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5/18/18

by News Department on 05/18/18

5/18/18

by News Department on 05/18/18

Frein wants appeal...




An attorney for convicted cop killer Eric Matthew Frein said he believes Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will agree state police illegally elicited a confession from his client, but that may not be enough to win a new trial. 

Frein is seeking to overturn his conviction and death sentence for the Sept. 12, 2014, sniper attack outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks that killed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II of Dunmore and seriously wounded Trooper Alex T. Douglass of Olyphant.

 William Ruzzo said the justices focused questions at a hearing Thursday on whether investigators violated Frein’s Miranda right to remain silent when they interrogated him shortly after his Oct. 30, 2014, arrest.

5/18/18

by News Department on 05/18/18

Theft Charges...




The former secretary-treasurer of Upper Bern Township, Berks County, was charged with stealing more than $80,000 from the township. 

According to the Republican Herald, State police charged 34 year old Tonya J. Schaner, of Hamburg, who was employed by the township as the secretary-treasurer between Jan. 23, 2011, through Feb. 8.

 Troopers said the investigation into the theft began on March 8, when Schaner was suspected of stealing money from the township while serving as its treasurer. 

Schaner was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrea Book and released on $30,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing.

5/18/18

by News Department on 05/18/18

Drug bust on wanted man...




A Shenandoah man wanted on an arrest warrant is facing drug charges after being found with methamphetamine. 

According to Skook News, Shenandoah Police observed 29 year old Michael Medina in a vehicle in the 600 block of W Centre St. Police confirmed the existence of an arrest warrant for Medina from Chester County. Medina ran from police and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody. 

Medina was found to be in possession of more than 4 ounces of methamphetamaine, with a street value of approximately $10,000.00, along with more than an ounce of marijuana. 

He was taken to Schuylkill County Prison and then transferred to Chester County. Charges have been filed with Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker.

 Medina will be arraigned on the charges at a later date.

5/17/18

by News Department on 05/17/18

5/17/18

by News Department on 05/17/18

Tax increase...




Residents in the Pottsville Area School District should prepare for a tax increase. 

According to the Republican Herald, the school board voted unanimously Wednesday for a proposed final budget of $40,768,990 that hikes taxes 2.025 mills to 40.599 mills. The increase for a home assessed at $50,000 could be $101.23 more a year, amounting to a school district tax bill of $2,029.93. 

A final budget is scheduled for adoption June 20; the deadline is June 30.

5/17/18

by News Department on 05/17/18

Stamp out Hunger...




Schuylkill County residents donated 28,000 pounds of food during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday. 

According to the Republican Herald, all donations stayed in the county and donations collected in Pottsville, Port Carbon and New Philadelphia went to either The Salvation Army and United Presbyterian Church, in Pottsville; and St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Minersville. 

Contributions in other areas remained where they were collected. Post offices in Pottsville, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, New Ringgold, Frackville, Cressona, Schuylkill Haven, Port Carbon and Orwigsburg participated in the effort.

5/17/18

by News Department on 05/17/18

Fallen Soldier...



The body of a soldier from Mahanoy City who passed away last week is expected to arrive in the borough late today. 

According to Skook News, 21 year old Specialist Peter Thomas Luddy passed away Tuesday, May 8th, in Roanoke, Va., following a traumatic brain injury while on a training mission with the U.S. Army.

 Luddy's body is scheduled to arrive in Mahanoy City between 8:00pm and 9:00pm, on Centre Street, from the East of town. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 am on Monday, May 21st. 

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, is in charge of arrangements.

5/17/18

by News Department on 05/17/18

Fatal Crash...



Additional details have been released from a fatal accident in North Union Township on Wednesday.

According to Skook News, State Police at Frackville said the crash occurred near the intersection of Cove Mountain Drive and Nuremberg Mountain Road around 8:00pm, when a vehicle being operated by 24 year old Dominic Mott IV, of Hazleton, lost control of his vehicle due to the wet road and rain conditions. 

During the crash, Mott's vehicle exited the side of the road and impacted several large rocks, causing the vehicle to overturn several times before coming to a final rest along the road. 

The rollover ejected a passenger from the back seat of the vehicle, who was pronounced dead at 8:32pm.

 The victim's identity has not yet been released. A front seat passenger, identified as 20 year old Ceara Correia, of Hazleton, was also injured in the crash.

 Mott reportedly suffered injuries of unknown severity and was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley for treatment. 

The driver and passengers were reported to not be wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. 

The investigation is ongoing.

5/16/18

by News Department on 05/16/18

5/16/18

by News Department on 05/16/18

Traffic restrictions for Soap Box Derby...




