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July 2013

Palmerton Police Log

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Harassment

Shawn Filchner, 43, of 178 Avenue A, Palmerton, was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on June 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Mauch Chunk Road.

Speeding

Stephen Bollinger, 34, of 31 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on July 25 at 12:42 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Road and Railroad Alley.

A citation was issued to Alexander Gicking, 21, of 3082 Audrey Drive, Coplay, for speeding. The violation occurred on July 21 at 7:40 p.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Donna Keller, as executor of the estate of Anna Mae Malay, late of Tamaqua, to Evelyn M. Lesniak, Tamaqua, property at 543 E. Union St., Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $12,000).

Ronald J. Miller Jr., Gordon, to Keystone Frontier Investments, Ryan Township, property at 30 Walnut St., Delano, Delano Township, $1,200.

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, to Aida B. Santos and Orlando Q. Centeno, both of Jackson Heights, N.Y., Lot 440, ER Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township,$10 (full consideration $66,900).

Probation/parole revocations

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Carbon County judges conducted probation/parole revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation office.

The probation office filed petitions against the defendants for violating the terms of their probation or parole.

The revocation hearings were held for the following:

Benjamin Kunkel, 37, of Lansford, had a petition filed to revoke his parole filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart on a charge of theft. He was sentenced on May 23, 2012, on the charge.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Veterans Outreach hours

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will offer her monthly veterans outreach hours in her Slatington district office on Thursday.

At that time, local veterans will be able to meet with a veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre, who will assist them with issues such as accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Exhausted, yet motivated

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For many, summer is a time to motivate themselves into a more healthy active lifestyle. Taking on such a task, visitors and members of the Tamaqua YMCA were encouraged recently to compete with each other at the Schuylkill Mall and at the Tamaqua YMCA Center with a number of exhausting exercises. Participants jumping rope with YMCA volunteer coach John Quigley are, from left, Janet Smetana of Hometown, Mike Ambrose of Tamaqua, John Quarmley of Kutztown, Janie Connor of Summit Hill, Todd Phillips of Summit Hill, and Mario Capone of Barnesville.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blood drive

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive today from 1-6 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Peace. Call 1-800-RED-Cross to schedule an appointment or visit redcrossblood.org.

C and C topic

Members of the West End Rotary Club are slated to hear about the Rotary International Convention and the RYLA Camp 2013 at the Aug. 1 breakfast meeting at the Western Pocono Community Library. Presenting will be Karin-Susan Breitlauch and Erin Gallagher.

Evening worship

Zion Lutheran will host an evening worship service Saturday at 5 p.m.

Serving others

Named to dean's list

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Allison Houle, Walnutport, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Columbia College Chicago. She is an arts management major.

To be named to the dean's list at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3.75 grade point average or above for that semester.

Exhibit at LGNC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Nature in art The Great Blue Heron is exhibited by Stephanie Hess at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show. She has been painting for two years. The show is open daily through Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus evenings 6-8 p.m., Aug. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 without charge.
@Caption Stand Alone:Nature in art The Great Blue Heron is exhibited by Stephanie Hess at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show. She has been painting for two years. The show is open daily through Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus evenings 6-8 p.m., Aug. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 without charge.

Body of fisherman found

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dean Christman, 57, was missing over a week at Beltzville Lake

The body of a boater who went missing on Beltzville State Park Lake early last week has been found.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, explained the body, identified as Dean Christman, 57, of Towamensing Township, was discovered by search crews and brought to shore around 4 p.m., Tuesday, nine days after Christman went missing.

Kevin Koflanovich, Beltzville State Park manager, noted that the body was located east of the Pine Run boat launch in about 90 feet of water.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a number of activities planned for the month of August, including a special breakfast on Aug. 5.

Other special days next month include: Aug. 2, bulletin board and foot doctor visit; Aug. 7, cooking class; Aug. 13, Sam and Susie Skits; Aug. 19, Corkboard Coasters; Aug. 21, Salvation Army service; Aug. 22, sing-along with Audrey Christ; Aug. 23, Polish Day at Holy Family; Aug. 26, luau; Aug. 27, craft day.

Carbon man facing Coaldale charges

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coaldale police have charged a Palmerton man for deliberately damaging his former girlfriend's car.

Tyler Billings, 21, of 862 Columbia Ave., was charged with criminal mischief/damage real or personal property; harassment/ physical strike kick; disorderly conduct/hazardous/physical offensive conduct.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Charles Blesse the trouble happened at 12:01 a.m. June 23. Blesse was dispatched to 124 E. Ruddle St. on a report of a disturbance involving a man destroying a vehicle.

