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7/19/18

by News Department on 07/19/18

7/19/18

by News Department on 07/19/18

Volunteers fix home for Veteran...





A group of volunteers have been fixing up an army veteran's house in Schuylkill County. 

The crew is made up of employees from home depot in Saint Clair. They're volunteering to help a local veteran in Frackville by doing repairs and building a platform with wide steps and a 16-foot ramp off of Peter Rachkl's back deck. 

The Saint Clair home depot has done 12 projects like this so far this year in Schuylkill County and have seven more scheduled. 

The projects are paid for by the Home Depot foundation.

7/19/18

by News Department on 07/19/18

Make a Difference Day...




Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, will be held across the country and worldwide on Oct. 27. 

According to the Republican Herald, projects will be welcome that will take place locally within one week of the national date. 

Thousands of people and dozens of groups will be volunteering to do projects such as helping a food bank, doing chores for home-bound residents, cleaning parks and more. 

Volunteers are asked to register their project to be part of the event by calling 570-628-1426.

7/19/18

by News Department on 07/19/18

Charges held for court...




The verdict of a drug delivery case, in Coaldale, that police say resulted in a woman’s death, in March, will be determined in Schuylkill County Court.

According to the Republican Herald, Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer held over all charges against 52 year old Peggy Hill after a preliminary hearing Tuesday, finding the commonwealth established enough evidence to move the criminal case along to the next level. 

Hill, now of Nesquehoning, was living in Coaldale when borough police allege she sold 27-year-old Brittany Marley and her boyfriend packets of heroin that both ingested, but that led to Marley’s overdose death March 15. 

Hill has been out on $50,000 bail since her May arraignment.

7/18/18

by News Department on 07/18/18

7/18/18

by News Department on 07/18/18

Attempted robbery...




The Saint Clair Police department is investigating an attempted burglary. 

According to Skook News, the incident occurred at the Mobil Gas Station on Rt. 61 and Ann Street, located in East Norwegian Township at 03:20 AM, Tuesday, July 17. 

Video footage showed what appeared to be a tall male, wearing blue/grey baggy jogging pants and a hooded matching sweatshirt and a bandana over his face. 

He attempted to gain entry by breaking the glass with a large rock. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Saint Clair Police at 570-429-220.

7/18/18

by News Department on 07/18/18

Pine Grove Robbery...




The Pilot Travel Center near Pine Grove was robbed early Tuesday morning. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven were notified around 2:15am that an armed robbed had occurred at the Truck Stop, located at 482 Suedberg Road, in Pine Grove Township.

Police say an unidentified male suspect with facial hair, wearing a black and yellow hat, a black hooded sweatshirt, gray pants, and black and white shoes entered the store, walked up to the cashier and demanded money from the register. 

The suspect then revealed a firearm in his waistband and stated he would use it if she didn't do what he said. The suspect then left the scene in a black 4 door sedan, unknown make or model, and fled the truck stop traveling east on Route 443. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Schuylkill Haven at (570) 754-4600.

7/18/18

by News Department on 07/18/18

Ashland Night Out...




The Ashland Community Watch will hold their Second Annual Night Out. 

The Night Out is scheduled to take place on August 10, 2018, at 5th and Centre Streets next to the American Legion. 

Borough residents are invited to come out and familiarize themselves with local organizations including the Police and Fire Department. 

Other local organizations will also be in attendance. The event will also include prizes and entertainment.

7/18/18

by News Department on 07/18/18

Search for Christy continues...




Federal, state and local law enforcement searched without success Tuesday in the Abingtons for a man wanted for threatening President Donald Trump and others in social media posts last month.

 According to the Republican Herald, nearly 50 federal, state and local law enforcement officers combed through half-mile by half-mile sections of woods behind the Scranton School for 27 year old Shawn Christy, after video cameras caught someone Friday night who “strongly resembles” Christy, breaking into the South Abington Township school and stealing food. 

A $5,000 reward for information remains active. Authorities still believe he is in the area and is considered armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information should call the Federal marshals at 877-926-8332.

7/17/18

by News Department on 07/17/18

7/17/18

by News Department on 07/17/18

Body found in Berks County ID'd...




