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July 2012

Handgun and sword incident

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported the arrest of a Monroe County woman following a domestic incident in which a handgun and sword were used.

Police said on Friday, July 27, about 10:25 p.m. they were dispatched to 92 Lenape Trail, Long Pond, in the Emerald Lakes development, for a domestic dispute.

On scene Zasha Sanchez, 24, of that address, stated that her mother, Emerida Sanchez, 61, pointed a handgun at her and cut her neck with a sword.

West Nile virus found in Carbon

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program, released Monday, the first mosquito sample that has tested positive for West Nile virus in the county this year was found in Palmerton.

The sample was the 17th mosquito collected and eighth tested in the county.

This is the 926th reported positive result in the state this year.

A total of 40 out of the 67 counties have discovered the virus in mosquitoes; while 15 counties have had dead bird positive results.

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.

Four injured in Schuylkill crash

Monday, July 30, 2012

Four persons were injured, two of which had to be lifeflighted, in a two-vehicle collision in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 2:51 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the intersection of SR443 and N. Greenview Road, in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Mason A. White, 16, of Ashland, was southbound on Greenview operating a 2002 Mitsubishi and approaching the intersection, while Derek L. Hartranft, 24, of New Ringgold, driving a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck, was on 443 approaching the intersection.

Men of Marian picnic draws big crowds

Monday, July 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Marian students Madyson Dyer, 16, left, and Tara Koskulitz, 16, enjoy themselves as they volunteer their time at a stand.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Marian students Madyson Dyer, 16, left, and Tara Koskulitz, 16, enjoy themselves as they volunteer their time at a stand.

Charged with DUI

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Brockton man was charged for driving under the influence after Summit Hill police conducted a checkpoint.

According to borough police, on March 11, at 7:29 p.m., officers were conducting a checkpoint when they pulled over a vehicle, driven by Andrew Tabino, 24, of 220 Union St., Brockton.

As officers were talking to Tabino, they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle.

It was also learned that he had been drinking.

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

ON THIS DATE

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 1984 Chris Henne tosses a two-hit shutout to lead Tamaqua to a 6-0 win over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Henne, who doesn't allow a runner past second base, finishes the contest with five strikeouts. Len Mace delivers a two-run double for the winners while Brian Hess and Kevin Krell both contribute a pair of hits. For FT, Jason Stout collects both his team's hits.

Charged with persistent disorderly conduct

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Summit Hill woman was arrested and charged following a dispute with borough police officers.

According to Summit Hill police, on May 9, at 10:38 p.m., officers were dispatched for the third time to 129 E. Fell St. for a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, police overheard Marie Caruso, 48, of the above address, yelling loudly and using profane language.

The responding officer warned Caruso repeatedly to calm down but she continued her actions.

She was taken into custody and charged with persistent disorderly conduct.

Lake view trail hike at Tuscarora park

Monday, July 30, 2012

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a lake view trail hike on the Crow and Lake View trails on Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 p.m.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails cross over two creeks and run parallel to the lake. Tracey said the hike gives a spectacular view of the dam.

Participants will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.

Weatherly couple wed 48 years

Monday, July 30, 2012
The Rev. and Mrs. Fred Oleck
The Rev. and Mrs. Fred Oleck

The Rev. Fred and Jane Oleck recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

They were married on June 27, 1964. Mrs. Oleck is the former Jane Craiglow.

The couple resided in Weatherly, prior to moving to Heritage Hill.

Charged for drug possession

Monday, July 30, 2012

An Andreas man was charged with multiple offenses after Summit Hill police found him to be in possession of drugs.

According to borough police, on March 11, at 8:12 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle without working lights above the license plate.

When approaching the vehicle, police could smell the odor or marijuana. It was then learned that the driver, Samuel Tuckett, 18, of 21 Bolichs Road, had marijuana in the vehicle.

Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area

Monday, July 30, 2012
Artist Dane Tilghman, of Exton, Pa, proudly displays one of his many impressive works that were on display.
Artist Dane Tilghman, of Exton, Pa, proudly displays one of his many impressive works that were on display.

Talk about intensity personified.

Indeed, rhythmic movement was in full swing at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held this weekend at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

The festival celebrated 21 Years of Blues in the Poconos, and marked the second year the event was staged at Blue Mountain.

Prior to that, the event emanated from Big Boulder Ski Area in Kidder Township from 1992-2010.

Michael Cloeren, founder and producer of the festival, said the event represented a "fabulous weekend of Blues here at Blue Mountain Ski Area."

Lehighton Fire Department answered 13 calls in June

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Lehighton Fire Department responded to 13 calls during the month of June.

Of those calls, five were for rescues, three were automatic alarms, two each were dwelling fires and miscellaneous calls, and one was for a brush fire.

The time spent on calls collectively was 40 hours and 41 minutes, with clean-up time being another 20 hours.

The report for June was submitted by Fire Chief Gary Frable.

Frable said there were three weekly training session held.

He noted that 98 man hours were spent maintaining apparatus, equipment, and stations.

Vehicle hits tree, driver hospitalized

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Carbon County woman was hospitalized after her vehicle struck a tree Thursday morning in Jim Thorpe.

According to the report released by Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, the Jim Thorpe Police Department was dispatched at around 11:22 a.m. to a single vehicle accident in the area of 359 Broadview Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Theater owners' group awards $1,500 scholarship to area teen

Monday, July 30, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Laubach earned a $1,500 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners of Pennsylvania.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Laubach earned a $1,500 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners of Pennsylvania.

Tyler Laubach of Lehigh Township has earned a $1,500 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners of Pennsylvania.

