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March 2013

Theft of propane tanks probed

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The theft of propane tanks is being investigated by state police at Fern Ridge.

Troopers said 12 tanks were taken from a storage unit at the Food Mart, located at 2604 Route 115, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. A master lock was cut to gain entry to the storage unit. The 20-pound tanks are valued at $60 each for a total value of $720.

The theft occurred sometime between March 12 at 10 a.m. and March 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

LEOs give daffodils to hospital residents

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

Taking part in a yearly tradition, members of the Tamaqua LEO Club spent time handing out daffodils to residents of the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale. Pictured with resident Thomas Rock, are, from left, Tamaqua LEO advisors Liz McElwee, Fran Stahl, LEO Vice President Makia Stocker, 18; President Jared Sharpe, 16; advisor Sue Dolan and Catherine Watkins of St. Luke's Hospital.

Free Give and Take Day at Chestnuthill Twp. Park

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chestnuthill Township, in cooperation with Close the Loop, invites the public to Free Give and Take Day, Saturday, April 6 at Chestnuthill Township Park, Route 715, Brodheadsville. The Give part is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Take part is from 1-4 p.m.

Give and Take Days are a way to reuse items that are too good to throw away but you don't have a use for anymore. The public may bring reusable items between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., then take away anything from 1-4 p.m. You don't have to bring something to take something.

Computer, camera stolen from home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A burglary that took palce bwteen 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. March 22 in Lower Towamensing Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is David Rosario, 60, of 3145 Hemlock St., Palmerton.

Police said someone broke into his residence and stole a Compaq Presario laptop computer nand a camera.

Inmate facing multiple charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

An inmate at the state correctional institution at Mahanoy, 301 Morea Rd., in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, is facing multiple criminal charges following an investigation.

State police at Frackville said Waylon Earl Drey has been charged with 14 counts each of criminal solicitation and criminal use of a communication facility, and 28 counts of criminal conspiracy.

Annual prom and wedding dress sale a dream come true in many ways

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.

It's time to say "Yes" to the dress at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Maybe he asked you to the prom. You really want to go, but things are financially tight at home and paying $200-$300 for a dress is just out of the question.

You've always dreamed of wearing a beautiful bridal gown down the aisle but the reception is costing an arm and a leg. How can you afford a wedding gown that costs $800-$1,000?

Polk Township news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kresgeville will observe Holy Week with services beginning Maundy Thursday, March 28 with a 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion service.

Good Friday, March 29 at 1 p.m. there will be a Community Service and a 7:30 p.m. Service of Shadows at Zion Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville on Route 209.

On Easter Sunday, March 31 there will be a 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion service with special music.

Cornerstone Community Church

Telethon to salute cancer survivors

Thursday, March 28, 2013

This year's Carbon-Tamaqua Telethon benefiting the American Cancer Society will again offer a Salute to Survivors.

During this segment, survivors are introduced and encouraged to talk briefly about battle their with cancer.

Salute to Survivors is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m. The telethon airs live from Penn's Peak just outside Jim Thorpe.

Survivors are asked to confirm their appearance at gtay200@verizon.net or by calling 570-668-4451. Callers are asked to provide their names and where they live.

Police are probing identity theft case

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating an identity theft case that was reported to them at 12:30 p.m. March 26.

The victim is Robert Bashago, 72, of 509 Strawberry St., Tuscarora.

He told police someone used a credit card that was fraudulently taken out in his name and attempted to use it to purchase merchandise from the Home Shopping Network.

The case is still under investigation.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The next meeting of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Maple Shade Meadows beginning at 6:30 p.m. Plans for the upcoming fishing derby will be discussed.

Members are asked to bring along their Redner's Save-A-Tapes.

Anyone who has not paid their 2013 dues are asked to do so at this time.

Lehighton news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold Holy Week services. Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion will be at 7 p.m. Students who have received class instructions on Holy Communion will receive their first Holy Communion during the service. The somber Good Friday Tenebrae service is at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday worship with Holy Communion and distinctive special music will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. Donald Hayn, interim pastor, presides. Coffeehouse fellowship begins at 9 a.m.

