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April 2012

Tamaqua news

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a number of activities planned for the month of May, including a spring picnic on May 25.

Other special days next month include: May 1, show and tell; May 4, taco day; May 7, craft day; May 8, design a sock day; May 10, May basket construction; May 11, foot doctor visit; May 14, sing a long with Audrey Christ; May 15, monthly birthday party; May 18, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten students; May 23, Salvation Army service; May 30, cooking class; May 31, movie day.

Alleged drug dealer arrested

Thursday, April 26, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Officer Anthony Stanell and Tom Rodgers prepare to transport alleged drug dealer Gilberto Luis Rodriguez to his arraignment last night. Rodriguez came under the scrutiny of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force following a tip from Lansford Police.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Officer Anthony Stanell and Tom Rodgers prepare to transport alleged drug dealer Gilberto Luis Rodriguez to his arraignment last night. Rodriguez came under the scrutiny of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force following a tip from Lansford Police.

An alleged drug dealer was arrested in Tamaqua last night as borough police, acting in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, executed a warrant for 34 year old Gilberto Luis "Cheese" Rodriguez. In addition to the alleged drug dealer, officers collected dozens of $50 and $20 "rocks" of crack cocaine.

Rodriguez, whose last known address was in York, was picked up in Freddy's Pub, Mauch Chunk Street, shortly after 11 p.m. on a warrant issued for a drug sale made on March 7.

Barnesville man facing theft charges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Barnesville man is facing charges of theft after an incident at Basile's Restaurant, Hometown, on April 19.

Rush Township police said Perry Wagner, 46, caused a disturbance at 7:53 p.m., then left the restaurant without paying for his meal.

Fifteen enter guilty pleas

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Leanna M. Altemose, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person. She was arrested on Nov. 29, 2011, by Palmerton police when they went to the residence along Delaware Avenue where they suspected illegal drug activity.

Police said they found drugs in the home and drug paraphernalia. Also found in the home were Altemose's two children, ages one and four.

Nesquehoning presented two options for refinancing three existing loans

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Present at Wednesday's Nesquehoning Council meeting was bond lawyer Ben Reed of Rhoads & Sinon. Reed presented council with two options for refinancing three existing loans along with securing a draw down line of credit to be utilized for construction projects.

Under the terms of the loan, $823,000 would be borrowed to pay off present loans with Jim Thorpe National Bank and Mauch Chunk Trust and $1,000,000 for line of credit.

Students to compete in oratory competition

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Students from Carbon County high schools will deliver speeches at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Penn's Peak for the annual Carbon County Oratory Competition.

Each high school will be represented by one male orator and one female orator. Competitors write their own 5-8 minute speech and deliver it to a live audience. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and the top female orators. All of the speeches will be between five to eight minutes long but could be about any subject and be in any style.

Borough Annex to be renamed in honor of Vietnam casualty

Thursday, April 26, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Lehighton Class of 1964 have proposed to rename the Lehighton Borough Annex after PFC Clyde Richard Houser, a member of the last class graduating from the annex and the first Lehighton graduate killed in Vietnam. The Lehighton Borough Annex served as the Lehighton High School until 1964, when a new high school (the current Lehighton Middle School) opened. The annex was also used as Lehighton's junior high until the 1990s.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Lehighton Class of 1964 have proposed to rename the Lehighton Borough Annex after PFC Clyde Richard Houser, a member of the last class graduating from the annex and the first Lehighton graduate killed in Vietnam. The Lehighton Borough Annex served as the Lehighton High School until 1964, when a new high school (the current Lehighton Middle School) opened. The annex was also used as Lehighton's junior high until the 1990s.

During this week's Lehighton Borough Council meeting, members of the Lehighton Class of 1964 requested that the Borough Annex Building be renamed in honor of PFC Clyde Richard Houser, a member of the Class of 1964 and the first Lehighton graduate killed in combat in Vietnam.

