2011-10-28 05:08:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
We're bracing for our first expected winter storm of the season... thanks to a low pressure area developing in Dixie. The National Weather Service in State College has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of Central Pennsylvania.... telling us the low pressure area will ride up the east coast... and could dump up to ten inches of heavy, wet snow... starting late tonight... into tomorrow. We'll keep you posted.
A state police fire marshal will be called in today to determine the cause of a blaze which extensively damaged an apartment building last night in the 200 block of Pine Street in Catawissa. The fire was discovered shortly after 6 O'clock Thursday night. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... the blaze forced 11 people out into the street. Two of the four apartments in the building were saved by firemen... but two others sustained substantial damage. It's not known when the building can be occupied.
Sunbury Fire Folo
A man from Northumberland County will be charged with arson stemming from a late Wednesday night fire. Authorities say Richard Lutz said he dropped a match along side a home in the 1 – thousand block of Walnut Street.... and failed to call 911. The fire spread... eventually destroying two homes. Right now... authorities aren't saying if the fire was intentionally set... but Lutz is facing a host of felony charges.
It's been tough to find just the right field of candidates for the job of Bloomsburg Town administrator. The first round of candidates was dismissed.... but applications are being taken through Friday afternoon for new candidates to replace Carol Mass. She's retiring in January. A spokesperson for the town's human resources office says the salary range has been advertised at between $58,000 to $68,000 a year... depending on experience.
Millard / Flood
State Representative David Millard says residents of the Fernville area are frustrated at the way flood recovery is going. It's been seven weeks since the floods of September inundated the area... and Millard says the slow nature of the government adds to those frustrations.
Work has begun in neighboring Sullivan County on state Route 154 in the Forksville area. That road was heavily damaged by flooding last month.... all caused by Loyalsock Creek. Contractors plan to re-install guardrails... and rehab some walking paths adjacent to the waterway. A spokesman for PennDOT says repairs to Route 154... as well as Route 87 in Colley Township will cost a half million dollars.
It's might have been a little chilly last night... but hundreds of people took part in the annual Halloween Parade in Danville. A marching band... floats and fire apparatus dotted the route of march on Mill Street. Next up.... the Catawissa Halloween Parade Saturday night.
Two Mountain Top men are facing a long list of charges after they allegedly robbed a woman last weekend at a fast food restaurant. Wright Township police say 41 – year old Eric Bradford and 46 – year old Raymond Thomas worked together to swipe 60 dollars from the woman's purse. In essence... Thompson distracting the woman as he asked for directions... while Bradford allegedly made off with the money. Both are in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
Four people remain in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after they were arrested on drug charges earlier this week in Nanticoke. Police raiding a home in the 4 – hundred block of East Main Street... and arresting 28 – year old Karl Traynham... and 22 – year old Hector Lopez. Two other men from New York City were also arrested. Taken in the raid were nearly 850 bags of heroin... some crack... marijuana... $3,500 in cash and a weapon.
Butler Twp / Luzerne Co.
Butler Township supervisors... in Luzerne County... says they'll hold off on replacing late supervisor Robert Shelhamer until after the election. Right now... Republican Charles Altmiller... and Democrat James Caffray are seeking the seat in the November 8th general election. It's believed the candidate who wins the seat... will be appointed to fill out the remaining two months of Shelhamer's unexpired term.
The fate of a bill is still in limbo... that would permit hunting on Sunday's in Pennsylvania. Following a four hour meeting on the issue Thursday... House Game and Fisheries Chairman John Evan said he was still trying to round up enough votes to get his bill out of committee. The proposed legislation is being opposed by the State Farm Bureau headed by Mifflinville's Carl Shaffer.
In High School Football heard on WHLM AM Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Danville 28-16. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat Coughlin in thir homecoming game 26-21. In other local action Friday night it was Mt. Carmel over Southern Columbia 22-21 and Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35-7. You can hear all the deatils from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update: