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4/11/19

by News Department on 04/11/19

Mistrial for Harris...




A state prison inmate returned to jail Tuesday after his trial, in Schuylkill County Court, ended without a resolution. 

According to the Republican Herald, President Judge William E. Baldwin declared a mistrial in the case of 29 year old Jamil Harris, of Frackville, after a witness made an improper statement about the defendant’s history. 

State police at Frackville allege Harris possessed drugs and paraphernalia on Aug. 26, 2016, while an inmate at State Correctional Institution/Mahanoy. 

The decision on whether to retry Harris is now up to the district attorney’s office.

4/11/19

by News Department on 04/11/19

4/11/19

by News Department on 04/11/19

New PFA/Gun Law...




A new law, meant to protect domestic violence victims, across Pennsylvania, went into effect on Wednesday. 

Now, gun owners who have a PFA against them will have to turn over their guns to law enforcement. 

This new law was first signed in October and instead of months to turn over weapons, as of Wednesday, gun owners with PFAs against them only have 24 hours to give their firearms to law enforcement. Before this law was passed, those with a PFA against them could turn over weapons to family members, friends, or the sheriff's department. That has changed under the new law.

 According to the Domestic Violence Service Center, law enforcement responds to a domestic violence call about 24 times a day. If you know of anyone who needs help, call the Domestic Violence Service Center at 800-424-5600.

4/11/19

by News Department on 04/11/19

Photo released...




Police have released a photo of the suspect they say stabbed another man, in Saint Clair, on Tuesday.


According to Skook News, Saint Clair Police were dispatched to the 200 Block of E. Lawton Street and discovered a 41 year old male from Harrisburg who had been stabbed in the neck.


 Police identified 34 year old John Derwood Berger as the assailant.


 A photo of Berger can be viewed on the news page at t102radio.com and on Skook News. 


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Berger is asked to call Saint Clair Police at (570)429-2240.

4/11/19

by News Department on 04/11/19

Fatal Crash...




One person died and two others injured in a crash on Route 924 near Frackville on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Skook News, Frackville police said emergency personnel were dispatched at 12:45pm to route 924 near Frackville in the area of the "rock cut" for a 2 car crash with entrapment.

 According to Police, a Black Honda Accord,  heading south, towards Frackville, lost control, crossed the median, and struck a Buick SUV head on. 

The Accord was reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed. A female driver of the Buick SUV and a female passenger in the Honda Accord had to be cut from their vehicles and authorities said 37 year old Jason Naspinsky, of Mahanoy Plan, died at the scene. 

The crash is under investigation.

4/10/19

by News Department on 04/10/19

4/10/19

by News Department on 04/10/19

Deer Season...




The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted, Tuesday morning, to change the first day of deer rifle season. 

With a vote of 5 to 3, the Commission voted to move the start date from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. T

he first day has been Monday after the holiday since 1963. 

The change will immediately take effect for the 2019 season and deer season will begin November 30.

4/10/19

by News Department on 04/10/19

Suspect sought....




 

Saint Clair Police are searching for a man after a stabbing, Tuesday morning. 


According to Skook News, police were dispatched at 11:45am, to the 200 Block of E. Lawton Street in Saint Clair. 


Arriving on scene Police discovered a 41 year old male from Harrisburg had been stabbed in the neck. The victim was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest, in Allentown. 


Police identified 34 year old John Derwood Berger as the person who had stabbed the victim. Berger is described as a white male, standing 5’6 and weighing165 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. 


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Berger is asked to call Saint Clair Police at (570)429-2240.

4/10/19

by News Department on 04/10/19

Argall honored...




Senator David G. Argall will receive the 2019 Political Leader Award from the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. 

The award is in recognition of Argall’s contributions to projects in the Schuylkill River watershed, from McAdoo; Coaldale and Minersville to Hamburg and Philadelphia. 

Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area works to connect residents and visitors to the Schuylkill River and Trail. More information on programs and projects to support this natural treasure is available at www.schuylkillriver.org. 

The ceremony will take place April 11 in Philadelphia.

4/10/19

by News Department on 04/10/19

Deaths Natural...




The deaths of two women inside a home on South 10th Street in Butler Township near Frackville last Thursday is said to be natural. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Frackville said 54 year old
Christine Moran and 97 year old Josephine Kodis were found inside their home at 10 South 5th Street, Butler Township, near Frackville on Thursday, April 4th, after they responded for a welfare check.

 Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner David Moylan has yet to make a specific ruling on the cause and is still waiting for blood tests and toxicology reports before making a final ruling.

4/9/19

by News Department on 04/09/19

Autopsies today...




Autopsies will be performed today, on an elderly woman and her niece who were found dead Thursday inside a home in Butler Township. 

