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July 2012

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."

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
A section of one of the burning homes starts to collapse during the fast-moving fire.
A section of one of the burning homes starts to collapse during the fast-moving fire.

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
Crowds of people take cover under a dry tent during the Men of Marian community picnic held over the weekend in Hometown.
Crowds of people take cover under a dry tent during the Men of Marian community picnic held over the weekend 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
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Portraying the mayor of Mauch Chunk, Bob Stevenson, front, welcomes famous author Charles Dickens played by Jack Gunser, rear, to town in November of 1867. The reenactment was part of Jim Thorpe's recent Christmas in July Celebration.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Portraying the mayor of Mauch Chunk, Bob Stevenson, front, welcomes famous author Charles Dickens played by Jack Gunser, rear, to town in November of 1867. The reenactment was part of Jim Thorpe's recent Christmas in July Celebration.

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.

Forgery

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged after he stole checks from a residence.

According to Summit Hill police, in March, police received a report of stolen checks and forged signatures. An investigation revealed that from March 6 to 16, Jeremy Johnson, 28, of 127 W. Iron St., stole the checks and forged the signatures.

He was charged with two counts forgery, theft and receiving stolen property.

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.

Bowden showing real feelings

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

I'm writing this letter to comment on my opinion of all that is happening at Penn State. People have voiced their opinions and many want the statue of Joe Paterno removed. Since I have nothing to stop this procedure my comments regard other circumstances.

Is juicing the answer?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

I've had the pleasure of knowing Michele as I've been in her shop many times, looking for answers to health questions, comparing notes with her about nutrients and especially sharing my enthusiasm with her about juicing. I've been juicing for many years, and was especially excited to see an article in the TIMES NEWS about how she beat cancer by juicing fresh vegetables and fruits.

Parryville's fire volunteers went beyond call of duty during storm Along with responding to emergency calls, they checked on residents

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Nearly 75 trees were felled by Thursday's storm in Parryville, according to a count taken by the fire chief, including this one near the Parryville Fire Company.
Nearly 75 trees were felled by Thursday's storm in Parryville, according to a count taken by the fire chief, including this one near the Parryville Fire Company.

When Parryville became an isolated community Thursday night after the violent storm swept through, the tiny borough's volunteer firefighters took on a variety of roles.

Along with their response to numerous reports of fallen trees, downed wires, structure damages, and other emergency calls, they went door-to-door, checking on the needs of elderly residents and lending assistance to families with special needs such as handicapped members.

They then opened the firehouse to any resident requiring shelter.

Prescription out sourcing

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

Over the past several months and recently we have been plagued by the news media with political ads on outsourcing. Recently the best error my a major clothes manufacturer was with the Olympic uniforms that were made in China and not here in the U.S.A. Congress was quick to act to pass legislation to curtail further action. Right on this issue but not health care.

Lansford Townhouses celebrates resident scholar

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Marissa Webb
Marissa Webb

One aspiring scholar will be heading off to school this fall with a little help from her friends at Lansford Townhouses.

Marissa Webb, a resident of Lansford Townhouses, has been awarded a scholarship by the educational foundation affiliated with the community's property management company, Interstate Realty Management. The grant of $2,000 can be used to defray tuition costs at any accredited college, university, or vocational training program in the country.