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August 2012

Man wanted in N.J. nabbed in Monroe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional Police report a traffic stop they made in Coolbaugh Township resulted in the apprehension of a Tobyhanna man who was wanted on a warrent issued in Morris County, N.J.

Police said they stopped a vehicle driven by Timothy Meade, 22, after observing it had an expired inspection sticker on it. When the vehicle parked in a driveway at 243 Pope Road, Tobyhanna, police ran a report that indicated the man was a fugitive from New Jersey.

He is lodged in the Monroe County Correctional Facillity, Snydersville, awaiting extradition by out-of-state authorities.

Top court to hear appeal filed by Pa. jury commissioners

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has found probable jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed by the Pennsylvania Association of Jury Commissioners, according to the association's attorney, Samuel C. Stretton of West Chester.

"I received a notification from the supreme court," Stretton said. "The court has noted they will now enter a briefing schedule. I'm also going to ask for an oral argument on this important constitutional issue."

Dusk to dawn movie marathon set

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Becky's Drive-in, Route 248, Berlinsville, will be holding a dusk to dawn movie marathon on Saturday and Sunday.

No passes or coupons will be accepted these nights. Breakfast will be served in the snack shop in the morning.

Screen 1:

8 p.m., "Madagascar 3," rated PG; 9:45 p.m., "What to Expect When Expecting," rated PG13; 11:45 p.m., "Avengers," rated PG13; 2:30 a.m., "Ted," rated R; 4:20 a.m., "Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," rated R.

Screen 2:

8:05 p.m., "The Possession," rated PG13; 9:50 p.m., "The Campaign," rated R; 11:35 p.m., "The Watch," rated R.

Free concert slated today in Tamaqua

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free concert this evening in Tamaqua as part of their Summer Concert Series. The concert, being held outside the Train Station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature Todd Wolfe Band playing the blues. The concert is sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky.

Big snake bites little girl

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The father of a four-year-old Lehighton girl had to cut away a pet ball python that had bitten the girl on the chest Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened at 3:10 p.m. as the girl was showing the snake to children down the street from a North Second Street school bus stop.

Police were called to the scene. However, neither police Chief Neal Ebbert nor the officer who handled the incident was available to provide details Thursday morning.

Look for more on this story in Friday's TIMES NEWS.

BOYS 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 Chris Boyd, Darren Gehres

Key returnees Bob Taylor (Sr.), Erik Sellers (Jr.), Christian Fields (Jr.), Zachary Nace (Jr.), Nathan Fields (So.), Jonathan Condly (So.), Jacob Saxon (So.)

Others to watch Jian Qui Gentile (Fr.), Jake McGeehan (Jr.)

Lewistown Valley Gardening Club wins ribbons at Schuylkill Fair

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

Members of the Lewistown Valley Gardening Club received top place awards in the horticulture and craft departments. From left are Judy Kellner, who received awards in artistic arrangements; Linda Leiby, who placed top with her vegetables; June Leiby, who received top awards for her sea shell and dried flowers wreath; Mary Bridygham, who placed first for her prayer quilt; Evelyn Adams, who received high awards for her artistic flower arrangements; and Karen Winkleman, who received best of show and earned the judge's choice with her counted cross stitch.

Criminal mischief reported in Tamaqua

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tamaqua Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the South Ward Playground on Friday.

Officers were dispatched to the playground, at 299 Penn St., at 3:51 p.m. and met with Lee Calkins of the playground association. According to the report, a man identified as Michael Wimer, 25, had used a pocket knife to damage one of the benches at the park. Wimer had told Calkins he lived at 215 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, but when the officer checked, neighbors said the residents of that address had been evicted.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

Officer Timothy Wuttke issued a speeding ticket on Aug. 24 along SR93, for going 81 miles-per-hour, in a 55 zone; on Aug. 26, for following too closely, on SR209; and on the same date speeding, 56 in 40 zone, on SR209.

Officer Brian White issued a stop sign citation on Aug. 26 at state routes 209 and 93.

Helping feline friends

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Samantha Schanowolf plays watches as the kittens go crazy over some of the catnip pillows.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Samantha Schanowolf plays watches as the kittens go crazy over some of the catnip pillows.

Lehighton Girl Scout makes catnip toys for New Ringgold kitten rescue

Lehighton Girl Scout Samantha Schanowolf, 14, decided to do what she likes best when she came up with the idea of making and donating over a hundred multi-colored catnip-filled pillow play toys to the Cat's Peek Rescue in New Ringgold.

She, along with fellow girl scouts, family members and volunteer Lisa Hawk of Lehighton spent numerous hours putting these pillows together. This act was also a way for Schanowolf to pursue her Girl Scout Silver Award, which requires 60 hours spent on completing a project that helps the community.

