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8/22/16

by News Department on 08/23/16

8/22/16

by News Department on 08/23/16

Kessler found not guilty...




Former Gilberton police chief and North Schuylkill school board member Mark Kessler, of Frackville, was found not guilty of what police called a road rage incident. 

Judge Jacqueline L. Russell, who presided over Kessler’s one-day trial, ruled that he committed no crimes during the incident in August 2015 on Route 61.

 Frackville borough police charged Kessler with harassing and threatening Shannon Heiber, including briefly showing a gun to her, about 7 p.m. Aug. 22, 2015, on Route 61, beginning in New Castle Township and ending in the borough.

8/22/16

by News Department on 08/23/16

Woman's death considered horrendous neglect...




A woman's death in Mahanoy City is being considered a case of "horrendous" neglect. Borough Police arrested Dorothy Robinson and John Latshaw, of Mahanoy City for the death of 76 year old Elaine Latshaw, who died in August of 2015. 

Robinson told Police that she was the primary care giver for Elaine Latshaw, and that she just checked on her a half hour prior to calling 911 in which Elaine Latshaw was alive. However, according to a Mahanoy City Police Affidavit, Mahanoy City Police Police and Ambulance were called to the home at 325 East South Street in the borough around 11:00pm on August 14, 2015 and found John Latshaw and Dorothy Robinson at the home. Police said Elaine Latshaw was in an upstairs bedroom in deplorable conditions, pulse-less and was cold to the touch. 

Schuylkill Coroner Dr. David J Moylan III observed the autopsy on Latshaw, conducted at Reading Hospital, and stated the situation clearly was a case of elder abuse. 

District Attorney Christine Holman stated, that she would describe the condition as horrendous neglect. 

Both John Latshaw and Robinson were locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on Friday, August 19, 2016, on charges of murder of the 3rd degree, among other charges.

8/22/16

by News Department on 08/23/16

Schuylkill County business wants to grow medical marijuana...



A Schuylkill County business may soon be growing medical marijuana. Van Hoekelen greenhouses near Mcadoo will apply for one of the first state permits to grow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes.

 State regulators are still trying to figure out the rules for the growing and distribution of medical marijuana, something made possible by the state legislature earlier this spring. 

Officials at the Greenhouses say they know there is a lot on controversy surrounding the issue but they insist they are taking one step at a time and will not do anything to harm the community. 

Van Hoekelen has operated in Kline Township for more than 30 years and says it wants to be on the cutting edge of the medicinal marijuana industry. 

Kline Township officials say Van Hoekelen has been very open in with them in this process. 

They plan to hold public meetings as the process moves forward.


8/22/16

by News Department on 08/23/16

State Prison sentence for murder charges...




18 year old Stanley E. Kralik was sentenced in Schuylkill County Court to serve 20 to 40 years in a state correctional institution for killing 24 year old Corey M. Samuels, of Coaldale. 

According to the Republican Herald, state police at Frackville alleged Kralik, of Coaldale and 23 year old Oliver L. Trizarri, of Reading, fatally beat Samuels with a shovel between 11 p.m. Jan. 20, 2014, and midnight Jan. 21, 2014, in a wooded area off East Miner Street.

 Prosecutors said Samuels’ remains were not found until September 2014. 

On June 22, a jury convicted Kralik of third-degree murder and multiple other charges. 

Trizarri pleaded guilty Feb. 19 before Schuylkill County Judge John E. Domalakes to third-degree murder and conspiracy, and testified Aug. 16 for prosecutors and against Kralik. 

On June 27, Domalakes sentenced Trizarri to serve 15 to 30 years in a state correctional institution. Trizarri is serving his sentence at SCI/Camp Hill in Cumberland County.

8/19/16

by News Department on 08/19/16

8/19/16

by News Department on 08/19/16

Lunch changes...




The Tamaqua Area School District plans to change its point-of-sale system, effective this coming school year. 

Superintendent Ray Kinder told the school board that the district plans to change the system to a numeric code for students. With the new system, students will get a four- to six-digit number, and after their food is rung up, they will enter in their code. 

