2011-12-19 05:13:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Investigators are expected to be back at a Cleveland Township home today... looking for the cause of a Sunday afternoon fire. The home of Dan and Linda Anderson on Wynn School Road near Elysburg sustained substantial damage when flames shot through the structure. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that those in the home got out safely. Missing, however are a cat and a dog. The Anderson's saved what they could. They're being helped by the American Red Cross.
It's been on the back burner for a quarter – century.... now Mt. Carmel borough council has kick started a proposed flood control project along a 15 block stretch of Shamokin Creek. SEDA – COG's Steve Kusheloff says during the past 14 months... there have been at least five flooding events... which have ruined furnaces... and stick – built homes have been moved off their foundations... as well as mobile homes moved. SEDA – COG's Kusheloff says 13 - million dollars for the project has been secured with the Mt. Carmel Borough Council pitching in a half – million dollars.... and now the project is just awaiting another half – million dollars from the Community Development Block Grand program for the flood control project to begin in Mt. Carmel.
Work continues on installing the newest attraction at the YMCA on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. How 'bout a 92 by 52 foot ice rink delivered last week from a Wisconsin company. “Y” executive director Roger Brown said the “Y” decided to purchase the in – ground rink based on the results of a survey which indicated folks were looking for a safe place to ice skate.
The Danville area school district could be in line for about $247,000 in state reimbursements. Right now... it's uncertain if they'll get the money since a former business manager didn't file paperwork as required. If it does come through... it will be earmarked for the cost of Danville's Primary School construction... and would be doled out over a two year period.
Fatal / Funeral Services
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at the McMichael Funeral Home in Benton for 23 – yer old Russell Hack. He died early Saturday morning in a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Winding and Asbury Roads in Fishing Creek Township. He was a passenger in a pick up driven by 27 – year old Kyle Shaffer who was air lifted to the Geisinger Medical Center for treatment.
A 22 – year old Bloomsburg man is in trouble with the law after he was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting an intoxicated teenage girl in a wooded area of Mt. Carmel Township. Charging affidavits indicate the incident happened in September of 2010. Kenneth Mull the Third of Montour Boulevard was arraigned before a Northumberland District Justice. After failing to post 30 – thousand dollars in bail.... he was returned to the Columbia County Prison where he's being held on a unrelated charge.
PennDOT continues it's work on the bridges which span the Susquehanna River between the Lime Ridge and Mifflinville exits. The agency's Rick Mason says that starting Monday... and lasting through Thursday... both eastbound lanes will occasionally be subjected to rolling roadblocks during the daylight hours. This will allow the contractor doing the job to set new beams for the new westbound river bridge.
Congressman Tim Holden of St. Clair plans to be in the Wyoming Valley over the holidays. The reason... he inherits some of the area formerly represented by Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton. Under redistricting... Holden will now represent the cities of Wilkes – Barre and Scranton... while Barletta's district is shifted somewhat to the south... and still retains Columbia and Montour Counties. Holden says he want to meet as many new constituents as possible during the holiday season.
Baseball's Tampa Bay Ray's manager Joe Maddon was back home in Hazleton on Sunday. He hosted his annual “Thanksmas” meal at the Salvation Army in Hazleton. There were a couple of hundred people who sat down for a holiday meal. Maddon and his wife have been sponsoring the event for the past couple of years in Luzerne County... as well as Florida's Tampa Bay area.
A Wilkes-Barre man remains in the Luzerne County Prison without bail. Police say Stanley Davis, Jr. allegedly shot and killed Carlotta Spring – Howard during an apparent argument at her Sterling Street apartment at the start of the weekend. David is charged with criminal homicide and a firearm offense when he was booked into jail early Saturday morning.
BU Women's Basketball
In WHLM sports Monday afternoon the Huskies were on the road to face the Chestnut Hill College Gryphons in Philly. BU won the game 80-64. Their next game will be Dec. 30th when they play Georgian Court. You can hear all the details from Monday's action with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report: