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October 2012

Nesquehoning man charged

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Nesquehoning man has been charged with stealing the Visa card of a borough woman and using it to make a cash withdrawal.

Ricky Alex Williams, 22, of 353 E. Catawissa St., has been charged by Chief Sean Smith wtih identity theft, access device fraud (two counts), theft, and receiving stolen property.

Police charged that Williams took the credit card of Edna Newman, reported to be his grandmother, and used it to withdraw $250 without her permission.

Nesquehoning garbage schedule

Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the forecast weather, garbage collection normally scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be pushed back and will be collected beginning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

'Edgar Allan Poe' pays late night visit to the Rex House

Monday, October 29, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.

As the ticking of the clock approached midnight, a well-known and long dead literary figure appeared on historic Race Street in Jim Thorpe. Elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns lined the alley as Edgar Allan Poe made his way to the Rex House at 29 Race St., for a midnight reading of "The Raven."

Sitting in the drawing room of the Rex House, which is the home of local artist David Watkins Price, the author gave a frightening rendition of his epic poem.

Safe driving in the storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

State department of Transportation spokesman Ron Young said that"PennDOT has made preparations for Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, there was a statewide web-based conference call with PennDOT (and all of its eleven engineering districts), other state agencies, and the state's contracted weather service vendor."

All state resources are available to respond, and all essential employees are 'on call'.

Calm before the storm

Monday, October 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A lone beachcomber uses a metal detector to explore beaches at Tuscarora State Park on Sunday after the 65-ft.-deep lake was lowered six feet to reclaim eroded sand. Park officials indicated that the partially-open water release valve that was used to lower the dam will now be turned fully closed to allow for flood control in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's dangerous four-day rainfall expected to begin today.

Bulldogs eliminated by So. Lehigh

Monday, October 29, 2012
Bulldogs eliminated by So. Lehigh
Copyright 2012

EMMAUS – Kristen Moisey was exactly where she was supposed to be. Because she was, Southern Lehigh is exactly where it's supposed to be as well.

After nearly 50 minutes of scoreless play, Moisey's follow up shot from in front of the net lifted the Spartans to a 1-0 victory over Northern Lehigh in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs on Saturday.

Thorpe holds 18th Halloween Parade

Monday, October 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Girl Scout Troop 34289 proudly show off their costumes in their float themed, "Disco Brownies." The troop took 3rd place in the Float category.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Girl Scout Troop 34289 proudly show off their costumes in their float themed, "Disco Brownies." The troop took 3rd place in the Float category.

The 18th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade was held Saturday.

More than 20 floats and groups marched in the parade this year. The Jim Thorpe Lions Club, who organizes and sponsors the parade, announced winners in two categories: Groups and Floats. The awards were given out at the Jim Thorpe Area High School where parade participants were treated to hot dogs, drinks and candy.

PPL crews preparing for a bad storm

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PPL crews are expected to be out in force over the next few days battling power outages throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Pictured is PPL crews responding to a power outage Saturday in Tamaqua.

Carbon man cited in Schuylkill

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Carbon County resident was cited for an incident in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the residence of Pamela Lynn Keiser, 30, of 6 Third St., Kelayres, Kline Township.

Troopers said Keiser and Josh Frank Christman, 30, of Weissport, had a verbal argument over Keiser receiving free drinks from another male at a Halloween party the two were attending.

Reception, booksigning in Palmerton

Monday, October 29, 2012

1st Northern Bank in Palmerton will hold a reception and book signing for local artist, Mary Kocher. Mary is well known for her paintings of historical buildings in Palmerton and surrounding areas. She has recently published a retrospective of her work. Bring your own copy of the book along, and Mary will personalize it for you. Books will also be available for purchase. The reception will be Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the bank lobby at 4th and Lafayette, Palmerton. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served. Call (610) 826-7285 for information.

ACC sweeps Panther Vy.

Monday, October 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jamey Mikovich goes up to block an Allentown Central Catholic hit.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jamey Mikovich goes up to block an Allentown Central Catholic hit.

The Panther Valley girls volleyball team came up short against Allentown Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA District 11 playoffs Saturday, losing in straight sets 25-10, 25-14, 25-9.

