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12/13/17

by News Department on 12/13/17

12/13/17

by News Department on 12/13/17

Rape charges...




A Jim Thorpe man is facing charges after allegedly raping a teen at his home. 

According to Skook News, Jim Thorpe Police charged 69 year old Thomas L. Gehres Sr. with raping a 19 year old female at his home on the morning of Sunday, December 10, 2017. 

Gehres was video arraigned in front of Magistrate William Kissner from Palmerton. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on January 3 in Jim Thorpe.

 Gehres has also been charged with a separate offense of Indecent Assault in his home involving the same victim during the summer of 2017.

12/13/17

by News Department on 12/13/17

Casinos coming to Pottsville?




A mini casino could be a possibility in Pottsville’s future. 

According to the Republican Herald, the city council has been discussing Act 42, the gaming expansion law, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year.

 Municipalities have until Dec. 31 to opt out if they are not interested in having a mini casino. Barry, Branch, Cass, East Brunswick, Wayne and West Brunswick townships have opted out. 

Those not interested in hosting a mini casino must adopt a resolution prohibiting such and submit it to the Gaming Control Board. 

There are up to 10 category four slot machine licenses available. Such a casino could have between 300 to 750 slot machines, and there could be up to 50 table games. 

The category four licenses would likely be owned by existing casino operators in the state. 

City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said the topic is likely to be discussed at future council meetings.

12/13/17

by News Department on 12/13/17

Drug Charges...




Two men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Mahanoy City late Monday. 

According to Mahanoy City Police, 25 year old Alexander Cann, of Hazle Township and 19 year old Charles Valerio, of Brooklyn were taken into custody after the traffic stop in the 700 Block of West Centre Street around 8:30pm. 

Heroin, methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia were found during the stop. 

Cann was committed to Schuylkill Count Prison on $40,000 straight cash bail and Valerio on $50,000 straight cash bail.

12/13/17

by News Department on 12/13/17

The STS "Clause" ...



Santa and Mrs. Claus will not only be making an appearance at Union Station, in Pottsville, they will also be driving the STS busses on Friday, December 15th. 

Mrs. Claus will take passengers on the Shenandoah fixed route bus all day and Santa Claus will be driving the Minersville fixed route bus. 

Bell Ringer entertainment will also begin at Noon and Mrs. Claus and Santa will be pulling into the station approximately ten to fifteen minutes prior to their scheduled time for departure from Union Station.

 For more information, please contact Joan Breslin at Union Station at 570-581-8838.

12/12/17

by News Department on 12/12/17

12/12/17

by News Department on 12/12/17

City honors March...




Fire Chief Todd March was recognized for his 42 years of dedication to the city Monday during the city council meeting. 

He was sworn in as fire chief Dec. 15, 1975 and is the longest serving fire chief in the city of Pottsville’s history. 

March is retiring at the end of the year, and according to the Republican Herald, the city council has not yet voted on his replacement. 

The Pottsville Board of Fire Trustees makes a recommendation that is then given to the city council.

12/12/17

by News Department on 12/12/17

Water usage...




The Mahanoy Township Water Authority has notified its customers that due to drought conditions, the Mahanoy Township Authority is activating Stage 1 of their Drought Contingency Plan, prohibiting all Non-Essential Water Uses in the service area. 

This declaration is due to combined water levels in the Authority’s reservoirs being less than 55% capacity system wide. 

If conditions do not improve over the next several days a water rationing plan may be implemented. The Emergency Service Area includes Mahanoy Township, Mahanoy City and Gilberton Borough.

 For more details on the non-essential water uses and suggested conservations methods, contact the Mahanoy Township Authority Office at 570-773-0650.

12/12/17

by News Department on 12/12/17

Tobash appointed...




Rep.Mike Tobash has been appointed to serve as one of five members on the Public Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission, which was established as part of Pennsylvania’s public pension reform measure under Act 5 of 2017. 

The commission is tasked with making recommendations regarding investment performance and strategies. 

The commission is comprised of five members appointed by the governor, the president pro tem of the Senate, the minority leader of the Senate, the speaker of the House and the Minority leader of the House.

 The Joint State Government Commission will provide logistical and other support to the commission.

12/12/17

by News Department on 12/12/17

Reward for break in...




A reward is being offered for the identify of a suspect that broke into Weiner Iron and Metal Corporation over the weekend. 

Skook News reports that someone broke into the office building on Saturday, around 10:30pm, at Weiner Iron and Metal Corporation along Route 61 near Pottsville. 

The company is offering a $1,000 reward to identify the individual. 

If you have information or can identify the suspect, contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Schuylkill Haven at (570) 754-4600.


