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6/21/17

by News Department on 06/21/17

6/21/17

by News Department on 06/21/17

Permits announced...





The two entities seeking a medical marijuana grower/processor permit for Schuylkill County were denied Tuesday. 

DocHouse LLC and TheraBloom Inc. were not among the 12 awarded a permit by the state Department of Health. 

Applicants have 10 days from Tuesday to file an appeal. April Hutcheson, with the DOH, said a timeline has not been established for when the applications for the second phase will be made available, saying the first phase has to be completed first. 

There are 13 additional grower/dispensary permits that can be issued. Schuylkill County is in the Southeast region, which includes Berks, Lancaster, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Bucks counties. Two grower/processor permits were announced for Berks County.

6/21/17

by News Department on 06/21/17

Skimmers found...




West Mahanoy Township Police are currently investigating a report of another skimming device being found at a gas station, this time near Frackville. 

Police are reporting that the skimming device was installed in a pump at the Exxon Gas Station located at 541 Altamont Boulevard between June 18th and June 19th. 

Anyone who paid at the pump between those dates should check their credit/debit card statements.

 If any fraudulent purchases are discovered contact West Mahanoy Township Police at (570) 462-2360.

6/21/17

by News Department on 06/21/17

Changes coming...




As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.

 PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 and has worked with the company on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative. 

All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October 2017. 

However, this update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act, as the new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. 

PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at customer’s option in 2019.

6/21/17

by News Department on 06/21/17

Death ruled as Homicide...




Police have ruled on the death of 60 year old Gary Marchalk and identified his son as the suspect. 

On Monday morning, just after 11:30am, PSP Frackville responded to 21 Pear Street, Barnesville, for a death investigation. The victim was later identified as Marchalk and an arrest warrant for 37 year old Michael Marchalk, was issued.

 Michael is charged with criminal homicide, murder of the first, second and third degree, voluntary manslaughter and numerous other offences.

 He was last seen operating his parents 2015 Gold Ford Fusion bearing Pennsylvania Registration JWD1566. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Marchalk or the referenced vehicle is asked to contact PSP Frackville at 570-874-5300.

6/20/17

by News Department on 06/20/17

6/20/17

by News Department on 06/20/17

Wolf / Budget...






Governor Tom Wolf released a statement, Monday, on the budget process and outlined his priorities in the push towards a final budget agreement. 

Wolf presented a budget, in February that closed the deficit and protected investments in schools, seniors and fighting the heroin epidemic. 

This proposal included more than $2 billion in cuts, savings, and efficiencies and $1 billion from a severance tax and closing loopholes, and investments in education and the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. 

Wolf said he also prefers options from his budget, including a severance tax and closing loopholes, instead of making ends meet through indiscriminate, devastating cuts to programs like job training, school safety, child care, and mental health and substance use treatment, as proposed in House Bill 218. 

His office remains hopeful that these accomplishments will create momentum for a responsible budget.

6/20/17

by News Department on 06/20/17

Fire displaces 6...




Fire severely damaged two homes in Shenandoah, Monday afternoon, leaving six people temporarily homeless.

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3 Firefighters were called to E. Lloyd St. about 4:45 p.m. to find the back of a building engulfed in flames. 

Shenandoah fire marshal Rick Examitas said the fire started in the 327 E. Lloyd St. portion of the home also damaging a home at 321 E. Lloyd St. 

All those temporarily displaced are being assisted by the American Red Cross Tri-County Chapter. 

Examitas said the cause is currently under investigation and added that Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal Trooper John F. Burns of the Frackville station will be at the scene today to assist in finding where and how the fire started.

6/20/17

by News Department on 06/20/17

More cited at The Rock...




The Tilden Township police continue to issue citations for those who trespass in the area of The Rock. 

Tilden Township Police Chief William J. McEllroy III said more people are coming to the area because of the warm temperatures.

 Fourteen people were cited for criminal trespass since Thursday. There are “no trespassing” signs posted in the area and gates. The Bartram Trail is accessible for hikers. The first lot at the monument for the Kernsville Dam is still open for parking. 

Since April 11, 117 people total have been cited for trespassing in the area.

6/20/17

by News Department on 06/20/17

Marchalk found dead...




What began as a cardiac arrest EMS call turned into a death investigation, Monday morning, after a well-known attorney and husband of the Schuylkill County treasurer was found dead at his Ryan Township home. 

According to the Republican Herald, the body of 60 year old Gary Marchalk was discovered about 11:40 a.m. 

Criminal investigator Trooper Joseph Hall of the Frackville barracks did not provide information about how Marchalk died. 

