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12/7/17

by News Department on 12/07/17

Wolf announces project grants...




Governor Tom Wolf announced an investment of $44 million for 266 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities. 

Nine of those are for Schuylkill County communities for several parks and playgrounds and also includes $742,000 for rehabilitation of Frackville Community Pool.

12/6/17

by News Department on 12/06/17

12/6/17

by News Department on 12/06/17

PennDOT needs drivers...



PennDOT is putting out a call for drivers, because it needs to fill around 30 positions before the first flakes of snow start to fall.

 Anyone with a CDL license, class A or B, a medical certificate and a tanker endorsement is urged to apply. PennDOT is also in search of diesel mechanics to help service the trucks.

 If interested, you can visit the state's employment website to view openings and begin the application process.

12/6/17

by News Department on 12/06/17

Over $70,000 in drugs...




A traffic stop Tuesday resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin valued at more than $70,000. 

According to the Republican Herald, members of the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force received information about illegal drugs being transported inside a 2014 Ford Explorer that State Police later stopped in West Brunswick Township.

 Inside the vehicle, agents said, they found 1 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $68,100 along with about 10 grams of heroin with a street value of about $3,000. 

As a result of the stop, agents charged 38 year old Cristian Maracine, of Wyomissing. 

He will appear for court in Schuylkill County where the traffic stop was conducted.

12/6/17

by News Department on 12/06/17

Vaughn asks for charges to be dismissed...




Former Democratic Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer, under indictment for his alleged role in a case of "pay-to-play" politics, is asking a judge to dismiss the federal government's bribery charges against him.

 Prosecutors said Spencer made clear to businesses and individuals that city contracts would be withheld if they didn't provide sufficient campaign contributions. 

The defense is also asking the judge to remove from Spencer's indictment all references to the federal investigation in Allentown, saying there's nothing connecting Reading's former mayor to that probe.

 Spencer was charged in July with nine counts of bribery and a single count each of honest services wire fraud and conspiracy.

12/6/17

by News Department on 12/06/17

Rock Slide...




Road crews responded to a rock slide late Tuesday afternoon, in Girardville. 

Skook News reports that the rock slide occurred on West Mahanoy Avenue (the High Road), Route 54, just west of the 2nd Street intersection. 

Debris from the slide had fallen and covered both lanes of road. As of 6:00pm, PennDOT had a majority of the rock cleaned up and both lanes were reopened. 

However, PennDOT is advising drivers to use caution if travelling through the area.

12/4/17

by News Department on 12/04/17

12/4/17

by News Department on 12/04/17

Crash victim dies...



A Pine Grove man died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a crash last week. 

The Republican Herald reports that 79 year old Jay R. Donmoyer was hurt when his vehicle crashed in Pine Grove Township about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday.

 The manner of death was ruled accidental but authorities offered no other details. 

Donmoyer was pronounced dead at 12:12 a.m. Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

 State police at Schuylkill Haven are conducting the investigation into the crash.

12/4/17

by News Department on 12/04/17

Body found...




The body of an Orwigsburg man who went missing after leaving a restaurant near Carlisle on Nov. 10 has been found. 

According to State Police, 23 year old Israel "Izzy" Whalen, of Orwigsburg was found near the Red Robin where he was last seen in the 200 block of Westminster Drive in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County. 

Police said Whalen suffered from mental illness and was considered a danger to himself. 

His death isn't considered suspicious.

12/4/17

by News Department on 12/04/17

Fire at Koch's...




An explosion and fire destroyed a storage unit at Koch’s turkey farm Saturday afternoon. 

It was just after 3:00pm when emergency personnel were called to Koch's Turkey Farm, located at 50 Zehners Crossing Road, near Tamaqua for a working structure fire.

 Initials reports stated the fire started with an explosion in the storage unit. 

No cause has yet been determined and no animals were harmed. 

A State Police Fire Marshal has been called to investigate.

12/4/17

by News Department on 12/04/17

Early morning fire...




