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March 2013

Stray bullet hits Kunkletown home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a reckless endangerment incident that happened at 4:20 p.m. March 24 in Eldred Township.

The victim is Dorothy J. Cavanaugh, 52, of 828 Molasses Valley Road, Kunkletown.

Police said a stray bullet richocheted into a living room window of the occupied residence. The bullet was believed to have come from the woods across a field in front of the residence.

One person hurt in Monroe crash

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened at 6:37 p.m. March 26 on Route 115 in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said Richard S. Ianuale, 73, of Sciota, was transported to the hospital after the crash. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time, police said.

PennDOT invites volunteers to join in statewide Spring cleanup

Thursday, March 28, 2013

PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.

The cleanup event is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups involved in PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Meth lab suspects waive hearings

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Two men arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in Lehighton have waived their preliminary hearings.

Todd Stephen Greene, 38, of 400 Mahoning St., Lehighton, and Floyd Warren Michael, 27, of 411 Gypsy Hill Gardens, remain in Carbon County Prison; Green in lieu of $150,000 bail and Michael in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The duo was scheduled to have a hearing before District Judge Edward Lewis but opted to have the charges forwarded to Carbon County Court.

PV tops Tribe in shortened match

Thursday, March 28, 2013
PV tops Tribe in shortened match
Copyright 2013

A random rainstorm nearly washed away Lehighton and Pleasant Valley's tennis match Wednesday afternoon.

However, despite the steady rain and slick courts, the two teams completed just enough matches to make the day official.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Street sweeping

The Borough of Tamaqua will resume weekly street sweeping operations during the week of April 8. Several streets in the downtown area are permanently posted for Thursday and Friday street cleaning operations. These streets include Broad, Berwick, Center, Pine, Railroad, Nescopec and Swatara streets, which will be cleaned on April 11 and April 12, beginning at 7 a.m.

Additional streets will be posted, advertised and cleaned periodically.

Knowles announces broadcast schedule

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) recently recorded his latest legislative report with State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) regarding the recent reintroduction of the Property Tax Independence Act.

To watch Knowles' legislative report online, visit RepKnowles.com, or see the following schedule to watch it on television:

- Blue Ridge Cable, Lehighton, Mondays at 8:30 a.m., on Channel 13.

- Service Electric Cable TV, Birdsboro, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., on Channel 2.

- Service Electric Cable TV, Mahanoy City, second and fourth Wednesdays at 9 p.m., Channel 19.

Couple that secured painkillers illegally among 27 to plead guilty

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A couple who obtained painkillers illegally at an area hospital and pharmacy, was among 27 defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Various counts

James Richard Jones, 33, and his girlfriend, Naomi Turner Ellison, 30, both of Lehighton, entered guilty pleas to several counts.

Ellison pleaded to two counts of theft by deception and one of criminal conspiracy-acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The pleas cover three pending cases.

Tigers drop baseball opener

Thursday, March 28, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Pen Argyl's Scott Ackerman (10) tries to avoid the diving tag of Northwestern's Josh Williamson at third base.
nancy scholz/times news Pen Argyl's Scott Ackerman (10) tries to avoid the diving tag of Northwestern's Josh Williamson at third base.

Northwestern just needed a little bit more offense. One more key hit or a break and the Tigers could have come all the way back from an early three-run deficit.

But Pen Argyl made a couple key plays to hold on for a 3-2 in Tuesday in New Tripoli.

The Knights (2-0 overall, 1-0 Colonial League) scored a run in the first and two in the second. The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the third and threatened in three of the last four innings but couldn't get the break or key hit they needed.

Vandalism to cars probed in Coaldale

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Coaldale police are investigating damage to two cars.

The vandalism occurred Monday when someone damaged the driver's side mirror of a vehicle on W. Early Avenue, and to another vehicle parked on 6th Street.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call borough police at (570) 645-3060.

On this date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 1980

March 28, 1980 Five Slatington track and field athletes post double wins in the Bulldogs' sweep of Southern Lehigh. In the boys' meet Dale Beck (100, shot put), Scott Schaffer (long and triple jumps) and Blaine Waylen (1600, 3200) all win a pair of events to aid a 99-50 victory. In the girls meet, multiple wins from Pam Peters (100 hurdles, long jump) and Glynnis Miller (100, 200) contribute to a 74-58 victory.

