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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed over the past weekend charged with running his pickup truck into a group of teenagers, seriously injuring two of them.

State police at Frackville said George Leonard Klipola, 38, of Middleport, has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated and simple assault and other charges stemming from an incident that occurred between 4 and 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/TIMES NEWS A female hiker is loaded onto an ambulance gurney after sustaining a fall at Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, yesterday afternoon. By the time the rescue of the girl was complete, there were a total of three injuries including a firefighter involved in the rescue.

It started as a simple rescue event at Glen Onoko Falls yesterday afternoon, but by the time it ended three hours later there were a total of three injuries.

The chain of events unfolded about 3 p.m. when it was reported a 19-year-old female needed rescue from the second falls. Glen Onoko, located in Jim Thorpe, is comprised of three falls at different altitudes.

The first report was that a female injured an ankle. Then, it was reported a second person was injured. Finally, a firefighter involved in the rescue reportedly injured an ankle.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS John Celia of Faith Drive in West Penn Township puts his finger in a small bullet hole. Celia said the bullet might have struck him if it would have continued its trajectory, instead of stopping when it hit the drywall.

Several homeowners living in The Pines at West Penn housing development in New Ringgold were surprised to discover multiple bullet holes in the sides of their homes after someone sprayed the area with bullets around 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Currently, only a few homes located on Revelation Drive and Faith Drive in the development suffered bullet-hole damage.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Join the Tuscarora State Park naturalist at 1 p.m., on July 2, for a hike to Wolf Creek Falls in Saint Clair.

Participants will meet at the north end of the Wal-Mart parking lot off Route 61 in the Coal Creek Commerce Center. The hike is five miles and is rated difficult.

Hikers will travel up the mountain to Wolf Creek Reservoir and beyond to the falls.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A residence in Carbon County has been inundated with a feral cat colony and area organizations are looking to help solve the growing problem.

Diane Sharpless of Cats Peek Rescue and a member of the Carbon County Animal Response Team, explained the organizations were made aware of the situation earlier this month.

She said the feral cat colony in question is due to a tenant on a farm being evicted from the property. The tenant left the cats behind.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Ad Hoc Building Committee of Lansford Borough will meet at 6:30 tonight in the American Fire Co., 26 E. Patterson St. The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thirteen area residents were among 81 who were arraigned Monday in the district attorney's office at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were.

Amy M. Merenda, 24, of 57 Shady Lane, Barnesville, charged by Mahanoy City Officer Jonathan McHugh, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (CS).

Leonard Anthony Usalis, 50, of 104 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, charged by Shenandoah Patrolman Michael O'Neill, with retail theft of merchandise valued at $12 from Turkey Hill MIni Mart.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Two former Weissport Council members didn't have nice things to say to each other during the council meeting held Monday night.

Tommy McEvilly, who was a council member from 2007 to 2009, taking Dennis Moser's spot on council after Moser resigned in 2007, complained about the way maintenance is being done in the borough. Moser is the current borough worker.

McEvilly took Moser to task for not mowing the ponding area on his property for the past two years and for failing to mow the levee and not having a large tree removed that fell on the levee.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeremy Thomas (front, center) recently earned his Eagle Scout Award. Attending the ceremony were (front, left to right) his mother, Donna Thomas and Chris Santore, Scout Master Troop 744 (back, left to right) his father, Morgan Thomas, Scott Wingert, Scout Master Troop 82, and Joe Trimmel, past Scout Master Troop 744.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was recently held at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Tamaqua to honor Jeremy Scott Thomas. Thomas, a member of the Nesquehoning Scout Troop 744 and a former member of Lehighton Troop 82, earned his Eagle award after completing refurbishing work at the church, which also houses the Tamaqua Adult Daycare Center. Thomas is a member of the congregation, as well.

"The church needed the help," said Thomas. "They had to close the daycare because of the problems."