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July 2012

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.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOs

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
Volunteers having a little mischievous fun in the moon bounce are, from left, Frank Nietz, 16; Dominic Montero, 17, lifting KJ Snerr, 14; Josh Skotek, 14; and Nick Barron, 15.
Volunteers having a little mischievous fun in the moon bounce are, from left, Frank Nietz, 16; Dominic Montero, 17, lifting KJ Snerr, 14; Josh Skotek, 14; and Nick Barron, 15.

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
Earl Thomas performs on the Main Stage. Thomas was one of 15 national Blues acts who were showcased at the festival.
Earl Thomas performs on the Main Stage. Thomas was one of 15 national Blues acts who were showcased at the festival.

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."

Palmerton health fair just what the doctor ordered

Saturday, July 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Chuck Thomas, president of Home Solutions of Lehighton, administers a pulse oximetry on resident Kay Evans of Weatherly. Looking on is Kay's friend, Judy Cooper.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Chuck Thomas, president of Home Solutions of Lehighton, administers a pulse oximetry on resident Kay Evans of Weatherly. Looking on is Kay's friend, Judy Cooper.

It was a one-stop shop for preventive medicine and medical screening, all free of charge.

Indeed, for individuals concerned with their well-being, the annual Health Fair held Thursday at the Village at Palmerton was just what the doctor ordered.

An ample supply of vendors and exhibitors were on hand to offer literature, and conduct various health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol testing.

Resident Kay Evans, of Weatherly, said she invited several of her friends to attend the Health Fair.

Young was leader of "Red Swarm"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Justin Young graduated from Jim Thorpe Area Senior High School in 2004, and was a member of the 2004 Olympians football team that finished the regular season 10-0 the only such team to do so in school history.

Young started every game in his four-year career at Jim Thorpe. He played fullback on offense and inside linebacker on defense. As the fullback he blocked for backfield mate Jason Figura for four years. Figura is Jim Thorpe's all-time leading rusher in school history.

Nicholls completes studies at Universal Technical Institute

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Nicholls
Nicholls

Zachary Nicholls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nicholls of New Ringgold, completed his studies at Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Exton, in the auto/diesel and industrial program. While attending UTI, Nicholls earned a 3.96 grade point average, was nominated for Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, attained the Director's List 16 times, was named Student of the Course 11 times and obtained full credentials from the Ford FACT program.

PM evens series with FT

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.

TANNERSVILLE - The Pocono Mountain Outlaws knew they had their work cut out for them.

Resuming a game that was halted due to stormy weather on Thursday night, all tied up at 1-1 while batting in the bottom of the second, they wanted a quick start at Mountain View Park last night.

The Outlaws, with runners on first and second with one out, did just that completing what would be a five-run inning en route to a 6-4 win over the Franklin Hurricanes to even up the best-of-three Keystone Babe Ruth Championship series at 1-1.

Are you and your family better off?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

By DAVID WARGO

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