Attempted murder charges have been filed against the driver of that tractor – trailer shot Monday night by a Hemlock Township police officer. 45 – year old Dan Hadean of Oklahoma City is recovering in the Geisinger Medical Center after he shot twice by a Hemlock Township police officer Charles Dietterick. On Wednesday... investigators searched the 18 wheeler... finding forged paperwork. Hadean was on his way to New York from California with a load of fruit when Dietterick stopped him for alleged infractions at the Buckhorn exit ramp.
From the late 40's through the early 2000's... the U-S Radium plant... then taken over by Safety Light... was THE place to work. The plant producing signs, watch dials and instrument panels using radioactive materials. Since 2005... the plant has been a federal Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site... and the buildings will be leveled by the end of the year. The EPA's Mitch Cron says the radioactive building's will be dismantled by experts. The mitigation project so far has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Less than a dozen people turned out last night at the Central Columbia Middle School to get an update on the demolition and mitigation project. What will eventually become of the ten acres of land has not been determined...
It's been four months since a disastrous fire extensively damaged the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. Since that time... a Harrisburg – based crew has been cleaning up the multi – story brick structure.... and businesses that were the backbone of the arts community have moved elsewhere. Manager Oren Helbok says the clean – up is progressing..... and should be done by mid – June. Helbok says the art deco ballroom on the second floor has been gutted but will be reconstructed as closely as it can to it's original glory. No timetable has been set for a make over of the interior of the building.
We're still talking about that hail damage produced across Montour County last week produced by a small, but powerful storm. The hardest hit were two car dealerships just north of Danville... where an estimated one – million dollars worth of damage was sustained. The Triple -A's Jenny Robinson says that's small potatoes compared to the billion dollars in hail damage recorded in the U-S each year. The hail from last week's storm dented sheet metal... and knocked out windshields... rear windows and sun roofs on hundreds of cars parked at car dealerships and at Geisinger Medical Center.
It's an event many of us have been waiting for..... the fourth annual First Columbia Bank and Trust Teen Star competition. It takes place Sunday at Haas Auditorium on the Bloomsburg University campus. First Columbia President Lance Diehl says Sunday's show is top notch. Four judges... including WHLM's Bobby Gale... will make a determination as to the best vocalist and instrumentalist in the Susquehanna Valley.
Governor Tom Corbett and his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf have each picked up a union endorsement a week after the primary. The Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania is backing Governor Corbett because of the Republican's role in the passage of the transportation law that's spurring new highway and bridge construction jobs. Democratic opponent Tom Wolf has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union.
Power Outage Review
Communication is a theme of two reports that looked at power outages from the February ice storms. The PUC found that many electric customers were frustrated with inaccurate or changed estimated time for restoration of service and recommends utilities continue to enhance these efforts as well enhancing their web and mobile platforms. A PEMA review calls for increasing ways to share information on the status of road closures and power outages between governments and utilities.
There has been a lot of buzz about so-called "virtual currencies" but state banking regulators say you should think twice about investing in them. The time - tested advice still stands true... investigate before you invest... and it certainly applies if you're thinking about investing in virtual currencies such as bitcoin or litecoin. Virtual currency is an electronic medium of exchange, and while it can be purchased, sold and exchanged with real currency, its not regulated. And remember these currencies are not backed by tangible assets or by the US government.
Investigators say a cooking accident caused a fire late Tuesday night which extensively damaged a double block home in Lansford... south of Hazleton. It appears the fire started in the rear of one of the homes... where the kitchen is located. At least one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. No one else was hurt in that fire in Lansford.
Two Hazleton men are in trouble with the law. 23 – year old Derniel Jimenez and 28 – year old Joel Vargas are facing drug charges stemming from the alleged distribution of Heroin. The incident went down in the 800 block of West First Street. Bricks of the drug was found in a bed... and 150 packets were discovered on Vargas. Both were hustled off to the Luzerne County lockup.
The police officer involved in a deadly wreck in Nesquehoning has been placed on unpaid leave. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that officer Steven Homanko is off the job... at least temporarily. Homanko's cruiser slammed into a car driven by a Hazleton couple earlier this month killing 69 – year old Carola Sauers. No charges have been filed... yet.
In girls softball Wednesday, in the District 2 Class AAA championship game, it was Berwick blanking Tunkhannock 5 to nothing.
In District 4 softball Wednesday, two area teams advanced to today's finals with wins in the semifinals. In Class AA, Central Columbia beat Wellsboro 5-2. The Bluejays will take on Towanda in the final. Bloomsburg beat Line Mountain 6-1. The Panthers will take on South Williamsport. Both of those games will be played at Elm Park in Williamsport starting at 4:30.
In high school baseball Bloomsburg plays Athens in a District 4 AA semifinal Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Bowman Field in Williamsport.
In the final game of their home series against Colorado Wednesday night... the Phillies defeated the Rockies 6 to 3. Thursday night the Phils are at home against the Mets. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0... and it was the New York Yankees defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 7 to 4.
In the NBA's Eastern Conference final series... the Indiana Pacers downed the Miami Heat 93 to 90. The Heat continue to lead the series 3 games to 2.
In the NHL's Western Conference final series... The Chicago Blackhawks just getting by the Los Angeles Kings 5 to 4. The Kings lead the best of seven series 3 games to 2.