Friday, January 06, 2012

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Local News-Fri, January 6, 2012

Palo Alto Woman Held Over For Trial In Hit-And-Run Case

Joan Trayah, of Port Carbon, will be going to trial to face charges related to an alleged hit-and-run incident that happened on December 12, 2011. According to police records, Trayah made a u-turn on East Lawton Street in St. Clair and ran over 75 year-old Ho Ching Lan near the entrance to a parking lot at the Buckhorn Cafe. After the incident, Trayah went inside the Buckhorn, where she worked, and failed to report what happened. When confronted by police, Trayah initially denied any involvement, but later confessed to running over the victim. She went before Magisterial District Judge David Plachko yesterday for a preliminary hearing, where all charges were held over to court. Trayah remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail while awaiting trial.

Schuylkill Zoning Hearing Board Hears Testimony About Proposed Airport

The Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board met for two hours on Thursday for the purpose of hearing testimony about the impact of a proposed cargo airport in parts of East Union and Kline Townships. Gladstone Partners LP, of Pittsburgh, applied for a special exception for the purpose of building a regional cargo airport near the Humboldt Industrial Park in June of 2009. Two professional witnesses testified before the board that the area where the airport would be built does not have sufficient infrastructure to handle a project of this size. They also testified that the plan does not contain studies on environmental or traffic impact, or on-site water and sewage issues. More witnesses will be heard during the next meeting of the Zoning Hearing Board on February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

FEMA Presents Plans To Prepare For Emergencies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published a report that states 2011 was one of the most active years for disasters in recent history, and encourages all Americans to prepare themselves for more of the same in the future. Region III Administrator Mary Ann Tierney is quoted as saying "One of the most important lessons we can take away from 2011's devastating storms such as Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee is that disasters can impact all of us, no matter what part of the country we live in." She suggests that people prepare by putting together an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan, and learning about the hazards in their area. For more information about FEMA's Resolve to be Ready in 2012 program, go to and

Little Help Available In County For Homeless

According to the lead story in today's Republican Herald, Schuylkill County no longer has a homeless shelter, and resources to provide help for the homeless are scarce. Schuylkill Community Action reports that they receive approximately fifty requests for assistance each year from people who tell them they are homeless. A group of local churches operated shelters that were staffed by volunteers, but a lack of funding and volunteers caused them to cease operations in 2009. The United Way said that federal funding for emergency food and housing has been drastically reduced in the last year, and there is very little they can do to help. While Pottsville does have two soup kitchens, and there are several food pantries in the county, the nearest homeless shelter is located in Harrisburg.

State News Fri. January 6, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - According to multiple reports, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as Penn State's head coach. Citing unnamed sources, ESPN first reported last night that an official announcement would be made on Saturday, and that O'Brien would continue on as an assistant with the Patriots the rest of the postseason.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say speed was likely a factor in a triple fatal car wreck that killed the driver and his two
passengers near a Philadelphia mall. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports police identified the victims as 20-year-old Anthony Christensen of Bensalem; 17-year-old Christopher Alcalde of Philadelphia; and 15-year-old Bensalem High School student Lucrecia Santamaria.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a gas line explosion injured two workers and ripped the porch off an Allentown row home yesterday. Employees of a subcontractor for UGI Utilities were working on a gas line at the home when the blast happened. Officials say the injured workers were taken to a hospital.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Farmers, agribusiness workers and visitors who want an up-close look at livestock and farm products are converging on Harrisburg for the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. The event kicked off yesterday with the unveiling of the butter sculpture. This year it honors the 100th anniversaries of the Pennsylvania 4-H and State Association of County Fairs.


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