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May 2012

Tamaqua man pleads to criminal counts; sentenced to state prison

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to 20 criminal charges was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court to serve 15 1/2 to 35 months in a state correctional facility. Nine other defendants who entered guilty pleas were also sentenced.

Michael Howard Startzel, 28, of 45 N. Greenwood St., pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance when arrested on Sept. 23, 2010, at his residence by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Indians fall just short

Thursday, May 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich charges in to scoop up an infielder grounder.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich charges in to scoop up an infielder grounder.

ALLENTOWN – Following his team's ten-run loss to Pleasant Valley back on April 16th, Lehighton manager Brian Polaha wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure with his players and their recent play.

Despite being 9-2 at the time, Polaha felt as if his team's sub-par defensive play did not match their above-average record.

"Our record is a lot better than we are," Polaha said at the time. "A 9-1 team should not play like this. Yeah, sometimes a hard hit ball will get booted. Even good teams make mistakes. But there is no excuse for the amount of errors we made today."

Dogs have residents barking

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dogs are disrupting one Mahoning Township development and resident Kim Snyder – bearing a petition from neighbors in Mahoning Manor Estates – attended the supervisors' meeting this week to request they do something about the situation.

"My neighbor has 10 dogs in their house and they do not clean up their yard after them. The smell is so bad that I cannot let my son outside or play with him outside and it's been awful the past few days with how murky the weather has been," Snyder told supervisors.

Blue Mt. blanks Lehighton

Thursday, May 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton catcher Jacen Nalesnik puts the tag on Blue Mountain's James Bromwell at home plate. Bromwell was out on the play.
bob ford/times news Lehighton catcher Jacen Nalesnik puts the tag on Blue Mountain's James Bromwell at home plate. Bromwell was out on the play.

ALLENTOWN - Giving up nine walks over the course of seven innings, most of the time you would be on the losing end by a ton of runs.

That wasn't the case for the Lehighton baseball team on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park when they faced District 11 3A defending champion Blue Mountain.

The No. 2 seeded Indians, who defeated Saucon Valley two years ago for the district crown, never gave up.

Hot asphalt on a hot day

Thursday, May 31, 2012
West Penn Township worker Dale Faust operates a roller Wednesday while fellow crew members lay asphalt and provide repairs to 2.5 miles of Golf Road in the township.
West Penn Township worker Dale Faust operates a roller Wednesday while fellow crew members lay asphalt and provide repairs to 2.5 miles of Golf Road in the township.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 3:56 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, along Crestview Drive in Tobyhanna.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to the above location, in A Pocono Country Place development, to a report of a vehicle stuck in a ditch.

Cause of death in murder still pending

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The cause of death for a Schuylkill County man, who was tied to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat, is still pending following an autopsy that was conducted yesterday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said an autopsy on the victim, Bryan R. Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg, did not determine the exact cause of death. The autopsy was conducted at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, by forensic pathologist Dr. Neil Hoffman.

PG rallies to beat Bombers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Lauren Campbell slides into third base with a triple as Pine Grove's Samantha Lengel waits for the throw.
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Lauren Campbell slides into third base with a triple as Pine Grove's Samantha Lengel waits for the throw.

ORWIGSBURG Palmerton pitcher Martina Herring and her defense worked through numerous jams during Wednesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal matchup against Pine Grove.

Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, they couldn't get out of the final one.

After stranding eight Cardinal runners through the first six innings, Palmerton's magic finally ran out as Pine Grove pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 3-2 victory and earn a berth in today's district final.

Liquor board cites Carbon business

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board has cited a Carbon County business.

Gina Properties, trading as Lizard Creek Tavern, 1424 W. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, East Penn Township, was cited for fortified, adulterated and/or contaminated liquor. The violation occurred on April 28, the liquor board charged.

Summit Hill News

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summit Hill

Lions to meet

The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Lions Club will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at the Harry Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe. Judy Midas, first vice president, will be in charge of the session.

The evening will include tours of the mansion and its grounds.

Members planning to attend are asked to contact her by Friday, June 1, in order to get an accurate headcount for the event.

St. Paul Lutheran

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, has announced its schedule for June.

Vincent Spisak Person of the Year

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Vincent T. Spisak
Vincent T. Spisak

"He possessed the important ingredients of being a teacher ... caring for people."

Those were the words guest speaker and friend John Harkins had for Vincent "Vince" T. Spisak, this year's Lansford American Legion Person of the Year.

