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September 2013

Bears capture Red Rover V-ball Classic

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Pleasant Valley volleyball team captured its second tournament championship of the season, winning the Easton Red Rover Classic on Saturday. Earlier this month, the Bears won their own tournament.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Lehighton, Pleasant Valley, Panther Valley at Easton Red Rover Classic

Pleasant Valley pulled off a tournament championship at the 11th Annual Easton Rover Classic.

Slatington driver in Lehigh crash

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Slatington driver was involved in a two vehicle crash in Lehigh County in which he was cited. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred about 10:56 p.m. on Sept. 26 along Windy Road, in Lowhill Township.

Troopers said James H. Williams, 50, of Slatington, was driving a 2004 Pontiac GT northbound and negotiating a uphill right curve while Abdulkader Namous, 55, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was driving a 1999 Subaru Outback southbound, negotiating the same curve while traveling downhill.

Attempted robbery at Pilot Truck Stop

Monday, September 30, 2013

An attempted armed robbery occurred early today in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at the Pilot Truck Stop, located at 482 Suedburg Road (SR443), in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said three individuals entered the truck stop and forced a clerk to the ground. While one of the suspects held a gun to the head of the clerk the other two attempted to access a safe and cash register but were unsuccessful.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces blood drives

Monday, September 30, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co #2, 359 Main Street, Parryville. Call (484) 560-0470.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton. Call (610) 377-5845.

Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lehigh High School, One Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Call (610) 767-9832.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ryan Township Fire Hall, 945 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville. Call (570) 225-5364.

The alarming news about pollinators

Monday, September 30, 2013

The alarming news about the decline in our honey bee population has spurred agricultural extension specialists around the country to take a hard look at how our native wild pollinators are faring. It seems to many that we are seeing fewer pollinating insects in our area, and researchers at Penn State are providing the science that verifies that opinion.

In a recent email inviting local Master Gardeners to "The Great Insect Fair" held annually at Penn State, urban entomologist Steven Jacobs included this note.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 1955 Tamaqua's defense pitches a shutout and also accounts for one of the team's two touchdowns in a 13-0 win over Coaldale. The Blue Raiders, coached by Dick Jones, limit their opponent to just 40 yards rushing on 29 carries and force four turnovers. One of the takeaways is an interception by Bob Gerber, who races 62 yards to the end zone. Jack Zeigler tallies the game's first TD when he breaks free for a 52-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

Lansford Alive! stages annual fall cleanup

Monday, September 30, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive! member Donna Valent picks up bits of glass near the monument at Kennedy Park.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive! member Donna Valent picks up bits of glass near the monument at Kennedy Park.

Lansford Alive! held its annual fall cleanup throughout the borough on Saturday. Group trustee Bob Dobosh said that about 15 volunteers raked leaves and picked up debris to make the town prettier for the autumn season.

The workers included the Swan family of Coaldale mother Nina, and her sons Chance, 9, and Joseph, 14.

Nina Swan said the family decided to join the effort after seeing a flier posted at Boyer's Market in Lansford.

"They all go to the same school district, Panther Valley, so we should all pitch in no matter which town it is," she said.

Father, daughter died in I-81 crash

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Cumberland County man and his daughter were killed in a one vehicle crash on Saturday along Intestate 81 in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 10:50 a.m. in the Butler Township.

Troopers identified the victims as Alberto Hernandez, 42, and his 11 month old daughter, Anastacia Marie-Carman Hernandez, both of Mechanicsburg.

Troopers said Hernandez was operating a 2007 Suzuki Forenza northbound when he lost control of the vehicle. The Forenza went onto the west berm and struck a tree.

Benefit raises funds for Quakake couple

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.

Wife has cancer, husband suffers from burns

Friends and family members of Stacey Rex-Bennett and her husband James "Jim" Bennett, both of Quakake, came together over the weekend to hold two events as part of the three-event Stompin' For Stretch benefit.

Stacey is struggling with cancer, while Jim remains in the hospital after receiving a serious burn at work.

Both are the parents of two children, Breanna and Brendan.

Free seminar on scams and fraud

Monday, September 30, 2013

A representative from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General will present a free seminar on rip-offs, fraud, scams and cons on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center.

The seminar is geared toward senior citizens but is applicable to everyone and is open to the public.

Judge John E. Domalakes seeks retention in Schuylkill

Monday, September 30, 2013
Judge John E.Domalakes
Judge John E.Domalakes

Judge John E. Domalakes of the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County has announced he will be a candidate for retention and his name will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot at which time voters will decide whether to retain him.

