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March 2012

Lansford police scam warning

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lansford police are urging anyone who receives a call alleging a relative has been arrested in a foreign country and needs large sum of money for an attorney to contact them.

Last Thursday, a resident told police she received a phone call from someone claiming to be an attorney and saying that a relative was arrested in Mexico. The caller told the resident a taxi would be sent to her home to take her to the bank to withdraw a large sum of money to pay legal fees.

Guns stolen in Monroe break-in

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guns were reported stolen in a Monroe County burglary. The break-in and a theft incidents were investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said the residence of Joseph Patrick Mchsane, of 4589 Sherwood Drive, Robinhood Lakes, Kunkletown, Polk Township, was discovered entered. Entry occurred sometime between Monday, March 26, at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Schuylkill County community comes together to remember four fire victims

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Pee Wee football coach Joe Gervalis raises two helmets in the air during last night's vigil. Gervalis said that both Christian and Damian were going to play on his football team this year. He added that Christian won the award for most valuable player last year. "He was a hard-working kid and all about effort. Both kids were good little guys who were very respectful," Gervalis said. "Damian was going to play on our Little League team this year."
Pee Wee football coach Joe Gervalis raises two helmets in the air during last night's vigil. Gervalis said that both Christian and Damian were going to play on his football team this year. He added that Christian won the award for most valuable player last year. "He was a hard-working kid and all about effort. Both kids were good little guys who were very respectful," Gervalis said. "Damian was going to play on our Little League team this year."

Mother called a hero

"We'll remember her as a hero."

That is what Eric Becker of Shenandoah said during last night's community candlelight vigil to describe the selfless actions of friend Tiffany Matejick-Sanchez, 29, during the last few seconds of a row home fire that claimed her life and that of her son, Cristian Sanchez, 10; and nephews, Damien Lopez, 10, and 7-month-old Aziah Hernandez early Tuesday morning.

Obamacare challenge

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Government defense team had rough week

Nesquehoning citations issued

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nesquehoning police Officer Timothy Wuttke issued the following citations:

On March 23, a driver was cited in the 300 block of East Catawissa Street for illegal tint on windows, and a driver going 71 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone on SR93. On March 25, speeding tickets to a driver going 64 mph in a 40 zone on SR54 and one to a driver going 85 mph in a 55 zone on SR93.

Argall applauds Senate's action on banning ObamaCare mandate for Pennsylvanians

Thursday, March 29, 2012

HARRISBURG – State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) applauded the Senate's action Wednesday to remove the requirement to purchase health insurance under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Twelve enter guilty pleas

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Twelve defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Theft of checks

Justin Lee Costello, 27, of Slatington, and formerly of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and forgery.

He admitted taking 12 blank checks of Herbert Helmer and forging his name on three of them. He was able to cash two of the checks but failed on the third attempt after the bank had frozen the account.

Reading plus math equals fun

Thursday, March 29, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author MW Penn recently brought her unique blend of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District. Pictured left to right are Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools Principal Aaron Sebelin; Mahoning Elementary School teacher Kaye Miller dressed as The Cat in the Hat as a tribute to Dr. Seuss; MW Penn; and LASD Superintendent James Kraky.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author MW Penn recently brought her unique blend of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District. Pictured left to right are Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools Principal Aaron Sebelin; Mahoning Elementary School teacher Kaye Miller dressed as The Cat in the Hat as a tribute to Dr. Seuss; MW Penn; and LASD Superintendent James Kraky.

Author makes presentation at four Lehighton elementary schools

Blending reading and mathematics has proven to be a successful formula for author MW Penn. The result of her chemistry experiment is one of education's most basic fundamentals – "When you catch the students' interest, then you are able to teach them."

Penn recently brought her love of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District for presentations at all four elementary schools – East Penn, Franklin, Mahoning, and Shull-David.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a crash in Carbon County. State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 2:07 a.m. on March 18 along 57 Road at Christman Rd., in Towamensing Township.

Troopers responded to the location and observed a vehicle attempting to leave the scene. A stop was made and the driver identified as Timothy W. Shultz, 37, of Kunkletown.

FOP endorses Rich for state senate

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Thursday, March 15, the Melley Memorial Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 500 current and former state police officers, voted to endorse Brian Rich for State Senate in the 29th District.

Thomas Maley, president of the organization, stated that the members appreciate the consideration Brian Rich has shown their group in general and are looking forward to his anticipated support of our members in particular.

Police cruiser involved in crash

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A state police cruiser was involved in a crash in Monroe County on Wednesday, March 28. State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 2:55 p.m. along Interchange Road (SR209), in Polk Township.

