Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Schuylkill County High School Football Power Rankings as of Week 1

Schuylkill County Power Rankings as of Week 1 

Skeletal Remains Found Monday

On Monday morning, around 8:30am, a human skull was discovered in a wooded area near 120 Yatesville Road, Mahanoy Township between Shenandoah and Mahanoy City.

Tuesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/30/16


Tuesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/30/16

Monday, August 29, 2016

Woman Charged with Homicide By Vehicle

On Monday, Ashland Borough Police charged Ashley Leibig, of Ashland after an investigation in a crash that killed an elderly man in December of 2015.

Monday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/29/16


Monday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/29/16

Police Looking for Man Who Beat and Held Woman and Child Captive in Woods for Days

The  Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a man who they say beat a woman in a wooded area of West Mahanoy Township over the weekend.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Police Asking for Help Identifying Individuals

The Minersville Police is requesting public assistance in identifyng the two subjects located within the following photos.

Upcoming Schuylkill County Road Work - Week Ending 09/02/16


Upcoming Schuylkill County Road Work

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Municipality: Butler Twp


ROAD NAME: Dutchtown Road
BETWEEN: PA 901 AND Gordon Road
Type of Work: Other
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging for base repair.
START DATE: 08/29/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/02/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES


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Municipality: Mahanoy Twp. & Rush Twp


ROAD NAME: Interstate 81
BETWEEN: Exit 124 (PA 61) AND Exit 131 (Mahanoy City)
Type of Work: Pothole Patching
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction in both directions for patching work.
START DATE: 08/29/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/02/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES


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Municipality: East Union Twp


ROAD NAME: PA 339
BETWEEN: PA 924 AND Columbia County Line
Type of Work: Drainage
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging.
START DATE: 08/29/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/02/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays?


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Municipality: North Manheim Twp.


ROAD NAME: PA 443
BETWEEN: Berne Street AND Center Avenue
Type of Work: Pothole Patching
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging.
START DATE: 08/29/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/02/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES


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Municipality: E. Brunswick & E. Norwegian Twps.


ROAD NAME: PA 61
BETWEEN: Port Clinton Borough AND City of Pottsville
Type of Work: Brush Cutting
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging in both directions.
START DATE: 08/29/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/02/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM


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Municipality: Frailey Township


ROAD NAME: Interstate 81
BETWEEN: Exit 107 (US 209) AND Exit 112 (PA 25)
Type of Work: Inspection
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Bridge Inspection Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Southbound lane restriction for bridge inspection.
START DATE: 08/31/2016 Est. Completion Date: 08/31/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES


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Municipality: McAdoo Borough


ROAD NAME: PA 309
BETWEEN: Haddock Road AND Church Street
Type of Work: Other
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Contractor
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging for test boring work. Please use caution when traveling through area.
START DATE: 08/30/2016 Est. Completion Date: 08/31/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM


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Municipality: Mahanoy Township


ROAD NAME: PA 54
BETWEEN: PA 339 AND Gilberton Road
Type of Work: Inspection
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Bridge Inspection Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging for bridge inspection
START DATE: 09/02/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/02/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES


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Municipality: Butler and Barry Township


ROAD NAME: PA 901
BETWEEN: Deep Creek Road AND Dutchtown Road
Type of Work: Inspection
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Bridge Inspection Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Westbound lane restriction with flagging.
START DATE: 09/01/2016 Est. Completion Date: 09/01/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES

Friday, August 26, 2016

Schuylkill County High School Football Scores for Week #1


Schuylkill County High School Football Scores for Week #1

Vandals Damage Ashland Youth Football League Field

Overnight Thursday night into Friday morning, someone vandalized the Press Box for the Ashland Black Diamond's Football League.



The vandalism reportedly occurred at Memorial Field in the borough sometime between 8:30pm Thursday night and Friday morning.


The vandalism included breaking into the press box, spray painting obscenities on the walls, and throwing items out the window of the press box.


The Black Diamond's first game of the season is scheduled for Sunday.


Anyone that has information or seen anyone at the field during the listed times is asked to call the Ashland Police Department (570) 875-2600 or Schuylkill County Communications (570) 462-1991.












Coroner Called to Motorcycle Crash Friday Afternoon

(08/26/16)  On Friday afternoon around 1:15pm, emergency personnel were called to 300 Raven Run Road, West Mahanoy Township near Shenandoah for a crash involving a motorcycle.

AMBER ALERT for 3 Year Old from Luzerne County

The Pennsylvania State police have issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for a 3-year-old girl from Luzerne County.

Schuylkill County High School Football Schedule for Week #1


Schuylkill County High School Football Schedule for Week #1

Big Diamond Speedway to Crown Two Champions Friday Night

On Friday night, Big Diamond Speedway will crown two of its four division champions as the point battle will end for the CJ’s Tire & Automotive Service 358 modifieds and U.S.S. Achey sportsman.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Man Facing Sexual Assault Charges

According to WNEP, The Pennsylvania State Police arrested a man on Tuesday for sexual assault charges.

Charles Welna, 30, of Shenandoah was charged with statutory sexual assault, child pornography, and sexual abuse of children.

Welna allegedly has been having sex with a 15 year old girl since July.

Welna was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge James Reilly and was committed to Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post $75,000 bail.

Link to WNEP
http://wnep.com/2016/08/24/man-locked-up-for-alleged-sex-assault-on-15-year-old-girl/

Water Boil Advisory Issued

(08/24/2016) A water boil advisory has been issued for parts of Schuylkill County.

Wednesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/24/16


Wednesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/24/16

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Man Wanted for Assault

Minersville Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Israel Martinez, 19, last known address of 329 Laurel St., Minersville, Pa. Martinez is charged with felony Aggravated Assault and related charges. 

Police Investigating Credit Card Skimming at Gas Station

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a credit card skimming incident that occurred at the gas pumps of Moyers Car Care Center Inc., 102 PA-183, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.




Tuesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/23/16


Tuesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/23/16

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Light Holds On For Fayash Memorial Sportsman Win At Big Diamond Speedway

Shawn Light held off a hard-charging Brian Papiez to claim the 30-lap, $1,570 to win Andy Fayash, Jr., Memorial for the U.S.S. Achey sportsman on Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway.

Sunday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/21/16


Sunday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/21/16

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Upcoming Schuylkill County Road Work - Week Ending 8/26/16


Upcoming Schuylkill County Road Work

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Municipality: North Manheim & South Manheim Twps.


ROAD NAME: Berne Drive
BETWEEN: PA 443 AND PA 895
Type of Work: Drainage
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging for drainage work.
START DATE: 08/22/2016 Est. Completion Date: 08/26/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays?


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Municipality: Butler Twp


ROAD NAME: High Road
BETWEEN: PA 901 AND Northumberland County Line
Type of Work: Other
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Lane restriction with flagging base repair.
START DATE: 08/22/2016 Est. Completion Date: 08/26/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES


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Municipality: E. Brunswick & N. Manheim Twps.


ROAD NAME: PA 61
BETWEEN: Port Clinton Borough AND City of Pottsville
Type of Work: Brush Cutting
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: No Restrictions for brush cutting work. Please use caution.
START DATE: 08/22/2016 Est. Completion Date: 08/26/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays?

Woman's Death Considered a Case of of Horrendous Neglect

A woman's death in Mahanoy City is being considered a case of "horrendous" neglect.

Saturday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/20/16


Saturday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/20/16

Shenandoah Sesquicentennial Celebration Schedule of Events - August 20 – 27, 2016

Shenandoah Sesquicentennial Celebration
Schedule of Events - August 20 – 27, 2016
“Shenandoah Strong – 150 Years Long!”

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

IRS Warns Parents About Back to School Scams

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

Eight Arrested on Drug Charges During Bust


(08/18/16) - On Thursday, Shenandoah Police, Members of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, Schuylkill County Detectives, Schuylkill County Probation/Parole, State Parole and Pennsylvania State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit participated in warrant sweep and drug bust.

Thursday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/18/16


Thursday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/18/16

Truck Driver Dies in Interstate 81 Crash Thursday Morning; Multiple Injured

A truck driver died Thursday morning in an early morning crash on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County.

Crash Closes Part of Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County; Coroner Called

Around 5:00am, Thursday morning, a crash involving multiple tractor trailers occurred around Milemarker 126 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Frackville.


The interstate has been closed at exit 131 (Mahanoy City).



The coroner has reportedly been called to the scene of the crash.

UPDATE: Truck Driver Dies in Interstate 81 Crash Thursday Morning; Multiple Injured 
http://www.skooknews.com/2016/08/truck-driver-dies-in-interstate-81.html


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/17/16


Wednesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/17/16

PPL Electric Warns Customers of Sophisticated Phone Scam


PPL Electric Utilities is warning its customers to be aware of a phone scam in which calls appear to come from the utility and mimic the company's call center.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Police Seek Two on Outstanding Warrants

Minersville Police are seeking the following individuals on outstanding criminal warrants. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued


A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Schuylkill County Tuesday Afternoon.


* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... 

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... 

COLUMBIA COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... 

SOUTHEASTERN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... 

EASTERN MONTOUR COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... 


* UNTIL 530 PM EDT. 


* AT 427 PM EDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE 

EXTENDING FROM NEAR BUCKHORN TO PINE GROVE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 

40 MPH. 


HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS. 


SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. 


IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...AND TREES. 


* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... 

POTTSVILLE...ST. CLAIR...FRACKVILLE...SCHUYLKILL HAVEN... 

MAHANOY CITY...MOUNT CARMEL...SHENANDOAH...TAMAQUA...MINERSVILLE... 

BERWICK...BLOOMSBURG...SHAMOKIN...KULPMONT...ASHLAND...DANVILLE...

SELTZER...ROHRSBURG...GRIER CITY-PARK CREST... 

JAMISON CITY AND LIGHTSTREET. 


FOR THOSE DRIVING ON INTERSTATE 80...THIS INCLUDES AREAS BETWEEN THE 

DANVILLE AND NESCOPEK EXITS...SPECIFICALLY FROM MILE MARKERS 225 TO 

247. 


THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 81 FROM MILE MARKERS 97 TO 139. 

Schuylkill County Couple Charged With Use Of Counterfeit Credit Card And Money Laundering Schemes

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that on July 26, 2016, a federal grand jury in Scranton indicted Carrie F. Aker and Mario M. Valentine, a Shenandoah, Pennsylvania couple, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud using counterfeit credit cards, and with laundering the proceeds of their fraudulent activities. Aker and Valentine also are charged with aggravated identity theft, credit and debit card frauds, and with possessing credit and debit card-making equipment. The indictment was unsealed today following the arrests of the defendants.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Tuesday Evening


The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11:00PM Tuesday Evening for the following counties.

Tuesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/16/16


Tuesday's Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 08/16/16