Fentanyl / Max Furek
The drug Fentanyl is making it's way into the Heroin supply system. Max Furek of the Berwick Anti – Drug Alliance says dealers are trying to get the edge in the high a person gets. In essence, according to Mr. Furek... they add Fentanyl to the drug to give it the edge.
Most of Pennsylvania's Democratic Congressmen are joining a boycott of Republican Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday. Philadelphia's newest Congressman Dwight Evans says he's standing with Georgia Rep. and civil rights activist John Lewis... who says Trump is not a legitimate President-elect. U.S. Representative Mike Doyle of the Pittsburgh area... and Philadelphia Congressmen Bob Brady and Brendan Boyle are also skipping the ceremony. The only other PA Democrat in the US House – Matt Cartwright of the Scranton area – is still planning to attend Trump's swearing-in.
Bloomsburg Public Library
It was a big night at the Bloomsburg Public Library Wednesday night... as the Library kicked – off it's semi – annual book sale. She said all types of books are for sale.... all at very reasonable prices. The book sale runs through 1 O'clock Monday afternoon at the library in the 200 block of Market Street in Bloomsburg.
Pennsylvania's top insurance regulator is expressing concern over plans in Congress and the incoming Trump Administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller, more than half a million Pennsylvanians have health insurance, either through Medicaid expansion or from Healthcare.gov. Miller has written a letter to Republicans in Congress, saying uncertainty over how the Affordable Care Act will be replaced is causing some insurance companies to consider pulling out of the individual market, with decisions by the insurers coming in the months ahead.
One person is dead after being shot multiple times in Luzerne County. Police say shots were fired on West Church Street in Nanticoke around 2 AM Wednesday. According to troopers, 20 – year old Brandon Smith was shot several times and apparently died as a result of the wounds. Troopers said Smith and another man were outside the home fighting and that's when the unidentified gunman shot and killed Smith. State police believe the two people knew each other. Investigators are still looking for the person responsible for the early morning shooting.
Flames tore through a home in Schuylkill County Wednesday morning. It started around 9 AM in the 200 block of West Centre Street in Shenandoah. After firefighters put out the intense fire, they pulled out a half dozen kerosene heaters, another half dozen propane tanks, and containers filled with kerosene. A state police fire marshal says it's not illegal to have the kerosene heaters in the home, but propane tanks should never have been inside. Fire damaged three homes and firefighters say the home where it started is a total loss. Fire marshals have ruled the blaze accidental and say it was caused by a heating source that used propane.
Flames damaged a home in Pottsville on Wednesday. A man and his four pets got out of the home along Jackson Street when the fire started around 2 PM. The man told firefighters he fell asleep on his couch with a fireplace lit. He believes something may have been too close to the fireplace and caught fire. According to fire crews, the first floor of the home has severe fire damage.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin accepting applications for the latest round of grants for community conservation and recreational projects on January 23 according to state Senator John Gordner of Berwick. In 2017, DCNR will again focus on grant awards that meet the priorities laid out in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The application period will remain open until April 12th.
A game-record Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 jackpot of just over $2 million from the Tuesday drawing was shared by three winning tickets sold in Allegheny, Beaver and Lehigh counties. The jackpot-winning tickets correctly matched all five numbers drawn... each winning $666.000. The record Cash 5 jackpot, which totaled $2 – million had been growing since January 7th when a $125,000 jackpot was won by one ticket sold in Allegheny County.