8/20/2017 0 Comments
Updated 8/21/2017 @ 1:02pm
WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - The remnants of a horror movie scene filmed near the West Mahanoy Township village of Raven Run prompted a state police investigation, helicopter search, and dive team response on Sunday afternoon.
Around 7:00pm, Mahanoy City's West End Fire Company's Rescue 993 and Dive Team were dispatched to the Raven Run area to assist the state police on a "special assignment".
West End's Rescue 993 staged at the access road to the Iberdola Renewables Locust Ridge II Wind Farm, while crews used the access road to get to the scene.
Shortly after nightfall, the investigation was called off for the day, though crews will return tomorrow to continue.
It was revealed on Monday that the scene under investigation was formerly the scene of a horror movie taping, whose remnants prompted the response.
The movie filmed at the site is titled "Back Road", written and directed by Barnesville's Drew Pizzo.
Pizzo says that they were shooting a scene in the area earlier Sunday with permission from property owners.
We reported yesterday that an apparent drowning occurred at the scene, according to a firefighter on scene. According to State Police, a drowning did not occur.
By David Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - The Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office and Schuylkill County Detectives are searching for a Shenandoah man with an outstanding bench warrant, and they're looking for the public's assistance in locating him.
Detectives say Byron Becker, 38, of Shenandoah, is wanted on an outstanding bench warrant after he failed to appear in court for jury selection on a felony charge.
Becker's last known address is 14 North Gilbert Street, and he is described as a 38 year old white male at a height of 6-feet 1-inches, and a weight of about 180 pounds.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Becker or on any other fugitive in Schuylkill County is asked to call the district attorney’s office at 570-628-1350 or the Schuylkill County tip line at 570-624-3988.
Email tips can also be submitted via email@example.com
Anyone who may come in contact with Becker is asked to call the Schuylkill County Communications Center or their local police department as soon as possible.
All tips and information will remain confidential.
A complete list of Schuylkill County bench warrants is available on the Schuylkill County website at www.co.schuylkill.pa.us
(NOTE: This is a developing story, and we are still awaiting a full release from Police regarding the incident. Check back for the most up-to-date information)
SHENANDOAH - A police incident has resulted in several arrests following a car theft incident, according to a borough official.
Around 7:00pm Wednesday, Shenandoah Police, assisted by Butler Township Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and Schuylkill County Sheriff's took a suspect into custody on the unit block of North Gilbert Street.
Witnesses say a pickup truck flew northbound on North Gilbert at a high speed.
A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter circled the borough during the incident.
Multiple suspects were taken into custody, but the number was unconfirmed at the time.
We will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available to us.
8/16/2017 0 Comments
FRACKVILLE - A building demolition in Frackville damaged utility lines and a traffic light as a wall fell towards the Lehigh Avenue.
The building at Oak Street and Lehigh Avenue was scheduled to be demolished this week, prompting the closure of a block of East Oak during the project.
Early Wednesday afternoon, a portion of the building collapsed into the street bringing down Service Electric Cablevision wires, reportedly cutting cable services from Frackville to Saint Clair.
The collapse also caused damage to the traffic lights at the intersection of Oak and Lehigh.
According to Frackville Police Chief Richard Bell, the collapse caused damage to a passing vehicle but no injuries were reported.
Lehigh Avenue was closed from Frack to Chestnut Streets in the borough's downtown while repairs were made and the scene was cleaned up.
Crews from PP&L, Service Electric Cablevision, and the Goodwill Fire Company in Frackville were also on scene.
Keep a check on the Sentinel for a photo gallery and video from the scene.
FRACKVILLE - The Schuylkill Mall is set to be demolished by the end of 2017, according to Schuylkill Economic Development Corp. (SEDCO) Vice President Brian Hansbury.
The plan was presented by Hansbury, behalf of mall owners Northpoint Development to the Schuylkill County Commissioners during their August 16 workshop.