Panther Valley came in as the seventh-seed against a Central Catholic team that was seeded second in the tournament. Central lived up to that seeding, jumping out to big leads in all three games.

Palmerton Police Log

Monday, October 29, 2012

Disorderly conduct

Kelly Schroeter, 40, of 939 Mauch Chunk Road, Apt. 6, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct. The violation occurred on Oct. 5 at 3:28 a.m. at the above address.Harassment

David Washburn Jr., 22, of 607 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on Oct. 15 at 4:54 p.m. in the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue.

Speeding

Jeffrey Hosier, 44, of 316 Bridge Street, Weissport, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Oct. 16 at 5:15 a.m. on SR248 east.

Meet the candidates

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Republican Committee will hold a "Meet the Candidates Night" on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Tamaqua Community Center.

State Sen. Dave Argall, Rep. Jerry Knowles and Schuylkill County Chairman Gary Bender will be in attendance. A dessert reception will be held following the meeting.

Car crashes into ditch in Walker Township

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Walker Township/New England Fire Companies responded to Meadow Lane in Walker Township around noon Sunday after a young man overshot a curve in the road and crashed his vehicle into a ditch. No information was available from state police as of press time. Tamaqua Ambulance also responded and treated the man for minor injuries.

Nesquehoning crashes

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported on two crashes investigated by officers.

On Oct. 24 a two vehicle crash occurred about 10:40 a.m. along SR209 at the entrance to Redner's Warehouse Market. Police said Deborah Valderrama, 46 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, was southbound while Frances F. Albino, 245 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale, was northbound. Albino was turning into Redners and struck Valderrama's vehicle. Valderrama's vehicle sustained moderate damage and had to be towed from the scene, police said.

Salvation Army to be open during blackout from storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

In case of a power outage, members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be offering meals, activities and entertainment at the center to anyone affected or not affected by the storm. Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated that all families or individuals, even ones who still have power, are welcome.

Buckeyes beat Penn St.

Monday, October 29, 2012

STATE COLLEGE – A big question going into Penn State's match-up with Ohio State was how affective would Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller be after he suffered what seemed to be a serious head/neck injury the week before against Purdue.

Well, Miller answered that question and he did so with authority. The super sophomore racked up 134 yards on the ground and made big plays through the air when he had to, leading the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

Identity theft seminar held in Tamaqua

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.

About two dozen area residents were treated recently to an educational seminar titled "Preventing and Understanding Identity Theft" at LCCC courtesy of Longhi Financial of Hometown.

This seminar was a third in a series of educational seminars offered at no charge to area residents.

Someone's identity is stolen every three seconds in the United States. Thieves are making billions buying and selling identities, and most consumers have no idea their information is out there, up for sale.

Monroe break-in

Monday, October 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at a Monroe County home.

Troopers said the residence of Leroy Raseley, 173 Anchorage Rd., Saylorsburg, was entered by someone who kicked in a back door. Taken from the home was about $200 in cash, a Sylvania 32-inch flat screen television, and a .22-caliber Marlin rifle.

What's a zip line?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Navitat Canopy Adventures would like to be a 'great neighbor'

The builders of a proposed adventure challenge operation in Penn Forest Township are hoping once area residents learn more about the business, their concerns will be alleviated.

Abby Burt, branding and marketing leader for Navitat Canopy Adventures, explains that Navitat, as a company, is committed to working with the natural environment and local community.

"Our Asheville, N.C. tour was recently voted 'Best Outdoor Adventure Company' by the local residents in a poll conducted by a local newspaper (Mountain Xpress) in Western North Carolina," says Burt.

Steelers player speaks about good character, courage

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.

"Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly until you can do it well," said Former NFL Player and Pittsburgh Steeler Robin Cole as he quoted his mother during a community talk held for Tamaqua Area students, parents, staff and fans Thursday night in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Dennis Elliott Giffels, 60, of Brodheadsville, was stopped for multiple traffic violations about 11:24 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, along Brookside Road at Spruce St., in Lower Macungie Township.

He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest. Charges will be filed, troopers said.

Tribe falls to Eagles

Monday, October 29, 2012

ORWIGSBURG – Three years ago, the Lehighton volleyball team made its last appearance in the District 11 playoffs.

