Sunday, November 23, 2014

Local News

Thursday, June 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police Officer Brian Horos and Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick hold three parking meters uprooted by thieves in the area of 120 W. Ridge Street early in the morning of May 25.

Lansford police have a lead on the persons responsible for pulling three parking meters out of the ground in the area of 120 W. Ridge Street early in the morning of May 25.

Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick said the meters were dragged across the street and left in a vacant lot. The heads of another four meters were smashed and whatever money was in them stolen.

What the vandals didn't know was that they were being videotaped during the crime, which happened at about 1:40 a.m. that morning, he said.

"We believe we know who at least one of them is," Soberick said.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Rev. David H. Knoebel will be honored for 50 years in ordained ministry during a service Sunday at St. John's United Church of Christ, Tamaqua.

A Tamaqua man who spent 50 years in ordained ministry will be honored during a service on Sunday and the public is invited to attend.

The career of the Rev. David H. Knoebel will be celebrated during a service set for 3 p.m. on June 5 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 150 Pine Street, Tamaqua.

From the start, Knoebel seemed destined for a career in service to his fellow man.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A group of sixth graders walk with their class for the American Cancer Society's Relay at the Panther Valley Middle School.

The Panther Valley Middle School surpassed its goal for the American Cancer Society Relay. The goal of $2600 was set and with the penny wars, dress down in the high school and dress down in the middle school, they raised $4005.10.

The penny war winners were: sixth grade-Mrs. McBride, seventh grade Mrs. Williams. eighth grade- Mrs. Powell. The most money collected winners were: sixth grade -Mr. Evanko, seventh grade- Mr. DePuy and eighth grade- Ms. Laird.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
The American Legion led the marchers in the parade followed by the 12th Philippine Division re-enactors.

The steady, slow rhythm of a drum announced the nearness of the Memorial Day parade in Slatington. After visiting cemeteries in the early morning, the Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion formed a parade at the post home and led it to the Fairview Cemetery for the memorial program.

Among the marchers were members of the Legion, police, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Northern Lehigh High School band, a NOVA ambulance and re-enactors of the 12th Philippine Division of World War II dressed in the uniform of 1941. It was Todd Leibenguth of the re-enactors who beat the drum.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Doctors sued

Christopher and Michelle Johnson, 1235 Spruce St., Johnstown, has filed a civil complaint against John Manzella, D.O., the Manzella Family Healthcare, Edward D. Manzella, M.D., Victor Manzella, M.D., all of 1353 SR903, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township.

The filing states that the action is a professional liability claim for treatment of Mrs. Johnson. All the defendants are brothers, the suit notes.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three of the four vehicles involved in a fatal accident in Tamaqua Wednesday.

A Lehighton woman was killed and her husband airlifted as a result of a violent crash that occurred at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday in Tamaqua that closed SR309 near the Hess Express gas station for about five hours.

Traffic was backed up in all directions while Tamaqua firefighters and Tamaqua Rescue volunteers used the hydraulic extrication equipment to remove the doors and panels off the couple's SUV.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Alan Thompson of Roccograndi Construction Co. displays a tile from the front facade of the 1916 Scheid's Department Store building, 24-26 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, where a large-scale facade restoration project has begun. According to documentation in the Tamaqua National Historic District inventory of resources, the building's white glazed terra cotta tiles may be the work of noted Pottsville architect F.X. Reilly. The historic, four-story building, currently occupied by Tire Pros, also includes a baked enamel storefront and granite cornices.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A former municipal police chief accused of hindering an FBI investigation into the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in prison after a federal judge rejected calls for more time as "overly harsh."

The sentence given to former Shenandoah Police Chief Matthew Nestor was well below the 57 to 71 months recommended by federal probation officials.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Schuylkill Township employees will have something to look forward to in their next paychecks. Supervisors voted to approve raises for all of the township employees, including the road crew, secretary, police chief, and code enforcement officer.

"We have to thank all the employees," said chairman Linda DeCindio. "They were due for these raises in January, but they agreed to a freeze until we could wait and see what we had come in taxes."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mauch Chunk Trust celebrated the 2011 Community Heroes on Friday, May 27. Pictured, from left, are branch manager Sharon Cimino; and heroes Geraldine "Geri" Haas, Wayne W. Wentz, George H. Duell Jr., and Otto Barbush.