Monday, November 30, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Thomas Rockwell turns himself in to police.

A Tamaqua landlord accused in a series of sexual assaults is in Schuylkill County Prison following arraignment Monday.
Thomas Edward Rockwell, 78, of 318 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, sat through what District Justice Stephen Bayer referred to as a “rights hearing” as various felony and other charges against him were outlined and potential sentences reviewed.
Charges relate to alleged indecent assaults of three girls under the age of 10 which police say took place at two different houses, both rental units, on Arlington Street in the borough.

“You paint a rosy picture about how friendly people are. I do join church and community activities, but what I find time and again is that people are caught up in their own lives. They don’t take time to be friendly with others,” she wrote.

If I’ve given the impression I think people are basically friendly, that’s because I believe they are. I find proof of that every day.

Inmates transferred

Schuylkill County will ship 40 inmates to prisons in Delaware and Lycoming counties to comply with a state order to alleviate overcrowding.

Fifteen women will be sent to the state correctional facility at Muncy, about 64 miles away, at a cost of $60 per inmate per day. Twenty-five men will be sent to George Hill Correctional Facility, Thornton, about 83 miles away, at a cost of up to $60 a day each under a one-year agreement.

Electric rate hike OK’d

Good things happen to James Denny.

As a sixth-grader living in south Jersey, his home was a safe haven for poor kids from Camden who would come to Denny’s house to play basketball and eat meals rather than wander unsafe city streets. He saw at a young age what happens when kindness is offered. The good side of people is what you see in return.

A year ago, he entered a television contest to win a custom tree house for his family. Denny, who lives in Jim Thorpe, wanted to give the house as a gift to his mother who raised a wonderful family mostly on her own.

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Sandra L. Ahner to Sandra L. Ahner, 1798 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 1798 Long Run Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Robert A. Handwerk to Robert A. Handwerk, 19 Packer Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 19 Packer Ave., $1.

Margie J. Holland to Margie J. Holland, 424 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 424 Center Ave., $1.

Kidder Township

Rocco Leonardis Jr. to Christy Flora, Wilkes-Barre, property at 149 N. Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, $120,000.