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6/24/19

by News Department on 06/24/19

6/24/19

by News Department on 06/24/19

Forged Checks...




The Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville are investigating an incident where a business found that someone was forging checks.

 According to Skook News, Police said the incident occurred between May 8, 2019 and May 9, 2019, at Dock and Door, of Ringtown. 

The company reportedly had fake checks that were signed and cashed in the company's name. 

Police say they were signed and cashed via mobile deposit. State Police continue to investigate.

6/24/19

by News Department on 06/24/19

Equipment received...




On Friday, June 21, 2019, four Schuylkill County Police Departments received a donation of life saving equipment. 

Skook News reports that it was all thanks to the generosity of the Tamaqua American Legion, Post 173 that sixteen Popshield ballistic shields were provided to officers of the Tamaqua, Rush Township, Ryan Township and West Penn Township Police. 

Popshields offer Ballistic Shield protection that are instantly deployable for Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs and Political Figures.

6/24/19

by News Department on 06/24/19

WANTED:




A man that was wanted on warrants in various counties was taken into custody. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven received information, Friday, on a known wanted subject, listed as 47 year old Steven Lucas. 

Authorities say he was residing at 3537 Sweet Arrow Lake Road, near Pine Grove. Lucas was actively being sought for 11 felony and misdemeanor warrants from Schuylkill, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties. He was taken into custody without incident. 

Police said 41 year old Christopher George, of Pine Grove, was also located at the residence and was found to have multiple active warrants from Schuylkill County. 

Both were transported to the Schuylkill County Prison and were arraigned on their active warrants.

6/24/19

by News Department on 06/24/19

2 In Custody...




Minersville Police along with help from members of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and the U.S. Marshal, took two men wanted by the FBI into custody, Saturday. 

According to Skook News, 21 year old Joel Datil and 23 year old Kendall Clark, both of Reading, were taken into custody, in Minersville. 

Both were arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on $100,000 straight cash bail.

6/21/19

by News Department on 06/21/19

Animals will be available for adoption...




The owner of 37 animals seized by the Hillside SPCA has agreed to surrender ownership to the majority of the animals, clearing the way for them to be adopted. The Republican Herald reports that 30 dogs and seven cats were found living in unfit conditions on 1488 Ridge Road, Upper Mahantongo Township. 

The property belongs to Vincent Weist. SPCA Cruelty Officer Tricia Moyer-Mentzer said she met with Weist on Thursday, and after discussions, the man agreed to turn over the majority of the animals to the SPCA. 

The remaining animals will be housed at the shelter pending the outcome of charges against Weist that will be filed by state police from the Schuylkill Haven station. 

A goat and five donkeys on the property were also rescued and taken to a foster farm for lodging and treatment.

6/21/19

by News Department on 06/21/19

6/21/19

by News Department on 06/21/19

Cressona woman killed...




A woman with ties to the area was killed in Pittsburgh. 

Authorities say 28 year old Delrico McClinton, an inmate in the Cambria County Prison, confessed to law enforcement that he had killed 25 year old Whitney Maleeca Lyn Boyer, and directed investigators to a home on Maple Street in East Pittsburgh, where troopers found her decomposing body in a basement. 

McClinton was charged with homicide, trespassing and theft Wednesday.

6/21/19

by News Department on 06/21/19

Knoebels tops survey...




The National Amusement Park Historical Association released the results of its 33rd annual Amusement Park and Attractions Survey and Knoebels Amusement resort in, Elysburg, topped the list. 

For the seventh straight year, NAPHA members voted Knoebels as their Favorite Traditional Park, and now for eight years running the Phoenix as the Favorite Wood Coaster. 

The National Amusement Park Historical Association, founded in 1978, is an international, educational and enthusiast’s organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of the amusement park industry, past, present and future. 

The survey is the oldest of its kind.

6/21/19

by News Department on 06/21/19

Drug Bust...




A search in West Mahanoy Township, on Thursday, led to the finding of over $10,000 worth of drugs.


According to Skook News, members of the State Police, Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office, the Drug Task Force, and Frackville Police executed a search and seizure warrant on a room located within Motel 6 which is located in West Mahanoy Township near Frackville.


 Items of contraband were subsequently seized from the residence including, 1,665 packets containing suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $9,990.00 and approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,200.00. 


As a result of the search, 34 year old Aaron W. Gray, of Frackville, was charged with multiple counts. 


Gray will be arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale, Frackville, Pennsylvania.

6/20/19

by News Department on 06/20/19

6/20/19

by News Department on 06/20/19

Road work...




