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December 2012

Schuylkill resident facing charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

Kim Sweigard Sr., 57, of Tower City, has been arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks on charges of making terroristic threats.

Police said the charge stems from an incident at 9:15 a.m.. Dec. 26 at 622 E. Grande Ave.

Police said a physical domestic dispute occurred at the above location, after which time Sweigard brandished a revolver and made significant threats towards the lives of Timothy Sweigard, 55, and Betty Sweigard, 82, both of Tower City, and a 17-year-old boy.

Tamaqua scouts last to visit museum prior to major renovations

Friday, December 28, 2012
Dale Freudenberger, President, Tamaqua Historical Society, lets Nicholas Wall, 10, be a miner for a bit.
Dale Freudenberger, President, Tamaqua Historical Society, lets Nicholas Wall, 10, be a miner for a bit.

Life Skills class says 'thank you' to PV maintenance staff

Friday, December 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Making breakfast for the Pleasant Valley maintenance staff as their way of saying "Thank you" for all they do for them, are members of the Life Skills class, from left, paraprofessional Robin Bok, William Wingler, Noah Collins, Amanda White and Ashley Bosy.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Making breakfast for the Pleasant Valley maintenance staff as their way of saying "Thank you" for all they do for them, are members of the Life Skills class, from left, paraprofessional Robin Bok, William Wingler, Noah Collins, Amanda White and Ashley Bosy.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. And for some students in the Pleasant Valley School District, they did their very best to make it the most important meal for the maintenance staff, as their way of saying "Thank you."

There were tantalizing smells of homefries, pancakes, eggs and sausage wafting down the high school's hallways as seventh-12th grade students in Randy Hinton's Life Skills class prepared a meal fit for kings and queens.

Police probe theft at area ski lodge

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a theft incident that was reported at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 27 at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in rural Palmerton.

The victims are Robert Docherty of Allentown, Brian Docherty of Hoboken, N.J., and a 17-year-old juvenile from Glenmoore, Pa.

Police said the victims had gym bags stolen from them at the ski area and the victims' car keys were left in one of the bags. Police said the thief used the keys to open the victims' vehicle and steal luggage.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, December 28, 2012

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Maxine Baran to James Piskorick, Hazleton, property on Church Street, $1.

East Penn Township

William H. Bayer to Barbara A. McCullion, 119 S. Ninth St., Lehighton, parcel No. 72-9-A10, $1.

Franklin Township

Carol D. Behler to Darrin Goldberg, 195 Clayton Curve, Palmerton, property at 949 Indian Hill Road, $80,000.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 209 Broadview Drive, $1.

Kidder Township

Eldred column

Friday, December 28, 2012

Eldred Township supervisors

The next meeting of the Eldred Township supervisors will be the reorganizational meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7.

Easton man facing DUI, drug charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

Donnell Snyder, 39, of Easton, has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a small amount of marijuana and tampering with evidence.

Police said the charges stem from an incident at 2:58 a.m. Dec. 27 along Route 309 northbound in South Whitehall Township.

Police said he was stopped for several traffic violations, after which time police said he displayed multiple signs of impairment.

Fourth quarter run lifts Olympians past Bombers

Friday, December 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.

Two teams, both looking to find their identity, squared off in the opener of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Thursday night.

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton battled toe-to-toe for three quarters before the Olympians made a stand and pulled out a 74-62 victory.

Khadr Lindsey scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Olympians pull away for the win and earn them the right to face Northern Lehigh, a 61-38 winner over Lehighton, in tonight's championship.

Pedestrian killed in Lehigh accident

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle while examining a disabled vehicle on Interstate 78 at 9:44 p.m. Dec. 26 died of injuries from the accident.

The name of the decedent has not been released by police, who said he was pronounced dead at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Open stage event in Tamaqua draws in talent

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local and area talent took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Art Center's bi-weekly free open stage event held Thursday evening.Paul Mulhern, performing arts director, St. Jerome's School, energizes the crowd with Yuletide tunes Thursday evening.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local and area talent took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Art Center's bi-weekly free open stage event held Thursday evening.Paul Mulhern, performing arts director, St. Jerome's School, energizes the crowd with Yuletide tunes Thursday evening.

