Monday, November 30, 2015

Local News

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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hunters both young and old rose before the sun today to find their perfect spot as firearms deer season kicks off in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission expects around 750,000 hunters, or around six percent of the state’s population, to take to the woods in a season that runs through Dec. 12.

Monday, November 30, 2015

There is a low probability of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle tonight in some of the higher elevations.

Warmer air will eventually work its way into the area, alleviating any icing threat by daybreak Tuesday.

The forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight: Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 33. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Lehighton Education and Athletic Foundation, also known as LEAF will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. This meeting is to help organize the fundraising campaign to sell bricks and pavers with inscriptions that will enhance the entrance to the new football stadium.

All interested people are invited to attend.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Eight defendants entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday to theft and related charges.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Walmart thefts

Stanley Wayne Carter, 27, of Drums, Luzerne County, pleaded guilty to two retail theft charges for two incidents at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

He admitted taking a computer and camera on April 24 and then a television on April 25.

Carter told Matika has an addiction problem and spent 20 days in an inpatient rehabilitation program.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to work in several different capacities:

Committee members are needed for the Family Support Committee to serve as mentors who advise, teach and advocate for partner families. This committee helps ensure that families will succeed in homeownership.

The Family Selection Committee also needs assistance. Volunteers help qualify applicants to become homeowners or to have repairs performed on their homes. This is accomplished through data collection and meetings with the family.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Rescuers work to free a trapped McAdoo woman after a rollover crash shortly after noon Saturday in Rush Township. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A McAdoo woman was taken for medical evaluation after being trapped more than 20 minutes in a vehicle following a rollover crash along Route 309 in Hometown.

Emergency responders were dispatched at noon Saturday for a report of a rollover with entrapment.

Arriving on scene, rescuers discovered a car on its side just off the southbound lanes of travel with two adults trapped inside.

Crews used hydraulic equipment to cut through the vehicle to free Brianna Pridgen, 32, and the vehicle’s driver, Stephen Spohr, 32, McAdoo.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Seeing an obituary of an elderly veteran who has no living relatives is hard to imagine, especially on the holidays.

On Memorial Day in 2014, the Southwest Florida Military Museum held a Memorial Day ceremony to honor Richard Ferris of New York City. Private Ferris received the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously for his heroic actions in Italy in September 1943.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Panther Valley and St. Luke’s are joining forces for a ‘Adopt a School’

Panther Valley will hold its Meet the Panthers Night on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the intermediate school.

As part of the event, the Panther Valley School District and St. Luke’s Miners will present their Adopt a School team program.

Community members and fans are invited to attend a free community walk in the gymnasium from 6:15-7 p.m. and then stick around and meet the athletes and coaches.

Those in attendance can also enjoy free healthy snacks, blood pressure screenings and more.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Five defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas before Carbon Judge Joseph J. Matika on Tuesday.

Raymond John Kratz, 37, of White Haven, pleaded to 2 counts of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on May 14 by state police at Fern Ridge following an incident in the area of 1270 State St. in East Side Borough. Kratz is currently an inmate in the Monroe County prison on a parole violation.