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8/17/17

by News Department on 08/17/17

8/17/17

by News Department on 08/17/17

Charges filed...



A Mount Carmel woman is facing charges after the vehicle she was driving struck the home of Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph Groody, on Monday night. 

Ashland police said Melanie L. Rooney was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer that struck the Groody home at 23 and Walnut streets. 

Police said Rooney was driving west on Walnut Street at a high rate of speed when she drove through several stop signs, including the one at 23rd and Walnut streets, jumped a curb and traveled across the lawn before hitting the Groody home. 

Police said that Rooney exited the vehicle and fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later in the area of the Gitman Shirt parking lot. 

The woman was taken to a Pottsville hospital for injuries she suffered to her face. 

No one inside the home was injured, but the residence sustained both exterior and interior damage. 

Police said numerous charges are pending against Rooney as the result of the accident.

8/17/17

by News Department on 08/17/17

Wall collapse in Frackville...




Demolition of a building in Frackville resulted in power outages and road closures, Wednesday afternoon. 

Crews from ADM Logistics, Port Carbon, began tearing down the former Heaven Scent Florist, located at 51 S. Lehigh Ave. when a wall, which was to collapse inward, fell towards Lehigh Street bringing down Service Electric Cable lines and throwing bricks into the street. Traffic lights were also struck by the flying debris. 

The front wall then collapsed onto Lehigh Avenue, Route 924, after being hit with the boom of the excavator, damaging additional Service Electric lines, a PPL neutral line. 

A passing vehicle was also hit with bricks and other debris. 

No injuries were reported, but the two collapses forced the closure of traffic at the intersection of routes 61 and 924 for several hours.

8/17/17

by News Department on 08/17/17

Schuylkill Mall to be demolished...




The future of the Schuylkill Mall property has officially been revealed.

 Vice President of the Schuylkill County Economic Development, Brian Hansbury, presented a plan to the county commissioners, Wednesday, on behalf of Northpoint Development, the new owners of the Mall property. 

The plan is to enact Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance which allows taxing authorities to exempt new construction in deteriorated areas of economically depressed communities and improvements to certain deteriorated industrial, commercial and other business property. 

Part of the plan would have the mall demolished by the end of 2017, begining on the Sears/Bon Ton end, leaving the movie theater time to operate through the holiday season. McDonalds and Big Lots are on the same parcel property but will stay and not be demolished. Cracker Barrel and Holiday are reported to be on their own parcels and will remain open. 

Construction of two new warehouses on the property should then be completed by the end of the summer of 2018, creating a minimum of 830 jobs. 

An official vote by the commissioners is planned for next Wednesday.

8/17/17

by News Department on 08/17/17

Rabies...




Officials are warning Shenandoah residents to be cautious, after a boy was bitten by a rabid fox Wednesday afternoon. 

According to officials, the incident occurred around 1:00pm, Wednesday on New Road in Lost Creek, near Shenandoah. 

The boy was taken to the hospital for his injuries and testing.

Authorities are also warning borough residents to keep an eye on their pets and children when they are outside. If a fox is seen and acting strangely, you should contact authorities. 

This is the second reported rabid fox attack in the area within a week.

8/16/17

by News Department on 08/16/17

8/16/17

by News Department on 08/16/17

Public Assistance...




House Bill 59 was introduced to Harrisburg, in July, aiming to clamp down on public assistance spending but critics say it could leave drug addicts trying to get clean without benefits. 

HB 59 would among other things, request a waiver from the federal government to require able-bodied people to work or seek employment as a stipulation of their benefits.

 But some said that people struggling with addiction, who probably can’t work while undergoing rehabilitation, could lose their coverage.

 The Pennsylvania Health Access Network estimates about 10 percent or up to 79,000 Pennsylvanians could be booted from their Medicaid plans because of HB 59, and more specifically the work requirement.

 The Senate OK’d the bill late last month with amendments refining which Medicaid recipients would be exempt, including pregnant, elderly and disabled people, and sent it back to the house for approval where it remains now. 

Gov. Tom Wolf said he is opposed to Medicaid changes that make it harder to get health care services. 

It’s unclear whether lawmakers intend drug addiction to be included as a disability.

8/16/17

by News Department on 08/16/17

Warning for eclipse...




The solar eclipse is coming Monday, and just about everyone wants to get a good look. But experts warn you to remember, you are still looking at the sun, and that means you have to employ some safety equipment, or risk serious damage to your eyes. 

As of late, numerous online stores have been selling special glasses and viewing aids in order to get a good view of the eclipse. The issue is that some of the glasses are cheap knockoff products. 

The American Astronomical Society recommends that you should only purchase eclipse glasses from a list of verified retailers that can be found at eclipse.aas.org.

8/16/17

by News Department on 08/16/17

Vandals caught in Tamaqua...




Tamaqua Police arrested two juveniles who used BB guns to damage windows in the borough on Monday night. 

According to authorities, the two males, ages 15 and 16 used the guns to shoot out windows at the Tamaqua Elementary School on Boyle Avenue and the Wine and Spirits Store on Railroad Street. They also shot out the window of a passing car and stole several bottles of liquor during their spree. 

The weapons used by the boys were reportedly stolen from a Walmart store.

8/16/17

by News Department on 08/16/17

Recall issued...





A recall has been issued from BRIO for their soft baby rattle toys with wooden rings, as the toys can crack and pose a choking hazard. 

The toys have a wooden handle with a white plastic teething ring at one end and a red, yellow, white, and green hammer head at the other hand. 