Increased efforts by state police

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police in the Troop L area, which consists of stations in Jonestown, Schuylkill Haven, Frackville, and Reading, will be recognizing the Easter Holiady enforcement efforts during the period of Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31.

Troopers working during the holiday period will engage in high visibility enforcement efforts directed toward aggressive driving violations such as following too closely, abrupt lane changes, driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, and driving too fast for conditions.

New Floodplain Management Ordinance approved at Polk Twp.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Polk Township supervisors held an Ordinance hearing Tuesday, March 25, repealing in its entirety Section 8 of the Polk Township Zoning Ordinance relating to Floodplain Management regulations and replacement of the same with new updated and revised regulations.

Russel Kresge, township engineer, requested the new ordinance become effective May 2.

During the regular meeting immediately following the hearing, the board approved 3-0 the new Floodplain Management regulations.

Having a hoppy good time

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

Harold Biechy and son, Harold Ryan Biechy, Saylorsburg, enjoy some bunny time with theEaster Bunny at Ross Township's Easter Egg Hunt held at the VanBuskirk/Haney Park. It was estimated there were around 200 children from ages under three to 10 years old for this growing event.

Tamaqua Relay to meet Monday

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting this Monday, April 1, at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Suspect sought in Lansford burglary

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Daniel Hollan
Daniel Hollan

Daniel Hollan, 30, no address given, faces charges from an incident which took place on March 7 at 4 Springgarden St., Lansford.

Felony charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick. A warrant has been issued for Hollan's arrest. Anyone with information concerning Hollan is asked to contact police at (570) 645-5844. All calls will be kept confidential.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

On this date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 1957

Edward Dugan, enterprising merchant on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, has launched plans for the erection of a dairy mart on Rts. 29-45-209 (now Route 209) at the approach to Packerton. Equipment has been at work there in recent days leveling the ground so as to provide a highway level approach to the three-acre tract. Dugan hopes to have the business opened by Memorial Day. A well-known summer park concessionaire, he operated a scenic railway in recent years at Edgemont Park in Danielsville and Deer Trail Park, and plans to discontinue this phase of the business.

Nesquehoning hires borough workers

Thursday, March 28, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.

Two employees of the Nesquehoning Borough have been hired in other capacities. Matt Miller will work on the borough's street department as a truck driver, He previously worked as the sanitation department's picker. Leonard Michlovsky, who worked as a part time sanitation picker, was moved to full time employee.

With that hiring comes the retirement of Michael Kravelk as the sanitation department's truck driver. He will officially end his duties on Thursday, April 28.

Lehighton train rides?

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Committee is exploring this possibility for the future

Some day, if plans materialize as they're being discussed, there could be trains traveling between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

Or, in a revival of a service from a previous generation, there could even be passenger train service between Lehighton and Allentown.

Such potential rail service was among the topics discussed during an economic development meeting coordinated by Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut.

The concept was also mentioned during a meeting this week of Lehighton Borough Council.

Jim Thorpe news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Venison dinner

The annual community venison dinner, with all the trimmings, will be held Saturday, April 6, at Christ United Church of Christ, 4th and Center streets. The meal will begin at 5 p.m. There is no charge, however, donations will be accepted.

If you have any questions or wish more information contact Randy at (610) 390-9538.

Monroe burglary is investigated

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 2 and 7:30 a.m. March 22 at a residence in Monroe County.

The victim is Larry Elmer Purcell, 30, of 4144 Forest Drive, Kunkletown, Polk Township.

Long Pond man facing charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Anthony T. Brown, 37, of Long Pond, was taken into custody on Sunday, March 24, and arrested on numerous charges following an incident at 7:08 a.m. in Tunkhannock Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Brown is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, person not to possess firearms, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, possession of instruments of a crime and harassment.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Carbon County

Richard Ellsworth Hartman Jr., 114 Third St., Walnutport, and Jennifer Marie Everett, 628 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton.

Peter John Holthausen and Kathleen Danielle Kramlich, 2294 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

James Earl Cox Jr. and Jennifer Ann Hurley, 72C Butz St., Weatherly.

Brian Allen Voorhees and Katheryn Leigh Greer, 132 S. Fifth St., Apt. 12, Lehighton.

Jordan Tyler Scott and Jamie Lyn Fedor, 730 Green St., Lehighton.

