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9/24/18

by News Department on 09/24/18

9/24/18

by News Department on 09/24/18

Grants...




State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David G. Argall announced that three Schuylkill County projects will receive $666,155 in state grants. 

The Schuylkill County Municipal Authority will recieve $425,000 to be used to bring water to Mahanoy Business Park. 

The Mahanoy Township Authority will receive $151,155 and will its grant to replace four large valves controlling the water distribution system that feeds Mahanoy City. 

$90,000 will go to Minersville to help pay for new equipment at the Fourth Street Playground and for improvements to the borough’s Little League field.

9/24/18

by News Department on 09/24/18

Wanted man captured...




A Philadelphia man wanted by Butler Township police for fleeing and eluding and Schuylkill County Adult Probation and Pennsylvania State Parole, was apprehended Sunday in Hazleton. 

According to the Republican Herald, Hazleton police attempted to pull over a vehicle, driven by Dustin Hill, which then led to a foot chase. 

Authorities say Hill exited the vehicle and discarded a bag containing 150 bags of suspected heroin. 

He was apprehended at Fifth and Grant streets. 

Three officers suffered injuries during the incident and received medical treatment. 

Hill was processed at police headquarters and transferred to Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Wilkes-Barre.

9/24/18

by News Department on 09/24/18

Christy Captured...





Shawn Christy’s roughly three-month run from law enforcement ended Friday afternoon when federal officials and police found him hiding in a wooded area in the northern Ohio community of Mifflin Township. 

According to the Republican Herald, U.S. Marshals said he was found with a knife and .380-caliber handgun shortly after 4:30 p.m. hiding among rocks on a stream bed. 

Authorities said he would be taken to a hospital in Ohio for examination and held in custody, pending extradition to Pennsylvania. 

Christy was wanted on a federal warrant issued June 19 for online threats he allegedly made to Northampton County’s district attorney and President Donald Trump. 

He is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in the Northern District of Ohio today.

9/24/18

by News Department on 09/24/18

Pedestrian Killed...




A pedestrian was killed Friday morning while crossing Route 61 near the Tilden Ridge Shopping Center.

According to Skook News, State Police at Hamburg said the incident occurred around 6:30am at the intersection of Route 61 and Jetson Drive when 53 year old Francis Mack, of Frackville, was travelling northbound in the left lane of Route 61 and struck 31 year old Mark Schaner, of Hamburg, who was on foot crossing the northbound lane from the berm to the median. 

Schaner was transported to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, where he was pronounced dead. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

9/21/18

by News Department on 09/21/18

9/21/18

by News Department on 09/21/18

Child Safety...




Rush Township police have announced an enforcement effort, beginning Sunday and running through Sept. 29 that aims to reduce child injuries and fatalities in vehicles.

 According to the Republican Herald, police will join highway safety partners statewide providing child passenger safety information, presentations, fitting stations and, if necessary, will write citations. 

Police will also use traffic enforcement zones, which combine enforcement patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. 

Rush Township officers, along with Buckle Up PA and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project, announced their partnership in the effort which coincides with National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week and highlights National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 29.

9/21/18

by News Department on 09/21/18

Team RW&B...




D. G. Yuengling & Son is proud to announce Team Red, White & Blue, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans through physical and social activity, as a partner for its Lagers for Heroes program that supports active military, veterans and their families. 

In celebration of the partnership, Jennifer Yuengling, vice president of operations for D.G. Yuengling & Son and 6th generation brewer of America’s Oldest Brewery, will participate in Team RWB’s 5th annual Old Glory Relay, which is a 4,300-mile journey where veterans and supporters carry the flag across America to honor and connect those who served our country. 

Old Glory Relay will travel through Pennsylvania, today, kicking off in Allentown where Jennifer will raise the flag and run a portion of the Relay to support our nation’s veterans. 

The Relay will finish in Philadelphia with an end-of-day celebration for veterans and participants.

9/21/18

by News Department on 09/21/18

Mold found...




There are more mold issues at the John S. Clarke Elementary Center, in Pottsville. 

According to the Republican Herald, the school opened a week late, on Sept. 4, due to the presence of mold discovered in late August. 

The district first hired a company from Camp Hill to re-mediate the problem and test air quality before classes could resume.

 However, when the students came back, a first-grade teacher found mold in her classroom. 

On Monday, a school psychologist found mold on some items in her office and, on Tuesday, another teacher found mold in the teacher’s lounge. 

Superintendent Jeffrey S. Zwiebel said the elementary center is the only school affected and the district has been consulting experts about the problem. 

Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Waynesboro, is assisting.

9/21/18

by News Department on 09/21/18

Opioid Crisis...



With the ongoing opioid crisis across Pennsylvania, Senator David Argall and Representative Mike Tobash held a town hall meeting about the epidemic Wednesday in Pine Grove. 

More than 4,600 Pennsylvanians died from this addiction in 2016. 

The question and answer session was held at the request of several local residents who have either been affected by the crisis or who are worried about the deadly impacts that opioids will have on the personal and economic health of western Schuylkill County. 

Rural Pennsylvania has especially been hit hard by the crisis.

9/20/18

by News Department on 09/20/18

9/20/18

by News Department on 09/20/18

National Preparedness Month...




In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the Wolf Administration officials from PennDOT, PEMA, and the state Insurance Department discussed how the state is analyzing and preparing for extreme weather. 

The departments are also offering tips and resources for Pennsylvanians. 

Free emergency preparedness information, including templates for family emergency plans and checklists for emergency kit supplies, are available at www.ReadyPA.gov.

9/20/18

by News Department on 09/20/18

Dog the Bounty Hunter to join in Christy search...




The search for Shawn Christy, of McAdoo, has picked up a big-name searcher. 

Christy has been the target of a search since June and now a famed reality TV bounty hunter is reportedly getting in on the action. 

The Mansfield News Journal in Ohio is reporting that celebrity law man "Dog the Bounty Hunter" is joining the search for Christy. He's most recently suspected of being in Ohio. 

The newspaper reports the services of Duane "Dog" Chapman were retained by a friend of the Christy family in hopes of bringing Christy in peacefully.

9/20/18

by News Department on 09/20/18

City Shirt closing...



Elbeco Incorporated, owner of City Shirt, in Frackville, announced it will close the facility by the end of December. 

According to Skook News, the company manufactures shirts and pants for public safety workers and postal markets. 

According to a press release, the inability to attract workers to replace retired and retiring skilled sewers resulting in decreasing production and efficiencies at the facility was cited as the main reason for these decisions. 

Elbeco Incorporated plans to consolidate its plants’ support operations into its Reading based facilities and move production into its U.S. based manufacturing partner facilities.

9/20/18

by News Department on 09/20/18

Drug Charges...




Two Shenandoah men are locked up in Northumberland County Prison after an incident in Northumberland County.

 According to Skook News, Kulpmont Police said 35 year old Nicholas Mosher and 36 year old Christopher Weston have been charged with Possession with intent to deliver (Methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia after an incident Tuesday in the 900 Block of Scott Street in the borough.

 Both were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Cole and locked up in Northumberland County Prison on $40,000 cash bail.

9/19/18

by News Department on 09/19/18

9/19/18

by News Department on 09/19/18

Fire company receives grant...



U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced this week that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Company No. 1, with an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, valued over $273,000.

 According to the Republican Herald, the Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Company, Orwigsburg, serves as the host for this Regional Award on behalf of its mutual aid partners, the Landingville Fire Company and the Orwigsburg Fire Department. 

The funds are expected to be used to purchase Self-Contained Breathing 

Apparatus units to replace current inventories and will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

9/19/18

by News Department on 09/19/18

PLCB...



The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced the return of more than $2.4 million in licensing fees to 1,411 municipalities in which licensees are located. 

According to Skook News, the PLCB returns liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those licenses, twice a year, as required by law. 

The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Feb. 1, 2018, to July 31, 2018. 

In all, Schuylkill County Municipalities received in total $24,700 with municipalities having the flexibility in allocating and spending the returned license fees to meet local needs.

9/19/18

by News Department on 09/19/18

State Police to visit schools...




With the goal of serving as a community resource and to support safe learning environments, Governor Tom Wolf and State Police announced Tuesday that station commanders will ensure troopers visit schools and colleges located in their primary coverage areas on a consistent basis. 

The safety checks will continue throughout the school year as Troop commanders will continue to be in regular contact with school leadership in their respective coverage areas to address any specific concerns.

9/19/18

by News Department on 09/19/18

Missing Teen...




State Police are looking for a teen that has been reported missing from Schuylkill County. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven reported 15 year old Ani Noelle Aungst was last seen on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:15am by a relative inside her residence on Birds Hill Road, in Pine Grove Township. 

Aungst is described as a Hispanic female, standing 5'3", weighing approximately 100lbs, with brown wavy hair, and brown eyes. 

She is possibly wearing jeans but an exact clothing description is not known. 

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

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