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August 2012

Shoplifting nets man prison stay

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Raymond Scarnaty Jr., 45, of Tobyhanna, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after he was caught shoplifting on Aug. 25 at 4:41 p.m. at Bill's Shop Rite in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said they were summoned to the store after its loss prevention personnel detained Scarnaty after he was observed trying to steal two air conditioners valued at $249 from the premises. Police said video surveillance showed Scarnaty attempting to leave the store with the air conditioners.

When rescuers become victims

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ryan Township Rescue Squad driver Mike Murphy looks over a SR443 bridge at Swatara Creek in Suedberg near Pine Grove. Murphy watched as this small creek snatched fellow rescue volunteers and swept them downstream as it rose over 15 feet high in less than a few minutes. The fallen rescuers seperated from each other and were trapped in the rapids for over 3 hours before being rescued themselves.
Ryan Township Rescue Squad driver Mike Murphy looks over a SR443 bridge at Swatara Creek in Suedberg near Pine Grove. Murphy watched as this small creek snatched fellow rescue volunteers and swept them downstream as it rose over 15 feet high in less than a few minutes. The fallen rescuers seperated from each other and were trapped in the rapids for over 3 hours before being rescued themselves.

A year later, Ryan Twp. rescuers recall scary moment

"All we could do was hang on and wait," said volunteer EMT diver Mike Harris of the Ryan Township Emergency Rescue Squad and Dive Team, as he described being swept away with fellow volunteers after fast moving flood waters struck the area late last August.

Nesquehoning church planning basket raffle

Thursday, August 30, 2012

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, will hold a theme basket raffle on Saturday, Sept. 8.

There will also be refreshments and bake sale. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the drawing starts at 2 p.m. Patrons do not need to be present to win.

For additional information, call the church hall at (570) 669-6036.

Driver is facing charges in Monroe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional Police arrested a Waymart woman for possession of drug paraphernalia after police made a traffic stop on Aug. 26 at 7:48 a.m. at the intersection of Route 940 and Spur Road in Pocono Lake, Tobyhanna Township.

Police said they stopped Jillian M. Bombrowski, 28, after observing a car she was driving weaving along Rt. 940. Police later smelled the odor of burned marijuana, after which time Dombrowski turned over to them a multi-colored glass pipe containing marijuana residue. Police said the woman retrieved the pipe from inside her pants.

Stolen vehicle is recovered

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks have reported the details of a stolen vehicle incident.

Police said Christopher Kelley, 20, of Effort, reported his vehicle was stolen sometime between January 2012 and about two months prior to reporting it to police.

Pollices said the vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Intrepid, has been recovered.

The incident happened at 640 Long Mountain Road in Polk Township. Also listed as a victim by police is Raceway Auto Sales.

'Messages from Palmerton' available at Heritage Center

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Peter Kern is signing copies of a book, "Messages from Palmerton - The First Fifty Years" at a wine and cheese event in the Palmerton Library.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Peter Kern is signing copies of a book, "Messages from Palmerton - The First Fifty Years" at a wine and cheese event in the Palmerton Library.

A wine and cheese book-signing was held by the Palmerton Area Historical Society on Aug. 26 to kick off the sale of "Messages from Palmerton - the First Fifty Years." The book's history is presented as "a brief visual and written history of a unique community told through the medium of postcards."

Janet Snyder, who had already bought her book and was coming to have it signed, said, "It's wonderful - the reading in addition to the postcards. It's just better than anything I ever read."

Two Schuylkill County eyesores are razed

Thursday, August 30, 2012

There was no Schuylkill County Commissioners meeting Wednesday because it was the fifth Wednesday of the month which was a by-month because the schedule of meetings are by-weekly work sessions and public meetings each month.

However, the commissioners were not idle as they participated in a demolition program in New Castle Township where two dilapidated structures were finally razed under the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Young guns

Thursday, August 30, 2012

GOP speakers show vision

Local financial professional recognized among financial services premier advisors

Thursday, August 30, 2012

H.D. Vest Financial Services® recently recognized Juliann Longhi, a financial services professional in Hometown, as one of its most successful Advisors at the H.D. Vest Advisors' Forum.

In recognition of this achievement, H.D. Vest President and CEO Roger Ochs presented Juliann Longhi with the prestigious H.D. Vest Excellence Award. "We recognize these leaders for their commitment to their clients and their profession", says Ochs. "These Advisors have excelled in all areas of client service and are great role models for other Advisors in our firm."

