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4/28/16

by News Department on 04/28/16

4/28/16

by News Department on 04/28/16

Murder trial postponed...




One defendant in the August 2015 killing of a Pottsville businessman had his trial postponed Wednesday, while prosecutors announced they have appealed a judge’s decision to exclude some statements made, and evidence subsequently found, in the case against the other.

 According to the Republican Herald, First Assistant District Attorney John T. Fegley said he and Deputy Assistant District Attorney Robert I. Lipkin have appealed the decision of Judge Jacqueline L. Russell to bar the use of some statements made by 19 year old Joshua M. Lukach, of Pottsville, during his interrogation by Pottsville police. 

Lukach and 22 year old Shavinskin N. Thomas, of Pottsville, each are charged with first-degree murder. 

Fegley said Thomas’ trial was continued until September. 

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for each man.

4/28/16

by News Department on 04/28/16

County looks to build a new prison...




Overcrowding continues to be a constant issue at the Schuylkill County Prison, however, county officials say they have reduced the number of inmates and hope to have it at normal capacity by mid-summer. 

The facility was constructed to hold 150 inmates, but in recent months, the number has reached just over 300. 

The county has transferred 30 inmates to the Delaware County Prison and SCI Muncy, in Lycoming County, to remain in compliance with state regulations. 

Schuylkill County officials now say they are talking with nearby counties about the possibility of building a regional prison.

4/28/16

by News Department on 04/28/16

Frackville man charged with rape...




A man is facing charges after he was arrested for allegedly raping a 13 year old girl in West Mahanoy Township. 

According to Magisterial Records, 56 year old Michael S. Catherman, of Frackville, was charged by the Pennsylvania State Police with the crime after it was discovered he had "forced sexual contact" with a 13 year old girl. 

The incidents reportedly occurred at varioius times prior to and on April 21, 22 and 26. 

Catherman was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley, Pottsville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $100,000 straight cash bail. 

A preliminary hearing on the charges against Catherman is scheduled for May 10 before Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville.

4/28/16

by News Department on 04/28/16

Drug Take-Back Day...




The 11th National Prescription Drug "Take-Back Day” will take place this Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 am – 2:00pm, with the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Office and local Law Enforcement participating. 

The program is a one day event that is anonymous, free of charge and open to everyone. 

All expired or unwanted controlled, non-controlled and over the counter medicines are accepted. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original plastic container. 

The following locations will be collection sites: 
  • Ashland Police Dept, 401 South 18th St, Ashland
  • Butler Township Police Dept, 211 Broad St, (Fountain Springs) Ashland
  • Cass Township Police Dept, 1209 Valley Road, Duncott 
  • Frackville police Dept, 42 South Center St, Frackville 
  • Mahanoy City Police Dept, 239 East Pine St, Mahanoy City
  • Minersville Police Dept, 15 North Delaware Ave, Minersville 
  • Orwigsburg Police Dept, 209 North Warren St, Orwigsburg
  • Pine Grove Police Dept, 1 Snyder Drive, Pine Grove
  • Port Carbon Police Dept, Senior Citizens Center, 90 Washington St, Port Carbon
  • Saint Clair Police Dept, 24 North 2nd St, Saint Clair
  • Schuylkill County Court House Entrance, 401N. 2nd St, Pottsville
  • Schuylkill Haven Police Dept, 220 Parkway Ave, Schuylkill Haven 
  • Shenandoah Police Dept, 15 West Washington St, Shenandoah
  • Tamaqua Police Dept, 320 Broad St, Tamaqua 
  • Tremont Police Dept, 19 North Pine St, Tremont 

4/27/16

by News Department on 04/27/16

4/27/16

by News Department on 04/27/16

Five homeless in Pottsville Fire...




Five people are displaced following a house fire at 622 N. Second St., Pottsville, early Wednesday morning. 

The Republican Herald reports that firefighters were dispatched to the house for a working structure fire around 2 a.m. 

According to residents of the building, everyone escaped safely. There are no details yet on what caused the fire. 

We will have more details as they become available. 

Firefighters were still on scene as of 3 a.m.

4/27/16

by News Department on 04/27/16

6 Homes damaged in Fire in Northumberland County...




Six homes were damaged and demolition will begin soon on two of them after fire struck on Beech Street, in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, on Tuesday morning.

 Firefighters were first dispatched at 8:20 a.m. to the rear of a double home at 240-242 Beech St., where the fire is believed to have started.

 A single home next door at 238 Beech St., and row homes on the other side at 244-246 and 248 Beech Street were also damaged in the blaze. 

The only home at which no one was currently living was 244 Beech St., which was condemned about two years ago after a meth lab was shut down there. 

There was some discussion at the scene about a propane heater, but authorities at this time say they don't know a cause. 

No injuries were reported from the three-alarm blaze for which a contractor had already been secured for the work and, as of 11:30, those on scene were awaiting arrival of a crane to assist in the demolition.

4/27/16

by News Department on 04/27/16

Unofficial Poll Results...




Voter turnout was reported heavy on Tuesday for the Primary Election. 


National races for President, US Senate and Congress, along with Delegates to the respective party conventions were on the ticket. 


In unofficial results, Democrat, Hillary Clinton topped Bernie Sanders in Schuylkill County by about 500 votes. On the Republican side, Donald Trump garnered the most votes over Ted Cruz and John Kasich by more than 13,000 votes. 


Guy T. Anthony, Shenandoah and Carolyn L. Bonkoski, West Brunswick,will represent the 17th Congressional District as delegates at their party’s respective national convention in July. 


