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7/29/16

by News Department on 07/29/16

7/29/16

by News Department on 07/29/16

Event to close streets in the city...




Pottsville police said that due to the annual City Cycle 17 bike race on Saturday, several streets will be temporarily closed in Pottsville.

 Beginning at 8 a.m., Laurel Boulevard will be closed from 12th to 16th streets until approximately 9:30 a.m. for the children’s events. Following the end of these races, Laurel Boulevard will be re-opened for westbound traffic to D.H.H. Lengel Middle School lower entrance.

Then, about 9 a.m., the following roadways will be closed until the conclusion of the race: York Farm Road between 16th Street and Maple Avenue; Eastwood Lane; Maple Avenue from York Farm Road to Fourth Street; Edgewood Road; Woodglen Road between Edgewood Road and Westwood Road; First Avenue between 18th Street and Providence Place; 18th Street between First Avenue and Elk Avenue; Elk Avenue between 16th and 18th streets; and 16th Street between Elk Avenue and Mount Hope Avenue. 

All roadways will reopen immediately following the conclusion of the race, which is expected to be no later than 11:30 a.m.

7/29/16

by News Department on 07/29/16

Missing funds case, closed...




No criminal charges will be filed, according to State investigators, in a case involving missing funds at the Kline Township Municipal Authority.

 In a news release issued Wednesday, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s District Attorney’s office, the investigation has been officially closed. 

The case, which originated in mid-2014, involves $309,718.50 in funds that were discovered missing during an audit.

It is believed that problems with a computer and computer software, dating back to 2008, is the reason the audit is showing more than $300,000 missing. 

Investigators have concluded the claims of missing funds were unfounded.

7/29/16

by News Department on 07/29/16

Olivieri faces more charges...




Jesse Olivieri, Ashland, is facing new charges relating to the May 20 incident at the White House, when he was shot by a Secret Service officer, while carrying a handgun after he refused to stop entering a security gate. 

According to information submitted by U.S. Attorney Channing P. Phillips, the federal government filed a felony charge, on Tuesday, of impeding or resisting certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon. 

However, Olivieri may not be incarcerated much longer, as there was a plea agreement made after the most recent charges were filed. 

Olivieri, a 2003 North Schuylkill High School graduate, intends to plead guilty to that charge, according to a referral for presentence investigation report filed Thursday by the Federal Public Defenders office. A date has not yet been set for the plea hearing.

7/29/16

by News Department on 07/29/16

Budget cuts to libraries...




The Pottsville Area School District has made more cuts to its budget, which will lead to two libraries without annual funding from the district this year. 

According to the Republican Herald, the school district decided not to include contributions of $55,000 to the Pottsville Free Public Library and $2,300 to the Port Carbon Public Library in its 2016-17 budget.

 Although the Port Carbon library receives a much smaller amount from the school district, $2,300 still makes up a significant portion of its budget. 

Meanwhile, the Pottsville library is still recovering from state funding cuts of nearly 50 percent several years ago when the staff was reduced by about a third. 

The library currently has 13 employees, which includes several part-time positions. The board is now planning to meet to discuss options.

7/28/16

by News Department on 07/28/16

7/28/16

by News Department on 07/28/16

Northumberland County Prison update...


Northumberland County Commissioner Sam Schiccatano said the new county prison probably won’t open until spring 2018 as officials continue to develop plans to convert the former Northwestern Academy in Coal Township into a jail that can house approximately 300 inmates. 

Schiccatano said the $6.5 million purchase agreement for the 168-acre prison site was completed June 30. 

The county so far has spent over $11 million with no progress in building a new prison. 

The county’s former prison at 39 N. Second St., Sunbury, which was built in 1876, was heavily damaged by fire Jan. 14, 2015. Since then, inmates have been housed in a separate division at SCI-Coal Township, SCI-Muncy and other counties. 

Commissioners are hopeful a construction schedule can be developed in the next 30 days.

7/28/16

by News Department on 07/28/16

Commissioners allocate funds...




Due to an increase in child placements, the Schuylkill County commissioners, on Wednesday, approved a $500,000 allocation for Children & Youth. 

According to the Republican Herald, Lisa Stevens, Children & Youth executive director, said, “Most of the placements have been due to severe drug-related issues.” 

Paul Buber, county finance director, said the money comes from the county’s contingency fund. The agency has had 324 placements this year as of June 30, an increase of 88 from this time last year. 

Stevens also stated that the agency is working with the commissioners to fill positions, as they are now understaffed, due to a significant increase in caseloads.

7/28/16

by News Department on 07/28/16

FDA Issues warning...


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert about a line of cleansing hair conditioners after receiving multiple complaints about hair loss, bald spots, itching and rashes.

The Wen cleansing conditioner line by celebrity stylist Chaz Dean is the subject of an ongoing class action lawsuit filed in 2014, but the sheer number of complaints prompted the FDA to issue an alert earlier this month. 

The FDA says it has received 127 direct complaints from consumers, the most ever about a cosmetic hair cleansing product, including cleansing conditioners. The FDA is also investigating more than 21,000 reported complaints alleged in the lawsuit against Guthy-Renker, the company that makes and markets the products. 

The FDA said in its recommendation that consumers who experience a reaction should stop using the product and consult with their dermatologist or other health care provider and is urging anyone who experiences a reaction to contact them.

7/28/16

by News Department on 07/28/16

Suspect wanted...




Ashland police are trying to identify a man who allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 5 year old girl.

 According to the Republican Herald, Patrolman Philip Schlegel said the incident occurred in the borough between noon and 1:30 p.m. on July 20 at Higher-Up’s Park, located at 18th and Pine streets, and was reported to authorities earlier this week. 

