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August 2014

Update-Names released in fatal Franklin Township crash

Monday, September 1, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to Times News

The Carbon County Coroner's office released the names of two individuals killed in an early morning crash Sunday in Franklin Township.

Christopher Mattera, 23, and Brian McGovern, 25, both of Wilmington, Delaware, were pronounced dead at the scene by Carbon County deputy coroner Robert Miller.

Autopsies on both are scheduled for Tuesday.

Police said at 2 a.m. a Jeep Cherokee was going east on Forest Street, just past the entrance of the former Kriss Pines Trout Hatchery.

Three teens killed in Wayne County SUV crash

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — An SUV rollover in northeastern Pennsylvania has killed three Philadelphia-area teenagers and injured three others.

Northampton police Chief Michael Clark says the crash killed Ryan Lesher, Cullen Keffer and Shamus Digney, incoming sophomores at Council Rock South High School in Newtown. The Courier-Times (http://bit.ly/1tQYa3E) reports he doesn't know if the three injured teenagers were Bucks County residents.

The crash happened Saturday morning in Paupack Township, Wayne County, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia.

Mahoning man found, arrested for beating nephew

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Daniel Stahler Jr.

Mahoning Police have arrested a man on assault charges stemming from an assault of a 5-year-old boy Thursday.

The child’s uncle, Daniel Sterling Stahler Jr. of Mahoning Township, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

The child told police he hugged Stahler's dog too hard. He said Stahler then threw him, hit him with his hands, and a door.

Stahler fled the residence when the child’s mother said she was calling police. Information provided to police showed the child suffered a fracture to the ocular cavity.

Allentown police chief's son charged for alleged road rage

Sunday, August 31, 2014

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the son of a Pennsylvania police chief was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at Lehigh County Detectives.

WFMZ-TV (http://bit.ly/VWFGl8 ) reports that 22-year-old Christopher Fitzgerald was arrested Friday night after what authorities described as a road rage incident.

Fitzgerald is accused of pulling a gun on two detectives after he allegedly "brake-checked" the detectives several times. Police later found the suspect stopped in the parking lot of a nearby mall.

Storms in Northeast delay flights, outdoor events

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.

The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area, the Fire Department of New York said. The men were being treated at a hospital, and the extent of their injuries was unknown.

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

A century of learning Students still attend classes at old Packer building

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The original entrance to the Mary Packer Cummings Memorial School, built in 1914.  The school is located just off Route 209, between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. For more photos, see our gallery at tnonline.com.
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The original entrance to the Mary Packer Cummings Memorial School, built in 1914. The school is located just off Route 209, between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. For more photos, see our gallery at tnonline.com.

Students using the lengthy fire escapes at the old Packerton High School like an amusement park ride are a thing of the past.

The fire escapes are gone, but the memories remain as the nearly 6,000-square-foot building, located just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

"There is still a lot of history here," said Donald "Duke" Blauch, current owner. "Unfortunately to keep everything up to code, a lot of things had to be updated and replaced, but it comes with the territory when you have an old building."

Gurcsik-Pinkey

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Joseph Pinkey and Eileen Gurcsik
Joseph Pinkey and Eileen Gurcsik

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Eileen Gurcsik of Allentown and Joseph Pinkey of Tamaqua.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Mary Gurcsik of Tamaqua. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Kutztown University, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration from DeSales University.

She is employed as a customer service lead for ULINE in Breinigsville.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30, 1979

Few people in the village of New Columbus, known for its lovers of opera, knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue.

The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tennessee is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew.

Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.

3 killed, 3 hurt in SUV rollover in Wayne County

Saturday, August 30, 2014

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a rollover accident in northeastern Pennsylvania has killed three people and injured three others.

WNEP-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1lBUwcS ) the crash occurred late Saturday morning in Paupack Township, Wayne County.

State police say an SUV went off the road and then rolled over. The coroner says one person died at the scene and two others died at a hospital. The extent of the survivors' injuries was not immediately known.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Information from: WNEP-TV, http://www.wnep.com

Carbon swears in first female DA Jean Engler takes over for Dobias

Saturday, August 30, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First Assistant District Attorney Jean A. Engler, right, places her hand on the Bible, held by her siblings, attorneys Joseph and Jane Engler, during her swearing in ceremony as Carbon County's new district attorney. Engler, who is the first female district attorney in the county, replaces Gary F. Dobias, who served in the position for 22 years, eight months.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First Assistant District Attorney Jean A. Engler, right, places her hand on the Bible, held by her siblings, attorneys Joseph and Jane Engler, during her swearing in ceremony as Carbon County's new district attorney. Engler, who is the first female district attorney in the county, replaces Gary F. Dobias, who served in the position for 22 years, eight months.

