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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.

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.

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 Tamaqua resident Sheila Davison gets the attention of TV antiques picker Frank Fritz during a March 13 snowstorm when the cable TV show arrived unexpectedly in Lansford.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Sheila Davison gets the attention of TV antiques picker Frank Fritz during a March 13 snowstorm when the cable TV show arrived unexpectedly in Lansford.

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.

On this date

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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.

Head-on crash nets injury in Schuylkill

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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.