According to the Republican Herald, Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III said the procedures will take place in Dauphin County by forensic pathologist Dr. Wayne Ross. 

97 year old Josephine M. Kodis and 54 year old Christine M. Moran were discovered dead inside a home at 10 S. Fifth St. when Butler Township police went to the property to conduct a welfare check. 

Moylan said virtual autopsies were performed Thursday night at the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute, New Philadelphia, but did not elaborate on what, if anything, those scans revealed. He hopes today’s forensic autopsies will provide the information needed to determine how the two women died.

4/9/19

by News Department on 04/09/19

4/9/19

by News Department on 04/09/19

Schimpf remains jailed...




71 year old Dale C. Schimpf, of Frackville, who has served as a band director at several Schuylkill County schools, remains in prison on sex-related charges in spite of a judge reducing his bail Monday.

 According to the Republican Herald, Schimpf faces multiple charges after making contact on an internet dating app, and then engaging in sexual acts with a 13-year-old boy. 

Judge Jacqueline L. Russell reduced his bail to $100,000 percentage, meaning he will have to post $10,000 to go free pending his preliminary hearing, scheduled for April 23, before Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua. 

A spokeswoman for the Schuylkill County Prison said Monday night that Schimpf still was behind bars.

4/9/19

by News Department on 04/09/19

Bridge work...




PennDOT has announced a project to replace the Route 924 Bridge near Gilberton. 

According to Skook News, a contract has been awarded to HRI. Inc. of State College for the replacement of the existing 5 span, 4 lane structure of the current Route 924 Bridge at a cost of $11,615,655. 

For the majority of the project, one lane will remain open in each direction during construction, but motorists should expect delays. 

Work is scheduled begin this spring and the project is anticipated to be complete in May 2021.

4/9/19

by News Department on 04/09/19

Body Identified...




The identity of a woman found dead near Girardville has been released.

 According to Skook News, a Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner said the body of 30 year old Linda Marie McCoy, of Cressona was found along Rapp Road, in Butler Township, near Girardville, around 12:30pm on Monday.

 State Police Police say they responded to the scene after a U.S. Postal Service employee discovered the body while he was delivering mail in the area of 21 Rapp Road. 

The PSP Troop L Major Case team was activated and is handling the investigation that continues pending autopsy.

4/8/19

by News Department on 04/08/19

4/8/19

by News Department on 04/08/19

Wanted...




Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman, who is wanted in Northumberland County on attempted homicide charges, after a brawl involving several people. 

Authorities say 18 year old Summer Dickson, is accused of stabbing 34 year old Zolange Otero-Rivera in the neck and face last Saturday, in Shamokin. 

Officers say one half dozen adults were involved in the fight that involved all kinds of weapons including baseball bats and a shovel. 

Tyasia Brags and two others were arrested on Friday. 

Police in Shamokin are still looking for Dickson and two others.

4/8/19

by News Department on 04/08/19

Man Charged...




 

Mahanoy City Police took a man into custody, on assault and other charges, early Friday. 


According to Skook News, police said 37 year old William Rodriguez, of Mahanoy City, was arrested in relation to numerous incidents that began Thursday evening around 7:00pm and continued throughout the night. 

Rodriguez was charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. He was arraigned Friday morning by on call Magisterial District Judge James Reiley, of Pottsville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison on $20,000 straight cash bail.

4/8/19

by News Department on 04/08/19

Stalking Incident...




State Police at Frackville are investigating a stalking incident that occurred late last week. 

According to Skook News, police said a woman was travelling from Tamaqua to the Frackville, and noticed a small white car travelling behind her. The car continued to follow her as she continued to 61 South. The woman proceeded to the McDonald's Restaurant on Schuylkill Mall Road, as the car remained behind her. The woman then pulled into the drive thru of the restaurant and told the employee to call 911.  At that time, the vehicle turned around and fled the parking lot. 

State Police at Frackville continue to investigate. The victim could not identify the make and model of the car, but described it as a small white car with a wing or hood scoop on the front. 

Anyone with information should contact the State Police at Frackville at (570) 874-5300.

4/8/19

by News Department on 04/08/19

License Checks...




Dog wardens will soon begin canvassing in Schuylkill County to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. 

The Law states that all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats, three months of age and older, must be vaccinated against rabies. 

Licenses may be purchased in person at the Schuylkill County Treasurer’s Office, by mail to Schuylkill County Treasurer’s Office, 401 North Second Street, Pottsville, PA 17901, or online at www.padoglicense.com. 

Questions may be directed to Treasurer’s office at (570) 628-1433. More information can be found on the County’s website www.co.schuylkill.pa.us

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

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