Shickshinny Man Charged
A 26 year old Shickshinny man has been arrested on drug charges... following a raid at a suspected meth lab this week in Mocanaqua. Brian Engle was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on a long list of drug – related charges. He is accused of manufacturing meth in a basement of a home on Hill Street. Engle is behind bars at the at the Luzerne County prison on $100,000 bond.
A Hazleton man has been busted by the feds in an on-going investigation in the trafficking of stolen identities of Puerto Rican citizens allegedly giving them to illegal aliens living in the U.S. Authorities say Orlando Guzman Garcia was indicted on a charge to commit identity fraud. Garcia was one of fifty people indicted across the country.
We may be in the middle of winter... but the Columbia – Montour Visitors bureau is hard at work to make sure 2012 is a banner year for tourism in the region. The agency's Otto Kurecian says the season doesn't slow down activities in the bureau's Lightstreet or Danville offices. Conversely... during the summer.... the folks from the visitors bureau are at the events they cultivated during the winter to make sure they go off without a hitch.
Customers of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores can expect to see prices increase in the coming months on hundreds of wine and liquor products. That after a vote Wednesday by the 3 to nothing vote by Liquor Control Board. The measure approves suppliers' requests and ended an 18-month moratorium on price increases imposed because of the economic downturn. The increase will affect 313 items.
Milton Sewage Plant
Ground was broken Wednesday by the Milton Regional Sewer Authority for a $65 – million sewage treatment system. The new system is greener and more efficient. It was first proposed back in 2002... and it's taken ten years for the waste water-to-energy project to take root. The project is being funded by $60 – million in federal loans... with the additional $5 – million coming from the state. The plant is slated for completion in two years.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has written to Shell Oil Company executives in hopes of persuading the oil and gas giant to choose a Pennsylvania site to build a huge new chemical plant that could mean thousands of new jobs and millions of tax dollars for the state. The company has said it will decide early this year where to build the plant. Shell says Pennsylvania is being considered for the plant site... as well as Ohio and West Virginia.
Penn State University President Rodney Erickson had comforting words but few answers to tough questions at a town hall meeting last night in Pittsburgh. Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image more than two months after former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on sex abuse charges.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams opened PSAC East play last night at Shippensburg. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the men's team just got by Shippensburg 67 to 66... while the women rolled over Shippensburg 70 to 59. The Huskies will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Cheyney at the Nelson Field House on the BU campus.
High School Girls Basketball
In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Benton defeated Bloomsburg 57 to 47... Lewisburg getting by Central Columbia 47 to 37... Danville downed Shikellamy 64 to 49... Sullivan County outlasted Millville 38 to 27... and Southern Columbia over Montgomery 47 to 31.
High School Boys Basketball
Southern Columbia just getting by Lewisburg 63 to 61 in overtime.