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Nearly 200 gallons of fuel leaked into a Pottsville stream after tractor trailer accident

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POTTSVILLE, SHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Around 3:30 P.M. Wednesday, a tractor trailer accident shut down part of a busy road in Schuylkill County.

Officials say a tractor trailer and utility truck on Gordon Nagle Trail collided and went into a ditch.No one was injured but nearly 200 gallons of fuel leaked into the nearby stream.

Free car services for healthcare workers and first responders

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Skook Auto Sales is offering some free services to those who put their lives on the line during this pandemic.

The dealership and care service in Schuylkill Haven is offering free oil changes and car inspections. These free services are available to to emergency responders, any healthcare workers, special needs families and law enforcement.

They are also providing other services and repairs at cost, meaning the business won’t make a profit off of that service for people who put their lives on the line to serve us.

Stimulus Checks: What you need to know about getting your payment

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced on March 30th, 2020 that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

Here at Eyewitness News we have been fielding calls and emails from viewers about who is eligible for the economic impact payments and how do they get them.

Alternative grading options at LCCC

NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Luzerne County Community College’s campus is empty as a majority of classes are now online. But the current situation can still be very stressful for students, which can affect their grades.

The president of Luzerne County Community College tells Eyewitness News the college is giving students the option to use an alternative grading system during this stressful time.

When to call 9-1-1 during the COVID-19 pandemic

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The COVID-19 pandemic has created all kinds of never before seen challenges for our first responders, as well as for those who literally answer the calls for help… 9-1-1 centers.

The most important message coming from the Luzerne County 9-1-1 Center as well as others in our region, don’t call 9-1-1 unless it’s an absolute emergency.

9-1-1 centers are usually the first place people will call with COVID-19 questions or concerns, but those questions should be directed to others involved in the coronavirus response.

Musicians surprise seniors with videos of them playing uplifting music

PINE GROVE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Residents at Providence Place place were pleasantly surprised by musicians who sent videos of themselves performing songs by Johnny Cash and uplifting songs by other artists.

Over the weekend, yoga instructor Leah Zerbe was asking musicians to rise to the occasion to let her elder students know they are not forgotten. She was holding online classes for the residents amid the pandemic but she had to stop because residents can no longer gather.

Employee at Freeland Post Office diagnosed with COVID-19

FREELAND, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) An employee at the Freeland Post Office located at 702 Main Street has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the USPS confirmed.

“We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the Freeland Post Office but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available,” Karen Mazurkiewicz told Eyewitness News.

Mazurkiewicz says the diagnosis has been confirmed by the Department of Health and the USPS is following their guidelines.

Orwigsburg PD offers to go shopping for seniors while they self-isolate

ORWIGSBURG, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Orwigsburg Police Department is offering to pick up groceries and necessities from Boyer’s and Thomas Pharmacy for senior citizens.

“It’s just our way of saying, hey, we’re here for you,” Patrolman Tanner Noecker told Eyewitness News.

Noecker left letters on the doors of residents at Independence Square letting seniors know about the new service.

“I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Independence Square resident Lee Miller said. “I really did.”

Local emergency responders throw a surprise birthday parade for 5-year- old

ORWIGSBURG, SCHUYLLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/YOU) A canceled birthday party turned into a surprise birthday parade for a 5-year-old in Orwigsburg.

Zenya Sanchez princess themed party was canceled last Saturday due to the stay at home order.

Friends and family teamed up with local emergency responders to roar their sirens down Liberty Street to surprise the birthday girl.

Rachael Espaillat will have the latest details on later editions of Eyewitness News.

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