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March 2012

Monroe crash

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Monroe County driver was cited following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 12:44 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, in front of 722 Kuhenbeaker Road, in Long Pond.

Rapid response by fire crews save Tresckow home

Saturday, March 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to save a Tresckow home following a fire on the second floor.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to save a Tresckow home following a fire on the second floor.

Firefighters were quick to quell a house fire in Tresckow Friday morning that sent a mother and older son to Hazleton General Hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation.

Emergency responders were called to 4 East Hemlock Street just after 10:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. When they arrived, they saw high flames inside the second story window of the home.

Paper's priorities

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dear Editor:

So the Times News will send a reporter over 200 miles to Washington D.C. to cover an anti-health care rally but won't send a reporter 80 miles to Harrisburg to cover Redistricting hearings impacting Summit Hill and Carbon County (something ALREADY determined to be unconstitutional).

Sounds about right, given the newspaper's priorities these days. If Jerry Knowles was given advance notice of the proposed story, we'd have all the bases covered.

Billy O'Gurek, Jr.

Summit Hill

All is fair in love; but not in this war

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dear Editor:

I really believe, it is time for everyone, most importantly our government, to begin to realize that America is involved in a "religious" war worldwide, and the sooner we all understand this, the more prepared we will all be in remaining a united "One Nation Under Our God". Our present day military armed forces fighting in Afghanistan right now have become; too shorthanded, too over worked, too battle fatigued, and too many of them are losing their incentive, and much needed initiative to continue fighting in a war which appears to have no end in sight.

Store manager charged with theft

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nicole Baranowski, 38, of 111 North First St., Lehighton, has been charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property by Lehighton Police Department.

Police reported that on March 17, 2012, Baranowski, store manager of the Dollar General Store, Lehighton, failed to make a deposit of $2,345 into the Dollar General's account. Baranowski later admitted she used the money for her personal use.

Kidder citations

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Kidder Township police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

On March 22 about 10:05 a.m. Harry Devine, of Albrightsville, was cited for going 49.8 miles-per-hour, in a 35 zone on Lake Drive; and the same date at 12:05 p.m. Ben Tatum, of Blakeslee, was cited for going 46.2 mph in a 35 zone on Lake Drive.

Fire crews from 2 counties battle fast-moving West Penn brush fire

Saturday, March 31, 2012
A firefighter battles Friday's fast-moving fire in West Penn Township.
A firefighter battles Friday's fast-moving fire in West Penn Township.

Fire fighters from two counties battled a fast moving brush fire Friday afternoon in West Penn Township.

The fire was first reported near 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of Spring Road near Cold Spring Rroad. Flames were racing up a steep embankment into a heavily wooded area.

Fire companies from West Penn No. 1, Mahoning Valley, Tamaqua and Lehighton responded. The flames were fanned by high winds and fed by dry brush.

Fire fighters were on scene for two hours.

A senior moment

Saturday, March 31, 2012

There were these three old ladies discussing the trials and tribulations of getting older.

One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can't remember whether I need to put it away or start making a sandwich."

The second lady chimed in with, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down."

A 'little' caffeine can help workouts

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A number of well-known nutritionists have said something similar to this: that the obesity epidemic in the U.S. has occurred not from belt-loosening pig-outs but from minor miscalculations. A few go so far as to say that the epidemic would end abruptly and the collective health of America would improve radically if Americans simply consumed 100 fewer calories a day.

That's not much food at all.

Inmate assaulted at SCI-Mahanoy

Saturday, March 31, 2012

An inmate was flown to a area hospital after he was assaulted at the State Correctional Institution (SCI)-Mahanoy, in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Edward Martin, 47, was struck in the face by inmate Ryan Menkins, 26, about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Martin fell backwards and struck his head on the ground.

He was flown by Lifeflight helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, troopers said.

Charges against Menkins are pending completion of the investigation, troopers added.

Lehighton man charged with drugs

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department charged Eugene Sillers, 23, of 132 S. Third St., Lehighton, with unlawful possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Nov. 10, 2011, police were called to his residence for a suspected drug overdose. Upon receiving results of evidentiary items found at the scene, charges have been filed.

Super Cupboard

Saturday, March 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kara Knoblauch chops vegetables for chicken soup.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kara Knoblauch chops vegetables for chicken soup.

