After being shut down for nearly nine hours... the westbound lane of Interstate 80 from Lime Ridge to Buckhorn is reopen to traffic. It was closed shortly after 1 O'clock Monday when a garbage truck rammed the rear of a tractor – trailer setting off a five vehicle pile – up just west of the Lightstreet interchange. The driver of the garbage truck was trapped in his cab and died at the scene. Pennsylvania State Police identify the driver as 60 – year old William Boettinger of Danielsville... in Northampton County. An accident reconstruction team spent hours trying to figure out what happened and take measurements of the scene. No word as to why Boettinger he ran into the rear of the tractor – trailer... stopped in a construction zone.
Budget / Millard
The General Assembly has put their stamp of approval on a nearly $30 – billion budget for fiscal year 2014 – 15... but Governor Corbett has yet to sign it into law... and no one knows when he will. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... voted FOR the measure. Representative Millard says agriculture has received an increase in the spending plan... and education is funded at historic levels. Meantime.. Governor Corbett says he's not happy that lawmakers failed to reach a pension reform package.
Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says a vendor at that weekend gun show at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds... will be charged with simple assault. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 44 – Geoffrey Hawk will be charged after the 38 – caliber weapon went off while he demonstrated a holster. 25 – year old Krista Gearhart was shot in the leg. Hawk telling investigators he never loads a weapon.. but said he put it down and walked away earlier in the day... and someone could have place a round in the chamber. Gearhart is recovering from her wound at her Orangeville home.
Barletta / Kiddie Immigration
Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is packing his bags... and is headed for McAllen, Texas on the U-S / Mexican border on Thursday. He wants to get a first hand look at the problem of children illegally coming into this country across the border. During a news conference in Hazleton Monday... Representative Barletta called the illegals a national security problem. Representative Barletta questioned of the placement of the kids.... and the possibility of putting them in the Min Sic Building in Hazleton. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says not only would an influx of undocumented kids tax his police department... but it would be a burden on the city's school system and social services.
With energy usage expected to once again rise this summer, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is hoping new rules will avoid a repeat of the huge increases in electric bills during the winter. The new rules were adopted after a winter season when electricity customers, especially those with variable-rate plans, saw their bills double and in some cases triple in the course of a few weeks. The changes include more understandable language in service agreements so that customers will know exactly what they can expect, as well as a shorter transition period for customers who opt to go with another supplier. The state Consumer Advocate's office has filed complaints against five energy suppliers after hearing from thousands of angry ratepayers.
Gas Prices / Hazleton
Headed out of town for the Independence weekend... you may be paying more at the gas pumps. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that... right now.. motorists across northeastern PA are paying an average of $3.70 for a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular. That's the same as it was over the weekend... and up only a penny from a week ago. However, it's believed that prices will go up a couple of cents a gallon later this week... just hours before the heaviest travel time of the summer gets underway.
BUI on the 4th
The Fourth of July weekend is a busy one for boat traffic and officials are reminding people the drunk driving rules are pretty similar on land and on the water. A boat operator with a blood alcohol level of point 08 can be charged with boating under the influence and face fines, loss of operating privileges and penalties. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the effects of alcohol are magnified on the water combined with wind, motion and heat. Spokeswoman Jenny Robinson says drinking too much on board is also dangerous for passengers, who could fall overboard and drown.
Governor Corbett signed “Kevin's Law” Monday night. It happened hours after state senate passage of the bill. The law is named for a 5 – year old Luzerne County boy who died at the hands of a hit and run driver during the 2012 holiday season as he left a Wilkes – Barre church. Now.. drivers could face a sentence of three years in prison for a hit and run death... instead of just one year behind bars.
The State Senate of Pennsylvania has unanimously confirmed Anthony Rosini as Common Pleas Judge of Northumberland County. That word from Senator John Gordner of Berwick. First elected as Northumberland County District Attorney in 1995, Rosini is in his fifth term as D.A. Rosini was nominated for the position by Governor Tom Corbett and received unanimous approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing last week.
A former Bloomsburg University basketball player has wrapped up an opportunity of a lifetime... representing his country with Team USA during a series of games in Italy. Armand Leaks became a stand out on the team. In the first game... he compiled 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds... as the Americans lost at the buzzer. Leaks graduated from BU just this past spring.
The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off to regroup following their loss to the Atlanta Braves in a weekend series. Now... they play the next ten games on the road. Tuesday night... the Phils begin a series with the Miami Marlins. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on the WHLM Stations.
Other MLB Games
Other games Monday... the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 3... and the Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 5 to 3.
In World Cup action Tuesday... Argentina takes on Switzerland at 12 noon... while the big game of the day features the United States facing Belgium at 4 O'clock.