You may have some trouble getting through the west side of Bloomsburg on Route 11. Town Public Works crews will be in that stretch of roadway today... using heavy equipment... removing flood – related rubbish. Residents of the area affected by the floods of last month had until Sunday night to place their trash in dumpsters provided by the Town... or at curbside... so it could be picked up. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says traffic will either be detoured or stopped at times to give equipment operators room to maneuver...so you might want to find an alternate route to get to work.
Flood / FEMA
Flood victims looking for relief continue to visit FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. FEMA's Mike Sweet says you can meet with an agency person who can call you case number up on the computer. But before you make your first visit to the DRC... you must register on line at www.disasterassistance.gov... or give the agency a call at 1-800-621- FEMA
Flood / AGAPE
The faith – based group known as AGAPE spent the weekend helping flood victims remove debris from homes.... and going throughout Bloomsburg making housing assessments. But one item needed.... AGAPE's Kathy Lowe tells us... are box fans which are used to dry moisture from flood – damaged homes. AGAPE is looking for your help... and you can drop off fans at their building on 7th street in Bloomsburg... across from the YMCA.
The Paxinos – area child struck by lightening last week near his home remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 10 – year old Logan Williams was running from his school bus to his home... when he ran between two trees during a driving rain storm. That's when a bolt of lightening stuck one of the trees... knocking Williams to the ground.
A Berwick woman is suspected of driving while under the influence when she wrecked her car over the weekend near Benton. State Police at Bloomsburg say 53 – year old Tammy Tanner was southbound on Route 487... just north of Hollow Road in Fishing Creek Township on Saturday. That's when she lost control of her '98 Toyota Camry... striking a utility poll and coming to rest on a lawn. Tanner received minor injuries... but police say she may have been driving under the influence... added charges are pending the results of a blood alcohol test.
State Police are looking for a Yamaha four wheel ATV that disappeared from a Benton man's home over the weekend. 22 – year old Joseph Grenewich of Main Street telling investigators someone snatched the ATV which was parked on his lawn. Police say if you know the location of the gray 2007 Yamaha YFZ 450 call them at 387 – 4261.
The Hazleton Redevelopment Authority has received a grant... earmarked for determining if additional efforts are needed to address a vacant lot on East Green Street. The 67 – thousand dollar Industrial Sites Reuse Program will allow the city to soil boring and vapor sampling... and install a groundwater monitoring system. The lot was the site of a garage at 13 East Green... and is near homes built for the Pine Street Neighborhood Project. The reason for the water monitoring was the discovery of waste oil on the site when the project was built.
Corbett / Gas
Governor Tom Corbett is out of Harrisburg and on the road Monday. He'll be in Pittsburgh where he is expected to talk about his policy approach to the state's natural gas industry. Mr. Corbett has been tight – lipped about his approach to the Marcellus Shale industry.... despite the fact he received a report from a hand-picked commission in July that recommended the industry help government pay for the cost to regulate it and fix the damage it causes to the environment.
It's the beginning of Week Two in Pennsylvania's government corruption trial. Prosecutors are expected to call more witnesses Monday. It's all in an effort to prove that three people formerly connected to the state House Republican caucus joined in a conspiracy to spend millions of taxpayer dollars. The money used on technology to illegally help GOP candidates in election campaigns.