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Robbery Suspects Arrested in Schuylkill County

Two possible suspects in a robbery spree that spans two counties were arrested Sunday on other charges after a high-speed chase.

It all began Sunday night when police in Tamaqua tried to make a traffic stop and the driver took off.

When police finally got him to stop they found a stolen gun in the car.

Police from several different communities are investigating to see if the two arrested are linked to a string of convenient store robberies in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

The two men police picked up and jailed are suspects in seven armed robberies that have been plaguing convenient stores for the past month.

Tysheed Hargrove and Jose Nunez are both jailed after a high-speed chase that police said started with a routine traffic violation. Police said they found a stolen gun in the car.

Double-block Home Damaged by Flames

A fire in Schuylkill County left two families out in the cold.

Crews responded to a duplex in the 600 block of Kennedy Drive in McAdoo around 7 p.m. Sunday.

One family was home when the flames started. They all got out safely.

Firefighters said both sides of the home are heavily damaged.

Investigators have not determined a cause.

Mini Mart Robbed Twice in Three Weeks

A convenience store in Schuylkill County was targeted again by a gunman, for the second time in three weeks.

Tamaqua Police said a man with a gun walked into Fegley's Mini Mart on Center Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday.

The robber got some cash and took off.

No one was hurt.

Someone also robbed Fegley's January 21.

Police are not saying if the robberies in Schuylkill County are related.

Super Bowl Sunday Preparations

Super Bowl Sunday is just a day away, and with that comes the last-minute party preparations which are now in full swing.

That means good business for some area restaurants and retailers.

Everything from chips and pretzels to big screen TVs, are all of the key ingredients to a successful Super Bowl party are flying off of the shelves. That had area grocery stores and home electronics retailers in a very good mood.

Of course, some people don't like to stay home for the Super Bowl, they prefer to go out to watch the game. In Schuylkill County there are a handful of Super Bowl hot spots. One of the big ones is Maroon’s Sports Bar in downtown Pottsville where they are expecting a big turnout for one of the biggest games of the year.

Just about everybody seems to agree on one thing, Super Bowl Sunday means getting to spend some extra weekend time with friends and family, even if their rooting for different sides.

Police Believe Robberies are Connected

The question in Schuylkill and Carbon counties these days is whether the same person is going around robbing gas stations and stores.

Just within the past two weeks at least a half dozen businesses have been hit. Most have the same description of the robber and police think it is the same guy hitting all the stores.

Security video shows the latest armed robbery at the Exxon UniMart near Frackville. 

The frightened clerk was Holly Yanett.

"He said, 'No, I just want the money,' as he was taking the gun out of his pocket and cocking it and walking towards me," Yanett recounted. She added the robber seemed to know where all the money was kept. "I was afraid he was going to hurt me and when I looked at him and giving him money from the bank and I nicely and bluntly said not to hurt me, that I have kids. When I looked into his eyes there was an eeriness about him."

Yanett's boss is fearful that she could have been hurt.

Burglary Ring Busted

Police in central Pennsylvania are returning stolen items to their rightful owners.

Officers recovered a large number of items taken by a burglary ring operating in Northumberland, Union, Schuylkill, Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties.

Items stolen include ATVs, snow plows, guns, vehicles and lawn and garden equipment.

Police said they have suspects, but no one has been arrested yet.

The investigation into the burglary ring continues.

Mahanoy City Home Hit By Fire

Eight people need a place to stay after flames tore through a home in Schuylkill County.

The fire started just after 5 p.m. on West Market Street in Mahanoy City.

Authorities said no one was hurt and the eight victims are being helped by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.