'American Pickers'

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS For five hours, the stars of The History Channel's "American Pickers" show rummaged through contents of the former Frantz Garage, Lansford. Filming of the March hunt will air August 5.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS For five hours, the stars of The History Channel's "American Pickers" show rummaged through contents of the former Frantz Garage, Lansford. Filming of the March hunt will air August 5.

Locally filmed episode to air Aug. 5 on The History Channel

The towns of Lansford and Coaldale will receive national visibility when a national cable television show airs a segment filmed here five months ago.

According to a list of new episodes released by The History Channel, an upcoming segment of "American Pickers" titled "Going Hollywood" will reveal that "a Pennsylvania couple has filled two sprawling warehouses with their mammoth collection."

That specific show will premiere August 5 from 9 to 10 p.m.

Area students make dean's list

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The following area students have been named to the dean's list at Franklin & Marshall College for the spring 2013 semester.

Ÿ Sarah Gardner, who is the daughter of Michael Gardner, Lehighton, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Ÿ Frank Hall who is the son of Frank Hall and Theresa Hall, Palmerton, and is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School.

A student earns dean's list recognition for achieving a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Veteran dies in homicide/ suicide

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
TIMES NEWS file photo Army SPC Robert Kislow (right) receives the keys to his home during a ceremony in 2011.
TIMES NEWS file photo Army SPC Robert Kislow (right) receives the keys to his home during a ceremony in 2011.

An Afghanistan War vet is dead after his role in a homicide/suicide inside the custom home built for his family in Danielsville.

Authorities say Robert Kislow III, 27, shot and killed his fiancee's mother and then turned the handgun on himself just before midnight on Monday in the home he shared with her and his family at 3001 Delps Road, Moore Township.

A 2004 graduate of Northampton Area High School, Kislow shot and killed Michelle Snyder, 44. Snyder's death was ruled a homicide, while Kislow's death was ruled a suicide.

Carbon County court news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees have been signed by the county court.

Paul George Sherbine, 695 Firehouse Rd., Palmerton, from Valerie Gail Sherbine, 9376 Laandis Lane, East Greenville.

Jared Reitz, 33 S. Tippets Rd., Nesquehoning, from Jessica Reitz, 61 W. High St., Nesquehoning.

Theresa A. Fronheiser, 4075 Fireline Rd., Palmerton, from Shawn A. Fronheiser, 3530 Forest Inn Rd., Palmerton.

John William Neville, 179 Whitman Lane, Albrightsville, from Doreen Neville, 7 Club House Rd., Jim Thorpe.

Swimming in Weatherly

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
AP PHOTO/Hazleton standard-speaker
AP PHOTO/Hazleton standard-speaker

Fourteen-year-old Katie Miller jumps off the dock while swimming at the lake at Eurana Park in Weatherly with her friend Nalani Lowman, also 14, on Tuesday.

Vesuvio's advances to semifinals in Tournament of Champions

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

After winning the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship last week with three upset victories in five days, Vesuvio's continued its string of upsets in the 24th annual Catasauqua Tournament of Champions.

On Tuesday night, Vesuvio's defeated Pammer Chiropractic (the North Catasauqua summer basketball league champion) by a final score of 56-46. North Catasauqua was the defending Tournament Champion.

Schuylkill man facing child porn charges

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Attorney General's Child Predator Section arrested Tyler Kennedy, 29, of 601 Willow Road, Orwigsburg, and Kerry Biehl, 33, of 1150 Muhlenberg St., Reading, Berks County, for the sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Tamaqua Blue receives Joe Plasko Memorial Trophy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Tamaqua Blue team received the Joe Plasko Memorial Trophy after capturing the 11-12 year-old championship of the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Tamaqua Blue capped an undefeated run through the tourney with a 14-4 victory over Lansford on Friday. Cody Scherer was the winning pitcher and also scored four runs in the title clinching win. Brady Moyer had three hits for Tamaqua while Nate Boyle and Nick Breiner added two hits each. Team members include, front row, from left, Nate Boyle, Brayden Knoblauch, Pat Burns, Michael Bonetsky and Cody Hamm.

A smiling president

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying himself between fair events is Schuylkill County Fair President Paul Kennedy, who is volunteering his second year in office.

