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11/15/18

by News Department on 11/15/18

11/15/18

by News Department on 11/15/18

Charges filed...




A man has been arrested and charged with rape in Luzerne County.

Florencio Juarez, 44, of West Hazleton is accused of sexually abusing two girls both under the age of 13.

According to police, the abuse happened at a home in Hazleton almost every day, for two years.

Juarez is locked up without bail in Luzerne County.

11/15/18

by News Department on 11/15/18

Teachers file lawsuit...




Plans to arm teachers in the Tamaqua Area school district hit a roadblock Wednesday afternoon.

 Lawyers for the union representing teachers say the school's plan is illegal. Last week, the school board voted unanimously to allow some teachers and staffer to carry handguns in holsters after completing a rigorous firearms training program that would take at least two years. 

In a lawsuit filed in Schuylkill County court, the union claims Pennsylvania law allows only trained police officers to carry guns in schools. 

Tamaqua Area school officials have not responded to the lawsuit, which also claims that the Pennsylvania state legislature would have to change state laws before volunteer teachers and staffers could be trained to carry guns in school.

11/15/18

by News Department on 11/15/18

Treasurer Charged...




The treasurer for the borough of Cressona has been charged with stealing over $400,000. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven said 48 year old Erin Hossler, of Pottsville, made fraudulent purchases, transactions, and forged checks in the borough's name for her own benefit. 

An investigation found that between January of 2015 through May of 2018, $425,546.79 was stolen.

 Hossler was arraigned Wednesday, before Magisterial District Judge Ferrier and committed her to Schuylkill County Prison on $10,000 straight cash bail.

11/15/18

by News Department on 11/15/18

Fatal Crash...




One person was killed and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 78 Wednesday afternoon. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Hamburg said the crash occurred around 2:38pm, Wednesday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 78 near Milemarker 32.5 in Windsor Township, Berks County. 

Police say westbound traffic was slowing and/or stopped in both westbound lanes for a single lane construction zone around mile marker 29 westbound, when a tractor trailer, travelling westbound, was unable to stop. 

That tractor trailer first struck a passenger vehicle then that vehicle was then pushed into the rear of another tractor trailer.

 The chain reaction crash consisted of 5 tractor trailers and one passenger vehicle. 

There was heavy fire involving two tractor trailers and the passenger vehicle that resulted in 3 injuries and at least one fatality. 

The identity of the victim and others involved has not been released.

11/14/18

by News Department on 11/14/18

11/14/18

by News Department on 11/14/18

Charges headed to court...




A Schuylkill Haven man, whom prosecutors allege was under the influence of marijuana when he caused a fatal crash in January in West Brunswick Township, will now face charges in Schuylkill County Court. 

State police at Schuylkill Haven alleged that 50 year old David C. Zalonka, was driving north on Route 61 when he ran a red light at 2:14 p.m. Jan. 5 at Route 61 and Municipal Road in West Brunswick Township, striking a vehicle being driven west on Municipal Road by 59 year old Rodney Brown, of Blandon, Berks County. 

Magisterial District Judge James R. Ferrier determined that prosecutors had produced sufficient evidence to support all charges and ordered them held for court. 

He allowed Zalonka to remain free on $50,000 straight cash bail pending further court proceedings.

11/14/18

by News Department on 11/14/18

Funding...




Schuylkill County is set to receive $659,286,70 to help volunteer firefighters. 

The Auditor General Eugene announced that 2,518 municipalities across the state received $55.1 million in fire relief association funding for distribution to the volunteer firefighters’ relief associations providing fire services to their communities.

 The volunteer firefighters’ relief association funding comes from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies. 

The Department of the Auditor General audits volunteer firefighters’ relief associations.

11/14/18

by News Department on 11/14/18

Missing teen...



Authorities are still looking for information on a missing 15 year old from Pine Grove Township.

According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven say 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, approximately 5'3" tall, weighing 100lbs, with brown wavy hair and brown eyes.

 Aungst is reported to have ties to the Reading, PA area and Muskegon, MI area. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Schuylkill Haven at (570) 754-4600 or 1-800-4PA-TIPS.


11/14/18

by News Department on 11/14/18

One injured...




A driver was injured in a crash, involving two tractor trailers, in Frailey Township on Interstate 81 Tuesday. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Frackville said the crash occurred around 10:15am when 49 year old Gary Shaver, of NC was travelling north on Interstate 81, near Milemarker 110. 

