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8/4/15

by News Department on 08/04/15

Forty Volunteer for United Way Stuff the Bus-8/4/15

by News Department on 08/04/15

Forty Volunteer for Stuff the Bus

On Monday, about 40 volunteers from Schuylkill United Way member agencies, as well as volunteers from several businesses, stuffed backpacks at the Salvation Army building, 400 Sanderson St., Pottsville. 

The 1200 backpacks donated by those in the community will make the start of school for children in the county a little easier.

Michelle Halabura, director of community relations, said monetary donations from the public and from the Tamaqua and Pottsville Salvation Armies went to purchase the backpacks and the school supplies were donated from July 1 through July 31 during the 13th annual “Stuff the Bus” event held by the Schuylkill United Way. 

There is still time to drop off school supplies at Wal-Mart in Saint Clair. Donations will still be accepted until mid-August, Halabura said.

8/4/15

by News Department on 08/04/15


Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of a Pottsville man, Monday, on charges related to inappropriate communication, with two girls, who he thought were minors. 

51 year old Luke John Zelinsky was arrested after allegedly using the Internet to set up a sexual encounter with persons he believed to be a mother and her two young daughters, ages 13 and 9.

 According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent responded to the advertisement posing as a 39-year-old female with two daughters and a meeting was set at a location in Pottsville, where Zelinsky was arrested on July 25. 

Zelinsky posted bond following a preliminary arraignment. He is tentatively scheduled to appear Aug. 4 for a preliminary hearing and will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Elo of the Child Predator Section.

8/4/15

by News Department on 08/04/15

State police at Schuylkill Haven have identified the man who died Sunday after swimming at “The Rock” in the Schuylkill River. 


20 year old Davyd Tarasyuk, of Philadelphia, attempted to swim across the river and encountered difficulty doing so. 

According to police, several of his brothers tried to bring him to shore, but also became exhausted after trying to get to him. 

His body was found in about 10 feet of water in the West Brunswick Township side of the river, which is near the Schuylkill County/Berks County line.

8/4/15

by News Department on 08/04/15


The 14 Stations of the Cross were stolen Saturday from the chapel walls at St. John the Baptist Church, 915 Mahantongo St., in Pottsville. 

The Republican Herald reports that according to a police report from the Pottsville police Monday, officers were dispatched to the church at 2:17 p.m. Saturday. 

The Rev. David Loeper told police that someone had stolen the 14 plaster wall hangings as well as two crystal candle sticks and a painted statue. 

Police said that preliminary evidence suggests that they entered the church through an unlocked door between 10:30 a.m. and noon Saturday and left the building toward Howard Avenue. 

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Pottsville police at 570-622-1234, extension 332.

8/3/15

by News Department on 08/03/15

8/3/15

by News Department on 08/03/15


Fire crews were called out just before midnight, Friday, to a working structure fire at 3rd and Middle Street Ashland. 


When crews first arrived, they found flames shooting from the rear of an apartment building in the 300 Block on Middle Street. 


Crews were able to save the front apartments of building. However 2-3 apartments suffered fire damage near the rear of the building. The Red Cross was also on scene to assist fire victims. 


There is no word yet on what caused the blaze.

 

8/3/15

by News Department on 08/03/15


A traffic stop has led to drug charges for a Shenandoah man. According to West Hazleton Police, officers pulled over a vehicle for a shattered taillight just after 10pm on July 20th. 

While conducting the traffic stop, officers discovered probable cause to conduct a search of the vehicle which revealed a passenger attempting to conceal narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

The passenger, 22 year old Stephen Lawrence Usalis, of Shenandoah, is facing charges related to possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

8/3/15

by News Department on 08/03/15


A family of five has been left temporarily homeless after fire damaged their home Sunday. 

The Republican Herald reports that firefighters were called to 204 Saint John St. just after 7:30 p.m. and found heavy fire in the kitchen as well as smoke billowing out of the front of the two-story building.

Authorities said the family was not home when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. 

Fire officials believe that the fire started in the kitchen, adding that the investigation into the exact cause will continue this morning.

8/3/15

by News Department on 08/03/15

A 20-year-old Philadelphia man was pulled from the Schuylkill River north of Hamburg by emergency dive crews Sunday night after being underwater for more than 30 minutes. 


Authorities said initial calls for the water rescue came in about 6:20 p.m., with emergency crews from Berks and Schuylkill responding, along with state police. 

The victim was swimming with family and friends when he became distressed and went underwater in a stretch of the river that runs between Berks and Schuylkill counties. 

