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Tuesday / October 25, 2011


RR Donnelley

It will be a quiet place Tuesday... the RR Donnelley publishing firm along Old Berwick Road in South Centre Township shuttered for good. The workforce of an estimated 400 people is gone. If you recall... it was two months ago that the Chicago – based firm announced it was closing its printing plant. Since that announcement... sources tell WHLM News... that the work force has dwindled. The plant has been an important part of the Columbia County economy since the late 1960's.

 

Town Council

We won't know until early next month as to whether the Town of Bloomsburg will charge for permits to rebuild following last month's flood. The issue surfaced last night during the Town Council meeting. Mayor Dan Knorr says there's a lot of questions to be answered... especially how much money the town will receive from FEMA.

 

SBA

One of the many government agencies working to bring some sort of semblance to life in our area following the flood... is the Small Business Administration. The SBA's John Frederick says they're the federal government agency who can tide you over with a bridge loan. Frederick said the deadline for filing an application for an SBA loan is November 14th.

 

Robbery

Police in Conyngham... in Luzerne County... are investigating the stick up of a Turkey Hill Farm convenience store overnight. An all points bulletin was issued shortly after 1 O'clock for a late model Jeep seen leaving the area. As of last check... the suspects have not been located.

 

Coal Twp

The Northumberland County Coroner says a blocked chimney flue is being blamed for the deaths of three people in Coal Township earlier this month. Coroner James Kelley says 93 – year old Wayne Maurer... his 84 – year old wife... and their 43 year old daughter... Mary Jo... died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators finding a blocked and damaged flue which led to the deaths in a two story home on South Oak Street. The house didn't have any carbon monoxide detectors.

 

Assault Reported

One man is in custody after he was involved in a fight on Hazleton's south side. Police say the unidentified man was carrying a machete when he was taken into custody late Sunday at the intersection of East Hickory and South Wyoming Streets. No word on the man's identity... or if charges have been filed.... or if anyone else was involved in that reported assault in Hazleton.

 

Wiltsie Center

After being saved from the wrecking ball in the late 1990's.... the former Hazleton High School is now home to preforming artists. The Alice Wiltsie Performing Arts Center opened its doors... and presented its first performance over the weekend. The building was constructed in 1926... and abandoned years later. The first big act in the building will be the group “Chicago” on November 27th.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania are bobbing and weaving. An overnight check shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging 3.48 a gallon. That's down a penny from Monday... and down two cents from a week ago. You can find gas less expensive at neighborhood convenience stores and gas stations.

 

Pension Sought

A former Luzerne County probation official tied to a massive juvenile justice investigation that landed two county judges in prison wants her pension contributions returned. There are published reports... Sandra Brulo is seeking the return of more than $96,000 in pension payments. Brulo pleaded guilty in March 2009 to tampering with juvenile court records in her position in the Luzerne County probation department.

 

Man Burned

Investigators are still trying to determine what started a fire over the weekend that critically burned a Schuylkill County man. 51 – year old John Marcavage was airlifted to the Lehigh Valley Burn Unit after he was pulled out of his New Philadelphia home by two men. Firemen were hampered in their effort to fight the fire due to a large amount of trash in the home.

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