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12/9/16

by News Department on 12/09/16

12/9/16

by News Department on 12/09/16

Trump coming to Hershey...




The President Elect Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence are bringing their USA Thank You Tour to Hershey next week. 

According the schedule on www.donaldjtrump.com, an event has been scheduled at the Giant Arena, in Hershey, on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00pm. 

Tickets can be acquired through https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/. Doors for the event will open at 4:00pm.

12/9/16

by News Department on 12/09/16

Flu season...




The state Department of Health announced that nine people in Schuylkill County have tested positive for the flu this season.

 According to the Republican Herald, DOH data shows there have been 512 confirmed cases of the flu, statewide with one death being reported. The DOH will not confirm who that person is, but data show a person who was between 50 and 64 years old when they died.

 Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David G. Moylan said previously a 50-year-old woman from Schuylkill County died of the flu in November.

 The flu season often starts in October and November and peaks between December and March. It is recommended that those 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. 

Symptoms can include a fever, sore throat, muscle or body aches, a runny or stuffy nose and a cough. 

The DOH releases flu updates on its website, www.health.pa.gov, every week during flu season.

12/9/16

by News Department on 12/09/16

Barletta turns down position...




U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta withdrew his name Thursday morning from consideration to become secretary of labor in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. 

Barletta, a member of Trump’s transition team executive committee, in Hazleton, reported after his Nov. 29 meeting with the president-elect, that Trump offered him the job and he wanted “a day or so” to think about it. 

Barletta said that after much consideration he believes he can get a lot more done as a congressman on issues he’s passionate about like transportation and immigration.

12/9/16

by News Department on 12/09/16

Grant approved...





State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David G. Argall announced that they helped secure $2.477 million in state grants to help replace a bridge, extend an airport runway and repair a road in Schuylkill County. 

The three grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority at its meeting Tuesday. 

The Schuylkill County Airport Authority will receive $1,627,845, Saint Clair will receive $750,000 and West Mahanoy Township will receive $100,000. 

The airport authority will use the grant to extend the runway at the Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey Airport. Saint Clair will use its grant to help repair the 51-year-old, weather-worn Lawton Street Bridge. West Mahanoy Township will use its grant to repair Altamont Boulevard between Industrial Park Road and the access road to the Schuylkill Mall and the State Correctional Facility at Frackville.

12/8/16

by News Department on 12/08/16

12/8/16

by News Department on 12/08/16

Trezise to be paroled...





Schuylkill County judge John E. Domalakes ruled Wednesday, that a former teacher, who in September admitted prosecutors, could prove she indecently assaulted a male student, is not a sexually violent predator. 

40 year old Melinda A. Trezise of Cressona, formerly a sixth-grade teacher in the North Schuylkill School District, pleaded no contest on Sept. 7 after being charged by Butler Township police with having improper contact with the victim, a 13-year-old boy, starting in December 2014 and continuing until April 15, 2015. 

Domalakes also granted Trezise’s request for parole, effective on Dec. 14, in order to allow Trezise to start her sexual offender counseling sessions. 

She will be subject to 25 years of Megan’s Law sanctions for her conduct. 

Trezise was originally sentenced to serve two to 23 months in prison.

12/8/16

by News Department on 12/08/16

Fire ruled accidental...




A malfunctioning wood-burning stove is being blamed for a fire that damaged a home in Mahanoy Township, early Wednesday morning. 

Firefighters were called out at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday morning for the report of a structure fire at 115 Roosevelt Drive, in Morea and found flames inside the in the area of the wood stove. 

Mahanoy City Fire Chief Dan Markiewicz said it was determined a malfunction with the stove caused the blaze that he ruled accidental. 

Richard Trexler and his mother, who reside at the home have been left temporarily homeless and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

12/8/16

by News Department on 12/08/16

Recall...





Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary Class II recall of one production run of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars due to the presence of small plastic pieces found in a limited number of bars sold in the U.S. 

Products being recalled are individual bars of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars with “best by” dates of 10JUN17N4 or 11JUN17N4 and 12-count caddies of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars with “best by” dates of 10JUN17N4 or 11JUN17N4. 

The company is asking consumers to return product to the store where purchased to request an exchange or full refund. Affected product should then be discarded and not consumed. 

Clif Bar reported that they have not received any reports of injuries as a result of the plastic. 

Consumers with questions may contact 1-866-967-9776.

12/8/16

by News Department on 12/08/16

Commissioners approve increase...




The Schuylkill County commissioners approved a preliminary 2017 budget Wednesday that includes a 1 mill increase for property owners in the county. 

According to the Republican Herald, the real estate millage will increase to 14.98 mills. The per capita tax will remain at $5. 

Paul Buber, county finance director, said that the average value of a residential home in the county is $63,190 and the average assessment is $31,595, meaning that the 1 mill increase will be approximately an additional $31.59 per year for the average home owner. 

The final budget will be presented to the board for action on Dec. 28.

