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April 2013

Pauline F. Homm seeks tax collector's post in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Pauline F. Homm
Pauline F. Homm

Pauline F. Homm is seeking the Mahoning Township Tax Collector position on the Democratic Party ticket in the May Primary Election. A life-long resident of the township, she also serves as secretary to the Mahoning Municipal Authority and is a local business woman, owning and operating the Normal Square Mini Mart for the past 15 years.

Schuylkill County court news

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Divorces granted

Sharon M. Wagner was granted a divorce from Jerffrey L. Wagner, both of 347 Tuscarora Mountain Drive, Barnesville. They were marred April 20, 1985.

Lori A. Klock was granted a divorce form Kyle Klock, both of Ashand. They were married March 26, 2010.

Scott B. Richards, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Barbara A. Richards, Hamburg. They were married Aug. 24, 1991.

Patrick J. Davie, Saint Clair, was granted a divorce from Cheryl A. Davie, Llewellyn, Branch Township. They were married June 28, 2003.

Turnpike Interchange enters phase 2

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Plan of the Route 903 bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Construction began April 15 on Phase 2 of the E-ZPass Only Interchange.
Plan of the Route 903 bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Construction began April 15 on Phase 2 of the E-ZPass Only Interchange.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike s Route 903 All-Electronic Interchange Project shifted into its second phase with construction beginning along Route 903 on both the north and south sides of the PA Turnpike bridge in Penn Forest Township.

Motorists are advised of traffic delays approaching the bridge from both sides of Route 903, as well as in the area beneath the bridge which is located on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 476), nine miles south of the Pocono Interchange (Exit 95) and 13 miles north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit 74).

Palmerton police log

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Theft

Criminal charges were filed against Denise Rex, 61, of 1105 Hamilton Street, Lehighton, for forgery, theft by unlawful taking, and theft by deception. The incident occurred on April 28 in the 700 block of Lafayette Avenue.

Harassment

Dion Smith Sr., 50, of 125 Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on April 20 at 6:08 p.m. in the 100 block of Lehigh Avenue.

Speeding

A citation was issued to a 17-year-old Slatington male for speeding. The violation occurred on April 20 at 10:09 p.m. on SR248 east.

McAdoo Catholic school to close

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/times news McAdoo Catholic Elementary School.
BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/times news McAdoo Catholic Elementary School.

The two pastors whose parishes sponsor McAdoo Catholic Elementary School have announced after a five-month study that because of declining enrollment and financial challenges, the school will close at the end of the current school year.

In a letter to parents sent home with students today and mailed for delivery tomorrow, the pastors said McAdoo Catholic students will be eligible for $1,500 grants to defray tuition at other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown next school year.

Boy Scout Troop 82 bags 150 seedlings for LAMS students

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Nathan Kroboth of Boy Scout Troop 82 delivers some of the seedlings that the Troop prepared for planting.
Nathan Kroboth of Boy Scout Troop 82 delivers some of the seedlings that the Troop prepared for planting.

Lehighton Shade Tree Commission members had help again this year with spreading their tree planting mission.

To start off this year's projects, they enlisted the help of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82 to help bag 150 seedlings which were presented to Lehighton Area Middle School students to take home to plant.

Boy Scouts used hand shovels and then their hands to mix soil in a wheel barrow. Next they set up an assembly line of workers near Trinity Lutheran Church to fill each of the bags with soil and stuck the trees into the soil and tied the bags shut with rubber bands.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County driver has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash. Jim Thorpe police said the accident occurred on March 23 about 3:05 p.m. in the area of 625 Lentz Trail

Police were dispatched to the scene and found a Volkswagen Jetta sedan partially in a drainage ditch near the entrance to the Mauch Chunk Lake boat launch.

The driver was identified as Joshua M. Fabiani, 33, of 1126 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

District 11 singles tennis

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste hits a forehand during the third set of Monday's District 11 Class AA championship singles match. Paiste, who lives in the Northwestern School District, defeated Moravian Academy's Zach Shaff to win his third straight D-11 title.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste hits a forehand during the third set of Monday's District 11 Class AA championship singles match. Paiste, who lives in the Northwestern School District, defeated Moravian Academy's Zach Shaff to win his third straight D-11 title.

ALLENTOWN – As he watched a perfectly placed lob shot sail over the head of Zach Shaff and bounce out of his reach, Henry Paiste let out one final shout.

His loud "yes" and the accompanying fist pump put the finishing touches on 2 hours and 28 minutes of incredible tennis.

It also gave Paiste his third consecutive District 11 Class AA singles championship.

