Schuylkill County Borough Plagued With Arson

Minersville Borough, Schuylkill County, has had 9 fires since April 24, 2010.  The latest fires occurred one week ago.  The arsonist struck once, the fire was extinguished.  Two hours later, another home was set on fire a block away.

Residents are deeply concerned and even fearful.  They are being encouraged to keep lights on and their eyes open.  A crimewatch is hopefully being started and police are stepping up overnight patrols.  A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers, toll-free, at 1-877-TIPS4SC. Individuals with information can also contact Minersville police directly at 570-544-6212. All information received will remain confidential.

Shenandoah Men Guilty Of Federal Hate Crime In Beating Death Of Immigrant

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Two Schuylkill County men were found guilty of federal hate crimes in the beating death of a Mexican immigrant, Luis Ramirez. Brandon Piekarsky (18) and Derrick Donchak (20), both of Shenandoah, were convicted by a jury in Scranton.  Donchak was also convicted of two other counts relating to a cover-up plot with Shenandoah Police.  At the time ol the 2008 beating, the accused were high school football players.

Both men were taken away in handcuffs and ordered held until their January 24th sentencing.  They were acquitted of more serious charges by a jury in Pottsville.

Two Shenandoah police officers will go on trial early next year for their role in the attempted cover-up.