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November 2013

Charged with DUI by Mahoning police

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jeremiah David Victor Jackson, 33 of Philadelphia was stopped on Oct. 5 by Mahoning Township police for alleged careless driving on SR443.

Police said Jackson repeatedly drove off the road, and did not have his lights on after sunset.

Police also said a blood test showed a BAC of .127 percent.

Jackson has been charged with two counts of DUI, careless driving, driving on right side of roadway, and period for required lighted lamps.

Mouse in your house?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The State Game Commission (Wildlife Management Agency) says the most inexpensive and effective way to get rid of a mouse problem is to set traps. Available at most hardware stores and feed mills, mouse traps should be baited with cheese or peanut-butter and placed at locations where mouse droppings or damage have been found. Set more than one trap and move them around until you start catching mice. Don't stop until sightings and damage stop.

Auditions being held for sign language TV Network

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Performers are briefed before the audition for Sign Language Network by talent manager Sheenah Niobe (left).
Performers are briefed before the audition for Sign Language Network by talent manager Sheenah Niobe (left).

Actors, singers and dancers are being auditioned for 200 openings to support a new Lehighton-based Sign Language TV network scheduled for a February 2014 kickoff.

The as yet unnamed channel will provide 24-hour broadcasting on a national basis on both cable television and Internet streaming with sign language support for the deaf on all programming- news, weather, drama, variety and talk shows.

Hunters encouraged to donate deer meat

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The venison will be given to state's food banks

Were's the beef? Or more accurately, where's the meat?

That's a question that few food bank organizers can answer. Although the state's food banks are bolstered by many food donations, the element of a balanced diet that's most often lacking is meat.

Since 1991, hunters have been helping to tip the scales in their favor by participating in the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program (www.sharedeer.org), headquartered in Harrisburg. There are 40 states which take part in the program, and Pennsylvania ranks among the most successful.

Lehighton Elementary schools wrap-up Red Ribbon Week

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Assisting with Red Ribbon Week activities at Mahoning Elementary School are, from left, third-grade students Adrienne Leiby and Katherine Halenar and fourth graders Alyssa Myers and Ty Graver. The Red Ribbon Ambassadors were selected on the basis of "being a good role model."
Assisting with Red Ribbon Week activities at Mahoning Elementary School are, from left, third-grade students Adrienne Leiby and Katherine Halenar and fourth graders Alyssa Myers and Ty Graver. The Red Ribbon Ambassadors were selected on the basis of "being a good role model."

Elementary schools throughout Lehighton Area School District recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The weeklong event emphasizes a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying.

"This is the second year the elementary schools have participated in this nationwide celebration," said elementary guidance counselor Deb McKain. "This year's theme is 'A Healthy Me is Drug Free.'"

Reader's Turn: Nov. 30

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ruth Wellington, Andreas: I can understand a store being open a couple of hours in case that was all the time somebody had to shop. But I can't see making employees put in a full shift. Let people be home with their families, that's the most important thing.
Ruth Wellington, Andreas: I can understand a store being open a couple of hours in case that was all the time somebody had to shop. But I can't see making employees put in a full shift. Let people be home with their families, that's the most important thing.

Question: What do you think about stores being open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving cooking adventures

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you braved Black Friday I hope you survived relatively unharmed and with everything you were hoping to find at the malls or stores.

Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. When I was younger while my grandparents were living, my mother usually cooked on Thanksgiving. Through most of my childhood everyone who was available came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Police getting new cruiser Video camera, computer will be installed

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Lehighton Police Department will be getting a new police cruiser.

The borough council agreed to buy a police car that is equipped comparable to a state police unit.

The new police car, which will have a video camera and a computer, is being purchased from Sunbury Motors at a cost of $46,272. One other bid was received from Whitmyer Auto Group of Mount Joy at a quotation of $47,170.

Sergeant Joseph Lawrence of the police department said four firms were solicited to submit bids.

When your home gets invaded by critters

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The pitter-patter of little feet can be an endearing sound. But not if it's coming from your attic.

It's the time of year when the weather turns chilly, nudging mice, squirrels, chipmunks and even raccoons to seek the warmth of humans' homes. While the wild creatures may be cozy inside, they're also liable to chew on wiring and insulation, get into pantries to raid cereal boxes, and leave urine and feces throughout the house.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Michael A. DeFrancisco Sr. to Walter Beishline, Box 452, Tresckow, property at 37 W. Oak St., $70,000.

Franklin Township

Josephine Cutola to Albert F. Lombardo, 955 Green St., Lehighton, two transactions, lots 4 and 6, Pine View Acres, $1 each.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 42 E. Fifth St., $1.

