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Monday, June 24, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Trooper 1st Class Shannon M. Yorke, left, of the Hazleton barracks of the Pa. State Police, speaks during a Nesquehoning Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting with Mayor Tony Walck, center, and borough police officer Brian White.

Nesquehoning Neighborhood Crime Watch members were given a talk on "sustaining your gang prevention efforts."

The main speaker was Trooper 1st Class Shannon M. Yorke of the Hazleton barracks of the state police.

In charge of the meeting was Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck. Also in attendance was patrolman Brian White of the borough's police department.

About a dozen Crime Watch members attended the meeting.

Trooper Yorke reviewed anti-gang strategies.

Monday, June 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tina Marie Enweiler, 31, of North Carolina, was injured during a one-vehicle accident shortly after noon on Sunday on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County.

A North Carolina woman miraculously survived a violent one-car accident at about 12:30 p.m. yesterday on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County.

According to state police, Marie Enweiler, 31, of Randelman, N.C., was driving north on Interstate 81. After she lost control of her car, the vehicle hit a traffic attenuator, then went 216 feet down a grassy embankment, hit a guide rail along the westbound lane of Morea Road, went airborne end-over-end 97 feet and came to rest after striking an eastbound guide rail.

The incident occurred near the borders of Mahanoy and Ryan Township.

Monday, June 24, 2013

More than 400 cars, mostly antique vehicles, are expected to be on display during the 11th annual Lehighton Auto Show at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

There is no judging of vehicles.

"It's just a fun day to come and show your car," said George Hahn, president of the Lehighton Auto Show.

"We have a good number of national winners and grand national winners coming to the show," he reported.

They are winners from competitions involving the Antique Auto Club of America.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Another appeal for financial support was issued by the Diligence Fire Company No. 1 of Summit Hill.

Paul Yuricheck, financial secretary, said the 2013 fund drive, which began in March, is still underway.

He said there were 1,460 letters mailed to borough families and businesses, with 640 - less than 44 percent - being answered.

Yuricheck said the fire company set a goal of $30,000 at the beginning of the fund drive and at the present time it is doubtful that amount will be reached.

Monday, June 24, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The house at 524 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, where Jeffrey Gangaware barricaded himself from about midnight Sunday until about 7:25 a.m. Monday.

A man armed with a 9 mm pistol and a shotgun at 524 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, allegedly kept his girlfriend captive for hours and held police at bay from about midnight Sunday until about 7:25 this morning.

Jefferey Allan Gangaware, 51, whose address was given as 226 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale, was charged with aggravated and simple assault with weapons involved; and unlawful restraint, said Police Chief John Turcmanovich.

He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford, and jailed under $100,000 cash bail.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A naturalist will guide a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, north of Mount Carmel, at 12:30 p.m. on July 6, weather permitting. This hike is 8 miles in length, moderate in difficulty, and is on a hardened trail and passes by two large reservoirs.

Hikers will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located on Rt 42 below Aristes. Register at (570) 467-2506 or dcnr.pa.og under the calendar of events. Dogs must be leased and get along with people and other pets.

Monday, June 24, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle and borough resident Ann Fauzio take part in christening new 103-foot ladder truck which was dedicated by Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 on Saturday.

A 103-foot aerial, which was built in its home town, was dedicated on Saturday by the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1.

The truck was built by the KME Corporation, located about a mile away from the fire company.

One of the speakers at the event, State Representative Doyle Heffley, remarked, "When folks in China want to buy a good truck, the come half-way around the world to KME in Nesquehoning. Here, they just go to the other end of town."

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly at the park in memory of the late Marshall Miller.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Keith A. Reber, 49, Orwigsburg, went on trial before a jury in Schuylkill County court before Judge Charles M. Mller on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful restrain, recklessly endangering another person, tampering with evidence, and possession of firearms with altered numbers.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education center, will present "Bats: Fact and Fiction" at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. on July 6.

She will have a live bat to share, and will talk about their unique anatomy, habits and diet, and how White Nose Syndrome is affecting the bat population. After the program, she will use a bat detector to listen to and identify bats in the park. For more information call (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.