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July 2013

Slatington man charged with homicide by vehicle

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police said he was traveling 86 mph in construction zone

A Slatington man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a Whitehall Township crash that killed his mother, who was a passenger in his car, and a woman and her teen son, who were in another vehicle.

Wanted person nabbed by police

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A wanted person was nabbed by Nesquehoning police recently.

On July 17 Officers Timothy Wuttke and Steven Homanko received information that a male wanted by Lehigh County probation office would be coming through the borough in a silver Hyundai Tuscon.

The officers stopped a vehicle matching the description in which an occupant matched the description of the wanted person.

Dr. Douglas Arnold bids a fond 'adieu' to Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Douglas Arnold's portrait now hangs alongside the other retired superintendents of Pleasant Valley School District.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Douglas Arnold's portrait now hangs alongside the other retired superintendents of Pleasant Valley School District.

Is it a coincidence, divine design or a twist of fate that a young boy began his education at Pleasant Valley and ends his career there as well?

Dr. Douglas Arnold, 57, says he never could have imagined that he would someday become Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent but he always knew he would be emotionally tied to PV. His life-long affiliation with PV even predates his birth.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summit Hill

Blood drive

St. Joseph Church in Summit Hill will host a Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile from 2-7 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the church social hall, 462 W. Ludlow St.

To schedule a time to donate blood, call the parish office at (570) 645-2664, Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Committee members needed

Next year marks the 100-year anniversary of historic Ludlow Park in Summit Hill.

Crash probed in construction zone

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A crash involving a tractor with trailer in a construction zone along a Schuylkill County road was probed by state police at Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday, July 30. The crash occurred about 9:45 a.m. along SR61, a tenth of a mile south of Coal Mountain Road in West Brunswick Township.

Landlord-tenant dispute

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A landlord-tenant dispute in Nesquehoning led to the arrest of the landlord for firearm and related charges.

Palmerton 8-year-old fights kids' cancer with lemonade

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, 8-year-old Palmerton resident Tyler Hager will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2 at Hager Furniture Company, 242 Delaware Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No Header!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chili Mango-Beef Salad is a kid-friendly dinner salad that will please the entire family.
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chili Mango-Beef Salad is a kid-friendly dinner salad that will please the entire family.

Like so many kids, my 8-year-old son is no fan of green vegetables. Or at least that's what he moans any time I insist he force down yet more salad at dinner.

So recently, I decided to blow his mind. I decided to create a salad he would love. A salad that didn't immediately trigger eye rolls and complaints. It ended up being easier than I thought.

Step No. 1 ditch the greens. I'm not saying the kid gets a free pass on having to eat leafy greens. But for this salad, we'd give them a break.

Woman charged for theater incident

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coaldale police have charged a Tamaqua woman for causing a ruckus in a movie theater.

Melissa Ann Bailey, 33, of 12 W. Broad St., Apt. 304, is charged with disorderly conduct/hazardous/physically offensive conduct, and disorderly conduct/obscene language/gesture.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Joseph Krebs, at 8:28 p.m. July 20, Bailey was creating a disturbance at the Angela Theater. When he arrived he saw a woman with three young children standing at a counter talking with an employee. Another woman was standing at the end of the counter.

Benyo is one of 10 finalists

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
times news filephoto Drew Benyo talks to some Jim Thorpe cross country team members before a practice. Benyo recently found out he is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award.
times news filephoto Drew Benyo talks to some Jim Thorpe cross country team members before a practice. Benyo recently found out he is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award.

Jim Thorpe cross country coach heading to Seattle for Brooks event

For Jim Thorpe cross country coach Drew Benyo, the journey continues.

After being selected as one of 26 candidates for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award, Benyo recently learned that he is one of 10 finalists that will be making the trip to Seattle, Washington, where the winner will be announced on August 7.

Schuylkill break-in

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County residence.

The home of Russell Bahrey, 15 Haddock St., McAdoo, Kline Township, was entered by two unknown criminals about 3:25 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

Troopers said several items were removed from the home before the intruders fled the scene. The investigation is continuing.

Blocked

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Suppressing opposing view is troublesome

In the early 1930s, Germany's Nazi Party presented itself as the new political option and Adolph Hitler rode to power on a wave of public dissatisfaction fueled by political instability and economic suffering.

Using military power, the goal was to establish a one-party totalitarian state. Opposing political organizations were banned and it became a crime to express a dissenting view. Political opponents were rounded up, detained in concentration camps or forced into exile.

Palmerton sidewalk sale begins

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Got the itch to strike it rich, but don't care to penny pinch?

That's the idea behind the annual Sidewalk Sale in Downtown Palmerton, where bargain shoppers will be in full stride in search of deals.

The 42nd annual event will take place Thursday through Saturday. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to closing on Saturday.

As usual, multiple businesses will set up shop throughout an area that spans several blocks of Delaware Avenue eager to sell their products.