Troopers said Tammy Vanbuskirk, of Kresgeville, was northbound and started to slow down in an attempt to make a right turn into her driveway. She activated her turn signal. Trooper John Cheponis, of the Lehighton barracks, was behind her and swerved to the right to avoid striking Vanbuskirk's 2003 Dodge Durango.

Monroe woman facing charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Monroe County woman is facing a charge of false reports to law enforcement authorities.

State police at Fern Ridge said Kelly Marie House, 23, of Effort, reported on March 12, that between 7:14 and 10:30 p.m. her vehicle was struck in the parking lot of the Citgo station along SR115, in Chestnuthill Township, and also claimed that terroristic threats were made against her father and brother.

Troopers said an investigation determined these claims were unsubstantiated and the charge is pending.

Schuylkill vehicle break-ins probed

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Three vehicles were entered in the Schuylkill County community of Palo Alto. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the entries occurred sometime between 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and 6 a.m. on Wednesday. All the entries occurred along Savory St.

Weatherly routs Jim Thorpe

Thursday, March 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe second baseman Gianna Bucci prepares to put the tag on Weatherly's Tiana Genetti.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe second baseman Gianna Bucci prepares to put the tag on Weatherly's Tiana Genetti.

Age really is just a number with this year's Weatherly softball team.

Lady Wreckers' freshmen pitchers Jess Polchin and Kelly Parker combined to throw quite a ball game against Jim Thorpe, allowing just four hits and three runs in five innings of work. Their performance on the mound along with an explosive offensive effort from their teammates earned Weatherly a 19-4 non-league victory against The Lady Olympians on Wednesday afternoon.

Tamaqua man facing charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Tamaqua man has been charged following an incident in the borough on March 23.

Police were dispatched to the area of Orwigsburg and Bowe streets at 1:40 a.m. for a report of damage caused to vehicles.

Patrolman Karl Harig is the investigating officer. He determined that Jason Hill, 21, of Railroad St., had removed a cinderblock and brick from a property at 114 Orwigsburg St., then used the objects to damage the windshields and bodies of two parked vehicles. The vehicles are owned by John Sienkiewicz, of Bowe St.

Carbon County court news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Discover Bank, Jenkintown, filed against Jillian N. Shellhamer, 110 W. Fell St., Summit Hill. Sought is $2,279.49.

Traffic stop leads to DUI charge

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A traffic stop in Monroe County has led to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge pending against the driver.

State police at Lehighton said Libardo Roa, 33, of Albrightsville, was stopped about 2:44 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, along SR209 at SR534 in Polk Township, for a motor vehicle code violation. He was found to be under the influence, troopers said.

Brush fire halted

Thursday, March 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Valley firefighters stopped a brush fire in its tracks Wednesday afternoon along SR902 on the township side of Bugzie's Mountain. The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m. as flames were climbing an embankment and entering a field along the east berm halfway up the mountain. Firemen used streams of water to extinguish the flames and cool hot spots. Firefighters and township police examined articles along the berm which may be evidence into the origin of the fire. Mahoning Valley fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Scholarships available for 2012 nursing and higher education

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scholarships are available for 2011 for nursing and higher education students.

The William C. and Loretta K. Shirar Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and the Robert A. and Jean D. Benner Nursing Scholarship were established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school seniors or older individuals who are pursuing a career as a registered nurse.

The applicant must be a voting member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Palmerton Exchange Club slates egg hunt

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Exchange Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt, run by Bob and Nancy Thompson, will be held this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. Rain date is Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

There will be prizes in each age group and a raffle that will be held after the hunt.

So kids, don't forget to bring your baskets and parents and grandparents, don't forget your cameras.

If you have any questions, please call (610) 377-6927.

Western Pocono Women's Club hosts Pocono Medical Center's CEO

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pampanin on their wedding day.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pampanin of Summit Hill will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

They were married on Sept. 26, 1964 in St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill by Monsignor Hailey.

Mrs. Pampanin is the former Elizabeth Philipovich, daughter of the late Peter and Christine Philipovich.

Mr. Pampanin is the son of the late Peter and Helen Pampanin.

Regional extended trout season starts Saturday

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Clyde Warner Jr., Assistant Supervisor, Northeast Region, PA Fish and Boat Commission, checks the temperature of a creek in the village of Normal Square prior to stocking it with trout.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Clyde Warner Jr., Assistant Supervisor, Northeast Region, PA Fish and Boat Commission, checks the temperature of a creek in the village of Normal Square prior to stocking it with trout.