Stranded in Tamaqua

Thursday, March 28, 2013
 From left, Canadians Rosanne, Felicia and Rita Donahoe were stranded in Tamaqua Tuesday and Wednesday after a harrowing vehicle breakdown on I-81.
From left, Canadians Rosanne, Felicia and Rita Donahoe were stranded in Tamaqua Tuesday and Wednesday after a harrowing vehicle breakdown on I-81.

Canadian family grateful to be alive after 'terrifying' ordeal on I-81

Three members of a Canadian family are in a mode of gratitude after surviving a nerve-racking experience Tuesday evening along Interstate 81 north of Tamaqua.

"I was terrified," said a relieved Rita Donahoe on Wednesday, one day after avoiding catastrophe when her vehicle malfunctioned at a construction zone during a time of heavy tractor-trailer traffic.

It all took place during what was supposed to be an enjoyable family excursion.

Vehicle stop nets drug charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Zachariah James Melchior, 20, of Walnutport, was arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks on criminal charges after he was stopped for a vehicle code violation at 12:26 p.m. March 26 along Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said it was determined Melchior was operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and related paraphernalia.

Carbon Bar Association donates to new Penn Kidder Library

Thursday, March 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently donated $500 to the Penn Kidder Library Center, Route 903, in the Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville. The new library, which is slated to open April 10, features a nice selection of donated books and will offer two public-access computers for adult usage and one for children. The library also has many paperbacks for sale. From left are Claire

Farnschlader, library board member; Barbara Franzosa, president; Greg Mousseau, esquire, CCBA board member; and Donna Martino, library treasurer.

Driver cited after Schuylkill crash

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Berks County driver was cited following a one- vehicle crash in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Gregory J. McLaughlin, 62, of Hamburg, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu southbound on SR61 in North Manheim Township, about 10:36 a.m. on Monday, March 25, when he entered a jug handle to go east on SR443. McLaughlin failed to negotiate a left curve with his car striking an embankment.

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.

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Egg Hunt

The Diligent Fire Company, will host their 66th annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. The hunt, open to children up to the age of 10, will be held at the company's parking lot on Center Avenue.

Class 1965

Members of the Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1965, are invited to a luncheon that is planned for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Platz's Restaurant, Lehighton. All classmates and guests are welcome to attend. Please contact George Kunkel, (570) 325-4236 by April 1, for more information or reservations.

Good Friday service

Scrap metal company is business of the month

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Buckman Iron & Metal Inc., of Coplay, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Buckman Iron & Metal Inc., of Coplay, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Want to get rid of that scrap metal?

Then consider Buckman Iron & Metal Inc. of Coplay, which has served the scrap metal recycling needs of the greater Lehigh Valley for over 100 years.

With that type of longevity, it's no wonder, then, why the business has received the distinction of Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Minor injury in Lehigh crash

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Walnutport driver sustained a minor injury in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:34 p.m. on March 18 along Main Road in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Mary R. Roethlein, 52, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus southbound and attempting to make a left turn to go east when she lost control due to snow on the road. Her vehicle slid across the road before sliding into an adjacent driveway colliding with a shed.

Roethlein did not require immediate medical attention, troopers said, but her vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Motorist involved in head-on crash while DUI gets jail term

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A motorist involved in a head-on crash near Sheppton, North Union Township, while driving under the influence (DUI) drew a jail sentence. He was one of 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Charles Kelchner, 28, Fern Glen, pleaded to aggravated assault while DUI of alcohol, and sentenced to serve eight to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Wednesday, March 27, at 9 a.m.

Bears are stirring

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

A black bear, out of hibernation and hungry, climbed a tree in Andreas early Tuesday morning to tear down a clothes line holding bird feeders. The line had been strung from a second-story porch to the tree to keep the feeders out of the bear's reach.

Carbon driver in Luzerne incident

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Carbon County driver was involved in an incident in Luzerne County recently.