Kidder Township

Wayne E. Kinsey to Wayne E. Kinsey, West Chester, Pa., Lot 13A, Kinsey Plan, Lake Harmony, $1.

Lansford

Adult education

Saturday, November 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Adult Education Site Supervisor Francine Garenty-Kluck sits in CCTI's Nurse Aide classroom where she organized the Fall class which is completing their certification program.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Adult Education Site Supervisor Francine Garenty-Kluck sits in CCTI's Nurse Aide classroom where she organized the Fall class which is completing their certification program.

Programs return after a two year absence at CCTI

After curtailing many of its Adult Ed programs over the past two years due to recession-driven funding cuts, adult education has returned to the Carbon County Career & Technical Institute.

For those who have been patiently wondering about CCTI's Adult Ed's status, fearing that it may not return, perhaps a quote from Mark Twain is in order, "The report of my death was an exaggeration," he said.

Was Thanksgiving sad this year?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sometimes a thought really hits home.

Last week, my friend Pat Eisenberg sent me a social media message via Facebook.

It dealt with Thanksgiving, the holiday season, and the pain it can bring. Pat wanted me to share it.

It said, in part: "It's important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large, wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes we're overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness.

Weather-related crashes on I-81

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Frackville reported investigating three crashes along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County, two of which were weather-related.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 9:10 a.m. in Frailey Township. Harold C. Perez-Sueiro, 28, of Carlisle, Cumberland County, was driving a 2001 Volkswagen Pasatt southbound at a speed greater than allowed to keep control while rounding a downhill curve during a snow storm, troopers said. The car left the road and struck a guide rail.

Two citedfor incident at inn

Friday, November 29, 2013

Two Schuylkill County residents were cited following an incident at an inn. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 9:53 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Days Inn located in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Adam Mull, 28, and Ayda Ybarra-Duran, 32, both of Tower City, were involved in a physical altercation. During the course of the altercation Mull grabbed Ybarra-Duran by the throat and put her in a headlock. Ybarra-Duran also punched Mull in the right thigh and scratched his neck.

St. Paul's schedule

Friday, November 29, 2013

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., Summit Hill announces the following schedule:

On Sunday, Dec. 1, the First Sunday in Advent will be celebrated at the 10:30 a.m. worship service with Vicar David Lembo presiding. The Sunday school students will receive their parts for the upcoming Christmas program at 9 a.m.

A youth activity night will be held at 5 p.m. Contact Donna at 570-645-2953 to register in advance.

Church decoration for the Christmas season will take place immediately following the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Elks Hoop Shoot first place winners

Friday, November 29, 2013
Elks Hoop Shoot first place winners
Copyright 2013

The Tamaqua Elks held their 42nd annual National Hoop Shoot for boys and girls ages 8-13 years old. The winners of the contest will now advance to districts that will be held at Epiphany School in Sayre on January 25th. The Following were the winners; L-R: Ashley Jones (10-11), Zoe Seltzer (8-9), Brady Sherry (8-9), Derian Stianche (12-13), Luke VanBuskirk (10-11), Emily Titus (12-13).

Student jailed for air gun

Friday, November 29, 2013

Bail set at $100K for JT incident

A Jim Thorpe Area High School student was arrested and jailed Wednesday after authorities learned he had brought a gun to school.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, of Albrightsville, was charged by borough police with a misdemeanor one count of possession of a weapon on school property and misdemeanor three count of persistent disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning after failing to post $100,000 straight cash bail. A preliminary hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Schuylkill crashes

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roadways.

Crashes probed

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two crashes investigated by troopers.

A one-vehicle crash was reported about 2:52 p.m. on Nov. 22 along White Church Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Howard A. Kresge, 82, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus northbound and attempted to make a right-hand turn at the "T" intersection with Warner Drive, and failed to complete the turn.

His vehicle traveled into a ditch on the southbound side of the road with the front end impacting with the ditch.

Eldred column

Friday, November 29, 2013

Cramer Brothers benefit concert

The Cramer Brothers Band will be giving a free country gospel Christmas Concert at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the church's building fund. Bring a nonperishable food item for PVEN.

St. Matthew's

Carbon woman charges in Lehigh

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Carbon County woman has been charged for an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Dillion Koch, 24, of Lehighton, has been charged with false reports to law enforcement.

Troopers said on Nov. 21 about 1:20 p.m. Koch reported to troopers that numerous items to include prescription medication were taken from her unlocked vehicle while parked in the 4400 block of S. Cedarbrook Road.

Troopers said video surveillance indicated that Koch's statements were incorrect and that the incident did not occurr. Charges were filed.

