Susquehanna Power Plant
The Unit 2 reactor at the Susquehanna Steam Electric power plant in Salem Township... near Berwick, was shut down early Wednesday for a planned inspection of its turbine. Workers will inspect turbine blades for any indications of cracking following the discovery of cracks during recent inspections of the Unit 1 turbine. The cracks on the Unit 1 turbine were similar to, but less extensive than, those discovered and repaired on both turbines in 2011. Meantime... workers are wrapping up outage tasks on Unit 1 and are preparing it for restart.
Following several days of nearly round – the – clock work... Route 487 south of Catawissa is open to traffic. It was shut down late Sunday night following flash flooding caused by several inches of rain in a short period of time. PennDOT crews having to rebuild the road in several sections after it was ripped up by flood waters. However, there are still flaggers as crews put the finishing touches on the repair work.
Miller Home Razed
One of the first of nearly a dozen homes in the 900 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg has been torn down. The home of Tony Miller.... and others along the block... were severely damaged during last September's flood. The water moved Miller's two story home off it's foundation and into his backyard... and now with the help of Senator Bob Casey... Miller had the money to get rid of it. Ten others along West Main Street will eventually be purchased through FEMA... and razed.
Berwick Meth Lab
Berwick Police getting a surprise on Wednesday when looking for a man wanted for a probation violation. They discovered a meth lab in the basement of a home in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Authorities said they have found six working meth labs... or ingredients to make the drug since the first of the year. Police cordoned off the area... then donned protective suits to dismantle the lab. Several people in the home were arrested.
A fire marshal is expected to rule on the cause of a blaze which caused considerable damage to two homes in Shenandoah on Wednesday. Authorities say the fire was confined to a double home in the 400 block of West New York Street. First due firemen found smoke pouring from the windows on the second floor of 428 West New York. An elderly woman who lived in an adjoining home was led to safety.
An independent state commission could soon be leading the tourism effort in Pennsylvania... instead of the state. That's one proposal being kicked around by various tourist promotion agencies. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau says he believes a commission is a pretty good idea. Right now the state has budgeted $4 – million... three million in next year's proposed budget to market the state. A commission would allow the smaller associations and TPA's an opportunity to become one voice in order to promote the commonwealth.
They seem to have been around forever... those small, round batteries used in a variety of devices. Now... there's a report out that eight out of every 100,000 kids have swallowed one. Geisinger Medical Center's Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick says the majority of the batteries swallowed pass without complications.
Pennsylvania State Police figures are in dealing with the number of accidents over the four day Memorial Day weekend. The statistics are about the same as last year-- 13 people killed in just over 800 crashes. One thing that's frustrating to police... 9 of those who died were not wearing seat belts. Troopers cited more than 1,100 people for not wearing seat belts and issued over 100 citations for not securing children in safety seats. They also issued over 9,200 speeding citations and arrested 404 people for driving under the influence. Police say 66 of the crashes, including three of the fatalities, were alcohol-related.
Unemployment in northeastern Pennsylvania held at 8.7% in April. That word from the state Department of Labor and Industry. That's the same as it was for March... and it was the state's highest jobless rate dating back to April of 2010. Overall... the trade, transportation and utilities sector gained jobs during April... but, professional and business services lost positions.
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5% in March, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the 7.6% February rate. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.2% and has been below the U.S. rate for 47 consecutive months. The state's unemployment rate was down 4 – tenths of a percentage point from March 2011.
Still no suspect in Tuesday's Snyder County bank robbery. Police say a man strolled into the MCS Bank in McClure... pulled a handgun on a teller and demanded money. The bandit got his cash and fled.
Luckily... no one was injured in that stick up in McClure.
In WHLM Sports
In girls softball Wednesday, in a District 4 Class AA semifinal game Warrior Run defeated Bloomsburg 4 to 3. In Class A... Southern Columbia downed Muncy 3 to 2. In Class AAA; Milton blanked Danville 4 to nothing.
High School Baseball
In high school baseball, in a District 2 Class AAA game, it was Berwick over Nanticoke 2 to nothing.
In girls soccer, in a state playoff game... Mechanicsburg getting by Berwick 3 to 2.
In game two of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals last night... the Miami Heat downing the Boston Celtics 115 to 111.
In hockey, in game one of the Stanley Cup finals... the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 2 to 1 in overtime.
Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz slammed a pinch – hit, two – run homer run last night to lead the Phillies to a 10 to 6 victory over the New York Mets. The victory moved the Phillies within three games of the first-place Nationals. The Phil's have Thursday night off. They begin a weekend series with the Miami Marlins Friday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6-30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.