Man uninjured as Jeep overturns

Friday, December 28, 2012

Michael B. Schott, 38, of Frackville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 27 on the Gold Star Highway (Route 924) in Gilberton.

Police said he was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee southbound from the on-ramp entering Rt. 924 when there were pockets of slush on the roadway. Police said he failed to negotiate a right curve causing the vehicle to travel southwest off the roadway where its front section hit an embankment and the vehicle overturned. It came to rest on its passenger's side on the shoulder of the road, facing north.

News?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Newspaper criticized for naming legal gun owners

It seems that we're seeing more and more media bias these days, causing some members of the fourth estate to make the news rather than report on it.

The tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. two weeks ago and in Webster, N.Y. last Sunday have raised the gun control debate to an urgent level but the issue should be examined without the media fanning the flames with its own judgments.

Gun purchases and weapons permits have risen dramatically since the Newtown tragedy as proponents feel new gun restrictions may be looming and affect their Second Amendment rights.

Tamaqua Chamber hosts Christmas mixer

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Holiday Christmas Mixer at the Horan's Restaurant in Tamaqua. Members were encouraged to socialize and enjoy the provided food and refreshments.

Palmerton Junior High students give socks to seniors

Friday, December 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High students collected socks to be given to senior citizens. They visited Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, where they gave a pair of socks to each resident. Here Adrianna Romanishan, Johnathan Frace and Jade Horwith help some residents pick their favorites.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High students collected socks to be given to senior citizens. They visited Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, where they gave a pair of socks to each resident. Here Adrianna Romanishan, Johnathan Frace and Jade Horwith help some residents pick their favorites.

Palmerton Area Junior High students have been promoting "Socks for Seniors."

The program came to life at the junior high after Patti Jo Boyd, eighth-grade language arts teacher, spotted an article in the Times News.

The Socks for Seniors organization began 12 years ago in Columbus, Ohio. The organization was in search for volunteers in the area to collect socks for senior citizens.

Seniors often struggle with the holiday blues.

Man arrested on theft, drug charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

Andrew Cerklewski, 30, of Shamokin, was arraigned on Dec. 27 on charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance after an incident that happened at 6:48 p.m. Dec. 21 at Tukes Tearoffs, Tremont.

Police said video surveillance at the business showed Cerklewski stealing a HP Envy laptop worth between $4,500-5,000. police said the man admitted to the theft. After being taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of methadone which he was not prescribed.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 2005 Jon Wells scores a team-high 14 points to help Palmerton gain a 60-49 victory over Northern Lehigh in the championship game of the Slatington Rotary Classic. The Blue Bombers, coached by Brian Minnich, use a 12-0 run in the second quarter to turn a deficit into a halftime lead. Wells tallies six points in the third frame as Palmerton increases its advantage. Zach Heller aids the winning cause with 13 points while Jim Parsons chips in with eight.

Enterprise inactivation witnessed by Navy Airman

Friday, December 28, 2012

Navy Airman Ryan S. Papanek, son of Debra Sullivan of Coaldale and Steven Papanek, of Rockville, Md., along with nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship's terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

Citizen's Fire Company helps Toys For Tots

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters and members of the Citizen's Fire Company of Tamaqua went out of their way to help kids this Christmas by selling many paper trains in support of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots campaign. Pictured from left are Citizen's Fire Company member Dot Gulla, firefighter Brad Sanders and SCMCL member John Suzadail.

Kane's win, Specter's death marked Pa. politics in 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Some things that stirred much political discussion in Pennsylvania in 2012 did not materialize a photo ID requirement for voters, legislative redistricting, a high-profile role for the state in the presidential race.

But there was hardly a drought of statewide political news.

Democratic newcomer Kathleen Kane was elected attorney general, ending voters' 32-year-old habit of exclusively choosing Republican men as Pennsylvania's chief legal officer. She is the first woman elected to the post since it became an elective office in 1980.