Cyclist injured in Ryan crash

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Chauncey M. Cunningham, 23, of Mahanoy City, sustained moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of SR54, Barnesville Drive, and Walnut Street in Ryan Township, according to state police at Frackville. Police said he was driving this motorcycle and was transported after the crash to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, by Ryan Township ambulance. Troopers said the accident happened when a 2009 Lincoln MKX operated by Karen J.

Tamaqua woman gets long state prison term for assault counts

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Tamaqua woman was committed to a state correctional facility on charges of aggravated assault and retail theft. She was one of 13 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Tamaqua's season pool pass applications available April 1

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thanks to the continuing generosity of the John E. Morgan Foundation, residents of the Tamaqua Area School District will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at a discount rate. Individual season passes will cost $10 for TASD residents. The cost for a season pass for non-school district residents will be $50 per person.

Car versus 18-wheeler

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

No one was injured this morning after a tractor trailer and car impacted each other on SR309 northbound in Hometown, near the intersection of Lincoln Drive. Involved were Jonathan Fritz, of Lake Harmony, driving a 2002 Hyundai, and Rafael R. Zanabria, operating a 2000 tractor trailer. Rush Township patrolman Bradley Hess stated that Zanabria caused the accident. Fritz's vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Penn Forest planners discusses middle county comprehensive plan

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The first topic on the agenda for the Penn Forest Township Planning Commission was David Moyer's request for approval to remove a 4-foot by 8-foot sign at the corner of Church Road and State Route 903 and install a 12-foot by 24-foot billboard. He presented documentation that confirmed that the request was in accordance with regulations.

After a description by Moyer, and a discussion about dimensional specifics, the commission approved the billboard and recommended a special exception at the next zoning hearing.

St. Joe's wins D-5 CYO title

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The St. Joe's of Jim Thorpe Girls CYO basketball team won the District 5 Championship. recently. Team members were: Front row, from left, Natalia Richards, Molly Sheridan, Jacqueline Condly, Molly Behan and Nicole Salerno. Second Row, same order, Rhiannon Malarkey, Payton Kovac, Sarah Gabel, Kayley Kovac and Kaitlyn Ohl. Coaches: Gene Binder and John Malarkey. Mike Spillman also helped coach the team.
The St. Joe's of Jim Thorpe Girls CYO basketball team won the District 5 Championship. recently. Team members were: Front row, from left, Natalia Richards, Molly Sheridan, Jacqueline Condly, Molly Behan and Nicole Salerno. Second Row, same order, Rhiannon Malarkey, Payton Kovac, Sarah Gabel, Kayley Kovac and Kaitlyn Ohl. Coaches: Gene Binder and John Malarkey. Mike Spillman also helped coach the team.

St. Joe's of Jim Thorpe captured the girls basketball championship of the District 5 CYO League. St. Joe's posted an 11-1 record.

St. Joe's advanced to the District 4/District 5 playoffs at Cardinal Brennan High School where it finished in third place. St. Michael's of Minersville won the District 4/District 5 tourney and eventually went on to capture the Allentown Diocese title.

Following are St. Joe's playoff results:

PLAYOFFS

St. Joe's-St. Ambrose

Lansford man faces numerous charges

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Marco Baker, 27, of 224 E. Snyder Ave., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on June 9, 2012, on W. Bertsch St., Lansford. Charges of receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed by Officer Christopher M. Ondrus.

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

Parryville Council considering letting zoning officer go

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dick Fedor's remaining as Parryville zoning officer depends on whether he can let go of overseeing subdivisions and commercial permits and regulations.

Mike Grant, president of Parryville Council, said that he gave Fedor the choice of remaining as zoning officer for residential properties only. He said that Fedor is a good zoning officer and knows the material, but that council 's offer for Fedor to remain as zoning officer will be determined on whether he can accept council's offer.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27, 1970 Palmerton's Tony Choy is selected as an Honorable Mention to the Associated Press All-Pennsylvania Scholastic Basketball team. Choy, a senior who led the Blue Bombers to a 20-2 regular season record, scored 448 points in 22 games for an average of 20.36. That figure is good enough to lead the TIMES NEWS area. Coached by Art George, Choy finishes his career with 1,257 points.