While the first time is always special, and repeating is almost always more difficult, it's hard to imagine any of the titles being more rewarding than Monday's three-peat.

CSIDC donates to Anthracite Little League

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Donations of time and money are still needed to complete repairs to the fields concrete work.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Donations of time and money are still needed to complete repairs to the fields concrete work.

Hearing of the Anthracite Little League Association's (ALLA) need for immediate repairs needed at the Trooper Philip C. Melley Memorial Little League Field in Summit Hill, members of the CSIDC (Carbon Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation) provided a donation of $500.

"The field's retaining wall is deteriorating," said Michael Pascoe, President, Anthracite Little League. "It was built in 1977 and showing it's age."

Bark For Life at Locust Lake State Park

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The second annual Bark For Life fundraising event will be held this Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville. Organizers stated there will be food available for sale, a dog sled team, and dog activities and contests such as talent, best dressed, and best kisser. T-shirts and luminary bags, which may be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one, will also be sold. The event is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Alleged potty peeper nabbed in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Reportedly spent an hour in a Wal-Mart restroom

A Nesquehoning man is being charged by Mahoning Township police with three counts of invasion of privacy following a situation which occurred in the restroom of Wal-Mart.

Police said Anthony Mistretta, 48, was charged with three counts of invasion of privacy, following an incident that happened on April 28.

Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the police department, urged that anyone who believes they may have been a victim or witness to the incident should contact Mahoning Police at (570) 386-2241.

Dale Freudenberger seeks tax collector's post for Tamaqua

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dale Freudenberger
Dale Freudenberger

Dale Freudenberger of Tamaqua is seeking the Tamaqua Borough Tax Collector position in the upcoming May Primary Election. Current Tamaqua Tax Collector, Alan Kerr, is retiring at the end of 2013, so Freudenberger decided to seek the position. Freudenberger, age 53, is registered on the Republican ticket.

Freudenberger is a lifelong resident of Tamaqua and graduate of Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1977. He is the son of the late Charles and Jean Freudenberger of Schuylkill Avenue. He has two older brothers, Barry who is deceased, and Wayne, with whom he resides.

Auxiliary donates new door to Tamaqua American Legion

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking initiative, Auxiliary members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 took it upon themselves to raise funds for a new side door to the post. Legion officers, stating their appreciation, presented a placard to be placed on both sides of the door. Pictured holding the placard outside the new door are, from left, Wendy Seigenfuse, Second Vice President; Mary Zelonis, 13th District Commander; Nancy Kabana, Treasurer; and Anne Posey, First Vice President.

999 miles without a glitch

Monday, April 29, 2013
It was 'home sweet home' early Friday as volunteers from Citizens Fire Company, Tamaqua, push the 1922 Seagrave pumper into an auxiliary building near the firehouse, seen in background.
It was 'home sweet home' early Friday as volunteers from Citizens Fire Company, Tamaqua, push the 1922 Seagrave pumper into an auxiliary building near the firehouse, seen in background.

Tamaqua's 1922 'Prohibition fire truck' is back home

The 'Prohibition fire truck' Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus, is back home safe and sound after a 54-year absence.

The 1922 Seagrave pumper weathered a 999-mile trip from Ocala, Fla., which went off without a glitch, although it was intercepted by state police at one point in the journey.

"I was pulled over and put onto a scale," said Tom Martonick on Friday morning at 9:30 when arrived at Wal-Mart Supercenter, Hometown, a transfer point.

Blooming patriotism

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Old Glory waves in the wind between two blooming trees at the St. Peters Church in Mantzville.

Stabbings, shots fired at large party in Lynn Township

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fogelsville are investigating a reported stabbing and shots fired incidents that occurred at a large party. Troopers said the incident occurred at 8996 Kings Highway, in Lynn Township, about 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Troopers said during the party several fights broke out involving at least five victims and a suspect. In the course of the fights all the victims were either slashed or stabbed by a suspect who had an edged weapon.

After the parties disbursed, a possible gunshot was fired in the area of the home.

Hanging out weather

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

70 degree temperatures made for good "hanging out" weather. Pictured at the Veterans Memorial Park in McAdoo are Samantha Smith, who turned 15 on Sunday, and Anthony Perno, 16, both of McAdoo.

On this date

Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29, 1953

April 29, 1953 Bobby Popik and Frank Zlock both win two events to help Lansford's track team gain a 71-38 victory over Coaldale. Popik claims the shot put and discus, while Zlock captures the javelin and high jump. The Panthers, coached by Johnny Chuckran, also receive firsts from John Gallagher (880), Francis McNelis (mile), Charlie Wernert (broad jump) and John Kanuch (pole vault). Coaldale's Pete Julo turns in an outstanding effort despite his team's loss. Julo breaks the tape first in the 100, 220 and 440.