Program teaches low-income young mothers how to buy, prepare and budget nutritious foods

What began in the early 1990s as a handful of women learning basic cooking skills on a couple of hot plates in a vocational school classroom has blossomed into a fun, full-scale nutrition education program, one that even sends participants home with bags of free groceries.

The program will hold its next set of classes from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. To register for the free classes, call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.

Effort man found guilty of murder

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Michael J. Parrish of Effort has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend and their toddler son nearly three years ago.

The jury in the Monroe County case announced the guilty verdict just after 5 p.m. on Friday, only an hour and a half after closing arguments were heard.

Parrish could now face the death penalty for the double murders.

Mom's clothes line

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's hard to believe, but there are lots of young people out there who have no idea what a clothes line is, or what it is used for. Today it's perma-press. Take the clothes out of the washer, throw them in the electric dryer, and bingo, dry clothes, most of them ready to wear.

Mom might throw a scented sheet in with the clothes so they come out of the dryer smelling "outdoors fresh."

That wasn't always the case.

Man charged with corruption of minors

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department charged Gary Caprio, 48, of 103 S. Sixth St., Lehighton, with corruption of minors and disorderly conduct and a 12-year-old male has been cited with harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police said that on Feb. 24, 2011, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the 12-year-old exited the vehicle Caprio was driving and chased an 11-year-old male. After making contact with the 11-year-old, the older male kicked, punched and pushed the younger boy to the ground.

State places ban on hospital

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ashland facility hit with violations

The Pennsylvania De-partment of Health is banning a Schuylkill County hospital from admitting patients and performing operations.

On March 23, officials at Saint Catherine Medical Center Fountain Springs in Ashland were informed by the Department of Health that it is being banned from any admissions into the hospital.

On Friday, the ban was expanded to also include surgeries, as well as emergency and out-patient procedures.

Carbon to host Fun-N-Safety Fair May 5

Saturday, March 31, 2012
TIMES NEWS File photo Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who is also a member of Carbon County Safe Kids, left, shows families what could happen if a child isn't wearing a helmet and they fall. He used the "coconut-crusher," a tool used to illustrate helmet safety, not seen, during the annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair at the Carbon Mason Lodge 242 in Jim Thorpe. The fifth annual fair, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Jim Thorpe.
TIMES NEWS File photo Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who is also a member of Carbon County Safe Kids, left, shows families what could happen if a child isn't wearing a helmet and they fall. He used the "coconut-crusher," a tool used to illustrate helmet safety, not seen, during the annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair at the Carbon Mason Lodge 242 in Jim Thorpe. The fifth annual fair, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Jim Thorpe.

Mark your calendars.

The fifth annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair is coming to Carbon County.

The event, sponsored by Carbon Masonic Lodge 242 and partnered with Carbon County Safe Kids, will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, located at Fifth and Center streets in Jim Thorpe. The fair, which is open to all Carbon County children and their families, will be held rain or shine.

Possession of weapon on school grounds

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department filed charges on a 15-year-old Lehighton area male juvenile for possessing a weapon on school property. On March 13, 2012, a Middle School personnel found a book bag left outside of the school. Upon searching the bag for identification, a knife was found in the bag.

Pa. House bill protects homeowners from mechanics' liens

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently voted in support of legislation that passed in a bipartisan manner through the House that would protect Pennsylvania and property owners from unfair mechanics' liens filed by subcontractors if those property owners paid their contractors in full.

"As many homeowners have discovered, these threats against properties prohibit them from selling or refinancing their homes, as well as obtaining other types of loans," said Heffley. "The liens also make it difficult for property owners to receive services for work still under warranty."

Lehighton Grove playground vandalized

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department is investigating a vandalism report which occurred to the Lehighton Grove Playground, resulting in damages of $1,600. The police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police at 610-377-4003. All calls will be kept confidential.

Pennsylvania Tax Freedom Day is fast approaching

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gosh, I can't wait for April 14. That is the day we start working for ourselves instead of the federal and state governments.

Every day we work prior to April 14 is to pay our annual taxes. Since this is the same date as last year, it is safe to conclude that any additional tax increases were small enough that we do not have to work an extra day for the government. After doing my 2010 taxes, I realized that continuing to work only increased my tax burden without making a significant difference to our finances.