Christmas in July held at the Lehighton pool

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Having fun poolside with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the inaugural Christmas in July Celebration at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton on Thursday evening are, left to right, Emily Lencovich, 10, of Weatherly; Daniel Hughes, 5, of Lehighton; and Morgan Hart, 7, of Lehighton.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Having fun poolside with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the inaugural Christmas in July Celebration at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton on Thursday evening are, left to right, Emily Lencovich, 10, of Weatherly; Daniel Hughes, 5, of Lehighton; and Morgan Hart, 7, of Lehighton.

Santa and Mrs. Claus joined several hundred guests for a Christmas in July Celebration last week at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton.

"We are very excited to host this event," said Jackie Hansler, Shull-David Elementary School PTO treasurer. "Christmas in July is giving us the opportunity to get together as a community and support a wonderful cause - our children's education."

In addition to the special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, the event included a bounce house, food; games, and activities - including fishing for goldfish in the baby pool.

Lansford church hosts Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rev. Jeremy Benack, pastor of Grace Community Church, teaches a group of children during Vacation Bible School recently held at the church.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rev. Jeremy Benack, pastor of Grace Community Church, teaches a group of children during Vacation Bible School recently held at the church.

The fact that it was the hottest week of the summer couldn't stop area children from attending Vacation Bible School at Grace Community Church in Lansford recently.

Over 60 children ages 3-15 attended the weeklong program written by the Go Fish Guys called "Praise Where kids get down and lift God high!"

Over the course of the week the children sang songs, did crafts, made new friends and learned how to praise God through Bible stories about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Daniel, Paul and Silas, and Jesus.

Carbon County court news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Discover Bank, New Castle, Del., filed against George C. Strohl III, 1824 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East, Lehighton, seeking $1,349.82.

American Express Centurion Bank, Salt Lake City, UH., filed against Dennis E. Hager, Broadway, Jim Thorpe, seeking $6,042. A second action was filed by the bank against Hager seeking $4,784.57.

Palmerton man dies in Lower Tow vehicle accident

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A 71-year-old Palmerton man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Tuesday morning after this 2013 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on Lower Smith Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township, when it veered off the left side of the roadway, traveled down a small embankment, and struck a tree before coming to final rest.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A 71-year-old Palmerton man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Tuesday morning after this 2013 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on Lower Smith Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township, when it veered off the left side of the roadway, traveled down a small embankment, and struck a tree before coming to final rest.

A 71-year-old Palmerton man was killed Tuesday morning when his vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a tree in Lower Towamensing Township.

State police at Lehighton said the male, whose identity has not been released, was operating his 2013 Ford Explorer westbound on Lower Smith Gap Road at around 10:07 a.m. when the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway.

At that point the vehicle traveled down a small embankment and struck a tree before coming to final rest.

The operator was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner Robert Miller.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2007 Anthony Agosti hits a grand slam and a two-run double to help Tamaqua defeat Council Rock Newtown, 10-5, to claim the Section 6 10-11 Little League championship. Agosti's slam comes during a seven-run second inning with the other runs scoring on Nate Edmonds' three-run blast. Edmonds also pitches four innings of relief, allowing one run and striking out seven, for the mound victory. Dalton Nunemacher collects a pair of hits, one a double, while Bo Rottet scores three runs.

Door is damaged on Eldred home

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A criminal mischief incident that happened between July 23-25 at a residence in Eldred Township, Monroe County, is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Ellen Kowalczyk Mooney, 56, of 680 Getz Dawl Road.

She reported someone arrived at the above location by unknown means and proceeded to damage an aluminum side door. The value of the property damage is listed at $50.

Fun at the fair

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun at the fair Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney Postupak, 11, tries for a gold fish with grandmother Sherrie Linkhorst of Tamaqua. The fair continues through Saturday.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun at the fair Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney Postupak, 11, tries for a gold fish with grandmother Sherrie Linkhorst of Tamaqua. The fair continues through Saturday.

Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney Postupak, 11, tries for a gold fish with grandmother Sherrie Linkhorst of Tamaqua. The fair continues through Saturday.

Walk to end Alzheimer's

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes has a team that will walk in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 7 at Shawnee. The team, made up of residents and staff members, is called Team Bush.

Carrie Shafer, Mrs. Bush's activities director, says that everyone at the home has a loved one or knows someone who suffers from Alzheimer's or dementia and wants to help find a cure.

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
ELSA KERSHNER/TIMES NEWS John Balogh started working with wood during vocational school. He now has his own business making furniture but still takes time to make the things he enjoys. The fins and tail of this big mouth bass, displayed at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show, are made of copper with a green patina. The dragonfly on the vine bowl is made with wings of curly maple and black and white ebony. The American Holly of the bowl was damaged by ants to create the natural mix of colors.
ELSA KERSHNER/TIMES NEWS John Balogh started working with wood during vocational school. He now has his own business making furniture but still takes time to make the things he enjoys. The fins and tail of this big mouth bass, displayed at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show, are made of copper with a green patina. The dragonfly on the vine bowl is made with wings of curly maple and black and white ebony. The American Holly of the bowl was damaged by ants to create the natural mix of colors.

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.