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May 2012

Murder, suicide

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police and emergency personnel converged at 144 West Railroad St. in Nesquehoning just after 9 a.m. Saturday, after an apparent murder-suicide.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police and emergency personnel converged at 144 West Railroad St. in Nesquehoning just after 9 a.m. Saturday, after an apparent murder-suicide.

Nesquehoning community, loved ones, neighbors in shock

As you pass by the single two-story home located at 144 West Railroad St. in Nesquehoning, you'll notice a colorful memorial placed there by friends and loved ones of a couple found dead in the home by two of their children and a neighbor.

State police reported that Christopher Lewis, 33, shot his wife, Dana, 31, and then himself in an apparent murder-suicide early Saturday morning.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik pronounced the two dead at 10:38 a.m. He said autopsies are scheduled for today.

Wet fun in a flood

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Saturday's flash flood didn't stop many from going outside and enjoying a wet Memorial Day weekend. Splashing each other in knee high water at the Panther Valley Sports Stadium in Lansford are, from left, Robert Ahn, 10; Nick Ahn, 8; and Tia Thomas, 11.

Thank you

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Friends and family of veterans show their honor and respect for deceased loved ones in many ways. Staked in front of a war veterans' grave in West Penn, is a home-made cross with red, white and blue flowers .

A mud-covered park in Coaldale

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Ashton Skate Park in Coaldale was overwhelmed with surface water and mud during Saturday's heavy rainfall. Coaldale firefighters will spend time this week cleaning the park.

Theft of ATM at golf course probed

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of an ATM from a Schuylkill County golf course.

Troopers said the incident occurred at the Mountain Valley Golf Course in Ryan Township. On Monday, May 28, about 4:50 a.m. unknown criminals arrived at the front entrance to the lodge on an all terrain vehicle (ATV). They then pried open the front doors. Once inside they dislodged the ATM from the wall just inside the main entry doors.

A wet response in Hometown

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Driving through rushing water, an East End Fire Company truck from Tamaqua travels north up Hometown Hill while responding to flooded homes and streets in Hometown. Also pictured is a Kline Township police car, which was staged on the hill to close the flooded northbound lane.

Two drivers facing DUI charges

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Two Schuylkill County drivers are facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges following separate incidents.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said on Saturday, May 26, about 3:08 a.m. troopers stopped Brandon Lee Erb, 27, of Pottsville, along SR61 at Norwegian St., in Pottsville.

Troopers said he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI of a controlled substance. He will be charged.

Class reunion

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Panther Valley Class of 1987

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1987 will be hosting its 25-year reunion on June 9 at The Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.

For further information, contact committee members Liz Citrano Cruciani at (570) 963-9734 or Simone Sparich Zuber at (732) 772-1271.

Cyclist fatally injured

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State police at Bethlehem are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash at the intersection of Mountain and Rextown roads in Washington Township, Lehigh County, that occurred Monday afternoon. The cyclist killed was identified as Thomas Morganelli, 63, of 807 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:43 p.m. by deputy coroner Jason Nicholas. The crash involved Morganelli's bike and two other vehicles, and occurred about 3:55 p.m. Mountain Road and all nearby roads were closed for hours.

Carmen Street turned into a river

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents on Carmen Street in Rush Township stepped outside their home to a fast-moving river. Residents said they've never seen anything like this.

LAMS students plant flowers

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton students and teachers show off their flowers and gardening skills. Back row, from left, Mike Miller, Toni Verta, Isabelle Meckes, Taylor Carroll, Brandon Berger, Kyle Clark, Charles Daniels, and Cameron Berger. In the front row, from left, math teacher Jake Molchany, Alivia Paules, Stephanie Reeves, Tyler Motzkus, Lindsay Carrigan, and English teacher Sharon Focht.
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton students and teachers show off their flowers and gardening skills. Back row, from left, Mike Miller, Toni Verta, Isabelle Meckes, Taylor Carroll, Brandon Berger, Kyle Clark, Charles Daniels, and Cameron Berger. In the front row, from left, math teacher Jake Molchany, Alivia Paules, Stephanie Reeves, Tyler Motzkus, Lindsay Carrigan, and English teacher Sharon Focht.

This past Saturday, fifth graders from the Lehighton Area Middle School planted flowers to help beautify their hometown park.

As a part of the 5 Maroon Team and 5 White Team, area students get to participate in various activities just like this on a regular basis.

