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2/22/19

by News Department on 02/22/19

2/22/19

by News Department on 02/22/19

Hazing Investigation...




The Pottsville Area School District is investigating an alleged hazing incident by members of the high school football team involving a mentally disabled student. 

According to the Republican Herald, an undated letter provided to school board members and other media outlets, from an anonymous parent, says a student on the team told the parent about the incident allegedly taking place during the football season. 

Pottsville Area Superintendent Jeffrey S. Zwiebel released a statement Thursday, saying once the allegations reached his office, he authorized and directed the commencement of a complete, full and detailed investigation.

 Pottsville Police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky said that on Feb. 7, his department was made aware of the anonymous letter and contacted the family of the victim who asked them to not initiate a criminal investigation at this time while they work to find a positive resolution with the school district.

 Wojciechowsky added, police are currently respecting their request but assured them they would conduct an independent investigation if and when they desired.

2/22/19

by News Department on 02/22/19

2 In Custody...




While in search of a wanted person, Ashland Police arrested two other individuals wanted on warrants.

According to Skook News, officers went to the address of 1004 Centre Street, Thursday, in search of a wanted person and found what was suspected to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

39 year old Jason Fanelli, who was in the apartment, was found to be wanted on a domestic warrant. 30 year old Brian Cyr was also in the apartment at the time and was found to be wanted by the District Attorney's Office.

 Both Fanelli and Cyr were transported to Schuylkill County Prison for the active warrants. Additional charges will be filed. 

A woman in the apartment at the time, Amber Manhart, fled out a back door and will be facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

2/22/19

by News Department on 02/22/19

29 Displaced by fire...




Over two dozen people are displaced after a fire in Ashland, Thursday.

 According to Skook News, emergency personnel were dispatched at 2:47pm, to 1112 Brock Street in Ashland for a house fire. 

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found multiple homes engulfed in flames and upgraded the fire to additional alarms. 

All occupants escaped the fire, including an elderly woman who was rescued by one of Ashland's firefighters. 

The fire damaged or destroyed 9 homes in all, leaving 29 people displaced across 9 families. All are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Some pets were rescued but there were also some that perished in the fire. 

A State Police Fire Marshal was at the scene but no cause has yet been determined.

2/22/19

by News Department on 02/22/19

Drug Bust...




Schuylkill County Law Enforcement seized thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs during a bust in Gordon on Thursday. 

According to Skook News, authorities executed a search and seizure warrant on a residence located in the Borough, seizing approximately 240 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $24,000.00, a shotgun and other drug paraphernalia.

 As a result of the search, 46 year old John Kessler was charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act and the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

 Kessler was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale and remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $75,000 straight cash bail. 

2/21/19

by News Department on 02/21/19

2/21/19

by News Department on 02/21/19

Yuengling on TODAY...




NBC’s “TODAY” will air a segment with Yuengling Brewery’s sixth generation — sisters Jen, Wendy, Debbie and Sheryl Yuengling — later this morning. 

According to the Republican Herald, the segment is part of the show’s new “Behind the Brand” series and follows host Dylan Dreyer as she toured Yuengling and spoke to the sisters about the brewery’s 190-year history and running a family-owned business.

 NBC’s television crew and Dreyer traveled from New York City to Pottsville on Jan. 31 to visit “America’s Oldest Brewery.” T

he segment is scheduled to air between 9:30 and 9:40 a.m. today, on TODAY.

2/21/19

by News Department on 02/21/19

Shooting Arrest...




A shooting at a bar on East Fifth Street in Halzeton, remains under investigation. 

Police say at least two people were shot late Tuesday inside Lucky Charms Bar around midnight Wednesday morning. The victims were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton with serious injuries and are said to be in critical condition.

 Police arrested Randy Escoto at a home on West Green Street in connection with the shooting. 

Authorities say the arrest was based on witnesses in the bar, however police have also received calls and emails from others saying Escoto is not the shooter. 

Escoto is currently being held on drug charges while the shooting investigation continues. The identities of the victims have not been released.

2/21/19

by News Department on 02/21/19

Vehicle Theft Charges...




Minersville Police have arrested 3 people in connection with a vehicle that was stolen February 14. 

According to Skook News, Minersville Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Lytle Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told police that someone had stolen his 2010 Toyota Tundra while he left it running in front of his home. 

It was later reported that the stolen truck was spotted in Tremont on February 15. Three individuals identified as 25 year old Joseph Yurkonis, 20 year old Justin Yurkonis, both of East Norwegian Township, and 49 year old Kelly Williams were taken into custody for the theft. 

All three were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko on Wednesday morning and committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.

2/21/19

by News Department on 02/21/19

Vandals sought...




