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July 2013

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
Christine Lurk holding photographs of Amelia Earhart is dressed like the aviatrix wearing jodhpurs pants and a leather helmet with Gosport communication ports, during 1940s event at the Eckley Miners Village. These ports fit over the ears of cadet pilots so the instructor sitting in the rear seat could communicate with them over the sound of the engine.AL ZAGOFSKY/ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Christine Lurk holding photographs of Amelia Earhart is dressed like the aviatrix wearing jodhpurs pants and a leather helmet with Gosport communication ports, during 1940s event at the Eckley Miners Village. These ports fit over the ears of cadet pilots so the instructor sitting in the rear seat could communicate with them over the sound of the engine.AL ZAGOFSKY/ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Marriage licenses

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Carbon County

Frederic Jaques Franck Sauber and Vanessa Doreene Jerden, 224 White St., Apt. D, Weissport.

Gary Marvin Gressler and Cheryl Ann Montgomery, 60 Middle Lane, Lehighton.

Jason Diaz and Amanda Lynn Borger, 132 S. Fifth St., Apt. D11, Lehighton.

Joseph James Vitucci, 26 Oak Lane, Sussex, N.J., and Ashley Lauren Eddins, 10 Maple Road, Sussex, N.J.

Daniel Joshua Sickonic and Kristen Jill Hickman, 1791 Upper Nis Hollow Drive, Lehighton.

Kirkendall returns to glory in Modified race

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The "Fightin' Lehighton" Rick Kirkendall raced to an exciting victory in the first of twin 50 features Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway for round three of the Mahoning Modified Madness Series.

Race number two was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The popular Lehighton driver had been away from the racing scene the past few years and returned two weeks ago in Shawn Sitarchyk's SVS Abatement No. 80 car.

"It was very exciting from where I was sitting. I may have been a little rusty but it's just like riding a bike," said Kirkendall.

Clothing giveaway at St. John's begins Thursday

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Helping to organize clothing for St. John's annual clothing giveaway are, from left, Miriam Borosh, Luther Snyder, Asher Huffaker, 5, and Bonnie Hoffman. The annual giveaway will start this Thursday at 9 a.m. and continue on select dates until Aug. 17. In addition to clothing and shoes for infants, children, women and men, organizers will also give away toys and household items.
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Helping to organize clothing for St. John's annual clothing giveaway are, from left, Miriam Borosh, Luther Snyder, Asher Huffaker, 5, and Bonnie Hoffman. The annual giveaway will start this Thursday at 9 a.m. and continue on select dates until Aug. 17. In addition to clothing and shoes for infants, children, women and men, organizers will also give away toys and household items.

Annual event open to the public

St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, will begin its annual clothing giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m.

The giveaway will continue on select dates through Aug. 17. The program will run on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"This year we have an abundance of clothing," said organizer Bonnie Hoffman, noting that organizers believe this is the biggest giveaway the church has hosted yet. "We are very excited for people to take advantage of this."

Biking with a purpose

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, a former Coaldale resident now residing in Winston-Salem, N.C., will join Team Triumph next week during the Promises to Keep Triumph Tour in Wisconsin, a 350-mile bike ride and nine mile run to raise money for disabled veterans.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, a former Coaldale resident now residing in Winston-Salem, N.C., will join Team Triumph next week during the Promises to Keep Triumph Tour in Wisconsin, a 350-mile bike ride and nine mile run to raise money for disabled veterans.

Gardiner-Walsh raising money for disabled veterans

Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh loves to help others.

The former Coaldale resident, who now resides in Winston-Salem, N.C., has always worked hard to raise money and awareness for organizations and groups that benefit the less fortunate, the sick, or bring light to a cause she believes in.

Couple abandons dogs in Monroe

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pocono Mountain Regional police arrested Richard and Geraldine Bailey of Pocono Summit on charges of abandonment of animals under the Commonwealth Dog Law.

Police said the charges relate to the recovery of two stray dogs on July 26-27 in the Long Pond area.

Police said at 6:30 a.m. July 26, police recovered a stray male dog on Summit View Lane, and on the next day they found a stray female dog in the same area. The dogs were the same breed and color and neither was wearing identification, police said.

Car flips onto side, two are injured

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle accident at 8:05 p.m. July 28 on Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Donna R. Cunningham, 50, and Kelli M. Cunningham, 15, both of Mountain Top, sustained moderate injuries and were transported to the Hazleton General Hospital in the Frackville ambulance for treatment of the injuries.

Two other occupants of the vehicle, Michael A. Cunningham, 55, and Ashley R. Cunningham, 23, both of Mountain Top, were uninjured.

Nesquehoning arrests reported

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nesquehoning police reported on the following arrests made by officers.

On July 6 Officer Dane O'Brian and Steven Homanko conducted a welfare check of a female along SR209. She was identified as Ilonka Ortiz Rimentel, of Staten Island, N.Y.

She was found to be intoxicated and became belligerent with the officers. She was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

FAMILY REUNION

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Strohl

The 81st annual reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Palmerton Memorial Park.

Bring a covered dish and join everyone for the 1 p.m. luncheon. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch.

Family members are asked to bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo.

Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.

Two-vehicle accident in West Penn

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two vehicles were involved in a collision around 8 a.m. yesteday morning at the intersection of SR309 and SR895 in Snyders, West Penn Township.

West Penn Police stated that a witness reported seeing Mark Foose, of Andreas, driving a 1999 Mercury, pull out from SR895 east into the path of Breanne Ralston, of Mountain Top, who was driving south on SR309. Responding in addition to police, were West Penn firefighters, fire police and Penn Mahoning Ambulance. No serious injuries were reported.

