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July 2012

Missing exhibit for traffic light agreement is found

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Due to the diligence of Mahoning Township supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt working with PennDOT, the township finally found a missing exhibit that was originally attached to a traffic light agreement for the light at the intersection of Lowe's and the Carbon Plaza Mall.

In addition, PennDOT supplied the highway occupancy permit that clearly states that access and signage must be maintained by the permittee.

Maple Shade residents cruise to the 50s

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Checking out all of the classic cars are Coaldale brothers, Leroy, 8, Kayden, 3, and Gage, 6, Stevens. They are the children of Leroy and Elizabeth Stevens.
Checking out all of the classic cars are Coaldale brothers, Leroy, 8, Kayden, 3, and Gage, 6, Stevens. They are the children of Leroy and Elizabeth Stevens.

Residents of Maple Shade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning took a trip down memory lane over the weekend by holding a "Sock Hop" and a classic car show.

The center was decorated in a 50s theme and the bistro was transformed into Linda's Doo Wop Diner as residents reminisced about their younger days.

Maple Shade Meadows resident Josephine Andreas recalled her first pair of saddle shoes that a local librarian had purchased for her when she was 14 or 15.

"I wore them everywhere," she said.

Pick up your head!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Another traffic hazard: Distracted pedestrians

In this age of instant communication, many have become slaves to our handheld electronic devices.

This has created a safety issue in many areas and state and local officials are trying to figure out how best to protect citizens ... from themselves.

A decade ago, the growing concern was with distracted drivers and states like Pennsylvania responded with new laws. Last March, a new statewide texting law went into effect for all Pennsylvania drivers, prohibiting them from texting while driving, but not from using handheld cell phones.

Four area residents placed in ARD program

Monday, July 30, 2012

Four area residents were among 16 who were recommended by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is a special program reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime. If they successfully complete the program their record is cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following, for for year year, unless otherwise noted:

First monthly Tamaqua giveaway draws large crowd

Monday, July 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Dave Adamitis, right, helps Scott Webb and Bob Webb, both from Cumbola, take a couch off the back of their truck to be donated to Tamaqua residents.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Dave Adamitis, right, helps Scott Webb and Bob Webb, both from Cumbola, take a couch off the back of their truck to be donated to Tamaqua residents.

Hundreds of items were both donated and given away during the first Tamaqua Volunteers Free Community Monthly Giveaway held Sunday in Tamaqua.

More than 70 Tamaqua residents could be seen surrounding rows and rows of items, consisting of appliances, furniture, clothing, tools, toys, kitchen supplies and more.

The giveaway, which was held at the M & M Self Storage next to Schickram's Car Wash on Rose Street, was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to a chance of rain.

Dekka-Haus presents German Shepherds

Monday, July 30, 2012

Join Hank Macuch, retired Police K-9 handler, for an evening of laughs and entertainment at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Locust Lake camp store field. Macuch is a retired Police K-9 handler from the Hazleton City Police Department in Pennsylvania. Macuch is a certified master trainer and licensed judge with the Pennsylvania K-9 Association and he has been breeding German Shepherds since 1978. Hank provides the dogs as companions, personal protection, executive protection, police patrol, narcotics/explosives detection, as well as search and rescue training.

Area couple celebrates 59 years of marriage

Monday, July 30, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Delessio
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Delessio

Albert and Anna Delessio, formerly of Hazleton, recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

They were married on June 27, 1953. Mrs. Delessio is the former Anna Sisack.

They have seven children, 14 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The couple lived in Hazleton, prior to moving to Heritage Hill, Weatherly.

Criminal trespass

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Lansford man was cited after he trespassed.

According to Summit Hill police, on April 7, at 9:19 a.m., officers received a report of an unwanted person at a residence in Summit Hill.

Upon arrival, they found Terry Phillips, 37, of 34 E. Water St.

He had been warned that that he was not allowed to be at the residence but was up in the attic.

He was charged with criminal trespass.

Pair charged with theft

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Coaldale pair were charged after they stole items from a Summit Hill residence.

According to Summit Hill police, officers received a report in June that items were stolen from a residence. An investigation revealed that on June 13, Ricky Hunsicker, 26, Sarah Yusella, 24, both of 13 W. Ruddle St. were in that residence at the time of the theft. They removed various pieces of jewelry.

Both were charged with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit theft.

Ryan's Oil & Heating claims title

Monday, July 30, 2012
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship with a 75-63 victory over three-time defending champion R.R. Frey Services. Team members include (kneeling front row, from left): Shawn Tray, Mike Stankiewitch, Jon Scheuer and Joe Schaeffer; (standing back row, from left): ESRC Summer Program Director Zack Lakitsky, Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Jeff Peel and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Ted Styka (not shown) was also a member of the championship team.
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship with a 75-63 victory over three-time defending champion R.R. Frey Services. Team members include (kneeling front row, from left): Shawn Tray, Mike Stankiewitch, Jon Scheuer and Joe Schaeffer; (standing back row, from left): ESRC Summer Program Director Zack Lakitsky, Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Jeff Peel and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Ted Styka (not shown) was also a member of the championship team.