12/11

by News Department on 12/11/17

12/11/17

by News Department on 12/11/17

Yuengling expands...




D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. announced that it is expanding the distribution of its brands to Arkansas.

 The rollout in January will include Yuengling’s flagship beer, Yuengling Traditional Lager, as well as Light Lager and Black & Tan brands.

 D.G. Yuengling & Son is partnering with five wholesalers to bring its brands to consumers in Arkansas, which will become the twenty-first state in the brewery’s footprint.

12/11/17

by News Department on 12/11/17

Yuengling expands...




D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. announced that it is expanding the distribution of its brands to Arkansas.

 The rollout in January will include Yuengling’s flagship beer, Yuengling Traditional Lager, as well as Light Lager and Black & Tan brands.

 D.G. Yuengling & Son is partnering with five wholesalers to bring its brands to consumers in Arkansas, which will become the twenty-first state in the brewery’s footprint.

12/11/17

by News Department on 12/11/17

Bridge reopens...




A bridge near Girardville officially reopened Friday.

 On July 5th, 2017, PennDOT closed Main Street, Girardville from the Route 54 Intersection in Homesville, Butler Township to Julia Street in the borough to replace the deck and perform other repairs on the bridge over Mahanoy Creek on Homesville Road. Since then, traffic has been detoured around the borough using Route 54. 

The bridge was originally scheduled to be completed by September 15th, 2017 but PennDOT had said they were waiting for guiderail to arrive from the manufacturer. 

On Thursday, crews were seen installing the new guiderail. 

According to PennDOT officials, the bridge officially reopened Friday morning.

12/11/17

by News Department on 12/11/17

Missing Teen...




Schuylkill County Children and Youth and the Pottsville Police are attempting to locate a runaway teen.

The teen is identified as 16 year old Blake Deeter, and his last known address was in Ashland. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pottsville Police at (570) 628-3792 or Schuylkill County Children and Youth at (570) 628-1054.

12/11/17

by News Department on 12/11/17

Cargo catches fire...




Interstate 81 was reopened after a tractor trailer fire closed both southbound lanes Sunday morning.

 According to State Police at Frackville, the incident occurred around 7:15am when a tractor trailer, carrying Amazon cargo, driven by 32 year old Fregy Attelus, of Allentown, was traveling southbound on Interstate 81 near Milemarker 132 in Delano Township.

 The fire started in the rear trailer and Attelus pulled over to the shoulder of the highway where the trailer became engulfed in flames. 

Both lanes of Interstate 81 southbound were closed while fire personnel got the fire under control. 

No injuries were reported and the trailer was able to be towed from the scene.

12/7/17

by News Department on 12/07/17

12/7/17

by News Department on 12/07/17

Additional charges...




60 year old Edward C. Smith, of Tamaqua, who had been charged in Luzerne County Court with unlawful contact with a minor and attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, now also faces a second count of unlawful contact with a minor, along with other charges. 

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Wednesday that Smith, a former deputy coroner in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, allegedly had sexual contact with a teenage boy, when the child was 14 and 15 years old, beginning in 2015 at the defendant’s residence. 

Smith is being held in pretrial detention in Luzerne County Prison as the result of his initial arrest. 

Bail has been set at $250,000 straight cash on the new charges. A preliminary hearing on the new charges is scheduled for Dec. 19th. 

Deputy Attorney General Angela L. Raver is prosecuting the case against Smith.

12/7/17

by News Department on 12/07/17

Arson charges...




McAdoo police charged a borough woman with arson after they said an investigation showed a September fire at her home was intentionally set.

 According to the Republican Herald, police filed charges against 48 year old Deborah Golash, after a fire at her 230 E. Washington St. residence on Sept. 3rd that caused $15,000 in damages.

 A Pennsylvania State Police fire investigation report indicated the fire originated at multiple points inside the residence.

Golash was released on $10,000 unsecured bail set by Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua.

12/7/17

by News Department on 12/07/17

Paypal hacked...




The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office announced a data breach with PayPal impacting 1.6 million users in the United States and Canada.

 According to a press release, the breach occurred on a platform PayPal acquired in July – TIO Networks – and prior to PayPal buying the company.

 TIO suspended operations last month after discovering the breach.

Paypal reports that hackers may have obtained names, addresses, bank account information, Social Security numbers and login details of 1.6 million TIO users. 

The company said it has reached out to billers to obtain addresses for affected consumers and it expects to mail notices to all potentially impacted consumers soon. PayPal said free credit monitoring will be provided to those affected by the breach.

 TIO Networks, formerly a Canadian-based payment firm, makes digital bill payment tools for utilities and operated a network of kiosks in retail stores.

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