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March 2012

New Ringgold man facing drug count

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A New Ringgold man is facing a drug charge.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to the area of East Railroad Street in New Ringgold, on Wednesday evening, March 28, for a report of a man removing items from a dumpster owned by the Reading Railroad in the area of the railroad tracks.

At about 7:30 p.m. troopers located a man fitting the description of the suspect at 34 Hughes St.

Monroe man facing multiple charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Monroe County man is facing multiple charges, including attempted rape, following an incident reported on Sunday, March 25, about 6:52 a.m.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to a residence in the Emerald Lake Estates, in Tobyhanna Township, for a report of an assault.

Lehigh teen facing theft charge

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Lehigh County teen is facing a charge of theft following an incident that occurred at a Carbon County ski resort.

State police at Lehighton said Christopher Tyler Dieter, 19, of Whitehall, has been charged with theft for an incident that occurred on Feb. 13 at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township.

Troopers allege that Dieter took a snowboard bag from atop a locker at the ski lodge. The listed victim is John Ruckel, of Spring City, Chester County.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, along SR61 at Beacon St., in Palo Alto, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Victoria Zanoline, 19, of Fern Glen, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on Bacon St. and stopped for a stop sign at SR61.

Troopers said Zanoline then attempted to turn left to go south on 61 and pulled directly into the path of a northbound 2000 Saturn SL operated by Lauranne Wingard, 48, of Pottsville.

Mobile Community Cafe visits Lansford

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Feed The People volunteer Savana Penn, 12,serves italian bread to residents Donna Nalesnik and Nancy Napoli.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Feed The People volunteer Savana Penn, 12,serves italian bread to residents Donna Nalesnik and Nancy Napoli.

About two dozen volunteers with the new "Mobile Community Cafe", organized by the newly created Feed The People non-profit group, made a stop recently at the Mid Rise in Lansford. The cafe, which provides free hot meals every month at different locations and on different days, served hundreds of residents during the visit. Rita Trucios, director, Feed The People, talked about the program and its ideas for the future. Some ideas mentioned involved incorporating events and activities during the visits, such as chess, checkers, Dominos, guest speakers and even playing a mobile organ.

Abandoned property is entered

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary at an abandoned property in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said a home in the 100 block of Lower Road, in Mahanoy Township, was entered and removed was aluminum base electric heating units. The incident occurred sometime between March 3 and 27, troopers said.

The property is owned by Diane Felegie, 34, of Mahanoy City.

Jim Thorpe offense in high gear

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Jim Thorpe offense in high gear
Copyright 2012

Jim Thorpe scored in every atbat to beat Weatherly in a mercy-rule shortened baseball game on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Weatherly-Jim Thorpe

An eight-run fourth inning helped Jim Thorpe pull away from a close contest and post a 17-5 non-league win in five innings over Weatherly.

Ian Sterling paced the Olympians with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. Teammates Christian Gavornik (two singles) and Bryce Micchiche (single, double, run scored, RBI) also played well..

ACS WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., April 9, at the Simon Kramer Institute of Therapeutic Oncology. The center is located at 15 Alliance St. in New Philadelphia.

The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Man pleads guilty to 5 DUIs

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Ringtown motorist pleaded guilty to five counts of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court to serve six to 18 months in a state correctional institution.

Spring break

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Palmerton schools

The Palmerton Area School District announced that schools will be closed on Thursday, April 5, through Monday, April 9, for spring break. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 10.

Improvement project planned at pool

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

Directors of Lansford's Parks and Recreation Board were joined by Friends of the Lansford Pool on Wednesday to plan a month long improvement project at the borough's public swimming pool on the west end of town.

Lehighton MS book swap set for March 30

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The 8th Annual Lehighton Community Book Swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Admission is free.

The Lehighton Area Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association are teaming up for the event. There will also be an opportunity to get a Lehighton Area Memorial Library card.

Any books remaining at 5:30 p.m. will be given away free without exchange. This event is not for collectors.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Esther Sterzen and Stephen R. Sterzen, her husband, of 221 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale, to Joseph L. and Lisa M. Slakoper, 623 1/2 E. Patterson St., Lansford, property at 230 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, $1 (full consideration $10,000).

