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12/12/18

by News Department on 12/12/18

Recall...




The maker of Jimmy Dean Heat ’n Serve Original Sausage Links is recalling more than 29,000 pounds of the frozen, ready-to-eat sausage because it may contain pieces of metal.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recalled items were produced and packaged on Aug. 4, 2018 and include the 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean HEAT ’n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey” with a Use By date of Jan. 31, 19.  

The problem was discovered on Dec. 10 after five consumer complaints of metal pieces found in the sausage links. 

There have been no confirmed reports of injury or illness so far. I

f you have purchased these recalled products, you are urged to throw them away or return them to the store where you bought them. 

For questions about the recall, contact the Jimmy Dean customer service line at (855) 382-3101.

12/12/18

by News Department on 12/12/18

Scam warning...




Police in the Hazleton area are warning residents of a scam. They say to watch out for a fake water company worker. 

According to authorities, a man told a homeowner on Muir Avenue he was there to test the water on Monday. 

Police said the scammer stole jewelry from the home and took off. Police warn you should not let anyone in your home; Call the company to make sure someone is supposed to be at your home and if you have concerns, call 9-1-1 and police will verify if they should be there.

12/12/18

by News Department on 12/12/18

Parking/Toys 4 Tots...




Drivers and shoppers in Schuylkill County may have noticed that there is no free parking in downtown Pottsville this year. 

The city's parking authority is not bringing back the free parking in the downtown business district this holiday season.

 Officials say instead of free parking this year, the city will be donating all of the ticket and fine proceeds between now and December 31st to Toys for Tots. 

As for parking -- it is still free after five p-m during the week and all day on weekends.

12/12/18

by News Department on 12/12/18

Plant closing...



The Valmont-Newmark plant in the Heights section of Hazleton has announced it will be closing.

 The business has been here since the early 1960's and manufactures large steel poles for the utility industry but Thursday morning Company officials notified the 180 employees that its doors would close in February. 

The company has a dozen plants in the U.S. and Mexico and says it will offer jobs to these employees at its other facilities --but that would require those employees to move out of the area.

12/11/18

by News Department on 12/11/18

12/11/18

by News Department on 12/11/18

Meth Charges...




The US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that 27 year old Anibal Luis Rodriguez, of Pottsville, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. 

According to Skook News, Rodriguez was indicted by a grand jury along with three other persons in August 2017. 

Two of those co-defendants, David Castro and Laverne Schaeffer, previously pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing. 

Another co-conspirator, Ernest Schaeffer, also previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Judge Mariani said sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local police from Schuylkill County.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

12/11/18

by News Department on 12/11/18

Letters to Santa...




For over 30 years, workers at the local Postal Service have met with North Schuylkill Elementary Kindergartner students to pick up their letters to Santa.

 Skook News reports that on Monday, United States Postal Carriers arrived at North Schuylkill Elementary and visited each classroom to continue that tradition. 

The letters will be delivered to the North Pole in time for Christmas. Each student received a "special" stamp to place on their envelope, a candy cane, and colored pictures that will hang in the Post Office over the Christmas holiday. 

The tradition was started at Ashland Elementary in 1983 and has continued on at the newer elementary school.

12/11/18

by News Department on 12/11/18

Christy pleads not guilty...




27 year oldShawn Christy, of McAdoo pleaded not guilty to all counts at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Saporito. 

According to the Republican Herald, Christy was indicted by a grand jury in July on four counts for threats he made on Facebook to Trump and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli. 

He was on the run until Sept. 21, when he was captured in Ohio.

 Prosecutors secured a second, 11-count indictment against Christy last month, including interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle and being a fugitive in possession of a firearm. 

He remains jailed without bail pending his trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 25.

12/11/18

by News Department on 12/11/18

Charges...




Mahanoy City man is facing charges after an incident Monday evening. According to Skook News, Mahanoy City Police said 34 year old Etienne Barksdale was arrested Monday evening stemming from an incident in the 100 block of East Pine Street. 

Barksdale was charged with 2 counts of felony aggravated assault and felony persons not to possess firearms, among other counts.

