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.
Police said he was traveling 86 mph in construction zone
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Zion Lutheran will host an evening worship service Saturday at 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoying himself between fair events is Schuylkill County Fair President Paul Kennedy, who is volunteering his second year in office.
July 31, 1964
Dianna Schmick, Lehighton, was one of the recipients of scholarships presented last night for the Allentown-Reading district of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
A graduate of Lehighton Area High School, she plans to attend Kutztown State College.
David Gingold, vice president and director of the Northeast Division of the ILGWU, presented the awards, each for $250.
Her mother is a member of Local 111, based in Allentown.
One person was injured in a head-on crash at 6:39 p.m. July 16 on Panther Valley Road in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.
State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said Jodi L. Spotts, 43, of Pottsville, was hurt and taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-E. Norwegian St., Pottsville, for treatment of injuries.