SSPTV News Daily Headlines

Here are today’s headlines for Friday July 20, 2018 from SSPTV and the Hazleton Standard-Speaker

1. A West Hazleton woman is facing charges after a stabbing in the borough last night. According to our media partner, the Standard-Speaker, 46-year-old Lisa Vandemark is facing two counts each of aggavated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. Police responded to West Clay Avenue around 8pm last night. Vandemark is alleged to have stabbed a man, causing lacerations to his bicep and forehead. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Unable to post $50,000 bail, Vandemark was taken to jail.

2. A West Hazleton man, charged with homicide, is headed to court. 18-year-old Brandon Gambardella of West Hazleton is charged in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Anthony Bonney of Freeland. According to State Police, Bonney and and 18-year-old James J. Shanda of Freeland allegedly passed off drywall shavings and baking soda instead of cocaine during a drug deal at Freeland Public Park. You can read more about Gamabardella’s preliminary hearing in today’s Standard-Speaker or at

3. A new coffee shop and community center officially opened its doors yesterday in Tamaqua. It’s called “Hope and Coffee”. The shop is partly in response to the rise in opioid and alcohol addiction in the Tamaqua area. The shop provides meeting places for recovery groups as well as job opportunities for people in recovery. It will also serve as a general purpose gathering place for the community at large. “Hope and Coffee” is located in a restored, 153-year-old Victorian home at 125 Pine Street in Tamaqua.

4. The Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market is underway at the corner of Broad and Laurel Streets. The market is open each Friday from 10am until 2pm. It features free health screenings, educational information and of course fresh fruits and veggies.

5. Runners and walkers are invited to join in a 4K Run/Walk and Fun Run tonight in Conyngham. Christ Lutheran Church on Main Street is hosting the event as part of its 200th Anniversary Celebration. There is no entry fee for the race. Simply bring a non-perishable food item for the Valley Food Pantry. The race is at 6pm. For more details, check out Chris Meade’s run preview on SSPTV News!

6. The Men of Marian Annual Flea Market takes place today through Sunday at Marian Catholic High School in Tamaqua. This year’s flea market is a week before the annual summer picnic. The flea market runs today, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm – 9pm in the school gym!

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