Donnelley / CareerLink
With word of an estimated 300 people losing their job with the planned closing of the R-R Donnelley book binding plant on Old Berwick Road... a little more than two dozen have turned to the Pennsylvania Career Link for help. Shannon Miller of the CareerLink's Lewisburg office tells us... there are a lot of options available for soon – to – be – displaced workers. Ms. Miller says P-A CareerLink on Tenny Street in Scott Township can tell you where the hot jobs are.... and how to upgrade your skills set.
Police are trying to figure out who snatched an estimated $73,000 worth of utility vehicles to waiting trucks. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the thieves made off with the Kubota vehicles early Wednesday morning after cutting a fence at the rear of the TPC Power Center... along Route 11 in Scott Township. It's believed once inside the storage area... the crooks simply drove the machines through the fence and into the trucks without being noticed. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Scott Township P-D.
Car in Creek
Bloomsburg Police say a woman who had been having trouble with her car... got so mad... she allegedly set the car's interior on fire and pushed it into the water at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 22 – year old Amelia Traver of the 200 block of West Main Street later reported the '95 Nissan Altima stolen. But the car was spotted early Tuesday evening bobbing in the water.... and later retrieved by the Bloomsburg Fire Department. Traver and a male friend now face charges.
PPL / Columbia County
One of Eastern Pennsylvania's largest utilities is still struggling to bring their subscribers back on line following a weekend visit from Hurricane Irene. Allentown – based PPL Electric says there are still an estimated 550 subscribers in Columbia County without power this morning... down from the initial 6,200 at the height of the storm. The biggest problem area is Briar Creek Borough... where roughly 1,500 homes and business are without power. In neighboring Luzerne County... only 22 – subscribers are in the dark... and that includes just a handful of customers in Salem and Nescopeck Townships.
Where ever disaster strikes... you'll find the American Red Cross. And now with folks picking up the pieces left behind by Hurricane Irene's visit... the Red Cross is there. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter says the Red Cross is being dispatched across the Northeast. Ms. Inklovich says what's really needed now are donations in order to keep the Red Cross and their services afloat.
The Bloomsburg Area School District kicks off it's high school football season on Friday. They'll play South Williamsport at Panther Stadium. Head coach Larry Sones has been with the program the last ten years... and so has much of his coaching staff. You can hear the game between Bloomsburg and South Williamsport Friday night starting at 6-40 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930.... 94.7 and 104.3.
Bloomsburg University and the town has hammered out an extension this week dealing with on – campus fire protection. For the past eight years... the University has contributed 38 – thousand dollars towards the purchase of a ladder truck back in 2003. Now... a new three year agreement with the fire department calls for a contribution of 45 – thousand dollars a year... starting this year. The deal was approved during this week's meeting of the Pennsylvania's Council of Trustees meeting on the B-U campus.
Meth Lab / Beach Haven
Authorities in Salem Township.... in Luzerne County... north of Berwick have raided a suspected meth lab on Main Street in Beach Haven. The lab was located in a camper. Cops stumbling upon the lab as they investigated a robbery in the area. This is the third meth lab to be discovered in the Berwick area in the past month. Thus far... no one is in custody in connection with that meth lab in Beach Haven.
A 16 – year old Luzerne County teenager has pleaded guilty to charged stemming from the death of a friend. In court on Wednesday... Adam Fredmund admitted he was under the influence of alcohol... driving his Kia Sport Utility Vehicle too fast on a Wright Township road... near Glen Summit... two months ago when he crashed. The wreck killing 16 – year old Brian Madry. Fredmund could face detention until he's 21 when he's sentenced September 15th.
Three arson charges lodged against a homeless man have been dropped. 56 – year old Kenneth Reichart has been in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since June after allegedly starting fires at a house in the 3 – hundred block of West Broad Street in Hazleton. The charges were dropped after a judge hearing the case said the state failed to prove their case.
The average prices of a gallon of gas in northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing inching up. The Triple - A fuel gauge report... shows the a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.57. The Triple - A says prices were averaging $3.56 earlier this week. A week ago... gas was averaging $3.55 a gallon.
The Bloomsburg University Huskies opened the 2011 football season with a game against Ashland, Ohio. Ashland threatened to take the lead late in the game, but Bloomsburg strode ahead to hold on to a 27-20 victory. Bloomsburg starts conference play next Saturday against Clarion. Jim Doyle and Andy Ulicny will bring you all the action on the WHLM stations - Newsradio 930, 94.7 and 104.3.