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April 2013

Carbon man sentenced to state prison on various criminal counts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday afternoon after pleading guilty in four pending cases.

Luis Flores-Rivas, 29, of Lehighton, entered the pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in three cases that date back to 2008 and the fourth in 2011.

Rivas, who has been incarcerated in both the county prison and the state correction institution in Frackville, Schuylkill County, was given credit for a substantial amount of time spent in prison.

Vigilance

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's something all of us should practice

Last Thursday night, a home was raided by borough police in Lansford and a suspected methamphetamine lab was found and dismantled.

When the raid occurred, a woman, Misty Nicole Hyneman, 30, was arrested on drug related charges. Inside the home with her were two small children in diapers.

A meth lab is dangerous. Not only are dangerous fumes emitted, but there is potential of an explosion. We don't know if drugs were actually being used inside this residence, but if so it certainly is another life-threatening danger for these little kids.

Brian J. Dolena is candidate for Panther Valley School Board

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Brian J. Dolena
Brian J. Dolena

Brian J. Dolena, 35 W. Vernon St., Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for a position on the Panther Valley School District Board of Education.

He is seeking both the Democratic Paty and Republican Party nominations in the May 21 Primary Election.

Dolena, 26, is a son of Lousie Maxwell and James Dolena, both of Summit Hill, and a stepson of Michael Maxwell of Summit Hill.

A 2005 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, he graduated in 2010 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in leisure and sports studies.

Bonner a fixture for Nolehi track team

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.

Anyone associated with Northern Lehigh sports over the years knows who Mike Bonner is.

He might have retired as a teacher, but he's been a mainstay as a coach in the Bulldogs' athletic program.

This is Bonner's 32nd year as part of the Northern Lehigh track and field program.

"I actually got my start working the events at the track meets," Bonner said. "For the first 19 years, I worked the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Around 1980, they had an opening for me and I came on with Marv Miller.

Five placed in Carbon probation program

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Tamaqua woman among 18 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Tamaqua woman was one of 18 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Dianne Louise Ontiverods, of 31 Swatara St., pleaded to retail theft from Boscov's Store, Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville. She had her sentencing deferred to Wednesday, June 19, and the court ordered a pre-sentence report prepared by the adult probation department. She was cited by Trooper Robert Oakley.

Man who assaulted police chief given prison term

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man, who assaulted Lehighton's police chief, was given a prison term Monday after pleading guilty in the county court.

He was one of 19 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

AWOL

Vavra leaves mark on ESU swimming

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Vavra leaves mark on ESU swimming
Copyright 2013

Another chapter is in the books for Panther Valley graduate Sami Vavra, as she recently completed her swimming career at East Stroudsburg University and in the process, made an indellible mark on the record books.

"Sami Vavra," "Swimming," and "Success" are three words that fit together on a page when talking about the student-athlete's accomplishments over the course of her career in the pool.

Catholic schools not part of conference proposal

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley super-conference finally came to fruition last week.

After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super-conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.

Tamaqua MS students start Lafayette Street community mural

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Lafayette Street will be closed during the day, up to May 3rd to allow students a safe environment to work.
Lafayette Street will be closed during the day, up to May 3rd to allow students a safe environment to work.

Sixteen Tamaqua Middle School students with Kim Woodward's art class have started work to their Lafayette Street Community Mural. They aren't letting rainy weather prevent them from getting the job done. "Actually, rain is better as students are using wax to draw the outlines," said Woodward. She added that her students have been practicing over a year for this event.

"The mural will depict historically significant people, places and events that helped to establish our community," expressed Woodward.

Lehighton Tree City for 20 years

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton was named Tree City USA for the 20th year. Accepting the recognition from Frank Snyder, district forester with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) were members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. From left are, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nicole Beckett, Lehighton borough manager; Mark Hoffman and Diane Hoffman, members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.

Hit-and-run driver being sought

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A hit-and-run driver is being sought following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Renee Spancake, 16, of Pine Grove, was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy westbound on SR443 about 5:26 p.m. on April 25, when an eastbound vehicle crossed into her lane of travel and sideswiped her vehicle. After impact the other driver continued eastbound.

