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  1. Schuylkill teen facing charges in fire...Read the original story

    Friday Jan 13 | Times News

    A 15-year-old girl has been taken into custody and is facing charges of setting a fire that destroyed a home in Schuylkill County Thursday morning. State police at Frackville said the fire was reported about 9:30 a.m. at 319 W. Grand Ave. in Porter Township, near Tower City.


  2. You sin and government winsRead the original story

    Wednesday Jan 11 | Times News

    Because the Pennsylvania General Assembly doesn't want to raise broad-based taxes, it resorted last year to an assortment of sin taxes and fees to try to shore up a shaky budget. The problem is that when taxes on even items like liquor and cigarettes become too high, there becomes a tipping point for consumers.


  3. Frackville prison eyed for closureRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 7 | Times News

    The state prison at Frackville is among those being considered for closure by June 30 by the state Department of Corrections. The others are SCI Mercer, Mercer County; SCI Retreat, Luzerne County; SCI Waymart, Wayne County; and SCI Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.


  4. Costs and savingsRead the original story

    Saturday Jan 7 | Times News

    Here are the costs and savings the state Department of Corrections estimates for the five state prisons it is considering closing. Frackville: Annual cost of operation in 2017-2018: $56,983,000; net cost savings if closed: $44,000,000; employs 409 people.


  5. 2 injured in Rt. 54 crashRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 29 | Times News

    Two people were injured in a one-vehicle crash at 8:50 a.m. Dec. 24 on Route 54, near the intersection with Buck Mountain Road, in Mahanoy Township, according to state police at the Frackville barracks. Police said one of the victims was wanted on an active bench warrant and was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.


  6. Jeep rolls over numerous times, driver...Read the original story

    Thursday Dec 29 | Times News

    A 1999 Jeep Cherokee rolled over numerous times when it crashed on Interstate 81 in Kline Township after the driver fell asleep while the vehicle was northbound. Injured were Rodney A. Williamson, 26, of Bladensburg, Maryland, the driver, and passenger Casaundra Bouldin, 25, of Bowiw, Maryland, according to state police at Frackville.


  7. Schuylkill drug court starts Jan. 5Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 22, 2016 | Times News

    Schuylkill County judges are hoping a special drug treatment court for nonviolent offenders who are ready to break free of addiction will reduce recidivism, ease overcrowding and reduce crime. "I think the biggest effect will be in the long term because if they complete drug court successfully, they will have most likely beat their addiction," he said.


  8. 2 headed to court for attempted homicideRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2016 | Times News

    Naked, bleeding, with a fractured skull and broken bones, Shaun D. Briggs jumped at gunpoint into a Schuylkill County pond, and lay down in the shallow water until his attackers finally left. Before Jonathan T. Ford of Barnesville, and Jordan M. Stravinsky of Ringtown, drove off, Ford fired the gun toward the pond, Briggs testified Friday at a preliminary hearing before District Judge Christina E. Hale of Frackville. 2 comments

  9. Third-degree murder charges filed in...Read the original story

    Nov 10, 2016 | Times News

    A disagreement over a woman was apparently a factor in the shooting death of a Hazle Township man last week. Pennsylvania State Police at the Frackville barracks filed charges of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, possession of a prohibitive offensive weapon, possessing an instrument of crime, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment against Eric M. Mumaw, 29, of 34 James St., McAdoo, on Thursday after an investigation into the shooting death of 27-year-old David Gombert of Hazle Township. 3 comments

  10. Teen flown to hospitalRead the original story

    Nov 4, 2016 | Times News

    A teen was flown to a Lehigh Valley area hospital following a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday evening in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred at 9:51 p.m. along Cold Run Road in East Brunswick Township.


  11. Schuylkill County courtRead the original story

    Nov 4, 2016 | Times News

    Dennis W. Helfrich, 44, address not known: Charged by Tamaqua police with taking food on Nov. 13, 2015, from Boyers Market. Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced him to six to 23 months in prison, to pay court costs and fees, and $201 in restitution.


  12. Arrest made in Kline Township shootingRead the original story

    Nov 4, 2016 | Times News

    State police at Frackville announced that Eric Mumaw, 29, of Kline Township, Schuylkill County, has been charged in connection with the death of David Gombert, 27, of Hazle Township, Luzerne County. Mumaw was arrested last night on charges of third degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated and simple assault, prohibited offensive weapon and related counts.


  13. One dead in Kline Twp. shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 2, 2016 | Times News

    One man is dead after an altercation in the area of 35 James St. just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS One man is dead and another injured in a shooting incident that occurred in Kline Township, Schuylkill County, Tuesday morning. 2 comments

  14. Schuylkill courtRead the original story

    Oct 21, 2016 | Times News

    President Judge William E. Baldwin revoked the parole ofElizabeth J. Ostrowski, 47, and ordered her to be able to be released on parole only to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Ostrowski on April 22, 2015, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, and Baldwin placed her on probation for 12 months.


  15. Officer's trial to beginRead the original story

    Oct 18, 2016 | Times News

    The trial will begin Wednesday for a longtime West Penn Township police officer charged with making up a report about being assaulted and thrown down a steep embankment by a Hispanic man in September 2015 faces trial in Schuylkill County court. Melissa M. Ruch, 42, of New Ringgold, is represented by Frederick J. Fanelli; Schuylkill County First Assistant District Attorney John T. Fegley is prosecuting the case.


  16. Ashland man pleads no contest in...Read the original story

    Oct 11, 2016 | Times News

    Joseph J. Brennan II has admitted Schuylkill County prosecutors could prove he assaulted and killed a female toddler in December 2014 in Ashland. Brennan, 30, of Ashland, pleaded no contest to aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter, with prosecutors withdrawing charges of third-degree murder, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and false reports to law enforcement.


  17. Schuylkill man charged with attempted...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 10, 2016 | Times News

    State police at Frackville identified the suspect as Harold John McGurl, 43, formerly of Ashland, whose last known residence was the Wernersville Community Corrections Center in Wernersville, Berks County. Troopers said about 1 a.m. on Saturday they responded to the area of 1200-1400 blocks of Spruce Street in Ashland for a report of a man with severe lacerations.


  18. Woman charged in attempted homicideRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2016 | Times News

    Pennsylvania State Police in Frackville have arrested Jordon Marie Stravinsky, 21, and charged her with a number of felonies, including kidnapping and attempting murder in the first degree. The affidavit, filedFriday, charged Stravinsky as a co-defendant in the kidnapping, assault and attempted murder ofa Ringtown man.


  19. Police nab Schuylkill man wanted for...Read the original story

    Sep 15, 2016 | Times News

    A Schuylkill County man, wanted for assaulting a woman repeatedly in a wooded area of the county last month, has been apprehended. State police at Frackville said Christopher Erwin Benjamin, 34, formerly of West Mahanoy Township, was taken into custody Wednesday in the area of Raven Run and Lost Creek roads in West Mahanoy Township.


  20. At least 1 dead in triple crash on I-81 in SchuylkillRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 18, 2016 | Times News

    State police at Frackville are investigating a triple crash that claimed the life of one person along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County that occurred early this morning. The crash happened just before the St. Clair/Frackville exit at milemarker 126.


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