According to Hamburg Deputy Fire Chief Jarrod Emes, he was in cardiac arrest when pulled from the water and was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The drowning marked the second in the area over the weekend. On Saturday morning the body of a 20-year-old Reading man was recovered from a flooded quarry in Robeson Township. 

Preliminary autopsy results released Sunday indicate that Demond Link died of accidental drowning at the quarry, according to officials in the coroner's office.

7/31/15

by News Department on 07/31/15

7/31/15

by News Department on 07/31/15

The 32nd annual Schuylkill County Fair continues today with food, games, activities and livestock exhibitions.

 Today is Country Day at the Fair. Tonight, American Idol, and country singer Bucky Covington takes the M&T Bank stage at 9pm. 

The Schuylkill County Fair runs thru Saturday. 

For more information, log onto schuylkillfair.com.

7/31/15

by News Department on 07/31/15


A Northumberland County man has been locked up after being charged with sexual assault in Schuylkill County. 

According to authorities, 27 year old Johnathan Rockwell Grove, has been jailed in Schuylkill County prison on rape charges stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted a male child 5 or 6 times in Gilberton back in 2003. 

Court documents show that Grove was taken into custody on Wednesday and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $50,000 bail and is waiting for a preliminary hearing on the charges against him.

7/31/15

by News Department on 07/31/15

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reminds race fans traveling to Pocono Raceway and others traveling to the Pocono Mountain region this weekend that single lane conditions exist on I-81 northbound and southbound in Schuylkill County between the Lebanon County line and Exit 104 PA 125.



Traffic volumes are expected to be larger than usual this weekend and significant delays are expected on I-81 in Schuylkill County. The lanes are restricted on I-81 for a highway repair project that began in March and goes until May 2017. 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com.

7/31/15

by News Department on 07/31/15


The death of a borough woman found in her home Monday night has been ruled a homicide. 

According to the Republican Herald, Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David Moylan said an autopsy conducted Wednesday on 57 year old Karen Kimmel determined the woman died from loss of blood, due to a deep laceration to her neck. 

Also found in the house was 55 year old Donald Ray Erb. An autopsy on Erb was performed Thursday night at Reading Hospital but the results were not immediately available. 

Both Kimmel and Erb were pronounced dead in their home at 2031 Walnut St. home shortly after officers responded for a welfare check about 9:30 p.m.

7/30/15

by News Department on 07/30/15

7/30/15

by News Department on 07/30/15


The 32nd edition of the Schuylkill County Fair is in full swing with food, fun, games and activities, including livestock exhibitions, highlighting the event. 

The fairgrounds in Summit Station are located along Route 895. 

Today is Dairy Day and Tonight it’s classic rock favorites with Sapphire, appearing on the M&T Stage with two shows at 7 and 9pm.

7/30/15

by News Department on 07/30/15


An equipment failure left 1,625 PPL customers without power in the Orwigsburg area on Wednesday morning. 

Jessica Long, PPL Regional Affairs Director for Harrisburg and Lancaster regions said the outage, caused by equipment failure, did not seem to be heat related, and lasted for approximately 2 hours.

 According to Long,1,625 customers were initially without power. PPL restored power to 500 customers by 9:40 a.m. and all remaining customers were back in power by 11 a.m.

7/30/15

by News Department on 07/30/15

The inaugural meeting of the West Market Street Landlord Responsibility and Tenant Issue Committee in Pottsville took place on Tuesday night and city officials said they’re hoping to open lines of communication with landlords in that section of downtown. 


According to the Republican Herald, this is one of the committees that city officials recently developed as part of the West Market Street Improvement Initiative, an effort to improve a six-block area of downtown Pottsville, a section of West Market Street from North Centre to North Sixth streets. 

Amy S. Burkhart, executive director of the Pottsville Area Development Corp., said the committee will make an effort to invite landlords to the committee’s next meeting, slated for 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at PADCO’s offices. 

Anyone interested in attending can register by calling 570-628-4647.

7/30/15

by News Department on 07/30/15


A Lehigh County Judge sentenced 26 year old Anthony Heath, of Allentown, to life in prison plus eight to 16 years for murdering a Schuylkill County woman and burning her body. 


Firefighters investigating a brush fire the morning of Feb. 1, 2014, found 35 year old Angela Steigerwalt’s body on the side of Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe. 


Heath was arrested a day later in North Carolina, driving Steigerwalt’s car after police tracked the vehicle through the car’s OnStar system.


 On June 23, a jury found Heath guilty of first-degree murder for killing Steigerwalt on Jan. 31, 2014. The verdict guaranteed Heath a life sentence without parole.


 Heath told the judge that he plans to appeal.




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