2012-01-06 05:18:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
A State Police fire marshal will be in Mifflinville Friday to try and determine what started an overnight blaze in a former restaurant at the corner of 3rd and Market Streets. Firemen from Mifflinville... Berwick and Espy were toned out around 12:45 AM when flames were spotted coming from the former Giovano's Restaurant. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control and knock it down in an hour.
Mobile Home Scare
Briar Creek Township and Berwick firemen were called out Thursday evening to Heller's Mobile Home Park near Evansville... when someone spotted smoke coming from a trailer. There were initial concerns that the people who live there were still inside. First responders quickly determined that the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace. It's the second time firefighters have been called to the park in the past couple of days. Earlier this week... flames destroyed one mobile home... leaving a family of four homeless.
Traffic Homicide Investigation
State Police accident investigators are expected to shut down a portion of Route 11 near Bell Bend Road in Salem Township Friday. They'll be reconstructing the accident scene that claimed the life of 84 – year old Rachel Wolfe earlier this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... that Wolfe's Buick was struck head on by a pick up truck driven by 50 – year old Theodore Luciw.Ms. Wolfe car was in the center lane of the three lane highway as she was attempting to turn onto Bell Bend Road. Luciw is no stranger to police... having been arrested over the past few years for DUI.
Making Ends Meet
With state dollars slowly drying up to help counties across Pennsylvania maintain essential services... it's more difficult for commissioners... such as in Columbia County to ensure service levels are maintained. Commissioner David Kovach of Berwick says it's a never ending struggle in order to keep constituents served. Those essential services which countys must provide include marriage licenses... passports.... concealed weapons permits.. as well as the recording of deeds.
Farm Show / 4-H
With the Pennsylvania Farm Show getting underway tomorrow in Harrisburg... hundreds of 4-Hers from Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as from across the state will be there showing off project animals. Columbia County's Penn State Extension Service educator David Hartman says it's a growing experience for both the kids... and their parents. Hartman says the 4-Her's will be showing steers... market goats, lambs and pigs... as well as dairy cattle. Judging takes place early next week.
A Lewisburg woman is in trouble with the law... after she was caught allegedly using an iPod to record part of a motion picture at a Selinsgrove movie theater. Ann Baja – Harpster was arrested on piracy charges as she walked out of the Cinema Center. She has a preliminary hearing later this month. If Harpster goes to trial and is convicted... she could face jail and a hefty fine.
A parcel of property has changed hands south of Hazleton... in Schuylkill County. A Delaware trust is spending $33 - million to buy the Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation property at the Humboldt Industrial Park. Despite the sale... nothing is expected to change at the Cargill operation. The transaction is believed to be the largest in the area during the past ten years.
A 40 – year old Luzerne County man has been sentenced to spend the next 18 months to 8 years in prison. Richard Zehner of Sugarloaf pleaded guilty last may to inappropriate contact with two teenage girls... and possessing child pornography. In addition to the prison time.... Zehner was placed on three years probation.
Sunbury Rental Ordinance
The controversial plan to force landlords to kick-out repeat drug offenders renting Sunbury apartments was discussed by the Sunbury City Council this week. Berwick Borough Manager Shane Pepe was on hand to discuss a rental ordinance being challenged by the Berwick Landlord Association in State Superior Court. Association members say they should not be held responsible for the action of their tenants. Sunbury now has the option of enforcing such an ordinance.
BU Men's & Women's Basketball
The Huskies kicked off a busy weekend on the road Friday night as they played at Gannon. As you heard on the WHLM stations both games ended in Gannon's favor. The Women's final was 63-53. The Men's final was 81-67. Bloomsburg will try to bounce back from their losses as they face Clarion. You can hear all that action starting with the pregame to the Wome's game after the 5PM news.
Listen to the details from Friday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report: