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February 2013

Mischief incident being probed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26, about noon.

Troopers said unknown criminals smashed the driver's door window of the vehicle of Jacqueline Sites, 34, of New Philadelphia, while it was parked at 76 Tucker Hill Road, in Blythe Township.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Storybook characters at school

Thursday, February 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Some of Lori Smith's second grade class at Towamensing Elementary School dressed up as their favorite storybook characters as part of the celebration of Read Across America week. They are, from left, front, Samantha Peroleri, Sandra Costenbader; back, Ian Everett, Montanna Costenbader, Kevin Bassista, Paige Burnett and Mrs. Stacey Olewine, reading specialist teacher.

Teen struck by SUV in Monroe

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an accident in which a teen was struck by a sports utility vehicle (SUV). The accident occurred about 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the area of 155 Prospect St., in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township.

Police said a SUV was operated by Janet Foster, 57, of East Stroudsburg, eastbound when a 15-year-old female ran out onto the road and struck the side of the vehicle.

The juvenile was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police sid.

Fillies fall short against NDES

Thursday, February 28, 2013
bob ford/times news Marian's Emily Sofranko (13) uses a screen from teammate Savanna Krusinsky (25) to escape Notre Dame defender Rebecca Bailey.
bob ford/times news Marian's Emily Sofranko (13) uses a screen from teammate Savanna Krusinsky (25) to escape Notre Dame defender Rebecca Bailey.

POTTSVILLE - With the Marian Fillies returning just one starter from last year, not too many people expected them to be around at this time of the post-season playoffs.

Head coach Paul Brutto has had his team in the playoffs like it was a yearly ritual. So to see his team one game away for a shot at a District 11 Class A title didn't surprise him.

The Fillies (16-9) ran in to a more experienced Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg team on Wednesday night and they came up a bit short, falling to the Spartans, 40-32 at Martz Hall in Pottsville.

Board apprised of help available for small and large businesses

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Representatives from Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) outlined to the Schuylkill County commissioners at the board's byweekly public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville Wednesday their plan in providing assistance to small and large businesses in Schuylkill County and adjoining counties of Carbon, Luzerne and Monroe.

Jeffrey K. Box, president and CEO of the firm said, "We want to get money out on the street in Schuylkill County."

Bears' Everett will play in East/West game

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett was recently selected to play for the East team in the annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star game. The game will be played at Dowingtown West High School on May 5.

Everett was selected as an inside linebacker.

The Pleasant Valley senior was selected to the Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State team this past season after leading the Bears to an 8-4 record and helping them advance to the District 11 championship game

Schuylkill Mall incidents probed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating two incidents that occurred at stores in the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Troopers said two black males entered the Sears store between 3 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 and opened a jewelry case as the cashier was distracted.

The two removed seven diamond rings and five pairs of diamond earrings. The two were described as being between the ages of 35-50.

CORRECTION

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Graver finishes third at D-11 wrestling tourney

Palmerton's Zach Graver finished in the third place at last weekend's District 11 Class AA Wrestling Tournament.

In Monday's TIMES NEWS, it was incorrectly listed that Graver lost the third place bout by injury default. Graver actually won the bout by injury default.

Forestry program set

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Land owners are invited to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conference on Saturday, March 16 at Keystone College, 1 College Green, La Plume. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required by March 8 and there is a fee to attend. The fee covers the cost of the morning break, lunch and educational materials.

CORRECTION

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Comfort & Joy recipe

In Wednesday's TIMES NEWS, the recipe in the Comfort & Joy column for Whimpies called for a pound of celery. It should be just a cup, not a pound.

While a pound of celery may be healthier and may not change the flavor of the recipe that much, a cup of chopped celery is all you need.

We apologize for any inconvenience the error may have caused.

Luzerne driver facing charges

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Luzerne County driver is facing charges following a vehicle stop in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers on patrol stopped a vehicle for an inspection violation along SR940 at SR423, in Pocono Pines.

The driver was identified as John Hamilton, 50, of Wilkes-Barre. A check revealed that Hamilton possesses a license that requires him to operate a vehicle that is equipped with a ignition interlock device. His vehicle did not have the device.

He was charged with that violation and the inspection sticker violation, police said.

