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April 2012

Concert celebrates 100th anniversary for Holy Trinity Church

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Randall Perry stands after playing two songs on the piano.
Randall Perry stands after playing two songs on the piano.

The Rev. Paul Schoffstall opened a program of concert music as Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Palmerton, celebrates its centennial anniversary. He said he attended a Moravian award program and the person receiving the award said "I stand on the shoulders of many people. … I accept this award for them."

Schoffstall said Holy Trinity also built upon the past and "here we are in this fun service."

The program was divided into three parts - the past, the future and the present.

Heritage Hill woman recentlycelebrated her 95th birthday

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Nellie Johnson
Nellie Johnson

Nellie (Greenwood) Johnson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 24.

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire County, England in 1917, Nellie has also resided in Cregah, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Union, Newark, Irvington and Branchville, N.J.

Nellie was married to her husband, Horace, on April 27, 1946. They both came to America on the Queen Mary in 1955, searching for those streets of gold. They were married for 49 years until his death in 1995.

Rights for the victim

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Task force to focus on crime victim restitution

Bids sought on coating, paving roads

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sealcoating some roads and paving others are on the upcoming Polk Township calendar as the supervisors agreed 3-0 to advertise for bids.The bids are to be received by 3 p.m., May 21, and then opened at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. They will then be reviewed and awarded at a special meeting.

It was announced that new rules are in place for bidding by townships for expenses. The bidding threshold has been raised from $10,000 to $18,500 and telephone quotes from $4,000 to $10,000.

Summit Hill driver facing DUI

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged for driving under the influence (DUI) after police investigated a one-vehicle accident.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 8, at 10:49 p.m., officers received a dispatch for an accident of a vehicle, which traveled over the guiderail in the area of 20 E. White Bear Drive.

An investigation revealed that the driver, Mark Goff, 36, of 315 N. Pine St., was intoxicated.

He was charged with two counts of DUI and careless driving.

Two females facing theft counts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two females are facing charges of retail theft following an incident that occurred about 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the Walmart store in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional police were called to the store for a reported theft. On scene police were told that Dawn Schiavone, 25, of Pocono Lake, and Diana Torppey, 25, of Sussex, N.J., attempted to leave the store with various items without paying for them.

They were taken into custody and later released after being issued citations.

Monroe woman jailed on charges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Monroe County woman was jailed earlier this week on several charges including assaulting a police officer.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers were dispatched to Bill's Shop Rite in Mount Pocono about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, for a report of a female in the store intoxicated and then leaving the store with groceries she had not paid for.

While en route to the store police were told the female had re-entered the store and was continuing to shop. On arrival officers made contact with the female, later identified as Niambi Hamilton, 30, of Mount Pocono.

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.

Rivalry victory

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bombers blank Nolehi in soccer

Last time Palmerton and Northern Lehigh met, the result was a 1-1 overtime draw. There were no extra periods needed the second time around.

Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Bomber girls' soccer team prevented another overtime finish with a 3-0 Colonial League victory over the host Bulldogs.

"It was all about finishing today," Palmerton coach Barry Hahn said. "I'm really proud of them as they did what they had to do to get the job done today they finished off some opportunities.

"It was the outcome I was hoping for last time, but I will take it this time."

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.

Lehighton news

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trinity Church events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.