Jean A. Engler is Carbon County's first female district attorney.

On Friday afternoon, Engler was sworn in by the Honorable Richard W. Webb in front of family, friends, colleagues and former District Attorney Gary F. Dobias, who retired from the office Friday. Engler has served in the capacity of first assistant district attorney since January, and as an assistant district attorney since 1989.

President Judge Roger Nanovic welcomed everyone to the event.

He then turned it over to Webb, who called Engler to the floor.

Chickens at the West End Fair

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This sister and brother duo won ribbons at the West End Fair for their 4H entries. Sophia Alcamo, 11, a sixth grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary and her Buff Orpington, Stella, took a first place. Vinny Alcamo, 14, a Pleasant Valley High School freshman and his Luna, a mixed breed Bantam, won a second place. The fair ends its seven-day run today.

Spartans quick strikes hurt Raiders

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - The Anthracite Football League stereotype is labeled as smashmouth football, running between the tackles, and controlling the clock.

The coaches, experts, and fans all know that North Schuylkill has a host of runners in the backfield which can provide thie Anthracite winning formula.

What really makes this North Schuylkill squad special, is that it can also puts points on the board in the blink of an eye.

Cherish the moments

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time flies so fast that we do not realize it until we reach milestones that remind us of the flowing river we all travel together. It was almost seven years ago my wife, Katie, and I greeted a little baby girl named Kathryn in the hospital when the nurse placed her in her mother's loving arms.

This week we reached another milestone as my now almost 7-year-old little girl went to first grade for her first day of school. It was wonderful to be able to see this milestone in person, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Contests a highlight of Carlisle show

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CARLISLE – Last year the Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Show was organized to fill the void left by the cancellation of the annual February outdoors show in Harrisburg . As it turned out the first-year show stood on its own merit and is back again this year, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 5-7, at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

Traffic stops lead to six DUI arrests

Saturday, August 30, 2014

State police at the Lehighton barracks said six traffic stops have resulted in people being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Four of the offenses took place on Tuesday, and the other two happened on Friday.

The first incident on Tuesday happened at 7:37 p.m. at the intersection of Old Stagecoach and Gilbert roads in Polk Township. Police said Matthew Lee Frantz, 33, of Kunkletown, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he was initially stopped for an equipment violation.

Franklin makes PSU debut in Ireland

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Just two seasons ago, I was writing my Penn State column for the 2012 season opener against the Ohio Bobcats. I remember writing about Bill O'Brien's first day on the field as head coach of the Nittany Lions like it was yesterday. Basically, because it literally feels like it was yesterday.

Now, fast forward to the 2014 college football season.

When words are weapons

Saturday, August 30, 2014

While I was listening to a recent Chuck Swindoll "Insight for Living" radio broadcast, he cited a statistic about what we call "domestic violence."

Two million cases of reported domestic violence involve some kind of weapon, he said.

At first I thought that sounded a little high until I thought about what we see each week in the police log. On the same day as Swindoll's broadcast, the police log in our local paper carried a story of two cases of family violence.

When did we all become guys?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor,

I would like to challenge your readers a little bit.

How far back did all this start? I'm talking about the phrase we hear every day in the marketplace, on the street and in the restaurant. It is: "Hi, guys!"

My wife and I are in our 70s, and whenever we enter a restaurant (the only luxury we will enjoy) the servers come over and say, "Hi, guys!"

My wife looks at me and says, "When did I turn into a guy?"

Did all this happen in the '40s, when women stopped wearing dresses and started wearing slacks?

Child severely beaten

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police throughout Carbon County are looking for a 31-year-old male, a suspect in a case involving an assault on a 5-year-old boy and the theft of a gun and bullets. Friday afternoon police were called to a home at 138 Mauch Chunk Road in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township where the assault and theft occurred. The mother of the child reported the child suffered a fracture of the eye socket, his ear drum was damaged and his hair was pulled out by blotches by his assailant, her brother.

The fat lady sings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An old show business saying states that "It's not over until the fat lady sings." There can be a few different interpretations of that statement, but the one I choose to use is this: This fat lady is singing. My time as a newspaper columnist is over.

Yes, I tried everything to keep writing. No, it hasn't worked. The Dragon works a little, but it has become increasingly difficult for me to correct words using the program. I have knocked out entire columns after meticulously preparing them for publication.