Domalakes is a native and current resident of Frackville and a graduate of Immaculate Heart High School. He is an honors graduate of DeSales University and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

Elected to the bench in 1993, he was retained in 2003.

Theft from vehicles incident probed

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft from vehicles incident that occurred in Ringtown, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said vehicles owned by Eli Peleschak, 50, of Greenhouse Lane, were entered while parked near his residence. Taken was a work bag containing two hearing aids and a Apple iPad owned by Alfred Benesch Co., of Pottsville.

The incident occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 26. Troopers noted the vehicles were unlocked.

'Finding Jenn's voice'

Monday, September 30, 2013
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Author Marilee Strong at the Berkeley Marina, with cameraman Derek Dienner, near the San Francisco Bay Area where Laci Peterson's body was found. The photo was taken during an interview for a documentary, Finding Jenn's Voice, by filmmaker Tracy Schott. Strong is the author of Erased: Murdered Women, Missing Wives. Peterson, seven and a half months pregnant, was murdered by her husband, Scott Peterson, in 2002.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Author Marilee Strong at the Berkeley Marina, with cameraman Derek Dienner, near the San Francisco Bay Area where Laci Peterson's body was found. The photo was taken during an interview for a documentary, Finding Jenn's Voice, by filmmaker Tracy Schott. Strong is the author of Erased: Murdered Women, Missing Wives. Peterson, seven and a half months pregnant, was murdered by her husband, Scott Peterson, in 2002.

Documentary will shed light on prevalence of intimate partner violence

Jenn Snyder, giddy with love and basking in the glow of expectant motherhood, drove to a secluded area of North Whitehall Township, eager to meet with her lover for a romantic rendezvous to plan their lives together.

But instead of gazing with longing into the eyes of David Rapoport, Snyder found herself staring in disbelief as he leveled a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun at her. Rapoport pulled the trigger three times, shooting Snyder twice in the mouth and once in the back.

Schuylkill crash

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Frackville reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 7:45 p.m. on Friday. Sept. 27, along North St., in East Union Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Mallory A. Johnson, 21, of Oneida, was backing out of a driveway and backed into the path of Anthony R. Harris, 36, of Sheppton, who was westbound. The rear of Johnson's 2004 Acura RS struck the driver's side of Harris' 2007 Chevrolet Impala. Troopers said the Chevrolet is a East Union Township police cruiser.

No one was injured. The Chevrolet was towed from the scene.

Northampton man facing charges

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Northampton County man is facing several charges, including unlawful contact with a minor, following an investigation by the state police Computer Crime Unit.

Michael Edward Getz, 35, of 850 Bushkill Center Rd., in Nazareth, Bushkill Township, has been charged with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility, obscene and other sexual materials, and corruption of minors. Getz was arrested on Sept. 26 and arraigned before District Judge James F. Stocklas. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 2006

Carbon County must have appeared on the proverbial radar screen because two evacuation helicopter companies, allied with competing hospital networks. In a matter of weeks will be operating in the county.

Although no one is explaining why, it seems that each service and network sees an opportunity to provide services and make money.

Town's 150th anniv.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Event will be celebrated with large parade

The parade to commemorate Weatherly's 150th Anniversary is slated for Saturday, Oct. 5. The parade is expected to step off around 2:30 p.m., with participants being asked to be in place for the start of the parade by 2 p.m.

The line of march will begin at Tweedle Park, located on Weatherly's west side of town. Parade participants will be staged throughout the neighborhood that borders Tweedle Park and will be assigned to a specific street for staging.

Smell camefrom train, not from hazardous waste

Monday, September 30, 2013

A smell in the area of the by-pass (Route 209) in Lehighton that caused detours early Sunday morning around 2 a.m. was not a hazardous waste spill as originally thought.

Mark Nalesnik, Emergency Management coordinator, confirmed this morning that the smell came from a motor on a train.

Lehighton Ambulance and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene between the by-pass and the Packerton Dip after it was suspected a hazardous spill might have occurred.

Coats donated to Salvation Army

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Students and coaches with the Javeline Factory of Mary D donated over two dozen colorful children's coats to the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, which kicks off shortly. Dina Depos, Angel Tree organizer, stated, 'It is donations like this that help our Salvation Army help so many deserving children every year." For more information about the Angel Tree Program, call the Salvation Army at (570) 668-0410.

Colors For Education event held in Tamaqua

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Steven Behr, Prinicipal, Tamaqua Elementary Schools, gets dunked during the Colors For Education event held at the Tamaqua Sports Stadium.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Steven Behr, Prinicipal, Tamaqua Elementary Schools, gets dunked during the Colors For Education event held at the Tamaqua Sports Stadium.