Spancake was not injured. The hit-and-run car is white in color, a late-model sedan, and is missing the driver's side mirror and will have blue paint on the driver's side from Spancake's Subaru.

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.

Enjoying higher temperatures

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

Taking advantage of warmer spring weather, kids compete with each other to see who can jump the highest on a friend's trampoline in McAdoo. From left are Nicholas Waak, Dante Alucci, Nick Damiano, Joey Wargo and Dylan Brogan; all aged 10.

Citizenship winner

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Matt Hope, second from right, are, from left, brother Gary Hope, nephew Tom Hope Jr., brother Tom Hope Sr. and son Matthew Hope. Pictured in front is mother Lorene Hope.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Matt Hope, second from right, are, from left, brother Gary Hope, nephew Tom Hope Jr., brother Tom Hope Sr. and son Matthew Hope. Pictured in front is mother Lorene Hope.

Matt Hope, dedicated and humble volunteer

Holding back tears, Matt Hope praised his family, friends and community after receiving the 2013 Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award Thursday night at the Masonic Temple Hall in Hometown.

Sponsored annually by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises, this honor represented Tamaqua's 50th Citizenship honor recipient. An honoree is chosen each year by a panel representing a cross-section of the community.

Beltzville State Park readied for May 31 opening by Mormon Helping Hands volunteers

Monday, April 29, 2013
Josh Engdahl and Mike Tomlinson, both of Pennsbury, clean a fallen tree at Beltzville State Park.
Josh Engdahl and Mike Tomlinson, both of Pennsbury, clean a fallen tree at Beltzville State Park.

A sea of people wearing yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" bibs were at Beltzville State Park on Saturday to clear trails of debris and remnants of Hurricane Sandy. Among the 150 people were 80 students from Lehigh Carbon Community College and families of the students along with LCCC staff and faculty who also shared in the volunteer effort. The group from LCCC was led by assistant professor of Spanish, Charles H. Molano, who encouraged students from his classes to participate.

Woman injured during vehicle rollover in WP

Monday, April 29, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were dispatched to the 200 block of Pine Hill Road in West Penn Township Sunday evening after the driver of a GEO Tracker lost control and rolled it on it's side. The driver, identified as Marilyn Shamonsky of New Ringgold, was standing in the vehicle when responders arrived. Shamonsky was the only person in the vehicle. Responding were West Penn Police and fire company. Once crews got her out, Penn Mahoning Ambulance transported her to the hospital to be checked out. Fire police kept the road closed until the vehicle was removed.

Nine school teams ready for Citizen Bee

Monday, April 29, 2013
JIM THORPE AREA: (front) Bronson Ford, senior; Dan Linendoll, freshman; (back) Erin Kelly, sophomore; Shelley Miller, adviser; and Emily Layden, freshman alternate.
JIM THORPE AREA: (front) Bronson Ford, senior; Dan Linendoll, freshman; (back) Erin Kelly, sophomore; Shelley Miller, adviser; and Emily Layden, freshman alternate.

Nine area schools are sending participants to the 19th annual Pa. Citizen Bee May 2 at the Carbon County Courthouse.

The Bee is an educational outreach program sponsored by The Times News.

The competition tests participants' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pa. studies, local history and current events.

Schools participating are Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Marian Catholic, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Lehighton, Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Weatherly.

Rick Springfield brings his 'End of the World' tour to Penn's Peak

Monday, April 29, 2013
Rick Springfield gets help from an audience member as he loses his balance walking the railing while performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Rick Springfield gets help from an audience member as he loses his balance walking the railing while performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Audience members danced, sang, and had a lot of fun

On Thursday, Rick Springfield was in California.

Sunday night, he performed at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe and there was absolutely no sign of jet lag.

He was full of energy, expending so much of it that by halfway through the concert his tee shirt was wet with sweat.

The visit to the local venue was part of his "End of the World" tour, promoting his newest album "Songs for the End of the World."

