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November 2012

PennDOT letdown

Thursday, November 29, 2012

PV students stuck a long time in buses

Was PennDOT ready for Tuesday's snow?

It wasn't a major storm. Only about three inches of snow fell on most of the area.

Yet, there were a lot of accidents because of snow-covered roads. Accidents happened on Routes 443, 54, 248, Pohopoco Drive.

We realize that any time there's snow falling, people sometimes don't drive in it properly or don't have the right equipment on their car and accidents occur.

But one incident which was especially outstanding happened in Summit Hill. It makes us question how prepared PennDOT was for the snow.

Two wanted suspects nabbed in Lansford

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lansford police nabbed two wanted subjects as a result of a traffic stop on Nov.16 at 10:10 p.m. on W. Bertsch Street. The driver, Beth Schmoyer, 27, of 601 E. Abbott St., Lansford, was stopped for driving under suspension, DUI-related. A records check on the passengers revealed that Scott White, 31, of 601 E. Abbott St., Lansford, was wanted out of the Lehigh County Probation Office and Jacob Maute, 30, of 325 Main St., Royersford, was wanted out of Chester County for burglary and other related charges.

New Castle mishap was snow-related

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No one was hurt in a snow-related crash at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at the intersection of Darkwater Road and State Route 61 in New Castle Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Scott Hats, 38, of Pottsville, was driving a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser eastbound on Darkwater Road when he lost control of it on the snow-covered roadway.

The vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and struck a fire hydrant.

Police said the vehicle sustained moderate damages and was towed from the scene.

CC Domestic Violence Service Center offers support group

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carbon County Domestic Violence Service Center is offering a support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence in Carbon County. Support group is held the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested in attending should call the hot line at 1 (800) 424-5600 for more information. Child care is provided and all services are free and confidential.

Polk Township buys new plow truck

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Polk Township is purchasing a new plow truck. The 2012 Kenworth 350 Cummings with automatic transmission will cost $128,500, and will be paid from the $163,000 liquid fuels fund, which can only be used to purchase new vehicles.

"We're starting to replace our old plow trucks. The last truck we bought was a GMC single axle at $63,000," said Polk Township Chairman Brian Ahner at the recent township supervisors' meeting.

N.Y. man facing drug charges

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dejuan Reginald Allen, 22, of New York, N.Y., is facing drug charges in Monroe County after Pocono Mountain Regional Police responded to an incident on Nov. 25 at 6:42 p.m.

Police said they stopped to assist Allen at the intersection of SR940 and Interstate 380 in Pocono Summit, Tobyhanna, after which time they observed marijuana inside the vehicle.

A search of the car revealed a resealable plastic bag containing the marijuana.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.

Man is jailed by state police

Thursday, November 29, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks said Timothy Quinn Parks, 25, of Saylorsburg, was committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, after he created a disturbance at the state police barracks on Nov. 22 at 3:40 a.m.

Police said he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol prior to the incident and was taken to the barracks for processing.

After completion, he was released to the lobby of the barracks while he waited for a ride.

Police said Parks got mad because he wanted a snack and no one had change for a $10 bill.

This isn't a game

Thursday, November 29, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network, standing, talks about the new driving simulation program that LVHN purchased to teach students about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Pennsylvania State Trooper David Peters, seated, tried the program as a simulated drunk driver.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network, standing, talks about the new driving simulation program that LVHN purchased to teach students about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Pennsylvania State Trooper David Peters, seated, tried the program as a simulated drunk driver.

Simulation program teaches students about dangers of distracted or impaired driving

Lehigh Valley Health Network wants high school students to know the dangers of distracted or impaired driving.

Through a new computer driving simulation program, students can witness first-hand what it's like being behind the wheel when you are under the influence or are not paying attention to the road while driving. Three of these programs were purchased by LVHN through the Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli Endowment Fund for Continuing Excellence in Trauma Care, and the Fleming Trust.

Vehicle stop leads to wanted person

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Mahanoy City man unexpectedly found himself in the Schuylkill County Prison following a vehicle stop in Rush Township on Nov. 25.

Officers made the stop at 2:50 a.m. on Mahanoy Avenue (SR54). A routine records check showed that a passenger in the car, Ryan L. Seigel, 26, was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Dauphin County.

Seigel was taken to the county prison in Pottsville to await a transfer to Dauphin County.

October Students of the Month

Thursday, November 29, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Middle School recently selected its October Students of the Month. Students were chosen based on their excellence in academics and conduct and received a certificate and gift card for their efforts. From left are, Erica Tout, grade six; Brendan Morgans, grade eight; and Kayla Boswell, grade seven.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day Dec. 9 in Lehighton

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A candle lighting ceremony in honor of Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day, held the second Sunday in December, honors the memories of children who have died at any age and from any cause.

Since 1997, a Worldwide Candle Lighting, has created a 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. local time.