The trout season begins earlier in southeastern Pennsylvania counties and designated waterways crossing into these counties. Anglers have marked spring's arrival for decades by the opening day of trout season. And, in these regions, trout season arrives early starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday. Two weeks later, Saturday, April 14, the 2012 trout season opens throughout the rest of the state at 8 a.m. – and the regular trout season is then open 24/7 statewide.

Tamaqua officer on DA's drug task force

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Tamaqua police officer was one of three veteran officers appointed by the Schuylkill County commissioners to serve as investigative-consultants for the District Attorney's Drug Task Force, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting, held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Man jailed for sexual assault

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Lehigh County man was jailed on Tuesday, March 27, after being arrested and charged with various counts of sexual assault.

State police at Fogelsville said Joshua Winston James, 22, of Wescosville, was arraigned on one count each of rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, indecent assault and harassment. He was unable to post $100,000 bail and was remanded to the county prison.

Lehigh crash probed

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a two-vehicle crash about 12:19 p.m. along SR863 at the intersection with Shochary Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, on March 17.

Troopers said Nichole A. Hoffner, 24, of Slatington, was stopped for a stop sign on Shochary Road and attempted to cross 863 and pulled into the path of Flavio P. Corrocher, 64, of Quakertown, who was northbound on 663.

The front end of Corrocher's 2008 BMW struck the front left wheel of Hoffner's 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Three vehicle crash in Schuylkill

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Frackville reported investigating a three vehicle crash in Schuylkill County on Wednesday, March 27. The accident occurred about 11:31 a.m. at the intersection of state routes 895 and 443, in East Brunswick Township.

Troopers said James A. Hiller, 68, of Trout Run, Lycoming County, was eastbound on 895 and attempted to make a left turn onto 443. He failed to observe a vehicle operated by Susan A. Marcero, 65, of Hazleton, who was westbound on 895 and approaching the intersection. Marcero's 1997 Ford Windstar struck Hiller's 2010 Ford Fusion.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

David L. Davidovich Jr. to David L. Davidovich Jr., P.O. Box 5, Tresckow, property at 10 E. Cherry St., $1.

East Penn Township

Ronald R. Bowman to Ronald R. Bowman, 113 Ziegler Road, Lehighton, Lot 2, Allen and Esther Ziegler Subdivision, $1.

Frank P. Rapa to Frank P. Rapa, 125 Laurelview Drive, Lehighton, Frank and Renee Rapa Lot Joinder Plan, $1.

Franklin Township

Barton R, Cannariato to Barton R. Cannariato, 493 Hemlock Trail, Lehighton, property at 493 Hemlock Trail, $1.

Carbon 4-H officers

Thursday, March 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Special advisor to the Governor "Boots" Hetherington on Wednesday welcomed recently elected officers of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club for 2012. From left are treasurer David Magyar, 18, of Lehighton; vice-president Alyssa Wentz, 16, of Franklin Township; Hetherington; secretary Carissa Sevrin, 16, of Lehighton; president A.J. Sevrin, 18, also of Lehighton. Missing from the photo is news reporter Courtney Getz.

On this date

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2006

March 29, 2006 Alysia Hough scores two goals to help the Lehighton girls soccer team pick up the first victory in the history of the program. The Indians, who were winless in their initial season the previous year, register a 3-2 Mountain Valley Conference triumph of Stroudsburg. The winners, coached by Mike Guidice, also receive a goal from Tiffani Horn.

Carbon County court news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Divorces started

Yanira Garay, 141 Meckesville Rd., Albrightsville, filed against Cristobal Garay, 218 Church Rd., Jim Thorpe. They were married May 29, 1998.

Ivonne Sierra, 31 Leonard St, Apt. 7A, Brooklyn, N.Y., filed against Kelly J. Snowe Sr., 233 Ridge St., Lansford. They were married Sept. 19, 2002.

Douglas J. Rimbey, c/o 1396 Red Hill Rd., Lehighton, filed against Valerie J. Rimbey, 311 S. Seventh St., Lehighton. They were married July 5, 2008.

Carbon GOP to hold egg hunt in Lehighton

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin' down to the Lehighton Community Park on Saturday, March 31, at noon.

Bring your children ages 0-11 to enjoy a beautiful spring morning and an exciting Easter Egg hunt! There will be candy surprises in each egg and a few "lucky" eggs in each age group will contain a ticket to claim a larger prize.

This free event is sponsored by the Carbon County GOP, Alfies Pizza, Diggity Dog and Castle Grill Restaurant.

Hippity hoppity Easter's on its way!