En route to Pennsylvania from California, he made stops in Oklahoma on Friday and in Miami, Fla. on Saturday.

Latest summer fashions featured at administrative assistant luncheon

Monday, April 29, 2013
Kim Bell models an all white outfit complimented with pink.
Kim Bell models an all white outfit complimented with pink.

For the women who attended the Professional Administrative Assistant Luncheon on Wednesday, sponsored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, it was a pleasant interlude between morning and afternoon job responsibilities.

The event was held at Blue Ridge County Club in Palmerton.

Both Margie Federanich, event chairman, and Dawn Ferrante, director of CCCCED, welcomed the women to the event.

"Happy Professional Administrative Assistant Day," said Ferrante. She also thanked all the sponsors for helping to make the day a success.

Tamaqua man among 30 to enter guilty plea

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Tamaqua man was one of 30 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Harassment incident

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on a harassment incident.

On April 25 about 5:30 p.m. troopers responded to 5167 Hickory Lane, Kunkletown, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, for an incident. Troopers said John W. Tutko, 49, and a 57-year-old female engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. As a result Tutko was cited for harassment, troopers said.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Frackville said Leonard Chiscavage, 49, of Shenandoah, was stopped for a traffic violation about 12:52 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, along W. Coal St., in West Mahanoy Township.

He was found to be under the influence and submitted to a breath test at the barracks which showed he was over the legal limit, troopers said.

Blowhards

Monday, April 29, 2013

Two persons we don't miss hearing or seeing

Many uplifting stories surfaced from the Boston terrorist bombings but two persons that we didn't need to hear from were liberal Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and the mother of the two terror suspects.

Both used the tragic events to make political or ideological points.

Carbon residents in Lehigh crash

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Carbon County driver, who with her passenger was reportedly seriously injured in a crash in Lehigh County early Saturday morning, is facing charges. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred along New Smithville Road, near Willow Run Road, in Weisenberg Township, about 12:35 a.m.

Troopers said Kristin L. Rowe, 23, of Lehighton, was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon northbound at a speed that was "greater than reasonable" for road conditions. Rowe was negotiating a curve when the car went onto the east shoulder and impacted with two utility poles.

Driver cited after three-vehicle crash

Monday, April 29, 2013

A driver was cited following a three vehicle crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the area of 121 Valley St., (SR209), New Philadelphia.

Troopers said Joan Quirk, 80, of Cumbola, driving a 1999 Buick Park Avenue, was attempting to pull out of a parking lot near the borough Post Office when she struck the passenger side of a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck operated by George Grendus Jr., 52, of Kaska, who was northbound.

'A call to action'

Monday, April 29, 2013
The Interagency Council of Carbon County presented its annual agency grant to the Victims Resource Center during its fourth annual Legislative Brunch. This grant was awarded to an agency through a panel of community members. Accepting the award from Mindy Graver, left, and Cheri Santore, right, both from the Interagency Council, is Tammy Sue Neff from the Victims Resource Center.
The Interagency Council of Carbon County presented its annual agency grant to the Victims Resource Center during its fourth annual Legislative Brunch. This grant was awarded to an agency through a panel of community members. Accepting the award from Mindy Graver, left, and Cheri Santore, right, both from the Interagency Council, is Tammy Sue Neff from the Victims Resource Center.

Interagency council addresses drugs, alcohol in Carbon County

The Carbon County Interagency Council offered its fourth annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Penn Forest Fire Co. No. 1 banquet hall. The program was hosted by the Interagency Council and Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board.

The annual event serves to bring together legislators, county agencies, and community members to address the most pressing issues facing our area. This year's topic was drug and alcohol abuse in Carbon County.

On this date

Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29, 1983

A Tamaqua woman was the top winner in the Pennsylvania Lottery's "3 of a Kind" insant game finalist drawing, receiving a prize which guarantees her $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. Anna Burnham, 41, who was employed as a factory worker for the past 23 years, said she will retire from that line of work. She and her husband, David, were present at the Penn National Race Track in Grantville where they were assigned a horse which determined they were the winner of the lottery.