75 pot plants found inside burning home

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Port Carbon Police Chief Jon Bowman, right, talks with St. Clair Police Chief Mike Carey, as they count bag after bag of dried marijuana also found in the home.
Port Carbon Police Chief Jon Bowman, right, talks with St. Clair Police Chief Mike Carey, as they count bag after bag of dried marijuana also found in the home.

Police and firefighters discovered a large marijuana growing operation while investigating the gutted remains of a fire that claimed a two-home duplex yesterday morning on North Coal Street in Port Carbon that left four people homeless.

Flames could be seen shooting up from the roof when firefighters arrived on scene, according to neighbors.

Some of the confiscated items found on the second floor of 233 North Coal St. included more than 75 marijuana plants, six air conditioners, four 55-gallon drums filled with fertilizer and ceramic pellets, heat lamps, and 12-hour timers.

Mauch Chunk Trust Financial declares dividend

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. declared a dividend of $.28 per share, a regular dividend of $ .18 per share and a special dividend of $.10 per share, payable December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record December 7, 2011. This action brings the annual dividend rate to $.46 per share and represents an increase of 15% over the 2011 dividend rate.

DUI arrest

Thursday, November 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest made by troopers on Thursday, Nov. 22.

At 2:45 a.m. David Sodl, 26, of Gilbert, was stopped for speeding along SR209 at Sold Lane, in Chestnuthill Township. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the barracks for a breath test.

Charges are pending, troopers noted.

"Miracle on 34th Street" presented

Thursday, November 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This scene from Pleasant Valley High School's production of "Miracle on 34th Street" features, front row, left to right, Elves Hailey Blanding, Rachel Weinrich, Katina Foley and Angleica Ramirez and back row, Elf Lisa Bretzger, Mackenzie Sweeney (Doris Walker), Josh Weidenbaum (Kris Kringle), Rebecca Anglemyer (Susan Walker), Devin Cetnar (Fred Gayley) and Elf Lydia Shank.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This scene from Pleasant Valley High School's production of "Miracle on 34th Street" features, front row, left to right, Elves Hailey Blanding, Rachel Weinrich, Katina Foley and Angleica Ramirez and back row, Elf Lisa Bretzger, Mackenzie Sweeney (Doris Walker), Josh Weidenbaum (Kris Kringle), Rebecca Anglemyer (Susan Walker), Devin Cetnar (Fred Gayley) and Elf Lydia Shank.

Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic drama, "Miracle on 34th Street," November 30 and December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2 at 2 p.m.

Two are arrested in Monroe County

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two persons were arrested by Pocomo Mountain Regional police following an incident at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 25 on SR611 in Mount Pocono.

Police said they encountered two males walking in the middle of the northbound lanes, later identifying them as Patrick Cooper, 22, of Marshalls Creek, and Wilmar Perez, 26, of Tobyhanna.

Police said an investigation revealed there was an active bench warrant issued for Cooper's arrest, causing police to take him into custody.

Police said Perez was also taken into custody for being highly-intoxicated and was charged with public drunkenness.

Lehighton man charged with drug possession

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coaldale police have charged a Lehighton man with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges were lodged against Timothy H. O'Brien, 23, of 250 Laurel Drive, in connection with an incident that happened between 3:30-4 p.m. Oct. 19, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Scott D. Cramer.

Carbon Safe Kids supporters recognized

Thursday, November 29, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Safe Kids members recently honored two organizations and one individual for their support over the years. From left, are Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Safe Kids member; Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman; award recipients Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County; Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network; and Mary Lou McGeehan, community education coordinator for Blue Mountain Health System; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, Safe Kids member.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Safe Kids members recently honored two organizations and one individual for their support over the years. From left, are Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Safe Kids member; Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman; award recipients Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County; Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network; and Mary Lou McGeehan, community education coordinator for Blue Mountain Health System; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, Safe Kids member.

Surprises served up at annual award and appreciation luncheon

Safe Kids Carbon County Chapter members recently recognized a group of individuals for their dedication to the organization, which helps teach parents and children how to be safe.

During the Safe Kids annual award and appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, two organizations and one individual were recognized for their contributions to the organization.

'Twilight's' last gleaming

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," fifth and final in the series, should please fans of the Stephenie Meyer novel and movie series.

For non-fans, "Breaking Dawn" signals it's time to put the brakes on "The Twilight Saga."

"Part 2" is an extended coda, with not much new happening that didn't happen in "Part 1," i.e., the marriage of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the birth of their daughter, Renesmee.

Advent cantata shares 'The Voices of Christmas'

Thursday, November 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Bruce Costenbader, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir, portrays a "voice" during the cantata "The Voices of Christmas." In this cantata the story of Christmas was told through the first-person witnesses present at the first Christmas. BELOW: Orchestra members Bob Fatzinger, left, on tympani, Duane Reichard, percussion, and Sarah Snyder, bassoon, perform during "The Voices of Christmas" cantata at Trinity Lutheran Church.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Bruce Costenbader, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir, portrays a "voice" during the cantata "The Voices of Christmas." In this cantata the story of Christmas was told through the first-person witnesses present at the first Christmas. BELOW: Orchestra members Bob Fatzinger, left, on tympani, Duane Reichard, percussion, and Sarah Snyder, bassoon, perform during "The Voices of Christmas" cantata at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Members of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepared for the start of the Advent and Christmas seasons with a moving performance of "The Voices of Christmas."

