unknown reason lost control of her car swerving to the right impacting with and snapping of a utility pole owned by Verizon. The woman was self extricated from the wreckage. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehighton hospital. Lehighton fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Bears' Bianco captures title

Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco has control of Stroudsburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound final. Bianco posted a 9-5 decision.
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco has control of Stroudsburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound final. Bianco posted a 9-5 decision.

Sean Bianco knows the road to Hershey won't be any easier this weekend at the Northeast Regional 3A wrestling tournament, but he's packing a heavy dose of confidence after winning his first District 11 title Saturday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

Bianco spearheaded a strong showing by Pleasant Valley, as the Bears finished fourth overall with 136 points, as well as advancing seven wrestlers to regionals.

Robb Taylor to read at Palmerton Library

Monday, February 27, 2012

He can act, sing, and pen a book with the best of them.

For decades, Robb Taylor has worn many hats, and the success has continued to pour in.

The multitalented star will conduct a reading and book signing at the Palmerton Area Library at 2 p.m. March 31.

Those who attend will be treated to a reading by Taylor from his book, The Tale of the Easter Bunny.

They will learn the story of how a little rabbit became a beloved holiday hero, and how important it is to be kind to animals.

Lansford police issue warrants for 3 men

Monday, February 27, 2012
Hector Enchautegui Jr.
Hector Enchautegui Jr.

Lansford police have issued arrest warrants for three men.

Anthony Pascoe, 25, last known address 201 E. Kline Ave. Apt. 4, Lansford, is wanted as a result of an incident which took place on Jan. 23, 2010. Charges of driving under the influence, and numerous traffic offenses, were filed by Officer Robert Shubeck.

Panthers can't overcome Notre Dame's strong start

Monday, February 27, 2012
ap photo Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (right) protects the ball as Notre Dame's Alex Gregg defends.
ap photo Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (right) protects the ball as Notre Dame's Alex Gregg defends.

ALLENTOWN Notre Dame coach Pat Boyle was a bit concerned with Panther Valley, especially the presence it offered in the paint, prior to its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal round game.

"We were really worried about this game coming in," Boyle said. "We knew if they were able to get the ball in the post we might be in big trouble."

The Crusaders prevented that from happening by pressuring the Panthers' guards and then complemented their defensive efforts with a superb perimeter shooting display.

Blue Raider Foundation awards grants to teachers

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Grant recipients include, front from left, Kimberly Woodward, Charise Fibrilla, Susan Featro, Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation member Beth Dalsanto and TBRF President Bob Miller. From back left are grant recipients Danelle Kane receiving for Diane Michalik, Adriane Drum, Krystol Schmauch, Jolene Barron and TBRF Vice President Walter Kruczek.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Grant recipients include, front from left, Kimberly Woodward, Charise Fibrilla, Susan Featro, Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation member Beth Dalsanto and TBRF President Bob Miller. From back left are grant recipients Danelle Kane receiving for Diane Michalik, Adriane Drum, Krystol Schmauch, Jolene Barron and TBRF Vice President Walter Kruczek.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, an independent support group, continued its momentum recently with an array of initiatives in support of Tamaqua Area School District and its students. During its annual meeting, held at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua, six teacher grants, totaling $3,000, were awarded to Tamaqua Area teachers.

The $500 grants were presented by Superintendent Carol Makuta.

Knowles endorsed by Berks GOP

Monday, February 27, 2012

Despite his request to hold an open Primary in the 124th, State Representative Jerry Knowles received the unanimous endorsement of the Berks County Republican Party this weekend.

In a speech to the packed gathering of Berks GOP members at their annual convention on Saturday, Knowles made it known that he was not seeking an endorsement, however his request was rejected and he received a unanimous show of support.

Carbon County EMA training courses set

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

ICS-200: March 3 and 4, at the Carbon County EMA. Prerequisite for ICS-300. Call the EMA at (570) 325-3097 to register.

Hazmat Awareness: March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

PEMA Municipal Elected Officials Seminar: March 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

3 Tamaqua residents plead guilty in court

Monday, February 27, 2012

Three Tamaqua residents were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Corrine Duke, 43, of 264 Brown St., Tamaqua, on a charge of resisting arrest was placed on probation 12 months and shall submit to a medical health evaluation, and pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). Duke was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Maria Aracena, last Aug. 16 in the 200 block of E. Broad St.

Lehighton driver facing charges

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Lehighton driver is facing several charges following an incident that occurred in Jim Thorpe in January.

Borough police said on Jan. 12 about 5:33 p.m. they received a message from the communications center of reports of an erratic driver traveling southbound on SR903 in the area of Kattner's Mountain. Police were told the suspect vehicle was a Jeep Grand Cherokee and that it almost caused several accidents.

