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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ryan Heiser

A man who allegedly burglarized the home of a Lehighton fire chief three days after the chief had died has waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Ryan Thomas Heiser, 29, who had lived next door to the fire chief, was scheduled to appear before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, and theft.

After waiving the hearing, he was remanded to Monroe County Prison where he is being held on unrelated charges.

Thursday, June 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla Offen, president of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary, introduced Kristen Romano, 2011 recipient of the Nancy G. Mendsen Medical Career Award and Kevin Seemiller, 2011 recipient of the Dan and Mary Shook Nursing Award, at the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary Annual Dinner Meeting.

"While for most of the year we work in the background, this evening is our night to shine. We celebrate all of our hard work and our accomplishments throughout the past year. Welcome everyone to the annual dinner meeting of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary," said Auxiliary President Priscilla Offen as a greeting to the event's guests. The dinner was held in the Blue Mountain Health System's (BMHS) Palmerton campus's cafeteria.

Thursday, June 30, 2011
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Congratulating former Lehighton Borough Manager John Hanosek (center) on receiving the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award are (left to right) 2009-2011 Lehighton Rotary Club President Barbara Belón; District Governor-Elect Paul "Budd" O'Malia; Past District Governor Dick Wagner; and 2011-2012 Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery.

On Tuesday evening, Rotary Club of Lehighton recognized former Lehighton Borough Manager John Hanosek with the Paul Harris Fellow Award. The dinner took place at Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Three new zoning ordinances were unanimously adopted by Polk Township Supervisors though not without general discussion between residents and board members.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Berks County deputy sheriff, who was shot while serving an arrest warrant, and the person wanted in the warrant, were killed in a gunfight last night.

State police at Reading said deputy Kyle Pagerly, 28, was flown from the scene to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was pronounced dead. Also killed in the incident was Matthew Connor, 25.

Troopers said the incident occurred in the first block of Pine Swamp Road in Albany Township, near the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Visitors from far away as Maine took part in the annual Poker Run and community block party held Saturday at the West Penn Rod & Gun Club in Clamtown. One of the attractions was this 1,100 pound Boss Hoss BHC-3 motorcycle which runs on a liquid-cooled 5700cc Chevrolet Corvette V-8 engine.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Selinsgrove man received a 20 to 80 year sentence for rape of a nine year old McAdoo child and a Lansford man a sentence of one two years for burglary, in sentences handed down by Schuylkill County judges. Both previously had entered guilty pleas to the charges.

David H. Miller, 22, was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes for the rape charges and John Elvin Bartenope, 34, of 43 Centre St., Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Albrightsville man owes a big restitution bill stemming from a driving under the influence (DUI) incident.

Christopher A. Nodzo, 48, appeared before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass on Tuesday for sentencing on one count of DUI. He previously entered a guilty plea but sentencing was deferred due to a dispute over restitution.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 11, at the Schuylkill Medical Center-South. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The monthly meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Council went off later this month due to the untimely death of one of its council members, Frank DiMiceli. Also absent was councilman David Hawk. Council is now accepting names to replace DiMiceli's seat.