Hemlock Twp Fatal
A Hemlock Township employee is dead... hit by a backing dump truck. The incident happened at midday Tuesday on Dahl Road near Buckhorn... while the crew was cleaning out ditches. Columbia County Coroner Jeremy Reese said 60 – year old Joseph Benner of Catawissa died of multiple injuries.
The truck was traveling in reverse at the time of the accident. Benner suffered multiple traumatic injuries. Now, an autopsy will be preformed to determine the exact cause of death.
If you're looking for a place to park in downtown Bloomsburg this Saturday... you're out of luck. The 39th annual Renaissance Jam takes place and that has Main Street closed. The Bloomsburg Police Department says the major change is that Main Street will be closed. On the east side from Iron Street.... and the west side at Railroad Street. Fire Police will direct traffic around the area to make sure things go smoothly. Be sure to get more, in depth information by going to the Bloomsburg P.D. Website
With summertime just around the corner... there is concern about the Norris Rock Pool at Bloomsburg Town Park. The facility will be open in 2017... but 2018 is a different story... shutting it down with plans to re-construct it. That has led to the formation of a committee with Tom Vought joining Joe on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Meantime, plans are in the works for fund raisers to help pay for the pool reconstruction... starting with Saturday's Renaissance Jamboree....
Arbor Day... the day to celebrate trees is this Friday... and just this week...the Bloomsburg Town Council okayed a proclamation honoring the day. Councilperson Sylvia Costa says trees are important.
The day long celebration was first observed in 1872... and is recognized in every state.
A young child found running down a busy street in Sunbury led police to much more. When officers took the boy home, they found garbage and feces inside the house. His mother... Natalie Grubbs... was found sleeping because she had worked a double shift the night before. They also found two kids aged 6 and 9. Grubbs is a nurse and is now charged with child endangerment. Northumberland County Children and Youth took all three children out of the house.
State police are investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a woman in Northumberland County. According to troopers, a man got into a home near Herndon through an unlocked door Sunday. Investigators said he then took the victim to another location and assaulted her. State police urge everyone to keep their doors locked.
Federal Government Shutdown
A potential federal government shutdown could happen as soon as Friday. Now, the states are watching and waiting for the potential impacts. If the federal government shuts down on Friday, what happens in Pennsylvania? Governor Tom Wolf says the states are like everyone else - at the mercy of what happens - or doesn't happen - in Washington. A shutdown would have its most immediate impact on National Parks and federal employees deemed nonessential for law enforcement or public safety. The odds of a shutdown did seem to go down a bit Tuesday when President Trump reportedly dropped a demand that border wall funding be included in the spending bill for April through September...
State lawmakers have introduced a package of legislation meant to reform standardized testing in the commonwealth. Leaders of the Pennsylvania State Education Association say teachers have seen directly how current standardized testing policies just aren't good for students. The union is backing bills to possibly shorten the length of the PSSAs... as well as allow parents to opt-out of standardized testing for philosophical or health concerns... and require that test results only be used to comply with federal law.
Flames destroyed a home in Schuylkill County Monday night. Firefighters were called to the home along Old Route 209 near Tamaqua around 6:30 p.m. Flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the structure. Officials said no one was home at the time. The fire chief said flames started on the first floor and spread throughout the home. A state police fire marshal is investigating.
The state House has moved a series of proposals that would loosen restrictions on sales of alcohol in Pennsylvania. Two measures would allow wine and liquor to be sold under the same roof, and expand sales of alcohol to supermarkets, hotels and restaurants. Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai is also pushing two additional bills, which would take Pennsylvania out of the wine wholesaling business, and also out of any related business operations. House members say as the bills do not all complement one another, an omnibus measure would be required. The Senate takes up the legislation next.
The nation's top airline executives are backing an effort by state officials to bring Pennsylvania driver's licenses into compliance with federal ID requirements. If those efforts fail, Pennsylvanians starting Jan. 22nd will no longer be able to board commercial aircraft — or enter federal facilities and nuclear power plants — using licenses, which currently don't comply with the REAL ID Act. That's a law Congress passed in 2005 to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. A letter signed last week by executives from nine airlines, an airline trade group, FedEX and United Parcel Service said more than 60 percent of the 27.7 million passengers who used Pennsylvania airports in 2016 would not have complied with the federal law.