12/7/16

by News Department on 12/07/16

12/7/16

by News Department on 12/07/16

Power Outage...




A power outage affected over 1,000 PPL customers, leaving them without power, late Tuesday night in northern Schuylkill County. 

The outage occurred at 10:20pm and was reported to have been due to a motor vehicle accident. 

According to PPL, the outage was mainly in West Mahanoy Township/Ringtown area and affected around 1,100 customers. 

PPL reported that power was restored by 1:30am but anyone experiencing issues should call PPL.

12/7/16

by News Department on 12/07/16

Man jailed in Shamokin robbery...




A Shamokin man is accused of robbing the convenience store he frequents then using the money to buy drugs. 

Authorities said 32 year old Shaun P. Bannon, of Shamokin, is accused of going to the Penn Jersey Food Mart, 316 N. Shamokin St., and taking money out of the register. 

The clerk said the amount could be up to $1,500. Patrolman Nathan Rhodes said they found Bannon at his residence, and he admitted to taking the cash to purchase heroin and pills. 

Bannon was arraigned before Magisterial District John Gembic and incarcerated in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000.

12/7/16

by News Department on 12/07/16


Summit Hill police are still looking for the whereabouts of two people involved in an alleged abduction, assault and robbery that occurred within the borough limits last month. 

Borough police said that they are still trying to locate 54 year old John Russup, 54, whose last known address was Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua; and 31 year old Amber Neff, 31, whose last known address was Rockery Road, Spring Grove, in connection with the incident. 

49 year old Kerri Blasko, 49, of Coaldale, was arrested last week for her part in the abduction and is currently being held in Carbon County Correctional Facility unable to post bail. 

The trio was wanted in connection with an alleged abduction that resulted in the stabbing and robbery of a Tamaqua woman on the evening of Nov. 18. 

According to police, the woman reported that she had been kidnapped, robbed and stabbed by two women and a man.

 Anyone with information on Russup or Neff’s whereabouts is asked to call Summit Hill police at 570-645-7429 or call 911.

12/7/16

by News Department on 12/07/16

BB & T Robbed...




Police in Northumberland County have released security camera images from a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday morning.

 Authorities said a man robbed the BB&T Bank on Chestnut Street in Kulpmont around 11:15 a.m. 

The robber said he had a gun and got away with an estimated $6000 in cash. 

Anyone with information is asked to call borough police at 570-373-1522 or the communications center at 570-988-4539.

12/6/16

by News Department on 12/06/16

12/6/16

by News Department on 12/06/16

Theft charges...




Thanks to the help of social media, a woman has been charged with retail theft after an incident at Hadesty’s Hardwaare Store, in Pottsville.

 Pottsville Police said a Dewalt drill valued at $199.99 had been stolen from the store in November and employees had posted video footage of a female suspect on social media. Several people had responded to the posting and indicated the suspect was 28 year old Carissa Delpais, of Schuylkill Haven. 

On Thursday, 12/01/16, authorities located the stolen drill at Cash and Trading Pawn Shop, 16 N. Centre Street and confirmed that Delpais had sold the drill to the store for $50.00. 

Based on the investigation results a criminal complaint was filed at Magisterial District Judge James K. Reilly's office charging Delpais with Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.

12/6/16

by News Department on 12/06/16

FACHE...



Gabriel M. Kamarousky, FACHE, Vice President of Operations of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. 

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. 

Kamarousky previously served as Vice President of Clinical and Support Services, Director of Business Development and Ancillary Services and Radiology Informatics Administrator at the former Schuylkill Health System, Pottsville, PA. 

He began his career in the patient care field working as a Cat Scan Technologist at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and the Reading Health System.


12/6/16

by News Department on 12/06/16

Charges filed 3 years after fatal crash...




Police have charged a man for a deadly crash that happened more than two years ago, claiming the lives of two Schuylkill County residents.

 Glenn Merideth, of Strong, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, among other charges, Monday, after admitting he was drunk behind the wheel when he crashed into a car, on Route 54 in Mount Carmel Township, in 2013, killing 92 year old Charles Carl and 76 year old Ronald Matejick. 

Meredith is scheduled to appear in court on February 25.

12/6/16

by News Department on 12/06/16

Fire leaves 6 homeless...




A fire Monday morning, in Northumberland County, has left six people homeless. 

Crews were called out just before 9am to the 800 block of West Spruce Street, in Coal Township, for the 2 alarm blaze that reportedly started in the back; kitchen area, of a half-double home at 840 and quickly spread to the adjoining home at 842. 

The fire caused extensive damage to those two homes and smoke and water damage to adjoining homes.

 No injuries were reported. 

Left homeless were Chadd and Becky Hauer, along with their three daughters, ages 7, 4 and 18 months, of 840 W. Spruce St., and their neighbor, Steven Gallie, of 842 W. Spruce St. 

The Red Cross is helping the family and clothing donations for the children are also being taken for sizes, 7, 3T and 18 months by calling 570-509-2256.

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