The man is described as being in his 30s or 40s, standing approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall with an average build, brown hair, a mustache and buck teeth. He was wearing glasses, a tan T-shirt, tan cargo pants and dark sneakers and was seen carrying a Canon camera that had a black lanyard with a yellow stripe. 

Anyone with information that may lead to identifying the man responsible for this incident is asked to call Ashland police at 570-875-2600.

7/27/16

by News Department on 07/27/16

7/27/16

by News Department on 07/27/16

Schuylkill County Fair...




The Schuylkill County Fair begins next week. There will be plenty of food, rides, competition and entertainment for all. 

Some of the events scheduled for this year’s fair include a Boilo Contest, Dialed BMX Show, the Schuylkill County Grown Contest, the Truck and Celebrity Tractor Pull, ID Me for children, Yueng Wing Contest and Baking with Brew Contest. 

There is also a great entertainment lineup with Elvis Returning, David Cassidy and Chad Reinert. 

The 33rd Annual fair, which is held in Summit Station, runs from August 1st through August 6th.

7/27/16

by News Department on 07/27/16

Kane...


The trial for PA State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is set to begin August 8th. 

Whether a jury will get to hear any part of a conversation between Kane and former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina’s decision to nix a 2009 investigation into a Philadelphia businessman, is among several issues Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy must decide prior to the trial. 

The conversation, which was captured on tape, could be damning evidence against Kane at her upcoming trial in Montgomery County Court on charges relating to the leak. 

Kane is charged with leaking information regarding the 2009 grand jury probe to a Philadelphia newspaper reporter to retaliate against Fina, whom she blamed for negative publicity she received for her 2014 decision not to charge several Philadelphia legislators caught on tape accepting bribes.  

Demchick-Alloy heard legal arguments on the motions Tuesday. She took the matter under advisement and will issue rulings at a later date.

7/27/16

by News Department on 07/27/16

Issues in Nursing Home Care...




Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a press release, Tuesday, that State health officials should do more to ensure nursing home staff levels are adequate as they move to improve oversight of those homes. 

An audit, that makes nearly two dozen recommendations to improve oversight, found that the Health Department wasn’t effectively enforcing a state requirement that nursing home residents receive a minimum of 2.7 hours of direct care each day from nurses. 

This involves giving medications and tubal feeding if necessary.

 In response, the department said it implemented a policy in April to assess nursing staff levels at the more than 700 nursing homes in Pennsylvania. 

The department created a task force last year to consider longer-term changes in nursing home oversight and its report will be ready later this summer. 

The department is also considering updating nursing home regulations for the first time in nearly two decades.

7/27/16

by News Department on 07/27/16

Lottery Winner...




A Pottsville man is $100,000 richer after winning the Millionaire Raffle game held July 9 by the Pennsylvania Lottery. 

The Republican Herald reports that Edmund Rist purchased his ticket at the Sheetz on the Gordon Nagle Trail, Pottsville, and was one of four $100,000 winners in the contest. 

Gary Miller, director of public relations for the Pennsylvania Lottery, said the ticket was entered into the system July 21.

 Odds of winning the $100,000 were 1 in 125,000, according to the lottery.

7/26/16

by News Department on 07/26/16

7/26/16

by News Department on 07/26/16

PA Casinos turn up their noses to alcohol license...




Pennsylvania lawmakers recently passed legislation giving the state's 12 casinos the ability to sell liquor between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but casinos say they aren't interested. 

That's partly because the state wants $1 million per license. 

Sands Casino CEO Mark Juliano said that the Bethlehem casino won't pay the $1 million, because it's not worth hiring the staff to serve the sparse late-night crowds.

 Meanwhile, Eric Schippers of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course said the casino also feels there is no need to serve liquor around the clock.

7/26/16

by News Department on 07/26/16

Meeting set to discuss issues at the Rock...


A meeting will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Tilden Township Municipal Building, 874 Hex Highway, Hamburg to address the problems near “The Rock” in Tilden Township. 

To reach The Rock, visitors walk about a mile from the parking area beside the Kernsville Dam, or swim across the river from a small beach on the Schuylkill County side, in West Brunswick Township, below Port Clinton Avenue. 

Many, who do the latter park illegally on the road, leave trash in the area and cause other problems. 

The Rock sits on the Berks County side of the Schuylkill River, in Tilden Township. The state owns the area of the Kernsville Dam and surrounding property. Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc. maintains the area.

 Steps were taken Monday to inform visitors about the need to keep boat ramps clear for emergency personnel, as they had difficulty accessing the area due to traffic and the sheer number of people in the area Sunday when 26 year old Essam Saba, Allentown, died after struggling in the water while swimming across the Schuylkill River.

 State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124, will lead the meeting, which is not open to the public or the media.

7/26/16

by News Department on 07/26/16

Two reported injured...




Police are investigating a shooting that sent two people to the hospital in Hazleton, Monday night. 

Authorities say the shooting happened on North Manhattan Court just before 10 p.m. 

No names have yet been released on the victim, though officials said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. 

There is no word what led to the shooting. 

Anyone with information on the incident should call Hazleton police.

7/26/16

by News Department on 07/26/16


A family in Schuylkill County is a looking for a missing loved one.

 According to the family of Lee DuBois Sr., of Pine Grove, he has been missing since Saturday evening around 9pm and has not made any contacts with family or friends since. 

DuBois was reported to have last been seen leaving the Gratz area on a black motor cycle and was reported to have been headed in the direction of Pottsville. 

He was last seen wearing a black tee with skulls on it and jeans.

 Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lee DuBois Sr., should call (717) 350-3463.

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