A lot of people are circling October 18th on their calendar. That's the date officials with the Town of Bloomsburg will meet in an open forum to review the response to last month's record flood. Residents will be encouraged to provide insights... suggestions and criticisms of all aspects of the disaster. The meeting will be held at the Bloomsburg fire hall on Market Street beginning at 6 O'clock.
Flood / Hock Money
Applications will be taken starting Monday afternoon for flood victims. It's all part of a process set up by Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation... as they prepare to dole out the $100,000 given to the area by former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock. His attorney Jack Mihalik says the grants are aimed at folks in the flood ravaged area of Bloomsburg, Fernville in Hemlock Township... and along Montour Township's Perry Avenue.
Flood / Red Cross
The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is turning from short term recovery efforts from last month's flooding.... to long term relief efforts. Chapter Executive Director Rita Inklovich says a committee formed in 2006... following the last major flood... will now help flood victims get their lives back in order with items such as drywall... washers and driers.... as well as small appliances.
Charges are expected to be filed against a Locus Township man who allegedly fired shots at two police officers Saturday night. The incident happened at the home of 56 – year old Thomas Mensch on Snyder Bridge Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that an apparently suicidal Mensch fired several shots at officers Nicholas Thorpe of Locust Township and Catawissa officer Bradley Smith. Officers returned the fire. Mensch was eventually subdued... and taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. State Police at Bloomsburg are handling the investigation.
A 24 – year old truck driver from White Deer was not injured.... but 95 of 165 pigs he was hauling in a livestock trailer died when his trailer overturned in the Catawissa Narrows. Ryan Huffman telling police says he believes the load of pigs he was hauling shifted as he made a gentle left hand turn. State Police at Bloomsburg are still investigating.
Thousands of people lined the streets of of the town Saturday... taking in the homecoming parade of Bloomsburg University and the Bloomsburg High School. One couldn't have selected a nicer day... with sunny skies... and temperatures approaching 70. There were politicians..... floats... as well as the University and High School marching band.... and high school bands from Central and Benton. The grand marshals for the event... Ed and Nancy Edwards.
PennDOT says State Route 125 near Shamokin is now open to traffic. An agency spokesman says crews wrapped up back filling a hole caused by a mine subsidence which opened up last month... shutting down the road. They placed 85 cubic yards of concrete in the hole... which measured 20 feet... by at least 200 feet deep.
A Hazleton man is dead following a shooting at a home on East Chestnut street early Saturday morning. Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll says 30 – year old Cesar Robles of New York City was allegedly shot and killed by 38 – year old Raphael Gonzalez. Ms Carroll says a 1st degree murder arrest warrant has been issued for Gonzalez.
A Tuscarora man is dead following a crash on Route 209 in Schuylkill Township over the weekend. State Police at Frackville say 26 – year old Justin Harakel died when his car collided with a second vehicle driven by a Tamaqua man. Police are still investigating the accident which happened Saturday morning.
Hazleton police on foot patrol are having a successful time busting alleged criminals before they have a chance to pull off the crime. Police have busted folks with drug paraphernalia in the cars they drive... they've conducted prostitution stings... as well as people wanted on outstanding warrants. One corporal calling the foot patrol's.... pro – active.