Tamaqua news

Friday, December 28, 2012

First Methodist

The Rev. Jim Cavallero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. The service will include a hymn sing and a children's message offered by Marge Kropp.

Activities for next week will include: Wednesday, chancel choir rehearses at 7 p.m.; Thursday, trustees meet at 6 p.m., administrative council meets at 7 p.m.

St. Peter's Union

Coaldale residents face real estate taxes deadline

Friday, December 28, 2012

Coaldale residents are reminded the final day for paying 2012 real estate taxes before they are deemed delinquent is Dec. 31. Postmarks will be accepted.

The borough tax collector's office will be open on Dec. 31 during regular hours to accept the final payments. It will be closed on Jan. 1 and 2.

Taxpayers who qualify for exoneration or exemptions are asked to return their signed and dated application, along with proof of eligibility, so as not to be turned in as being delinquent.

Regular hours will resume on Jan. 3.

Commissioners make appointments

Friday, December 28, 2012

Several people received appointments to various Carbon County boards on Thursday.

During the county commissioners' meeting, the board voted on several appointments, reappointments and resignations. They include:

Ÿ Reappoint Wallace Putkowski of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Airport Authority.

Ÿ Reappoint David McGeehan of Palmerton to a three-year term on the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

Ÿ Reappoint Mark A. Sverchek of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Industrial Development Authority.

Tamaqua sidewalks must be snow-free

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua property owners must maintain a three-foot-wide path on their sidewalks that is clear of all snow and ice. Snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm ends. Property owners who fail to clean their sidewalks may be subject to a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and higher fines for subsequent offenses. Residents are also reminded not to throw snow, ice or other materials onto the streets. Traffic compacts snow into ice and causes a traffic hazard.

Tempers heat up with commissioners

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tensions flared, both during and after the Carbon County commissioners meeting on Thursday, as the commissioners sparred with each other and then with a county resident.

A couple inches of snow is expected on Saturday

Friday, December 28, 2012

Are you ready for some more snow?

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. is expecting about two to three inches to cover the local area tomorrow.

According to the Weather Service, the snow could begin at about 7 a.m. It will end by 8 p.m.

There likely will be periods where no snow falls.

The Weather Service also says that it will be all snow without any icy conditions because of the colder temperatures.

ACS Makeover

Friday, December 28, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 14, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Donations are a year-round need for Salvation Army

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Jennie Kmec of McAdoo volunteers her time sorting hundreds of cans of donated food given to the Tamaqua Salvation Army over the holidays. Salvation Army volunteers stressed that donations are needed year-round, not just during the holidays, as the Salvation Army provides non-perishable food items to needy families Monday to Friday throughout the year. To donate canned food items or start a food drive, call the Salvation Army at (570) 668-0410.

Woman is charged with assault

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sharess Rodgers, 41, of Pocono Summit, has been arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional Police for simple assault and harassment as a result of a domestic incident that happened at 4:52 p.m. Dec. 24 at 2319 Freedom Way, Coolbaugh Township.

The victim is Steven Schwartz, 51, also of Pocono Summit, who police identified as the husband of the defendant.

Tremont man ejected from car

Friday, December 28, 2012

Erik T. Ossman, 23, of Tremont, sustained moderate injuries when he was ejected from a car that crashed at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25 on State Route 209 in Porter Township.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he was flown in the MedEvac helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after the crash.

Lehigh burglary is investigated

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 26 at a home in Lower Macungie Township.

The victim is Roberto Guerrero, 36, of Wescosville.

Police said he reported actor(s) made entry to his residence at 1119 Pine Grove Circle and stole a lockbox that contained identification papers, fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.

Shoplifting still taking place

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police have reported two additional incidents of shoplifting, a frequent problem that confronted them during the Christmas season.

Both incidents happened on Christmas eve.

State police at Fogelsville said at 12:36 p.m., a 16-year-old boy from Kutztown was caught stealing miscellaneous items valued at $18.08 from the WalMart store in Lower Macungie Township.