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9/4/15

by News Department on 09/04/15

9/4/15

by News Department on 09/04/15

Grants awarded to fire companies...



U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has awarded over $146,290 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant funds to the Tuscarora Fire Company and the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company. 

The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. 

Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $6.1 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

9/4/15

by News Department on 09/04/15

Suspect still at large...


Police are still searching for the suspect who assaulted a West Penn Township police officer. 

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening, around 6pm, when Officer Melissa Ruch stopped to assist a disabled vehicle along Route 309 on the Blue Mountain. When she approached the vehicle, a hispanic male picked her up and threw her over an embankment. 

Ruch was flown to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries. 

Police are looking for a Hispanic male, standing 6’2-6’4” tall, weighing between 240-260 lbs who was wearing a dark colored shirt and shorts with a tear drop tattoo under one eye. He was last seen operating a dark colored Nissan Maxima. 

Anyone with any information on the suspect should call 9-1-1.

9/4/15

by News Department on 09/04/15

Murder charges headed to court...




Two men charged with killing a Pottsville businessman, in August, in the city are headed to Schuylkill County Court following a preliminary hearing on Thursday. 

18 year old Joshua M. Lukach and 21 year old Shavinskin N. Thomas, both of Pottsville are being charged with numerous counts, which include 1st and 2nd degree murder. 

Pottsville police alleged that in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, Lukach and Thomas entered the home of John Brock at 14 S. 12th St., fatally stabbing him with a knife and a box-cutter. 

Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley ruled prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence to support all charges against each man and ordered them held for court. 

The pair are being held without bail in the Schuylkill County Prison.

9/4/15

by News Department on 09/04/15

Drug Bust...




Two men and a woman were jailed Wednesday after Minersville police arrested them for running an illegal drug business and seized more than $4,700 in cash, almost $10,000 in drugs and an illegal weapon. Charged were 26 year old Caleb B. Cook, of Schuylkill Haven; 

20 year old Erica Lynn Bertasavage, of Tremont; and 31 year old Brett V. Elliott, of Pottsville. Bowers said the arrests are the result of an incident that began about 1 p.m. when information was received that Elliott had methamphetamine for sale. 

Arrangements were made to meet about 3 p.m. in the area of Fourth
and Pine streets, where an undercover officer and another person waited for Elliott to arrive. 

About 3:10 p.m., Elliott arrived in a vehicle driven by Bertasavage, with Cook as a passenger, and approached the officer and asked for the money.

 Cook was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge David J. Rossi, Tremont, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $20,000 straight cash bail. Bertasavage was jailed after failing to post a total of $20,000 straight cash bail. Elliott was also committed to prison, unable to post $10,000 straight cash bail set by Rossi.

9/3/15

by News Department on 09/03/15

9/3/15

by News Department on 09/03/15

Lights on for support...




Residents of Schuylkill and surrounding counties are being asked to show their support for law enforcement through the Labor Day weekend by keeping their porch lights on. 

This is intended to show borough, State Police, emergency responders, and other Law enforcement that the public supports them and is a way of saying thank you for their service. 

The public is being asked when sharing this information on social media, to use the hashtag #LightsOn4WestPenn.

9/3/15

by News Department on 09/03/15

Charges filed after incident w/gun...




A Barnesville man was charged Tuesday night with attempted homicide after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman and pointed a gun at her and her daughter. 

24 year old Jed W. Dubuc was taken into custody after the incident that occurred around 9:30pm at a home at 1326 E. Centre St., where police were called for a domestic dispute. 

He was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge David Rossi, Tremont, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $75,000 straight cash bail.

9/3/15

by News Department on 09/03/15

PA Beer Fest...


Brew Crew Events and the Wilder Entertainment Group will be bringing Pennsylvania brewers together for a one-day event in October that puts the spotlight on beer brewed in PA. 

Brewed in PA - the Pennsylvania State Beer Festival will feature over 50 breweries from across the Keystone State at an annual beer event that's all about Pennsylvania. 

Beer drinkers will have a chance to sample beer and learn about breweries from all over PA. 

The first year event will take place on Saturday October 17th from 2pm-6pm at the Santander Performing Arts Center in downtown Reading. 

Tickets to Brewed in PA are $50 and go on sale this morning at 10 AM. They will be made available at the VF Outlet Box Office located at the Santander Arena, all ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 800.745.3000.

9/3/15

by News Department on 09/03/15

Officer assaulted...police search for suspect...




West Penn Police Officer Melissa Ruch was assaulted on Wednesday evening, after she stopped along Route 309 on the Blue Mountain for a disabled vehicle. 

According to authorities, as Ruch approached the vehicle, there was a scuffle between her and a Hispanic male, who then picked her up and threw her over a 20 feet embankment. 

Ruch suffered injuries and was flown to a local hospital. 

State Police are looking the suspect who is listed as a Hispanic Male, standing between 6' 2"-6'4", weighing approx. 240-260 lbs, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and driving a dark colored Nissan Maxima.