Fire crews were called out to a working structure fire, early this morning, in Porter Township.

 According to Skook News, emergency personnel were called to 1820 Wiconisco Street, in Reinerton, near Tower City, around 12:20am, for a working structure fire. 

A tanker task force was also been requested along with fire units from Schuylkill and Dauphin Counties. 

More details when they are available.

12/1/17

by News Department on 12/01/17

12/1/17

by News Department on 12/01/17

Flu shot recommended...




The CDC is warning that this year's flu season could be more extreme than in year's past and as it turns out, the vaccine might not be as strong as experts hoped. 

And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected.

 According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the flu vaccine used in Australia, which is nearly the same as the one used in the U.S., was only ten percent effective.

 Doctors say it doesn't matter whether or not you got your flu shot last year; you're going to have to come back for another vaccination because this year's flu is different. 

Experts also suggest taking Tamiflu or Relenza if you do end up getting the flu, because both can shorten the time that you're sick.

12/1/17

by News Department on 12/01/17

Fire destroys vacant home...




Flames broke out, destroying a vacant home in Schuylkill County. 

Fire crews were called out to the 100 block of East Lloyd Street in Shenandoah just before 10 p.m. on Thursday. 

According to the fire chief, the flames were on the first floor when firefighters from both Shenandoah and Mahanoy City arrived.

The crews were able to knock down the flames in about 40 minutes. 

No one was injured in the fire but the fire marshal has been called in to investigate.

12/1/17

by News Department on 12/01/17

Prices drop...




Some folks will be paying a little less for their utilities this winter season.

 UGI Penn Natural Gas announced that rates will go down just about 3% starting December 1st.

 The average Pennsylvania homeowner will reportedly save approximately $3 on their bills.

12/1/17

by News Department on 12/01/17

Vigil for Izzy...




A candlelight prayer vigil was held Thursday evening for a Schuylkill County man who went missing earlier this month. 

Loved ones of 23-year-old Izzy Whalen are still holding out hope that he'll be found. The Orwigsburg man went missing back on November 10th.

 His mother said her son parked his car at his employer in Schuylkill Haven and headed to a job site in Carlisle with his co-workers. But Izzy never returned home after his shift. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Orwigsburg Police at 570-366-3101.

11/30/17

by News Department on 11/30/17

11/30/17

by News Department on 11/30/17

Bank Robber gets state prison...




56 year old Joseph C. Richwine, of Camp Hill, will spend time behind state prison bars for an October 2016 bank robbery in Tower City. 

State police at Schuylkill Haven charged Richwine with robbing Halifax Bank, a division of Riverview Bank, on Oct. 29, 2016. 

Schuylkill County judge James P. Goodman ruled Wednesday that Richwine will serve 35 to 70 months in a state correctional institution.

 Goodman made the prison term concurrent with one Richwine already is serving.

11/30/17

by News Department on 11/30/17

Serious charge dropped...




A Schuylkill County woman, who had been facing charges in the death of her granddaughter, will go to jail, but the most serious charge against her has been thrown out. 

Judge William Baldwin explained on Wednesday that he threw out a third-degree murder conviction because prosecutors did not provide sufficient evidence to say she did it with malice and instead sentenced that grandmother to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

 Pietrina Hoffman was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her granddaughter, Nevaeh Doyle who was found dead on the floor of her home on West Centre Street in Mahanoy City in 2016. 

Hoffman had already been sentenced to 16 to 32 years for that third-degree murder conviction. That sentence has now been drastically lowered.

 Hoffman now faces five to 12 years behind bars.

 The district attorney's office plans to appeal the ruling within the next few days.

11/30/17

by News Department on 11/30/17

Real ID...



The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reminds customers that there are proactive steps that they can take now to help prepare for when REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards are available to customers who want them in the spring of 2019. 

A federally accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020. 

Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards said PennDOT is designing its REAL ID process to be as streamlined as possible, with customer convenience at the forefront. For a listing of necessary documents, click on the link on SkookNews.com.

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