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III said a virtual autopsy will be conducted possibly today at the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute, New Philadelphia. A forensic autopsy will be done at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Forensic Pathology Associates, Allentown.

6/19/17

by News Department on 06/19/17

6/19/17

by News Department on 06/19/17

APP for Firefighters...




The Pottsville Fire Department is now using an app called "IamResponding," to help them fight fires. 

The department started using the app on a trial basis about two months ago and now they're subscribing to it full-time. 

The app allows firefighters to alert one another about who will be responding to a scene. Pottsville Fire Chief Todd March said this app is a big deal because all of his firefighters are volunteers. 

The app uses Google Maps to show them other information such as where fire hydrants are or how to get to a scene using GPS. 

The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department also started using the app at the beginning of the year which costs about $800 per year.

6/19/17

by News Department on 06/19/17

One killed in crash...





One person was killed overnight after being struck by a tractor trailer in Luzerne County. 

Authorities say the incident occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81, near Hazleton, just before 3 a.m. this morning.

 The name of the victim has not been released. 

So far, police have not said if the victim was along the highway, or in the travel lanes when he was hit, as the investigation continues.

6/19/17

by News Department on 06/19/17

One in custody after shooting...




One man is in the hospital and another is in custody after a shooting in Hazleton. 

Police said a man showed up at the hospital around 2 p.m. Saturday after he had been shot in the neck. He and two other men, who have not been identified, had been shot at along East Diamond Avenue.

 Investigators identified the alleged shooter as 22 year old Cristian Carrion-Ruiz, of Hazleton. Authorities surrounded his home on East Diamond Avenue and took him into custody shortly after 8 p.m. 

Ruiz is locked up in Luzerne County awaiting arraignment.

6/19/17

by News Department on 06/19/17

Deadline is midnight...





Today is the last day of the PA Tax Amnesty program, which waives all penalties and half of the interest for anyone paying delinquent state taxes. 

More than 30 taxes administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible for tax amnesty, including the corporate net income tax, employer withholding tax, sales tax, and personal income tax. 

The application and full payment must be received by the deadline, which is midnight, tonight. 

No extensions will be offered. 

Taxpayers can apply or get more information at backtax.pa.gov or by calling 844-PA-STATE-TAX. The call center has extended hours from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

6/16/17

by News Department on 06/16/17

6/16/17

by News Department on 06/16/17

School sold...




An investment group from New York has purchased the former Mahanoy Township High School. 

The property, located at 400 E. South St., was the Mahanoy Area Intermediate School when it closed at the end of the 2001-02 school year. Lawrence Santiago, of New York, New York, doing business as T&D South East PA LLC, bought the building from the Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau repository. 

Santiago said he’s hoping to have a development plan for the school sometime in 2018. Tentative plans include some type of senior housing development or a manufacturing company. 

The sale was approved by the county, Mahanoy Area School District and Mahanoy City Borough Council.

6/16/17

by News Department on 06/16/17

Final weekend...




This is the final weekend for the PA Tax Amnesty program and the clock is ticking for those who owe back taxes in the Commonwealth.

 Individuals and businesses have until midnight, June 19 to pay delinquent taxes and have all penalties and half the interest waived.

 Acting Secretary of Revenue C. Daniel Hassell said those with back taxes can visit backtax.pa.gov or call 844-727-8283 to take advantage of the amnesty program. 

The program will not be extended and after June 19, 2017, a five percent penalty will be added to the amount owed. 

The call center has extended hours and is available today from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

6/16/17

by News Department on 06/16/17

Crash...




A Minersville woman was flown after a crash Thursday Morning in Ryan Township. 

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville, around 10:00am, 26 year old Krystal Schantz was travelling on Brockton Mountain when she fell asleep behind the wheel, travelled off the road, and struck a tree. 

Schantz was able to exit the vehicle on her own but was flown to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest for her injuries. 

There is no word on her condition.

6/16/17

by News Department on 06/16/17

High speed chase...




Two men are in custody after a police pursuit in Northumberland County. 

The incident started around 10am with complaints of a truck housing sheep and goats being very loud in Marion Heights. When police arrived, the suspects fled in the single-cab truck, carrying the animals in the bed, initiating a chase which finally ended on Otto Station Road in Herndon. 

Authorities say 36 year old Jarrett Castolia, of Danville, and 25 year old Rory Birster were taken into custody on more than 80 charges including aggravated assault and animal cruelty. Some of the animals reportedly died.

The ASPCA was called in to take the animals.

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