More than a hundred Shickshinny residents appeared at a meeting Tuesday night... and were told federal and state agencies are ready to help. Reassuring words for the victims of last month's flooding. FEMA... PEMA and the Small Business Administration were on hand for the meeting held at the volunteer fire hall. Shickshinny suffered an estimated 2.2- million dollars in damages from September flooding.
It appears at least ten flood victims in Shickshinny will be getting FEMA temporary housing. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... another 66 families have applied to get the homes. Still hanging in the balance is weather flood victims will repair their homes... or if Luzerne County will use FEMA money to purchase the properties and tear down the houses.
FEMA / DRC
An estimated 2,100 people have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Recovery Center on Sawmill Road since last month's flooding. FEMA's Patricia Pavel says they're seeing people who got help following the 2006 flood... who didn't keep up on flood insurance payments as promised... and now aren't eligible for federal assistance. The center is opened 7 days a week from 10 AM until 7 PM.
Berwick United Way
The United Way of Berwick kicked off it's annual fall fund raising campaign a couple of weeks ago. The organization's Joy McGinnis says they've been quite successful.... collecting nearly 20% of their goal thus far. McGinnis says the United Way of Berwick supports 14 partner agencies throughout the year. The current campaign runs through November 18th.
The Selinsgrove Area School Board has suspended eight football players for the rest of the season after they were suspected of underage drinking. It all stems from a drinking party early last month. They're the second team in the region to have problem players. Last month... three Mt. Carmel Area players were arrested for suspicion of drug use and underage drinking.
Hazleton Drug Bust
One man was taken into custody Tuesday after a raid on his home by Hazleton police. The man has not been identified, but police say the raid took place at a home in the 600 block of Winters Avenue where cocaine and marijuana were found. No word on what led cops to the home.
A hearing will be held Wednesday dealing with a suit filed by the neighbors of former Hazleton Mayor Michael Marsicano. They claim Marsicano is using his helicopter to land on his helipad... during all hours of the day and night... at his home in Pardeesville... northeast of Hazleton. But at the crux of the issue... is the helipad in Hazle or Butler Township. Court records show Richard and Tracy Franzosa are seeing more than $50,000 dollars in damages as well as an end to the flights.
Testimony got underway Tuesday in Wilkes – Barre in the murder trial of 46 – year old Robert Zola. He's charged with the 2009 stabbing death of gal – pal... 35 – year old Rosmarie Cave at her Plymouth home. Police say Cave was stabbed eight times after being dropped off at her home by a new boyfriend.
That new home – rule government in Luzerne County is a step closer to getting a new manager. 70 people have applied for the job as manager... but the first interviews won't begin until after the November 8th general election. The election will select the initial Council Members. All will join a transition committee and help select the county's first manager.
A panel of state House lawmakers will hear testimony on bills that are designed to respond to a state grand jury report that was highly critical of how casino licenses were awarded. The hearing takes place Wednesday in front of the House Gaming Oversight Committee and will feature testimony by Bill Ryan, the new chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. It was during Ryan's term as acting attorney general in May that the office issued the scathing, 102-page grand jury report. It recounted the political calculations necessary to legalize casino-style gambling and suggested the agency awarded licenses to unsuitable applicants.