AGAPE / Lowe
It is an ongoing process to make sure people who need help... get it... as folks recover from the floods of September. AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg has become the center of the universe for volunteers involved in the clean up operation. The organization's Kathy Lowe says they'll send assessment teams out into the field Wednesday. AGAPE's greatest needs are for box fans... and working, small appliances. You can drop them off at the AGAPE's headquarters on 7th Street... in Bloomsburg... across from the YMCA.
Flood / Millard
With the floods of September comes visits to the area by politicians... and state representative David Millard says that's a pretty good sign they're interested in the on – going disaster. The Mt. Pleasant Township Republican says their visit could play an important roll in getting disaster money since they've gotten a first hand look at the destruction. Already, U.S. Senator Robert Casey visited Bloomsburg last week.... a day after Vice – President Joe Biden spent a few hours in the Wyoming Valley.
The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is doing it's part to make sure all of us effected by the flood get our lives back together. One thing they need are donations to keep their program going... according to executive director Rita Inklovich. To donate... you can drop off a check at the Red Cross office on 7th and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg
Flood victims in Bloomsburg have until the close of business today to place rubble in dumpsters that have been provided free by the Town. The dumpsters will be carted away Wednesday afternoon for the final time. Starting Thursday... those affected by the flooding will have to deal with their refuse hauler. The Town allowing large dumpsters from private services to be place on the streets or in driveways until the end of October.
Bloomsburg firemen were called out around 4:40 this morning to battle a blaze on the roof of the University Steam Plant at the corner of Lightstreet Road and Penn Avenue. The fire was located on the roof of the building. No cause yet as to what started that fire on top of the University Steam Plant on Lightstreet Road.
Benton Schools will be on a so – called split sessions through Friday. The reason is that a transformer supplying electricity to the high school is expected to arrive Wednesday... taking two days to install. That means the day at the Elementary school begins at 8 O'clock... and runs through 10:45... while the middle and high school day will begin at 12:15 and run through 3 PM. School officials tell us in an e-mail that breakfast and lunch will not be served.
Preliminary estimates show Luzerne County's preliminary budget is facing a 23-point-six million dollar shortfall. That word from Joan Pusateri who runs the budget and finance department. The possible shortfall came as the Luzerne County commissioners started hearings on the proposed 2012 budget. Key to the plan... a 9-point-3 million dollar increase in spending... while losing 14-point -3 million dollars in revenue. Commissioners must adopt a plan by the end of the year.
Opening arguments began Tuesday in the murder trial of 59 – year old John Stone of Shickshinny. He's accused of murdering his gal pal... 37 – year old Catherine Tabit... with a hatchet at Stones home on Canal Street last October. The murder happened when Tabit was getting ready to return to her Kingston home. The trial continues Wednesday in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre.
Two 18 – year old men are in big trouble with the law... after they were busted by Butler Township Police on drug charges. Police say Oliver Rivera of Drums... and Michael Campbell of Hazleton face a long list of drug charges after they were allegedly caught with with cocaine and heroin. The pair was arraigned... then taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after they were unable to post 5 – thousand dollars bail. A preliminary hearing for Rivera and Campbell is scheduled for the 28th.
State Ends Program
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board pulls the plug on its wine kiosk program. That's after the company the state partnered with in developing and operating the kiosks defaulted on a payment of more than one-million dollars. Officials say the machines will be shut down today and soon they'll be permanently removed from stores.
Jury selection is complete in the public corruption trial of former State Representative Brett Feese of Lycoming County and two of his staffers. Five Republicans, including ex-House Speaker John Perzel, pleaded guilty to corruption and are expected to testify against Feese when the trial gets underway next Monday. Feese is a one-time Republican whip.