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10/20/17

by News Department on 10/20/17

10/20/17

by News Department on 10/20/17

Ford Recall...




Ford is recalling 1.3 million of their best-selling vehicles in America. 

The company announced that the F-series pickup trucks are being recalled for a door latch problem that could allow the door to open while the truck is moving. 

The affected models include some of the model year 2015 F-150’s, as well as some 2017 Super Duty pickups.

 In addition to the problem with the door opening unexpectedly, the latch can also prevent the driver from opening the door when they need to.

 Ford estimates it will cost $267 million to make the repairs.
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.

10/20/17

by News Department on 10/20/17

Threat at Blue Mountain...




Blue Mountain Middle School Students were evacuated for a short time Thursday morning after a threat was found. 

According to Skook News, School Officials said a threatening statement was found written on a stall in the boys’ bathroom of the sixth grade wing of the Middle School. 

The threat was issued for October 30th. Students at the Middle School were evacuated and police were called in to sweep the building.

 Around 10:30am, the district announced to parents that the student responsible for the incident had been apprehended, the school was given the all clear, and students returned to class.

10/20/17

by News Department on 10/20/17

Roll Over on 61...




Emergency personnel were called to the scene of a tractor trailer rollover on Thursday afternoon.

 The crash occurred on Route 61 northbound between Saint Clair and Frackville, just after 1:00pm.

 A fire was reported at the time of the crash but no injuries were reported. 

As of 1:30pm, all lanes were reported to be open. There is no word yet on what caused the roll over, as police continue to investigate.

10/20/17

by News Department on 10/20/17

Police shoot armed man...




A man was shot by police, during an incident, in Porter Township, Thursday afternoon. 

Skook News reports that the unidentified man exited a home on Yohe Street, allegedly pointing a weapon at officers. 

The incident unfolded when State Police from Schuylkill Haven responded to a domestic altercation at the residence and upon arrival, saw a female exiting the residence bleeding from her head. 

The male subject, only described as a 42 year old white male, exited the residence with a compound bow and arrow and began raising the weapon at police, who fired at the man, striking him in the leg.

 The man was transported to Hershey Medical Center. Multiple charges, which include attempted homicide, are pending.

10/19/17

by News Department on 10/19/17

10/19/17

by News Department on 10/19/17

Safety seat checks...




Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill is hosting a FREE car seat check.

 During the checkup, certified technicians will ensure that the car seat brought by the family has not been recalled; provide hands on instruction on how to correctly place a child in a child safety seat; assist parents with the installation of their child’s car seat in the vehicle and offer tips on how to choose an age, height and weight appropriate child safety seat.

 The Birthplace, the Family Birth and Newborn Center of LVH–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street is sponsoring the event that will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 9 am to 12 noon in the parking lot of the Medical Office Building, 100 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville.

Please call 888-402-5846 to schedule an appointment.

10/19/17

by News Department on 10/19/17

Threat...




Students of the Mahanoy Area School District were dismissed early Wednesday after a threatening note was found written on a bathroom wall.

 Mahanoy City police said the note was discovered about 9:30 a.m. in a boys’ bathroom in a hall that connects the High School and Elementary School. Mahanoy City police Patrolman Christopher Zubris said since there was a threat of an explosion, a state police K-9 unit was requested.

 The unit, specially trained to detect explosives or explosive devices, arrived about 11 a.m. from state police Bureau of Special Operations, Hershey. 

After searching the building and the grounds, Mahanoy Area officials said about 12:35 p.m. that the school was cleared by the state police and no threatening devices were found. 

Zubris said school is equipped with cameras outside of the boys’ and girls’ bathrooms and that the video from those cameras will be reviewed as part of the investigation, stressing that the person responsible for writing the threat will be arrested and prosecuted.

10/19/17

by News Department on 10/19/17

New trial denied...




A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky's request for a new trial in Centre County.

 The ruling, issued Wednesday, said Sandusky's claims of an inadequate defense were without merit. Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was found guilty in June of 2012 of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of children.

 In October of 2012, a judge sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky sought a new trial under the state's Post-conviction Relief Act. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court named Judge John Foradora to the case. 

Since his conviction, Sandusky and his attorneys have been pushing for a new trial, claiming his defense attorney at the time was ineffective. 

This decision upholds Sandusky's conviction back in 2012 in Centre County.

10/19/17

by News Department on 10/19/17

Shooting suspect in custody...




A man wanted for a shooting near Frackville is in custody. 

According to Frackville State Police, 40 year old Donald Jenkins, of Shenandoah was taken into custody, Wednesday, for allegedly shooting his daughter’s boyfriend at the Motel 6, located at 701 Altamont Blvd., in West Mahanoy Township, on October 14th. 

