The concession stands are up... so are the Reithoffer rides... and the overhead chair lift is working. Now... all that has to happen are the turnstiles to open... and that will take place around 2 O'clock Friday for the preview day of the 162nd Bloomsburg Fair. The Superintendent of Arts and Crafts... David Millard... says he's not working any last minute issues. The fair officially opens Saturday morning... and that's when ticket takers begin getting the official attendence. Fair officials hope for good weather... and an estimated crows of a half – million people.
Law enforcement agencies have announced a nationwide probe into the pharmaceutical industry and their role in the opioid abuse crisis. The goal is to determine if there is a direct link between the manufacture, distribution, and sale of powerful opioid painkillers and the rise in heroin addiction in Pennsylvania and nationwide. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his counterparts in 40 other states are spearheading the probe, issuing subpoenas for information from five drug makers and another three distributors.
Tom Wolf Tour
Governor Tom Wolf has begun a series of visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania counties. Governor Wolf's tour began Wednesday in Carbon County and continued through Wyoming, Susquehanna and Sullivan counties. His stops include local businesses, as well as meetings with chambers of commerce, schools and hospitals. Wolf says the objective is to hear directly from residents in this part of the state about their concerns, and get those issues addressed. The trip crosses the northern tier of the state, ending this weekend in northwest PA.
As communities in Texas and Florida continue to clean up from recent hurricanes... Representative Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County in congress.. says we need to be prepared. The Hazleton Republican pointed out businesses were helped by the Economic Development Administration following tropical Storm Lee. In danger was the Autoneum Plant on Bloomsburg's West Side. Now that a flood wall has been built around the plant... and the former Windsor Foods location... the threat of flooding has been lowered considerably.
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Airport will be adding a new convenience for those traveling to our area. Officials announced plans to add a cell phone lot for people picking up passengers. Major airports already have these lots where people can wait until passengers are ready to leave. The new parking lot should alleviate traffic congestion outside the baggage claim area. There is no word on when the cell phone lot will be ready.
A Northumberland County teenager is facing charges for alledegly bringing a BB gun to school. Police say a metal detector went off this week when the 15-year-old student walked into Shamokin Area High School. The boy told a security officer that he accidentally left it in his backpack after going target shooting with his friends. Police say the teen will be charged with possession of a weapon on school property.
A husband pleaded guilty Thursday in Columbia County after being accused of brutally attacking his pregnant wife in March of 2016. Adam Kaiser's wife was eight months pregnant at the time. He was taken into custody for throwing her onto the floor and stomping on her back and allegedly saying he was going to cut the baby out of her at home in Briar Creek Township. Kaiser pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Carbon County Fire
Fire destroyed a home Thursday afternoon in neighboring Carbon County. Flames were discovered around 1 O'clock at the residence on Towamensing Trail near Albrightsville. Two adults and four kids got out okay, but two cats died in the fire. Firefighters tell our media partner Newswatch 16 the blaze started in a dryer and appears to be accidental.