Drivers beware. A major highway construction project is underway in part of Schuylkill County and it will be changing the way people get around the area for the next two years.

 Route 309, which is Kennedy Drive, is being totally gutted and rebuilt. McAdoo borough leaders say the ultimate goal of this construction work is to have the entire length of Kennedy Drive, redone. 

The first part of the project is taking place between Blaine Street and Washington Street. 

If all goes as planned, the $10 million project will be completed at the end of 2021. 
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Funding for the project came from a combination of federal and state grants. Only about $250,000 of borough money is being used for the project.

6/20/19

by News Department on 06/20/19

Most serious charge dropped...




The most serious charge against a Pottsville man in connection with a stabbing, in Saint Clair, in April, was withdrawn by prosecutors on Tuesday. 

According to the Republican Herald, 34 year old John Derwood Berger is charged with stabbing Jesse Troutman on April 9. After the assault, Berger fled the scene and could not be located in the days following the attack. He was picked up later in the month by U.S. Marshals in the Summit Station area. 

Prosecutors withdrew the attempted criminal homicide charge with Berger waiving the remaining offenses to Schuylkill County Court, where he can now plead guilty or enter a not guilty plea and request a trial.

6/20/19

by News Department on 06/20/19

Animal Cruelty...




The Hillside SPCA received a tip Wednesday about a house in question in the countryside near Hegins. 

Officials were alerted there could be 20 dogs inside the home, but it turned out that number was just a fraction of what they'd find at the property on the 1400 block of Ridge Road. 

In all, 43 pets were rescued from the home and many more animals were found dead on the property. 

Employees with Hillside SPCA say the owner of the house is Vincent Weist who investigators have not been able to track down. State police are still looking for him.

 He is facing several charges including animal cruelty and operating an illegal kennel. 

According to Pennsylvania state law, a person can't have more than 25 dogs without a license.

6/20/19

by News Department on 06/20/19

Guilty Verdict...




A Schuylkill County jury found a man guilty, Wednesday, of murdering his wife. 

Robert Bailey was convicted Wednesday afternoon on all counts including first degree murder. Bailey was charged with stabbing his wife Diane at their home on Lafayette Street in Tamaqua in 2017

He told police they got into a fight because Diane had been using meth and stealing from people.

 Bailey was sentenced to life in prison for the murder in Schuylkill County.

6/19/19

by News Department on 06/19/19

Frackville man charged...




A Frackville man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child, in the early 1990's, in Carbon County.

 According to Skook Newsm the Jim Thorpe Police Department has charged 53 year old David Paul Hunsicker, Jr. with various sex related crimes.

 The charges stem from allegations between 1992-1996 from a female, who had reportedly been sexually assaulted, from age 5 to age 9.

 Hunsicker has been arraigned and is currently in the Carbon County Correctional facility awaiting a Preliminary hearing set for July 10.

6/19/19

by News Department on 06/19/19

6/19/19

by News Department on 06/19/19

Yuengling announces line-up...




Yuengling has announced their music lineup ahead of their 190th Celebration. 

Earlier this year, Yuengling announced they will be holding a free Celebration Concert on July 13 with national recording artist, "Better Than Ezra" headlining the event. 

On Tuesday, Yuengling announced that local bands would be performing throughout the day leading up to the headliners. 

The event will include local music from The Boys Upstairs, Toolshed Jack and Hooligan. Food, Beer, and Vendors will also be available on Mahantango Streets and Progress Avenue. 

Parking locations for the event as well as road closures can be found on the Yuengling website.  

6/19/19

by News Department on 06/19/19

Animal Cruelty charges...




42 year old Keri Cavenas is facing animal cruelty charges after she abandoned animals in a home in Mahanoy Township. 

According to Skook News, Mahanoy Township police and a Humane Society Cruelty Officer responded to an animal welfare check at 361 Roosevelt Drive, in Mahanoy Township. 

Police found 3 malnourished animals in the home, which had animal feces all over the first and second floors. 

The Hillside SPCA was called and took a dog and two cats from the home. Code enforcement was at the home around 4:30pm to deem the home condemned.

6/19/19

by News Department on 06/19/19

Man charged in assault...




Pottsville man is facing multiple charges after an incident Sunday afternoon. 

According to Skook News, Pottsville Police were dispatched to 436 East Market Street for a report of a female in the street screaming for Police.

 Police spoke with a 38 year old woman who stated that 29 year old Darrell Morrison was inside of the house threatening to burn it down. 

Authorities located Morrison in the back yard of the home and he was taken into custody. He was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Rossi and committed to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bail.

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