Jean M. Machamer, Tamaqua, to JCM Realty Holdings Inc., New Tripoli, 423 Glenwood Avenue, Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $6,000).

Jean M. Machamer, Tamaqua, to Thomas Rockwell, both of Tamaqua, property at 22 E. Union St., Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $19,000).

Bombers end Wilson's 58-meet win streak

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Vnce Voulo returns a serve during Tuesday's win at Lehighton. The Bears went on to score a 6-1 Mountain Valley Conference win.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Vnce Voulo returns a serve during Tuesday's win at Lehighton. The Bears went on to score a 6-1 Mountain Valley Conference win.

Palmerton proved to be quite successful in its 2012 track and field opener when it swept Wilson and Saucon Valley to end the Warrior boys' 58-meet win streak that dated ack to 2005.

In other action, Pleasant Valley picked up victories in tennis and track to highlight Tuesday's scholastic sports action.

TRACK

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley swept East Stroudsburg North in a Mountain Valley Conference meet.

The Bears won the boys meet, 81-69.

District Five C.Y.O. hosts DeclamationCompetition at Our Lady of the Angels

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford recently hosted the District Five Catholic Youth Organization Declamation Competition. Students from McAdoo Catholic, Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Jerome Regional, St. John Neumann and Our Lady of the Angels Academy competed in the event. Winners are from left, second place-girls, Sarah Grega from McAdoo Catholic; first place-girls, Clarissa Colondo from Ss. Peter and Paul; first place-boys, Henry Hichey from St. John Neumann; and second place-boys, Louis Mastroddi from St. Jerome Regional.

Carbon woman given six months in jail for DUI

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a minimum of six months in the county prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and a related count.

Donna Marie Demarco, 48, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related. She was arrested on April 13, 2011, along Behrens Road in Penn Forest Township after being involved in a one vehicle crash.

Slatington woman facing charges

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Slatington woman is facing charges following a domestic incident that occurred in the borough.

Police said about 4:33 p.m. on Monday, March 26, they responded to 426 W. Franklin St., for a domestic incident.

As a result of an investigation police charged Jackie Sugat, 38, of that address, with simple assault and harassment.

Carbon to participate in statewide weather emergency exercise

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Carbon County will again participate in a statewide weather emergency exercise at the 911 Communications Center in Nesquehoning on Thursday, March 29.

This exercise is part of Weather Emergency Preparedness Week, which was adopted by the Carbon County Commissioners during last week's meeting. Weather Emergency Preparedness Week is March 26 through March 30 and held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and U.S. National Weather Service's programs that help prepare citizens and elected officials for severe weather related dangers.

Video cameras to be installed at new multipurpose turf field

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Northern Lehigh School District plans to install video cameras at its new multipurpose turf field.

The district will accept bids for a close-circuit video surveillance to be positioned in the Bulldog Athletic Stadium until 2 p.m. Friday, April 20.

A mandatory prebid conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. in the District Office, 1201 Shadow Oaks Lane, Slatington. A project overview and stadium tour will be conducted for all prebid attendees at that time.

Godly love

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pastor Jim Cavallero, of the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua, hugs a teddy bear as he jokes with friends during a recent ACS fundraising event held at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.

One gives to three

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lisa McLaughlin of Brodheadsville was one of the donors at the Western Pocono Lions Club sponsored blood drive held at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville for Miller-Keystone Blood Center. Her gift of one unit of blood can impact three different people, explained Patti Serfass, Team Leader, at this drive. The blood can be separated in to red cells, plasma and platelets. The separation is done as to the needs of hospitals which utilize Miller Keystone, said Serfass, who serves as team leader at both blood drives and fixed sites.

Will you 'Friends' this movie?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Friends with Kids" is "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) meets the "Friends" TV show (1994-2004) meets a comedy by Judd Apatow.

It's also "Bridesmaids" Post-Graduate since four actors in leading roles appeared in that movie.

