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2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

Kane's license remains suspended...


Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license will remain suspended after the state’s highest court on Friday denied her request to have it reinstated while she fights criminal charges of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it. 

The court’s unanimous rejection could pave the way to an unprecedented vote in the state Senate on whether to remove her from office.

 Kane faces perjury and other charges in Montgomery County, with a trial currently scheduled for August. 

A Senate vote could happen in the coming weeks after a special committee spent about three months exploring the question of whether Kane could run the 800-employee law enforcement office without a law license. 

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said senators will discuss the matter when they reconvene in the Capitol next week.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

Bald eagle killed...




The Northeast Region Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking anyone who may have information on an immature bald eagle that was found dead in Carbon County. Wildlife Conservation Officer Cory Bentzoni reports that the eagle was shot and killed with a firearm, likely before Jan. 23. 

The bald eagle is federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and is a protected species under the Game and Wildlife Code. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the NE Region of the PA Game Commission at (570) 675-1143.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

YMCA searches for pool...




The Schuylkill YMCA will have to continue searching to find pools for its swimmers to practice in. 

Linda H. Jones, the organization’s swim coach, is hoping an area school district will commit to a long-term rental agreement. In previous years, the Schuylkill YMCA rented the pool at Pottsville Area numerous days a week for practice during its swim season, which begins in September and wraps up in March but the Pottsville Area school board was reluctant to give the team rental time this school year.

The Schuylkill YMCA’s swim team which is made up of 22 swimmers between the ages 6 and 15 has been renting time to practice at several district pools. Soon, the Schuylkill YMCA will be sending out rental requests for summer training from the end of May to the end of July.

 Schuylkill YMCA’s swim program is seven years old this year.

2/8/16

by News Department on 02/08/16

Argall wants input...




Senator David G. Argall will be listening to the concerns of local residents and discussing the governor’s latest budget proposal during a telephone town hall event. 

Argall said, “The governor is scheduled to deliver his second budget address in which he’s expected to ask the taxpayers for more of their hard-earned money,” and he is urging Berks and Schuylkill County residents is to not give in to the governor’s demands for higher taxes.

 Local residents can participate in the town hall event by signing up on Senator Argall’s website in advance at www.SenatorArgall.com or by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and using access code 111786. 

The telephone town hall event will take place on Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Drinking/Driving...




Super Bowl 50 is being held on Sunday and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Schuylkill County law enforcement officials are urging football fans not to drink & drive. 

David Everly, regional coordinator with the North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program, Pottsville, said the NHTSA’s “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. 

He added that according to data from NHTSA, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2014, 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation. Everly said those numbers increase on weekends when there were 5,447 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, making up 40 percent of all fatalities that occurred during weekends. 

Everly added that the NHTSA’s new SaferRide mobile app is also available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Jury locked...




For a second time this week, a Schuylkill County jury on Thursday did not convict 49 year old David R. Moran, of Pottsville, of charges stemming from an alleged encounter with a Mahanoy City woman; although this time he was acquitted on only one charge. 

Mahanoy City police charged Moran with assaulting the woman on June 2, 2015, at her Mahanoy Avenue home, alleging Moran, assaulted the woman to try to prevent her from pursuing rape and other charges stemming from an earlier incident in East Union Township. 

Judge Jacqueline L. Russell had dismissed a charge of stalking before the jury started deliberations. 

Assistant District Attorney Debra A. Smith said after the verdict that she would consult with District Attorney Christine A. Holman before deciding whether to retry Moran on the remaining charges. Because the jury did not reach a verdict on those charges, Moran can be retried on them without violating the constitutional ban on double jeopardy. 

The earliest a retrial could occur would be during the April criminal court term, which begins April 4.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Queen to be crowned...


A new queen will be crowned to reign over the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival on Saturday during the 49th annual Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival. 

Twenty-two women, ranging in age from 18 to 29, are vying for the crown with the winner joining the Snowdrop Princess and Snowflake Princess to make up the 2016 Winter Carnival royalty. 

The Senior Princess Coronation Pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pottsville Area High School’s Auditorium. Tickets are $6 and available at the door or through any contestant. Following the pageant, the women will celebrate at the Queen’s Ball at St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose. Those tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. 

For more information, visit the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival Facebook page.

2/5/16

by News Department on 02/05/16

Possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning...




Carbon Monoxide poisoning could be to blame for the death of a Cumbola woman, who died recently and was found in her home Thursday. 

According to the Republican Herald, Deputy Coroner Joseph Pothering pronounced 91 year old Eleanor S. Murphy dead at 10:02 a.m. after being dispatched by the Schuylkill County Communications Center.

Murphy was found insider her home by a relative who was notified by a neighbor after someone noticed uncollected newspapers outside.

Pothering said there was a malfunction on the heating unit after discovering a switch had been tripped on the oil burner, noting that there were no visible smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in the house. 

Pothering offered a reminder that all homeowners should have regular maintenance performed on heating equipment and homes should have proper safety equipment, such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 

A virtual autopsy was conducted Thursday but no official cause of death has officially been listed as officials await toxicology tests.

2/4/16

by News Department on 02/04/16

2/4/16

by News Department on 02/04/16

Wolf wants to increase education subsidy...




Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he still thinks bipartisan support exists to boost state education aid by significant amounts as he signed a law to postpone a new statewide student test requirement. 

The governor wants to increase the state basic education subsidy by $200 million, or 3.3 percent, for fiscal 2016-17. This would be on top of the unrealized $377 million subsidy increase for the current fiscal year that was part of a state budget deal that fell apart in December in part over tax issues. 

