Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Today's News Tue. December 6, 2011

Local News Tues. December 6, 2011

Victims of Attack In Schuylkill Haven Identified

The Schuylkill Haven Police Department has released the names of the victims of an attack that occurred on Sunday. Those involved were Julian Coutourieri, Michael Williams, and Sammuel Haiger, who are students at Penn State Schuylkill Campus. The police report indicates that one of the men remains a patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital, while two were treated and released. The apparent motive for the attack was an argument over a basketball game involving the victims and their attackers, who remain at large. They face charges of assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy. This attack, the third incident involving Penn State students who live in Schuylkill Haven in the last three months, has some residents concerned for their safety.

City of Pottsville Hires New Secretary For Mayor's Office

The city of Pottsville has maintained a hiring freeze for the last four years as a way to keep expenses under control. When Arlene Sibbett announced that she would retire from her position as Secretary to the Mayor, it became necessary for Council to make plans to replace her. Sibbett has been in the position since 1986, during the terms of four mayors, and Council did not have to look far for a replacement. Mayor John D.W. Reiley needed someone who knew the ins and outs of managing city government, and he determined that Deputy City Clerk Sandy Paulshock was the best choice to fill the position. That leaves a vacancy for Paulshock's position, so Council will have to lift their hiring freeze in order to replace her.

Delano Man Sentenced For Selling Methamphetamine

Ronald L. Kennedy, of Delano, was convicted in Schuylkill County Court on charges related to the sale of $100 worth of crystal methamphetamine to a police informant in October of 2010. It took just one day to complete Kennedy's trial before President Judge William E. Baldwin and a jury of eight men and four women. Judge Baldwin set Kennedy's bail at $10,000 percentage, which required him to post $1,000 cash. Kennedy was unable post bail, and he was remanded to Schuylkill County Prison to await his sentencing.

Postal Service Looks To Close Processing Facilities

Residents who rely on the U.S. Postal Service for critical mailings will probably see additional delays in its delivery. The Post Office plans to close over 250 mail processing centers nationwide, which will probably eliminate any chance of one-day mail delivery to anywhere. Pennsylvania will likely lose eleven mail centers, including the one in Reading. The closings are part of a plan put forward to cut expenses and keep the Postal Service from going bankrupt in the next year. The plan would also eliminate almost 30,000 jobs. The reduction has been attributed to a loss of business because many people have moved from traditional mail service to online communications services.


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