In "Friends with Kids," Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt, who wrote and directed the film) and Jason (Adam Scott) have been best friends for most of their lives. They see their married New York City friends' lives go from marital bliss to martial law when the babies arrive.

Deadline nears for BDWN Writer's Conference

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and freelance writer, will share her experience and knowledge as keynote speaker at the Black Diamond Writers' Network third annual Write it Right writers' conference. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

The day's events will also include the following sessions:

Ÿ "The Agent-Writer Relationship: Where Do We Go From Here?" presented by Boyle

Eighth annual Boyer Bowl set in Slatington

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The eight annual Boyer Bowl, Bowling for a Cause, will be held at the Slatington Bowling Center on Saturday, April 7. Session one is from 6-8:30 p.m. Session two is from 9-11:30 p.m.

Anyone interested may sign up at the Northern Lehigh High School or Northern Lehigh Middle School main offices, at Boyer's Hardware Store, or contact Chris Craig at (610) 730-0688, or Macgoofy13@gmail.com, or Justin Maurer at (610) 554-8597, or goldboy15@aol.com.

All proceeds go to the Asher F. Boyer Endowment Fund for future education.

Storm ripoffs

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Paul Williams, a contractor from North Wales, hides his face as he runs a gauntlet of incensed homeowners who claim he defrauded them over repairs to their Tamaqua and Rush Township homes.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Paul Williams, a contractor from North Wales, hides his face as he runs a gauntlet of incensed homeowners who claim he defrauded them over repairs to their Tamaqua and Rush Township homes.

Contractor to face trial on charges he defrauded local homeowners

A Montgomery County man will face trial in Schuylkill County court after allegedly defrauding several local homeowners following last May's destructive hail storm.

Lansford to sweep streets

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lansford borough has released its street sweeping schedule so folks will know when to move their cars. Streets are swept from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please check the signs on poles every day.

Friday, March 30: Patterson, Ridge and Bertsch streets, north side; Oak Street.

Monday, April 2: Patterson, Ridge and Bertsch streets, south side; Andrewsville and Front Street.

Tuesday, April 3: Abbott Street, north side; Water Street, both sides; Springgarden Street and Snyder Avenue, both sides.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 9:24 p.m. on March 21 at the intersection of Jonas and Merwinsburg roads, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Gerard Vanspanje, 50, of Kunkletown, was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Jonas Road and failed to properly stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection.

He traveled off the shoulder and struck a boulder along the berm.

Stauffer-Mead

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer
Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer

The parents of Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer have announced their engagement.

The bride is the daughter of Elmer and Annmarie Stauffer of Nesquehoning. She is also the granddaughter of Clifford and Floretta Stauffer of Weatherly and Samuel and Jennie Citrano of Mahoning Valley.

She is a 2006 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2010 graduate of McCann's School of Business and Technology, where she received an associate of specialized business in massage therapy. She is employed by Millbrook Homecare.

Carbon GOP to hold egg hunt in Lehighton

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A free Easter egg hunt will be held at the Lehighton Community Park on Saturday, March 31, at noon.

Children ages 0-11 are invited. 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.

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

2 life flighted after crash on No. 9 hill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Officer Robert Shubeck looks over the totaled sedan, which rolled over multiple times down the 30-foot embankment.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Officer Robert Shubeck looks over the totaled sedan, which rolled over multiple times down the 30-foot embankment.

Two males were life flighted this morning to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, after their sedan overshot a turn, struck a sign and rolled down an embankment located on the No. 9 hill between Coaldale and Lansford.

The incident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m., closed SR209 for about two hours while emergency personnel and police responded.

Firefighters on scene said the first male crawled out, while the other one had to be extricated.

Tea Party wants complete repeal of ObamaCare

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

As the Supreme Court of the United States wraps up oral arguments today on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, various area conservative and Tea Party leaders made clear that they are not relying solely on the court's verdict to undo the extremely controversial and increasingly unpopular law.

"The U.S. Supreme Court is not the only remedy for deconstructing this disastrous piece of legislation," said Independence Hall Tea Party Association president, Teri Adams. "Even though we are confidant that the court will overturn the law in part or in full, we will not rest.