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6/18/19

by News Department on 06/18/19

6/18/19

by News Department on 06/18/19

RAGU Recall...




A voluntary nationwide recall has been issued for some Ragu Pasta sauces. 

According to a statement from the parent company Mizkan America the product may contain bits of plastic. 

The recall is for jars of Chunky Style Tomato Garlic and Onion in 45 and 66-ounce jars... Also, Old World Style Meat in 66 ounce jars. 

Consumers should look for the Best By Dates of June 2020. 

No injuries have been reported, but if you have any of the recalled items, they should not be eaten and should be thrown away.

6/18/19

by News Department on 06/18/19

Man flees/apprehended...




Shenandoah Police took a man into custody early Monday morning after he attempted to flee from officers. 

According to Skook News, police were dispatched to Turkey Hill to respond for a male lying on the ground. After several unsuccessful attempts to confirm his identity police were in the process of taking him into custody when he ran. 

He was taken into custody and identified as 38 year old Thomas Seward, of Shenandoah. 

Seward was found to be wanted on an arrest warrant for Burglary from Philadelphia. 

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker and placed in Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post $25,000.00 cash bail for each Criminal Complaint.

6/18/19

by News Department on 06/18/19

Wanted man in custody...




A Shenandoah man who was wanted on a Schuylkill County bench warrant was taken into custody and found with methamphetamine. 

According to Skook News, Shenandoah Police said 36 year old Steven Endick was wanted on a bench warrant issued by the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office for failure to appear on an original charge of receiving stolen property.

 Endick was taken into custody in the 200 Block of West Centre Street on June 13 and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. 

Endick was locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on the bench warrant, and is now facing additional charges.

6/18/19

by News Department on 06/18/19

Motorcyclist found...




A motorcycle rider who crashed on Sunday was discovered Monday afternoon. 

According to Skook News, it was just before 5:00pm when emergency personnel were dispatched to 306 Malone's Road, Butler Township, for a motorcycle accident. 

According to Butler Township Police, someone living nearby found the motorcycle and the male driver, identified as 25 year old Dalton Gross, of the Harrisburg area, lying in the Little Mahanoy Creek in the area of the bridge. 

Authorities say Gross was found with his helmet on and was conscious and was able to tell emergency personnel the crash happened on Sunday.

Gross was taken to a Pottsville hospital for treatment.

6/17/19

by News Department on 06/17/19

6/17/19

by News Department on 06/17/19

Drug Trafficking...




The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that 33 year old Anthony Navarro-Velez, of Shenandoah, pleaded guilty on June 6, 2019, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin.

 According to Skook News, the defendant admitted to participating in the conspiracy during 2014 and 2015. Navarro-Velez admitted that he and others in the conspiracy distributed between one and three kilograms of heroin, which is approximately equivalent to between 40,000 and 120,000 retail bags of the drug.  

Judge Munley scheduled sentencing for September 9, 2019.

6/17/19

by News Department on 06/17/19

More Flour Recalled...




A third brand of flour manufactured by the Buffalo, New York-based ADM Milling Co. has been recalled and is being tied to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. 

Select bags of Pillsbury Best 5-pound Bread Flour, sold by Hometown Food Co., have been recalled due to the potential presence of E. coli, according to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration website

Approximately 4,620 cases of the flour were distributed to a limited number of retailers and distributors in 10 states, including Pennsylvania. The affected bags of flour have a use-by date of June 8, 2020 or June 9, 2020.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consumers should not use the recalled flour.

6/17/19

by News Department on 06/17/19

Murder charges...




54 year old Robert B. Bailey, of Tamaqua, heads to trial today in Schuylkill County Court after police allege he fatally stabbed of his wife. 

According to the Republican Herald, police charged Bailey, with first and third-degree murder, along with several other counts in connection with the death of Diane M. Bailey in November 2017 in Tamaqua. 

If convicted of the most serious charge of first-degree murder, Bailey faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, which in Pennsylvania carries no possibility of parole.

6/17/19

by News Department on 06/17/19

Fraud Charges...




33 year old Yahaira Diaz, of Pottsville, was charged Friday, with aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, and access device fraud. 

According to Skook News the charges stem from her participation in what has been popularly dubbed the “Grandparents Scheme”, which is a type of elder financial abuse. 

Diaz reportedly engaged in numerous incidents including credit card fraud. In the Grandparents Scheme, Diaz and her co-schemers defrauded at least 10 elderly victims of at least $158,800 and attempted to defraud those victims of at least an additional $69,000. 

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 72 years in prison, including a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison.

6/14/19

by News Department on 06/14/19

6/14/19

by News Department on 06/14/19

Public Defender's office receives money...




 

The Schuylkill County public defender’s office will be able to serve more clients after the commissioners approved a supplemental budget appropriation for the group. 