Tuscarora Fire Company holds apparatus parade

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Just over 40 fire apparatus vehicles took part in the Tuscarora's annual apparatus parade through Tuscarora, MaryD and surrounding communities Saturday. A Tuscarora fire truck leads the way during the parade on Saturday.

Turnpike fare hikes

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Aren't you glad I-80 wasn't tolled?

It doesn't come as any surprise that the Pa. Turnpike Commission announced a rate increase for 2014.

For individuals who use E-ZPass, the rate is just 2 percent, but for motorists who pay cash on the Turnpike, it's a 12 percent rate increase.

Rate hikes have become pretty regular by the Turnpike Commission. Remember, this is the same Turnpike Commission that lawmakers had wanted to take over Interstate 80 not too long ago. Aren't you glad that didn't happen?

Of course, it is those same lawmakers who are responsible for the rate hikes.

Carbon man gets prison term for threats; others enter pleas

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after pleading guilty to terroristic threats.

He was one of 17 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Steven Walck Jr., 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the threats count. He also pleaded to one count of harassment and was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the threats charge.

Walck was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on April 30 at 230 N. Third St.

Illegal dumping in Lansford

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford police are investigating to find out who is dumping household trash in a creek near Dock Street. Police are sorting through the bags to find items that would help them identify the culprit.

Lansford fire company seeking building bids

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contractors have until 2 p.m. Aug. 12 to submit bids to put a pole building at American Fire Co. No. 1, 26 E. Patterson St. in Lansford.

A mandatory prebid meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the site.

The bids must be in a sealed envelope marked "A Proposed Pole Building at the American Fire Company #1 of Lansford Site" and "Attention: Rose Mary Cannon," and sent to the borough hall, 1 E. Ridge St., Lansford, PA 18232.

The bids will be opened and read publicly at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at borough hall.

Aging and thyroid function

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Q. Does aging affect the functioning of your thyroid?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the lower neck. It produces hormones that control metabolism, which are the chemical processes cells in the body perform to keep us alive.

It should come as no surprise that the thyroid gland often peters out as we get older. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test checks to see if your thyroid is producing the right amount of hormone for your system.

Two Tobyhanna residents charged

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dwayne Vines and Travon Pugh, both 19 and of Tobyhanna, are facing charges filed against them by Pocono Mountain Regional police.

Police said they were in the area of the Pocono Farms East development in Tobyhanna at 2:15 a.m. July 27 to investigate a report of gunshots heard in the area. While investigating police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle, whose occupants were Vines and Pugh. Police said a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and other various drug paraphernalia.

Dressed like Amelia Earhart

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Back to the 40s Mother, Gwendolyn Phillips from Lancaster, with children, l-r, three-year-old Anneliese, four-month-old Penelope, and six-year-old Genevieve are dressed to portray a home from family during World War II as part of the Eckley Miners Village 1940s weekend.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Back to the 40s Mother, Gwendolyn Phillips from Lancaster, with children, l-r, three-year-old Anneliese, four-month-old Penelope, and six-year-old Genevieve are dressed to portray a home from family during World War II as part of the Eckley Miners Village 1940s weekend.

Lansford driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Lansford driver is facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge following an incident in Nesquehoning.

On July 13 Officer Timothy Wuttke received a report of a sports utility vehicle all over the road and nearly striking two vehicles head-on along SR54 in the area of the Hauto Estates.

Wuttke located the vehicle and made a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Neil Kennedy. Kennedy was found to be under the influence and was taken into custody. He was transported to St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test, but refused to submit to it, police said.

Toomey, Barletta to have representatives at offices

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There will be representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Lou Barletta available for appointments this week in Lehighton and Albrightsville.

Senator Toomey will have a representative available at the Lehighton office Wed. July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are being taken for this visit; please contact the office at (610) 377-6363.

Congressman Barletta will have a representative in the Albrightsville office Thurs. Aug.1, from 2 to 4 p.m. An appointment can be scheduled by calling (570) 722-8700.

Speed stop leads to illegals

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A speed stop by Nesquehoning police led to two illegal aliens being apprehended.

Officer Steven Homanko stopped Antonio Santos-Basurto, of Mount Vernon, Wash., on July 25 for going 73 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone. During the stop Homanko found two passengers were in the country illegally and were taken into custody.

Homanko also reported the arrest of Breanna Cullen, of Coaldale, for speeding, 56 mph in a 40 zone on July 24. Also, Rajmohinder Singh-Sidh, of Germantown, cited for going 58 mph in a 40 zone, on the same date.