Drug arrest in Slatington

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Slatington police reported a drug arrest made by officers.

Police said Tyler Westwood, 20, who has no current address, was arrested about 1:02 a.m. on Aug. 3 in the unit block of Oak Alley.

He was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arraigned on the charge and later committed to the Lehigh County prison on a probation violation, police said.

Driver is uninjured in Schuylkill crash

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Louis F. Genther Jr., 72, of Schwenksville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 27 at 1:20 p.m. on Route 61 in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Introduction to Photography

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will offer an Introduction to Photography class from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Schuylkill County court news

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rejects jury trial

Kevin Michael Hook, 27, last known address, Cressona, was scheduled to go on trial before a jury but had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Judge John E. Domalakes accepted the guilty plea and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a pre-sentence investigation. Hook was released on his current bail and ordered to report on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for sentencing.

Slatington arrest

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Slatington police reported the arrest of a North Carolina resident for a incident in the borough that occurred on Aug. 1.

Police said a residence along Fernwood Road was entered sometime in the afternoon of that date and taken was jewelry and electronics.

As the result of an investigation police charged Cari Rose Nalesnik, 24, of 10583 Earnhardt Lake Rd., Davidson, with theft of property, and receiving stolen property, both felony threes.

Nalesnik was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the Lehigh County prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.

Craftsmanship everywhere at Macungie car show

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Get the message? The admonition in the interior of this immaculately clean 1957 Chevrolet reflects the feelings of most car owners at the Wheels of Time Car Show in Macungie this past weekend.
Get the message? The admonition in the interior of this immaculately clean 1957 Chevrolet reflects the feelings of most car owners at the Wheels of Time Car Show in Macungie this past weekend.

West End Fair brings smiles to all

Thursday, August 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Caitlyn Lewullis, 8 and Brianna Goucher, 8, both of Effort, show off their fun balloon animals and decorations they received at the Cornerstone Community Church stand at the West End Fair where they could also receive free face painting. They both agreed they LOVED the pony rides at the fair.

Cerimele's pizza pick up times

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cerimele's Pizza of New Columbus will be open until 5 p.m., Friday Aug. 31 for pizza pick ups.

Anyone who has pre-ordered pizzas can pick them up anytime before 5 p.m.

No new orders are being accepted.

Lehighton man facing charges

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jordan Daniel Trotta, 19, of Lehighton, is facing a charge of criminal mischief filed against him by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said the charge stems from an incident that happened at 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at 938 Vanman Lane, East Penn Township.

The victim is a 40-year-old Lehighton resident, who told police her house window was broken by Trotta after engaging in a verbal argument.

Man is caught stealing copper

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Bethlehem man has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks after he was caught with $24,900 worth of copper that was stolen from a Carbon County site.

Robert Thomas Fisher, 47, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after the incident at 4:07 p.m. Aug. 26, in Lower Towamensing Township.

Outdoor service at People's EC Church

Thursday, August 30, 2012

People's EC Church, 216 Wagner Street in Franklin Township, will host an outdoor service featuring the Christian band Witness on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 10:30 a.m.

The concert is open to everyone. People attending this special event are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For further information, call (610) 377-1696

Kidder citations

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kidder Township police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

On Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. Denardo McEachron, Blakeslee, cited for speeding, Lake Drive, 52 miles-per-hour, in a 35 zone; 10 a.m. Justin Stuyck, Kresgeville, cited for speeding, same area, 49 in a 35 zone; 10:15 a.m. Casandra Brown, Tobyhanna, speeding, same area, 45 in 35 zone; 11 a.m. William Bartosh, Jim Thorpe, speeding, same area, 53 in 35 zone; 11:30 a.m., Antonia Posa, Albrightsville, speeding, same area, 51 in 35 zone.

Lehigh driver facing DUI count

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:39 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, along Schochary Road at Holbens Valley Road, in Lynn Township.

State police at Fogelsville said Zachary Michael Busch, 18, of New Tripoli, was stopped for multiple traffic violations. At the stop he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said. Charges will be filed.

Four arrests in Slatington incident

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Four persons were cited following an incident in Slatington.

On Aug. 15 about 1:46 a.m. borough police responded to the area of the covered bridge on N. Seventh St., to a report of suspicious activity.

On this date

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 1979

Few people in the village of New Columbus - known for its lovers of opera - knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue. The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tenn. is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew. Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music All of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.

Lady uses hairspray in store

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks arrested a Schuylkill Haven woman for retail theft after she took a can of hairspray off the shelf at the Redner's Supermarket, Schuylkill Haven, used it and then put it back on the display.

Police said Tina Marie Fitzpatrick, 37, made use of the Fructis Hairspray from the shelf, which will net her a citation through District Court 21-3-03.

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.