Flood Watch Posted
The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Flood Watch to include a portion of central Pennsylvania, including the following areas, Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northern Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Southern Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, and York through Sunday evening. recent rain and snowmelt have left stream levels high and soils very wet. Two periods of rain, occurring today and Saturday night into Sunday, will increase the threat of flooding across the region. Additional rainfall of two to three inches is possible. Monitor forecasts closely and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in flood prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Hazleton Drug Ring Broken Up
After an 18 month investigation by the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Scranton Resident Office in conjunction with the Hazleton City Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police and Luzerne County Drug Task Force, drug kingpin, 37 – year old Manuel Dejesus Luna Bautista of Hazleton and 36 – year old Yamilka Hernandez-Sanchez of Hazleton were arrested on federal drug charges. On February 23, 2018, at approximately 1000 hours, Luna-Bautista was apprehended while exiting his 2006 Hummer at 3rd Street and Carson Street. Simultaneously, search warrants were executed at two locations in the City of Hazleton, 1003 Alter Street and 321 E Mine Street where agents and detectives seized a large quantity, approximately 300 grams of suspected fentanyl, packaged heroin, alleged methamphetamine and a 22 caliber handgun. At the time of arrest, Manuel Dejesus Luna Bautista was in possession of approximately $1100 dollars in US Currency, which was seized as well as the 2006 Hummer, which will be processed through the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. Hernandez-Sanchez was found packaging heroin in a distribution operation on the 2nd floor of 1003 Alter Street as agents and detectives raided and entered the location, seizing the large quantity of drugs referenced above and the 22 caliber weapon. Both defendants were transported to Hazleton Police Headquarters for processing and will be transported to US Federal Court to face federal drug trafficking charges, conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine, possession of the same, maintaining a drug distribution premise and other federal charges. Both will be arraigned before a federal magistrate later in Wilkes-Barre.