On Friday night in Tamaqua, Ryan's Oil & Heating ended R.R. Frey Services' three-year reign as champions in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league.

In a game that started outside at the North & Middle Ward Playground and finished inside at the Salvation Army Community Center (due to inclement weather), Ryan's Oil & Heating claimed its first summer league crown since 2008 (when they were known as Service Electric) with a 75-63 victory over R.R. Frey Services.

Four clinch

Monday, July 30, 2012

With one week remaining in the regular season of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league, the playoff field is set with Sandstorm, Valley Athletic Supply, Victorious Secret and VBC Lehighton Tomahawks all clinching playoff berths.

Sandstorm, Valley Athletic Supply and Team Have Fun all posted sweeps on Tuesday night, while Thursday night's games were postponed due to inclement weather.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Team Have Fun-Hope's

Team Have Fun started off the day with a three-game sweep over Hope's, 25-10, 25-22, 25-10.

Former DA sues political consultant

Monday, July 30, 2012

A former district attorney of Schuylkill County, who lost his bid for judgeship in the 2011 election, has filed a civil suit in Schuylkill County court against a political consultant and seeks damages in excess of $20,000.

The action was started by Claude A.L. Shields, 1940 West Norwegian St., Pottsville, and the Committee to Elect Cal Shields for Judge against Bob Caruso, 1037 Willow Street, rear, Wilkes-Barre.

Schuylkill man jailed for assault

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed early Sunday morning following a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred at 19 Church St., Gilberton, about 12:30 a.m. Troopers said Gary Schaeffer, 54, and a 50-year-old woman, both of that address (troopers did not identity the victim), became involved in a verbal dispute.

Parent asks board to provide help for grieving PV students

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Coaldale father asked the Panther Valley School Board Thursday to provide help for students to handle the recent death of a classmate.

Jason Gilbert asked what counseling services were available for students coping with the loss of Nolan Ritchie, 7, who accidentally drowned with his grandmother, Wanda Wentz, as they swam in the Lehigh River on June 22.

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Carbon County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

Failte Inc., trading as Molly Maguire's Pub & Steak House, 5 Hazard Square, Jim Thorpe, was cited for used, or permitted to be used on the outside of the licensed premises, a loudspeaker or similar device whereby the sound of music or other entertainment, or the advertisement thereof, could be heard beyond the licensee's property line.

Sheppton post member files civil suit after being intoxicated, falling

Monday, July 30, 2012

A member of the American Legion Post in Sheppton, East Union Township, filed a civil suit in Schuylkill County court claiming the post was negligent in allowing him to become intoxicated which caused him to fall down a flight of steps and injure himself after leaving the post.

The suit was started by Joseph Longo and his wife, Janette Longo, Ringtown, and both are seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

In the suit Long states on Aug. 11, 2010, he was a patron on the premises from 2:37 to 9:42 p.m. when he left the premises he fell, blaming it on being intoxicated.

Summit Hill police cracking down on ATV, four-wheelers

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summit Hill police are cracking down on the use of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and four-wheelers on borough streets.

Police Chief Joseph Fittos announced that in recent weeks the department has received numerous complaints about citizens riding ATVs and four-wheelers in the borough. He said that there will be zero tolerance on those individuals who are found by police riding these vehicles on the streets.

Anyone caught riding ATVs and four-wheelers on the streets in Summit Hill will be arrested.

Wedding party helps put out van fire

Monday, July 30, 2012
Police and firefighters were called to a van on fire just before 6 p.m. on Saturday at the one-hundred block of North Railroad Street in Tamaqua. Witnesses said they saw fire shooting from under the hood and inside the seating compartment. Good Samaritans, coming from a wedding and wearing semi-formal attire, were quick to help the man out of the vehicle and put water onto the fire. The incident blocked northbound traffic on SR309 from going through Tamaqua, causing a heavy traffic jam. Volunteers with Tamaqua Fire Police responded at provided alternate routes from drivers. Also responding were Tamaqua Ambulance and firefighters from East End Fire Company and American Hose Company. No injuries were reported.
Police and firefighters were called to a van on fire just before 6 p.m. on Saturday at the one-hundred block of North Railroad Street in Tamaqua. Witnesses said they saw fire shooting from under the hood and inside the seating compartment. Good Samaritans, coming from a wedding and wearing semi-formal attire, were quick to help the man out of the vehicle and put water onto the fire. The incident blocked northbound traffic on SR309 from going through Tamaqua, causing a heavy traffic jam. Volunteers with Tamaqua Fire Police responded at provided alternate routes from drivers. Also responding were Tamaqua Ambulance and firefighters from East End Fire Company and American Hose Company. No injuries were reported.

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Trinity UCC welcomes 3 new members

Monday, July 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, welcomed three new members through the Rite of Confirmation, including Angelique M. Coughlin, Jade A. Pradel and Alexa R. Hromyak.