Corbett forms council to help sportsmen

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett has issued an executive order creating the Governor's Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to help ensure the concerns of hunters, anglers and others are heard at the highest levels of state government.

$366K is low bid on gym work

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It could cost Palmerton Area School District over $366,000 to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The district received five proposals on Friday, in which CMG, of Easton, submitted the apparent low bid of $366,200 to do the work.

That bid was $73,622 than the next lowest bid of $439,622, turned in by Ondra-Huyett & Associates, of Allentown.

Other companies that bid were F.J. Lesher General Contractor, of Palmerton ($445,000); Serfass Construction, of Allentown ($533,500); and Bracy Contracting, of Allentown ($572,600).

Two jailed for Lansford incident

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Paul Garcia II, 25, 6943 Weiss Road, Apt. 1, New Tripoli, and Marcus Vought, 25, 50 W. Ridge St., Apt. 3R, Lansford, face charges from an incident which took place 10:25 p.m. March 14 at 249 E. Patterson St.

Felony charges of criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit burglary against both men were filed by Officer Joshua Tom. Vought is charged with an additional crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to prison.

Mauch Chunk Museum receives pioneer documents

Saturday, March 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Jim Thorpe historian Jack Gunsser, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society review a document from the Ruddle archives.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Jim Thorpe historian Jack Gunsser, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society review a document from the Ruddle archives.

A cache of historical documents related to an pioneer family of Carbon County, including an original letter dating to 1818, were donated to the historical societies of Jim Thorpe and are being archived at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

The materials, which were in the possession of William Kent Haydock of Darien Connecticut, contain elements of his family's history predating their arrival in America. The material had been collected by various family members for close to 200 years, and Haydock felt it was time they were turned over to an appropriate historical society.

'Obama Care' is unconstitutional, therefore it is not a law

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void. Marbury versus Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174,176 (1803).

"Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." Miranda versus Arizona, 384 US 436,491 (1966).

"The claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime." Miller versus U.S., 230 F. Supp. 486, 489 (1956).

On this date

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 1932

Tomorrow night the crowds will begin their mamrch to McGinley's auditorium, where the all-night dance of the Diligent Fire Company will be held. Profound interest is manifested an indications point to a record breaking attendance. In addition to this community being largely represented, there will be a big representation from neighboring towns and adjoining counties.

A feature will be the music by two orchestras, Werley's of Tamaqua and Marburger's of Reading, two of the best in the state.

Nesquehoning man jailed

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Nesquehoning man was jailed on Thursday, March 29, after being arrested for entering vehicles in the borough and removing items. It is not the first time he has been charged with such crimes.

Borough police served a search warrant on Michael John McFadden, 23, at his residence at 318 E. Catawissa St. Found in the home were narcotics and property stolen in the vehicel break-ins.

Kunkletown man charged by police

Saturday, March 31, 2012

John Lamp, 31, of Kunkletown, R. 3, was charged by Lehighton Police Department with criminal attempt to commit acquisition or obtaining of possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, forgery and criminal attempt to commit theft, as a result of submitting a fraudulent prescription to First National Pharmacy, North First Street, Lehighton on Nov. 7, 2011.

The charges were filed on Nov. 23, 2011 and an arrest warrant was recently served upon Lamp on March 20, 2012.

Carbon crash

Saturday, March 31, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported on a one vehicle crash that occurred about 8:48 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, along the entrance ramp to Interstate 80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County.

Troopers said Priscilla E. Mendoza, 18, of Cresco, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Elantra on the ramp when she failed to negotiate a right turn. Her car crossed the opposite lane and struck an embankment along the berm.

Mendoza was not injured. She was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Dramatic rally lifts Northwestern

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Katie Williams of Northwestern prepares to make contact with a pitch against Northern Lehigh.
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Katie Williams of Northwestern prepares to make contact with a pitch against Northern Lehigh.

Down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning, Northwestern was one out away from losing to rival Northern Lehigh and falling 0-2 in Colonial League play.

But the Tigers got three quick hits, including back to back home runs by Brooke Heller and Cailie Rehrig for an 8-7 win.

"We had our heads down a little bit in the middle innings, but we knew what we had to do," said Rehrig after her walk-off solo home run. "We knew we could do it. We have big hitters. We had the top of the line up up."