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Saturday, August 2, 2014

A burglar who broke into a Shenandoah home got away with police uniforms from three departments.

The thief forced open a locked front porch window of Mary and Jason Drumheller's home between noon June 8 and 2 p.m. Friday, according to state police at Frackville.

He or she ransacked the house and stole the uniforms, from Ashland and Frackville borough and Butler Township police departments.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

When the USS Constellation pulled into the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam in the early morning hours of Aug. 5, 1964, it was a day like almost every other.

The weather was hot and sticky from the humid summer season, and as the sun rose that morning, the Naval pilots began operations, taking to the air in planes and fighter jets as others worked to maintain the 1,062-foot Naval aircraft carrier.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

In 1965, Robert Turnicky received a letter from Uncle Sam, "inviting" him to come for a physical.

At the time, Turnicky was totally against the Vietnam War.

"But I felt it was my patriotic duty to serve," he says.

Born and raised in Doylestown, he graduated from Central Bucks High School in 1963 and was working as a meat cutter. He had just had a hernia operation, was experiencing stomach problems and suffered with allergies. He was rejected.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
John Woginrich

Envision, for a moment, what it must have been like to be 21 years old and stationed in a foreign land.

Forty-five years ago, John Woginrich, then a young, bright-eyed upstart, didn't have to imagine how such a scenario would unfold.

He lived it.

Nearly a half-century later, Woginrich didn't hesitate when asked if he'd go back to battle in the name of our country's freedom.

No questions asked.

Upon graduating from Lehighton Area High School in 1966, Woginrich enlisted in the service in April 1968, at which time he went for helicopter training.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Joe Shamonsky, now of Hometown, holds a photograph of him receiving his Purple Heart from Brig. Gen. Glenn Collins at Fort Sam Houston.

At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Joe Shamonsky wasn't the best candidate for an Army medic. Medics, identifiable because of special insignia and the medical bag they carried, were targets the enemy sought to eliminate.

Fifty years after his service in Vietnam, Shamonsky still has problems with the skin around his elbows.

"Crawl, crawl, seemed like all I did in boot camp was practice the low crawl," Shamonsky said, recalling his days at Fort Gordon, Georgia. "Long distances, day after day."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Electronics recycling in the borough of Summit Hill will be Aug. 13. Items must be out at the curb the night before.

Included in the event are: televisions, computers, keyboards, monitors, etc. All televisions must be in one piece with no parts removed or they will not be taken.

This will be a curbside pickup for Summit Hill residents only.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kevin Kane of Nesquehoning put a message onto his iPads. The message was merely to contact him at his phone number.

That one-sentence prompt resulted in the arrest of a man who police say burglarized his home.

The suspect, Marc Joseph DiGilio, 27, of South Second Street, Lehighton, had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford. Instead, he waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Those charges are burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Vern Arndt

While the controversies of Vietnam may continue to be discussed and dissected, certain facets, such as why we got involved in the first place, remain clear to some.

"We were fighting against the spread of communism. We served our country by writing a check for our lives in service," said Vern Arndt, who spent 19 months of active duty serving in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. "The war was controversial then also, but we went and did our jobs."

Saturday, August 2, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania State Police troopers John Corrigan, center, and Brian Silliman, right, show children at the Western Pocono Community Library's summer reading program what they bring to a crime scene to find evidence and record it.

A crime has been committed. The police are on the scene, looking for clues and evidence. This is a job for forensics.

That's when a highly trained group of experts arrives at the scene. For the Pennsylvania State Police department, that would be the Forensic Service Unit.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A micro-surface project on a stretch of Route 209 in Franklin and Towamensing townships is set to begin Aug. 11, according to PennDOT.

The $277,572 contract, awarded to Suit-Kote Corporation of Pittsburgh, stipulates travel lanes will not be affected between 6 and 9 a.m. or 3 to 7 p.m.