Man who allegedly blocked road with pickup facing more charges

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A man who allegedly blocked Route 903 in Penn Forest Township with his pickup on Sunday morning, Aug. 19 for 2 1/2 hours, and stated he had bombs, grenades, and a gun in the vehicle, is facing more, unrelated charges.

Yesterday, he was charged with a road rage incident in which he allegedly pounded dents into a woman's vehicle with his fists.

Donald Brozoski, 50, who uses a post office box in Blakeslee as his current address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges in both incidents.

Lady Bears go for MVC three-peat

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Lady Bears go for MVC three-peat
Copyright 2012

Kristen Eberhardt, Abigail Kaspszyk, Dana McAllister, Stephanie Palmer, Katelyn Slack and Katelyn Smith all decided to give the sport of cross country a shot in their first year of high school.

While the first year of high school might have been a difficult transition for them to handle, the girls weren't concerned about adding a varsity sport to their schedules.

It has turned out to be a great move for both the girls and the Pleasant Valley cross country program.

After school time with friends

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Playing around in a tree along North Railroad Street in Tamaqua are Merissa Smith, 11, left, and Savanna Alfaro, 10.

Test drive, car wash event held

Thursday, August 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, recently presented a check in the amount of $2,300 to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club, which hosted a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event. Pictured are (l-r) Greg Rentschler, manager, Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club, and John Kleintop, general manager.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, recently presented a check in the amount of $2,300 to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club, which hosted a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event. Pictured are (l-r) Greg Rentschler, manager, Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club, and John Kleintop, general manager.

Spic and span.

One by one, each vehicle that took a spin through came back immaculately clean as part of the Palmerton High School Basketball Team Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event.

Without question, the Dodge Booster Club fundraiser hosted earlier this month by the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club paid dividends for the boys and girls teams

Dodge made a $20 donation to PHS Basketball Parents' Club for each person who took a short test drive at the event, held at the Leon George Bus Company in Palmerton.

Schuylkill break-in being probed

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at Frackville is investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County home.

Troopers said Misty Lambert, 31, of 369 Phineyville Rd., in Ringtown, East Union Township, reported items were removed from her home sometime during the period of July 8 to Aug. 8. Taken were a Vizio blue-ray disk player, Wii gaming system, Xbox gaming system (old style with 20 games), a Sony 27-inch flatscreen television, and a Pioneer audio receiver.

Correction

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Coaldale borough purchased a dilapidated, vacant property at 255 W. High St. for $20 at a Schuylkill County judicial sale. A story in Tuesday's edition listed an incorrect purchase price. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Decameron show Friday at Tamaqua Community Arts Center

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Decameron will be held tomorrow at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street.

The show is comprised of a tapestry of human comedy, or, to put it another way, a laugh in the 14th century."The Decameron", also called "Prince Galehaut" is a 14th-century medieval allegory by Gio vanni Boccaccio, told as a frame story encompassing 100 tales by ten young people.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, August 30, 2012

East Penn Township

Richard T. Gabovitz to Kenneth L. Higgins, 210 Sassafras Road, Lehighton, property at 210 Sassafras Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

John J. Bilsak Jr. to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Allentown, property at 103 North St., $1.

Donald C. Reis to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Allentown, property on West Front Street, $1.

Ann K. Laughlin to Stroud J. Hiller, Sun Lakes, Ariz., property at 1130 Center Ave., $120,000.

Lansford

Tigers, Colts win matches

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Northwestern and Marian both scored wins on the links on Wednesday in high school golf matches.

GOLF

Palmerton

-Northwestern

Cole Miller's three-under-par highlighted Northwestern's 425-532 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.

The Tigers' Miller grabbed medalist honors with his score of 69, while teammate Nick Vecillio shot under 80 with a 77.

Ke-Koa Mook led the Bombers with a team-low 76.

NORTHWESTERN 425

Cole Miller 69, Nick Vecillio 77, Zach Caruso 85, Eric Abercrombie 95, C. Kelson 99

PALMERTON 532

Police are probing hit-run accident

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned at 11:32 a.m. Aug. 27 to investigate a hit-and-run accident on State Route 115 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

Police said a vehicle left the scene of the crash after striking a 1999 Nissan Sentra driven by Maureen K. Sandt, 63, of Saylorsburg. She was uninjured.

Hunadi graduates from King's

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hunadi
Hunadi

Andrew Hunadi, son of Gregory and Carol Hunadi of Bowmanstown and the grandson of Walter and Rosaline Spack of Bowmanstown and the late Andrew and Eleanore Hunadi of Nesquehoning, graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 18.

