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April 2013

Monroe man jailed for violating PFA

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Monroe County man was jailed for violating a protection from abuse (PFA) order.

Pocono Mountain Regional police were dispatched to a 9-1-1 hangup call at 18 Skyline Way, Mount Pocono, about 9:55 a.m. on April 24. On scene the caller at the residence advised police there was nothing wrong.

Upon further investigation police learned that a domestic argument had occurred at the home and that a male party had left the home prior to the arrival of officers and was believed to be in the area.

Home, Garden and Business Expo held at Blue Mountain

Monday, April 29, 2013
Madison Fludgate (left), 8, of Lehighton, was among the many children who went on a Pony Ride. Madison is accompanied by Vanessa Clerico, of Palmerton.
Madison Fludgate (left), 8, of Lehighton, was among the many children who went on a Pony Ride. Madison is accompanied by Vanessa Clerico, of Palmerton.

An 'expo'dition through Carbon County.

That's essentially what visitors who attended the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend received.

Presented by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association, the expo had plenty of fun-filled events for the whole family.

It featured home, garden and business experts on location, educational seminars, food, entertainment, pony rides, face painting, and MoonBounce.

Bears, Bombers walk off with wins

Monday, April 29, 2013
Nancy Scholz Palmerton's Janel Tracy tops a ball in front of the plate during Saturday's Colonial League game against Catasauqua at Pates Park.
Nancy Scholz Palmerton's Janel Tracy tops a ball in front of the plate during Saturday's Colonial League game against Catasauqua at Pates Park.

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton's softball teams both registered walk-off wins over the weekend.

The Bombers defeated Catasauqua in a Colonial League contest, while the Bears won their 10th straight game with a non-league victory over Allen.

In other weekend action, Lehighton's baseball team and Northern Lehigh's softball squad both rolled to non-league wins.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-Dieruff

Lehighton made quick work of Dieruff in a non-league baseball game, defeating the Huskies 11-0 in five innings.

CLASS REUNION

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tamaqua High School

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1964 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. An initial planning session will be held at 7 p.m., on May 2 at the home of Tom and Toni Jones, New England Valley, Tamaqua.

All class members are welcome to attend.

Shooting incident being probed

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a reported shooting incident. The incident occurred in the area of Whisperwood Court cul de sac, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, about 8:11 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Troopers said two persons reported they were doing yard work when a Suzuki, red in color, turned around in a neighboring driveway. The vehicle then parked down the street from the two victims and four black males exited.

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
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A flatbed carrying Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus early Friday rounds the Five Points intersection on the final leg of a 999-mile journey from Florida.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A flatbed carrying Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus early Friday rounds the Five Points intersection on the final leg of a 999-mile journey from Florida.

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
Paiste rallies to reach final
Copyright 2013

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
Matthew Taras prepares to throw a curve ball.
Matthew Taras prepares to throw a curve ball.

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.

Man has a religious duty to defend himself

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, "the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America", states the following, in part:

"Family Fun Fishing Day" kicks off month-long event

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Both boat and shore anglers will have the opportunity to claim more than $3,000 in prizes when “Family Fun Fishing Day” begins a month-long tournament May 5 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove.
Both boat and shore anglers will have the opportunity to claim more than $3,000 in prizes when “Family Fun Fishing Day” begins a month-long tournament May 5 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove.

PINE GROVE – What began as a family fishing contest at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park has turned into a month-long tournament with major prizes.

"Family Fun Fishing Day" is still being held as planned, Sunday, May 5, but anglers catching tagged fish have until Saturday, June 1, to turn in tags and redeem the corresponding prize.

Registration for the event can be done by accessing the Sweet Arrow Lake website at http://www.sweetarrowlakepark.com/, and registration includes a food voucher to be redeemed for breakfast, beginning at 6 a.m., or lunch at the clubhouse.

"In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, will you be a little more tentative when it comes to attending major sporting events in the future?"

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Esther Stofocik, Tamaqua "No. Nothing will stop me from seeing my son run. My son Michael runs a couple marathons every year."
Esther Stofocik, Tamaqua "No. Nothing will stop me from seeing my son run. My son Michael runs a couple marathons every year."

Lehighton borough police remind residents of yard sale sign rules

Saturday, April 27, 2013

As yard sale season approaches, the Lehighton Borough Police Department would like to remind residents and neighbors of a recently enacted borough ordinance regarding the placement of signs on utility poles, light posts or sign posts in the borough.

It is unlawful for any person to post or hang upon any utility pole, light post, sign or sign post owned by the Borough or any other public utility or entity, any sign, banner, poster, etc. regardless of the method of attachment.

Dumbest ruling ever

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

The recent ruling by a federal judge declaring the town of Jim Thorpe a museum is the dumbest thing that I have heard.

I suppose that many towns then must be museums too, like Lansford, with their No. 9 coal mine and museum they are similar to what the town of Jim Thorpe is being called by the Judge.

All these towns have received Federal monies like Jim Thorpe for one thing or the other.

If this court ruling is held, then I guess that sets a precedent. We suddenly will have many more museums in America.

5 days, 999 miles

Saturday, April 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua's oldest existing motorized fire apparatus, a 1922 Seagraves firetruck, arrived from Florida early Friday and was transfered onto a Hope's Collision & Towing flatbed at Walmart, Hometown, for a three-mile trip into town. From left; Matt Hope, Tom Martonick, Dale Freudenberger, Vern Balliet, Erik Krause, Justin McCarroll, Tom Hope and Ray Baker.

A procedure worth taking

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I am extremely grateful as I write this column for several reasons. First I listened to my father's doctor who requested that my brother and I have our colons checked due to our family's history with colon cancer. Typically doctors recommend that such a test is not necessary until one reaches 50, but in cases where family history indicates a higher risk doctors recommend beginning at 40. In my case, my great grandmother died from colon cancer and my grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. While both were well over 70 when they got sick, the danger was there.

Numerous charges against Hometown man

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Hometown man was arrested by Tamaqua Police on April 9 following an incident at 635 Arlington St.

Police were dispatched to the home at 10:48 p.m. for a reported fight in progress, involving two females and one male.

A throw away society

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Return to Mauch Chunk

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Perhaps this would be an opportune time to consider returning the name of Jim Thorpe to its original name: Mauch Chunk. The Thorpe children are attempting to have his remains returned to Oaklahoma for a burial consistent with Indian custom.

Although a great athlete, as locals know, Jim Thorpe had absolutely no ties to the area nor did he make any contributions. Return his remains! Do not dispute the court ruling.

Minersville man facing DUI charges

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Michael Grustas, 34, of Minersville, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a one-vehicle crash at 11 p.m. April 24 on Route 209 in Brancgh Township.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he escaped injuries in the incident.

Police said he was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger southbound on Rt. 209 when he lost control of it, causing it to travel onto the west berm and strike a pile of landscape rocks and a stone wall. The truck continued several feet south before coming to rest in the south lane facing southwest.