Thursday, August 27, 2015

Local News

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Daniel M. Repsher, a former assistant principal at Lehighton Area High School, who has served as assistant principal at Parkland High School since May 2014, suddenly resigned his position effective Aug. 24.

There was no discussion of Repsher’s resignation at the Aug. 25 school board meeting.

His name and resignation date, however, was listed on the agenda.

Parkland School District spokesperson Nicole McGalla emailed The Press, a sister company to the Times News, saying the district does not comment on personnel issues.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Barnesville couple whose three young grandchildren were taken into placement by Schuylkill County’s Children and Youth Services agency on Wednesday asked commissioners for help in getting them back, allowing more visits, or at least getting the agency to talk to them.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

When it comes to food at the West End Fair, ordering and eating it is the easy part.

Many fairgoers, however, don’t think about how the delicious grub gets to their plate.

Workers from Dale’s Concessions, based in Kunkletown, were busy this week preparing their popular items for the opening day fair crowd.

One of the more recent additions to the menu is the blooming onion, a deep-fried onion flower served with one of two dipping sauces, ranch or zesty.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Schuylkill County jury on Tuesday found a Tamaqua man not guilty of aggravated assault in the April 12, 2014, shooting of another man.

John E. Clause, 60, had initially been charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated and simple assault and reckless endangerment.

The attempted homicide charge was dropped.

According to court documents, Clause went to the Walker Township home of Mark Scheitrum, 27, of 114 Reynolds Road, at 7:50 p.m. that day.

The two argued, and Clause went into the house to find Scheitrum in the bathroom.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Carbon County man admitted his part in a robbery and assault incident in Lansford, in which the victim suffered injuries and was allegedly involved in a drug transaction.

Matthew Scott Creveling, 26, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault and disorderly conduct. He is one of several involved in the incident. Also involved were Deziray Cunningham, 37, Kyle Nalesnik and Alexis Goldberg, all of Lansford.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A few Nesquehoning residents aired their opinion about an increase in truck traffic traveling Route 54 on weekends.

On Wednesday, David Kost and Harry Miller, who both live along Route 54, spoke about the truck traffic going to the Panther Creek Power Operating Plant, just off Route 54 in the borough, on Saturdays.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A judge has cleared Palmerton Municipal Fire Department Chief Larry J. Zawaly of all charges in a theft case brought against him earlier this year.

At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, District Judge Edward M. Lewis declared there was not enough evidence to bring the theft charges against Zawaly to trial.

Zawaly had been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property stemming from an incident that occurred while he was responding to a crash with the fire company.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Carbon County man was jailed on Tuesday after he struggled with state police as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant on him.

Eric Christopher Cardone, 35, of 105 Homestead Lane, Towamensing Township, is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, resisting arrest, institutional vandalism and disorderly conduct.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The men of the Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at Riverwalck in Parryville.

A breakfast for the Class of 1965 will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at the 443 Beacon. All classmates welcome.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

West Penn Township police are taking steps to improve effectiveness in the use of K-9 units for law enforcement.

On Wednesday, Chief Brian Johnson took possession of a bullet-resistant and stab-resistant vest and immediately launched a training session with 2-year-old Gunner, a German shepherd, one of two K-9 resources in the township.

The purchase of the vest was made possible though a fundraising program coordinated by township resident Shawn Phillips and his sister Debbie Huegel of Tamaqua.