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Saturday, April 2, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A plastic jar of "Tranquillity" bath salts, purchased for $40 cash at a Nesquehoning gas station. The jar, about the size of a container of lip-gloss, holds a scant half-teaspoon of the synthetic stimulant.

On March 24, John Eremus, 46, of Nesquehoning, armed with a high-powered rifle and allegedly hallucinating from the effects of a synthetic stimulant commonly known as "bath salts," held police at bay for two hours before surrendering.

On March 9, Ryan Foley, 25, of West Scranton, suffering from paranoia after ingesting bath salts, allegedly broke into a monastery and assaulted a priest, stabbing him in the hand and the face.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Minersville man found himself in the custody of Tamaqua Police twice last week.

Justin Neff, 25, a former Tamaqua resident, was cited on March 22 following a hit-and-run accident on Market Street in Tamaqua. Patrolman Michael Hobbs was on patrol at 11:50 a.m. when he observed a white Ford Focus traveling north on Market Street. The Ford struck a parked 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck, owned by Dorothy Deangelis of 15 Market St. The Ford continued traveling north.

Hobbs followed the Focus, which stopped on Biddle Street, and identified the driver as Neff.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From having been told by doctors that he would never see his 13 birthday, to becoming an international athlete, followed by what could only be called, an interesting life, now in retirement-of sorts-Glenara Gardens' overseer, George Boyce, is focused on developing a world-class garden of roses, lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises.

From having been told by doctors that he would never see his 13th birthday, to becoming an international athlete, followed by what could only be called, an interesting life, now in retirement of sorts, Glenara Gardens' overseer, George Boyce, is focused on developing a world-class garden of roses, lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises.

"As a child, I had rheumatic fever," Boyce said. "I missed out on a lot of the fun games of most kids because I was in and out of hospitals."

Saturday, April 2, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS George Boyce at Glenara Gardens at what he calls the E.T. tree, a Golden deodar cedar tree that framed the bicycle as it took flight in the movie E.T.

A seven-acre private gardens specializing in lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises, is open today to the public in Palmerton.

Visitors are invited for free self-guided tours of the Glenara Gardens at the home of George and Carol Boyce. It will be open for visitation daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Although Glenara is only three years old, it contains plants up to one hundred years old that have been selected, bred and relocated to Palmerton by the Boyces.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Bath salts," the synthetic stimulant 3, 4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, has been around for decades.

MDPV was developed in the 1960s, and has been used for the treatment of chronic fatigue, but caused problems of abuse and dependence.

Ÿ 1969: Boehringer Ingelheim files a patent application for MDPV.

Ÿ 2005: MDPV appears as a recreational drug; first mention on Drugs-Forum.

Ÿ 2007: First seizure of MDPV as a recreational drug, by customs officials in the German state of Saxony. The drug had been shipped from China.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ÿ The substances contained in these products have absolutely nothing in common with actual bath salts.

Ÿ "Bath salts" are snorted, injected or smoked which causes hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts.

Ÿ The salts, which are allegedly as powerful as methamphetamines, have already been banned in the European Union, Australia, Canada and Israel. In the United States, Florida, Utah, Vermont, Alabama, Louisiana and North Dakota have all recently banned the substances.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS CareNet of Carbon County recently held its 10th annual banquet. During the banquet. From left are, Debbie Balch, administrative assistant; Yvonne and Lloyd Stoudt, volunteers; Tharshini, Praiselynn and Roy Philip-Chandra Rajagopalan, clients; Cheryl Deutsch, anger management counselor; Susan DeMara, center director; Jillian Stone, Divine Debutantes counselor; and Joe Pellegrino, client.

Testimonies containing heartfelt stories of hardship or pain and ending with gratitude by the individuals for being given a new focus on life marked the 10th annual CareNet banquet held recently at Blue Mountain Community Church, Palmerton.

The faith-based nonprofit organization in Carbon County is fully funded by private donations from individuals and churches. Susan DeMara, center director; Cheryl Deutch, anger management counselor and Jillian Stone, leader of Divine Debutantes, assisted clients in giving their testimonies.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
 ANDREW LEIBENGUTH SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A water wheel, pond and newly sprouted green grass make for a pleasant scene on a property located on Water Wheel Road in New Ringgold.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Edward Eidem, 35, of 262 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which occurred on Dec. 25, 2010, at 1:43 p.m. outside 23 E. Ridge St. Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed by Officer Christopher M. Ondrus. According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

At 1:43 a.m. Christmas Day, Ondrus was dispatched to a domestic incident at 23 E. Ridge St., Apt. A. Upon arrival he was approached by the caller, a Tom Staruch, and Jonathan Oakes, both of whom witnessed the incident.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Feeser Construction Company, Schuylkill Haven, has submitted the unofficial low bid for construction of the Mauch Chunk Creek Watershed project between Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill. The Schuylkill County firm submitted a bid of $538,549.05, the lowest of five received. Dick Edwards, Lansford, cahirman of the Soil Conservation District, expressed elation that the bid was within estimates and that the project is now off the ground after planning of over a decade.