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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.

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.

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.

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
Firefighters and police remained on scene yesterday to prevent anyone from entering the building. Pictured on bottom left is the fake window and curtains that pot growers used to disguise the second story window of 233 North Coal St.
Firefighters and police remained on scene yesterday to prevent anyone from entering the building. Pictured on bottom left is the fake window and curtains that pot growers used to disguise the second story window of 233 North Coal St.

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.

Kunkletown man faces drug charges

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jerome M. Yanchick Jr., 27, of Kunkletown, was arrested by state police at Lehighton for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs on Nov. 23 at 12:15 a.m.

Police said he was stopped for a vehicle code violation along Burger Hollow Road in Polk Township, Monroe County, after which time police said the stop yielded he was under the influence.

Burning sensation? Sour stomach? Chest pain? You may have GERD

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
DAVID W. ROWE/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
DAVID W. ROWE/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects millions around the world

Do you have a burning sensation in your chest after you eat?

Does it feel like something sour is building up in your throat?

Do you have chest pain or find it difficult to swallow sometimes?

Have these symptoms caused restless days and sleepless nights and have lasted for weeks, months or even years?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be one of millions who suffer from a problem known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Parryville Council adopts tentative budget, sets 11.5 millage

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

With two of the five Parryville Council members absent, Mike Grant, president, counted on both attending members Jennifer Borger and Jennifer Emrey to continue the evening's business.

Cathy Hawk, a fourth member, was attending a grant writing workshop, and called to report during the meeting, that council should consider attaining non profit status to apply for grants. Also absent was Sharon Keiser, vice president.

Marriage licenses

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Schuylkill County

Jessica Wozniak and Cody N. Ratliff, 915 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville.

Katelin M. Creveling, 2728 Whitetail Deer Drive, Bath, and Tyson R. Keefer, 375 East Schmaltzdahl Road, New Ringgold.

Anthracite Model Railroad Club continues holiday tradition

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Many area residents have fond memories of awakening Christmas morning to the sights and sounds of a model train circling under a warmly lit tree, or watching a display of trains in a frosty department store window. Keeping those holiday memories alive is an important objective of the membership of the Anthracite Model Railroad Club.

Towamensing Twp. incident nets DUI

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Michael L. Anthony, 43, of Palmerton, is facing driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charges after he was stopped by state police at Lehighton at 12:10 a.m. Nov. 25.

The incident happened along Fireline Road, near Snyder Road, in Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Police said they observed Anthony driving a Subaru Outback in an erratic manner and learned he was under the influence of alcohol after making the stop.

Ski area is making snow

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Skiers itching to ride the slopes may want to cross their fingers for chilly temperatures to stick around.

That's because the colder the weather, the greater the chance Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton could open this weekend.

The ski area hopes to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, though such a move is predicated on cold temperatures, as well as whether it can make snow each night through Saturday morning.

If all that holds true, Blue Mountain will open Saturday with three trails: Easy Out, Vista, and Come Around Park.

St. John's Lutheran Church making plans to help New York

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The congregation of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, is responding to the needs of the people of Long Island, New York, who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Speaking for the support effort is the Rev. Christopher DeForest, who is pleased that his congregation wants to reach out to help the Long Island community.

Driver facing DUI count in Rush Twp.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Pottsville woman faces possible driving under the influence (DUI) charges following a traffic stop in Rush Township on Monday, Nov. 26.

Officers stopped a vehicle being operated by Valerie Underkoffler, 46, at 1:17 a.m. as she was traveling on Claremont Avenue (SR309). She was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for blood tests.

DUI charges are pending the results of the blood work, but Underkoffler will be cited for driving with a suspended license-DUI related, as well as for several traffic violations.

Santa arrives in Palmerton

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Little Calianna Smale looks like she is very upset over the news that Santa Claus didn't bring Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with him to the Palmerton Borough Park's annual Santa Arrives in Palmerton event last year. And because her parents brought their camera, they were able to capture her first visit with Santa Claus, free.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Little Calianna Smale looks like she is very upset over the news that Santa Claus didn't bring Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with him to the Palmerton Borough Park's annual Santa Arrives in Palmerton event last year. And because her parents brought their camera, they were able to capture her first visit with Santa Claus, free.

"You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town."

Indeed. Santa Claus is coming to Palmerton. He's leaving his sleigh and reindeer at the North Pole so he will be arriving in a fire truck which will deliver him to the Palmerton Borough Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.

This successful holiday event has been a tradition for over 22 years. It is sponsored by the Aquashicola Fire Department, the Palmerton Fire Department and Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Senior Citizen Holiday Program scheduled in Slatington

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

They'll watch as students sing their hearts out, before being treated to a turkey dinner.

Student performances and a hearty meal will once again highlight the Senior Citizen Holiday Program, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Slatington Elementary.

Lori Middaugh, co-event organizer, said "the goal of this year's event is to have as many as last year, if not more, senior citizens join us to enjoy a morning filled with children singing, reading poetry, telling jokes, and listening to music to start their Christmas season with happiness."

Tamaqua man facing charges

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Tamaqua man was arrested by Rush Township police after allegedly burglarizing the Beacon Diner.

Ronald W. Musselman, 29, allegedly entered the restaurant, located at the intersection of state routes 309 and 54, at 9:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. A total of $221 was reportedly removed from the diner.

Musselman will be charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

Correction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the article 'Stumpin' for Scholarships raises funds in memory of Brett Flexer, which ran in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS, the recipient of last year's scholarship was misidentified. The recipient was Shyanne Kleintop, who received $1,000 from the Brett Flexer Memorial Scholarship.

Second defendant in drive-by shooting gets state jail term

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The second of four defendants charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Weatherly last year, was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday afternoon.

James M. Delbo, 34, of Ashland, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of four to eight years in a state prison.

Delbo pleaded guilty on Sept. 20 to one count each of criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal conspiracy-recklessly endangering another person with a deadly weapon, and criminal conspiracy-discharging a firearm into a occuptied structure.

Special Olympics needs volunteers

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is ready to start bowling training for the 2012-2013 season.

They are in need of several volunteers to help our athletes during training, as well as the day of the competition. They are in need of about 22 volunteers for Fritz Lanes and 10 for Haja Lanes.

Training at the Fritz Lanes training site in Lehighton will begin Friday from 6-8 p.m. Training at the Haja Lanes training site in Palmerton will begin on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.