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    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.

     

    Inauguration Boycott
    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.

     

    Obamacare
    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.

     

    Nanticoke Shooting

    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.

     

    Shenandoah Fire

    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.

     

    Pottsville Fire

    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.

     

    DCNR Applications

    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.

     

    Cash Five

    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.

     

     



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    County Mandates

    The ever growing state mandates now county responsibilities. That's the one thing rasing the ire of Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young. During an interview with WHLM News... Chairman Young lashes out against the Wolf administration. Columbia isn't the only County being hit with the unfunded mandates... all counties across the state are getting them as well.

     

    Attorney General
    Pennsylvania's new Attorney General enters his new office hopeful for the future but also mindful of the recent past. While he did not mention former Attorney General Kathleen Kane by name, Josh Shapiro did acknowledge the scandal which plagued the office in recent years, while also pledging this his tenure represents a new era. Shapiro says he and all employees of the Attorney General's office will sign a code of conduct, with reforms also including the appointment of a Chief Integrity Officer and a Chief Diversity Officer.

     

    Medical Marijuana
    Those who want to grow, process and sell medical marijuana in Pennsylvania can now start the application process. The state Department of Health held a webinar about "Phase One" of the medical marijuana application process for perspective grower/processors and dispensaries. The Director of the state's Office of Medical Marijuana, John Collins also handled some questions. The applications are now available from the Department's Medical Marijuana Program website - they will be accepted between February 20th and March 20th...

     

    Benevolent Organizations

    With the recent closing of the Bloomsburg Moose Lodge... what makes an organization thrive. Community involvement... so says Fred Whitenight... the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 436 in Bloomsburg. Reasons for the Moose Lodge shutting down include stricter DUI laws... and it's location outside of Bloomsburg.

     

    Parking Lot Beating

    Police in Schuylkill County say a woman attacked her child's assistant principal. 37 – year old Carisa Rhoads of Frackville was allegedly arguing with Janel Hansbury, the assistant principal at North Schuylkill Elementary, at the Schuylkill County Courthouse on Monday morning. According to police, Hansbury was called by Children and Youth to testify at a hearing regarding Rhoads's child. Hansbury told officers Rhoads threw her to the ground, punched her, and kicked her. Rhoads was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment by physical contact, disorderly conduct, and retaliation against witness or victim.

     

    Supermarket Stabbing

    The 16-year-old suspect in a stabbing inside a grocery store in the Dallas area is now being charged as an adult. Michael Cheskiewicz of Wyoming County is charged with aggravated assault. Dallas police say that Monday afternoon, he allegedly stabbed a worker at Weis Market. The woman who was stabbed was treated and released from a hospital. A spokesman for Weis Markets says she had on a thick coat at the time and that helped to protect her. Police have not yet said what the motive was for the stabbing.

     

    Auto Show
    Another Pennsylvania Farm Show is history, and now comes the work of preparing the massive complex for the next major event. It takes about 20 permanent workers and more than 60 seasonal staff to transform more than a million square feet from an agricultural exposition to an automotive wonderland, with the next major event the Pennsylvania Auto Show, which runs January 26th through the 29th. This is the busiest time for the Farm Show Complex, which hosts a total of 300 events a year.

     

    Nanticoke Robbery

    Police are searching for the man who robbed a Luzerne County gas station Tuesday morning. Officers were called to the Coco Hut on East Main Street in Nanticoke around 4 AM. Investigators tell us a man wearing a bandana over his face walked up to an employee and demanded money. He got away with some cash and fled the scene on foot.

     

    Tom Wolf / Budget

    The big question in Pennsylvania’s Capitol is: How will Gov. Tom Wolf balance his budget proposal without a major tax increase? He’s due to release it February 7th and most details are still under wraps.

    The Democrat says he won’t propose a broad-based tax increase, but analysts are projecting a $2 billion-plus hole in the state’s finances. Wolf’s conservative approach comes as the Legislature returns in 2017 with bigger anti-tax Republican majorities.

     

     



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    BU Basketball

    The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams played at Kutztown Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us BU lost 98 – 92 in a close game. Christian Mortelite shot 22 if his game high 28 points in the fourth quarter. For the BU Women is a victorious night... as they downed Kutztown 68 – 66. Morgan Klunk had 20 points. Both Husky basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against East Stroudsburg at the Nelson Field House.

     

    Boys HS Basketball

    In boys high school basketball last night, it was Central Columbia over Hughesville 58 to 50... Montoursville defeated Bloomsburg 58 – 32... Williamsport downed Danville 54 – 47... and Southern Columbia got by South Williamsport 79 – 59.

     



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