Tigers' Shackelton earns top seed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School with several local swimmers trying to earn a trip to states.

Only the winner of each event is guaranteed a spot into the PIAA Championships, which will take place March 13-14 at Bucknell Univeristy's Kinney Natatorium. An additional 16 individual spots and eight relay spots are earned based on the next fastest times from the rest of the district meets across the state.

On this date

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 28, 2001

February 28, 2001 Colette Makowiec scores 13 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to help Marian rally for a 48-39 victory over Shenandoah Valley in the District 11 Class A semifinals. Makowiec hits three straight three-pointers to open the final frame as the Fillies, coached by Paul Brutto, outscore their opponent 22-9 in the period. The winners, who hit 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory, also receive eight points from both Heather Thomas and Kim Horvath.

A bitter 'sweet' end to Lehighton's Persian doughnut

Thursday, February 28, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cake artist Erica Heery, left, of La Mia Torta Bakery presents a special cake to Pam Gothard, center, and Bill "Andy" Gothard, right, on the occasion of the recent "Persian Doughnut Retirement Party." The large custom cake looked and tasted like a Persian doughnut.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cake artist Erica Heery, left, of La Mia Torta Bakery presents a special cake to Pam Gothard, center, and Bill "Andy" Gothard, right, on the occasion of the recent "Persian Doughnut Retirement Party." The large custom cake looked and tasted like a Persian doughnut.

Anyone who is from or who is familiar with the Lehighton area probably knows what a "Persian" is a doughnut made famous years ago by Young's Bakery.

With the closing of Lehighton Bakery, the storied doughnut is now a thing of the past but not before one last "hurrah."

Employee charged

Thursday, February 28, 2013

An employee of a Monroe County business has been charged with theft and access device fraud.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the suspect as Wendy Shaw, of Effort.

According to troopers Shaw was employed at Kinsley's Shoprite in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. While employed there she would enter manufacturer coupons and store coupons into a computer and then create gift cards for her personal use.

Troopers said the incidents occurred during the period of Dec. 1- 4, 2012.

Former Pleasant Vy., ESU standout named to NCAA tribute team

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Former East Stroudsburg University women's basketball standout Lori Pio Jacques '96 M'00 has been named to the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team as part of the NCAA's celebration of Division II athletics throughout 2013.

Nesquehoning news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nesquehoning

Woman's club dinner

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club will host its meeting in the form of a dinner at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Those attending the evening dinner will give their $10 to Nan Kevilly to cover an Easter flower and Easter baskets donated to the residents.

President Carol Zickler will hold a brief meeting.

Cat-in-the-Hat and friends

Thursday, February 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Towamensing Elementary School is celebrating Read Across America all week. On Monday the students could dress up as their favorite storybook characters as a fundraiser to benefit the Palmerton Area Library. Ashley Hummer's Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Life Skills class, K-4th grades, dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

St. John Neumann School receives $50,000 donation

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Support continues to pour in for St. John Neumann Regional School.

Recently, the school was the recipient of a $50,000 donation, as announced by Principal Sister Virginia Stephanie.

With regard to the grant, Sister Stephanie said "this generous donation will underwrite the technology program, tuition aid, while supporting the foreign language and arts programs."

Edgar Webber, President of the School Advisory Board, added "the word is out that St. John Neumann Regional School is a valuable asset to our community."

Tamaqua news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Belle of the ball

Organizers and volunteers for "The Second Annual Community Belle of the Ball" event have been collecting gently used gowns, shoes and jewelry, which will be distributed to girls feeling the financial pinch of today's economy.

Distribution will be held from 5-8 p.m. on March 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2.

Last year's event provided 200 gowns to deserving young women, a "tremendous success" according to Gwen Evans, one of the organizers.

The collection is just a small part of Zion's outreach ministry.

EMA training courses set for Carbon County

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

ŸMunicipal EMCs Quarterly Training, March 6, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Call the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Ÿ FEMA G-191 ICS/EOC Interface, March 9, 8 a.m., at Monroe County EMA. Call (570) 992-4113.

Ÿ CART training, March 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Carbon County EMA. Call the Carbon County EMA.