Haven pulls away from PV

Saturday, August 30, 2014
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Dylan Moyer (55) and Schuylkill Haven's Preston Gehring go after a fumble in the Hurricane backfield. For more pictures from the Panthers' game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Dylan Moyer (55) and Schuylkill Haven's Preston Gehring go after a fumble in the Hurricane backfield. For more pictures from the Panthers' game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.

Schuylkill Haven head coach Mike Farr always worries when he has to play Panther Valley at the PV Stadium.

For three quarters on Friday night, Farr was still waiting for his Hurricanes to take control against first year head coach Matt Davis' Panthers.

And they did.

Will Casella scored four of Haven's five touchdowns on the night and helped his team pull away from the Panthers for a 34-12 in the Anthracite Football League opener for both.

Welsh-Donohue

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sarah E. Welsh and Joshua R. Donohue
Sarah E. Welsh and Joshua R. Donohue

The parents of Sarah E. Welsh of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Joshua R. Donohue of Jersey City, New Jersey, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Janet V. and David S. Welsh of Lansdale. A graduate of North Penn High School and Susquehanna University, she is employed as the regional educational executive at L'Oreal in New York City.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mary Ellen Donohue of Lake Hauto and the late Ricky H. Donohue, and the grandson of Beryl and Charles "Brum" Donohue of Tamaqua.

Rednecks have their festival

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

If a decorative washer and dryer pair are at an entrance, and the bar stools have been fashioned from toilet seats, you might be at a redneck festival. The annual Weissport Redneck Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend. Among the events is photography with horror flick characters. Front, covered in Spandex, is Chase Faulstick, Palmerton. From left are Adam Driscoll, Scranton, seated "victim" Cody Hunsicker, Lehighton, and Charles Knight, Palmerton. They were in a booth for Halls of Horror, Palmerton.

Grants available for nonprofits

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Applications for grants from The Henry L. Mickley Mabel S. Fravel Charitable Trust are now being accepted for the year 2014.

Applications are available at Slatington Borough Hall, Washington Township Municipal Building and First Niagara Bank at 502 Main Street Slatington.

The two main criteria are: the organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the money must be used for recreation in Washington Township and/or the borough of Slatington.

Regionalize the police department

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor

In regard to the police department in Franklin Township, a resident has said he moved into the township because the township has a great police department.

I'd like to know where he came from, because I do not think he moved here only because of the police department. I believe he moved here to get away from the crime in the city or the suburbs. Unfortunately the crime in the city is also moving into the area.

Yoga class, ride to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Amy O'Brien of Mahoning Valley leads her yoga class through some stretching exercises at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The yoga class will be held as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Amy O'Brien of Mahoning Valley leads her yoga class through some stretching exercises at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The yoga class will be held as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8

Since July 11, 2012, six people have remained alive thanks to the generosity of Spc. Christina Joy Leone, who was an organ donor when she died as the result of an accident that day in Richmond, Virginia.

Leone, then 21, was a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia. Born in Lehighton and a graduate of Marion High School, Leone was much decorated and was posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist.

ATV crash in northeastern Pa. kills 1, injures

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MESHOPPEN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say an all-terrain vehicle carrying four people struck a rock wall and rolled over, killing one of them.

State police say the three others were injured in the accident Friday night in Auburn Township, Susquehanna County.

Officials say 38-year-old Jeremy Mowry of nearby Meshoppen died of his injuries.

Police haven't yet identified the cause of the crash.

Lehighton couple wed 60 years

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz
Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz

Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz of Lehighton are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

They were married in Zion United Church of Christ on Aug. 28, 1954, by the Rev. Alton Leister.

Mrs. Wentz is the former Shirley Hill, daughter of the late Robert and Geraldine Clay Hill of Lehighton. Mr. Wentz is the son of the late William and Beatrice Shellhammer Wentz of Parryville.

They have four children: Garry, Gregory and Scott, who is married to Patricia, all of Parryville, and Sherryl Armbruster of Lehighton.

They have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Learning from local woman's success

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Marcus Aurelius, the emperor of Rome who may have been even better known as a philosopher, wrote that successful living is "more like wrestling than dancing."

Today, the world is different. Today, we need to change that image and the simile to metaphor.

Today, successful living is not like anything. Successful living is juggling.

You need to juggle sometimes precariously your family life, a full-time job, and community commitments while somehow managing to maintain a healthy level of emotional and physical fitness.

Rovers roll over Bears

Saturday, August 30, 2014

EASTON - Easton proved to have more firepower in its East Penn Conference opener with Pleasant Valley, as the Red Rovers scored the first five touchdowns of the contest, en route to a 49-14 mercy-rule win.

In a game that saw the Bears unable to finish tackles and execute on opportunities early on, Easton managed to take advantage and roll to the big win.