Harkins, a fellow coach and teacher who has known Spisak since 1962, also described Spisak as someone who possesses many leadership traits, depicting him as "not a clock watcher."

Good Vybrations kiosk no quick cure, but promotes health and well being

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jeanine D'Andrea, owner of a Good Vybrations whole body vibration machine at a kiosk at the Carbon Plaza Mall said 10 minutes on the Sonix Whole Body vibration machine helps people lose weight and a heightened feeling of wellness.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jeanine D'Andrea, owner of a Good Vybrations whole body vibration machine at a kiosk at the Carbon Plaza Mall said 10 minutes on the Sonix Whole Body vibration machine helps people lose weight and a heightened feeling of wellness.

Good Vybrations kiosk, located across from Holiday Hair Salon at the Carbon Plaza Mall, can provide you with a personalized Sonix Whole Body vibration experience.

Jeanine D'Andrea, owner of Sonix, said the whole body vibration machine improved the condition of her skin, helped her lose weight and gave her a heightened feeling of wellness despite her own serious health issues.

"I used to have extreme pain in my body," she admitted. "I have stress fractures in both my feet and I couldn't do anything."

Lansford man given state prison term for break-ins

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Lansford man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to six criminal counts after previously entering pleas in three other cases, and was immediately sentenced to a state prison term. He also faces a big restitution bill.

Dog survives a real cliff hanger

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Kline Township Police closed a northbound lane of the Mile Hill (SR309) as firefighters responded to rescue and stranded dog stuck on the rocks overlooking the road.
Kline Township Police closed a northbound lane of the Mile Hill (SR309) as firefighters responded to rescue and stranded dog stuck on the rocks overlooking the road.

Firefighters and police in Kline Township responded to the Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township Wednesday morning after a motorist heard a dog barking and noticed it perched on a high ledge overlooking the road.

"There was no way I could reach the dog," Township Police Chief John Petrilla said. "I radioed dispatch to have McAdoo Fire Company bring their ladder truck."

Petrilla closed one northbound lane of SR309 while firefighters arrived.

Mauch Chunk memorabilia

Thursday, May 31, 2012
The original sign of the Hooven Building in Jim Thorpe is part of Bill Huber's collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia which will be sold during an auction on Saturday.
The original sign of the Hooven Building in Jim Thorpe is part of Bill Huber's collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia which will be sold during an auction on Saturday.

Local man's railroad items, vast collection to be sold

The late Bill Huber was not one of the residents who voted for the towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk to merge and change their names to Jim Thorpe at an election held May 18, 1954.

"He loved Mauch Chunk," said his widow, Dorothy Huber.

His daughter, Nancy Albeck, remarked, "He didn't want (the name) changed. He was so sad when they changed the school to Jim Thorpe."

Huber, who died on June 6, 2011 at age 82, acquired a vast collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia. He had also collected railroad items and historical items from surrounding communities.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Luzerne County teen driver escaped injury after her car left a Schuylkill County road and crashed head-on into a tree.

State police at Frackville said Nicole M. Prokop, 19, of Conyngham, was operating a 2000 Saturn SC2 southbound on Silverbrook Road, in Kline Township, about 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, when she said she looked down at the radio while negotiating a right hand curve.

The car left the road and struck the tree. Troopes said Prokop was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

West Penn churches hold Memorial Service

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Boy Scout Allan Knowlan, 8, receives flowers from Marlin "Bubby" Tyson, Assistant Scoutmaster, while girl and boy scouts place flowers on veterans graves during the service.
Boy Scout Allan Knowlan, 8, receives flowers from Marlin "Bubby" Tyson, Assistant Scoutmaster, while girl and boy scouts place flowers on veterans graves during the service.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met May 22 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 44 members in attendance. Two new members, Joseph St. Ong and George Carvel were welcomed.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were offered by Vice President Rhoda Purnell and treasurer Shirley Becker, who also offered inspirational readings. Upcoming events include an election of officers on June 12 and the annual picnic, at St. Peter's UCC Grove, on July 24.

Checkpoint results are released

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Lehighton released the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted during the period of May 26-27.

The checkpoint results included seven drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Also, 12 motorists were drinking but released after passing standardized field sobriety tests. There were 50 traffic citations issued

Troopers also reported one of the DUI arrests resulted in a further charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after 160 bags of heroin were recovered.

