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2/10/16

by News Department on 02/10/16

2/10/16

by News Department on 02/10/16

Zika virus found in PA...


The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Tuesday ,the first confirmed cases of Zika virus in two residents who recently traveled to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratories confirmed the illnesses in two female Pennsylvania residents. 

The department will not provide additional details about the cases to protect the privacy of the individuals. 

The majority of individuals infected with the Zika virus have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are usually mild and last for between two and seven days and include: Fever; Rash; Muscle/joint pain; Conjunctivitis (red eyes); and Headaches. 

No vaccine or medications are yet available to prevent or treat Zika virus. Symptoms are treated with plenty of rest, fluids and medicine to relieve fever and pain. Severe illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon, and deaths from Zika virus are rare. 

The current Zika outbreak began in May 2015 and is occurring in many countries. Zika is a generally mild illness that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. 

In rare cases it has been known to also spread from mother to child, as well as through blood transfusion. There is no vaccine or medication yet available to prevent or treat Zika virus.

2/10/16

by News Department on 02/10/16

5th Man pleads guilty in heroin ring...




A fifth Shenandoah man admitted Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Scranton that he participated in a heroin trafficking ring for almost four years in Schuylkill County. 

25 year old Derek Yashinsky pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. 

Prosecutors said Yashinsky participated in transporting and distributing between 400 grams and 700 grams of heroin, which is equivalent to between 13,000 and 17,000 retail bags of the drug. 

Senior U.S. District Judge James M. Munley accepted Yashinsky’s plea and scheduled sentencing for May 11. 

Yashinsky faces at least five, and as many as 40, years in prison as part of his sentence. 

A federal grand jury in Scranton indicted Yashinsky on Sept. 8, 2015, for his role in the conspiracy.

2/10/16

by News Department on 02/10/16

Junior Idol winner announced...




A new Schuylkill County Junior Idol was named Tuesday. 13 year old Jacqueline Bubnis, a seventh-grade student from Shenandoah, won the title after the final round of the competition, at the Schuylkill Mall, in Frackville. 

14 year old Raven Wesley, 14, of New Ringgold, and 16 year old Camryn Carduff, of Shenandoah were the other 2 finalists who made it to the final round. 

Bubnis will receive numerous prizes as well as a chance to perform at the Schuylkill County Fair in August.

2/10/16

by News Department on 02/10/16

Victim identified...




Mahanoy Township police have identified the man who was critically injured when struck by a car Monday night but have since been unsuccessful in locating and notifying family or friends. 

Patrolman Elliott Burlett identified the victim as Luis Velasco and said he is either 43- or 44-years-old. 

Burlett said the crash occurred about 10 p.m. on Route 924, just south of Shenandoah when 29 year old Brian Pritula, of Lost Creek, was driving a Ford Focus south when he struck Velasco, who was apparently walking on the roadway. 

Velasco was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and remains there as of Tuesday in very critical condition. 

Velasco has no known address but is believed to be from the Shenandoah area. Authorities are asking anyone who may know Velasco or any of his family or friends can call Mahanoy Township police through the Schuylkill County Communications Center at 570-462-1991.

2/9/16

by News Department on 02/09/16

2/9/16

by News Department on 02/09/16

Fat Tuesday...


Today is Fat Tuesday which is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. 

It is more commonly known as Donut or Fastnacht Day and Mardi Gras. The day gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

2/9/16

by News Department on 02/09/16

One man left homeless...




One man has been left homeless after fire destroyed his mobile home in Barry Township on Monday morning. 

Firefighters from Lavelle and surrounding areas were called at 4:13 a.m. to 321 Airport Road and found the one-floor home fully engulfed in flames. 

Lavelle Fire Chief Jason Reichwein said the sole occupant of the home, Robert Green, was home when the fire broke out but was able to escape without injury. 

The chief said the dwelling was totally destroyed and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

A state police fire marshal was called in to assist in trying to find what sparked the blaze.

2/9/16

by News Department on 02/09/16

Pedestrian struck...




A man was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on Route 924 in Mahanoy Township on Monday night. 

According to the Republican Herald, the accident occurred about 10 p.m. just south of the Shenandoah Borough line. Mahanoy Township police said a man was driving south when he struck the pedestrian, apparently walking in the right lane of travel. 

The man was treated at the scene and taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment of serious injuries. 

No names have yet been released in the incident and no other information was yet available.

2/9/16

by News Department on 02/09/16

Shamokin bank robbed...




Police are looking for a robber who hit a bank in Northumberland County Monday afternoon. 

It happened before 3 p.m. Monday at BB&T Bank on Independence Street in Shamokin. Police said the robber with a handgun got away with an unknown amount of cash. 

The male suspect is described as Caucasian, standing approximately 5 feet, 7 inches, or 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a red coat with an attacked red hood and a black mask and is believed to be in his 20s or 30s. 

The robber had an accomplice who served as a driver of a small 4-door red passenger car, described as an older model with some body damage to the driver's side door, last seen traveling west on Independence Street. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 911.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

Kane's license remains suspended...


Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license will remain suspended after the state’s highest court on Friday denied her request to have it reinstated while she fights criminal charges of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it. 

The court’s unanimous rejection could pave the way to an unprecedented vote in the state Senate on whether to remove her from office.

 Kane faces perjury and other charges in Montgomery County, with a trial currently scheduled for August. 

A Senate vote could happen in the coming weeks after a special committee spent about three months exploring the question of whether Kane could run the 800-employee law enforcement office without a law license. 

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said senators will discuss the matter when they reconvene in the Capitol next week.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

Bald eagle killed...




The Northeast Region Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking anyone who may have information on an immature bald eagle that was found dead in Carbon County. Wildlife Conservation Officer Cory Bentzoni reports that the eagle was shot and killed with a firearm, likely before Jan. 23. 

The bald eagle is federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and is a protected species under the Game and Wildlife Code. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the NE Region of the PA Game Commission at (570) 675-1143.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

YMCA searches for pool...




The Schuylkill YMCA will have to continue searching to find pools for its swimmers to practice in. 

Linda H. Jones, the organization’s swim coach, is hoping an area school district will commit to a long-term rental agreement. In previous years, the Schuylkill YMCA rented the pool at Pottsville Area numerous days a week for practice during its swim season, which begins in September and wraps up in March but the Pottsville Area school board was reluctant to give the team rental time this school year.

The Schuylkill YMCA’s swim team which is made up of 22 swimmers between the ages 6 and 15 has been renting time to practice at several district pools. Soon, the Schuylkill YMCA will be sending out rental requests for summer training from the end of May to the end of July.

 Schuylkill YMCA’s swim program is seven years old this year.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

Argall wants input...




Senator David G. Argall will be listening to the concerns of local residents and discussing the governor’s latest budget proposal during a telephone town hall event. 

Argall said, “The governor is scheduled to deliver his second budget address in which he’s expected to ask the taxpayers for more of their hard-earned money,” and he is urging Berks and Schuylkill County residents is to not give in to the governor’s demands for higher taxes.

 Local residents can participate in the town hall event by signing up on Senator Argall’s website in advance at www.SenatorArgall.com or by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and using access code 111786. 

The telephone town hall event will take place on Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Drinking/Driving...




Super Bowl 50 is being held on Sunday and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Schuylkill County law enforcement officials are urging football fans not to drink & drive. 

David Everly, regional coordinator with the North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program, Pottsville, said the NHTSA’s “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. 

He added that according to data from NHTSA, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2014, 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation. Everly said those numbers increase on weekends when there were 5,447 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, making up 40 percent of all fatalities that occurred during weekends. 

Everly added that the NHTSA’s new SaferRide mobile app is also available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Jury locked...




For a second time this week, a Schuylkill County jury on Thursday did not convict 49 year old David R. Moran, of Pottsville, of charges stemming from an alleged encounter with a Mahanoy City woman; although this time he was acquitted on only one charge. 

Mahanoy City police charged Moran with assaulting the woman on June 2, 2015, at her Mahanoy Avenue home, alleging Moran, assaulted the woman to try to prevent her from pursuing rape and other charges stemming from an earlier incident in East Union Township. 

Judge Jacqueline L. Russell had dismissed a charge of stalking before the jury started deliberations. 

Assistant District Attorney Debra A. Smith said after the verdict that she would consult with District Attorney Christine A. Holman before deciding whether to retry Moran on the remaining charges. Because the jury did not reach a verdict on those charges, Moran can be retried on them without violating the constitutional ban on double jeopardy. 

The earliest a retrial could occur would be during the April criminal court term, which begins April 4.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Queen to be crowned...


A new queen will be crowned to reign over the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival on Saturday during the 49th annual Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival. 

Twenty-two women, ranging in age from 18 to 29, are vying for the crown with the winner joining the Snowdrop Princess and Snowflake Princess to make up the 2016 Winter Carnival royalty. 

The Senior Princess Coronation Pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pottsville Area High School’s Auditorium. Tickets are $6 and available at the door or through any contestant. Following the pageant, the women will celebrate at the Queen’s Ball at St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose. Those tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. 

For more information, visit the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival Facebook page.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning...




Carbon Monoxide poisoning could be to blame for the death of a Cumbola woman, who died recently and was found in her home Thursday. 

According to the Republican Herald, Deputy Coroner Joseph Pothering pronounced 91 year old Eleanor S. Murphy dead at 10:02 a.m. after being dispatched by the Schuylkill County Communications Center.

Murphy was found insider her home by a relative who was notified by a neighbor after someone noticed uncollected newspapers outside.

Pothering said there was a malfunction on the heating unit after discovering a switch had been tripped on the oil burner, noting that there were no visible smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in the house. 

Pothering offered a reminder that all homeowners should have regular maintenance performed on heating equipment and homes should have proper safety equipment, such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 

A virtual autopsy was conducted Thursday but no official cause of death has officially been listed as officials await toxicology tests.

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