Schuylkill man jailed for assault

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was jailed over the weekend for assault and other counts following a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to 40 Main Blvd., in Brandonville, East Union Township, about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, for a domestic incident. On scene troopers determined that Daniel John Wylie, 43, of Ringtown, and a 43-year-old female, engaged in a verbal argument.

Schuylkill woman facing theft count

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of retail theft following an incident at the Fairlane Village Mall, in Norwegian Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Katlyn Miller, of Pottsville, was in the Super Shoes store about 6:35-6:40 p.m. on Friday, April 26, when store personnel observed her placing a pair of boots in a bag and exiting the store without paying for them.

Rear-end type crash in Monroe

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a rear-end type crash along SR209 in Polk Township, Monroe County, about 10:21 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

Troopers said Justin Alirkan, 18, of Kunkletown, was driving a 2007 Nissan Sentra southbound and approaching Burger Hollow Road when he slowed down due to a vehicle in front making a left turn.

His vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2011 Nissan Versa driven by Carmen L. Campione, 51, of Effort. Campione, Alirkan, and his passenger, Isaiah S. Nieves, 18, of Freemansburg, Northampton County, were all not injured.

DUI arrests

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

About 7:18 p.m. on April 25 Daniel W. Driscoll, 25, of Saylorsburg, was stopped along SR115 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, for multiple traffic violations. He was found to be under the influence and also in possession of a quarter-ounce of marijuana. A drug charge is also pending.

ACS Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 12:30-2:30 p.m., May 6, at Carbon Career and Technical Institute Beauty Salon, West 13th St., Jim Thorpe. Sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients 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.

Rep. Heffley co-sponsors bill outlawing bath salts compounds

Monday, April 29, 2013

Citing examples of harrowing reports of people committing bizarre, violent acts while high on a designer drug sold as 'bath salts', Gov. Tom Corbett on June 23, 2011 signed into law a bill barring the manufacture and sale of the substance, as well as other synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana.

But it didn't take long for "street chemists" to tweak their formulae to continue making the drugs with compounds that were perfectly legal.

Paiste rallies to reach final

Monday, April 29, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern tosses the ball in the air as he prepares to serve during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern tosses the ball in the air as he prepares to serve during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament.

Pleasant Valley's White eliminated in Class AAA quarterfinals

ALLENTOWN – Henry Paiste and Jon White both found themselves in unfamiliar positions on Saturday during the District 11 tennis tournament.

Paiste, the two-time defending Class AA singles champion, was on the verge of dropping a set for just the second time in his three years of district competition.

But Paiste staged a dramatic opening set rally and went on to post a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Notre Dame of Green Pond's Mike Antonis in the semifinals.

Practice makesperfect

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field. Jacob Taras takes a swing while in the batting net.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field. Jacob Taras takes a swing while in the batting net.

Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field.

Area men enter guilty pleas in Schuylkill

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Ringgold and New Philadelphia men, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court, were sentenced by Judge Cyrus M. Dolbin.

David T. Osenbach Jr., 31, of 12 Log Lane, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to charges of receiving stolen property and criminal mischief and was sentenced to serve one to 24 months in the county prison and upon completion of his minimum sentence is eligible to be placed on parole. He was ordered to report to the county prison on Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. to begin serving his sentence.

Solitary man in gazebo

Monday, April 29, 2013
 CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Vincent Green, 60, who moved to Tamaqua two years ago, enjoys peace and quiet as he strums an acoustic guitar, serenading birds and flowers with country music Friday evening inside the gazebo at Depot Square Park.

Carbon crash

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one-vehicle crash about 7:24 p.m. on April 23 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, in which another driver is being sought for causing the crash.

Troopers said Ashton M. Hormuth, 21, of Cresco, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata northbound when a black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) made a left turn from Danner Road onto 903 southbound in front of Hormuth. She applied her brakes to avoid the other vehicle and lost control.

Anthracite Little League parade

Monday, April 29, 2013
 CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Anthracite Little League baseball players and coaches paraded through Nesquehoning on their way to the Nesquehoning Little League field for the start of baseball season. Throwing out the first pitch was a sponsor Kevin Dillon, caught by VFW player Jacob McLaughlin.

Two teens cited for drug counts

Monday, April 29, 2013

Two 17-year-old males are facing drug counts.

State police at Fern Ridge said the two were in possession of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia along Brian Lane, Birches West, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. The incident occurred on April 9 about 5:35 p.m.