"It's great to see these kids get out of the classroom and do something to benefit the greater good for this community. I love to get involved in activities like this," said Jake Molchany, fifth-grade math teacher.

"We're all looking forward to many more future events, just like this one."

Lansford man faces assault charges for 2011 incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ricky Hunsicker, 43, of 359 W. Patterson St. Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Nov. 16, 2011 at 11:05 p.m. on East Patterson Street. Charges of simple assault and two counts of harassment were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.

According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Police were dispatched to a fight at Logan's 209 Pub, at 635 E. Patterson St. Upon arrival, he and Officer Joshua Tom tried to determine what had happened, but no one in the bar would cooperate.

Why, why, why and why?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Questions that make you scratch your head while you're contemplating what you're going to do during this long Memorial Day weekend.

Have you ever wondered......

Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

National Honor Society members challenged

Saturday, May 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently held an induction ceremony for 31 new members. NHS members include: (first row) Jacob Fegley, Anthony Iacoviello, Jennifer Kabana, Chelsey Valentine, Lauren Christ, and Lauren DeBenedict; (second row) Emily Bumbulsky, Janelle Cinicola, Laine Confer, Emily Demyanovich, Lacey Folweiler, and Amber Groner; (third row) Amanda Hinkle, Derrian Gulden, Trevor Arnold, David Frederick, and Christian Gardiner.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently held an induction ceremony for 31 new members. NHS members include: (first row) Jacob Fegley, Anthony Iacoviello, Jennifer Kabana, Chelsey Valentine, Lauren Christ, and Lauren DeBenedict; (second row) Emily Bumbulsky, Janelle Cinicola, Laine Confer, Emily Demyanovich, Lacey Folweiler, and Amber Groner; (third row) Amanda Hinkle, Derrian Gulden, Trevor Arnold, David Frederick, and Christian Gardiner.

Members of the Tamaqua Area Chapter of the National Honor Society were challenged to continue to improve at a recent induction ceremony for 31 new student members. The challenge was issued by senior high school assistant principal Thomas McCabe as part of the ceremony.

McCabe encouraged the NHS members to rise to his challenge, which he noted "may sound simple, but it is difficult for many continue to improve."

Deeply saddened by loss

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Editor:

Monroe cyclist injured in crash

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Monroe County motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Carbon County over the past weekend. The accident was one of several investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Frances D. Kintz, 54, of Stroudsburg, was operating a 2011 Harley Davidson northbound on SR209 in Towamensing Township, about 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. As he approached Red Hill Road a large deer ran onto the road in front of him. The bike struck the deer which caused Kintz to lose control.

Playing of TAPS transports veteran's son back in time

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Sir,

Sitting on my porch on a recent evening, enjoying a cup of coffee after supper, I could hear the strains of Taps being practiced from the open window of a house across the street. As I sipped my coffee and listened to the music filling the evening air, I was taken back in time by the melancholy tones and wondered what it must have been like to hear that sad refrain on battle fields in our past.

on this date

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 27, 1974

Twin monuments of granite and anthracite coal, complete with bronze plaques and honoring two pioneer priests of Saint John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Monsignor Gabriel Martyak and Father Michael Morris, were solemnly dedicated this Memorial Day. The memorials flank the chapel entrance at the parish cemetery in Summit Hill and were unveiled during an outdoor Requiem Liturgy. Monsignor Maratyak and Father Morris served the parish for a combined total of 63 years.

Theft from vehicle incident probed

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a theft from vehicle incident that was reported on May 15.

Maria L. Aitken, of Effort, reported her Suzuki Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) was entered while parked on the lot at the Rite Aid pharmacy, located at the intersection of state routes 115 and 209, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Removed from the vehicle was Aitken's purse, green in color, which contained her driver's license, a debit card, Social Security card, and about $60 in U.S. currency.

The theft occurred sometime between 2:50 and 3 p.m.

Shepherd House aided by Carbon Co. Bar Association

Saturday, May 26, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a $1,000 check to Shepherd House, Inc. to fund local food pantries.

Shepherd House lost over $42,000 in state and federal funding for 2011-2012 due to cutbacks and is relying heavily on contributions made by individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations to help meet the ever-increasing need in the county.

For more information or to make a donation to Shepherd House call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.