Kinder said the change will result in a more effective way for the district to get through its current consistency and reliability issues with the scanning in the cafeteria. 

The Primero system will cost the district about $8,400. However, Kinder said breakfast and lunch costs will remain the same for the 2016-17 school year.

8/19/16

by News Department on 08/19/16

Eight charged...




Eight people were arrested Thursday after a drug bust in Shenandoah.

 According to authorities, Shenandoah Police, Members of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, Schuylkill County Detectives, Schuylkill County Probation/Parole, State Parole and the Pennsylvania State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit participated in the warrant sweep and drug bust. 

Police charged Ronexon Collado, Jeffrey Najunas, Jr., Sean Keating, Robert Sargent, Anthony Usewicz and Walter Navitsky, all of Shenandoah, along with Shane Reinoehl and Janelle Moyer, both of Ashland. 

Four bench warrants were also served by the Detectives Office for failure to appear in County court for various proceedings and four individuals are still wanted on outstanding arrest warrants. 

Police said the types of drugs involved in the bust were fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine.

8/19/16

by News Department on 08/19/16

81 Permits for wine sales...




There are now more options for where you can buy bottles of wine in Pennsylvania. 

The state Liquor Control Board issued permits this week to 81 grocery stores and restaurants, allowing them to sell wine immediately. 

Up until now, wine was only available in state-owned liquor stores, but a new law that went into effect last week expands that. The state also approved permits that will allow wine to be directly shipped to homes in Pennsylvania, which was previously forbidden. 

Pennsylvania residents can now get up to 36 cases of wine shipped to them by a wine producer licensed by the PLCB. These changes are part of Act 39. It also added Sunday hours to many state-owned liquor stores across the state. 

Monday, the state issued its first round of permits to 81 businesses out of the 174 that applied. There are still wine permit applications under review. 

To view the interactive map on the website of the governor’s office showing the location of all the stores now selling wine, visit, www.governor.pa.gov.

8/19/16

by News Department on 08/19/16

I-81 Crash claims one life...




A Tobyhanna truck driver died in one of three crashes that shut down both southbound lanes of Interstate 81, between the Mahanoy City and Frackville exits, for more than seven hours, early Thursday morning.

 According to the Republican Herald, Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner David Truskowsky identified the man as 34 year old Edward Rosario, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 5:15 a.m. 

State police at Frackville said the crashes occurred about 5 a.m. as a FedEx tandem tractor-trailer was traveling south when the driver lost control in the area of mile marker 126, about two miles north of the Frackville exit. The truck flipped over onto its driver’s side and came to a stop blocking the left, passing lane

Shortly after, a motor home towing a trailer with an SUV attached was involved in a second crash in the same area. The occupants of that vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries while the driver of the FedEx truck was not hurt. 

The third crash, involving the fatality, occurred about a half mile north of the initial crashes, as Rosario was traveling south, apparently in the right lane, when he collided with a southbound tractor-trailer owned by Kane Freight Lines Inc., Scranton. The driver of the Kane Freight Lines truck was not injured.

 Police said their investigation into the crash is continuing.

8/18/16

by News Department on 08/18/16

8/18/16

by News Department on 08/18/16

Possible Meth Lab...




What began as a report of a domestic incident between a woman and her ex-boyfriend may have led police to the discovery of an illegal drug lab in Kline Township. 

The Republican Herald reports that the chain of events began Monday afternoon when a female caller accused 48 year old Gerald R. Fisher Jr. of throwing sulfuric acid on her during a heated argument. 

As the investigation into the assault continued into the evening, items found in and around the home were said to be consistent with items found in methamphetamine laboratories, and seized by police. 

Authorities said it could take a few months until items seized from the home are examined by a crime laboratory and a definitive report is furnished to police. 

Kline Township Police Chief John Petrilla said he arrested Fisher and arraigned Monday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison, unable to immediately post bail.

8/18/16

by News Department on 08/18/16

History...



The Schuylkill Historical Fire Society wants to buy a seven-foot by seven-foot frame holding 100 pictures of firefighters from the original Humane Hose Fire Company, in Shenandoah, that sits in an antique store in Georgia.

