Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today's News Tue. December 13, 2011

Local News Tue. December 13, 2011

Helpful Tips For Holiday Shipping From The Post Office

The United States Postal Service will be handling 16.5 billion cards, letters, and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and they have some suggestions for those who will be sending all those items. One thing that can make shipping easier is the use of Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and other shipping products offered by the Postal Service. Senders should also include a return address on the package in case it cannot be delivered for any reason. The ship-to address should always be printed neatly and clearly to avoid delays and confusion. Finally, there are suggestions for mail-by dates for cards and packages that should guarantee that they are received before Christmas. Postal patrons can get the entire list of guidelines and suggestions from their local post office, or by logging on to usps.com/2011holidaynews.

Lancaster County Man Arrested For Poaching Record-Book Buck

The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that Scott M. Garner, who lives in Bainbridge in Lancaster County, was arrested for exceeding the bag limits set by the Game Law. According to the report, Garner killed a fourteen-point buck on December 1 in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. He had already taken a five-point buck on October 31 during the archery season, and made alterations to the tag he filled out for that animal after he killed the larger one. For killing the second buck, Garner faces maximum penalties of 90 days in jail, a $6,500 fine, and three years revocation of hunting privileges. Had the buck been taken lawfully, it would have placed in the top 25 typical buck taken with a firearm in Pennsylvania. The rack has a Boone & Crockett green score of 172.5 inches.

Pottsville Police Drug Unit Raids City Apartment, Makes Arrest

Based on information received from citizens, the Pottsville Bureau of Police Drug Investigation Unit entered and searched an apartment in the Market Square Apartment Complex on North Twelfth Street.They found crack cocaine with a street value of $900.00 and marijuana valued at $1000.00. They also found a digital scale and packaging material at the same location. Arrest warrants were issued for twenty year old Tabitha St. Pierre and twenty year old Shane Hibbler on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession With Intent To Deliver, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. St. Pierre was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Bayer, and was committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of ten percent of $25,000.00 bail. Hibbler remains at large, and his whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Pottsville Police at 622-1234.

Rollover Crash On I-81 Injures Hegins Man

State Police from Frackville Barracks responded to a crash near mile marker 114 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 on Sunday. Their investigation revealed that Eric Geist of Hegins had been traveling in the passing lane at a high rate of speed when he encountered a slower moving vehicle in that lane. Geist swerved to avoid hitting the other car, but lost control of his 2007 Volkswagon GTI. The car left the roadway and rolled over several times before coming to rest along the side of the road. Goodwill Fire Company of Frackville extricated Geist from the car using the Jaws of Life, and he was transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Police are continuing their investigation to determine if Geist was driving under the influence.

State and National News Tue. December 13, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting boys is set to face his accusers today. The preliminary hearing for Jerry Sandusky will last at least one day. Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 boys. The accusers could testify publicly for the first time about what prosecutors say was years of child abuse. Sandusky admits showering with boys but says he didn't molest them.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Court officials setting media rules for the preliminary hearing for a former Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting boys will allow real-time reporting from the courtroom. Officials say reporters will be allowed to email, send text messages and tweet from inside the courtroom in Centre County during Jerry Sandusky's hearing.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill to limit abortion coverage in policies purchased through insurance exchanges that the federal health care law requires. The House voted 146-45 last night to give final approval to the measure, which now goes to the Senate.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - New legislative districts for Pennsylvania have won final approval. The Legislative
Reapportionment Commission voted 4-1 yesterday to approve a Republican-crafted map for the 50 Senate districts and a map of 203 House districts that carries bipartisan support. The panel's approval is all that's required for the changes to take effect.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Another payroll tax cut extension is poised to pass the Republican-run House today, but it contains a provision to force work on a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
The administration says it needs more study. Republicans characterize the $180 billion overall measure as one that would help create jobs, while Democrats say it is too stingy.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some high-end tax relief is on the agenda of the Illinois Senate today. That's because some big-name companies have threatened to leave the state. The package has been sweetened by aid for smaller businesses and struggling families.

NEW YORK (AP) - The economy is uncertain and money is definitely an object this Christmas. Deloitte's annual holiday survey says six percent of the more than 5,000 respondents plan to wait until January to do the bulk of their shopping for Christmas. Research firm ShopperTrak says after Christmas retail sales are on an upward swing.

WASHINGTON (AP) - So-called "high-income" Medicare beneficiaries would see their premiums increased in a bill expected to pass the Republican-run House today. The White House is mum on the Republican Medicare proposal, while AARP says it's tantamount to a new tax. Senate Democrats don't like it.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Kuwait's oil minister says the global oil market is balanced, suggesting the Gulf nation will likely support maintaining the status quo at this week's OPEC meeting. OPEC's last meeting in June ended in disarray, but the Kuwaiti official says he hopes there can be a "consensus formula" this time.


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