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Monday, December 17, 2012

An attempted homicide suspect is still missing in Schuylkill County, and police said he is armed and dangerous. McAdoo Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Victor Luis Rivera, 29, of Lehigh Valley, around 1 a.m. Sunday on SR309 in Schuylkill County. Rivera is wanted for attempted homicide near Easton in Lehigh County in October. Police said during the stop, Rivera drove off the road and crashed. He then ran into a wooded area and got away. Officers found drugs in the car.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts it asked to call 911.

Monday, December 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Christina Kisner, 12, rearranged luminaria in front of the Tamaqua Salvation Army to form a star. They were originally placed in front of the Salvation Army as part of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network's Night of Luminaria. She said she did it to remember the 26 students and school staff killed by a gunman Friday morning in Newtown, Connecticut.

Monday, December 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS In addition to toys, over 500 families were given hams from the Tamaqua Salvation Army during the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Carbon County Toys For Tots distribution held over the weekend at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Lehighton. The Eastern Schuylkill County Toys For Tots, Angel Tree and food distribution is set for Wednesday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Along with a few other Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers, Frank Tongue of Lansford, woke up at 4 a.m. on Saturday to load over 500 hams for Carbon County's Toys For Tots distribution.
Monday, December 17, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Children and adults excitedly greet Summit Hill's special guest this past Saturday when Santa Claus arrived at the Ginter Field in the hilltop community for breakfast and to learn what the town's youngsters want for Christmas.

About sixty youngsters and their parents took advantage of the calm but cold weather Saturday morning to attend Christmas on the Hill which began as Santa Claus flew into town with some assistance by PennStar as there was no snow on the ground just yet. After greeting the children at the Ginter Field, Santa and his helpers with the Summit Hill Recreation Commission invited the children back to the Hilltop Community Center for a breakfast, a formal visit with Santa and a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" compliments of their Northern visitor.

Monday, December 17, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ametek (West Chester Plastics and Haveg Plant) of Nesquehoning collected toys again this year to be donated to Toys for Tots in Lehighton and Tamaqua. Also donated was a check for $46 dollars from the Polka Brothers to be used for the cause. From the left are John Hajcak, shipping department; Julie Hoffman, FPP tech; Gloria Flynn, FPP tech; and Sherry Sinclair, HR manager. The plant has been gathering toys for the past 10 years for the Toys for Tots. More than 200 toys were collected this year.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Joseph Paul Hull, 21, of Kunkletown, died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday on State Route 534, Kunkletown, Polk Township, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said he was the driver of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that crashed in the area of 191 Route 534, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police said Hull succumbed to injuries at the scene.

A passenger, Ashley D. Honey, 20, also of Kunkletown, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg.

Monday, December 17, 2012
special to the times news

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club bought gloves for the needy students at the Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning in time for cold weather. Each year the club moves forth to see that all the children who may need gloves at the school get them. Presenting the gloves to Mary Figura, right, PVES principal is NWC president Carol Zickler. The club will also assist in buying children's underwear to have on hand in the health room for those frequent accidents.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Schuylkill County man died in a one-vehicle crash at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the intersection of Airport and Taylorsville roads in Barry Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said Eric A. French, 35, of Hegins, was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Andrew Szczyglak.

Monday, December 17, 2012

On Saturday, December 15th, the article "McGinley reseated JT board president" stated that "re-elected Vice President was Rich Schaninger." It should state that Robert Schaninger was elected Vice President.

Monday, December 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township firefighters and police were called to St. Peter's Road in Mantzville around 5 p.m. Friday after neighbors heard a loud bang and saw that a van had rolled multiple times, ending up in an adjacent field. When officials arrived, they noticed no one was at the vehicle. They added that the driver, Christine Betz of Mantzville, found transportation to the hospital.