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August 2012

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
This part of SR443 in Suedberg just off I81 was completely submerged under flood waters. This limited rescuers access to hundreds of submerged homes and businesses. A large section of nearby I81 was also completely under water.
This part of SR443 in Suedberg just off I81 was completely submerged under flood waters. This limited rescuers access to hundreds of submerged homes and businesses. A large section of nearby I81 was also completely under water.

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.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Antique/Collector Car Show

The Slatington Lions Club will hold its 24th annual Antique/Collector Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 3.

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.

Registration of cars is from 9 a.m. to noon.

The first 200 preregistered cars will receive a custom dash plaque, while the first 150 preregistered will receive a special participation award.

Labor Day Weekend planned at No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of fun and educational activities each day. The main day will be Sunday September 2 in conjunction with the Old Time Miners Picnic beginning at 11 a.m.. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. The Old Fashioned Miners Picnic features a variety of great homemade ethnic foods and desserts that the coal region is famous for. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and great foods. Seating will be available in the picnic pavilion. Take outs are also available.

Holly-Leaver

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Patrick Leaver and Rachel Holly
Patrick Leaver and Rachel Holly

The engagement of Rachel Holly, daughter of Valerie (Holly) Baber of New Tripoli, and Patrick Leaver, son of Michael and Tammy Leaver of Lehighton, has been announced by their families.

The bride to be is the granddaughter of Edward and Anna Marie (Balukonis) Holly of Freeland. She is a 2012 graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown, and is currently attending East Stroudsburg University in the honors college where she is seeking a bachelor of arts degree in art and design.

She is employed as a customer service representative at the TIMES NEWS, LLC in Lehighton.

Girl Scout meeting set

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anyone interested in learning more about Girl Scouting in the Tamaqua-Panther Valley area is welcome to attend a meeting this Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Greenwood and Mauch Chunk Streets, Tamaqua.

In addition to learning more about scouting, there will also be the opportunity to sign up for Girl Scout Service Unit 310.

Carbon man gets year in jail for DUI; other pleas entered

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday morning to driving under the influence (DUI). He was one of 14 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Nesquehoning stop

Sean Christopher McFadden, 23, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison on the DUI count.

Two who allegedly wrote fake prescriptions waive hearings

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Two Philadelphia men who allegedly wrote fake prescriptions to a Lehighton pharmacy have waived their charges to Carbon County Court.

Richard Knajib Johns and Damien Lamont Black both had preliminary hearings scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, but opted to have their cases forwarded to court instead.

Johns was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy. He is free on $2,000 unsecured bail.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Maternity clothes drive

The TLC Moms Group at Our Lady Queen of Peace is holding its annual Maternity Clothes Drive to benefit Monroe County's Shepherd's Maternity House.

Both new and used maternity clothes are desperately needed. The drive will continue until the group's first meeting of the school year, Sept. 6.

Items may be dropped off in McCawley Hall at the specially marked TLC table.

Rotary speakers

Girls soccer moves to fall for all this year

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) battles with Palmerton players Sabreena Strauch (31) and Shana Ahner (12) for possession in a game last spring. For the first time, the PIAA has moved girls soccer to be played as a fall sport across the Commonwealth.
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) battles with Palmerton players Sabreena Strauch (31) and Shana Ahner (12) for possession in a game last spring. For the first time, the PIAA has moved girls soccer to be played as a fall sport across the Commonwealth.

Welcome to the new world of Pennsylvania girls' high school soccer.

Instead of the usual format that saw the eight TIMES NEWS area teams split up between the fall and spring seasons, now all PIAA soccer teams will compete in the fall.

The girls' soccer teams that compete in the Schuylkill League like Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, and Weatherly have always competed in the fall so the change is minimal for them as far as numbers go.

Driver hurt in Mahoning crash

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township police are investigating an accident Tuesday evening which closed down SR902 for a period of time. The crash occurred at 7 p.m. when a male motorist was traveling south and apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car swerved to the left crossing over the oncoming lanes entering the east berm where it impacted with and snapped off a utility pole. The pole carried power lines as well as other utility lines which were snapped off with the impact. A PPL transformer lay along the berm of the roadway.