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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Nesquehoning father and son, who previously admitted their part in the smuggling of illegal drugs into the county prison by using inmates' mail, were sentenced Monday in Carbon County court the father to a state prison, the son to probation.

Kermit Sponheimer, 60, was sentenced to serve 24 to 60 months in a state prison by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II on a single count of criminal attempt-possession of contraband at the prison.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A year after his death, the memory of Msgr. Agnello Angelini was honored with a ceremony on the church steps of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, New Columbus, Nesquehoning, dedicating the street that leads to the church as Angelini Avenue. The Rev. Bruno Tucci, now pastor of the church, served as master of ceremonies. There was a glowing tribute to the late priest by Mrs. Susan Greco, who said, "He was a compassionate man and taught us how to be compassionate."

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representing Lehighton AMVETS – Elwood Miller Post 106 – Commander Robert Rehnert recently recognized the winners of the 2011 – 2012 Americanism Contests. Pictured front row, left to right, are third grade poster contest winners Lily McDonough, First Place ; Lindsay Rohlfing, Second Place ; and Damon Shumway, Third Place . Back row, left to right, are Rehnert and seventh grade essay contest winner Matthew Strubinger, Third Place . Missing from the photo are essay contest winners Miguel Gonzales, First Place and Amy McConnell, Second Place.

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, recently recognized the winners of the 2011 – 2012 Americanism Contests. This year's theme for both the poster and essay contests was "I am proud to be an American because …"

Third grade poster contest winners are First Place – Lily McDonough, Shull-David Elementary School ; Second Place – Lindsay Rohlfing, SS. Peter and Paul School ; and Third Place – Damon Shumway, Shull-David Elementary School .

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Carbon County man, who previously pleaded guilty in five pending criminal cases involving theft and related counts, was sentenced to a county prison term Monday.

He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to appear before Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass for sentencing.

Various incidents

Scott Heffelfinger, 24, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total of 10 to 23 months in prison on three counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of authorized use of a automobile. Receiving falls under the theft statute.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Midspring colors come to life inside a primitive farm wagon along Route 309 in New Tripoli, 15 miles south of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Ernest Troy Freeby

Ernest Troy Freeby was sentenced Monday in Carbon County court to a term of life without the possibility of parole for the murder of his wife.

Freeby, 36, of Lansford, maintained his innocence of the crime a jury panel convicted him of on Jan. 30, following a three-week trial, one of the longest ever in the history of the county court.

In fact, Freeby told President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to "sentence me to f- death," adding he favored that rather than spending the rest of his life in prison for a crime he claims he didn't commit.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After accepting nearly $300,000 in bids for road repairs and general maintenance at Monday evening's West Penn Township Board of Supervisors meeting, supervisors had to kill a motion to hire fulltime road crew workers because they were deadlocked in their decision, and no third person was there to moderate the situation.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Thursday, May 17, 8 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., THE TIMES NEWS, 594 Blakeslee Blvd W, Lehighton. Call 610-377-2051.

Sunday, May 20, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Zion Stone Church, 45 Cemetery Road, New Ringgold. Call 570-386-3689.

Monday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rite Aid - Tamaqua, 205 Center St., Tamaqua. Call 570-668-6989.

Tuesday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Weona Park, Route 512, Pen Argyl. Call 610-863-7281.

For more information, call 800-223-6667 or the MKBC website at GIVEaPINT.org.

Monday, May 14, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police from two counties converged on Palmerton late Saturday night after a report of an armed robbery at the Pyramid restaurant at 548 Mauch Chunk Road. Palmerton Police were dispatched at 9:37 p.m. to a report of a female being robbed at gunpoint after a lone male, described as being in his 20s, between 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with a thin build, brown hair, blue eyes, and dressed in all black with a black covering over his face, brandished a handgun and robbed the business. Police searched the railroad bed behind the restaurant and the surrounding area but came up empty-handed.

Monday, May 14, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford police are looking for this man (in the white T-shirt) in connection with a theft on April 20 from the Panther Valley Lumber store. Police said the man stole a LUFKIN brick mason ruler. The packaging that the ruler was in was left in the aisle by the suspect.