Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch for weeks.

Twenty-four-year-old Tyler Swantek faces Schuylkill County charges including first- and third-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Todd Swantek, whose body was found May 24 on the couch of the Frackville home the two men formerly shared.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Kresgeville man has been charged in a burglary at Dollar Tree in June.

On June 27, police investigated an overnight burglary at the Dollar Tree in the Carbon Plaza Mall. The store safe was broken into with a grinder, and pry tools. During forensic processing police seized an ATM receipt, a seat cover with a footprint, and an earplug.
On Friday police obtained an arrest warrant for Walter Francis Trainor, 53, of Kresgeville.

Trainor was taken into custody at his residence with the assistance of Lehighton State Police.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
A new sidewalk at the Family Dollar Store on Center Street in Tamaqua is almost complete. The project was discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting of Tamaqua Borough Council. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Construction projects in and around Tamaqua are progressing.

Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt advised council Tuesday night that a pre-project meeting for the Wabash Creek culvert repairs had been held and the work will get underway the week of July 31. He noted that a lot of the work will be done in the area of the Tamaqua Public Library. The contractor has 60 days to complete the repairs.

This is a different project than the bridge replacement slated for next year, which will close the unit block of West Broad Street and require a detour.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The following defendants entered guilty pleas this week in Carbon County Court before specially presiding Senior Judge Leonard Zito of Northampton County.

Matthew Joseph Oliver, 47, of Pottsville, and formerly of Coaldale, pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton on Feb. 18 at 7445 Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township where he caused a disturbance.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Five defendants failed to appear for their preliminary hearing on July 11 in the court of District Magisterial Judge Stephen Bayer. Two defendants who did appear, and went forward with their hearing, had their charges held for trial in the Schuylkill County Courts.

The no shows included:

Colleen J. Arner, 59, of New Ringgold, was charged with theft by deception and theft of services by Rush Township Patrolman Ryan Oldt. The charges are from Feb. 24, 2015;

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Francis “Frank” L. DeMatto, who has an extensive experience with the Navy, Navy Reserves, and PA State Police, will serve as a Resource Officer for CCTI. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career and Technical Institute welcomed a new resource officer to the school during Thursday’s meeting.

Francis “Frank” L. DeMatto was approved for a maximum of 190 scheduled days of service over a yearlong period, with a one-year contract rate of $158 per day, starting Aug. 1.

“We look forward to working with Frank, he is very well qualified, and we’re very impressed,” administrative director David Reinbold said.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Detectives Kim Lippincott, Brian Webbe and Mario Orlando conducted a web-based undercover sting operation to help combat prostitution in Monroe County Friday. When customers called for a prostitute, detectives discussed the illegal nature of the activity, the damage it does to women’s lives and the possible ramifications on the john’s life. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app for a video from the sting. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

“You looking for a short stay, an hour? About a half-hour, I can do that for $60,” “Erika” says over the phone.

The john on the other end agrees, but that’s not the end of the deal. As it turns out, “Erika” is Detective Kim Lippincott of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and the man on the other end of the line is about to get a talking-to.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
The logo for the cabbage festival to be held in Weatherly.

Planning is well underway for the first ever Carbon County Cabbage Festival hosted in Weatherly.

The inaugural event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Weatherly’s Eurana Park, rain or shine.

The festival’s organizers have already announced several events, but there is still a need for vendors and volunteers.

The event will include live music, contests and activities for kids.

A tractor and car parade will kick off the event, starting from the Tung-Sol property at Plane and West Main streets. Musician Damien Dylan was the first act announced.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph G. Groody wants to know why prison staff refused to accept a fugitive captured by Butler Township police on Sunday night.

Police caught the man, wanted in Northumberland County. But when they called the county prison, they were told he could not be housed overnight. Northumberland County deputies would have picked him up the next day.

Butler Township police had no choice but to let the man go.

“Now he’s back out on the streets,” Groody said at a prison board meeting Wednesday.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Play a game or buy one and take it home. These board games are just the beginning of everything Jokers Are Wild Game Cafe in Lehighton has to offer. There is also a video game room, Escape Game room and Players’ Lounge for card games like Magic the Gathering. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

Jokers Are Wild Game Cafe just opened in May in Lehighton and already business has passed the owners’ expectations.

“It’s been better than what I ever expected it to be,” said Bob Schaeffer, one of the three co-owners. “We went from, ‘What do we need to stay open?’ to ‘Now what do we do to expand?’ ”

The game cafe is located at 125 N. First St. and includes one room with more than 75 board games.

The Players’ Lounge has card games like Magic the Gathering, Star Wars X-Wing, Armada and soon, Destiny.