Pottsville woman charged with fraud

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lynn Marie Kramer, 24, of Pottsville, is facing charges of theft/fraud/forgery as a result of an incident that happened in Carbon County.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the victim in the case is Lynn Ann McMenemon, 59, of 18 Teaberry Lane, Jim Thorpe.

Police said the incident occurred as the suspect was using the maiden name of the victim to open an account with PPL for electricity service. Police said the victim was made aware of the ID theft when she realized she had thousands of dollars in unpaid bills to the utiliity for service she was not responsible for.

Hazleton health alliance to offer screenings

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Greater Hazleton Health Alliance (GHHA) will pair with Boyer's Food Markets to offer free health screenings at select store locations.

Free health screenings will be offered at the following Boyer's locations in August:

Ÿ Aug. 20, 9-11 a.m.: Hazleton store (glucose screenings)

Ÿ Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to noon: McAdoo store (body mass index screenings)

Ÿ Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon: Tamaqua store (pulse/oxygen screenings)

No registration is necessary for the screenings.

9/11 service slated in Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services personnel, including fire, police and ambulance; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.

Pa. Turnpike Commission hikes tolls

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Drivers paying with cash will find steepest increases

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has approved a 2014 toll-rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers.

The Turnpike Commission says the increase is largely needed to allow the PTC to meet its funding obligation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under a 2007 state law known as Act 44.

New revenues from the increase will also help fund the turnpike's capital-improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding the 73-year-old toll road and widening it from four to six lanes.

Kunkletown man jailed in assault

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bernadin Solloitto, 59, of Kunkletown, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after allegedly assaulting a 53-year-old Kunkletown woman during a physical altercation that happened at 10 p.m. July 25 at 136 Dusty lane, Polk Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment.

Police said it is alleged Solloitto struck the woman in the face several times, causing visible injuries, and threatened to stab her if she called police.

Schuylkill Fair opens

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George D. Greig, who kicked off the 30th year of the Schuylkill County Fair during an anniversary ribbon cutting, pauses for a photo with Pennsylvania's Fair Queen Rhonda Carl, 18, of Hegins. Carl, who presented trophies to this year's Schuylkill Fair Royalty Pageant winners, received her title during a January ceremony in Hershey.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George D. Greig, who kicked off the 30th year of the Schuylkill County Fair during an anniversary ribbon cutting, pauses for a photo with Pennsylvania's Fair Queen Rhonda Carl, 18, of Hegins. Carl, who presented trophies to this year's Schuylkill Fair Royalty Pageant winners, received her title during a January ceremony in Hershey.

Pa. Ag Secretary helps kick off six-day event

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George D. Greig kicked off the 30th year of the Schuylkill County Fair during a ribbon cutting anniversary celebration held yesterday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Summit Station.

"Why Schuylkill County? Why not? Every fair is unique," said Greig, who said this was his first visit to the Schuylkill County Fair. "I see so much pride here in Schuylkill County."

Free Music Academy hosted by Zion UCC

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Zion UCC, 2nd and Iron Streets in Lehighton will be hosting its fourth annual summer Music Academy on Sunday, August 4, through Thursday August 8 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12 and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

The program offers multiple choices for the participants. They can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Clothing give-away

St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., will begin their 2013 free clothing giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 2 and it will run through Saturday, Aug. 17. Days and times are as follows; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you wish more information call the church office at (570) 325-4255 and leave a message; someone will return your call.

Touchdown Club

Police are probing theft in Carbon

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a theft incident that happened between midnight and 6 a.m. July 26.

The victim is Kassandre Noelle St. Ores, 35, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.

The incident happened at 935 Summer Mountain Road, Palmerton, when an unknown actor(s) removed the victim's Sprint iPhone 4 with a pink Otterbox case from the above location.

Anyone with information about the incident or valuables is asked to contact police at (610) 377-4270.

On this date

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 1992

Santa Claus in shorts bright red Bermuda shorts, no less homemade Christmas cookies, brightly wrapped gift packages galore and a fun-filled sing-along that featured Christmas carols.

Those were the highlights of the 14th annual Christmas in July celebration, hosted by the Social Ministry members of Lehighton's Trinity Lutheran Church.

This year's event was held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing, Retirement and Rehabilitation Center and involved 140 residents of the center and nearly 100 friends, family members and ministry volunteers.

Nine first time offenders placed in probation program

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

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

Judge Steven R. Serfass placed all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

BMHS eliminating 28 jobs

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Some employees will get a reduction in hours

Blue Mountain Health System will eliminate 28 jobs, laying off 15 full-time employees and one part-time worker, and not filling another 13 vacant positions.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Johnson on Tuesday said that another seven employees will have their hours cut, some by a few hours. Others will go from full-time to part-time.

All departments and levels have been affected in one way or another, she said.

"One department may have had a vacant position not filled, another may have a person laid off, or hours reduced."

Motorcycle accident in West Penn

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

Emergency crews were called to the 100 block of Mush Dahl Road around 10 a.m. yesterday in West Penn Township for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. The rider, Howard Boyer Jr. of Tamaqua, was driving a 1995 Kawasaki, owned by Diane Smith of Tamaqua, and was taken via ambulance to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton for unknown issues. Police report that Boyer was traveling north on Mush Dahl Road when a 2003 Volvo, driven by Anthony Bubary Jr. of New Ringgold, allegedly pulled into the path of Boyer.

Arrest warrants are issued, one for arson

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Jonathan Findley
Jonathan Findley

Lansford police are looking for three men.

They are Kyle Frantz, Greg Muffley, and Jonathan Findley.

A felony warrant has been issued for Frantz, 19, whose last known address was 243 E. Ridge St., Lansford.

Frantz is charged with three counts of arson, risking a catastrophe, and criminal mischief after an incident which took place on May 16 on the 200 block of E. Ridge Street.