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4/19/19

by News Department on 04/19/19

No Injuries in crash involving School Bus...




No injuries were reported after a 3-vehicle crash involving a school bus, in Mahanoy Township, Thursday afternoon. 

According to Skook News, Mahanoy Township Police said the crash occurred just before 4:00pm, when the brakes failed on an SUV on Route 924, heading towards Shenandoah. 

 The SUV struck two other vehicles including a school bus full of North Schuylkill students heading home from school to the Ringtown area. 

No injuries were reported but the children on the bus were transferred to a second bus to take them home. 

Chief Brandon Alexander reported that the vehicle that caused the crash was not up to date on inspection.

4/19/19

by News Department on 04/19/19

Fatal Motorcycle Crash...




One person was killed in a motorcycle crash in Pine Grove Township on Thursday. 

According to Skook News, emergency personnel were dispatched to 73 Oak Grove Road around 3:45pm for a motorcycle accident. 

Authorities say said the motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was heading east when he apparently lost control and went into the westbound lane, off the road through a field and hit a tree. 

The identity of the victim has not yet been released. State Police are investigating the crash.

4/19/19

by News Department on 04/19/19

4/19/19

by News Department on 04/19/19

Yuengling announces entertainment...




Better Than Ezra will perform a free set as part of the Yuengling’s 190th Anniversary Summer Concertin the city. 

According to the Republican Herald, the announcement was made Thursday by the Yuengling sisters. 

Jessica Seiders, communications manager for D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., said the Yuengling family paid for the band and the production. The Continued Progress Project, which is made up of the city, the Pottsville Area Development Corp. and the Pottsville Business Association, also partnered in the effort to bring for day’s activities downtown.

 The band will perform at Progress Avenue and East Laurel Boulevard, July 13, at 8 p.m., with fireworks to follow around 9:30 p.m.

4/19/19

by News Department on 04/19/19

Wanted...



Minersville Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man wanted for a rape last weekend.

According to Skook News, police were contacted on April 16, 2019 by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by 22 year old Steven Harmer, of Minersville at a party the night before. 

An arrest warrant was then issued for Harmer on Thursday through Magisterial District Judge Plachko's office.

Anyone with information on Harmer's whereabouts should contact the Minersville Police Department at (570) 544-6212.

4/18/19

by News Department on 04/18/19

4/18/19

by News Department on 04/18/19

VA Event...




The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center will hold a Veterans information and VA health care enrollment event, in Pottsville. 

According to Skook News, the event will provide Veterans with the opportunity to register for VA health care on site, learn about the various VA benefits available to them and speak with VA officials on any questions they may have. 

Veterans interested in on-the-spot enrollment and for questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. 

The event will take place April 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Schuylkill County VA Clinic, 1410 Laurel Blvd., Suite 2, Pottsville.

4/18/19

by News Department on 04/18/19

RECALL...




Mondel?z Global LLC announced a voluntary recall of certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13 oz. cookies. 

The recall stems from the discovery of an “unexpected solidified ingredient” found in some of the product and “potential adverse health effects” that have resulted. 

Consumers should not eat products from packaging with any “best by” dates for Sept. 7, 8, 14 & 15, of 2019. 

This recall is reportedly limited to the United States, and customers with questions are encouraged to reach out to Mondel?z Global LLC.

4/18/19

by News Department on 04/18/19

Victim ID'D...




The victim of a Tuesday morning motor vehicle accident in Northumberland County has been identified as 20 year old Seth M. Knarr, of Minersville.

 According to the Republican Herald, a release from Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley, on Wednesday, said Knarr had been positively identified by family members. 

Kelley’s release said Knarr was not wearing a seat belt and that he was ejected in the crash, which occurred in Little Mahanoy Township near Trevorton. 

Kelley said the investigation continues.

4/18/19

by News Department on 04/18/19

Charges in fatal crash...




State police at Hamburg filed charges against a Mississippi truck driver for allegedly causing a crash that killed a Hamburg boy last year. 

According to the Republican Herald, 9 year old Yesier Diaz-Ramirez died two days after the Oct. 20, 2018, crash on Route 61, in Tilden Township, Berks County. 

Police said the crash happened when a tractor-trailer, being driven by Joshua Knight, slammed into the back of a car in which Yesier Diaz-Ramirez was a backseat passenger along with 7 year old Ryan Diaz-Ramirez. Three other people inside the car also suffered serious injuries

 Authorities said the investigation determined that Knight was traveling 52 mph at the time of the crash and was using his cellphone while driving. He faces numerous charges including one felony count of homicide by vehicle.

4/17/19

by News Department on 04/17/19

STC builds bike...




Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson partnered with students enrolled in the Outdoor Power Technology Program at the Schuylkill Technology Center to build a custom Harley-Davidson Motor Cycle for the Battle of the Kings competition.

 The final product, named “The Dirt Chip,” was unveiled to STC Students on Monday, April 15th at the North Campus. 

Scheaffer’s will be unveiling the Dirt Chip Bike to the general public on April 27th during the Spring Open House and Vendor Showcase, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

4/17

by News Department on 04/17/19

4/17/19

by News Department on 04/17/19

Pottsville Fire...




Emergency personnel responded to a house fire that occurred, in Pottsville, early Tuesday. 

According to the Republican Herald all seven city fire departments responded to 6 N. 11th St. after the 4:03 a.m. call. 

Assistant Fire Chief Gary Witmier said the building had no electric service and was supposed to be vacant. A former tenant of the house said she was allowing two homeless people to stay there previously. 

Police and fire department officials are investigating the cause.

4/17/19

by News Department on 04/17/19

Student Charged...




A Pottsville Area student is facing charges after making a threat towards the Pottsville Area School District on Monday.

 According to Skook News, Pottsville Police were dispatched to the Pottsville Area High School in response to a male 10th grade student making a threat to use a firearm in the school. 

The student admitted to school officials and police that he had made threats but claimed it was a joke.

 A Juvenile Allegation was prepared by police charging the juvenile with Terroristic threats and Persistent Disorderly Conduct and Schuylkill County Juvenile Justice officers met with police and took custody of the student for further action pursuant to their agencies protocol.

4/17/19

by News Department on 04/17/19

Victim ID'd...



The victim in a deadly crash on Route 61 on Monday has been identified.

According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash happened around 7:00pm Monday evening at the intersection of Route 61 and Route 895 as 54 year old Franklin Ruch, of Lehighton, was travelling westbound on Route 895 in an SUV and 46 year old Gary Reinoehl, of Pine Grove, was driving a flatbed truck northbound on Route 61. Both vehicles entered the intersection where the traffic signals were not functioning, and Reinohl's flatbed slammed into the side of the SUV. 

Ruch was pronounced dead at the scene by a Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner. Reinoehl was not injured. 

Police are reminding drivers that in the event of a traffic signal not functioning, drivers are required to treat the traffic signal as a stop sign in all directions.

4/16/19

by News Department on 04/16/19

4/16/19

by News Department on 04/16/19

Karen's Heroes...




Each spring, Third-Grade students at the John S. Clarke Elementary Center vote to give donations to charities in the local community.

 This year is the 20th Annual “Karen’s Heroes” Program. During the school week of May 6ththru the 10th, the students will learn about needy organizations in the Pottsville area community and vote to direct money from the KAREN CHATTIN NEY EDUCATION FUND to five community charities. 

The program is a lasting tribute to Karen Chattin Ney, a member of the Third-Grade faculty who passed away in 1998. 

As determined by the Third-Grade students, a total of $2,500 will be distributed among 5 local charities.

4/16/19

by News Department on 04/16/19

Trial Set...



53 year old Robert B. Bailey, of Tamaqua, learned Monday that he will go to trial in June in the case that could put him behind bars for life.

 According to the Republican Herald, Tamaqua police charged Bailey with first and third-degree murder for fatally stabbing his wife, Diane M. Bailey, in November 2017 at their Tamaqua residence. 

Police alleged the two had spent much of the day arguing and she was preparing to move out. 

Officials said Robert Bailey pushed Diane Bailey down the steps of the residence then stabbed her. Judge John E. Domalakes, who is presiding over Bailey’s case, has scheduled the trial for June 17.

4/16/19

by News Department on 04/16/19

Storm damage minimal...




John Matz, coordinator of the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Office, said that despite some incidents of standing water on roadways and flooded basements, Monday’s severe storm did minimal damage, in Schuylkill County. 

According to the Republican Herald, Porter Township, Tremont, Pine Grove and Port Carbon activated their emergency operation plans and emergency operations centers but decided to shut them down after the storms moved through around 2 a.m. Monday. 

Matz said officials in northern Columbia County area investigating the possible of a tornado that may have touched down but no such reports were received in Schuylkill County.

4/16/19

by News Department on 04/16/19

ID Not yet released...




Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Albert Barnes was called to the scene of a crash on Route 61 in southern Schuylkill County Monday evening. 

The crash happened at the intersection of Centre Turnpike and Summer Valley Road near Molino, just south of Deer Lake. 

The victim's identity was not released Monday night and State police at Schuylkill Haven released few details about the accident. 

According to the Republican Herald, a witness at the scene said the lights at the intersection were not working at the time of the accident. 

A PPL spokesperson said power was disrupted in the area but the exact reason for the outage was not known.

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