Traffic restrictions will be in place for the annual Soap Box Derby in the City of Pottsville this Saturday. 

Pottsville Police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky said Laurel Boulevard will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic between North Second Street and North Seventh Street starting at approximately 6:30 a.m. until the end of the event. 

In addition, there will be no parking allowed on Laurel Boulevard, between North Second and North Seventh streets beginning at 6 a.m. until the end of the event. 

A rain date for the derby is scheduled for Sunday.

5/16/18

by News Department on 05/16/18

RV Fire...




Fire destroyed a motor home in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

 According to the Republican Herald, firefighters were called to mile marker 129.8 in the northbound lanes and found the Vacationer by Rambler motor home fully engulfed in flames. 

Firefighters extinguished the flames before they spread to a trailer the vehicle was towing, but the motor home and its contents were destroyed. 

No injuries were reported and the fire shut down the northbound lanes for more than an hour while firefighters from Ryan Township and surrounding communities were at the scene.

5/16/18

by News Department on 05/16/18

Storms cause outages...




Over 1,500 homes were without power in Schuylkill County after storms rolled through Tuesday afternoon.

According to Skook News, as of 5:30pm, PPL was reporting areas experiencing outages that included West Penn, Rush, Wayne, North Union and East Union Townships. 

Smaller outages were also been reported in McAdoo, Pottsville, Shenandoah and surrounding areas.

 Anyone still facing power outages should call PPL.

5/16/18

by News Department on 05/16/18

Meuser wins...




Voter turnout was about average at the polls in Tuesday’s primary election. 

According to the Republican Herald, the race for the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District ended with Daniel Meuser coming out on top over Schuylkill County commissioner candidates George F. Halcovage Jr. and Scott C. Uehlinger. 

He will face Democratic candidate Denny Wolff, in the Nov. 6 General Election. This was the first congressional election in the newly created district that includes all of Schuylkill, Carbon and Columbia counties, and parts of Berks, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montour and Northumberland counties. 

Governor Tom Wolf won the Democrat nomination and will run for re-election against Republican candidate Scott R. Wagner.

5/15/18

by News Department on 05/15/18

PETA wants a cow memorial...




PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking permission to erect a cow sculpture inscribed with the words “Respect and Honor all Mothers," at the Mother’s Memorial, in Ashland.

 PETA reportedly sent a letter to the Mayor of Ashland, Ray Walacavage, stating, "The sculpture would pay tribute to all the nonhuman mothers.”

 Skook News reached out to the borough of Ashland and learned that as of May 14, 2018, the borough and Mayor have not received the letter. 

PETA also did not return a call for comment. 

The Mother's Memorial was erected in 1938 and is based off the painting the "Whistler's Mother."

5/15/18

by News Department on 05/15/18

5/15/18

by News Department on 05/15/18

Pigs on Probabion...




Pottsville city council is giving a six-month trial period for Gracie Mae and Tanker, the pot-bellied pigs, living in the city. 

According to the Republican Herald, city solicitor Thomas J. Pellish read from a prepared statement that said, “Council recognizes that pets of all types and sizes make a significant impact on our community.

 Changes and additions of any nature require careful study to ensure that people and pets can coexist in relatively tight quarters.” 

The city will allow current owners to keep their pets as previously discussed, however the current ordinance is still in effect, and no new animals will be allowed. 

The city council met Monday and did not make a final determination if the pigs will be permitted to stay in their homes. 

After the trial period, city council will discuss and vote on the proposed draft ordinance.

5/15/18

by News Department on 05/15/18

PPL/Trees...




PPL Electric Utilities announced that they will be planting 20,000 brand-new trees in central and eastern Pennsylvania this year. 

It’s part of a recently launched program called Community Roots. 

Through the program, PPL offers free tree seedlings to schools, local governments and environmentally focused groups, providing planting and care instructions.

 PPL introduced the program last year, and those who were chosen to receive seedlings this spring can expect them this month and next. 

Ordering for spring and fall 2019 for qualified groups and schools will be available through the programs website, at www.pplcommunityroots.com.

5/15/18

by News Department on 05/15/18

Today is Primary Election Day...




The Polls are open in Schuylkill County today for the 2018 Pennsylvania primary election. 

Pennsylvania has closed primaries, meaning only members of a particular political party will be able to vote for party candidates for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and PA governor.

 The new district includes all of Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour and Schuylkill counties and parts of Berks, Luzerne and Northumberland counties.

 Those who need a ride to the polls can call the county Democratic headquarters, at 570-622-3155 or Republican headquarters at 570-622-1540.

 Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

5/14/18

by News Department on 05/14/18

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