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5/25/16

by News Department on 05/25/16

5/25/16

by News Department on 05/25/16

Fishing Licenses available...


Schuylkill County Treasurer Linda L Marchalk is reminding all Schuylkill County residents that 2016 fishing licenses are available for purchase during regular business hours. 

Annual licenses are valid from December 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2016, with a price increase of $0.20 per transaction that becomes effective June 1, 2016. 

The cost for an annual resident adult license will increase to $22.90. The fee for annual senior licenses will increase to $11.90. The cost for the Trout /Salmon permit is $9.90. 

Multi-year licenses and fishing license buttons are also available for purchase. 

Residents can also purchase Labor Day 1-Day Resident and Tourist Fishing Licenses for September 5, 2016 only at a cost of $2.90.

REMINDER: MAY 29 & JULY 4, 2016 are FISH FOR FREE DAYS

5/25/16

by News Department on 05/25/16

Child Abuse Hotline...


Thousands of children across the commonwealth could have been left in dangerous situations, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday, because of severe deficiencies at ChildLine, the state hotline for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. 

ChildLine, which operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and is operated by the Department of Human Services (DHS), began in 1975.

 In the last few years, sweeping changes to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) have meant increased call volumes at ChildLine.

 DePasquale said not providing the funding to enforce child abuse laws was a disturbing failure, after a report of 42,000 unanswered calls in 2015. DHS’s goal is for only 4 percent of calls to go unanswered. 

The goal was met in 2014, not in 2015. However, DePasquale called even that percentage unacceptable, stating that, “DHS and ChildLine officials need to take corrective action immediately to save children’s lives.”

5/25/16

by News Department on 05/25/16

Hallmark closing...




Another Hallmark store in the area will be closing its doors. The announcement came Tuesday that the Heritage Shop is closing at the Fairlane Village mall, in Norwegian Township. 

Andrew J. Cox, a consultant with J.I. Investment Holdings Inc., said store owner Chris Matus of Matus Enterprises Inc., Wilkes-Barre, who owns about 17 stores, wanted to close it. 

Matus said the gates were lowered at the close of business Friday at 9 p.m. to prepare for the sale, and the store will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday for the closing sale. 

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The last day of business for the Hallmark Gold Crown card and gift shop is July 23 or earlier if all merchandise and fixtures are sold. 

The store formerly at the Schuylkill Mall closed Feb. 22, 2014.

5/25/16

by News Department on 05/25/16

Fire leaves seven homeless...




Seven people were left homeless after fire gutted two homes and damaged two others in Orwigsburg Tuesday morning. 

The Republican Herald reports that crews were called out at 5:17 a.m. to an unoccupied home at 124 S. Liberty St., finding heavy smoke and fire upon arrival. 

The blaze was brought under control in about 1 1/2 hours but not before it gutted that home along with an attached home at 126 S. Liberty St. In addition, a home at 128 S. Liberty St. sustained severe damage while a home at 120 S. Liberty St. sustained minimal damage.

 The American Red Cross Tri-County Chapter organization is assisting those affected with housing, food and clothing. 

Fire officials at the scene said it is believed the fire started at the vacant 124 S. Liberty St. home.

5/24/16

by News Department on 05/24/16

5/24/16

by News Department on 05/24/16

Shots fired...




The report of shots fired has police in Hazleton investigating. 

According to authorities, the call came in around 2am of shots being fired in the city. Police do not believe anyone was injured, but say they are still investigating the incident.

5/24/16

by News Department on 05/24/16

RECALL...


Products containing sunflower seeds from a Minnesota-based company are under a voluntary recall in at least 24 states, with Pennsylvania being one of them. 

Certain products made by Planters, Sunrich Naturals, and Papa John’s Salads and Produce are included in the recall. 

The potentially-affected sunflower seeds were produced by SunOpta. The recall affects Planters and Sunrich Naturals sunflower kernels made between the dates of February 1 and April 21, the date when the facility stopped production of the seeds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a release.

The FDA is urging consumers who bought any of these items matching these descriptions to promptly throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. 

The recall stems from concerns about possible listeria contamination, though no illnesses have been directly linked to the products.

5/24/16

by News Department on 05/24/16

"COPS" to be filmed in Hazleton...



For the next eight weeks members of the popular TV- Show 'Cops" will be riding along with members of the Hazleton police force. 

The announcement was made Monday that the hit TV show "COPS" which has been in production since 1989, will be filming episodes in the city. 

Producers are scheduled to film a total of 8 segments with each segment appearing over 8 episodes, which are expected to air in August on the Spike Network. 

The Hazleton police department will have the final say in what video is shown.

5/24/16

by News Department on 05/24/16

Crash kills motorcycle driver...




A Massachusetts man died in a crash Monday on Interstate 81 in Frailey Township, according to state police at Jonestown. 

According to the Republican Herald, the crash occurred at approximately 4pm when 73 year old Natale L. Lapriore, was traveling South on a 2014 Harley-Davidson in the right lane of Interstate 81, when he struck a tractor-trailer that was slowing in a single-lane construction zone. 

Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Joseph Pothering could not confirm if the man was wearing a helmet. 

Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer, Edythe P. Bumgardner, of Florida was not injured. 

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III said a virtual autopsy will be performed today at the Simon Kramer Institute, New Philadelphia.

5/23/16

by News Department on 05/23/16

5/23/16

by News Department on 05/23/16

Burn ban lifted...


The burn ban that was issued in April for Schuylkill County was lifted as of May 22nd, 2016 at noon. 

After overwhelming support of area fire chiefs and on the recommendation of the District Forester, Timothy Ladner of the Weiser Forest District, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a county-wide ban on open burning that took effect at noon on Friday April 22, 2016.

The burn ban was originally issued last month when the county was experiencing an exceptional number of uncontrolled fires due to carelessness.

5/23/16

by News Department on 05/23/16

City to hang banners...



The city of Pottsville plans to put up more than 100 banners over the next few days, which were made to honor local veterans. 

According to the Republican Herald, the banners will be hung on utility poles in downtown Pottsville. 

City officials will host a dedication ceremony related to “The City of Pottsville Hometown Heroes 2016 Banner Program” on Memorial Day, May 30 at 11am, at Garfield Square. 

City Councilman Joseph J. Devine Jr. said a parade will take place, beginning at 10am from 12th street with the dedication following at 11am from Garfield Square. 

The guest speaker will be retired Navy Rear Admiral Nancy J. Lescavage, of Port Carbon.

5/23/16

by News Department on 05/23/16

Police investigate the report of shots fired...




State Police in Schuylkill Haven are investigating the report of gunshots that were reportedly fired in a McDonald's Parking Lot Saturday afternoon. 

The incident took place around 3:00pm in the McDonald's parking lot along Route 61 near Schuylkill Haven. 

No injuries were reported and so far, no arrests have been made. 

The incident is under investigation.

5/23/16

by News Department on 05/23/16

Olivieri still critical after shooting at White House...




31 year old Jesse Olivieri, of Ashland, who was shot at the White House on Friday, was still listed in critical condition as of Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman at George Washington University Hospital. 

Olivieri, a 2003 North Schuylkill High School graduate, was shot by the U.S. Secret Service after he refused to drop a gun at a checkpoint at the White House. 

Robert Hoback, a Secret Service spokesman, said Sunday he did not have any additional information on Olivieri and local police were told to refer questions to the U.S. Secret Service.

5/20/16

by News Department on 05/20/16

5/20/16

by News Department on 05/20/16

 Garage destroyed by fire...




A fire destroyed a mechanic’s garage Thursday afternoon in New Ringgold. 

Firefighters were called to the scene about 3:30 p.m. at EZ Pull and Save Auto Parts, located at 2401 Summer Valley Road. New Ringgold police said no one was injured in the blaze. 

It is not yet known what caused the fire.

5/20/16

by News Department on 05/20/16

Drowning victim found...




The body of a Lebanon County man who reportedly drowned in a Pine Grove Township reservoir, was located yesterday. 

According to authorities, dive teams recovered the body of 22 year old Adam Joseph Kearney, of Lebanon from the High Bridge Dam of the Lebanon County Reservoir in Pine Grove Township late Thursday.

The drowning reportedly took place Wednesday evening. 

State Police in Schuylkill Haven are investigating.

5/20/16

by News Department on 05/20/16

T-102 / Murphy-Jewelers Appalachian Wine Festival...




The T-102 / Murphy Jewelers-Appalachian Wine Festival is this weekend. 

The event will take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 21, from 11:00am-5:00pm at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds located at 2270 Fair Road, Route 895, Summit Station. 

The festival will feature 11 wineries from Schuylkill and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, along with food and craft vendors. 

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and can still be purchased today at two of Murphy Jewelers locations, on Market St., in Pottsville and just off of Route 61 in Hamburg.Tickets are also available until midnight tonight, online at T102radio.com. Gate price on the day of the event is $20 per person. 

The Appalachian Wine Festival is sponsored by T102 and Murphy Jewelers with proceeds benefiting the Schuylkill County Fair Association.

5/20/16

by News Department on 05/20/16


The Schuylkill County Drug Task Force agents, along with local law enforcement, and other county agencies attempted to take 10 suspected drug dealers into custody Thursday, in the Girardville area. 

According to the Republican Herald, Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman said the roundup was the result of an investigation initiated by Girardville police about six months ago.

Of the 10 people with outstanding felony drug warrants, five were taken into custody, arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison. They were: 34 year old Ryan Connor, of Frackville, 56 year old Leo C. Cress, of Girardville, 45 year old Susan D. McGurl, of Ashland, 51 year old April Seritsky, of Ashland, and 51 year old Theodore Stang Sr., of Girardville. 

Holman said that authorities are also looking for five people who were not able to be located Thursday. They are Christopher Brennan, Jason Connor, Justin Kachelries, Angela Kohl, and, Jesse Pritsch. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of those not taken into custody are asked to call the Drug Tip Line, toll-free, at 1-888-414-1406.

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