Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today's News-Thursday, June 24, 2010-9AM

A Pine Grove woman is dead following a crash in Lebanon County Tuesday afternoon. State police at Jonestown reports that 42 year old Kelly Ebling was driving north on Route 443 in Union Township when her vehicle collided with a southbound pickup driven by 39 year old Daryl Bare of Myerstown. Apparently, Bare crossed the center line. Ebling was pronounced dead at the scene by Lebanon County Deputy Coroner Doug Leiby. The crash happened around 3:30pm near Twin Grove Park. The investigation continues.

An Orwigsburg teen escaped injury following a crash in Berks County yesterday morning. Eighteen year old Clint Rarick apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck on Route 737 in Greenwich Township and lost control, shearing off a utility pole, causing downed power lines on the roadway. State police say Rarick wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Met-Ed electric crews had to be called in to repair the downed lines. That accident happened around 10:30 Wednesday morning.

Take a stroll through downtown Schuylkill Haven today with the second annual Walk, Wine and Wander. More than two dozen artists from Schuylkill and Berks counties will have displays, wine sampling from several Schuylkill County wineries will be offered, along with food and entertainment from 5 till 8pm. In addition, the weekly farmers market will be opened for business. Vicky Norris, an event organizer, talks about last year's success that they hope to build upon for this year's Walk, Wine and Wander:


The Greater Schuylkill Haven Business Association is sponsoring the event.

Calling all cooks! Do you have a favorite family recipe? Now is your chance to share it for the Schuylkill County Bicentennial Cookbook being compiled. Why a cookbook? Lori Kane, project co-chair, explains:


Whatever your favorite recipe, get them in now. The deadline for submissions is July 31st. The books are expected to be available in September, for just $10. All proceeds from "A Taste of Schuylkill" will be used to fund the various events planned for 2011, Schuylkill County's Bicentennial. Recipe form submissions and other information is available at, under Bicentennial Events.

A Minersville man has been arrested for molesting a young girl. Minersville officers took 38-year old Robert Dunkel Jr. into custody for indecent assault and related counts. The alleged crimes took place, beginning in 2005 when the girl was 10 years old and went on for 5 years. Dunkel reportedly touched the girl inappropriately on numerous occasions during that time at his home in Minersville. Following arraignment on the charges, Dunkel was taken to the county prison, unable to post bail.


RINGTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Schuylkill County is mourning the death of a 19-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a car in New Mexico while riding across the country to raise breast cancer awareness. Officials say John Anczarski, of Ringtown, died Tuesday of injuries suffered a day earlier in New Laguna, N.M. Anczarski and three friends were riding from Pennsylvania to California as part of a fundraising project they dubbed "The Pink Pedal." Anczarski's fellow riders say he was struck by a sport utility vehicle. Police say the investigation into the crash has been turned over to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. No charges have been filed.

PITTSBURGH (AP) Thunderstorms over western Pennsylvania have left thousands of electric customers without power. Duquesne Light said about 10,000 customers were without power last night. Allegheny Power's website listed more than 13,000 Pennsylvania customers without electricity as of 8 p.m. last night, many of them in Westmoreland County.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A jury says the city of Philadelphia cannot evict a local Boy Scouts chapter from a city-owned building for refusing to admit gays. The city insisted that nonprofits given free use of Fairmount Park property must abide by city anti-discrimination laws. The chapter's lawyer Jason Gosselin says he hopes the two sides will now work out their differences in negotiations.

YORK, Pa. (AP) About 200 union production workers at Harley-Davidson plant in central Pennsylvania will be losing their jobs in the latest round of layoffs. A spokesman tells The York Dispatch that workers at the Springettsbury Township plant have been notified that this week will be their last.

PITTSBURGH (AP) Two Pennsylvania men who died trying to save a 5-year-old girl and her mother who fell through ice into a pond, are among 23 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. Willard Van Fleet, of Factoryville, and his stepfather, Mark Keene, of Dalton, died in February of 2009 in Lackawanna County. The little girl and her mother survived.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Afghan officials are expressing relief at the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. and NATO commander. Afghan authorities note Petraeus helped create the current strategy to fight the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan.

DENVER (AP) The man who went on a personal quest to track down and kill Osama bin Laden says for now, he just wants to "get some rest." Gary Faulkner spoke briefly after returning to Denver. He also says he plans to return to resume his hunt in Pakistan, saying "You'll find out at the end of August."

SARGODHA, Pakistan (AP) Police have stepped up security around a Pakistani court ahead of today's expected verdict in the trial of five Americans accused of plotting terrorist attacks. The five young Muslims from the Washington D.C. area were arrested in Pakistan in December. Prosecutors say they expect a guilty verdict, but the men's lawyers insist they are innocent.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) BP says the system it's been using to siphon off oil from the massive Gulf spill is running again - but it will take time for it to get back up to speed. The cap had to be removed and repositioned after a deep-sea robot bumped into it.

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) No more teachers, no more books. No more libraries? As schools continue to deal with tight budgets, administrators around the nation have started to view school libraries as a luxury that can be cut, rather than something essential to learning. One in 10 districts surveyed say they have cut library staff for the school year that just ended.


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