 Police from West Penn Township were reviewing video footage at a local store but declined to comment. 

Anyone with information is asked to call state police.

9/2/15

by News Department on 09/02/15

9/2/15

by News Department on 09/02/15

Reservoir Project...


Local and state officials had the opportunity on Tuesday morning to tour a reservoir upgrade project near Ashland designed to increase safety during very large storm events. 

DEP rates the Ashland reservoir as a “high hazard dam,” which is any dam so located as to endanger populated areas downstream by its failure. 

The reservoir, located in Butler Township about one mile off Malones Road, is owned by the Ashland Area Municipal Authority, which is funding the $1.675 million project through a low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority. 

Project work began on April 27, with the majority of the work to be completed before the end of this year. Finishing work will be completed next spring.

9/2/15

by News Department on 09/02/15

Rest Haven under new ownership...




Rest Haven is officially under new ownership and will now be called Rosewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. 

According to the Republican Herald, Investment 360°, of Lakewood, New Jersey, took over Tuesday as owners of the former county nursing facility after agreeing to purchase it for $10.9 million in May.

 Lisa Sophia, chief operating officer of the company, said she was meeting with all employees throughout the day Tuesday at the nursing home and it is expected that “over 90 percent” of the employees will be staying to work under the new ownership.

9/2/15

by News Department on 09/02/15

Luzerne County man missing...





Police in Luzerne County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing man. Authorities say 52-year-old Samuel Vacante, of Drums, was last seen on Monday, August 31. 

Police say he may be injured. 

The last contact anyone had with Vacante was at 8:30 Monday evening. Butler Township police believe he may be driving a white Kia sedan with PA plates, j-m-r 9-5-9-5. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Butler Township Police at (570) 788-4111.

9/2/15

by News Department on 09/02/15

Suspect apprehended...




A Pine Grove man admitted Tuesday to a robbery from the weekend. According to authorities, 22 year old Cody Sticker was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

 Sticker confessed to committing the robbery that took place early Saturday morning at the Raceway Truck Stop in Tremont Township.

Police said Sticker used a shotgun and fired a shot through the door, then threatened to shoot the clerk if he didn’t give him money. 

Sticker was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David Rossi and committed to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.

9/1/15

by News Department on 09/01/15

9/1/15

by News Department on 09/01/15

Budget Impasse...


According to a recently released Franklin & Marshall College poll the majority of polled registered voters in Pennsylvania have laid the blame for the budget impasse on the shoulders of lawmakers. 

Of the 605 voters — 298 Democrats, 228 Republicans and 79 Independents — only 29 percent said Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is to blame, while 54 percent said it’s the Legislature’s fault the state is without a budget two months after the June 30 deadline to pass one.

An additional 17 percent said they didn’t know who’s responsible for the impasse. 

The Wolf administration and the GOP have locked horns over the budget. Wolf, who put forth his own $31.6 billion budget proposal, vetoed the Republican-drafted $30.2 billion budget nearly nine weeks ago.

9/1/15

by News Department on 09/01/15

Firefighters return from battling wildfires...




Five members of the PA Wildland Fire Crew in Schuylkill County returned home Sunday after assisting in battling wildfires in Montana last month. 

The Republican Herald reports that the volunteer crew is part of the Weiser Forest District, of which Schuylkill County belongs, and included Chad Northcraft, of Frackville, Dave Duffy, of Tamaqua, Mark Shuey, of Ashland, Jake Novitsky, of Coaldale, and Steve Ziegler, of Shartlesville, who is also a fire forester for Schuylkill County. 

They group was part of a 20-member team from Pennsylvania that split into three squads to help combat the fires.

9/1/15

by News Department on 09/01/15

Supporters create online petition for Kane...


Supporters of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane created an online petition that opposes efforts to suspend her law license as she continues to fight criminal charges against her. 

The petition, created on Change.org, asks the state Supreme Court to halt any action on her license until the criminal case against her is resolved. 

The petition is apparently in response to reports that said the board that reviews misconduct of attorneys had recommended the state Supreme Court suspend Kane’s law license. 

The petition is addressed to 15 elected officials, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and several members of the disciplinary board. 

Kane was charged Aug. 6 with perjury, official oppression and several other counts for allegedly releasing confidential information from a 2009 grand jury investigation, then lying to a grand jury that investigated the leak. She has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to remain in office.

9/1/15

by News Department on 09/01/15

Police seek help in cold case...


The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for help identifying a female from a 1986 Cold Case from Schuylkill County. 

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, In April 1986, an unidentified African American female was found deceased near I-81, McAdoo exit, in Kline Township. 

At the time of her death she was thought to be 21-25 years old, making her birth year likely between 1961-1965. 

She is described as 5'4", 110 lb, with black hair and brown eyes. A small vertical scar was on the upper right cheek. She wore a silver colored friendship ring with a hexagonal outer edge and Florentine finish. 

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of this female should contact TPR Zulick, PSP Frackville, at (570) 874-5300 or azulick@pa.gov.

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