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10/16/17

by News Department on 10/16/17

Shooting suspect sought...




Police are looking for a suspect that shot a man in a motel near Frackville on Sunday. 

Skook News reports that State Police at Frackville responded to the Motel 6, located at 701 Altamont Blvd., in West Mahanoy Township, for the report of a victim with a gunshot wound, around 2:50pm.

 Authorities say 40 year old Donald Jenkins, of Shenandoah, allegedly shot the unidentified male victim, then fled the scene. 

An arrest warrant was obtained for Jenkins through Magisterial District Judge James Reiley. 

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the accused is asked to call State Police at Frackville 570-874-5300 or Schuylkill County 911. 

The Victim was transported to Geisinger Medical Center Danville for treatment.

10/13/17

by News Department on 10/13/17

10/13/17

by News Department on 10/13/17

Tower City Fire...




A fire damaged a house in Tower City, Thursday night. 

Fire crews were called out to 266 Clarks Valley Road. 

A fire official on scene said traffic was being directed off Clarks Valley Road, Route 325, as firefighters battled the blaze Thursday night. 

There is no word yet on how severe the fire was, or what caused the blaze.

10/13/17

by News Department on 10/13/17

Drug/Weapons charges...




A Port Carbon man was jailed, earlier this week, after being arrested by Pottsville police on drug and firearms charges. 

Police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky said the charges are the result of a vehicle stop at Nichols Street and Mill Creek Avenue. 

Wojciechowsky said a Ford F-250 pickup truck was driving at an unsafe speed and a subsequent check revealed the registration on the truck was not valid, the inspection expired and there was no valid insurance. 

The driver, 27 year old Tyler Porter, had an active bench warrant from the Schuylkill County detectives and was driving while his driver’s license was suspended. 

Wojciechowsky said Porter was placed under arrest on the outstanding warrant and found to be concealing a .22-caliber Derringer handgun in his pocket without having a valid license to carry a concealed weapon. 

Porter was also found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 Porter was arraigned on the recent charges by Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley, Pottsville and ordered returned to the county prison pending a preliminary hearing at a later date.

10/13/17

by News Department on 10/13/17

18 Year old charged with bomb threat...





State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged 18 year old Ivy M. Heinly, formerly of Orwigsburg, with making a bomb threat at the Blue Mountain High School. 

Police allege Heinly made the threat on Oct. 2, leaving a hand written message in a girl’s bathroom.

 The Oct. 2 threat is the third one the school has received this year, the others having been made in February and September. 

Heinly was arraigned and committed to Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post bail. Blue Mountain Superintendent David Helsel said the district is also taking disciplinary action against Heinly, but those proceedings are confidential.

10/13/17

by News Department on 10/13/17

Fatal Crash...




At least three vehicles were involved in a crash that claimed the life of an 80-year-old Pottsville man, Thursday night. 

According to authorities, the crash occurred at 8:14 p.m. near the intersection of East Union Street on South Claude A. Lord Boulevard, Route 61, in Pottsville.

 City Police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky said the man’s name was being withheld pending notification of the family. 

A male operating one of the other vehicles was also transported from the scene with serious injuries. Emergency personnel were called to the 3 vehicle motor vehicle accident with entrapment, around 8:15 pm.

 State police at Schuylkill Haven are assisting with the accident reconstruction, as the investigation into what caused the deadly crash continues.

10/12/17

by News Department on 10/12/17

10/12/17

by News Department on 10/12/17

Drug totals...




State Police announced that troopers confiscated $7,408,050 in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and other prohibited drugs in the third quarter of 2017. 

According to the report, state police seized nearly 44 pounds of heroin and more than six pounds of fentanyl from July 1 through September 30. The drugs have a combined street value of $1,289,750. Troopers also removed 92 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of methamphetamines valued at $3.7 million from the highways and communities of Pennsylvania during the same period. 

In the first three quarters of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police has seized over $26.5 million in prohibited drugs, including 97 pounds of heroin and fentanyl.

10/12/17

by News Department on 10/12/17

Hotel taxes...


Schuylkill County will collect an additional $134,000 from hotel owners this year since taxes went up in July. 

The county commissioners approved a budget resolution, Wednesday, to account for the additional revenue. 

According to the Republican Herald, the board originally approved a 2 percent hike in hotel taxes in April to fund a new burn building for training firefighters and economic development. 

The ordinance, which went into effect July 1, increased taxes on hotel room rentals from 3 percent to 5 percent for the next 10 years. 

The Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau will continue to receive 3 percent while the rest will be distributed to the Schuylkill County Training Academy and the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp. 

According to the budget resolution, the county treasurer’s office anticipates collecting an additional $134,000 in hotel rental taxes from July through December.

10/12/17

by News Department on 10/12/17

Real ID..




The Department of Homeland Security has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through January 22, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date.

 PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is currently awaiting DHS response. PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. 

This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020. 