It was a colorful event over the weekend in Tamaqua as over 250 participants and volunteers took part in the first annual Colors For Education Day held on the grounds of the Tamaqua Sports Stadium.

The day included a 5K run/walk, fun run for kids, dunk tank, food and a number of other activities.

During the event, participants would pass by as volunteers threw colored powder on them.

Two arrested for Coaldale incident

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Frackville reported the arrest of two persons following an incident in Coaldale.

Troopers said Theodore Patacconi, 23, of Pottsville, and Gino Fernandez, 39, of Coaldale, were each cited for disorderly conduct for an incident on the front lawn at 332 Ridge Terrace. Troopers said the two engaged in fighting and tumultuous behavior.

The incident occurred about 8 p.m. on Sept. 26, troopers added.

Palmerton flag retirement program held

Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 carry old and tattered flags that were distributed to members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization during a Flag Retirement Ceremony held Saturday in the borough park.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 carry old and tattered flags that were distributed to members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization during a Flag Retirement Ceremony held Saturday in the borough park.

It was out with the old, and in with the new, during a Flag Retirement Ceremony in Palmerton.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization, in association with Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41, held the event Saturday in the borough park.

Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton, welcomed the scant crowd in attendance, and said the ceremony was a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags.

"I'd like to thank everybody for coming out today," Moyer said. "[The purpose of the ceremony] is the respectful retirement of worn out colors of our flag."

The Summit Fall Fest to be held October 5

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Fest, a festival for the whole family, will be hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

A flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. For information on the flea market, or to reserve a space, call (610) 377-7206.

A Little Miss Summit/Little Mr. Summit and Jr. Miss Summit/Jr. Mr. Summit Pageant will be held at 10 a.m.

Set for trial, Brockton woman enters plea, gets prison term

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Brockton woman, one of 15 defendants who have been in the Schuylkill County prison because they couldn't raise bail, decided to plead guilty to the criminal charges instead of going to trial and was sentenced in the Judge James P. Goodman as follows:

Leann Irene Baddick, 33, of 320 Valley St., pleaded guilty to theft of a vehicle owned by Elizabeth Zaprazny, Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick Township, and was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with credit for serving 96 days.

Lions honor Irvin H. Miller in American flag program

Monday, September 30, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, Summit Hill resident Irvin H. Miller, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, will be honored.

Canvas of color set to begin

Monday, September 30, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NWES
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NWES

Peak fall foliage season is still a few weeks away, but local mountains hint at a canvas of color as seen here Sunday afternoon at historic Winding Trail Farm on Crossover Road near Lehighton.

Break-ins probed

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating burglaries in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Ric's Service Station, 542 Port Carbon-Saint Clair Highway, East Norwegian Township, was entered through an unsecured door. Taken were numerous tools from the garage area. The listed victims are Ricardo Marks Jr., 37, of Port Carbon, and Roger Hoagland Jr., 39, of Pottsville. The incident occurred sometime between Sept. 20-24.

Tumble with Denise competed in State Games of America

Monday, September 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.

Thirty-one members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently competed in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey. There were over 10,000 athletes representing 27 sports competing that weekend in Hershey. Pennsylvania dominated the entire competition winning 471 medals.

Tumble With Denise Gymnastics earned 40 of the medals (12 gold medals) to help the state reach the highest honors.

The following Tumble With Denise Gymnasts earned medals:

Pawstock a 'furry' fine event

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Medal winner Wearing a red lobster costume, Tin Tin, smiles after receiving a medal during Pawstock, held Sunday by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Tin Tin, part pitbull and dachshund, is cared for by Jackie Babinetz of Coaldale.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Medal winner Wearing a red lobster costume, Tin Tin, smiles after receiving a medal during Pawstock, held Sunday by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Tin Tin, part pitbull and dachshund, is cared for by Jackie Babinetz of Coaldale.

Walnutport woman cited in Lehigh

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Walnutport woman was cited for an incident in Lehigh County.

Upper Macungie Township police said Kayla Billman, 22, was cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for an incident at 7607 Hamilton Blvd., in Trexlertown.

Police allege that Billman physically ripped off both side-view mirrors from the vehicle of Arielle Wendling, 19, of Breinigsville.

Injured in Mahoning crash

Monday, September 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A Mahoning Township woman sustained head injuries during accident shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday on Route 443 at Normal Square in Mahoning Township. The woman was reportedly operating this car which ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer, owned by New England Motor Freight. The rig sustained minor damage. The female in the car was transported by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Mahoning Valley Fire Company, Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Lehighton Ambulance, Mahoning Fire Police, and Mahoning Police responded. The driver's name was not available this morning.