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1/17/17

by News Department on 01/17/17

1/17/17

by News Department on 01/17/17

Some state stores open on some holidays...



Hundreds of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores were open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and, for the first time, will be for some other holidays, in the coming year. 

A state law enacted last year allows the Liquor Control Board to operate on the holiday being celebrated Monday, as well as for Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. 

Stores that are normally scheduled to be open on Mondays will be open on the holidays, but not the stores that are normally closed on Mondays. 

The liquor board's website has store locations and hours.

1/17/17

by News Department on 01/17/17

Roll over on 81...



Emergency personnel were called to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 81, Monday afternoon.

According to State Police at Frackville, around 1:40pm, a vehicle driven by 28 year old Juan Mateo Andujar, of Hazleton, was traveling north on Interstate 81 near Mile marker 136.9, in Kline Township when he failed to make a right turn in the road way. 

The vehicle went off the highway hitting an embankment flipping the vehicle onto its roof. 

Andujar was reported to have suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lehigh Valley Hazleton for evaluation.

1/17/17

by News Department on 01/17/17

Chamber seeks nominations...



The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Awards Committee is seeking candidates for the Annual Business Woman, Business Man, Entrepreneur, For-Profit Organization and Non-Profit Organization of the Year awards.

 The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, March 10, 2017. 

The award winners will be announced at the May 4, 2017 Annual Luncheon, with the awards presented at the June 14, 2017 Awards Breakfast.

The nomination form has been simplified, and can be found by logging onto t102radio.com and clicking on this story under news. 

http://files.constantcontact.com/37d99ece001/8b2b9f48-30c8-4011-b2f1-8c4e5c01e77a.pdf



1/17/17

by News Department on 01/17/17

Medical Marijuana plant proposed for Sch.Cty...




Medical marijuana could soon be grown in Schuylkill County.

 According to the Republican Herald, DocHouse LLC, which is based in Chester Springs, wants to build a growing and cultivating facility in Norwegian Township along Route 61 near the Fairlane Village mall.

 Documents show plans for several greenhouses and an area to include office space, storage and processing of the marijuana. 

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 into law last year allowing Pennsylvania to issue permits for dispensaries and growers/processors. 

A public hearing on the variance will be held 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in the township municipal building, 506 Maple Ave., Mar Lin.

1/16/17

by News Department on 01/16/17

1/16/17

by News Department on 01/16/17

Crash injures one...




One person was injured Saturday afternoon in a crash along Route 309 in Tamaqua. 

The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the driver was traveling north just past the border with West Penn Township on a snow covered roadway. The car left the right berm striking several trees. 

One of the occupants was injured and transported to St. Luke’s Miner’s Campus in Coaldale. 

The names of those involved have not yet been released as Tamaqua Police continue to investigate the incident.

1/16/17

by News Department on 01/16/17

Prison recycling...




As lawmakers mull closing two state prisons, the question of what to do with the empty, aging buildings remains. 

The Wolf administration plans to close two state correctional institutions out of five possible locales this year under a cost-saving move. 

Three of the five prisons; SCI/Waymart, SCI/Retreat and SCI/Frackville, are in Northeast Pennsylvania. The other two, SCI/Mercer and SCI/Pittsburgh, are in western Pennsylvania.

 Administration officials are considering potential reuse of these facilities as part of an economic impact analysis. 

Both Waymart and Retreat are already recycled facilities. Retreat was a state mental health hospital and Waymart is the former Farview State Hospital. 

The Department of General Services handles the recycling process for closed facilities. 

A Jan. 26 deadline has been set.

1/16/17

by News Department on 01/16/17

Deadly crash...



Saturday afternoon's snowy and icy road conditions played a factor in a two-vehicle T-bone accident along Route 54 between Locust Summit and Locust Gap, in Northumberland County, that claimed the life of a woman believed to be from the Wilkes Barre area. 

Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Michael Pitcavage, said the 3:07 p.m. crash occurred as the victim was operating a Hyundai Elantra west on Route 54 toward Locust Gap when the passenger side of her car collided with the passenger side of a Suburban driven east toward Locust Summit. 

According to Pitcavage, the woman in the Elantra, whose identity was not yet released by officials, was killed upon impact. 

The driver of the Suburban and his wife suffered minor injuries and were transported by Ashland Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where they underwent emergency room treatment. 

The crash is still under investigation.

1/16/17

by News Department on 01/16/17

Girardville building collapsing...




A blighted property has become a danger in Girardville and borough leaders fear Saturday's snowfall could cause the building to collapse.

 The 200 Block of 2nd Street has been closed since Friday by borough officials for fear it may collapse into the street. 

The borough of Girardville is taking criminal action against the homeowner. And it's not the first time it's happening on this street. The borough did the same concerning a house next door that was recently demolished. 

The owner of the building is expected to make a payment to the borough today for demolition.

1/13/17

by News Department on 01/13/17

1/13/17

by News Department on 01/13/17

Teen in custody after fire...




A teen was taken into custody after fire destroyed a single family home, in Porter Township, Thursday morning. 