This partial budget provides half of the annual basic education subsidy which means some schools districts could have to borrow money by March or April in order to stay open. 

Wolf is scheduled to give his budget address for fiscal 2016-17 on Tuesday amidst continuing partisan warfare over the partial $23 billion budget in place for fiscal 2015-16.

2/4/16

by News Department on 02/04/16

3 Remain in Jr. Idol...




The three finalists for the title of Schuylkill County Junior Idol VIII were announced Wednesday. 

16 year old Carmyn Carduff, of Shenandoah, 13 year old Jacqueline Bubnis, of Shendandoah, and 14 year old Raven Wesley, of New Ringgold, are the three remaining contestants of the 18 who started in January. 

They will compete at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Schuylkill Mall for the chance to be named Schuylkill County Junior Idol VIII. 

A winner will be announced after the conclusion.

2/4/16

by News Department on 02/04/16

No students injured in bus accident...




Some Blue Mountain students were on a bus that was involved in a chain reaction accident in Schuylkill Haven on Wednesday. 

According to the Republican Herald, Schuylkill Haven police Chief Jeff Walcott said no students were injured on the R&J bus as a result of the accident that took place at 3:14 p.m. in the northbound lane on Centre Ave. in the borough. 

He said the bus had at least 20 students on at the time of the accident and was stopped in traffic. Walcott did not release the names of the occupants of the vehicles involved as officers were still gathering information. 

Blue Mountain Superintendent David Helsel said the students will be evaluated by district health staff today to make sure they are OK.

2/4/16

by News Department on 02/04/16

IRS Site down...




The Internal Revenue Service experienced a hardware failure Wednesday afternoon affecting a number of tax processing systems, which are currently unavailable. 

In a press release, the IRS said several of their systems are not currently operating, including the modernized e-file system. IRS.gov remains available, although a number of the services on the site are not, including Where’s My Refund. 

Taxpayers can continue to prepare and file their tax returns as they normally would and can continue to send their tax returns to their e-file provider, noting that these companies will hold the tax returns until the IRS resumes accepting electronic tax returns. 

Taxpayers who have already filed their tax returns do not need to take any additional action. 

The IRS is still assessing the scope of the outage and is currently in the process of making repairs and working to restore normal operations as soon as possible.

2/3/16

by News Department on 02/03/16

2/3/16

by News Department on 02/03/16

Red Cross is in dire need...





The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood. 


The winter weather has caused more than 300 blood drives to be canceled in 20 states since Jan. 1, the organization said in a statement. 


That resulted in more than 9,000 donations being uncollected, the Red Cross said. In the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, which includes Schuylkill County and five other counties, six blood drives were canceled since Jan. 23. One of those blood drives was in Schuylkill County. 


Photo identification is required and potential donors must be at least 16 years old and weight at least 110 pounds. Several locations have been added for upcoming blood drives. For the complete list, log onto WPPAradio.com. For more information about the American Red Cross, call 800-RED-CROSS.


Ashland
Monday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Road, (Gordon)
Frackville
Monday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 48 S. Nice St., Route 61
2/13/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Schuylkill Mall, 830 Schuylkill Mall Blvd.
Mar Lin
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mar Lin Citizen Hose Company, 401 Maple Ave.
Pottsville
Feb. 9: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Salvation Army, 400 Sanderson St.
Feb. 10: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Alvernia University Schuylkill Center, 1544 Route 61 Highway South, Suite 6190
Valley View
Feb. 15: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1382 W. Main St.

2/3/16

by News Department on 02/03/16

4 Shenandoah man pleads guilty in drug ring...




A fourth Shenandoah man admitted Monday in U.S. District Court in Scranton that he participated in a heroin trafficking ring that operated for almost four years in Schuylkill County. 

A federal grand jury in Scranton indicted 27 year old Nicolai Varga on Sept. 8, 2015, as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement in Schuylkill County. 

Varga pleaded guilty Monday, to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. 

According to prosecutors, the large-scale heroin trafficking ring operated between 2012 and September 2015 in Schuylkill County.

 Senior U.S. District Judge James M. Munley scheduled the defendant’s sentencing for 10 a.m. April 28 in Scranton. 

Varga faces a mandatory five-year minimum prison term and could spend as long as 40 years behind bars.

2/3/16

by News Department on 02/03/16

Jr. Idol narrows to 3...




Six semifinalists performed in the Schuylkill County Jr. Idol last night at the Schuylkill Mall, in Frackville, but that number will quickly be narrowed down to three. 

Those names will be will be announced at 3 p.m. today on the Schuylkill Mall’s website, www.shopschuylkillmall.com. 

The three finalists will sing at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 and the winner will be announced after the conclusion. 

The winner of Schuylkill County Junior Idol VIII will receive numerous prizes, along with a chance to perform at the Schuylkill County Fair in August.

2/3/16

by News Department on 02/03/16

Man smuggles drugs into prison...




A Lehigh County man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to smuggle drugs into a Schuylkill County Federal Prison. 

According to authorities, 51 year old William Bonilla, of Allentown, arrived at the Federal Prison Institution - Schuylkill, on Friday, January 29th, 2016 and after being searched, was found to be in possession of multiple packages of drugs. 

Officials say the drugs were allegedly going to be passed to an inmate during the visit. 

Bonilla was arraigned Friday afternoon and sent to Schuylkill County Prison after failing to post $25,000 bail. He is scheduled for a Feb. 8 preliminary hearing.

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