Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Local News

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

(Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Police are looking for a Weatherly man with a history of mental health problems.

Weatherly Police say that there are rumors that the man may be armed, though they have not been able to confirm them.

Jacob Gralewski, 19, is wanted on an active 302 warrant -- a court-ordered "involuntary commitment".

He is described as a white male, about 5'10" and 190 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police have heard rumors that Gralewski is armed, and may have been involved in an armed robbery, but they are not confirmed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A tractor-trailer fire on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is tying up traffic at the turnpike's Pocono interchange.

Crews responded to a tractor trailer fire on the extension just south of the Pocono Interchange after 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The tractor trailer was in the southbound lanes of the highway.

Drivers in the area should expect delays.

According to dispatchers with the Pa. State Police, the road was open to one lane of traffic as of 4 p.m. Both lanes had been closed temporarily.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded Hazleton Shaft Corporation a $9.3 million contract to isolate and extinguish the Jeansville mine fire near the village of Tresckow in Banks Township, Carbon County.

Hazleton Shaft has an active permit with DEP to mine on land adjacent to the entire 200-acre site and has been working to extinguish the part of the fire that is burning on the active mining area.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state police trooper has been shot in the shoulder after a fiery crash on a Philadelphia highway.

Officials say three suspects are in custody and the trooper has been hospitalized in stable condition.

Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman Leeloni Palmiero says the shooting happened after a chase along Interstate 676, which runs through the center of Philadelphia. The suspect's vehicle rear-ended a school bus, causing both vehicles to catch fire. The suspect fled and shot at the trooper.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thomas Edward Rockwell, 78, of Tamaqua, is being sought by Tamaqua Police in connection with several incidents of suspected child molestation. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Tamaqua Police at 670-668-5000.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

An inmate at the state correctional institution at Mahanoy, Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, has been charged with attempting to kill a guard at the facility on Saturday.

State police at Frackville have charged William Amos Cramer, 24, now an inmate at SCI-Frackville, with attempted murder in the first degree, assault by a life prisoner and other related felony and misdemeanor charges. The name of the guard is being withheld.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton, is holding “Christmas in the Country” to benefit the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Marine Corps.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 and includes a toy and food drive along with a Chinese auction.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Panther Valley School District is taking additional steps to end concerns over insects in the district’s intermediate school.

Earlier this month, parents decried the district for not keeping them updated about insects in the school.

Parents said that their children reported seeing cockroaches in the intermediate school building.

District officials have not confirmed publicly that the insects are cockroaches.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HARRISBURG — The past few years have been a difficult and sometimes humiliating period for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as one headline-grabbing scandal after another has scuffed its image and thinned its ranks.

In 2013, Justice Joan Orie Melvin resigned after being convicted of public corruption for using her state-paid staff for political campaign work.