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April 2012

Nesquehoning man charged with DUI

Thursday, April 26, 2012

John Zlock, 22, 23 W. High St., Nesquehoning, on Feb. 26, at 3:03 a.m., police were dispatched to Route 902 White Bear hill area for an accident. Driver was ejected from the vehicle. Investigation led that he was driving under the influence and he was charged with two counts of DUI and careless driving.

Lehighton news

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trinity Church events

Police chief's contract causes heated debate

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The subject of Police Chief Sean Smith's contract caused heated debate at last night's meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Showing his support for the chief, Councilman Don DeMarco lauded Smith for recently taking down another "druggie" and stated what a "fine job" he is doing.

Family Promise helps homeless families in Monroe County

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Women's Club members, left, Carolyn Andrews and right, Chris Reeder, welcome Pastor Amy Banko, a board member of Family Promise, second from left, and Karin Falcone, case manager for Family Promise of Monroe County, second from right.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Women's Club members, left, Carolyn Andrews and right, Chris Reeder, welcome Pastor Amy Banko, a board member of Family Promise, second from left, and Karin Falcone, case manager for Family Promise of Monroe County, second from right.

A family is considered to be made up of people who live in the same house; a unit of parents and children.

A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization, Family Promise, does what its name suggests ... it makes a promise to a family.

It says it will help homeless families in transition find shelter, meals and support services through a network of local congregations and it keeps that promise.

Schuylkill break-ins probed

Thursday, April 26, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating two burglaries, one at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said K&G Subs & Suds store, located at 242 Orchard St., Auburn, was entered sometime between10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Entry was gained by forcing open the front door.

Once inside the criminals located a tip jar, cash register and lock box. About $41 in coins was taken in the incident.

Fifteen placed in Carbon County probation program

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifteen defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if the fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by officers.

On April 16 about 7:21 p.m. officers observed what appeared to be a domestic incident occurring between a male and female in the parking lot of the Wawa store at state routes 115 and 940. The two subjects then left the lot with the male driving. The vehicle then pulled into a closed business and a few moments later the vehicle exited with the female driving.

Like mom, like daughter

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS LaRae Hlavaty, left, and her mother Shirley Stein, will be the first mother and daughter to compete in the upcoming Carbon County Senior Games at the same time. Stein, who has competed since 2003, is excited to have her daughter join her on the Lehighton team.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS LaRae Hlavaty, left, and her mother Shirley Stein, will be the first mother and daughter to compete in the upcoming Carbon County Senior Games at the same time. Stein, who has competed since 2003, is excited to have her daughter join her on the Lehighton team.

'Dynamic Duo' becomes a first in Carbon County Senior Games

Shirley Stein loves participating in the annual Carbon County Senior Games.

Since she began competing in 2003, the Mahoning Valley woman has helped the Lehighton team continue its 11-year reign, winning over two dozen medals.

But this year is extra special for the 81-year-old Stein because this year, she will be sharing the games with her daughter, LaRae Hlavaty.

Dog law violation

Thursday, April 26, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported the arrest of a Monroe County resident for violating the state dog law.

Troopers said Suzanne M. Bowman, of Saylorsburg, was cited for confinement and housing of dogs not part of a kennel.

Troopers said Laurie Ann Heath, of Saylorsburg, was walking in the area of Barberry Crossing, in Chestnuthill Township, about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, when Bowman's dog left her property and allegedly made contact with Heath. Heath alleges the dog bit her, troopers said.

A non-traffic citation was filed against Bowman, troopers added.

April 26, 1971

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Panther Valley School District officials are seeking to have all students enrolled on a fulltime basis when the new school year opens in September, George Thear, superintendent, reported.

Thear commended students, teachers and janitors for their role in carrying out changes necessary following the fire which destroyed the Phillip Ginter Junior High School building in Summit Hill on April 13.

LACC plans mixer

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street in Lehighton. There is no charge for this event. Food and drinks will be served. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost. Please RSVP to Lehighton Area Council at (610) 377-2191 or e mail to lacc@ptd.net they know how much food to prepare.

Bowling for dollars with the Lions

Thursday, April 26, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Husband and wife teams at the Western Pocono Lions Club bowl-a-thon included these duos: Lion Matt and Pat Held, left, Carol and Lion Dave Rowan Rowan, left. Another bowling couple from the club was Lion Charlie and Lion Joanne Rush.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Husband and wife teams at the Western Pocono Lions Club bowl-a-thon included these duos: Lion Matt and Pat Held, left, Carol and Lion Dave Rowan Rowan, left. Another bowling couple from the club was Lion Charlie and Lion Joanne Rush.

Combining fun with community support helps the Western Pocono Lions Club serve folks with various needs. That is just what members and friends of the club did this past Saturday as they held an annual bowl-a-thon.

Husbands and wives, three generations of one family, visitors from the Tri-Valley Lions Club in Schuylkill County, and others, all did their best to knock the pins down at the West End Lanes Bowling Center, Brodheadsville, raising money for the club's charitable work.

Lansford driver facing DUI count

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Lansford man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after police conducted a traffic stop.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 4, at 1:15 a.m., officers were on routine patrol along SR902 when they observed a vehicle that was driving in front of them drive off the roadway and back onto the roadway, crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Police conducted a traffic stop and a short investigation revealed that the driver, Daniel Faille, 23, of 38 Jones St., was intoxicated and was also driving on a suspended license.

Jim Thorpe man facing theft counts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Jim Thorpe man is facing multiple charges of theft after he used stolen merchandise in an attempt to gain store credit at the Game Stop store in Hometown.

Rush Township police said Gregory A. Macalush, 20, allegedly removed various items from the store then brought them back later in the day seeking store credit. The items were valued at $144.

Students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

Thursday, April 26, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Joseph's Regional Academy fifth grade class, and graduates of the D.A.R.E. program are, first row, from left, Edward Baus, Macayla Almeida, Grace Crouthamel, Kevin Kabitzke, Hunter Fristick, and Justin Patire. Second row, Katie Spillman, Kelsey Carroll, Seth Paluck, Carter Wolfe, and Rhiannon Malarkey. Third row, Madeline Ruff, Natalia Richards, Caroline Snerr, Sydney Vincent, and Joseph Stager.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Joseph's Regional Academy fifth grade class, and graduates of the D.A.R.E. program are, first row, from left, Edward Baus, Macayla Almeida, Grace Crouthamel, Kevin Kabitzke, Hunter Fristick, and Justin Patire. Second row, Katie Spillman, Kelsey Carroll, Seth Paluck, Carter Wolfe, and Rhiannon Malarkey. Third row, Madeline Ruff, Natalia Richards, Caroline Snerr, Sydney Vincent, and Joseph Stager.

This week was a week to celebrate as 16 students from St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe pledged to remain drug and violence free.

During the annual D.A.R.E. graduation on Wednesday, the fifth grade students listened as their D.A.R.E. instructor, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, as well as the Honorable Steven R. Serfass, judge for the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas; and Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, congratulated them on a job well done.

Arrest made in bank robbery

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Luzerne County man has been charged with robbing a bank in the county last week.

State police at Hazleton said a arrest warrant has been issued for Shawn Luther Kelley, 33, of 417 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton. He has been charged with robbery, a felony one, and theft, a felony three.

He has been charged with the robbery of the PNC branch bank located along SR93 in Hazle Township that occurred on April 16.

Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, PPL and Boy Scout Troop 82 celebrate Arbor Day

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Members of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, Zack Zehner, left; Ed Kroboth, unit coordinator; Russell Beltz and Miquel Gonzalez, bag trees that will be distributed to Lehighton Area Middle School students.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Members of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, Zack Zehner, left; Ed Kroboth, unit coordinator; Russell Beltz and Miquel Gonzalez, bag trees that will be distributed to Lehighton Area Middle School students.

Lehighton Shade Tree Commission members had plenty of help this year spreading their tree planting mission.

To start off this year's projects, they enlisted the help of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82 to help bag 200 seedlings which were to be presented to Lehighton Area Middle School students to take home to plant.

Tamaqua Spring Band Concert set

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tamaqua's Spring Band Concert will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium.

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.