6 Tamaqua students honored

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Six Tamaqua Area High School students were recognized at the 29th Annual Schuylkill County Academic Achievement Awards. The event was held at the Pottsville Club and was sponsored by Schuylkill IU#29 and all county school districts. The students were recognized for their academic excellence, achievement and accomplishments, as determined by their school district. In attendance were: TAHS Principal Stephen Toth, Dana Ansbach, Kelsey Patrick, Anthony Iacoviello, Jacqueline McMullen and Suzanne Arner.

Polk Township news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Historical society

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the Polk Township Municipal Building.

Happy Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Cindy Faust who will celebrate her day on June 3

Congratulations

Congratulations to Katie Arace who will be confirmed at St. Matthew's Church in Kunkletown on Sunday, June 3.

Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Two persons were injured, including a young male child, in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:26 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Jonestown said Terry E. Books, 62, of Newville, Cumberland County, was driving a 1999 Ford F350 truck southbound when the left front tire blew out causing him to lose control. The truck went onto the berm and struck an embankment and several trees before over-turning onto its roof.

On this date

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 1941

H. S. Gilbertson of Lansford, superintendent of personnel of the L.N.C. Co., announced the company's proposed plan to construct a new $40,000 plant at Andrewsville, near their present No. 6 plant at the East end of Lansford. The plant will manufacture "lightweight aggregate," which is a substitute building material for the combination of concrete and steel. The L.N.C. has been working for years to perfect this new material and should it prove successful, it will undoubtedly revolutionize the industry.

Carbon cyclist in Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Carbon County motorcyclist was slightly injured in a crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 1:48 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, along Mountain Road in Blythe Township.

Troopers said Joseph M. Kupec, 71, of Lansford, was operating a 2002 Harley Davidson northbound when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. Kupec laid the bike down on its left side causing minor damage to the bike. Kupec sustained a minor injury, troopers added.

Troopers said Kupec was cited for the crash.

Kidder Township EAC Spring Workshop

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Committee will host its spring workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 2 at the Kidder Township Municipal Building, SR1003, Lake Harmony.

There will be free presentations on gardening and native plants, with free refreshments and door prizes.

Call (570) 722-0107 to register for this free annual event.

Running of the Dawgs on Saturday

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Who let the Dawgs out?

Those who participate in the 12th annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday can see for themselves.

The event will be held at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Registration will take place at 7:30 a.m.

The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The post race features awards, a drawing, and dog costume judging.

School invasion drill

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The first stop for the "victims" was a "triage" unit, which was set up outside the high school.
The first stop for the "victims" was a "triage" unit, which was set up outside the high school.

Preparing for a worst-case scenario in Jim Thorpe

To the repetitive cautionary alert of "Exercise! Exercise!" from the Carbon County 911 Center, a simulated nightmare scenario of a school invasion began at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Police, emergency responders, school officials, emergency management agencies and the coroner's office all converged at the site of this frighteningly realistic drill with the official title of "Jim Thorpe High School Active Shooter/Bomber Full Scale Exercise."

Special equipment such as decontamination vehicles and rehab tents also were called to the scene.

Lehighton 9/12 Project presents special movie

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Rumors of War III: Target U.S.' will be shown tonight

The Lehighton 9/12 Project has a special movie presentation this evening.

"Rumors of War III: Target U.S." will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road (Route 902), Lehighton.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said the documentary shows that America is under attack and the enemy isn't an ocean away, "it's much closer than you think."

She noted that the film has been shown on Capitol Hill to some members of Congress.

Palmerton filmmaker film wins Best Documentary award in Memphis

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Filmmaker Noah Berlow
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Filmmaker Noah Berlow

Filmmaker Noah Berlow, a native of Palmerton, along with director Katina Dunn and cinematographer Avi Cohen of Los Angeles are savoring their Award for Best Documentary at the Memphis International Film Festival for their film, "Kumpania Flamenco Los Angeles" presented on April 24 in Memphis, TN.

Tamaqua Bethany E.C.C. holds service for veterans

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Singing songs during the Memorial Service were Colleen Bauer, Chris Reed, Cheryl Nemith, Bruce Reed and Matthew Weber.
Singing songs during the Memorial Service were Colleen Bauer, Chris Reed, Cheryl Nemith, Bruce Reed and Matthew Weber.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cressona band

The Cressona Band will be appearing locally three times over the summer months, providing free entertainment to all.

The first concert will be held at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the Tamaqua ABC Hi Rise, 222 E. Broad St. Next up will be a performance at the East End Playground, at 7 p.m., on July 18. The third appearance will be Aug. 5, from 4-6 p.m., at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley.

All of the performances will include show tunes, marches, overtures and songs of yesteryear.

The public is welcome to attend.

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