Officials at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville have announced... that beginning February 1st... they will no longer hire job applicants who use tobacco products. That includes... cigarettes... cigars... chewing or smokeless tobacco. A Geisinger spokesman says the health care system is falling in line with similar organizations around the country. During the hiring process... a check for nicotine use will be preformed during routine drug screening. Current employees are not affected by the February 1st ban... but are encouraged to sign up for a smoking cessation program.
Three Bloomsburg University field hockey players will face trial in the brutal beating of an undergraduate student this past October. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 21 – year old Lauren McGinley... along with Alexis Weber and Nicole Bruce... both 20... are facing assault and harassment charges in the alleged beating of undergraduate student Ashley Carsia. That determination following a hearing Wednesday before District Justice Russell Lawton. The beating was the result of Carsia dancing with Bruce's boyfriend. The trio remains free on $5,000 bail.
United Water / Flood
As we roll into a new year in a couple of days... for many of us it's a time of reflection... and that means the Lee floods of September. That includes United Water... the supplier of drinking water to Bloomsburg. Their plant on Irondale Road was inundated... and the utility's Bob Manbeck says they now may be looking at building a new filtration plant at a cost estimated at $16 – million.
We now know the names of the two people who died in that Jeep accident over the weekend in Coal Township. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley said 38 – year old David Dascani and 24 – year old Kelley Gusick... both of Shamokin... died when carbon monoxide from the Jeep's exhaust system made it's way into the driver's compartment after getting stuck in a creek. Kelley is ruling the death of the pair accidental... since there were no signs of foul play.
Attorney in Trouble
A 38 – year old attorney from Butler Township near Hazleton is facing child corruption charges. Robert Zanicky was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of corruption of minors. The incident involves 16 and 17 – year old girls he met at a Wilkes – Barre restaurant and eventually lured them... separately... to a hotel where he allegedly made sexual advances to one... and has sex with the second. Zanicky has denied the charges.
One of the kingpins in the so – called Kids – for – cash scheme is now in a minimum-security security federal prison camp in the Florida Panhandle. Robert Powell began serving his 18 – month sentence earlier this week. Powell testified he gave two former Luzerne County Judges $770,000 to place juveniles in a for – profit detention center he at one time owned. For their part... former Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan are now serving prison time.