The plan would see the mall demolished, beginning at the with the Sears/Bon-Ton wing and ending with the Movie Theater wing, which is set to remain open until the end of the year. The mall is expected to be completely demolished by the end of the winter.
Northpoint Development will then construct two warehouses, 890,000 square feet and 360,000 square feet respectively, and are projected to create a minimum of 830 jobs.
SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS - The West Mahanoy Township Supervisors held their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.
On the agenda was the 2017 Road Program. One bid, from Tropp Contracting of the Minersville/Seltzer Area, was received by the township.
The bid, at a cost of $43,010, was accepted by the township after a short executive session.
The project includes the following streets in the township, among others:
During the public portion, a resident from Lost Creek expressed concern regarding an abandoned property adjoined to her property, the owners of Granny's Motel also expressed concerns about drainage issues in the area, and a resident of Shenandoah Heights expressed concern with code issues at a neighbor's property.
ASHLAND - A headframe constructed at a mine near Bowman's in Mahanoy Township over 150 years ago has found a new home, after a reclamation project at its original site.
The 35-foot structure stood at the Bowman’s shaft at North Mahanoy Colliery, which was operational from the mid-1850's to 1931, when it was abandoned.
Now, it's on display at the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland, and on Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held a dedication and ribbon-cutting for the structure.
"I'd like to thank everybody who was involved with this project and for the foresight of people in the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation to see preservation as a part of reclamation, which we can now use as an exhibit or for education." Ed Wytovich, a member of the Pioneer Tunnel's board of directors, said during the dedication. "As many of you may know or may not know, we have an awful lot of school tours in the spring, and this is only going to allow us to enhance our tours and our educational aspect of the mine."
8/13/2017 0 Comments
SHENANDOAH - Two individuals were flown after two separate ATV accidents within two hours of each other on Sunday afternoon.
Both incidents occurred in the Greater Shenandoah Area - one in Shenandoah borough, the other in West Mahanoy Township.
The first occurred shortly before 4:30pm in the area of the Rosa Breaker, behind Boyer's Food Markets on Shenandoah's west end.
Firefighters were dispatched to the area of West Oak and South Vine Streets, where the access point to the site is.
Crews from Shenandoah's Rescue, Hook & Ladder company and Columbia Fire Company carried a victim from the scene to an awaiting Shenandoah Ambulance.
From there, the victim was transported to an awaiting MedEvac Helicopter at the Shenandoah helipad, where they were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.
By David Lindenmuth
GIRARDVILLE - Girardville Police, assisted by Mahanoy City and Mahanoy Township Police, arrested a man after a child luring attempt last night in this borough.
According to police, the incident occurred around 8:20pm last night, where the suspect, identified as Richard Scott Carver, 46, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, attempted to lure an 8-year-old into his veicle.
Police tracked Carver down, leading them to 9 West Ogden Street, where the victim positively identified the man as the suspect.
According to police, while at the borough police station, Carver exposed himself to Officer Jody Long, the arresting officer.
Carver was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge James Ferrier, Orwigsburg, charged with Felony Luring a Child into a Motor Vehicle, Felony Attempted Interfering with the Custody of a Child, and Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure.
Carver was committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $20,000 straight cash bail.
GIRARDVILLE - Like many other fire companies in the coal region, the Girard Hose Company #1 of Girardville hosts an annual block party.
What makes it unique from the others is that the customary fire apparatus parade comes on the last day of the event, instead of the first.
On Saturday, fire companies from across the region came to show support for the fire company, as well as to show off their trucks, with the chance to take home a trophy following the parade.
Awards were given in the categories of Best Appearing Engine, Best Appearing Ladder, Best Appearing Utility, and Best Overall Fire Company. Special Judges Awards were also awarded.
Taking home first place in the Engine category was Schuylkill Haven's Schuylkill Hose Company. Second was William Penn Fire Company, and third was Cumbola.
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