Heffley bill aids veterans

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Military training considered for Pa. job-seekers

State Rep. Doyle Heffley's Memorial Day weekend got off to a rewarding start when the House of Representatives unanimously approved a piece of legislation he introduced.

In fact, the bill has special meaning this weekend since it benefits military veterans. House Bill 2321 will make it easier for veterans to qualify for new jobs by having their military training considered as a qualification.

Woman faces charges for Turkey Hill theft

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tiffany Binder, 30, of 139 W. Ridge St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Nov. 10, 2011 at Turkey Hill. Charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property were filed by Officer Brian Horos.

Here's what happened, according to an affidavit of probable cause:

Schuylkill crashes

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two crashes probed by troopers on Schuylkill County roads this week.

A one vehicle crash occurred about 10:55 a.m. on Monday, May 21, along Manheim Road, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said Vera L. McAfee, 84, of Pottsville, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala northbound and negotiating a right hand curve when she lost control. The right side tires went onto the berm and the car continued for about 130 feet before McAfee attempted to regain control.

Blakeslee man admits to five burglaries; others enter pleas

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Blakeslee man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Thursday to six criminal counts, including five burglaries, and is facing a big restitution bill at the time of sentencing. He was one of 11 to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Penn Forest Township

John Angelo Larocco, 24, pleaded to break-ins that occurred in the Penn Forest Township area of the county.

Three injured in Monroe crash

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Three persons were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred about 4:26 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, along SR335 (Kunkletown Road), in Ross Township, Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said Emilia A. Valente, 19, of Kresgeville, was operating a 2005 Subaru Impreza eastbound and failed to negotiate a right curve. Her vehicle left the road and struck a guide rail. It then continued east and struck a 2005 Dodge Stratus driven westbound by Joann M. Quinn, 57, of Ashfield.

Lansford Man charged with DUI

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Eric M. Sabol, 29, of 215 E. Patterson St., Lansford, has been charged by Coaldale police with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Coaldale Officer Joseph Krebs was dispatched at 8:15 p.m. April 19 to 135 E. Ruddle St. for a fight in progress.

Once there, he separated the subjects and questioned them all. All told him they had seen Sabol driving a vehicle. Sabol admitted this, but said he only drove it short distance.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26, 1952 Bob Andrews earns the pitching win and collects two hits at the plate to help Lehighton post a 9-3 legion victory over Tamaqua. Andrews scatters six hits, allows two walks and strikes out seven in his eight innings of work. Bob Zellner contributes two hits, one a solo homer, and scores three runs. The winners, coached by "Moose" Kunkle, also receive a pair of hits from Earl Knappenberger and three runs scored from Jack Mullen.

Motorized fun

Saturday, May 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Having some motorized fun, Charles Kirklosky rides alongside Luis Sanchez, 3, and his sister, Thalia Arocho, 6, in the parking lot of the Tamaqua Area High School. They are the children of Alvaro Sanchez and Molly Petro.

Funeral rules

Saturday, May 26, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton funeral director Todd Kriner is concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that threw out key provisions of the law that govern the funeral home industry in Pennsylvania.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton funeral director Todd Kriner is concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that threw out key provisions of the law that govern the funeral home industry in Pennsylvania.

Federal court decision has directors wondering about local impact

A recent federal court ruling that struck down several key provisions of Pennsylvania's 60-year-old set of laws governing the funeral industry including ownership, locations and trade names, whether food and beverages can be served in funeral homes, and whether the state can come perform unannounced inspections has triggered strong reactions among local funeral directors.

Carbon court news

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Norfolk, Va., filed four actions as follows: Victoria D. Bisher, 265 Manor Drive, Palmerton, seeking $1,043.57; Erica Rivera, 2055 Stagecoach Road West, Palmerton, seeking $1,405.23; Heather Karper, 19 W. Seventh St., Jim Thorpe, seeking $2,558.28; and George Fendt Jr. and Linda M. Fendt, 1720 Mountain Rd., Albrightsville, seeking $1,546.07.

So-called 14th Amendment not lawfully adopted or ratified!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

There are many unconstitutional actions that have contributed to the destruction of constitutional governments in the States of the Union and the United States of America. The so-called "14th Amendment" was the first major unconstitutional step taken toward this end after the "War between the States". The statement that "the 14th Amendment is and always has been unconstitutional" is supported by extensive and compelling documented evidence. The following are some of the many factual, evidentiary sources that emphatically prove the total lack of validity of the so-called 14th Amendment: