Saturday, November 27, 2010

PIAA Class AAAA State Championship First Round

Cumberland Valley 28, Central Dauphin 7
Neshaminy 33, West Chester Rustin 7
North Penn 28, Council Rock South 14
Red Lion 14, Daniel Boone 0
State College 35, Perry Traditional Academy 26

PIAA Class AAA State Championship First Round

Allentown Central Catholic 54, Abington Heights 14
Clearfield 42, Shikellamy 26
Cocalico 17, Conrad Weiser 16
Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 40, Lampeter-Strasburg 10
Strath Haven 42, Pottsgrove 28

PIAA Class AA State Championship First Round

Forest Hills 14, Tyrone 0
Lewisburg 18, Danville 13
Northern Lehigh 50, Wilkes-Barre GAR 14
Trinity 28, Wyomissing 0

PIAA Class A State Championship First Round

Reading Holy Name 27, Millersburg 20
Riverside 36, Southern Columbia 0
Schuylkill Haven 41, Calvary Christian 14

Someone broke into the auction at Renninger's Farmers Market early Wednesday morning in Schuylkill Haven and stole thousands of dollars in toys, from radio-controlled cars to Barbie dolls. Police estimate nearly $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken. Douglas and Margaret Bushold, of Pine Grove, who own the auction in North Manheim Township are offering a reward of $500 for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the culprits. Tips can be given to state police at 593-2000.

Three more people, two of whom are headed to state prison and liable for almost $1 million in restitution, entered pleas Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court to crimes stemming from January's meth lab fire that destroyed a large part of a Pine Grove block. 46-year-old Lance Christman, and 37-year-old Angela Singh, both of Pine Grove, each pleaded guilty to 10 counts of recklessly endangering another person, arson and related counts, while 22-year-old Amber Marek-Jolley, of Pottsville, pleaded no contest to one count of arson. All will serve prison terms. On Tuesday, 29-year-old Steven Donton, of Pottsville, pleaded guilty to seven counts of arson and was sentenced by Judge D. Michael Stine to similar consequences.

State police are seeking information about a man between the ages of 60 and 70 years old for an incident at the Turkey Hill at 1587 Bunting St., Norwegian Township. Police said a man came into the store with an empty white bag, picked up a pair of heavy duty gloves, then asked an employee where a lighter set of gloves would be. The man then found a lighter set of gloves and returned to the counter to exchange the heavy duty gloves, which he never purchased, for the lighter ones, police said. Police said the man received $18.31 for the difference in price of the gloves. The man, of medium height and weight, was wearing glasses and a Penn State baseball cap, jeans, a red shirt and a blue jacket, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 593-2000.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a squirrel led a 24-year-old Pottsville woman to crash her SUV about 2:10 p.m. Thursday on Tumbling Run Road in Blythe Township. Troopers said Jennifer L. Schickram was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer east about 40 mph when a squirrel ran from a wooded area onto the roadway. The woman applied the brakes, troopers said, causing her vehicle to slide into the westbound lane and travel off the road about 50 feet before hitting several large rocks.

Police are searching for a driver who struck a Spring Glen man's car about 11 p.m. Wednesday then fled. State police at Schuylkill Haven said Colby S. Klinger, 18, was stopped at routes 125 and 25 when someone driving a red four-door sedan west on Route 25 tried to turn right onto Route 125 and struck the driver's side of Klinger's 2007 Ford Fusion. When Klinger attempted to approach the vehicle that struck him, the driver fled north on Route 125. Police ask anyone with information to call 593-2000

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time, a Douglas fir tree from Christopher Botek's farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, is the official White House Christmas tree. Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha received this year's 18 1/2-foot tree yesterday. A tree from Botek's farm last was at the White House in Christmas 2006.

HOUSTON, Pa. (AP) — Police in western Pennsylvania who were held at bay by a man who was despondent because he was unemployed say they found him dead when they burst into his Houston home yesterday following a 12-hour stand-off. State and Chartiers Township police identified the man as 47-year-old Joel Cook. An autopsy has been scheduled.

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine how a 4-year-old Pittsburgh-area boy got hold of his police officer father's service weapon and apparently accidentally shot and killed himself. Liberty police Chief Luke Riley says the boy's father, John Thompson, is a part-time Liberty police officer and works full-time in Port Vue.

FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a northwestern tool factory worker was hurt in an explosion yesterday, but the company's president disputes that. Matrix Tool president Tim Lewis says it's unclear if the worker was hit with a piece of pipe, hit his head when he fell or was injured in some other way at the Fairview plant.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A top FBI agent in Oregon says the terror threat posed by a 19-year-old Somali-born man was very real, even though undercover agents had supplied him with dud explosives. Special agent in charge Arthur Balizan says the suspect was "absolutely committed." Mohamed Osman Mohamud is accused of trying to attack a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's interior minister says a dozen insurgents are in custody on suspicion they were behind a deadly church siege a month ago. Interior Minister Jawad Bolani says the arrests are a blow to the al-Qaida network in Iraq. Insurgents took about 120 people hostage in a Baghdad church in October. The deadly siege ended with 68 people dead.

UNDATED (AP) — Black Friday may have been a ray of sunshine for retailers. Malls and top stores report a surge of customers and sellers say they noticed people buying things for themselves as well as others and not just necessities.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Everyone's fine after the partial collapse of a Colorado thrift store's ceiling. Firefighters carefully searched through the rubble for several hours yesterday after employees said they thought a shopper might not have made it out of the Salvation Army store in Grand Junction. But fire department spokesman Mike Page says no victims were found.

SYDNEY (AP) — The top man at Qantas boarded the first flight of an Airbus A380 since an engine explosion to show passengers the company has confidence in the superjumbo jet. CEO Alan Joyce says the airline is completely comfortable with the plane's safety. The plane took off from Sydney today bound for Singapore and London. The company's six-plane superjumbo fleet had been grounded for safety checks.


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