Police observed the vehicle and made a traffic stop in the 200 block of North Street. The driver was identified as John A. Collotty, 32, of 82 E. Third St.

Dumpster fire in Walker Township

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Walker/New England Fire Company responded to a dumpster fire behind Koch's Turkey Farm on Valley Road in Lewistown Valley just after 9 p.m. Friday. High winds made extinguishing the fire more difficult. The dumpster was destroyed by the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Boy hit in Tamaqua

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Isiah Jimenez, 11, was struck by a sports utility vehicle (SUV) while crossing the Five Points, state routes 209 and 309, intersection in Tamaqua with friends around 2 p.m. on Saturday. A number of good samaritans and local firefighters could be seen helping the crying boy as he laid on the road. They also helped Tamaqua police control traffic prior to the response from emergency personnel. Responding were paramedics from Tamaqua, Lansford and Lehighton. Jimenez is the son of Naomi Ellison of Tamaqua.

Redline-Jones

Monday, February 27, 2012
Brad H. Jones and Erica M. Redline
Brad H. Jones and Erica M. Redline

The engagement of Erica Marie Redline of Jim Thorpe to Brad Howard Jones of State College has been announced by her parents, Wilmer and Donna Redline of Jim Thorpe.

The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in materials science and engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006, and received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2011.

Several students hurt by gunfire at school

Monday, February 27, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) – Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School about 30 miles east of Cleveland, said Civil Deputy Erin Knife of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. She didn't know the number of victims, but multiple news reports cited four students shot.

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, February 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating three crashes on Schuylkill County roadways, all occurring on Sunday, Feb. 26.

A two-vehicle crash was reported about 8:39 a.m. along Manheim Road in North Manheim Township. Troopers said Jacob T. Albright, 25, of Pine Grove, was driving a 1994 Ford Escort westbound while Andrew J. Cremia, 81, of Schuylkill Haven, was eastbound in a 2010 Dodge Journey.

Troopers said Cremia attempted to turn left into the parking lot of Redner's Warehouse Market and struck the Escort in the westbound lane.

Tamaqua LEO Club meeting slated

Monday, February 27, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club will hold their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today in room 104 of the Morgan Campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua. New members (ages 18 and under) are encouraged to attend. FMI call (570) 668-1234.

Three injured in West Penn crash

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three persons were injured, two seriously, in a violent crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of state routes 309 and 895 in the village of Snyders, West Penn Township. The crash occurred at 5 p.m. involving a car driven by Ida Kupres of Tamaqua and a pickup truck driven by Christian Deem of New Ringgold. Both vehicles came to rest in the north bound lanes. An unknown female was also in the passenger seat of the car during the collision. Kupres was trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Company No. 1.

Lehighton man cited in Thorpe

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Lehighton man was cited for an incident in Jim Thorpe.

Borough police said on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at about 10:31 a.m. they were dispatched to 8 Cedar Ave. for a report of criminal mischief. At the scene Allen Miller Jr., of that address, said that Derick Hymans, 19, of 217 S. Third St., Lehighton, had smashed out the front driver and passenger side windows along the rear window of his Plymouth Neon sedan. He also said Hymans slashed all four tires on the vehicle. Miller said the incident was observed by a neighbor.

Cookbook contest

Monday, February 27, 2012

Enter your recipes now

Have you entered the TIMES NEWS 25th Annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest yet?

Categories this year are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations.

Recipes must be created or modified by the person submitting the recipe or a member of that person's family.

The winner in each category will receive a $50 grocery store gift card and a $50 restaurant gift card. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 grocery store gift card.

Vandals target Tamaqua YMCA, mall

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police are looking for the vandals who sprayed large amounts of graffiti on the roof and sides of the Tamaqua YMCA and other establishments located at the Jamesway Plaza in Tamaqua. Police reported that the incident must have happened late Friday night. The vandals scaled the top of the mall to spray portions of the graffiti. Tamaqua Crime Watch is offering a $250 reward for the first person to provide a court-used statement which results in the conviction of any of the vandals.

Lehighton Drug and Alcohol Task Force to hold watch program

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Lehighton Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Crime Watch Division, is hosting a neighborhood watch program from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Lehighton Area High School auditorium. The presentation will feature informative speakers and will enlist volunteers.

For more information, call (610) 377-1926.

Retail theft arrest in Schuylkill

Monday, February 27, 2012

State police at Frackville reported a retail theft arrest made in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said about 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, they were called to the Kmart store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township, for a person stopped by store employees for theft.

Troopers said Lori Grohol, 30, of Frackville, was observed on surveillance video taking four shirts and placing them into a bag without paying for them. The items were valued at $38.96.

She was issued a citation and released.