The cantata featured nearly two dozen choir members and guest performers. They were accompanied by a full 20-piece orchestra.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 1996 Kyle Minnick scores five of his team's seven points in overtime and an emotional Weatherly squad opens the season with a 63-61 win over Crestwood. Jarrod Ross tallies a team-high 15 points and records three steals for the Wreckers, whose head coach Tony Antinozzi passed away suddenly five days earlier. Minnick finishes with 14 points and eight rebounds while Tom Kessell adds 13 points, eight boards and six steals. The winners, under the direction of Bob Lutzick, also receive 10 points from Josh Tom.

Coaldale woman facing DUI count

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Coaldale woman was cited by Rush Township police following a vehicle stop on SR309 on Nov. 9.

Diane M. Robert, 40, was driving erratically on Claremont Avenue at 2:40 p.m. when she was stopped. Officers noted she was visibly intoxicated and transported her to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for blood tests. The results indicated a blood-alcohol content of .125 percent, well over the .08 percent limit.

Robert was cited for driving under the influence (DUII) of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lehighton news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas in the Park

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will present "Christmas in the Park," an Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton. Rain or shine.

Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 provides the hot cocoa.

Marriage license

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carbon County

Daniel Christopher Horn and Tammy Lynn Locher, 11 W. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning.

Tamaqua names Little Miss Spirit to reign over Christmas festival

Thursday, November 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Callista Fannock, third grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School, will reign as the 2012 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas. Presenting the tiara Wednesday is Judy Hoppes, contest chairperson.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Callista Fannock, third grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School, will reign as the 2012 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas. Presenting the tiara Wednesday is Judy Hoppes, contest chairperson.

A third-grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School will reign over the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival.

Callista Fannock, daughter of Tony and Shannon Fannock, Tamaqua, was selected to wear the crown for the 2012 holiday extravaganza that kicks off Friday.

Fannock received her tiara and banner at a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

According to Judy Hoppes, chairwoman, Little Miss Spirit of Christmas competition, balloting took place during the period of November 13 -23 at Wells Fargo Bank, Tamaqua.

Polk Township news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas tree lighting

Polk Township's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Veterans Memorial in Kresgeville.

There will be singing and refreshments. Santa will also be arriving.

The Veteran's Memorial is located on Route 209, across from the Kresgeville Post Office.

Parking is available at the post office or at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 2.

Red Cross Blood Donations

Man escapes injuries in crash

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Marc Galen, 19, of Minersville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 8:05 a.m. Nov. 27 on Scheffer Hill Road in Cass Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said he was driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus northbound when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered roadway. The vehicle exited the right side of the road where it hit a mailbox and a small ditch area before coming to rest in the middle of the road.

Police said the car sustained moderate damages and was towed from the scene.

Man is facing DUI charges

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Allen E. McGowan, 26, of Pen Argyl, is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol as a result of a traffic stop made by state police at the Lehighton.

Police said they stopped a vehicle McGowan was driving for vehicle code violations, after which time they learned he was under the influence of alcohol.

The stop was made at the intersection of Meixell Valley and Weir Lake roads in Ross Township, Monroe County.

Palmerton native killed in Florida

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Palmerton native was killed when he was struck by a car in Florida, where he was residing.

Patrick J. Wisocky, 42, of Summerfield, was struck and fatally injured on Nov. 22, his birthday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Wisocky was walking along U.S. Highway 301 on the evening of Nov. 22, and after dark, when he was struck. Troopers said Wisocky was wearing dark clothing and walking in the right northbound lane. The accident occurred about 7:45 p.m.

Palmerton stop nets drunk driver

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A traffic stop made at 2:16 a.m. Nov. 24 on Alley F, near Sixth Street, in Palmerton, resulted in the arrest of a Palmerton woman.

State police at the Lehighton said Jenna Marie Crisman, 38, of Palmerton, was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

Police said she was driving a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickkup truck when police stopped her for a vehicle code violation and learned she was under the influence.

On this date

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 1956

Blasting of the 1,150-foot tunnel through solid rock for the outlet channel of the gigantic Bear Creek Reservoir is about half finished and should be through the mountain by the end of December. The tunnel is being constructed by Gasparini Excavating Company, Peckville, at a cost of $742,000. When completed, the concrete-lined tunnel with an inside diameter of 16 feet will be used for diversion of the Lehigh River while the mammoth 234-foot dirt and rock embankment is being built across the river valley and for reservoir operations after completion of the dam.