Schuylkill driver in Lehigh crash

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver was involved in a crash in Lehigh County. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred about 3:10 p.m. on Feb. 2 along Interstate 78 in Weisenberg Township.

Troopers said James A. Larrison, 43, of New Ringgold, was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor westbound when he lost control. The vehicle hit the guard rail and then bounced back onto the road. The vehicle then went off the road again and hit the guard rail, returning to the right lane. It traveled off the road again and through a shrubbery and it a wire fence.

On this date

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 28, 1985

John W. Brown, president of the board of trustees of the Palmerton Hospital, announced that the hospital has been successful in recruiting an obstetrician/gynecologist who will practice in Palmerton. Shyam H. Devani, M.D., will begin his practice at the Palmerton Hospital on Monday, March 4. Prior to locating in Palmerton, Dr. Devani was in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His office will be located in the medical offices suite on the second floor of the hospital.

Car loses brakes, crashes into two parked cars

Thursday, February 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Three cars were heavily damaged in Tamaqua around 2:30 p.m. yesterday after a male driver of a Ford Taurus said his brakes failed. Traveling south on Market Street, just before the East Mauch Chunk St. intersection, the driver of the Ford barreled into a parked Dodge Dakota sitting along the westbound side of Market Street. He then continued through the intersection and into the side of a parked Plymouth van located on the southbound side of East Mauch Chunk Street. No serious injuries were reported. All three vehicles had to be towed.

DCT BENEFIT

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prom & Wedding Dress Collection

It's time to clean out your closet and help area children.

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Most dresses will be priced at just $10.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes, from now through March 20.

Domestic incident leads to charges

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A domestic incident has led to charges being filed against a Monroe County resident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 12:09 a.m. on Feb. 16 they responded to 227 Summit Drive, Albrightsville, for a report of a domestic incident.

On scene they were told by Lauren Java, 25, that she was assaulted by her boyfriend, identified as Edwin Sanchez-Cappabianca, 28, at their residence.

Crashes probed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers.

A two-vehicle crash occurred about 11:40 a.m. on Feb. 22 along Interstate 80 at Exit 274, in East Side Boro, Carbon County.

Troopers said a 1989 Cadillac Deville, operated by Gary E. Reiner, 46, of White Haven, ran into a 2013 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Nada Hajjari, 48, of Vancouver, Wash.

No one was injured. Reiner was cited for careless driving.

Stolen air compressor is found

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Frackville reported an air compressor that was reported stolen last November has been recovered.

Troopers said about 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, the 2007 Atlas Copco air compressor was found in a storage shed at the intersection of Industrial Road and Starter Drive, in West Mahanoy Township.

The compressor was originally reported stolen to Mahanoy Township police on Nov. 18, 2012, from the construction site of a new motel being built at the intersection of Morea Road and Interstate 81 in the township.

Boulder causes two crashes

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A boulder dislodged from a mountain side along a Schuylkill County road and caused crashes involving two vehicles. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 10:20 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, along SR61 in Port Clinton.

Troopers said Laundan Seigfried, of Schuylkill Haven, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet HHR northbound when the three by three-foot boulder dislodged and rolled onto the road. Seigfried attempted to avoid the boulder but could not and it struck the driver side front end.

LAMS announces students who attained honors in second period

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lehighton Area Middle School has announced the students who attained honors in the second marking period of the 2012-2013 school year.

Principal's list

Eighth grade: Tia Brownmiller, MaryGrace Collins, Tyler Dietz, Andrew Ebbert, Matthew Eckhart, Kaitlin Higgins, Chelsea Hutnick, Elise Johnston, McKenna Knappenberger, Rajah Quinones, Shawn Rutcosky, Sydney Snyder, Haley Steigerwalt, Morgan Steigerwalt, Matthew Strubinger, Savannah Thomas and Morgan Yurasits.

Pope makes history

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 AP PHOTO Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this file photo. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, was the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
AP PHOTO Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this file photo. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, was the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

Benedict promises obedience to successor

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to cardinals Thursday, a poignant and powerful farewell delivered hours before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign.

In an unexpected speech inside the Vatican's frescoed Clementine Hall, the pontiff appeared to be trying to defuse concerns about possible conflicts arising from the peculiar situation of having both a reigning pope and a retired one.