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Monday, October 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

No serious injuries were reported following a head-on crash that occurred around 9 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of SR443 south east and SR309 in West Penn Township. The two drivers were Sherwood Handelong Jr., Weissport, driving a black Chevy Cobalt, and Alexis Dolena, New Tripoli, driving a blue Honda Civic. Responding in addition to West Penn police were West Penn Fire Company and fire police.

Monday, October 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (C Company, 1st Battalion, CAB, 109th Infantry Regiment) pose for a photo during the briefing formation held Saturday in preparation for Tuesday morning's deployment.

"We are proud and honored to be representing the patriotic families and communities of centeral and northeastern Pennsylvania," said First Sergeant Michael Schmid, during a deployment formation held Saturday for area soldiers deploying with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (Company C, 1st Battalion, CAB, 109th Infantry Regiment, PAARNG) in Hometown.

"They are giving us our freedom," said Joe Shamonsky, Commander, Lansford American Legion Post 123, and a member of the Lansford Legion Riders, who also attended the briefing.

Monday, October 8, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Alyssa Bartelt, 15, a member of St. Francis of Assissi Church in Nesquehoning, is the 2012 Rose Queen for the Shower of Roses held Sunday in New Columbus. Bartelt rides in convertible during a procession at the conclusion of the event.

It was more than just the celebration of Saint Therese in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning yesterday that brought joy to the Catholic faithful.

It was that the festivities marked the rebirth of a decades-old tradition, the Shower of Roses.

Hundreds of people attended the first such event in four years since the consolidation occurred of three Catholic churches in Nesquehoning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

The highlight was the coronation of Alyssa Bartelt, 15, a sophomore at Panther Valley High School, as the 2012 Rose Queen.

Monday, October 8, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Carol Copeland, former chairman of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission.

Clay Andrews, who lives on Penn Forest Road South, asked Towamensing Township supervisors on Oct. 4 if speed limit or children playing signs can be placed on the road. Everyone on the road had signed petitions requesting a 25-mile-per-hour sign.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said the problem is enforcement. Stable Road's limit was lowered to 35 mph but few obey the signs.

Solicitor Tom Nanovic said it would have to be done by ordinance or the state police cannot enforce it.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Excitement prevailed at the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in Mauch Chunk for a time when a Carbon Transit Car ran away on the hill leading to the Lehigh Valley Bridge. The car jumped the track at the curve and proceeded down the roadway. Its flight was stopped when it bumped against a concrete retaining wall. None of the five passengers were injured, but they suffered slightly from the shock. Motorman Al Yenser was in charge of the car. A broken brake permitted the car to run away.

Monday, October 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tunneling through fall foliage is the connection between West White Bear Drive in Summit Hill and Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Harrisburg - In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information to holders of small games of chance licenses, lawmakers from Northampton and Lehigh counties are hosting a Small Games of Chance Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6-9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at the Blue Mountain Fish and Game Association in Walnutport.

Lawmakers hosting the event include Reps. Julie Harhart (R-Slatington), Gary Day (R-New Tripoli), Joe Emrick (R-Mt. Bethel), Marcia Hahn (R-Nazareth), Ryan Mackenzie (R-Emmaus) and Justin Simmons (R-Bethlehem).

Monday, October 8, 2012

Three area residents were among 33 who were qualified by District Attorney Karen Byrne Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation program for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime.

At a hearing in the Schuylkill County courthouse recently, Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program.

All were placed for a year.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Four area residents were among nine who were sentenced by Schuylkill County judges on criminal charges.

Joseph James Forster II, 34, of 425 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m., with credit for having served 21 days. On a charge of criminal mischief was fined $100.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Coaldale Borough has filed a civil suit in Schuylkill County court against an absent property owner, claiming the structure is not fit for human occupancy, and is seeking court help to remedy the problem.

The suit is against Lisa M. O'Brien, of 38 Leisenring St., Lansford. According to the borough's code enforcement officer, the structure, located at 132 Ridge St., is in a state of disrepair and unfit for human occupancy, is unsafe and found to be dangerous to the health and safety to the general public.