Flood / Scammers
With the floods of last month still fresh on the mind.... the Federal Emergency Management Agency is out with a warning. Make sure you aren't the target of a contractor running a scam. An agency spokesman says... as you rebuild... use contractors licensed with the state...
Flood / Housing
Within the not too distant future... you'll probably see FEMA temporary housing popping up around areas hit by flooding last month. FEMA's Mike Sweet says it's one area of flood recovery the agency is pretty good at. Already ten temporary housing units are slated to be delivered to the Shickshinny area... with another 66 families waiting to be approved.
It's homecoming weekend for Bloomsburg University... as well as Bloomsburg High School. There will be plenty to do and see... such as the schools combining for their homecoming parade on Saturday. Jimmy Gilliland... BU's Director of Student Activities... says the parade will move at 11 O'clock Saturday morning. Gilliland says the parade forms in the parking lot of Bloomsburg Hospital... and will make it's way down Lightstreet road... going west on Main Street... then turning at the square and go south on Market Street... ending at the Town Park.
Two area residents are being accused of looting a home on the 2 – hundred block of 10th Street in Bloomsburg during last months flooding. 19 – year old Elizabeth Myers and her boyfriend... 22 – year old Brandon Michael appeared before district judge Rusty Lawton on Wednesday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... both are accused of making off with weapons... DVD's and a flat screen television. Myers and Michael are being held in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail each.
Two people were injured when a car driven by a Philadelphia man went out of control on Foundryville Road Wednesday after and ended up in a creek... bursting into flames. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday edition 19 – year old Eric Campuzano of Philadelphia was apparently headed towards Berwick... when his car went out of control. Campuzano and his passenger... 18 – year old Melinda Graham of Bloomsburg took a wild ride over the embankment into a small stream. Graham was taken to the Berwick hospital for treatment... while Campuzano was air lifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for long – time Bloomsburg resident Earl Davis. He died last weekend. Mr. Davis is best known as an investigator with the State Department of Revenue... as well as Superintend of Ticket Takers at the Bloomsburg Fair. Services will start at 11 O'clock at the Dean Kriner Funeral Home in the 300 block of Market Street.
Last month's flooding has placed a crimp on the blood supply... in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across Northeastern Pennsylvania. Now... the Berwick chapter of the American Red Cross is doing something to ease the crisis. They're holding a blood drive today at the PPL Learning Center in Berwick. The blood drive begins at 9 O'clock Thursday morning and runs through mid-afternoon.
Deer Vs Car
A 20 – year old Millville man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center after his car collided with a deer early Wednesday morning. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us Logan Lore was on State Route 254 in Greenwood Township when he struck the animal. The VW Jetta flipped on it's roof... ejecting Lore who was not wearing a seat belt. Police charged Lore with driving too fast for conditions.
Cop Pleads Guilty
A former Mt. Carmel police officer was in federal court on Wednesday... pleading guilty to having child pornography. 56 – year old Blaine Handerhan of East Pennsboro faces up to 10 – years in federal prison.... and a quarter – million dollar fine. Handerhan was indicted late last year. No sentencing date has been set.
Residents of Butler Township... in lower Luzerne County... got an opportunity Wednesday night to talk to state and federal officials about flooding along Nescopeck Creek. Twice in a month... the usually placid stream has overrun it's banks... destroying and taking property in it's path. On hand for last night's meeting was state representative Tarah Toohill.... along with representatives from the state and federal government. Many of the folks on hand Wednesday night at the Butler Township Community Center called for the dredging of Nescopeck Creek.
There will be a public hearing tonight in Hazleton dealing with the school district's plan to purchase the former Bishop Hafey High School. It was a month a go the school board made an agreement with the Diocese of Scranton to purchase the school for $5.5 million dollars. If approved by the state.. the district could get a reimbursement of up to 66 per cent by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Thursday night's meeting take place at 6 O'clock at the Hazleton Area Career Center.
Some Luzerne County employees are now reporting to their jobs by clocking in with newly installed biometric time clocks. About 750 employees are involved in the new procedure. Other county workers are being trained on the use of the new clocks. Late last year... Luzerne County Commissioners okayed the nearly half – million dollar purchase of the clocks.