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10/9/19

by News Department on 10/09/19

$1 Million Drug Bust...





Schuylkill County District Attorney Michael O'Pake along with the Pennsylvania State Police announced the results of a drug investigation, Tuesday that led to 14 arrests and over $1,000,000 in drugs seized in Schuylkill County. 

According to Skook News, the investigation called, "Operation Strike 3," was reported to have started about 9 months ago as a combined effort of more than 10 law enforcement agencies. 

Tuesday’s arrests ranged from Fredericksburg, Mar Lin, Hazleton, Schuylkill Haven, St. Clair and Pottsville. 

O'Pake said this could possibly be largest drug bust in the County's history.

10/8/19

by News Department on 10/08/19

10/8/19

by News Department on 10/08/19

Drugs/Guns found...




A Minersville man was found with guns and methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Berks County over the weekend. 

According to Skook News, 35 year old David Fitting was arrested after being pulled over for not stopping at stop sign. Wyomissing police searched the vehicle which led to the discovery of the guns and drugs. 

Fitting was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Sandra L. Fegley and locked up in Berks County Prison unable to post $75,000 cash bail.

10/8/19

by News Department on 10/08/19

3 Infants die...




Three infants have died, all of them victims of a waterborne infection in the NICU at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. 


Officials reported that the department recently experienced an outbreak of pseudomonas infection, which is a waterborne infection among premature infants. 


A total of eight babies have been exposed to the infection, four were treated and recovered and one is still receiving treatment. 


Doctors say they believe the deaths of the three infants were a result of their already vulnerable state because they were born extremely premature. 


Officials with Geisinger say they are taking the precautionary steps in making sure this type of outbreak doesn’t happen again. 


The NICU will remain open, however, it’s restricting babies born under 32 weeks.


10/8/19

by News Department on 10/08/19

3 Infants die...




Three infants have died, all of them victims of a waterborne infection in the NICU at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. 


Officials reported that the department recently experienced an outbreak of pseudomonas infection, which is a waterborne infection among premature infants. 


A total of eight babies have been exposed to the infection, four were treated and recovered and one is still receiving treatment. 


Doctors say they believe the deaths of the three infants were a result of their already vulnerable state because they were born extremely premature. 


Officials with Geisinger say they are taking the precautionary steps in making sure this type of outbreak doesn’t happen again. 


The NICU will remain open, however, it’s restricting babies born under 32 weeks.


10/8/19

by News Department on 10/08/19

Travel Delays...




Some travel delays are expected as the borough of Tamaqua will begin paving Owl Creek Road starting at today and continue daily, weather permitting, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the project is complete. 

The project will start at the county line and continue west for approximately 1.5 miles. 

Drivers are being urged to avoid this area. 

Through traffic between Route 902 and Route 309 will be closed for periods to accommodate the paving, with local traffic only being allowed. 

Motorists should expect delays and allow for additional travel time.

10/8/19

by News Department on 10/08/19

Drug bust...



Two Girardville men are facing charges after drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in a home last month. 


According to the Republican Herald, State police at Reading said the Schuylkill County Adult Probation Department, in conjunction with police from Frackville and Butler Township and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 1 Upper Railroad St. on Sept. 24. 


The warrant led to the discovery of more than 6 grams of suspected fentanyl, about 2 grams of methamphetamine and more than 50 grams of marijuana, along with paraphernalia.


 Police said charges against 49 year old Francis Weikel, and 30 year old Jeremy Leatherman, will be filed with Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, at the conclusion of the investigation.

 


10/7/19

by News Department on 10/07/19

10/7/19

by News Department on 10/07/19

Tamaqaua fire displaces 2...




A fire damaged a home Saturday morning in Tamaqua, displacing two residents. 

According to the Republican Herald, crews were dispatched to 20 W. Greenwood St. just after 10 a.m. and found heavy fire and smoke from the first floor. 

Authorities said one woman had trouble breathing and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

Officials said the house is reported to have extensive fire and water damage on the first floor, while the remainder of the home has smoke and heat damage. The other side of the home was unoccupied and sustained smoke damage. 

The American Red Cross is assisting the husband and wife who lived in the home.

10/7/19

by News Department on 10/07/19

Charges filed for child porn...




A Mahanoy City man has been charged for downloading and trading child pornography. 


According to Skook News, 53 year old Christopher Baker was charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office with sexual abuse of children, in relation to child pornography, and criminal use of a communications facility.


 Authorities received a tip through Cyber Tip-line and found that images and video of child pornography had been downloaded, viewed, and sent from 128 West Mahanoy Street, Mahanoy City. 


Baker was taken into custody and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale. He was committed to Schuylkill County prison on $350,000 straight cash bail.