Charged with theft

Monday, July 30, 2012

A 20-year-old man was charged with theft after he stole items from a residence in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police, on May 12, officers received a report of cash and jewelry missing from a borough residence. An investigation led to Timothy Keiper 20, whose current address on file is the Carbon County Corrections Facility, who had stolen the items.

He was charged with theft by lawful taking.

Long loop hike planned Aug. 4

Monday, July 30, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit Trails at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. The hike is seven miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This is the first time the hike is being offered and it combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot of Tuscarora Mountain Road. Call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Cyclist injured in Schuylkill crash

Monday, July 30, 2012

A motorcyclist was injured in a crash along Interstate 81 in Butler Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 7:16 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.

Troopers said David Douglas Kulp, 47, of Ashland, was operating a 2004 Harley Davidson cycle northbound in the left lane when he traveled onto the median. The bike then rolled several times and came to rest near mile marker 119.7.

Kulp sustained a moderate injury and was treated at the scene by Ashland ambulance personnel. The bike had to be towed from the scene.

Schuylkill man facing charges

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man is facing charges following an incident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27, along SR54 at N. West St., in Shenandoah.

State police at Frackville said Charles Edward Wishnefsky, 20, of Shenandoah, was found at the above location and visibly intoxicated. He was placed under arrest for public drunkenness.

A check revealed that Wishnefsky was wanted on a bench wrarrant issued to the district attorney's office. He was placed in the county prison in Pottsville on the outstanding warrant, troopers said.

Volunteers needed for therapeutic horseback riding program

Monday, July 30, 2012

Horses and Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The center, which offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309.

There is a required volunteer training session on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the center. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with the riding lessons must attend this hands-on training.

Criminal trespass

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Tamaqua woman was charged after she was caught trespassing.

According to Summit Hill police, on May 13, at 4:22 p.m., officers were dispatched to 105 Lansford Court, located in the Summit Hill portion of the Lansford Townhouses, for a person trespassing.

Upon arrival they discovered Kelly Richardson, 19, of 500 E. Elm St. on the property. She was given notice that she's not allowed on the property and was charged with criminal trespass.

Cyclist seriously injured

Monday, July 30, 2012
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LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday evening when involved in a crash along East Dock Street in Lansford. The crash occurred just after 6 p.m. when the biker lost control of the bike and climbed an embankment. He was ejected from the bike with it rolling back down over the victim. The driver was treated at the scene by members of the Lansford ambulance and Lehighton paramedics. A medical transport helicopter was requested to the scene but due to the ominous clouds and bad weather in the area that request was denied.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Lansford man was charged with multiple offenses after police discovered marijuana during a traffic stop.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 10, at 9:25 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle because the lights above the license plate were not working.

Upon investigation, it was learned that the driver, Carl Kopack, 44, of 114 W. Patterson St., was driving under the influence and had drug paraphernalia in his possession.

He was charged with two counts DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

PV hires interim principal

Monday, July 30, 2012

A retired Lehighton Area School District principal will be filling in for her counterpart in Panther Valley.

Former Franklin Elementary School Principal Gloria Bowman, who retired from her job as Lehighton Area School District's director of curriculum, instruction and grant writing in 2010, was hired Thursday as interim principal at Panther Valley Elementary School from Aug. 6 through Sept. 6. She'll be paid $260.23 a day.

Bowman, who worked for Lehighton for 36 years, will substitute for Panther Valley Elementary School Principal William Lombardo, who is out on sick leave.

Apparatus parade travels through Tuscarora

Monday, July 30, 2012
A special use vehicle belonging to the Mount Carbon Fire Company, North Manheim Township, travels through the valleys of Eastern Schuylkill County during the parade.
A special use vehicle belonging to the Mount Carbon Fire Company, North Manheim Township, travels through the valleys of Eastern Schuylkill County during the parade.

Members of the Tuscarora Fire Company held their annual apparatus parade on Saturday. The parade route stretched through Tuscarora, Mary D, Brockton and other areas. Approximately 30 fire trucks took part in the parade. Right, a special use vehicle belonging to the Mount Carbon Fire Company, North Manheim Township, travels through the valleys of Eastern Schuylkill County during the parade.

Tamaqua woman gets jail term for three DUI counts

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Tamaqua woman, who previously pleaded guilty to three driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charges, received an extensive jail sentence imposed by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court last week.

Maureen Erin Pickford, 47, of 524 Arlington St., on her third count of DUI was sentenced by Baldwn to serve 180 days to five years in the county prison.

Vandals strike in Coaldale

Monday, July 30, 2012
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Coaldale police are studying videotapes of two males spray painting gang signs and vulgarities on cars, garage doors and Christ the Redeemer Church in the borough.

The boys defaced the cars and buildings between 1-1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

Most of the cars were on East Phillips Street; two of the cars were on Howard Avenue. The church is on Third Street.

Delaney said the videotape is being enhanced to better identify the boys.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call police at (570) 645-3060.