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2/19/19

by News Department on 02/19/19

Burglary Charges...




Police arrested a woman in Rush Township that was said to have burglarized a home on Monday.


According to Skook News, Rush Township Police responded to a report of a suspicious person on Meadow Avenue, Monday, around10:30 AM. 

An investigation into the suspicious person determined that there were actually two individuals who committed a burglary at that location. 


Police charged 37 year old Jasmine Conner, of Lehighton. She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge James Reiley, then committed to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $10,000.00 bail. 


The other person fled on foot and is currently wanted. Police are actively looking for the second individual who was identified as 31 year old Matthew Haydt. He is described as a white male, 5’ 09” tall, 155 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information regarding Haydt’s whereabouts is urged to dial 911.

2/18/19

by News Department on 02/18/19

2/18/19

by News Department on 02/18/19

Charges filed...




Saint Clair police have charged multiple people with retail theft from Wal-Mart. 

According to Skook News, 23 year old Brianna May Evans, of Schuylkill Haven, James Kerby, 40 year old Jason Dougherty of Rehresburg and 24 year old Isaiah Osbourne, of Valley View, were all charged in separate incidents that included retail theft after removing items from the Saint Clair Wal-Mart, and attempting to lower the price of merchandise by altering the bar code.

2/18/19

by News Department on 02/18/19

Director Honored...



Hillside S-P-C-A volunteers honored executive director Barbara Umlauf, who recently lost a 2 year battle with cancer. 

Over the weekend, the shelter held a pet adoption, encouraging people to sponsor pets in exchange for waived adoption fees. 

Barbara served the shelter for more than three decades and was able to expand the animal shelter from just one building, into 5 buildings. 

Other proceeds from this weekend will go toward the Carolyn and Joe foundation -- which Barbara started in memory of her son and daughter. It covers the cost of animal medical expenses. 

For information on adopting a pet, call the Hillside SPCA at 570-622-7769.

2/18/19

by News Department on 02/18/19

Med. Marijuana goes over well...




Governor Wolf claims that within just a year's time, more than 83,000 Pennsylvanians have accessed medical marijuana.

 Finding out if you qualify for medical marijuana is simple. All you need to do is go to PA.gov and there you can find a physician, a dispensary and register for a medical marijuana card.

 Just one year ago the Commonwealth began distributing medical marijuana cards and despite some shortcomings, authorities say the program gives those in the medical marijuana community hope. 

In addition to medical marijuana, the lieutenant governor is currently on his listening tour about legalizing marijuana state-wide.

2/18/19

by News Department on 02/18/19

Tamaqua Fire...




Fire crews were at the scene of a house fire in Tamaqua, Sunday. 

According to Skook News, emergency personnel were dispatched around 9:00pm, to 412 East Elm Street, in Tamaqua for a working house fire.

As crews arrived they found fire in the basement of the home and upgraded the call to a 2nd Alarm.

 Everyone was reported to have evacuated the home. No word yet on what caused the blaze.

2/15/19

by News Department on 02/15/19

2/15/19

by News Department on 02/15/19

Abuse Policy...




Almost a quarter of a million students in Pennsylvania attend schools that have outdated or missing policies dealing with suspected child abuse.

 The State's Auditor General is now calling those schools out to take action. Reports show that 244-thousand students in the state attend schools that lack updated policies on reporting child abuse. 

Before 2014, School personnel were only required to report abuse or neglect concerns to a supervisor. 

Now, the public school code requires them to first call ChildLine, the state's child abuse hotline to report any concerns. 

Since 2014, about 79 percent of school districts have updated their policies to reflect this change leaving 21 percent who had not. 

While the Auditor General points out that there is no evidence of any children being harmed, the lack of updated policies still need to be addressed.

2/15/19

by News Department on 02/15/19

Police Honored...




Five municipal police departments, three of their officers and two Pennsylvania State Police stations were honored Thursday for their efforts on cracking down on aggressive driving. 

According to the Republican Herald, the 2017-18 Aggressive Driving Awards were given to Tamaqua police Patrolman Jeremy Sborz, currently a Schuylkill County Deputy Sheriff; Rush Township police Patrolman Michael Weaver; and West Penn Township police Patrolman Todd Woodward. 

In addition to the three officers, Butler Township police, Pottsville police, Rush Township police, Tamaqua police and West Penn Township police departments were recognized for their efforts on stopping aggressive driving. 

State police stations at Schuylkill Haven and Frackville were also recognized.

2/15/19

by News Department on 02/15/19

16 YEAR OLD TO SING:




16 year old Olivia Stettler, of Tamaqua has been chosen to sing in a Cabaret with teens from the Broadway Community. 

She has been performing in local theatre since the age of 9; has performed in over 35 shows and holds several vocal awards. 

Olivia is a junior at Marian Catholic High School where she is a member of Chorus, Drama Club and Rock Music Ministry and this year will be her 9th year singing on the Carbon/Tamaqua cancer telethon. She is currently a Youth Rep at the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts and the daughter of Charles and Heather Stettler of Tamaqua. 