BRC Dream Come True

Friday, November 29, 2013

Breakfast with Santa

Blue Ridge Communications will host the fifth annual Breakfast with Santa at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Dec. 8.

There will be two seatings this year. The first will be from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and the second will run from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The cost for children 12 and under includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, a free gift and a chance to win prizes.

Gratuity is not included in ticket prices, and children 2 and under are free with a paying adult.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Friday, November 29, 2013

Girard R. and Linda G. Strause to Alford D. and Barbara A. Falkinberry, property at 258 Indian Run Road, East Brunswick Township, $295,000.

First Niagara Bank, N.A., to Clyde Bachart, property at 309 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, $5,000.

Sheriff Joseph G. Groody, at sheriff's sale, to Federal National Mortgage Association, Dallas, Tex., property at 2303 Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick Township, sold as property of Lisa M. Strausser, for $1,072.50.

PennDOT: Time frame not set for 903 bridge replacement

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is speaking out about the upcoming 903 bridge project in Jim Thorpe.

Ronald Young, district press officer for PennDOT, said via email this week that an article from last week's Carbon County commissioners' meeting, needed a few clarifications because some of the information reported was "premature."

Volunteers gather to feed the hungry at Salvation Army

Friday, November 29, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The tables were filled with food at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Thursday.
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The tables were filled with food at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Thursday.

The first turkey went into the oven at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Whew. Only 19 more to prepare.

As they have for many years, volunteers for the Tamaqua Salvation Army began preparing their annual feast a day ahead of time, with the meal served Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Counting the meals to be delivered, the organization fed about 300 people Thursday.

It's all done through donations of time, food and money.

Polk column

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tree lighting ceremony

The 2013 Tree Lighting will take place at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Kresgeville Veterans Memorial, located across from the Kresgeville Post Office on Route 209. There will be a sing-a-long and Santa will arrive. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. Parking will be available in the post office parking lot, or at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Al-Anon meetings

Tamaqua elementary honors listed

Friday, November 29, 2013

Steven Behr, principal of the Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2013-2014 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

To be eligible for high honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Fifth grade

Jim Thorpe Community Watch recognizes members; plans family events

Friday, November 29, 2013
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Jim Thorpe Community Watch were recognized for their hard work in the community. Front from left, community watch coordinator Jamie Solomon, Gary Solt, Sara Solt, Phyllis Lienhard, Arlene Domborsky, Elaine Turner and Emma Marzen. Back row, Mayor Michael Sofranko, Police Chief Joseph Schatz and Patrolman Eric Schrantz. Missing from photo is Bill Solomon and Keith Frankenfield.
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Jim Thorpe Community Watch were recognized for their hard work in the community. Front from left, community watch coordinator Jamie Solomon, Gary Solt, Sara Solt, Phyllis Lienhard, Arlene Domborsky, Elaine Turner and Emma Marzen. Back row, Mayor Michael Sofranko, Police Chief Joseph Schatz and Patrolman Eric Schrantz. Missing from photo is Bill Solomon and Keith Frankenfield.

Members of the Jim Thorpe Community Watch have been recognized for their hard work in the community.

Community Watch Coordinator, Jamie Solomon, presented the awards to the recognized individuals.

Solomon recognized: Sara Solt, Gary Solt, Phyllis Lienhard, Bill Solomon, Keith Frankenfield, Arlene Domborsky, Elaine Turner, and Emma Marzen.

Solomon wished to thank the community watch, Mayor Michael Sofranko, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, and the Jim Thorpe Police Department for all of their hard work.

Carbon break-ins

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on burglaries and other incidents investigated by troopers.

A home at 43 Milton Way, Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, was entered by smashing a bedroom window. Taken was a PlayStation 2. The entry occurred sometime between Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 24. The home is owned by Frank Picconi, of Vineland, N.J.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, November 29, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Matthew D. Rish to Patricia L. Rish, 23 W. Cherry St., Tresckow, property at 39 W. Cherry St., $1.

Beaver Meadows

Bert Peltz to Robert J. Cryder III, 68 Tamaqua St., P.O. Box 449, Beaver Meadows, property at rear Tamaqua Street, $1,000.

Jim Thorpe

Alice Leinthall to Daniel J. Plesniarski, 800 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 800 Carbon Ave., $50,000.

Kidder Township

Claire H. Service to David l. Service, Huntingdon Valley, Snow Ridge Village Unit 36, Section A, $1.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges, including driving under the influence, following an incident that occurred about 3:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Edward C. Snukis, 25, of Saint Clair, was driving a 2003 Subaru Forester westbound on Mill Creek Avenue too fast for conditions when he lost control of the vehicle.