Bruce Erwin Treadwell, 2480 Pawnee Trail, Albrightsville, and Aurea Luz Conca, 161 Spencer Lane, Box 334, Albrightsville.

Drunk man cited, jailed in Schuylkill

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Schuylkill Haven bararcks reported Floyd Freeman, 29, of Myerstown, was arrested and jailed after police responded to a public drunkenness case at 1:19 a.m. March 26 at the corner of Main and Pine streets in Tremont.

Pollice said Freeman was consuming alcoholic beverages and discarding the empty cans of beer on the roadway and sidewalk, and was called the Schuylkill County Communications Center multiple times without needing emergency services. police said he refused to leave the area after having been instructed to do so several times.

Heffley urges greater PA Fish & Boat Commission accountability

Thursday, March 28, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the Firefly Trout Hatchery runways as background, Rep. Doyle Heffley announced that he will introduce House Bill 798 to hold Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process. From left, Kirk Cressley, who with his wife Denise owns the Firefly Trout Hatchery, Rep. Heffley and Marcia Hahn (138th Legislative District, R-Northampton).
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the Firefly Trout Hatchery runways as background, Rep. Doyle Heffley announced that he will introduce House Bill 798 to hold Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process. From left, Kirk Cressley, who with his wife Denise owns the Firefly Trout Hatchery, Rep. Heffley and Marcia Hahn (138th Legislative District, R-Northampton).

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon County) sees the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissioners as lacking in accountability principally because their appointment to a single eight-year term isolates them from legislative oversight.

Heffley, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, announced that he is introducing legislation, House Bill 798, which would reduce the length of the term of service from eight years to four years for the board of commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Pellet shots strike windows in home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 6 p.m. March 9 and 2:15 p.m. March 24 at a residence in Eldred Township.

The victim is Ellen Kowalczyk Mooney, 55, of Allentown. Her residence is located at 680 Getz Dawl Road, Palmerton.

Police said during the above dates someone shot an air soft pellet at four windows of the residence, causing cracks and holes in them.

CLASS REUNION

Thursday, March 28, 2013

ChestnuthillHigh School

The Chestnuthill High School Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Polk Township Fire Hall in Kresgeville, beginning at 1 p.m.

Reservations are due by April 12.

Officers for this year are Lee Hoffman, president; Marion Sobers, vice president; Gertrude Hennion, secretary; and Geraldine Gasdick, treasurer.

The ultimate back saver

Thursday, March 28, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sooner or later, spring clean-ups and yardwork will be keeping many a homeowner very busy. Oh to have a really heavy-duty pick-up tool like this one seen picking up old rails along the tracks in Weatherly.

Apartments evacuated after circuit breaker catches fire

Thursday, March 28, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Fire Department and other first response teams gather outside the George L. Dilliard Manor in Slatington Wednesday morning after a hot water heater malfunctioned. In all, 18 apartment units were evacuated. No injuries were reported.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Fire Department and other first response teams gather outside the George L. Dilliard Manor in Slatington Wednesday morning after a hot water heater malfunctioned. In all, 18 apartment units were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

A circuit breaker caught fire, causing a public housing apartment complex in Slatington to be evacuated yesterday morning.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday when a hot water heater malfunctioned and short circuited, which caused a circuit breaker to catch fire in one apartment in the west wing of the fifth floor inside the George L. Dilliard Manor at 425 Kuntz St.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said 18 units were evacuated for about an hour. No injuries were reported, Weaver said.

Guns are stolen in Monroe burglary

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Four handguns were stolen in a burglary that happened around 4:41 p.m. March 22 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the incident. The victim is John Lai, 52, of 5320 Rolling Hills Road, Saylorsburg.

Police said someone broke into his residence and removed the following: a Glock 19 (serial No. STD646 CAL) 9 mm; a Citadel 1911 (Serian No. CIT013553) 45-caliber; a Ruger LCP (Serial No. 37579331) .380-caliber; and a Smith and Wesson MP (Serial No. MPL2999), 9-mm.

Scattering rubbish incident probed

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident.

Troopers said garbage was dumped along Green Mount Drive, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, on the property of Donald Powell, 66, of Effort, about 6:10 p.m. on March 21.

A black Toyota two-door coupe was spotted in the area at the time. Anyone who has information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.