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8/31/15

by News Department on 08/31/15

8/31/15

by News Department on 08/31/15

One life-flighted in motorcycle crash...




A Schuylkill Haven woman was injured Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash near Heisler's Dairy Bar, in Walter Township.

 According to reports, 22 year old Amanda Nastasi was injured after the motorcycle she was riding with Justin Wolfe, pulled out of Heisler's and into the path of a pickup truck. 

Nastasi's injuries were severe enough that she was airlifted to an area hospital, but there was no word on her condition.

8/31/15

by News Department on 08/31/15

DUI CHECKPOINTS...


As summer winds down, police throughout Schuylkill County are stepping up their enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. 

According to the Republican Herald, the 20-day, high-visibility campaign — Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over — is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to curb impaired driving and save lives and law enforcement officers nationwide are showing zero tolerance for drunk driving. 

This is being done with increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, all with the aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

David R. Everly, regional coordinator with North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program, said there is a new SaferRide mobile app, free from the iTunes store and Google Play that can help users call a taxi or a friend for a ride home. 

The app can even help a person identify his location so they be picked up and taken home. The high visibility campaign will run through Sept. 7.


8/31/15

by News Department on 08/31/15

Tractor trailer crash...




A tractor trailer crashed at a location known for accidents at the bottom of the Gordon Mountain Saturday Morning. 

The crash occurred at the intersection of East Plane Street and Biddle Street in Gordon early Saturday morning. Emergency personnel arrived to find the truck lying on its side. 

This was the second accident in this location in a week, as a pickup truck crashed there Monday evening. 

There was no word if the driver of the rig was injured in the crash.

8/31/15

by News Department on 08/31/15

Armed robberies...



Police are still looking for the suspects in two separate armed robberies Saturday morning, one in Tremont Township and the other in Schuylkill Haven. 

Acording to police, around 2:35am, the Raceway Truckstop in Tremont Township was robbed by a man with a shotgun early Saturday morning. 

The suspect shot through the front door of the restaurant, then demanded money and fled on foot towards Interstate 81. 

The suspect is described as being between 6-feet and 6-feet 3-inches tall with light brown hair. He was reported to have been wearing a black mask, blue jeans, black sneakers and a green, red and blue sweatshirt. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call State Police at Schuylkill Haven at 570-739-1330. 

The second robbery occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday, when Schuylkill Haven borough police said a man robbed the Turkey Hill on West Columbia Street. According to police, a white male armed with a stainless steel sawed-off shotgun robbed the store and fled on foot east on West Columbia Street. 

That suspect is described as being in his early to mid-20s, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He was wearing gray pants and a gray coat. He was also wearing a ski mask in the store, but he took it off in the parking lot, revealing facial hair. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Schuylkill Haven Police Department at 570-385-9111. Police said they are not sure whether the two robberies are connected.

8/28/15

by News Department on 08/28/15

8/28/15

by News Department on 08/28/15

Not guilty...




A Schuylkill County jury on Tuesday found 60 year old John E. Clause, of Tamaqua, not guilty of aggravated assault in the April 12, 2014, shooting of 27 year old Mark Scheitrum. 

According to court documents, Clause went to the Walker Township home of Scheitrum, where the two argued and Clause pulled a handgun from a holster he was wearing and shot Scheitrum in the face. 

Clause the next morning admitted to state troopers that he had gone to Scheitrum’s home, the two argued and the gun went off as they fought. 

Clause had initially been charged with attempted criminal homicide, 
aggravated and simple assault and reckless endangerment. The attempted homicide charge was dropped.

8/28/15

by News Department on 08/28/15

Conflicting testimony in Kane case...


Newly unsealed court documents show that a key witness in state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s case gave conflicting statements regarding conversations he had with Kane and a top aide about grand jury documents he passed to a reporter. Joshua Morrow, a political consultant for Kane, initially testified before a grand jury on Nov. 21, 2014 that he believed Adrian King, who then served as Kane’s first assistant, identified some of the documents — including a transcript and an internal memo — that he wanted Morrow to pass on to a Philadelphia Daily News reporter. 

When Morrow appeared before the panel a second time, on Jan. 12, he claimed he erred regarding the content of the conversation with King, according to a document filed by Thomas Carluccio, the special prosecutor who presented the case before the grand jury that recommended charges against Kane.

 Documents also show that Morrow also made conflicting statements regarding his conversations with Kane, who was charged in the case on Aug. 6th.

8/28/15

by News Department on 08/28/15

Borough days...




Schuylkill Haven will be celebrating Borough Day on Saturday, September 26th. Part of the day’s events include train excursions by the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Company. 

Three trips are scheduled at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm and will include appearances by Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger, by the Schuylkill Haven Area Teacher's Association. 

Advanced tickets can be purchased at Dr. Robert Kempes & Stine's Pharmacy on East Main Street. 

They can also be purchased by mail :

Tickets
Schuylkill Haven Borough Day Committee
P.O. Box 443
Schuylkill Haven PA 17972

8/28/15

by News Department on 08/28/15

On line voting now available...



Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés have announced that Pennsylvania is the latest state to launch the convenient option of registering online to vote. 

The new site also allows currently registered voters to more easily make updates to their voter record, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation. 

The online system is also more secure for applicants because the form will be transmitted directly to the proper county voter registration office for processing. 

To access the online registration application, hosted by the Department of State, log onto register.votesPA.com.

8/27/15

by News Department on 08/27/15

8/27/15

by News Department on 08/27/15

Fee could increase...




The Pennsylvania Game Commission unveiled a plan Tuesday to increase the cost of hunting licenses for the first time in 16 years. 

The proposal, which will require legislative approval, would boost an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years. The current $19 fee would increase by $10 in the first year and then by $5 in the third and fifth years, pushing the total cost to $39. 

Fees for most other resident and non-resident licenses also would increase over the same timetable. The price of an adult non-resident license would double to $200, but the cost of junior resident and non-resident licenses and senior resident licenses would not change. 

The commission relies on license fee revenue for nearly 40 percent of its operating budget. Personnel expenses, including salaries, health care and pension benefits, have more than doubled since the last fee increase in 1999 to a projected $82 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

8/27/15

by News Department on 08/27/15

Woman charged in attempted assault w/vehicle...




Charges were filed against a Pine Grove woman by State police at Jonestown following an incident in Lebanon County. 

According to police, 31 year old Tara Stoudt was involved in an altercation with an unidentified 37 year old male from Jonestown, Lebanon County, when she first struck him in the chest and back, then attempted to hit him with her sport utility vehicle. 

She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Thomas M. Capello, Lebanon and incarcerated at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility, unable to post $10,000 bail.

8/27/15

by News Department on 08/27/15

Temporary ADA...




A lawyer, now in a private practice, with more than two decades of experience in prosecuting criminals is returning, temporarily, to the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office. 

The Republican Herald reports District Attorney Christine A. Holman said Wednesday, that James G. Caravan, of Schuylkill Haven, will serve as an assistant district attorney during the maternity leave of Jennifer N. Lehman, serving from Sept. 25th until Feb. 3rd on a per diem basis. 

Holman said Caravan will handle cases, as Lehman currently does, from the office of Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua, whose districts include Coaldale, McAdoo and Tamaqua boroughs and Kline and Rush townships.

8/27/15

by News Department on 08/27/15

Kraft recalls turkey bacon products...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that the Kraft Heinz Foods Company, a Newberry, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date. 

The turkey bacon was produced between May 31, 2015, and August 6, 2015. 

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-9070” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as the line number “RS19”. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations Center at (800) 278-3403.

8/26/15

by News Department on 08/26/15

8/26/15

by News Department on 08/26/15


Mahanoy Township Police arrested 35 year old Ryan Hasara, of Mahanoy City, during a drug investigation for the sale and use of narcotics.

 During an undercover operation, Hasara was found to be in possession of 50 bags of suspected heroin. 

The operation was a joint operation between the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and Mahanoy Township Police.

 Hasara was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley, Pottsville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $40,000 straight cash bail.

8/26/15

by News Department on 08/26/15

No Suspension...




State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane won’t suspend a top aide who is charged with illegally accessing emails to get information on the grand jury probe of her, despite her office policy that requires he be suspended without pay. 

The Republican Herald reports that former Dunmore police chief, Patrick Reese, was charged Aug. 6 with indirect criminal contempt for allegedly accessing emails on a secure server that contained confidential information relating to the grand jury investigating if she leaked information from a 2009 grand jury probe to a Philadelphia newspaper.

 Montgomery County prosecutors said that violated a protective order issued by Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter that barred anyone in the Attorney General’s office from that information. Chuck Ardo, spokesman for Kane, acknowledged Reese’s alleged offense is related to his job. 

He said Kane’s chief of staff, Jonathan Duecker, determined the crime with which Reese is charged is not enough to force a suspension.

8/26/15

by News Department on 08/26/15

Safety Night Out...




The first Family Safety Night Out in Schuylkill Haven will give residents the opportunity to learn about safety and have some fun. 

The event is meant to bring awareness to the public about safety and the crucial role the police and firefighters and other emergency personnel have within the community and will showcase apparatus from all three Schuylkill Haven fire companies, a police car from the Schuylkill Haven Police Department and fingerprinting for children.

 The free event is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Island in Schuylkill Haven.

8/26/15

by News Department on 08/26/15

Fall Clean Up...


The Schuylkill County office of solid waste has found a vendor for the recycling event after no company submitted bids earlier this month and is pleased to announce that the county will be collecting electronic waste at its annual Fall Cleanup in September. 

The annual recycling event provides an opportunity once a year for county residents to drop off tires, electronics, appliances, scrap metal and bulky items at various times and sites throughout the county over the course of two weeks and is funded through the county commissioners and the state Department of Environmental Protection, which reimburses the county up to 50 percent of the costs. 

This year’s fall cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 16 to 26 this year at 13 sites. 

For more information, visit the county office of solid waste and resource management website at www.co.schuylkill.pa.us/Offices/Recycles.

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