 Mike Kitsock, president of the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society maintains all of the county's firefighting memorabilia and is trying to raise $5,000 to bring this piece of history home.

The frame from 1892 hung inside the original fire company building, before the building was torn down and the memorabilia auctioned off.

 Anyone interested in donating to the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, can mail donations to: Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, 105 S. Jarden Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976.

8/18/16

by News Department on 08/18/16

PPL Scam...




PPL Electric Utilities is warning its customers to be aware of a phone scam in which calls appear to come from the utility and mimic the company's call center.

 Customers are being called and told their account is delinquent and they need to make an immediate payment or have their electricity shut off. In many cases, customers are being told to pay with prepaid debit cards. They are being instructed to call a phony call center, where they are prompted to enter their account information. 

The bogus number that customers are being told to call is 855-625-7634 and has been associated with other scams against utility customers in other parts of the country. Another number, 844-255-4708 is also being used. 

In some cases, the bogus number has been set up to look on Caller ID like it is from PPL.

 Mostly business, and some residential, customers have been targeted by the recent scams. 

PPL reminds its residential and small business customers that the only number they should be calling to discuss their account is 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775). Mid-size to large businesses can call 1-888-220-9991, option 4.

8/18/16

by News Department on 08/18/16

Prison restriction lifted...




The Schuylkill County prison can now accept newly sentenced criminals after a three-month ban from the state Department of Corrections. 

According to the Republican Herald, the county commissioners and county prison board approved a new agreement Wednesday with the state DOC that lifts the May 4 order prohibiting the prison from accepting new inmates serving sentences between six months and five years. 

Inmates serving sentences of two years or more can be sent to state facilities. 

The settlement agreement lifts the ban on the condition that the county continue to submit biweekly reports on the inmate census to the state DOC and ensure that it does not exceed its approved capacity of 277 through June 30, 2017. 

It goes into effect as soon as it is signed by the necessary state DOC officials.

8/17/16

by News Department on 08/17/16

8/17/16

by News Department on 08/17/16

Pair wanted on outstanding warrants...




Minersville Police are asking the public for help in locating two individuals who are wanted on outstanding criminal warrants.

 According to Minersville police, 40 year old Ethan Sweat and 32 year old Kelly Davis are both wanted by the Police department on outstanding arrest warrants. 

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact MPD at 570-544-6212.

8/17/16

by News Department on 08/17/16

Kane resigns; faces possible jail time...





Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced that she will resign her position as Attorney General effective at the close of business day, today. 

Kane’s office made the announcement yesterday, amid pressure from the governor and lawmakers, one day after jurors found her guilty of abusing her power and lying to cover it up. 

Kane's exit completes a fall for the state's highest-ranking female politician. She man now be facing jail time and has had her law license suspended. 

Kane's lawyers have vowed to appeal.

8/17/16

by News Department on 08/17/16

Couple charged with credit card fraud...




A federal grand jury in Scranton has indicted 44 year old Carrie F. Aker and 33 year old Mario M. Valentine, both of Shenandoah, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud using counterfeit credit cards, and with laundering the proceeds of their fraudulent activities. 

According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the indictment charges Aker and Valentine with obtaining credit and debit card account information of other individuals from unindicted co-conspirators and from black market internet websites.

 Aker and Valentine allegedly manufactured counterfeit credit and debit cards using the information, traveled to locations at which the actual cardholders resided, and used the counterfeit cards at retail stores. 

The activities took places from in or about November 2011 through September 2015. 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the Pennsylvania State Police.

8/17/16

by News Department on 08/17/16

Four injured at campground...




Four campers at Knoebels Amusement Resort were sent to the hospital after part of a tree fell on their campsite.

 Authorities say strong winds were reported in that area around 4:30p.m., when the incident happened in the campground. 

Officials at Knoebels were not aware of the ages or conditions of those campers, and said the campground remains open, but that section of the campground has been closed off. 

Knoebels says Locust Township police are assisting in the investigation at the park along the Northumberland and Columbia County line.

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