L.B. Morris Elementary releases honors list

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe has announced the honors list for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Honor roll

Third grade

Copper wire stolen from tower site

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Copper wiring was reported stolen from a remote tower site in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said 75-feet of the ground wire was removed from remote site along Tuscarora Mountain Road, in Schuylkill Township. The theft occurred sometime between April 21 and Wednesday, April 25. The listed victim of the theft is Green's Communications of Pottsville.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

S.A.L. volunteer over two decades of litter cleanup

Thursday, April 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members and volunteers with the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) in Tamaqua spent numerous hours over the weekend cleaning both sides of SR209 between Coaldale and Tamaqua. In addition to collecting over 35 bags of trash, they removed many tires and large pieces of construction materials. Volunteers pointed out that they adopted the road over two decades ago and routinely pick up trash throughout the year. They also gave credit for their dedication to Robert Matula, who started the Sons of the American Legion in Tamaqua.

Underage drinking

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A 17-year-old Summit Hill male was charged after police found him to be intoxicated.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 31, at 12:39 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 Block of West Ludlow street for a male wearing no shoes and slumped against a parked car. They found the individual just wearing a T-shirt, shorts and no shoes.

He was found to be highly intoxicated and charged with public drunkenness and underage drinking.

Retail theft arrest reported in Monroe

Thursday, April 26, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported on a retail theft arrest made by troopers at a Monroe County business.

Troopers responded to the Rite Aid pharmacy, located at the intersection of state routes 209 and 115, in Chestnuthill Township, about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, for a theft incident.

Troopers were told by store personnel that Donna Ann Rodriguez, of Blakeslee, had walked out of the store with merchandise valued at $77.94 without paying for it.

She was issued a citation and released, troopers said.

April "Student of the Month" named by Penn-Kidder Lions

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club honored Julia Tonelis as the April "Student of the Month" certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Julia is an eighth grade student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. From left are, Manual DaCosta, club president; Julia Tonelis, the recipient; Stacey Tonelis, her mother; and Nicholas Trovarello, her brother.

Driver identified; facing charges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rush Township police have identified the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck involved in an accident on Marian Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Jarred Foilweiler, 22, of Quakake, was driving the truck at 3:45 p.m. when he lost control and struck an embankment. The truck rolled over.

Foilweiler will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) as well as other charges after a breath test indicated a .126 percent blood alcohol content.

A photo of the accident was published in the April 23 edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Charged with fighting at PV school

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A 13-year-old Coaldale female was charged after she started a fight at Panther Valley Middle School.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 13, officers received a report that there was an incident at the middle school where the female caused a disturbance by fighting.

She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Rt. 248 crash injures two

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two men were seriously injured late Wednesday afternoon when involved in a grinding head-on crash along SR248 (Lehigh Drive) in Lehigh Township, Northampton County. The crash occurred about 4:20 p.m. and a half mile east of Locust Drive. Police said a car operated by Tyrone Johnson, 37, of Lehigh Township, was westbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided into a pickup truck driven by Aaron Krause, 29, of Pennsville, Lehigh Township. Passing motorists freed Krause from the truck, which had fire showing in the front end. Other motorists extinguished the fire, police said.

Sisko, Kosciolek have big days on diamond

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pleasant Valley's Rachel Sisko had a big day at the plate and Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek came up big on the mound to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

SOFTBALL

Lehighton-Pleasant Vy.

Rachel Sisko led a potent attack as Pleasant Valley defeated Lehighton, 17-7, in a Mountain Valley Conference game.

On this date

Thursday, April 26, 2012

April 26, 1956

April 26, 1956 Walter Niehoff cops the mile run and is part of the winning two-fifths mile relay as Lehighton registers a 68 1/6-31 5/6 track victory over Nesquehoning. Tommy Shupp earns first in the shot put and ties with Dick Semmel for tops in the high jump. The Indians, coached by Ben Jones, also receive firsts from Ken Reid (discus) and Ronemus (880). For the Nesquers, Bob Macenka wins both the 100 and 220.

Rare coin reported stolen in Monroe

Thursday, April 26, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the theft of a rare coin, valued at over $10,000, during a Monroe County burglary.

Troopers said the residence of Leonard Sturmak, 71, of Little Mexico Rd., in Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township, was entered. The theft occurred sometime between Nov. 1, 2011, and April 20, troopers said.

Lansford woman charged with possession

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Melanie Dale, 104 Lansford Court, 28, On Feb. 29, at 2:42 p.m., police were dispatched to 104 Lansford Court for drug overdose. Investigation led that Dale bought some controlled substance and was had a bad reaction to them. There was a child in her apartment with her. She was charged with possesion of controlled substance and endangering the welfare of children.