Authorities have identified a man found dead off the Warren Street Bypass in Berks County last week.

 The coroner identified him as 61 year old Charles Schuppe, of Northampton County. A search of online records indicated he lived in Hellertown. 

Officials said someone walking along Route 422, near the ramp to the Warren Street Bypass, in Wyomissing on Tuesday discovered the man's remains. 

Authorities say there were no apparent signs of trauma, but the coroner has not yet been able to determine the man's cause of death.

7/17/18

by News Department on 07/17/18

Threat charges...




A McAdoo man was indicted on Monday for online threats toward President Trump. 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that 27 year old Shawn Christy was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 10, 2018, for threatening to harm President Trump, and law enforcement officers. 

According to Skook News, Christy posted the threats on Facebook between June 3 and 12, 2018. 

The threat to President Trump is being investigated by the United States Secret Service, and the other threats are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

7/17/18

by News Department on 07/17/18

West Nile spreading...




The Pennsylvania's West Nile Control Program and Department of Health announced that more mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Schuylkill County. 

It was announced last week, that mosquitos had test positive for the West Nile Virus in the city of Pottsville. 

As of Monday, mosquitos have now tested positive for the virus in Ringtown, Mahanoy Township, West Mahanoy Township, and Schuylkill Haven. 

No humans, birds, or other animals have tested positive for the virus. 

The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.

7/17/18

by News Department on 07/17/18

Fraud charges...




The Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General Filed Felony Charges against a Minersville Borough Police Officer for fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars in SNAP and Medical Assistance benefits.

 According to Skook News, the officer was identified as Ashley L. Michel of Pottsville and it is reported that she fraudulently received $7, 254.34 in benefits.

 In August 2017, Ms. Michel was employed by the Minersville Police Department as a part time patrol officer and did not report that employment or income. 

The offense is graded as a felony of the third degree with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison a fine of $15,000 and a mandatory disqualification period from the SNAP program. 

The defendant was arraigned on July 12, 2018 and a preliminary hearing is set for July 25, 2018.

7/16/18

by News Department on 07/16/18

7/16/18

by News Department on 07/16/18

ATV crash...




One person suffered serious injuries in an ATV crash over the weekend. 

Authorities say the accident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Silver Creek Road in Blythe Township. 

The unidentified male victim was flown to the hospital following the crash, reportedly suffering a serious leg injury. 

There's no word on the victims condition.

7/16/18

by News Department on 07/16/18

Taxi driver in custody...




A taxi cab driver was taken into custody after police say he tried to attack a man during road rage in Luzerne County. 

According to police, Dalvin Rosario was driving his taxi cab Sunday around 6 PM on Lincoln Street in Hazleton, when a driver cut in front of him. 

Officials say Rosario got out of the taxi and confronted the driver. He then attempted to assault the unidentified victim, before pointing a gun at him.

 Police took Rosario into custody, charging him with terroristic threats, simple assault and other related crimes. 

The victim was not injured.

7/16/18

by News Department on 07/16/18

Fire under investigation...




An investigation is underway after a church fire in Schuylkill County. 

According to officials, the three alarm blaze broke out at the former First Presbyterian church, in Tamaqua, Saturday night around 11:30 PM. 

The church, on West Broad Street, closed down about ten years ago and was purchased by an artist.

 No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

 Two firefighters from Tamaqua were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion. 

There is No word yet on what started the fire which caused severe damage to the building and its contents. 

A fire marshal from Reading was on scene Sunday to investigate.

7/16/18

by News Department on 07/16/18

Motorcyclist injured...




A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 81 Saturday afternoon. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Frackville said the crash occurred around 4:00pm at the McAdoo Exit 138 as 45 year old John Bachert, of Lansford, was riding a Harley Davidson and merged onto Interstate 81. 

He entered behind a tractor trailer and the overflow wind current of the truck caused him to drift into the passing lane, making contact with the rear of a Dodge Caravan driven by 75 year old Thomas Campbell, of NY. 

After making contact, Bachert was ejected from the motorcycle. He was reported to have suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

7/13/18

by News Department on 07/13/18

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