The performance will be at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC on February 17th, 2019. 

2/15/19

by News Department on 02/15/19

Guilty Verdict...




Roy M. Hogan Jr. will spend years, if not decades, behind state prison bars after a Schuylkill County jury found him guilty Thursday of trying to kill two people, and assaulting a third, in March 2018 at a Schuylkill Haven home.

 According to the Republican Herald, Schuylkill Haven police charged Hogan with twice breaking into the 406 Orchard Ave. home of Brooke C. Ditzler in the early morning hours of March 18. The second time, police alleged, Hogan stabbed Andrew S. Matlock and Michael Seltzer multiple times each and Mallory L. Geiger once. 

The same jury found Hogan not guilty of one additional count each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. 

President Judge William E. Baldwin revoked the defendant’s $300,000 total straight cash bail and said he would schedule sentencing at a later date.

2/14/19

by News Department on 02/14/19

2/14/19

by News Department on 02/14/19

PHEAA Assistance...




Students struggling to pay for college will have a new option in the next school year. 

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is getting back into the student loan game by launching the "Pennsylvania Forward Student Loan Program" starting with the 2019-2020 school year. 

In 2010, PHEAA stopped funding student loans when the "Federal Family Education Loan Program" was phased out by congress. 

PHEAA's new "PA Forward" student loan program will be a low-cost alternative for students and parents. 

The program includes no origination or late fees, a quarter percent interest rate reduction for automatic debit enrollment, and a half percent interest rate reduction for graduating on time.

2/14/19

by News Department on 02/14/19

Lawsuit dismissed...




Schuylkill County Court dismissed a complaint filed by the Tamaqua Area School District’s teachers union against a controversial policy that would allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons. 

According to the Republican Herald, the teachers union filed the lawsuit in November; two months after the board adopted the policy. 

A second lawsuit was filed in January by district parents and grandparents. Both lawsuits asked that the policy be dropped. Neither asked for monetary damages. 

Under the policy, volunteers would undergo Act 235 training — a state requirement for anyone who carries a gun as part of their job. 

The board’s solicitor, Jeffrey Bowe, learned of the dismissal Wednesday and said that the union has 20 days to appeal the decision.

2/14/19

by News Department on 02/14/19

Dudish for re-election...




Incumbent Republican Recorder of Deeds Ann Dudish is seeking a bid for re-election for the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Schuylkill County. 

Skook News reports that during Dudish’s 4-year tenure, she completed a digital records project to provide access dating back to 1949 both on the public access terminals in the Office and through pa.uslandrecords.com.

 She also negotiated a renewal of a 5-year contract with her vendor for the hardware and software used in her office without an increase over the prior 5-year contract. 

Dudish instituted the process of e-Recording in the Office and has gone through four county audits and two state audits with zero deficiencies.

 Dudish is a life-long resident of Schuylkill County and a graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

2/14/19

by News Department on 02/14/19

Cass Township Fire...





Fire crews spent their Tuesday night fighting a garage fire in Cass Township. 

According to Skook News, it was just after 9:00pm when emergency personnel were dispatched to 51 Condor Lane for a working garage fire.

 The garage was a total loss. 

Responding to the scene were fire departments from Cass Township and Minersville along with Pottsville Fire. 

No cause has yet been reported, as to what started the blaze.

2/13/19

by News Department on 02/13/19

2/13/19

by News Department on 02/13/19

Swatters ID'd...




Police now know who is responsible for making threats at a school in Northumberland County. 

State police say they worked with the FBI to identify the people behind a "swatting" incident at Line Mountain High School that occurred on Friday.

 "Swatting" is when someone calls 911 to report a fake emergency.

 Troopers say the threat came from Indiana, and there is no danger to the public. Officials say those involved have no connections to Line Mountain High School.

2/13/19

by News Department on 02/13/19

Polar Plunge...




The 9th Annual Polar Plunge is coming back to Deer Lake with many events for all ages. 

The plunge takes place, Saturday, February 23rd. The event will feature basket raffles, a shop and drop, entertainment all day, a full concession stand and the Polar Plunge Saturday at 1pm. 

Saffire will be performing Saturday evening for the after Plunge party at Good Intent Hose Co. #1, located at 12 Silverton Road, Llewllyn. 

For more information on the annual Polar Plunge, call 570-292-6225.

2/13/19

by News Department on 02/13/19

Petition to stop project...




A Hegins Township man has started a petition against a proposed compressor station in his community — part of the Williams’ Leidy South Expansion Project. 

According to the Republican Herald, Bernard Spece is in the process of organizing a petition to oppose the project and plans to forward it to elected officials at the local, county, state and federal level in the hope that they will intervene and stop this project from going forward.

 Although the proposal is still in its planning stages, the Leidy South project includes adding a new compressor facility along the existing Transco pipeline corridor in Hegins Township, plus other facility additions in other counties. 

A public meeting on the project will be held Tuesday and Williams, the natural gas pipeline company that operates the Transco pipeline, will host an informational open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hegins Area Ambulance Association building.

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