* Damaging Hail in Danville *
A powerful thunderstorm moved through the Danville area Thursday afternoon, dropping fist-sized hail that bashed the windows out of several vehicles. The storm cell was powerful enough to warrant a tornado warning at one point. Flash flood advisories were also in effect through the afternoon.
Fruit-sized hail dropped by Thursday afternoon's damaging thunderstorm.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Springtime in the Susquehanna Valley. An expected passage of a cold front and an unstable atmosphere has prompted the National Weather Service in State College to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in an area from Sullivan to Lancaster County's... including Columbia and Montour. The watch is in effect until 8 PM Thursday evening. That means severe thunderstorms with heavy rains and damaging winds could develop.
Berwick Drug Arrests
Four people are in jail... facing dozens of charges stemming from a home invasion and robbery of an alleged Berwick drug dealer. Police Chief Ken Strish telling us 35 – year old James Hopper... 49 – year old Jack Defranco... 33 – year old Shawn Davis and 34 – year old Martin Addison allegedly taking Heroine and cash from a dealer known as “Gotti” at his rented home in the 1100 block of Chestnut Street in early March. All were arrested Wednesday. They were arraigned Wednesday night... and remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.
The success of Olympian Jason Terdiman of Berwick has sparked an interest in Luge racing. So organizers of USA Luge will be in Berwick next month... looking for raw talent. Amy Shortledge of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says the tryouts will take place on the hill on Mulberry Street June 14th and 15th... with organizers bringing in the equipment needed. You can sign up at the BerVaughn Park Carnival open every night this week... or call the chamber office in Berwick.
Wolf Hits the Road
Tom Wolf is the Democratic Nominee in this year's Gubernatorial Election, Topping a field of tough primary opponents. How did he do it ??? Wolf dumped $10 million of his own money into his campaign, but Franklin and Marshal College political analyst Terry Madonna says it wasn't just the spending that catapulted Wolf to the nomination. Madonna says Wolf also gracefully handled the negative attacks from a couple of his primary opponents. That allowed Wolf to maintain his lead, although those numbers did originate from a massive TV ad buy in February and March...
Governor Corbett on Wednesday announced he would not appeal the federal court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. In a statement, the governor repeated his personal opposition to same-sex marriage but said administration lawyers had concluded that an appeal of Tuesday's historic decision was "extremely unlikely" to succeed.
Mocanaqua Fire Folo
Two Luzerne County emergency dispatchers have been suspended without pay following a fatal fire last week in Mocanaqua. 52 – year old Michelle Dzoch died when she went back inside her house on Main Street to put out the flames. The two dispatchers apparently called the Conyngham fire company... instead of the Mocanaqua fire company for the blaze in Conyngham township.... resulting in a delayed response. Both dispatchers are awaiting a disciplinary hearing.
Investigators will try and determine how a fire started at a home on West Snyder Avenue in Lansford... South of Hazleton early Wednesday morning. Firemen were called to the home around 1:30.... with first firemen on the scene reporting flames shooting from the roof of the structure. No one was hurt in that overnight fire in Lansford.
A national non – partisan senior citizens group has given it's Benjamin Franklin Award to 11th district congressman Lou Barletta. Mr. Barletta vowing for the repeal of the so – called “Death” or “Estate Tax.” The tax was first established to pay for World War One... and has never been repealed. Now... Barletta is one of many congressmen who believe the law's usefulness has passed. The 60 – plus Association is a national non – partisan senior citizens group based in the DC area.
BU Golf Outing
It's a chance to get out... take in the sunshine and the fresh air... and at the same time help women athletics at Bloomsburg University. A golf outing is scheduled for May 31st at the Links in Hemlock Township... so says BU women's basketball coach Bill Cleary. Interested in participating... give Coach Cleary a call or drop him an e-mail at the address found on the BU web site.
Girls HS Softball
The Berwick High School girls softball team has advanced to the District 2 Class AAA semifinals. In the quarterfinals Wednesday, the Bulldogs beat Honesdale 1-0.
Hundreds of high school and junior high school quarterbacks will be at Crispin Field in Berwick on Saturday to improve their skills at the Curry/Powlus Quarterback camp. Instructors will include high school and college coaches as well as Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenburg and wide receiver Eugene Lewis.
In the NBA's Western Conference final series... the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112 to 77. The Spurs now lead the series two games to none.
In the NHL's Western Conference final series... the Los Angeles Kings got by the Chicago Blackhawks 6 to 2. Both teams are tied at 1 games each.