Slatington Lions to hold antique/collector car show

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Car buffs ought to get a real charge out of this.

Welcome to the 24th annual Slatington Lions Club Antique/Collector Car Show, where a smorgasbord of cars awaits.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday.

Parking will be at Walker Bus Garage, and across the street at Emerald Dragon Karate. Parking after 11 a.m. will be in the airport. Admission is $3 per person, and free to those under the age of 16.

Free popcorn and movies every Friday at South Ward Playground

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Members and volunteers with Tamaqua's South Ward Playground Association are showing free movies at the playground, which is located at the intersection of Oak and Race Street in Tamaqua. The children's movie will start at 7 p.m., followed by a PG-rated movie playing at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn will also be given. To see what is playing, visit them on Facebook.South Ward Playground volunteer Catrina Mehallic, left, watches a movie with Mickensy Kranch, 15, center, and Aubrey Smith, 11.
Members and volunteers with Tamaqua's South Ward Playground Association are showing free movies at the playground, which is located at the intersection of Oak and Race Street in Tamaqua. The children's movie will start at 7 p.m., followed by a PG-rated movie playing at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn will also be given. To see what is playing, visit them on Facebook.South Ward Playground volunteer Catrina Mehallic, left, watches a movie with Mickensy Kranch, 15, center, and Aubrey Smith, 11.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Not again!?

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Around 9 a.m. this morning, a tractor trailer struck a crosswalk sign and switch at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua. The sign, now located directly next to the ramp leading into the M & T Bank, was moved further away from the curb after being destroyed by turning trucks. Black tire tracks could be seen as tractor trailers routinely drive 6 feet onto the sidewalk to make the turn from SR309 north onto PA209 east. Since the end of the Streetscape project, signs are hit once a week, on average.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY CAPSULES

Thursday, August 30, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Drew Benyo (25th season)

Assistant coaches Marie Rosahac

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 6-3 overall (2-3 SL Division 1)

Key losses Kayla Susko, Erin Bucci, Caitlin Liscinski, Caitlin Henninger, Gabby Miller, Samantha Miller, Cara Williams

Key returnees Briana Gehres (Sr.), Rebecca Osborne (Sr.), Catherine Condly (Jr.), Courtney Capper (Jr.), Emily Ruffa (So.)

Others to watch Terry Loyd (Sr.), Taylor Tonelis (Jr.), Lindsey Capper (So.), Anna Marie Fiducia (So.)

Memorial service set

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:40 a.m. at the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe. All emergency services: fire, police and ambulance personnel, Veterans organizations, and the public are invited to attend.

Sunday School in Summit Hill

Thursday, August 30, 2012

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., Summit Hill will begin Sunday School classes on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. All area children ages 4 and up are welcome to attend.

The classes teach about the people of the Bible and living by God's word in daily life in addition to caring for all of God's creatures and the world around us.

The lessons are non-denominational and all children are invited to attend regardless of religious affiliation.

Three placed in probation program

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions imposed by the court their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were the following:

Nurses aides graduate

Thursday, August 30, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

The latest class of state-approved nurse aides has graduated from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education program. The class celebrated with a ceremony Wednesday at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Seated, from left to right, are: Jacki Kemmerer; Jarod Moses; Joy Ott; and Kaycie Reabold. Standing are Sindy Gonzalez-Rodriguez; Alyssa Bernardi; Nancy Doerr; Stephanie Kelhart; and Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN.

Celebrating a silver anniversary

Thursday, August 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Attorney William Schwab (center) is celebrating 25 years as Lehighton Area School District Solicitor. Congratulating him on this milestone are (left to right) Lehighton Area School Board Member William J. Hill, Jr.; LASD Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver; School Board President Rocky Ahner; and School Board Vice President Hal Resh.

Violent robbers sentenced

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Monroe home was one target

Members of a violent robbery gang were sentenced to prison Wednesday for five armed home invasion robberies of business owners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.

The incidents happened between October 2009 and April 2010.

In all of the robberies, the defendants assaulted the victims in their own homes. U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis sentenced four defendants Wednesday and one Tuesday. Three other defendants await sentencing and one defendant was sentenced in April.

On this date

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 1949

August 30, 1949 Summit Hill bats around in the first inning, scoring six times, and goes on to post a 12-3 win over Coaldale in the opening game of the Panther Valley League finals. Bonetsky leads the offensive attack with three hits and two runs scored. Vince Lisella also contributes three hits and a run, while George Keister finishes with two hits and a pair of runs. Sarabok, who adds a two-run double, earns the pitching win, and "Monk" Robin chips in with two hits.