10/7/19

by News Department on 10/07/19

Charges filed...




Three men have been charged with the theft of two gaming machines from a Shenandoah convenient store last month. 

According to Skook News, Ronald D. Neuman, of Mahanoy City, David Ortlip, of Pottstown, and Jesse Lewiski, of Stowe, were charged for stealing two gaming machines from the Valero Gas Station and Convenient store on September 21st. 

Police say the three men enter the business, identified themselves as PLCB Officers; gave the clerk documentation that claimed to be a court order, placed the two machines into a U-Haul and drove off. 

Neuman has been taken into custody. He was arraigned and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $50,000 straight cash bail. 

Arrest warrants have been issued for Lewiski and Ortlip.

10/7/19

by News Department on 10/07/19

Charges filed...




Three men have been charged with the theft of two gaming machines from a Shenandoah convenient store last month. 

According to Skook News, Ronald D. Neuman, of Mahanoy City, David Ortlip, of Pottstown, and Jesse Lewiski, of Stowe, were charged for stealing two gaming machines from the Valero Gas Station and Convenient store on September 21st. 

Police say the three men enter the business, identified themselves as PLCB Officers; gave the clerk documentation that claimed to be a court order, placed the two machines into a U-Haul and drove off. 

Neuman has been taken into custody. He was arraigned and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $50,000 straight cash bail. 

Arrest warrants have been issued for Lewiski and Ortlip.

10/7/19

by News Department on 10/07/19

Stabbing...




A man was stabbed by an unknown suspect early Sunday in Tower City.

 According to Skook News, State Police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred around 3:00am outside the "Garage Bar" in Tower City. Authorities say an unknown man pulled a large knife and stabbed a 26 year old man in the shoulder, then fled the scene on foot. 

The victim was flown to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, but his condition is not known at this time. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or that has information is asked to called police.

9/30/19

by News Department on 09/30/19

9/30/19

by News Department on 09/30/19

Man in custody...




A man accused of attempted robbery was taken into custody after running into a railing while fleeing police.

 Hazleton police arrested 27-year-old Wander Ramirez Moya. They say he was armed with a screwdriver early Saturday morning when he tried stabbing a man over a money issue. 

The incident happened outside the victim’s home at Lincoln and Fourth Streets. When police arrived, Ramirez Moya fled, but was apprehended after a brief foot chase. 

He was jailed Saturday night in Luzerne County.

9/30/19

by News Department on 09/30/19

Shooting...




A Reading man was jailed after being charged by Pottsville police with attempted criminal homicide for shooting another man in the city Saturday night. 

According to the Republican Herald, officers were called to the 400 block of East Arch Street for the report of a gunshot victim. 

Police reportedly found a 45-year-old Reading man, who had been shot multiple times, inside a vehicle. Authorities say 25 year old Jordan Sanchez was charged in the shooting. 

The investigation also led to the arrest of 40 year old Nicole Finken, of Pottsville, and additional charges against Sanchez, who was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison without bail due to the attempted homicide charge. 

Finken was also committed to prison unable to post bail.

9/30/19

by News Department on 09/30/19

Eric's Law...




U.S. Senator Pat Toomey announced that he introduced "Eric's Law" in the U.S. Senate.  

The law is named after Eric Williams, a corrections officer from Nanticoke who was brutally murdered on the job in 2013. 

Eric's Law would allow prosecutors to bring in a second jury if the first cannot unanimously decide on the death penalty. Related legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now they just have to wait for it to hit the floors for a vote. 

There is not set date on will that will be.

9/30/19

by News Department on 09/30/19

Former priest barred...




A former priest that once served in Schuylkill County has admitted to assaulting a minor. 

According to Skook News, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown reported 87 year old Father Stephen J. Halabura, who has been retired for 11 years, was found unsuitable for ministry after an investigation of an incident that he self-reported to the Diocese of Allentown. 

Reports state that Father Halabura admitted sexually abusing a minor in the early 1980s. 

After Father Halabura self-reported the incident, he was removed from ministry, and law enforcement was notified. 

He remains barred from ministry.

9/27/19

by News Department on 09/27/19

9/27/19

by News Department on 09/27/19

Charges filed...




A 13-month-long investigation into a deadly crash has led to multiple charges in Luzerne County.

 Police arrested 47-year-old David Dodd, of Hazleton, for a crash that happened in August of last year. 

Police say Dodd struck a pedestrian with his car on North Church Street between 19th and 20th Streets in Hazleton. He then took off and the pedestrian was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he later died. 

Dodd is charged with multiple violations, the worst being third-degree felony of an accident involving death.

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