According to the Republican Herald, under the new appropriation, the office will receive $40,000 more, which Director of Finance Paul E. Buber said is needed to handle an enlarged caseload. T


hose clients will come from the two state correctional institutions in the county, SCI/Frackville and SCI/Mahanoy, Buber said. 


However, that money will not come from local taxpayers’ pockets, as the county will get reimbursed100 percent by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

6/14/19

by News Department on 06/14/19

Recycling Project...




Shenandoah Valley recently learned that they have recycled tons of trash since starting their recycling project. 

According to Skook News, special bins were placed in each classroom, office and work area where paper, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables are deposited. 

As of June 4, Waste Management notified the Shenandoah Valley School District that they recycled 3.8 tons of paper and 2.4 tons of plastic along with aluminum, glass and cardboard. 

The Shenandoah Valley recycling project was coordinated by High School Principal Stuart Tripler & Facilities Director Dave Lukashunas. 

6/14/19

by News Department on 06/14/19

Earthquake rumbles thru PA...




No injuries or damages were reported as a result of an earthquake that sent tremors across central Pennsylvania at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter of the magnitude 3.4 quake was about 11 miles southwest of Mifflintown at a depth of nearly 17 miles. 

Tremors were felt in several counties, including Northumberland and Schuylkill. As of 8:04 a.m. Thursday, a total of 1,366 people reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the rumble of the earthquake. 

Allen Weaver, director of emergency services for Juniata County, also said no injuries or damages were reported.

6/14/19

by News Department on 06/14/19

Megan Hall indicted!




The New Orlean's District Attorney’s office secured a murder indictment, Thursday, against a Tennessee woman accused in the February death Patrick Murphy in New Orleans.

 According to Skook News, Magen Hall was charged with armed robbery, obstruction of justice and second-degree murder of distinguished Pottsville businessman Patrick Murphy, in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

 Hall has remained jailed since her March 3 arrest, in lieu of a $750,000 bond set for the murder allegation. Criminal District Judge Camille Buras left that bond unchanged after the indictment was read. She deferred setting bond on the two additional charges brought by the grand jury for the judge to whom Hall’s case gets randomly allotted. 

Hall faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted on 2nd degree murder.

Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.

6/12/19

by News Department on 06/12/19

Search continues...





Yesterday marked the year anniversary of Bill Morse's disappearance. 

 Morse who is from Luzerne County was last seen on June 11, 2018.  A photo was taken of Morse in Jim Thorpe on June 11th of last year.

 Investigators say he returned to his home on Hollow Road in Sugarloaf Township that evening and later disappeared. In July tracking dogs searched the woods near Morse’s home, but found nothing. 

In October, a Chevy Suburban owed by Morse was seized by state troopers from a repair garage in Sugarloaf Township. 

That vehicle was taken to a state police crime lab for examination.

 Sugarloaf Township police had been leading the investigation but in December State Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office took control of the case. 

Anyone with information on Bill Morse should contact State Police or 9-1-1.

6/12/19

by News Department on 06/12/19

Funding for PSP...




Governor Tom Wolf called for support, at a press conference Tuesday, for legislation that will impose a fee to municipalities that do not have a local police department and rely solely on State Police for local police coverage.

 According to a release from the Governor's Office, House Bill 959 and Senate Bill 741 will correct that imbalance by requiring municipalities that rely on state police to chip in on the cost of coverage. 

The fee will help supplement the funding PSP will lose as the Motor License Fund draw-down is reduced by 4 percent annually until it is capped in 2027. 

The fee schedule is set on a sliding scale ranging from $8.00 per capita for a municipality with a population up to 2,000, to $166 per capita for municipalities with a population over 20,000. 

During its first year, the fee is expected to raise an estimated $104 million for PSP operations, services and cadet classes.

6/12/19

by News Department on 06/12/19

Fatal Crash...




Police have identified the victim in a fatal crash on Interstate 81 Tuesday afternoon. 

According to Skook News, State Police at Frackville said the crash happened in Cass Township around 2:00pm in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Mile Marker 117.6. 

Police say 48 year old Donald Bryk, of Clark Summit was travelling south on Interstate 81 in a Ford 250 when he struck a guard rail, traveled down an embankment and impacted a tree.

 Bryk was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Al Barnes. 

State police are investigating what caused the crash.

6/12/19

by News Department on 06/12/19

6/12/19

by News Department on 06/12/19

Dispensary opening PPD...




The opening of a medical marijuana dispensary at the Schuylkill Trust building, 101 N. Centre St., will be delayed. 

According to the Republican Herald, an extension from the state Department of Health is being requested due to needed construction within the building. 

The state DOH awarded the medical marijuana dispensary permit on Dec. 18, 2018 after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 into law. 

The new dispensary is expected to be open at the end of July or beginning of August.

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