Authorities say fire crews were called out around 9:30a.m. to the home of Joan and Deron Ludwig, 319 West Grand Avenue, Tower City, for a fully involved structure fire. 

State Police fire marshal Trooper John F. Burns from the Frackville Barracks investigated the fire later Thursday and found multiple points of origin to the start of a fire and a 15 year old was taken into custody.

 No name was given for the juvenile. And authorities did not say what charges would be filed against the teen. 

Schuylkill Units and Tankers from the western end of the county as well as Dauphin County units were called to fight the blaze. 

No major injuries were reported. 

Damages for the fire were estimated in excess of $100,000.

1/13/17

by News Department on 01/13/17

Boil Advisory Lifted...




The Pine Grove Water Department made the announcement that a boil water advisory has now been lifted. 

It is no longer necessary for residents to boil their water in the Pine Crest Village, Hillside Drive, Oak Lane and American Legion Boulevard, up to and including Pine Hill Drive areas. 

The boil advisory was put into effect after repairs were made to the water line at Pine Hill Drive, on Tuesday.

1/13/17

by News Department on 01/13/17

Welfare Fraud...



The Office of Inspector General successfully adjudicated 60 welfare fraud cases involving 45 individuals from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016, two of which are from Schuylkill County. 

42 year old Christine Schwartz, of Pottsville and 45 year old Bettyann Harmer, of Minersville, both pleaded guilty for fraudulently obtaining public assistance benefits. 

OIG said the cases will bring the commonwealth $314,301.75 in restitution and will generate additional cost savings because the defendants will be temporarily disqualified from receiving future public benefits in the programs they defrauded. 

Acting Inspector General Tyrone Powell said, “These numbers reflect the hard work of OIG Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution investigators acting to save taxpayer dollars and ensure that these benefits are available to those Pennsylvanians who truly need them.”

1/13/17

by News Department on 01/13/17

Kidnapping charges...




Kidnapping and related charges were filed against two people after an incident, Tuesday, in Schuylkill County. 

State police said 24 year old Casey Azbell and 45 year old John Fry, both of Pottsville, were taken into custody at a home on Bacon Street, in Palo Alto. 

According to police, Azbell and Fry became involved in an argument with Nolan and Quinten Heffner, both of Minersville and Brandyn Spece, of Pottsville, then held them at knifepoint in the residence. 

State police were alerted and able to enter the home taking the two into custody. Azbell and Fry were arraigned and charged with kidnapping among other charges.

1/12/17

by News Department on 01/12/17

1/12/17

by News Department on 01/12/17

Locals fight for prison...




Local lawmakers are getting in the fight to keep the State Correctional Institution in Frackville from closing. 

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representatives Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) are launching online petitions to encourage Governor Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel to keep the state prison in Frackville open. 

The local legislators believe the issue is deeper than the 400 local men and women employed at the prison. 

Argall said, “This is truly an impact that could be felt across not just the community, but across the county and region.” “These petitions are for taxpayers who feel very strongly that SCI Frackville should remain open.” 

The lawmakers continue to remain in contact with Governor Wolf and Secretary Wetzel through the process to close the state prisons.

 Individuals wishing to sign the petition may sign it on Senator Argall’s website at www.SenatorArgall.com or Representative Neal Goodman’s website at www.pahouse.net/Goodman.

1/12/17

by News Department on 01/12/17

Missing teen...




Family and Friends of a missing teen are asking for the public's help in locating her. 

According to reports, 19 year old Savanah Searfoss was last heard from Sunday night into Monday morning. 

Family members say she was last known to be in the Pottsville and Palo Alto areas. 

Anyone that has seen Savanah, or that may have any information on her whereabouts is asked to call (570) 225-6785.

1/12/17

by News Department on 01/12/17

Wagner visits...




State Sen. Scott Wagner made a stop in Schuylkill County, Wednesday, promoting his announcement of running for state governor. 

According to the Republican Herald, Wagner is the first Republican candidate for the gubernatorial office currently held by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is expected to run for a second term. 

Wagner stopped at the Gilberton Power Co.’s John B. Rich Memorial Power Station near Frackville to make the announcement, one of three in different parts of the state, with the message, “It’s time to get rid of the Wolf.” 

Wagner serves as Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee chairman, Labor and Industry Committee vice chairman, and serves on the Appropriations, Intergovernmental Operations, Transportation and Majority Policy committees. 

The primary and General Election races will occur in 2018, giving Wagner a 16-month start for the May 15, 2018, GOP primary.

1/12/17

by News Department on 01/12/17

Boil Water Advisory...




A boil water advisory continues today for all Pine Grove residents, including those living in Pine Crest Village; on Hillside Drive, Oak Lane, and American Legion Boulevard up to and including Pine Hill Drive. 

The Pine Grove Water Department advisory states the water system may be at an increased risk for microbial contamination, after repairs were made to the water line at Pine Hill Drive, Tuesday. 

Residents should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. 

For more information, call the Pine Grove Borough office at 570-345-3555.

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