27 year old Victor Ceban, of FL was stopped in the right lane for traffic, in a work zone, and was struck from behind by Shaver, who became heavily entrapped in his truck. 

He was later transported to the Hershey Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. 

Ceban was not injured in the crash.

11/13/18

by News Department on 11/13/18

11/13/18

by News Department on 11/13/18

Thanksgiving Meals to be distributed...




Many in Schuylkill County will have a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the Knights of Columbus Schuylkill Council 431. 

According to the Republican Herald, this will be the 11th year for the meal distribution.

 As of Thursday, 503 meals were requested. Between 100 to115 volunteers are also needed to deliver the meals. 

The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday, by calling 570-628-3333.

11/13/18

by News Department on 11/13/18

Drug Bust...




Minersville police have filed charges against a man and woman stemming from a drug sweep in and around the borough last week. 

According to the Republican Herald, 46 year old Donald A. Wrona and 47 year old Paulette Sue Stablum, both of Mar Lin, were each charged as the result of a search warrant authorized by Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko, Port Carbon, and executed at their home around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Stablum and Wrona were both arraigned before Plachko, then committed to prison unable to post bail.

11/13/18

by News Department on 11/13/18

Santa scheduled to parachute into town...




An annual tradition will continue this Black Friday when Santa will skydive into Shenandoah. 

Mrs. T’s Pierogies will be hosting the 12th annual Skydiving Santa event to kick-off the holiday season in Shenandoah, Friday, November 23. 

Santa will parachute into Veteran's Memorial Stadium or pending on weather will arrive by helicopter or firetruck. Gates at the stadium will open to the public at 10:30am. 

Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, will be in attendance greeting the crowd along with face painting Elves. 

Following Santa’s arrival, he will parade through the town along with the Shenandoah Valley High School Band, local fire trucks and the Shenandoah Police Department.

11/13/18

by News Department on 11/13/18

Parents charged...




The parents of an infant have been charged after their baby tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to Skook News State Police at Frackville said their unit was alerted to the incident by Schuylkill County Children & Youth Services after a 5 month old baby tested positive for methamphetamine.

The parents, 34 year old Christina Brennan and 49 year old Robert Rountree, both of New Philadelphia were charged in the incident. 

Rountree was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Reiley and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $50,000 straight cash bail.

Brennan is currently locked up in Centre County Prison on unrelated charges. 

She will be arraigned for this incident at a later date.

11/12/18

by News Department on 11/12/18

11/12/18

by News Department on 11/12/18

Break-In leads to state prison...




A Carbon County man is headed to state prison after admitting in Schuylkill County court that he broke into a Coaldale residence in January. 

According to the Republican Herald, 42 year old John S. Murphy, of Lansford, was charged by Coaldale police with breaking into 25 W. Lee St. on Jan. 27. 

Murphy pleaded guilty to burglary in one case, theft in a second and possession of drug paraphernalia in a third. 

President Judge William E. Baldwin ruled he must now spend 2 1/2 to six years in a state correctional institution.

11/12/18

by News Department on 11/12/18

Drug bust...




What started as a standard traffic stop turned into a drug bust early Saturday morning in Hazleton.

 According to reports, police observed a vehicle driving erratically while traveling south on Wyoming Street around 3:15 Saturday morning. 

Upon conducting a traffic stop, police noticed a bag of suspected cocaine in plain view inside the vehicle on the driver's lap. 

The driver was identified as Jonathan Torres from New Jersey. 

He, along with a passenger, identified as Julio Pujols were taken into custody.

 Torres is currently being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

11/12/18

by News Department on 11/12/18

Train/Truck Crash...




A tractor trailer and a train collided in Schuylkill County, over the weekend. 

Authorities say the crash happened along Route 895 in New Ringgold around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 

There were no reports of any injuries. 

The crash is being investigated by Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad.

11/12/18

by News Department on 11/12/18

Crime Stoppers...




Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers and state police at Frackville are asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for the theft of more than $2,500 in cash and other items from a vehicle in Kline Township earlier this month. 

Police said the crime happened between 10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 5:20 a.m. Nov. 4 and involved a 2015 Honda Civic that was parked unattended outside of a home at 47 Grove St.

 Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information on those responsible for this theft or on any unsolved crime in Schuylkill County.

 Anyone with information is asked to call Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers at 877-847-7472.

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