Ashland Police are investigating several incidents where vehicles were vandalized. 

According to Skook News, police said over the last few months, numerous other incidents of vandalism have occurred in the area of North 4th Street and Centre Streets.

 In one incident, an unknown person damaged a Dodge pickup truck and a Chrysler Minivan. Several other incidents have occurred.

Victims of the vandalism are now offering a $1,000 reward for information directly leading to an arrest. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ashland Police Department at (570) 875-2600.

2/20/19

by News Department on 02/20/19

Violence in Hazleton...




Police are investigating overnight violence that happened in Hazleton.

 Authorities say two people were shot around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at Lucky Charms Bar and Grill on East 5th Street. Both were taken to hospitals.

 There is no word on their names or conditions and police have not said if the shooter has been arrested. 

Just a few blocks away on West Ninth Street in Hazleton, police are also investigating a stabbing that happened just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday. 

There was no information released yet on the victim.

2/20/19

by News Department on 02/20/19

2/20/19

by News Department on 02/20/19

Inmate Assaults Counselor...




A prisoner in Northumberland County is facing charges after officials say he bashed in the head of a counselor and had planned to rape her. 

Officials say former SCI Coal Township inmate, 21 year old Dustin Cornelius, coaxed a female drug and alcohol specialist counselor into a one-on-one session early last month. State police say during the session, he struck the victim in the back of the head with a lock and jumped on her back.

 Official paperwork says Cornelius had told another inmate he was sexually attracted to her planned the assault on the counselor. 

Cornelius has since been transferred to SCI Frackville following the assault in Northumberland County.

2/20/19

by News Department on 02/20/19

Conpressor Station...




Residents in Valley View questioned the safety, potential noise pollution, environmental hazards and reduced property values that could come along with a proposed compressor station in Hegins Township, on Tuesday.

 According to the Republican Herald, Christopher L. Stockton, Williams spokesman, said the company had purchased a 90-acre parcel and had an agreement with the landowner for the property, which is currently an empty field.

 The proposed compressor station will encompass about 10 acres for the facility itself and is centrally located along the pipeline route in the township. 

The remaining portion of the 90 acres Williams bought includes a buffer zone to neighboring property. In December, a group of 25 citizens in the Pitman Valley issued a letter of concern against the proposed gas pipeline compressor station, which had previously been proposed to be erected in Eldred Township.

2/20/19

by News Department on 02/20/19

Wanted...



Rush Township police are still searching for a man wanted in connection with a Monday morning burglary in the township. 

Police said they are looking for 31 year old Matthew Haydt. 

He is described as being Caucasian, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

 Rush Township Police Chief Kenneth Zipovsky said that Haydt is currently in the community but is reported to have no permanent address. 

Anyone with information regarding Haydt’s whereabouts is urged call Rush Township police by calling 911.

2/19/19

by News Department on 02/19/19

2/19/19

by News Department on 02/19/19

2/19/19

by News Department on 02/19/19

Arson suspected...




One person died and 11 others were displaced after flames ripped through an apartment building in West Hazleton last month and investigators have been trying to piece together what happened.  

The fire tore through this apartment building on East Green Street in West Hazleton on the evening of January 12th. 11 people including three children ages 2, 5 and 6 barely escaped the flames and the identity of the person killed in the blaze has yet to be determined. 

West Hazleton Police said DNA testing is being conducted, but that testing takes time.

 Detectives have been looking for 30 year old Grant Yamulla; a resident of the apartment building who was last seen alive at the building the night of the fire. 

As for the cause of the blaze, authorities believe the fire was set inside and have a strong suspicion it was arson.

2/19/19

by News Department on 02/19/19

Sink Hole opens in Centralia...




Crews have started filling in a large sinkhole that opened up in Centralia. 

The roughly 100-foot-deep hole was discovered last week off Route 61. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the sinkhole has nothing to do with the mine fire that's been burning in Centralia since the 1960s.

 DEP officials said the sinkhole was likely caused by a mine subsidence.

 DEP workers weren't sure how long the hole has been there but said they found no evidence that it was expanding.

 Officials say large rocks and boulders are being used to fill the giant hole in this part of Columbia County.

2/19/19

by News Department on 02/19/19

Fire Accidental...




A fire that displaced a mother and her two children has been ruled accidental. 

Firefighters were called to 414 E. Elm St., in Tamaqua, for the report of a house fire and found a home filling with smoke and a fire in the basement. Firefighters had the fire extinguished in about 20 minutes but remained at the scene for about an hour checking to make sure the fire did not spread to an attached home at 412 E. Elm St. 

Tamaqua Fire Chief James R. Connely said the fire started in the basement of the home and was “accidental, electrical in origin.”

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