Bloomsburg school officials said the high school would be locked down today and Wednesday to quell safety concerns... after an investigation into a threat of violence last week. During a school board meeting last night Superintendent Donald Wheeler asked local police to beef up security.
The Press – Enterprise is reporting Wheeler and the board may hire a full – time armed security guard. Last night's meeting revealed few specific's about the incident... citing confidentiality laws school board members discussed with a lawyer prior to Monday’s meeting.
The candidate who is seeking the seat as a Republican in the 11th Congressional District was in South Center Township over the weekend. Dan Meuser is seeking the seat being vacated by congressman Lou Barletta... who in turn... is trying for a U.S. Senate Seat from Pennsylvania. Meuser is the state's former revenue secretary in the Corbett administration... and was in town at the invitation of Representative David Millard.
House lawmakers have begun movement on a natural gas severance tax. The measure would set in place a volume tax that rises with the price of natural gas, and is projected will raise about 100-million-dollars per year, based on 2016 production and current prices. The industry and conservative Republicans in the House remain opposed to the tax. More than 300 amendments have been added to the bill.
The House Labor and Industry Committee has voted out a bill which seeks to help fix the state's unemployment compensation system. The bill calls for an end to the Unemployment Compensation program's reliance on supplemental transfers to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers say although not the perfect bill its a step in the right direction. They don't want to see a repeat of last year when call center workers were laid off just before the holidays.
Protecting Taxpayer Dollars
A message about the need to better protect taxpayer dollars was at the heart of State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's special report on the $10 million state grant given to the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee. In an effort to better protect taxpayer dollars Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says language should be required in future state grant agreements specifying what the money can and cannot be spent on and also including a provision that says if there's enough private money don't use taxpayer dollars. DePasquale finds it ridiculous that no Department of Community and Economic Development grant in at least the last 10 years has contained such a provision.
Animal Resource Center
The Animal Resource Center near Millville have plenty of animals in need of adoption. Appearing of the WHLM Morning Buzz on Monday, Executive Director Linda Bird talks about a dog that goes by the name of Weiser. You can check out the inventory of all the dogs and cats by going to their web site... “NoKillARC.org” or join in the conversation on their Facebook page.
Police in Nanticoke have made an arrest in a robbery Sunday morning. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting 31 – year old Scott Defrain is accused of handing the clerk at Cocoa Hut on East Main Street, saying he had a gun, and asking for money. Defrain allegedly made off with about $40 in cash. Police also charging 40 – year old Bobby Wicks with helping in that robbery. Police say Wicks is also a suspect in the armed robbery of a Burger King in Nanticoke one week ago and an attempted robbery of Curry Donuts in Nanticoke.
Attempted Murder Sentence
A woman convicted of trying to kill herself and her two children will spend 10 to 30 years in prison. Melissa Scholl was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County court. She must also serve 10 years on probation. She was found guilty in September of trying to kill herself and her seven year old son and five year old daughter in December of 2015. Prosecutors said she hooked up a hose to her car’s exhaust pipe in a Wilkes-Barre Township School bus parking lot. The car was not running at the time and her children survived. Scholl’s defense attorney said he plans on appealing this sentence.