There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018 and the enforcement grace period applies only to the entrance to federal facilities. 

For more information on REAL ID, in Pennsylvania, log onto www.dmv.pa.gov.

10/12/17

by News Department on 10/12/17

Shooting Suspect...




Tamaqua police announced Wednesday, that they have a suspect believed to be responsible for a Tuesday morning shooting in the borough.

 According to the Republican Herald, the shooting occurred in the 200 block of West Rowe Street shortly after 2 a.m. 

Authorities say 35 year old Joseph R. Becker suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was initially taken to St. Luke’s Hospital-Miner’s Campus, Coaldale, before being flown to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, for treatment. 

There is no word on Becker’s condition. Police allege the shooting was drug-related and is still under investigation.

10/11/17

by News Department on 10/11/17

10/11/17

by News Department on 10/11/17

Robbery suspects sought...





Hazleton Police are searching for four robbery suspects. Police say Roberto Lora-Pena is wanted on felony charges for his role in an attempted robbery that occurred on September 15, in the area of 1st Street and Carson Street, in Hazleton. 

According to authorities, Lora-Pena and three other individuals attempted to rob two males delivering newspapers at 2 am.

 One of the unknown individuals was armed with a firearm at the time of the incident and is actively being pursued.

 The suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 

Anyone with information on the attempted robbery or Lora-Pena’s whereabouts should call 911or Hazleton police at 570-459-4942.

10/11/17

by News Department on 10/11/17

APP Parking...




Some parking meters, in Pottsville, will soon be a thing of the past.

 City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said the coin-operated meters in Garfield Square will not be replaced. 

Instead, an app service will be put in place to park but users will likely need to provide a credit card or a debit card number. 

Two companies, Passport and Parkmobile, presented their app service proposals to the public and parking authority members last month in city council chambers. Palamar said a decision on which company to use will be made at the November parking authority meeting.

 Residential parking will still be permitted.

10/11/17

by News Department on 10/11/17

Scam Warning...




The Pennsylvania State Police issued a Community Awareness Bulletin on Diversion Thefts and Impostor fraud. 

Police say in this scam, criminals approach and distract a homeowner, luring them toward a particular room of the house with ploys such as faking an illness, asking for a drink of water or saying that they are looking for a lost pet. 

They may also pose as a repairman from the local power company or water department in an effort to gain access to the victim's house or lure the victim out of the house.

 Police say they may present an identification badge, or may be wearing what appears to be a work uniform, and convince the victim that they need to test the water pressure, electricity, or determine where the property line is. 

The scammers then advise the victim that company regulations do not allow them to be on the property or in the house unaccompanied. 

Their purpose is to distract the victim while unseen accomplices enter the residence and steal valuables.

 Authorities are warning to never allow strangers inside your home and call police immediately.

10/11/17

by News Department on 10/11/17

Shooting in Tamaqua...




Tamaqua police are investigating a shooting that occurred about 2 a.m. Tuesday near Fegley’s Mini Mart in the borough. 

According to the Republican Herald, a spokesperson for the department would only say that an investigation is underway and witnesses were being interviewed. 

The male victim was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital-Miners Campus, Coaldale, and then flown to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, for additional treatment.

 No other information was provided as police continue to investigate.

10/10/17

by News Department on 10/10/17

10/10/17

by News Department on 10/10/17

Crashes cause tie-ups...




Two separate crashes caused traffic problems on Interstate 81 on Monday. 

As of 12:00pm, Monday, Interstate 81 was backed up southbound near Milemarker 93 just south of the Schuylkill County Border. 

There was also another accident on Interstate 81 Northbound in Lebanon County just south of the Interstate 78 split. 

The interstate was not closed but traffic was stop and go in the area of both accidents.

10/10/17

by News Department on 10/10/17

40K of Meth discovered...




A Pottsville man was jailed after Pottsville police and Schuylkill County Adult Probation officers found about $40,000 worth of drugs and about $14,000 cash in his possession during the execution of a search warrant.

 According to the Republican Herald, Pottsville Police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky said the incident unfolded when officers were called to 608 Laurel Terrace to assist Schuylkill County Adult Probation officers who found drug paraphernalia inside the residence of 27 year old Nicholas Phillips.

 After obtaining the warrant approved by Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko, Port Carbon, Pottsville officers executed a complete search of the premise and seized more than one pound of crystal methamphetamine with a potential street value of more than $40,000. \

Phillips was committed to Schuylkill County Prison on a detainer issued by the Schuylkill County Adult Probation Office.

10/10/17

by News Department on 10/10/17

Home Invasion...




Police say a man was pistol-whipped during a home invasion and robbery, in Carbon County.

 The incident happened on East Oak Street in Banks Township Sunday morning.

 State police say four men forced their way into the home, punched a man and hit him over the head with a gun.

 They got away with an iPhone and two pairs of shoes. 

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Hazleton.

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