Monday, April 30, 2007

Local News-Monday, April 30th

Two girls were hurt in an ATV accident last night. The Republican and Herald reports that the girls, and a teenage boy, rolled over when their ATV hit a puddle on private property in Mahanoy Township, near St. Nicholas. Emergency crews treated them on scene, then were transported via helicopter. Mahanoy Township police are investigating.

PennDOT has announced several areas of road repair and construction today. Pothole patching will begin today on State Route 501, between the Berks County line and Pine Grove. Lane restrictions will be in effect. The work is expected to last all week. Bridge repair will begin on Interstate 81 at the McAdoo exit. While no road restrictions will be in effect, motorists should watch for crews. Brush cutting will be conducted this week on I-81 between Exits 119 at Highridge and 112 at Hegins. Crews will be working along the shoulder of the road. Rain will delay the work on those roads.

Port Carbon police investigated two incidents over the weekend. Early Friday morning, James Harig reportedly threatened Stephanie Correll while she was in her car at the intersection of Pike and Coal Streets in the borough. He will be charged with disorderly conduct. An early morning hit & run incident damaged two parked cars on Pottsville Street Sunday morning. Around 3:30am, Stephen Pytak and Dorothy Zemanik told police that their driver’s side mirror was damaged on each of the cars. Anyone with information should call Port Carbon police at 622-5411.

State police at Schuylkill Haven are looking for thieves who broke into a Tremont Township business early Friday. They broke into a shed at the R&D Coal Company near Joliett and took about a dozen pipe fittings and an industrial motor. They also tried to break into another shed, but were unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

A dump truck was taken from a construction site in Rush Township Friday evening. Frackville state police say that a GMC dump truck belonging to Berger Construction Company of Freeland, was stolen from a parking lot at Air Products. The dump truck is white in color, with red letters identifying the company name. It was last seen in the Palmerton area of Carbon County. If anyone has information, call Frackville State Police at 874-5300.

Sunday’s nice weather was an opportunity to do things outdoors. For some pet owners, it was a chance to take their dogs for a walk and to raise money for the Ruth Steinert SPCA. The walk collected money and food donations to benefit the shelter, located near the Joe Zerbey Airport. About 1-thousand-dollars was raised in the effort, with nearly 3 dozen dogs and owners participating. The shelter has begun construction on a brand-new animal facility.

DUI patrols conducted Friday netted several arrests. Six police departments conducted the enforcement effort across the region, according to the North Central Highway Safety Network.
Two drunk driving arrests, one criminal apprehension, three underage drinkers and eight other traffic arrests were made. A total of 837 contacts were made. The group will conduct more roving patrols this week on area roadways. To report any drunk drivers, call 888-UNDER21.


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