The Victim was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville for his injuries.

 Jenkins faces numerous charges, including attempted homicide. 

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on $250,000 straight cash bail.

10/17/17

by News Department on 10/17/17

10/17/17

by News Department on 10/17/17

10/17/17

by News Department on 10/17/17

Victim ID'd in fatal crash...




The identity of a motorcyclist, who was killed in a wreck Sunday in Luzerne County, has been released.

 Investigators say 52 year old Randy Nenstiel, of Sugarloaf, was killed after he collided with a van at the intersection of Route 309 and Honey Hole Road in Drums around 1 p.m. 

Police said the van driven by 40 year old Danny Medina Troncoso, of Hazleton, traveled through the red light at the intersection and struck Nenstiel. 

No charges have been filed at this time, as Butler Township and state police are investigating.

10/17/17

by News Department on 10/17/17

Rape charges filed...





A Mahanoy City man has been jailed after being charged by police with raping a child in the borough this month.

 24 year old Troy J. Dorneman, is being charged with felony rape of a child, among other counts in connection with the Oct. 8 incident at a home on East Pine Street, after police were called in reference to ongoing sexual assault incidents involving a 12-year-old girl. 

Dorneman was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley, Pottsville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $50,000 straight cash bail.

10/17/17

by News Department on 10/17/17

Shooting Suspect...




Authorities have released the photo of a suspect in a shooting that occurred, near Frackville, on Sunday.

 According to State Police at Frackville, 40 year old Donald Jenkins, of Shenandoah, shot his daughter’s boyfriend, then fled the scene in his vehicle. 

A photo of Jenkins is available for viewing by logging onto T102radio.com and clicking on the news link. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jenkins is asked to call State Police at Frackville 570-874-5300 or Schuylkill County 911.

10/17/17

by News Department on 10/17/17

Additional charges against contractor...




Butler Township police have filed charges against an Ashland contractor for allegedly failing to perform work that he was paid to do. 

According to the Republican Herald, police say 32 year old Ryan J. Campbell is facing similar charges in Minersville. 

The charges stem from incidents involving Campbell at a home at 143 Main St., Ashland, between July 14 and Sept. 18. The homeowner said as of Sept. 18, Campbell never started the work or returned to his property, but did cash a deposit check for $5000.

 Campbell was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

10/16/17

by News Department on 10/16/17

10/16/17

by News Department on 10/16/17

Man poses as DEA agent...




Police say a man posed as a DEA agent and held a prostitute against her will, over the weekend, in a motel room in Luzerne County. 

Police in Sugarloaf Township say Martin Smith of Florida hired the prostitute online Saturday morning.

 When she showed up at a motel near Conyngham, officers said Smith handcuffed her and held her captive. She was able to convince him she needed to go to her car to get drugs.

 That's when she took off and called 911. Police say Smith had a fake badge, metal pellet gun, and drugs when they arrested him. 

He was arraigned and is currently locked up in the Luzerne County jail.

10/16/17

by News Department on 10/16/17

Student charged with threats...




A Pottsville Area student is facing charges after making a threat.

 Pottsville Police were notified by Pottsville Area school administrators and concerned parents, on October 12th, that a student had made a threat against the school during school hours earlier that day. 

Pottsville Police made contact with the 15 year old boy, from New Philadelphia, who is a sophomore at the school, along with his parents at his home. 

As a result of the investigation a juvenile allegation was filed with the Schuylkill County Juvenile system charging the male student with Felony Terroristic Threats. 

He was taken into custody by Pottsville Police and Schuylkill County Juvenile Probation officers and remanded to a secure facility pending further court actions.

10/16/17

by News Department on 10/16/17

Budget...




Pennsylvania's deficit-riddled finances are in new territory, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf assembles a package to balance the state's budget without involvement from a Republican-controlled Legislature. 

Three-and-a-half months into the state's fiscal year, Wolf has bypassed a Legislature that hasn't sorted out a way to finance a nearly $32 billion budget bill it passed June 30. 

Instead, he is working on a $2.2 billion budget-balancing strategy that relies heavily on borrowing to get the state through the year. For now, the state is relying on a Pennsylvania Treasury credit line to make on-time payments through Friday. 

Wolf's administration is discussing more such agreements with the Treasury Department to ensure it can make on-time payments in the coming weeks, including a $1.2 billion aid payment due Oct. 26 to public schools. 

Wolf's administration hopes to borrow $165 million to subsidize grant programs that are normally paid for by general tax collections; find roughly $200 million in savings; and come up with another $250 million by tapping unspecified off-budget programs or borrowing against future revenues. 

The House and Senate each return to session today.

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