Eight months after the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee... finally some relief for property owners. U.S. Representative Lou Barletta announcing late Monday that three dozen flood – damaged homes in Columbia County will be bought out by the feds at a cost of $3.8 million. Barletta says 23 – properties are in Fernville... with eleven others in the 900 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. The money comes from FEMA's Flood Mitigation Program... channeled through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. What's not known... is how quickly the money will come into the area.
Are you unemployed.... pounding the pavement looking for a job? On Wednesday you can do some one stop shopping... as the Pennsylvania Career link holds a job fair at the Columbia Mall. The Career Link's Penny Hess telling us dozens of businesses will be on hand with job opportunities. The job fair in the corridor of the Columbia Mall is Wednesday starting at 11 O'clock.
They're are many blood drives on tap across northeastern Pennsylvania this week... including one scheduled for today at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That's the latest stand alone blood donation center. Sue Norton of the Bloomsburg chapter of the American Red Cross says they're getting a regular crowd among early morning walkers. And Norton said with Memorial Day weekend fast approaching... additional units of blood are needed to keep supplies and reserves up to par in case of any catastrophe.
A Shamokin man has pleaded guilty to throwing a three month old pit bull down the side of a mountain earlier this year. Michael Wolf admitted to tossing the puppy over an embankment in Coal Township. In a courtroom in Sunbury... the judge handing Wolfe 90 days of house arrest and two years probation. Ex gal pal Angelina Coladonato is expected to plead guilty to lying to police. The pit bull... now named Harper... is recovering from injuries at a Sunbury no – kill shelter.
A state police fire marshal says the weekend fire that destroyed a three story barn in Rockefeller Township near Paxinos was accidental. Fire Marshal Norm Fedder says the $200,000 blaze was sparked by a child playing with a lighter. Some equipment and an estimated 400 bales of hay were destroyed by the flames. No animals were inside the building
The price of a gallon of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania continues to drop just before the memorial day weekend. A check of service stations shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.59 a gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania... down a penny from the weekend... down eight cents from a week ago... and 32 – cents less than a month ago.
The community pool in Tamaqua is expected to be open early next month. Over the past few weeks... workers drained out excess water... cleaned it... applied a coat of paint... then started filling it. Everything should be ready by the pool's June 2nd opening.
A meth lab near Nesquehoning... in near – by Carbon County has been shut down by police. The lab was spotted in a wooded area off West Mussmano Avenue. Police say the incident is under investigation... and there's no word if anyone was arrested in connection with the discovery of the lab.
Authorities are looking for the individual's responsible for a home burglary along Devil Hole Run Road in Pine Township. The home is owned by New Jersey residents. State police at Bloomsburg tell us a half dozen weapons were taken in the burglary which occurred sometime between the first of the year and this weekend. Most of the weapons were shotguns... but a .22 - caliber and a 30-30 rifle were also taken. If you have information about the burglary... call state police at Bloomsburg.
The June child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be delayed. The one-sentence order by Judge John Cleland did not explain his reasons, but it means the case will very likely begin with jury selection inside the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte in two weeks. Sandusky lawyer, Joe Amendola had asked for the delay on May 9th, arguing that he needed more time to find and interview witnesses. The 68 – year old Sandusky faces 52 criminal court of alleged abuse of ten boys over a 15 – year period of time.