The BRIO logo is stamped on the hammer head. 

These rattles were sold from March 2015 through June 2017. 

No injuries have been reported yet, but BRIO has received several reports of the wooden ring cracking. 

Consumers who own the recalled rattles should stop using them immediately. For more information on the recall and how to contact BRIO, go to: http://www.brio.us/recall.

8/15/17

by News Department on 08/15/17

8/15/17

by News Department on 08/15/17

Michael Grady in custody/Drug Charges...



A man is locked up in Schuylkill County, accused of trying to sell prescription drugs to a minor. 

Police say 65 year old Michael Grady, of Girardville tried to sell prescription pills to a boy on West Ogden Street on Sunday. 

A neighbor saw the exchange and told Grady to leave. That's when police say Grady saw the neighbor's young children and asked to buy one of them. 

Investigators said Grady was drunk and high on narcotics at the time.

8/15/17

by News Department on 08/15/17

Animals up for adoption...




Back in June, two men in central Pennsylvania were taken into custody after leading police on a chase through Northumberland County, while driving a livestock truck full of goats and sheep. 

Now two months later, the 27 animals are up for adoption. Authorities say they were on their way to the slaughterhouse but instead found themselves at the Pennsylvania SPCA near Danville. 

Shelter manager Carlee Fiddes says the animals were in bad shape. Four of the animals died. The remaining 27 were brought to the shelter near Danville. 

The owners surrendered them to the SPCA because of the high medical expenses. Now they are up for adoption. All six sheep and nine of the goats are at the center in Montour County. The rest are at the main facility in Philadelphia.

 Both of the suspects for that crash are still in jail waiting for their court hearings. 

If you are interested in adopting any of the animals, you are asked to contact the Pennsylvania SPCA Center near Danville.

8/15/17

by News Department on 08/15/17

PSSA Testing...




Students across Pennsylvania will be spending less time preparing and taking standardized tests and more time on their regular studies.

 Governor Tom Wolf got together with other state leaders to make the announcement that teachers and students will spend less time preparing for state testing beginning this school year. 

Two sections have been cut from the standardized statewide test known as PSSA -- one in math, one in English/language arts meaning students and teachers in grades three through eight will spend an average of 20 percent less time on statewide testing. 

Governor Wolf says the move to cut the time getting ready for tests could end up giving back two to three learning days for students.

8/15/17

by News Department on 08/15/17

Groody home hit...




A woman crashed her SUV into the home of the Schuylkill County Sheriff, Monday evening. 

The incident occurred around 9:45pm, an unidentified woman travelling West on Walnut Street in Ashland came to the intersection of 23rd and Walnut Street, failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed through one yard, then crashed into the home of Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph Groody. 

After crashing, the woman exited the vehicle, fled the scene and was later captured in the nearby Gitman and Company parking lot. 

The woman was taken via ambulance to the hospital for further testing. 

The Groody family was home at the time, but no one was injured.

The incident is still under investigation.

8/14/17

by News Department on 08/14/17

8/14/17

by News Department on 08/14/17

Sch. Cty. Crime Stoppers...




Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers and the Branch-Reilly police are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for a break-in and theft at a volunteer fire company earlier this month.

 According to the Republican Herald, police said the crime occurred during the overnight hours Aug. 6 or 7 at Good Intent Fire Company, Llewellyn. 

Authorities say someone broke in through an office window to the rear of the building and made off with about $1,000 cash along with various items. 

Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information on those responsible for this crime or any other unsolved crime in Schuylkill County. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 877-TIPS4SC (877-847-7472) or Branch-Reilly police at 570-544-9580.

8/14/17

by News Department on 08/14/17

2 Injured after shot fired...




Two men were injured over the weekend when a gun discharged during an argument. According to reports, around 6:15pm, Friday, two men got into an argument in a home on Spruce Street in Port Carbon. 

The fight reportedly escalated and a gun was discharged hitting both individuals. 

Authorities later identified the two in the argument as Alex Rosario and Kenneth Boyer, both of Port Carbon. 

Boyer was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while Rosario was flown to Hershey Medical Center for his injuries.

 State Police at Schuylkill Haven are still investigating the incident.

8/14/17

by News Department on 08/14/17

3 Injured in ATV crashes...




Three people were injured in separate ATV crashes in Schuylkill County over the weekend. 

The first crash occurred Saturday around 2:15pm in Butler Township near Lavelle. The unidentified male victim was reported to have suffered a leg injured and was flown from the Schuylkill County Airport. 

The second crash occurred Sunday around 4:30pm in the area of the Rosa Breaker behind Boyer's in Shenandoah. The victim was also flown to an area hospital for their injuries. 

And the third ATV crash occurred almost 2 hours later around 6:15pm in West Mahanoy Township. Emergency personnel were called to 300 Raven Road where a female victim suffered a head injury. The victim was also flown to an area hospital for her injuries.

8/14/17

by News Department on 08/14/17

Child luring...



A Virginia man is in custody after an attempted child luring that happened over the weekend, in Girardville. 

According to Girardville Police, the incident occurred around 8:20pm Saturday evening when 46 year old Richard Scott Carver attempted to lure an 8 year old boy into his vehicle near William and Oak Streets in the borough. 

Carver was located, positively identified by the victim and taken into custody where it was learned he had an active arrest warrant out of Prince William County, VA for obscene material. 

He was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge James Ferrier and committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $20,000.00 cash bail.

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