Cindy Deppe of Becky's Theater, Berlinsville, mentioned to Tyler's mother Mary, there were applications for the scholarship on the web.

This is Laubach's second season of working at Becky's, where he does both security work and working at the concession counter.

For the security job he did a lot of work keeping in touch with others via walkie talkie.

Lansford native state finalist in pageant

Monday, July 30, 2012
Winter Sky Trudich
Winter Sky Trudich

A 9-year-old Lansford native has been chosen a Pennsylvania state finalist in a national youth pageant.

Winter Sky Trudich, daughter of Dennis and Deborah Shupp Trudich, Kempton, was selected a finalist in the National American Miss Pennsylvania Pageant to be held on Aug. 10 and 11 at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Trudich is the granddaughter of Ellen Trudich, Tamaqua.

Charged with drug possession

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged for drug possession after police were called to his residence for an unresponsive male.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 30, at 9 p.m., police were dispatched to 214 E. Ludlow St., for an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, it was learned that the male, Christopher Field, 20, of the above address, had some drug paraphernalia sitting in the area where he was.

He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Free movie in the park tonight in Tamaqua

Monday, July 30, 2012

Volunteers with the East End Park Association will be showing a free movie at the East End Park titled "Chipwrecked" today at 8 :30 p.m. Snacks will be available. The park is located on Mountain Avenue in Tamaqua.

Blaze destroys 7 homes

Monday, July 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A large section of one of the destroyed homes falls to the ground, just barely missing firefighters on the ground.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A large section of one of the destroyed homes falls to the ground, just barely missing firefighters on the ground.

Seven unoccupied row homes were destroyed following a fast-moving fire early this morning in Mahanoy City.

Just before 3 a.m., fire companies and rapid intervention teams (RIT) from both Schuylkill and Luzerne counties responded to a fully engulfed row home fire in the 100 block of North Main Street, which intersects Railroad Street.

Wet weekend

Monday, July 30, 2012
Dark clowds loom over the event tents during the third day of the Men of Marian Picnic held yesterday in Hometown.
Dark clowds loom over the event tents during the third day of the Men of Marian Picnic held yesterday in Hometown.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rotary Club officers

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

Erica Heery, Immediate Past President of Lehighton Rotary Club, recently installed the club officers for the 2012-2013 term. The theme of Rotary International this year is "Peace Through Service." Pictured, left to right, are Treasurer Renee Biechy; President Michael Heery; Immediate Past President Erica Heery; Secretary Becky Wanamaker; and Vice President John Hanosek. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Weatherly man charged in 3 drug cases

Monday, July 30, 2012

Numerous cases were scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer this month, including three involving one Weatherly area man.

Tyler Shortway, 21, of 2593 Buck Mountain Rd., Weatherly, was charged in three drug related cases, two filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers and the third filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell.

The charges were identical in all three cases - possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility. The charges stem from incidents on April 30 and May 3.

On this date

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 1992

In a move aimed at securing the 55-acre former Packerton Yards area of Mahoning Township for its proposed county prison, the Carbon County Board of Commissioners authorized its solicitor to prepare a resolution of intent to condemn the land. The land is owned by Joseph and Elizabeth Zaprazny, New Ringgold R. 2, who commissioner Dean D. W. DeLong said at one time offered to sell the land to the county for an undisclosed price.

What heat?

Monday, July 30, 2012
Dressed in Victorian garb, cake artist Erica Heery of La Mia Torta Custom Cake Studio stands next to the birthday cake that she created in celebration of the 200th birthday of author Charles Dickens. The cake depicts Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol."
Dressed in Victorian garb, cake artist Erica Heery of La Mia Torta Custom Cake Studio stands next to the birthday cake that she created in celebration of the 200th birthday of author Charles Dickens. The cake depicts Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol."

Jim Thorpe celebrates Christmas in July

On a hot and humid summer day, Christmas in July was recently celebrated in the town of Jim Thorpe topped off with the 200th birthday celebration of Charles Dickens.

Historian Jack Gunser entertained the crowd as Dickens, reenacting the famous author's visit to the town of Mauch Chunk in November of 1867.

Concluding his informative presentation at Dimmick Memorial Library, Gunser quoted Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby."

"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again."

Over 100 calls this year for Lansford Fire Department

Monday, July 30, 2012

The American Fire Company No. 1, Lansford, has responded to over 100 calls so far this year.

The monthly report submitted by Fire Chief Joseph Cannon shows the fire company answered 10 calls during June. That makes a total of 101 calls for the year.

Of the calls in June, five were automatic alarms, two were for RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) responses in neighboring communities, and one each carbon monoxide, public assist, and investigation.

One-vehicle crash

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Nesquehoning man was charged with multiple offenses after he crashed his vehicle in Summit Hill and fled the scene.

According to Summit Hill police, on May 3, at 5:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the Panther Valley High School along Route 209 for a one-vehicle accident. The driver had fled the scene on foot.

After an investigation was conducted, it was learned that the driver of the vehicle, Cody Kmetz, 20, of 3 Second Ave., was inhaling a substance at the time of the accident.

Vehicle and bear collide on I-81

Monday, July 30, 2012

A vehicle and a bear collided along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 10:55 p.m. on Friday, July 27, in Butler Township.

Troopers said Gerald Brokenshire, of Shenandoah, was operating a 2004 Subaru Forester northbound in the left lane when a large black bear was crossing the road from west to east. Brokenshire was unable to avoid striking the bear and hit it with the front end.

Harassment

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged with harassment after he threatened his neighbors.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 15, at 11:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the 300 block of East White Street.

Upon arrival, it was learned that James Foreaker, 32, of 303 E. White St., had an altercation with his neighbors and made a threat to one of them.