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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.

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 ( ) 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.

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 ( 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.

CCEDC is hosting challenge for entrepreneur hopefuls

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Do you have a business idea, but don't know if it would work?

If so, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation is challenging you to follow your dreams.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 7, CCEDC will host the first Build Your American Dream Challenge, an eight-session challenge aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs with business ideas work through the process of starting a small business.

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.

Jim Thorpe 'runs over' Minersville

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MINERSVILLE After graduating two all-state quarterbacks in the last two years and starting this season with two signal callers who had a total of five games varsity experience between them, Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger still felt confident that his team could step up and defend its AFL title.

Friday night's 35-0 victory over Minersville is an indication that his belief may prove to be true.

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.

Tigers' defense shines in opener

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Tigers' defense shines in opener
Copyright 2014

While Northwestern coach Josh Snyder wasn't quite sure what to expect from Notre Dame, he did know what to expect from his team. In the end, that made all the difference as the Tigers opened their season with a 32-6 win over the Crusaders.

Harry Hall led the charge offensively with 139 yards rushing on 20 carries and the senior-laden defense did its job for Northwestern.

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?

The beggars and other topics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor,

A man in Tamaqua asked me for 40 cents before I went into the pharmacy. I was really shocked. He didn't ask me for a job. He asked me for money. "Give them a hand up and not a handout." Don't give beggars money because they might be on drugs. Donate to the rescue mission. There are homeless people in Tamaqua but no homeless shelter around here.

A woman in a different part of America has to beg for food! Some people want to make begging illegal. They want people to starve and die. They don't care about people. The community doesn't care.

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.

Marriage licenses

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Carbon County

Corey Scott Rohlfing and Krista Lynn Steber, of Jim Thorpe.

Carl Henry Caso, Weatherly, and Jennifer Marie Clark, Swoyersville.

Glenn Evans Gehret and Robin Sue Weiland, Albrightsville.

Corey Allen Neff and Amber Marie Zellner, Palmerton.


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.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30, 1997 With under a minute to play, Palmerton's Matt Hager makes a tackle on fourth down at the Bomber 19-yard line to preserve a 12-7 Colonial League win over Wilson. Hager, the team's defensive end, stops the Warriors top running back (Bill Stocker) just short of a first down. Hager also scores Palmerton's first touchdown on a seven-yard run and finishes with 10 tackles. The winners, coached by Manny Guedes, also receive a 47-yard scoring run from Jarrett Kuhfahl and 10 tackles from Josh Barkanic.

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.

Lehighton rolls past Mahanoy Area

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MAHANOY CITY It's usually a disadvantage to have your defense on the field most of the time.

At Lehighton, though, it may be the best option.

Friday night at Mahanoy Area, the Indians forced five first-half turnovers two of which were returned for touchdowns as they opened up a huge halftime lead and cruised to a 47-12 victory in their first-ever Anthracite League contest.

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.

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.

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.

Rednecks have their festival

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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.

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.

Child severely beaten

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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.

New NCC campus open in Tannersville

Saturday, August 30, 2014
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Northampton Community College campus opened Monday.
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Northampton Community College campus opened Monday.

Close to 2,000 students will make history this week when they become the first students to take classes on what may be the only brand new full-service college campus in the country.

Some of them even showed up early for 8 a.m. classes on Monday, the first day of the semester to participate in a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony heralding the official opening of "NCC Monroe" a branch campus of Northampton Community College.

"I'm speechless," said Student Governance president Carla Garis as she surveyed the buildings and the spacious courtyard.

Snerr leads Marian past WV

Saturday, August 30, 2014
bob ford/times news Marian’s Nico Agosti (27) fights off the tackle attempt of Williams Valley’s Ryan Harris. For more pictures from the Colts’ game visit the Times News photo gallery at
bob ford/times news Marian’s Nico Agosti (27) fights off the tackle attempt of Williams Valley’s Ryan Harris. For more pictures from the Colts’ game visit the Times News photo gallery at

Last year in Marian's season opener, KJ Snerr spent most of the night sitting in the emergency room. The Colts' quarterback seriously inured his shoulder on the first play of the 2013 campaign against Lehighton and missed most of the season.

2014 however, is a much different story. Snerr showed that his shoulder is stronger than ever along with his ability to run the football. Now a running back, Snerr came up with big play after big play for the Colts on Friday night, helping them capture an 18-7 non-league victory over a tough Williams Valley team from the Tri-Valley League.

Arway urges EPA to help Susquehanna River

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway is seeking help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help identify the factors contributing to the poor health of the Susquehanna River and begin taking steps to improve the river's condition "before it becomes too late to repair the damage."

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.

About the NCC CAMPUS

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ÿ Advanced building envelope materials and lighting system controls that minimize energy usage.

Ÿ Solar panels that will provide about 40 percent of the campus annual electrical needs.

Ÿ Geothermal system that will provide 100 percent of the cooling and heating requirement.

Ÿ It is located on 78 acres of land with spectacular views of Mount Pocono and the Delaware Water Gap,

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.