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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Jay Abelovsky

Mahoning Township police have charged a man with stealing jewelry from his parents and selling it.

Jay Abelovsky, 25, of Mahoning Township was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Police said that on July 1, a resident of Jamestown Street reported jewelry had been stolen from her home.

Police determined that the Abelovsky had stolen and sold the jewelry.

The stolen items were recovered by police at a gold and coin store in Lehighton.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Joe Snedeker is going to be pedaling his way into Palmerton on Monday, July 22 and the town will be rolling out its red carpet for WNEP's celebrity weatherman as he bikes to raise money for St. Joseph's Center.

Snedeker will bike through much of the WNEP viewing area on his 16th annual "Go Joe" nearly 500-mile bike ride for St. Joseph's Center, starting Monday.

Communities along the way, like Palmerton, are creating a festival atmosphere, and fans are invited to join Joe and the WNEP family at these locations to make a donation.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
SHERRI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anthony Collevechio, left, and Manny Lanzos assemble a stand in preparation of the 79th annual St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill.

Friday night marks the opening of the 79th annual St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church community festival in Summit Hill and several workers braved the staggering heat throughout the week to begin setting up for the event.

The decades-old event draws visitors from near and far who enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a good old-fashioned block party.

The fun begins Friday at 6 p.m. complete with games, rides, food and entertainment provided by YMI Duo.

Things heat up on Saturday with a horseshoe tournament beginning at 11 a.m.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Chestnuthill Township Supervisors Chris Eckert, left; Chuck Gould, chairman, second from right; and Dave Fleetwood, vice chairman, right; present a resolution to West End Volunteer Fire Police Chief Raymond Achey "in recognition and commendation from the supervisors for his meritorious actions." On May 16, Achey was traveling on Route 715 and observed a light in the woods. He stopped to investigate and found a riderless motorcycle. He notified 911. Despite his own medical challenges, Achey located the rider, who had been injured, and was responsible for his rescue.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was struck by a tractor with trailer rig early this morning and killed.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 1:16 a.m. along SR209, about a quarter-mile north of Anderson Street in Port Carbon borough.

The victim was identified as Sean Malone, 40, of Port Carbon. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Joseph Pothering.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Only 10 absentee ballots were requested from the five Schuylkill County precincts located in the north eastern part of the county to cast votes for nominating candidates for the Hazleton Area School District in a special election to be held on Tuesday, July 23.

County Election Director Frannie Brennan reported four requests for absentee ballots were received from registered voters of McAdoo, First Precinct; five from McAdoo, Second Precinct; four from Kline Township, and one from North Union Township. No requests came from East Union Township;

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A heating project for Coaldale Fire Company was ordered rebid by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville because the low bidder withdrew his bid.

The program is being funded by the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Gary Bender, who manages the program, informed the commissioners that Rosenberger Plumbing and Heating Inc., of Pottsville, which submitted the lowest bid of $44,000, withdrew.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Getting wet during a water strength test are, from left, Eric Nelson, Nick Hollenbach, Dave Herring Jr. and Ray Swartz. These volunteer firefighters with the Tamaqua American Hose Company didn't let the current heat wave prevent them from their weekly training Tuesday. High temperatures for the area are expected to remain in the 90s today, Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, in vehicle, talks with fire police Captain Bob Schlorf and Patrolman Anthony Stanell about the downed pole that caused 150 PPL customers around Owl Creek in Tamaqua to be without power last evening, as well as the closure of Owl Creek Road. "The pole appeared to have fallen on its own," said Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, who added that there was no evidence related to other causes. Fire police closed the 200 block of Owl Creek Road during the response. PPL restored power within a few hours.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tanya Hosier

Two individuals were charged by Mahoning Township Police with the fraudulent return of a vacuum cleaner and a set of pots and pans at Wal-Mart along Route 443.

Tanya Hosier, 34, and Jeffrey Wentz, 45, both of Mahoning Township, have been charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy retail theft.

Police said Hosier used her driver's license during the return of the merchandise, which assisted police in the identification of the two suspects.