Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Local News

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some homes in Carbon, Luzerne, and Schuylkill counties have elevated levels of radon gas in indoor air and radium in soils, according to a health consultation released Tuesday by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Researchers were unable to determine if a cluster of cases of polycythemia vera in people living in the counties is related to exposures to the substances.

The report provides an analysis of radiologic sampling information researchers reviewed to learn more about the possible cluster of PV cases in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Tuesday, admitting he assaulted two young girls, with the cases 20 years apart.

Herman Banks Hollenbach, 57, of Palmerton, pleaded in two pending cases before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

In the first case he pleaded to one count of aggravated indecent assault, a felony two. In the second matter, the case that dates back about 20 years, he pleaded to one count each of statutory sexual assault, felony two, endangering the welfare of a child, and corruption of minors, both misdemeanor ones.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Silberline Ltd., an affiliate of Silberline Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Lansford, producers of aluminum pigments, was saluted by the Scottish government as a "splendid example" of new firms bringing success to Scotland.

It has received the Queen's Award for Export Achievement.

At a ceremony in Leven, Fife, Scotland, Alex Fletcher, member of Parliament, presented the award to Ernest Scheller Jr., president of Silberline, simultaneously with the opening of a new 33,000-square-foot extension of the firm's manufacturing facility in Leven.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Seven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they then will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Tamaqua couple charged in the death of their 6-week-old son had their preliminary hearings scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer on Tuesday.

Alyssa Shellhammer, 23, and Joseph Kuhla, 22, both elected to waive their hearing and will now await a hearing date in Schuylkill County Court.

Shellhammer and Kuhla were charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment in connection with the sudden, unexpected death of their son, Bronx, on Feb. 5.

The charges were filed by Tamaqua Police Cpl. Henry Woods.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, Rush Township's Zoning Hearing Board granted variances that will allow applicant Joseph Sword, Quakake, to convert an existing residential structure at 202 Claremont Ave. (Route 309) into a branch real estate office on the first floor and a one-unit apartment on the second floor.

The property is just north of the intersection of Routes 309 and 54 on the east side of Route 309. The most recent use of the property was as a residence, with a 2,300-square-foot house on a 160-by-100-foot lot.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court in five pending criminal cases and was immediately sentenced to a county prison term.

He was one of six defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Nicholas Eternity Carullo, 21, of Palmerton, who also had a Pocono Mountain address, pleaded to two counts of receiving stolen property, and one count each of theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and access device fraud.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Only a pile of rubble stands where the Carbon County Fireman's Association drill tower had stood at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton. The 35-foot tower was demolished after being deemed unsafe by an engineering firm.

A 35-foot high, concrete training tower for firefighters in Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton was razed on Tuesday.

The drill tower is owned by the Carbon County Fireman's Association. It likely won't be replaced; at least not on the existing site.

John McArdle, president of the Carbon County Fireman's Association and fire chief in Nesquehoning, said the planning process will begin to construct a new training facility.

A new training facility could cost in excess of $1 million to build, he said.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
William "Bill" Rehrig

William "Bill" Rehrig never forgot his roots.

The Parryville native who went to Nashville and became affiliated with such major country music stars as the late Eddie Rabbitt, the late Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker, often returned home to visit family members and perform with local bands.

Rehrig, 75, of Franklin, Tennessee, died suddenly on July 17.

A memorial service will be held this evening in Tennessee.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, a Celebration of Life will be held at the West End Fire Company No. 2, 855 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Six defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Tyler Matthew Hosier, 22, of Palmerton, was arrested on Feb. 2 along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was 0.11 BAC.