Authorities in Columbia County are awaiting the results of an autopsy preformed Tuesday on a Northampton County man. 60 – year old William Boettinger died in a multi – vehicle collision in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 near the Lightstreet interchange earlier this week. State police say Boettinger was driving a refuse hauling truck when he failed to stop for traffic entering a construction site... slamming into the rear of a tractor – trailer. He died at the scene. Police what to know if he had a medical condition leading up to the crash.
Boating Under the Influence
Officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be out on the waterways this Forth of July weekend... looking for folks boating under the influence. Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says he's prosecuting more and more boaters on BUI charges... weather they're behind the wheel of a motor boat... in a kayak or a canoe. DA Leipold says the penalty's are the same if you were arrested on the water or behind the wheel of your automobile.
Public Pension reform was unceremoniously pushed to the back burner in the state house Tuesday. The proposal to change pension benefits for future state and school employees has been sent to the sidelines indefinitely. Shortly after the bill was brought up for debate and a vote on the House floor, 15 Republicans joined with Democrats to send it to a committee for further study - a procedural tactic that is the equivalent of saying "we don't want to deal with this right now." Governor Tom Corbett now has to decide if he will sign the state budget without getting his top priority, something he seemed unwilling to do when the budget initially reached his desk Monday night...
Corbett / Budget Signing
Governor Tom Corbett is still reviewing the budget state lawmakers sent him, with a vote on pensions now looking unlikely in the house. But, there may be consequences to his actions... since the latest poll numbers show he'll need some victories heading into the fall election. Mr. Corbett faces some
significant hurdles according to Franklin and Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna. He says Democratic Challenger Tom Wolf leads the Governor by 22 points, only one in four registered voters believes Governor Corbett is doing an excellent or good job and about the same number think he's done a sufficient job to deserve re-election. Six in ten believe the state is on the wrong track.
The group known as Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated is now sporting a new website. The former site had been in place for years... and it was time for a change... so says DBI's Adrienne Mael. Ms. Mael says the new website not only has a business directory, but is a clearing house for local events...
Governor Corbett has signed a bill that toughens the penalty for leaving the scene of a fatal crash. The bill was named Kevin's law after a five year old boy who was killed while crossing the street with his family in 2012 after leaving a Wilkes – Barre church days before Christmas. It raises the mandatory minimum sentence from one to three years for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. The change will put the penalty on par with the sentence for a DUI homicide. Supporters say the disparity encouraged impaired drivers to flee.
State Representative Karen Boback... who represents a portion of northern Columbia... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming County's will have office hours Wednesday at the Conyngham Township Municipal Building on Pond Hill Road in Mocanaqua. Either Ms. Boback or an office staffer will be there to answer questions or address concerns from constituents. Office hours from from 10 O'clock until noon.
Playing not one... but two ineligible high school softball players... can get you in a lot of trouble. Now we're learning that Hazleton Area's head softball coach... Vince Trivelpiece... is suspended from coaching at any District two school for all of next season. The Hazleton Cougars have also been placed on probation by the PIAA next season as well.
Pierce St. Bridge
Construction on the Pierce Street Bridge in Wilkes – Barre may be coming to an end this week. The span connects Kingston and Wilkes – Barre... and for the past couple of years there has been a massive re-construction project. The construction company hopes to take care of some milling and paving of the roadway the next two days... lifting all restrictions late Thursday afternoon.
A 29 – year old woman from Shickshinny is in jail... after she allegedly stabbed a man this week in Pringle. Heather Muchler allegedly stabbed her boyfriend at the corner of Hoyt and North Streets during a heated argument. The victim was not identified, but was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. Muchler is being held on $50,000 bond.
Wilkes – Barre General Nurses
Nurses at Wilkes – Barre General Hospital are expected to go on strike this Friday. The 480 – or – so unionized workers have been working under the terms of an expired contract since April of 2013, Their bone of contention... health insurance... staffing and salary.
In the first game of a ten game road trip for the Phillies Tuesday night in Miami... the Marlins defeated the Philadelphia Phillie's 5 to 4. The teams meet again Wednesday night at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.
Other MLB Games
In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 to 2... the Atlanta Braves got by the New York Mets 5 to 4... and the Tampa Bay Rays downed the New York Yankees 2 to 1.
The U.S. National team was eliminated in the World Cup yesterday with a 2-1 loss to Belgium. After a scoreless regulation... all of the goals were scored in extra time.
Other World Cup
In other World Cup action Tuesday... Argentina downed Switzerland 1 to nothing.