In the race for US Senate, Katie McGinty was the top Democrat vote getter in the county. She bested retired Admiral Joe Sestak. Republican incumbent Pat Toomey was unopposed.


 In the race for US Congress, unofficial results indicate that incumbent 17th District Congressman Matt Cartwright will head to the November race to face Republican Matt Connolly, who defeated challenger Glenn Geissinger. 


For State Treasurer, Democrat challenger Joe Torsella will face Republican challenger Otto Voit.


 For Attorney General, Democrat John Morganelli will face John Rafferty to replace embattled Kathleen Kane who is not seeking re-election. 


And in the race for State House, all area incumbents were unopposed. Democrat Neal Goodman, Jerry Knowles and Mike Tobash won the primaries in the 123rd, 124th and 125th Districts.


4/26/16

by News Department on 04/26/16

4/26/16

by News Department on 04/26/16

Product Recall...


CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution. 

The Listeria was discovered through routine testing by state health officials in Ohio. 

Listeria monocytogenes was found to be present in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn. 

Consumers are urged not to consume these products and may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. 

Consumers seeking information may call 844.551.5595. 

For a complete list of items recalled, log onto wpparadio.com and click on news.

4/26/16

by News Department on 04/26/16

Police searching for Orwigsburg man...




Authorities are looking for an Orwigsburg man who did not appear Monday for his preliminary hearing on charges he threatened to kill three black students, in March, at Penn State Schuylkill. 

According to the Republican Herald, 23 year old Devin W. Murphy posted the threat to kill the three students, whom they did not identify, on Facebook on March 6. 

After the hearing, Magisterial District Judge James R. Ferrier ordered all charges held for court against Murphy. Ferrier also asked the court to issue a bench warrant for Murphy, who had been free on $5,000 unsecured bail. 

Anyone with information on Murphy’s location is asked to call police.

4/26/16

by News Department on 04/26/16

Voters to be asked two questions on ballots today...





Today is Primary Election day. Voters, along with casting their ballots for whom they want to represent their parties in the race for president and several state offices in the November General Election, will be asked to answer two questions that will appear on ballots statewide, one of which, will not count. 

The one that matters asks whether the Pennsylvania Constitution should be amended to officially abolish the traffic court in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Traffic Court is the only court of its kind in Pennsylvania, and was shut down in 2013 after a series of scandals.

 The question that won’t count would have asked voters if they wanted to change the mandatory retirement age for Pennsylvania judges from 70 to 75. That referendum was recently delayed until the Nov. 8 election to tweak the wording, however, the ballots had already been made up. 

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in the 125 precincts throughout Schuylkill County. 

For information about getting a ride to the polls on Election Day, contact the Schuylkill County Democratic Party headquarters at 570-622-3155 or the Schuylkill County Republican Party headquarters at 570-622-1540.

4/25/16

by News Department on 04/25/16

4/25/16

by News Department on 04/25/16

Trump to rally in PA...




Donald Trump is coming to Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Republican front-runner for president will hold a rally at 7 p.m. tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township.

 According to a schedule posted at the Trump campaign website, this will be Trump’s last scheduled campaign rally before the polls open at 7 a.m. for Tuesday’s primary. 

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the event —Attendees need to register for the event on Trump’s campaign website.

4/25/16

by News Department on 04/25/16

Remains were foxes, not puppies...


The report of nine puppies pulled from a creek in Schuylkill County on April 19, near Pine Grove, was found to be untrue. 

Animal Cruelty Officer Bridget Barder, took the remains to the veterinarians at the Pennsylvania Agriculture Department for autopsies on what were thought to be either Greyhound or Great Dane puppies, and discovered the remains to actually be those of foxes, not puppies.

According to sources the foxes appeared to have been trapped. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 570-345-3540.

4/25/16

by News Department on 04/25/16

Primary Election...




Schuylkill County voters will hit the polls Tuesday for the primary election, with Republicans and Democrats voting on who they want to represent their parties in the race for president and several state offices in the November General Election. 

Republicans and Democrats will also vote for delegates to represent the 17th Congressional District at their party’s national convention. Democratic voters will select seven delegates, while Republican voters will select three. 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who is currently under felony indictment and suspended from practicing law, is not seeking re-election. Three Democrats and two Republicans are looking to replace her. 

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 125 precincts throughout the county.

4/25/16

by News Department on 04/25/16

Attempted robbery...




State police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred Saturday evening at the Gasway gas station in New Castle Township, near Saint Clair, Schuylkill County. 

Authorities said the suspect got into an altercation with the gas station attendant, striking him in the hands and arms with a pellet gun.

According to state police, the victim fought back, and chased the suspect with a baseball bat. The suspect then threw a knife at the attendant and then fled the gas station without any cash or items.

According to state police, the suspect remains at large. They describe the suspect as a white man, approximately in his late teens to early twenties, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hoodie, tan khaki pants, a black cap with a flat brim, sneakers and sunglasses. 

The attendant suffered minor abrasions on his hands and arms. 

State police continue to investigate. Anyone with information should call the State Police, Frackville barracks at 570-874-5300.

4/22/16

by News Department on 04/22/16

4/22/16

by News Department on 04/22/16

Northumberland County Prison...


The Northumberland County commissioners now own the old Northumberland County prison in Sunbury. 

The Northumberland County Authority' agreed Wednesday night to give the prison over to the county. 

Along with the deed the authority will turn over three-point-seven million dollars of insurance money from when the county prison was destroyed by fire more than a year ago. 

Commissioners say the money will be put towards renovations at the new prison site in Coal Township.

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