Two years ago, Indians head coach T.J. O'Connor last appeared in the District Tournament as the head coach of Blue Mountain.

This year, the stars seemed to align perfectly as O'Connor returned to Blue Mountain by coaching Lehighton back into the District playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Tamaqua driver facing charges

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tamaqua driver is facing charges after he allegedly left the scene of an accident.

State police at Frackville said Seth G. Mellor, 21, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Reynolds Road, in Walker Township, about 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

After negotiating a right hand curve the car crossed the center line and traveled onto the west berm.

The car then struck a tree. Troopers said Mellor then left the scene and did not report the crash.

He will be cited, troopers added.

Palmerton woman celebrates 98 years

Monday, October 29, 2012
La Rue Smith
La Rue Smith

La Rue Smith, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated her 98th birthday. She was born on Oct. 17, 1914.

The daughter of Frank and Rista Strohl, she was born in Aquashicola on her parents' farm, like everyone else at that time. Her mom and dad instilled in her the appreciation of a hard day's work. They had a "truck patch" garden and grew all their own foods.

They raised chickens and pigs and even had a cow for milking. LaRue says that she had to take turns with her sister Pauline milking the cow twice a day.

Hundreds march in McAdoo Halloween parade

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 200 costumed children took part in the McAdoo Halloween parade held Sunday in McAdoo. Children were treated to snacks and prizes afterwards at the Keystone Fire Company. Organizers Mary Labert and Theresa Gronsky stated their appreciation to all the families that participated despite the scare of rain. Dalton Moyer, 5, dresses as a candy-covered Willy Wonka.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 200 costumed children took part in the McAdoo Halloween parade held Sunday in McAdoo. Children were treated to snacks and prizes afterwards at the Keystone Fire Company. Organizers Mary Labert and Theresa Gronsky stated their appreciation to all the families that participated despite the scare of rain. Dalton Moyer, 5, dresses as a candy-covered Willy Wonka.

Local school closings

Monday, October 29, 2012

Carbon Co. Head Start: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Carbon CTI: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Jim Thorpe Area: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Lehigh Career/Tech. Inst.: CLOSED Today

Lehigh Comm. College: CLOSED Today; CLASSES CANCELLED AT ALL SITES

Lehighton Area: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Lincoln Tech Institute: CLOSED Today

Mahanoy Area: CLOSED Today

Marian Catholic, Hometown: CLOSED Today

McAdoo Catholic: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

McCann Sch. Bus./Pottsville: CLOSED Today; NO DAY/EVENING CLASSES; STAFF SHOULD NOT REPORT

Lions blank Indians

Monday, October 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (left) and Moravian Academy's Brittany Onesto collide while chasing down a loose ball.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (left) and Moravian Academy's Brittany Onesto collide while chasing down a loose ball.

Scoring wins the game, but if passing the ball toward the opponent's circle fails, then the result will most likely be no scoring at all.

This was the Lehighton Lady Indians' dilemma on Saturday afternoon when they lost a District 11 Class AA semifinal playoff game to Moravian Academy by a score of 2-0.

"We were dribbling too much instead of working down the field to get in position to score," said Lehighton coach Lamar Long. "We have had trouble scoring all year and today we just did not create enough opportunities."

PennDOT, Pa. Turnpike to reduce speed limits in Southeast Pa.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) have temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 mph and restrict certain types of vehicles on some southeast Pa. roadways.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Ÿ Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties;

Ÿ Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware counties;

Area braces for the worst

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is churning up the east coast, aiming high winds and at least four inches of heavy rain at our area. The looming hybrid storm has closed schools and emptied stores of bottled water, staple foods and generators.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects tropical storm conditions to hit the Carbon County area today, bringing up to an inch of rain and 35-45 mph winds, with gusts up to 55 mph. The winds will increase tonight to 45-55 mph, with gusts of up to 70 mph., along with another one to two inches of rain.

Tamaqua pep rally set for Thurs. at Five Points

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tamaqua area community-wide pep rally will be staged Thursday, November 1, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Five Points fountain at Depot Square Park in support of the Tamaqua Area High School Blue Raiders football team.

The event is being coordinated by volunteers of the Tamaqua Area Football Boosters Association.