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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Rush Township Police will file charges against a Hazleton man following an incident at the Hometown Commons Wal-mart on Wednesday.

Jamie R. Roman, 32, allegedly stole several items from the retail store. The incident was reported at 3:15 a.m.

Roman will be cited for retail theft and receiving stolen property.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Jim Thorpe Olympians Track Team and Native Americans celebrated Jim Thorpe's Birthday in front of Jim Thorpe's mausoleum in 2008. Two members of Jim Thorpe's family are suing for the return of Jim Thorpe's remains. A reported 11 other heirs are objecting. The borough of Jim Thorpe is caught in the middle.

With the passing of John "Jack" Thorpe on Feb. 22, 2011, an already confusing and protracted lawsuit became even further confusing and protracted, with every hint of becoming even further confusing and protracted.

In June 2010, Jack Thorpe, the youngest of Jim Thorpe's children with his second wife Freeda Kirkpatrick, sued the borough of Jim Thorpe in United States District Court, citing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. The suit contended that Jack Thorpe, as a lineal descendant, had a legal claim to his father's remains.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Parryville Council plans to dedicate the playground to Carl Wolter III be held on Aug. 11. From left are, Sharon Keiser, Council vice president; Jennifer Borger, council member; Carl Wolter III, Mike Grant, council president; Maddie Wolter, daughter; Shannon Wolter, Carl's wife; Parryville Mayor Dean Emrey, Cathy Hawk, council member.

The community of Parryville recently recognized one of their own outstanding athletes, Carl Wolter III, by adopting a resolution to rename a playground after him.

Wolter, who grew up in Parryville, won the state javelin title while at Lehighton and at Penn State, he became an All-American in Track and Field. He became the javelin record holder in the Big Ten Conference.

Now Wolter is known for his award-winning long drives on the golf course. In both 2002 and 2011, he earned the title of RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Lehighton man was cited by Rush Township Police on Friday, after he was found in an extremely inebriated condition on Claremont Avenue.

Barry Rausch, 41, was found sitting on the road at 11:40 a.m. Due to his condition, he was transported to St. Luke's University Hospital - Miner's Campus, Coaldale, for treatment.

He will be cited for public drunkenness.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter depends on volunteers to help Debbie Craver, animal warden, second from left; care for the dogs. Volunteers from left, are Tom Zimmerman IV; Craver; Dan Hogue; Marianne Rustad; and Amanda Jordan. With the volunteers are adoptable pets, Luna, a 6-month-old pitbull, left; Lennon, a 6-week-old black Labrador mix, center; and Cinnamon, a 6-year-old pitbull.

Carbon County Animal Shelter needs your help.

To help offset the annual costs $92,000 the county depends on donations from the community and funding from the state to close the budget gap, but a weak economy has caused funding sources to dry up and less donations to be given.

That's why Tom Zimmerman IV, a volunteer at the shelter and a concerned citizen, is organizing a volunteer group to raise money for the shelter to cover expenses.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Barbara Searfoss, 76, Jim Thorpe: "I used to work making french fries. There was a man by the name of Pat Gallagher who had bingo every Tuesday and Saturday nights at Memorial Park. They had some stands outside as well as inside. I'd go up in the afternoon and peel a 50-pound bag of potatoes, then I'd put them through the french fry machine. Then I'd come back at night and fry them and sell them. I also made sundaes in the ice cream section. It was fun."

"What was your favorite summer job as a teenager?'

Saturday, July 14, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Among those attending the Youth Services Agency of PA Community Appreciation Day just outside of the Alpine Bakery on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township were, left to right: Greg Yeager, Regional Director YSA of PA; Jack Natafalusy, Food Service Director YSA of PA; and State Sen. Dave Argall.

In recognition of its long standing commitment to community involvement and service, the Youth Services Agency of Pennsylvania held a Community Appreciation Day outside of the Alpine Bakery on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.

Those attending the event enjoyed free food and refreshments including hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fruit salad, sodas, and snacks.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are organizing their first free Community Donation Drop-Off and Giveaway event on Saturday July 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Volunteers are asking residents to drop off all types of appliance and furniture donations. Volunteers ask that all donations be in working condition. Some donations consist of beds, dressers, washers, dryers, refrigerators and anything else you want to donate.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The district attorney's office of Schuylkill County has filed an objection in the county court to the petition filed by a Tamaqua couple seeking return of property seized by police under a search warrant.

Frederick A. and Annette B. Postie have asked the court to return the property seized at their residence at 626 Fairview Street, claiming their rights protected under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution were violated.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hemlock Bridge in Towamensing Township, between Owl Creek Road and Forest Street, will be closed starting July 13 until further notice.

Lora Nothstein, township secretary, said the bridge is being closed for safety reasons.