Berwick firemen were called out this morning to battle a garage fire in the 500 block of West Second Street. Emergency dispatchers in Bloomsburg toning out department personnel around 3:45 Wednesday morning. Reports from the scene indicate there was heavy smoke coming from the structure. No word yet as to what started that garage fire in the 500 block of West 2nd street in Berwick.
Montour DeLong Fair
It's been underway since Monday.... and it runs through Saturday night.... the Montour DeLong Community Fair... just west of Washingtonville on Route 254. This year it's the 73rd time it's been held. Fair Association President Bill Miller says volunteer workers make the fair so special. Another thing which makes the fair special... according to Miller.... a small parking fee... but there's free admission and plenty of free nightly entertainment.
How do we get out of our budget crisis... and cutbacks. For freshman US Senator Pat Toomey the answer is simplifying the nation's tax code. During a recent stop on the Bloomsburg University campus.... Toomey is encouraging the repatriation of money from overseas. Toomey telling reporters... there is a lot of cash overseas sitting on the books of subsidiaries of American companies... which could be in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars. Just a week ago... President Obama named Toomey to a 12 – member congressional super – committee that has the mission of writing a bipartisan plan to reduce the federal government's deficit.
The Bloomsburg Police Department has been honored for its efforts to curb underage drinking. With the department using grant dollars provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board... the officers were able to increase patrols during the holidays... and other special events known for underage drinking. The grant money from the PLCB is earmarked to reduce underage drinking and dangerous alcohol consumption.
You may hear some sirens blaring late Thursday morning. It's nothing more than PPL testing their emergency siren system which surrounds the company's steam electric station in Bell Bend... in Salem Township. The Allentown – based company says the sirens will sound for three minutes starting at 11 O'clock Thursday morning. It's designed to make sure the plants emergency warning system is working properly.
I – 80 Bottleneck
There may be a bottleneck in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. Starting Wednesday... and running through Friday... the I-80 westbound passing lanes will be closed for nearly 800 feet. That will allow trucks to maneuver inside the work zone in the area of the construction of the third bridge over the Susquehanna River. Specifically... the area is between the Mifflinville and Lime Ridge interchanges. The lane to be closed starting at 7 AM and runs through 7 at night.
Carjacking / Assault Arrest
Arrests have been made in the beating of the Nanticoke Mayor three months ago in front of his home. Police say Daniel Banks... Thomas Owens and Steven Brannigan are accused of beating 44 – year old Joseph Dougherty in front of his home... then taking his car. The trio is also accused of breaking into cars and businesses from Hanover Township... south to the Hunlock Creek area. All are in the Luzerne County Prison.
A 48 – year old woman is now charged with at least 60 counts of animal cruelty charges stemming from the number of cats found on her abandoned Hazleton property. Aileen Kulpon of Swoyersville is facing the charges after at least 60 cats were found at her abandoned home in the 900 block of West 4th Street in Hazleton. All of the animals were checked by vets.... some have life – threatening diseases. There is no determination on the fate of the cats.
Pennsylvania casinos recorded their best month to date in July. The state's ten gaming halls grossed nearly 300-million dollars. Slot machines generated most of that revenue but income from table games is up 45-percent since they were first introduced last year. Employment at casinos is up, too, by about seven-percent.
A ranking member of the state Department of Community and Economic Development has a solution to the state's financial woes. Department Secretary Alan Walker says Pennsylvania can earn about 60 - billion dollars a year if it OKs gas drilling at public forests across the state. Environmentalists strongly oppose the idea, but Walker says new drilling designs will have a minimal impact on forests.
It takes a lot to keep Penn State football coach from doing his normal routine. During a news conference held from a golf cart Tuesday... Paterno insists he feels great, despite some pain. The 84-year-old Paterno was knocked down... accidentally... by a player earlier this month during practice. If you recall... Paterno injured his right side... and spent a couple of days in the hospital.