Monday, December 05, 2011

Today's News Mon. December 5, 2011


Three Penn State Schuylkill Students Assaulted in Schuylkill Haven Apartment

Schuylkill Haven Police were called Sunday to an apartment building at 208 Dock Street in the borough where they found three people with severe injuries as the result of an attack. Schuylkill Haven/Pottsville EMS responded to the scene and determined that the injuries required treatment at a trauma center, so the victims were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Upon investigation, it was determined that the victims were all students at Penn State Schuylkill Campus who come from the New York City area. The victims told police that they were attacked by eight to ten people who are also Penn State students or family members, and who are from the Philadelphia area. The suspects are described as 8 to 10 African American males, and possibly 2 African American females who were in a white sedan and a black SUV, possibly a Jeep. Police have not determined a motive for the attack at this time. Schuylkill Haven Police were assisted at the scene by officers from Penn State and Orwigsburg.

Scheduling Changes For Schuylkill County Courts In 2012

President Judge William E. Baldwin has announced a revamped trial schedule for 2012 that includes more time for criminal trials and the elimination of scheduled terms for civil trials. Dates have been juggled as well in an attempt to make the system more efficient, and reduce the use of Courtroom Number One during the Dog Days of Summer. That courtroom is not air conditioned, and trials held during the hottest part of summer have been very uncomfortable. The three two-week sessions previously scheduled for civil cases have been eliminated in favor of five dates for jury selection. Since many civil cases are settled before trial, it was inefficient to have jurors seated and waiting for trials that never happened. Elimination of the civil trial terms could save the county money, as jurors will not have to be paid until they are needed.

Schuylkill Mall Space Changed From Serving Happy Meals To Happy Kids

The former McDonald's restaurant inside the Schuylkill Mall has been transformed by volunteers into a basketball court that is being used by youth from the North Schuylkill School District. After the elementary schools in Ashland and Frackville were closed, the program was left without a home. Through a cooperative agreement with the mall, and countless volunteer hours transforming the space, the kids now have a new basketball facility. The court at the mall is used for games for youngsters in kindergarten through second grade, while all of the Junior Spartans hold practices in the facility. Organizers say they intend to make the court available for rent to groups who want to play some roundball. They also have a concession stand to help raise money to pay their rent and utilities.

Pottsville Masonic Lodge Hosts Annual Christmas Gala

One floor of the Pottsville Masonic Building has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland with the addition of twenty trees that have been decorated by local groups. This is the fourth year for the Christmas Gala, and the public had a chance to see the decorated trees during an open house that was held over the weekend. Visitors were encouraged to cast a ballot for their favorite tree, and the winning organization will receive a trophy for their efforts. All the trees, including decorations, will be donated to needy families in the area after a final viewing next weekend. Santa joined in the festivities for lunch on Saturday, and stayed for pictures with good boys and girls. He will make another appearance next weekend for visits and pictures. The display is in the Pottsville Masonic Building, which is located at 4 South Second Street, and will be open from 4 to 8 on Saturday and 3 to 8 on Sunday.


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