 He was committed to Schuylkill County Prison on $100,000 straight cash bail.

12/10/18

by News Department on 12/10/18

12/10/18

by News Department on 12/10/18

Marchalk trial begins today...




Michael D. Marchalk goes on trial today for what prosecutors allege was the killing of his father, the  former Assistant District Attorney Gary D. Marchalk, on Father’s Day 2017. 

According to the Republican Herald, Marchalk originally wanted to defend himself, but decided last month to have Assistant Public Defender Andrea L. Thompson handle his case. 

He faces charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder, among other counts. If convicted of first- or second-degree murder, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. 

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in the case. 

President Judge William E. Baldwin will preside over the trial which begins at 9 a.m. today.

12/10/18

by News Department on 12/10/18

Wolf signs D.A.R.T...



The Wolf Administration announced the launch of the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool, otherwise known as DART. 

The tool is an online resource designed to help Pennsylvanians seeking substance abuse treatment for themselves or a loved one. 

The DART tool provides resources based on a person’s age, county of residence, and veteran status, and can also list resources if a person is experiencing homelessness, has issues with transportation to treatment, or has legal concerns as well as programs that may be available depending on a person’s income. 

The DART tool can be accessed at www.ddap.pa.gov/GetHelp.

12/10/18

by News Department on 12/10/18

Officer assaulted...




An Ashland man is facing charges after assaulting a Girardville Police Officer last week. 

According to Skook News, Girardville Police Officer Matthew Williams pulled over 52 year old Brian Maurer, of Ashland, for a traffic violation.

 Maurer resisted arrest and had to be tazed two times to be taken into custody.

 He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker and released on bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 12.

12/10/18

by News Department on 12/10/18

Fire displaces 9...




A fire on Sunday has displaced a family from Pottsville. 

According to Skook News, emergency personnel were dispatched, around noon, to 709 West Market Street, Pottsville, for a working structure fire. The 2 alarm blaze destroyed the home with an adjacent home suffering minor damage. 

The American Red Cross say they are helping a family of 2 adults and 7 children who were displaced from the fire. One firefighter was reported to have suffered a minor injury while fighting the blaze. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

12/7/18

by News Department on 12/07/18

12/7/18

by News Department on 12/07/18

Old Fashioned Christmas...




The Ashland Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas is scheduled, Saturday, in the borough. 

According to the Republican Herald, the event is free and sponsored by the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society. 

There will be horse-drawn carriage rides and refreshments in addition to Christmas caroling at the American Legion Post 434, which also sponsors the event. Inside the legion, Santa will be stationed waiting to hear the boys’ and girls’ wishes. 

The Ashland Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at North Fifth Street and Centre Streets.

12/7/18

by News Department on 12/07/18

Research Clinics...




Pennsylvania health authorities say they'll try again in 2019 to find qualified applicants for medical marijuana research clinics. 

Eight applicants failed to meet the state's eligibility requirements in 2019, so the state says it will try again.

 The clinical research program was created by Act 43 of 2018 legislation, which allows for eight clinical registrants to hold both a grower/processor permit and a dispensary permit. 

Since the bill was signed into law in April 2016 more than 93,000 patients have registered to participate in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program.

 More than 62,000 of that number now have identification cards to purchase medical marijuana and 945 physicians have been approved to write prescriptions for medical marijuana.

12/7/18

by News Department on 12/07/18

Missing Teen Found...




A teen that was reported missing back in September has been reunited with her family. 

According to Skook News, Ani Noelle Aungst, who was 15 at the time, went missing on the morning September 17, 2018 and was last seen at her home in Pine Grove Township. 

Authorities have reported that Aungst was found safe overnight Wednesday, in Berks County, and was reunited with her family Thursday morning.

Those close to the investigation thank everyone who helped share information.

12/7/18

by News Department on 12/07/18

Free Naloxone...




The Wolf Administration announced Thursday that naloxone will be provided for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state. 


Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. 


This comes as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and to help get residents into treatment. 


In Schuylkill County, naloxone will be available at the Schuylkill County State Health Center, One Norwegian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

12/6/18

by News Department on 12/06/18

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