Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says the Hemlock Township police officer for shot an Oklahoma trucker twice says officer Charles Dietterick was justified. Driver Dan Hadean was pulled over by the officer at 9:10 Monday night on the eastbound off ramp of Interstate 80 near Buckhorn.... telling him his rig was in violation and he was going to pull it out of service. That's when Hadean got unruly... attacking Dietterick with a pepper spray and a hammer... after he was tazed by the officer. Hadean was shot twice by Dietterick and is recovering in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.DA Leipold says charges will be brought against Hadean in a matter of days.
A lone bag piper played... and so did the Catawissa Military Band... leading the annual Memorial Day parade in Mifflinville on Monday. That... as hundreds of people line the route of march to the Mifflinville Cemetery. Attorney Al Luschas delivered the keynote address... pointing out the inadequacies in the Veterans Administration hospital system.... such as in Phoenix and Pittsburgh.... where it's documented vets have died for lack of treatment... or simply inadequate drinking water. The remarks were followed by a 21 gun salute and the sounding of taps.
Vets / Montour
Veterans were honored Monday in Montour County during the annual Memorial Day parade through Danville. Leading the parade was 102 – year old World War Two vet Robert Hall.... the event's grand marshal. Later in the day... state and local officials unveiled a sign near the Montour – Columbia County line designating Route 11 through Montour County as a Veterans Highway.
So far so good... those are the findings of a new report on a study of the Susquehanna River in 2013. The PA Department of Environmental Protection sampled water from the Susquehanna at Marietta, Harrisburg, and Sunbury, and the Juniata at Newport and the Lewistown Narrows. Dissolved oxygen levels and PH were found to be acceptable. DEP will hold a webinar to discuss the results of the study on Wednesday at 2 O'clock.
Most children are excited to start their summer vacation, but WHLM's Cathy Clark reports children in need may get less to eat when school is out. Reporter Clark says too many children do not eat between school lunch and school breakfast according to Lisa Scales, director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. She says the summer food service program is greatly under- utilized. They're working to raise awareness and add sites where children can get nutritious meals during the summer. Similar efforts are underway across the state.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting applications for grants to help protect non-game species statewide, through its Wild Resource Conservation Program. The grants support projects to safeguard PA's non-game animals, including birds and mammals, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants. Grants will be accepted in four areas, including surveys, research, conservation and management, and education. The deadline to apply is June 30th.
Two people are in the Luzerne County lockup... after they were arrested for allegedly robbing a gas station in Dorrance Township at the start of the weekend. 29 – year old Dennis Cosgrove of White Haven and 22 – year old Daniel Kluck of Freeland both face a host of charges. Police say the pair robbed the Sunoco gas station and convenience store on Blue Ridge Trail in Dorrance late Friday night.
Some tense moments for police in Wilkes – Barre when someone discovered... what appeared to be... a pipe bomb on the Wilkes University campus. The item was described as a two inch PVC pipe... painted black. Cops taking the item to the banks of the Susquehanna River. There it was discovered the pipe contained nothing more than brushes for blacktopping.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what started a fire over the weened in a double block home in Shenandoah Heights. Authorities say no one was living in the home on Florida Avenue. The two story house was extensively damaged by the flames.
Gov. Tom Corbett has issued an executive order aimed at supporting his controversial proposal for new drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas in state forests and in state parks to help balance the next state budget. The order says that Oil and gas development that results in no additional surface disturbance to state park and forest land is consistent with the Environmental Rights Amendment in the state Constitution. Corbett had said he would issue this executive order as part of the proposal to generate $75 million from lease payments through additional drilling.