Brownie incident results in charges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

An investigation into an allegation made by two students at Ss. Peter and Paul school in Lehighton in which it was alleged brownies made at the school contained marijuana, has concluded with the two students being cited.

The incident was first reported on Oct. 21, 2011, to borough police. Police said the two students, a female age 13 and a male age 14, both of Lehighton, claimed the brownies they made at the school contained marijuana.

Police said after lengthy and costly testing, laboratory results have now confirmed there was no marijuana present in the brownies.

2012 NFL draft

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Luck, RG III are locks ... then fun begins

The 2012 NFL Draft is now just hours away, and make no mistake about it, today is a great day to be a football fan. It's even a greater day to be a draftnik! This year's draft is filled with a few certainties and a lot of unpredictability. Yes, we know the Colts are selecting Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the Draft. Yes, we know the Redskins gave up a king's ransom to trade up to the second spot and will be selecting Robert Griffin III. But then what?

2 CCTI students donate to MDA

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA member's Kellyann Higgins (Palmerton) and Bree-Anne D'Esposito (Jim Thorpe) presented an $800 check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Representative Courtney Angle, the fund raising coordinator of the MDA office in Allentown, proudly accepted the donation. Last year, Kellyann and Bree-Anne started their own non-profit business called Kandi for a Cause for their DECA competitive project. At the state competition this past February, Kellyann and Bree-Anne won third place in the Learn and Earn Event.

Dairy cow infected with 'mad cow' virus

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that a dairy cow in California tested positive for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow" disease). The USDA also confirmed the cow did not enter the animal feed or human food supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with federal and state authorities to further investigate this case.

Joins Silberline firm as controller

Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., the global supplier of effect pigments with its Corporate Headquarters in Tamaqua, announced that Andrew Le recently joined the firm as Controller.

Le is a graduate of DeSales University, where he earned an MBA with an Accounting concentration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a dual major in Finance. Additionally, Le holds an Associates in Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Two face charges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two area women were charged after they hacked a person's email and Facebook account.

According to Summit Hill police, the investigation began on Sept. 28, 2010, after police received a report that an individual's email and Facebook accounts had been accessed by an unknown person(s).

The investigation led police to Kelly Gray, 21, of 17 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning; and Kristina Janelle Jones, 20, of 30 E. Walter St., Summit Hill, who both accessed the accounts.

Gray was charged with unlawful use of a computer and computer trespass.

Reading greyhounds visit the library

Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Palmerton Area Library went to the dogs recently when four greyhounds visited, much to the delight of the children. Left to right, Kelso, Tina Stout, Shawn Green, Wiki, Comet, Clipper and Nina Green.
The Palmerton Area Library went to the dogs recently when four greyhounds visited, much to the delight of the children. Left to right, Kelso, Tina Stout, Shawn Green, Wiki, Comet, Clipper and Nina Green.

The Palmerton Area Library had some four-legged page-turners visit. Long, tall and sleek, Comet, Clipper, Wiki and Kelso charmed everyone in the library when they arrived. Patient and affectionate, they appeared to enjoy all the petting by children and adults.

ACS WORKSHOP

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., April 30 at St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus, 360 W. Ruddle St., Coaldale. 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.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center plans blood drives

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Wednesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, Call 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning, call 570-669-9201.

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m., Advance Auto Parts, 71 Blakeslee Blvd, Lehighton. Call 610-377-6017.

Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon, Zion United Church of Christ, 226 Iron Street, Lehighton. Call 570-455-2018

Polk Township news

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Polk Elementary PTO meeting

Polk Elementary School's monthly PTO meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 26 in the library. Parents of Polk students are welcome to attend.

Reading Fair

Wednesday, May 2, Pleasant Valley Elementary will hold its 29th annual Reading Fair from 5-7:30 p.m.

Feed the People to offer free lunch

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feed the People will offer a community cafe that provides a free, hot meal for anyone, regardless of place of residence. No registration is required.

On Tuesday, May 1, Feed the People will serve lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 East Abbott St., Lansford. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

The cafe offers a welcoming atmosphere to meet friends and neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes.

Volunteers are welcomed.