Murder Probe Underway
Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating a homicide which took place Tuesday in Hemlock Township... north of Bloomsburg. An all points bulletin issued early Tuesday evening said authorities are looking for 2003 Ford F-150 pick up truck... a Harley Davidson edition... that apparently belonged to the victim... who has not been identified. The occupant or occupants are considered armed. At midday Tuesday, Bloomsburg Fire Police were used to shut down Millville Road at Fairview Drive while police conducted their investigation.
It may be hot and steamy in the Susquehanna Valley... but we didn't get any of the major storms which pounded some of the mid Atlantic states over the weekend. Now... more than a dozen PPL workers from the Bloomsburg area are working their magic in states south of us... trying to get power restored to nearly 1.8 - million people still in the dark. PPL's Terri McBride says sending crews out of town to help is nothing more than the help we received last year from outside utility companies following Tropical Storm Lee.
Elderly / Heat
Our current heat wave will continue through at least the end of the weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's or lower 90's. Those temperatures effect the elderly the most... according to Kathy Lynn who head's up the Columbia County Office of Aging. Ms. Lynn says the elderly should stay hydrated with water. Another way to keep your cool is to visit one of the seven Senior Centers spread across Columbia and Montour Counties.
It appears as if residents who attended the Bloomsburg School District Board meeting Monday night are not in favor of consolidating with the Central Columbia School District. The proposed plans were unveiled last month for both school boards... but at last night's meeting there was no interest. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that property owners don't want to be saddled with an estimated $300 boost in school taxes.... and that busing students to a renovated Central campus would be cost prohibitive. Now... the Central board of education will hold a similar meeting on the 9th of the month.
Pennsylvania's largest school employee union is applauding the efforts of state legislators to stave off proposed budget cuts for education in the state budget. The General Assembly appropriated $100-million more than originally proposed for the Accountability Block Grant Program to help districts maintain full day kindergarten and tutoring programs. An additional $50 - million will help financially-distressed school districts. The Pennsylvania State Education Association calls it a step in the right direction. The PSEA says schools have been hit hard by nearly one billion dollars in state funding cuts since 2011.
Barletta / Immigration
Remember two weeks ago when President Obama relaxed immigration rules allowing $800,000 to 1.4 million young, undocumented illegals to stay in this country. According to 11th District Republican congressman Lou Barletta... the president is barred from doing that based on a 1996 law passed by congress. During a news conference at his Hazleton Office on Monday... Barletta says Mr. Obama is forcing immigration officers to break the law. Barletta telling reporters he'll introduce two bills this Friday. The first to deal with a study to determine the effects of Mr. Obama's immigration policy shift.... with the second protecting Department of Homeland Security personnel from disciplinary action for upholding current immigration policy.
A Hazleton man is dead after he drowned at the Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. 20 – year old Jose Rosa apparently went swimming in a restricted area called Wildcreek Trail. His body was found Sunday night. Authorities have ruled Rosa's death an accidental drowning.
Hazelton officials... including Code Officers... police and firemen.. started a sweep of the city Monday looking for so – called quality of life issues. During a sweep of Vine Street... they found weeds and garbage... as well as a couple of tires on a porch by a front door. Tickets were handed out ranging from $25 to $75 dollars. The code enforcement sweep will take place the rest of the week.
Getting ready to hit the road for the 4th of July holiday.... the price of a gallon of gas across northeast Pennsylvania continues to hold steady. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular at $3.23 – a - gallon.... up a penny from Monday... and only three cents lower than a week ago. However, pump prices have dropped 24 cents over the past 30 days.
The Philadelphia Phillies will try and shake things up Tuesday night when they being a three game series with the Mets in New York. They were swept by the Miami Marlins in a weekend series. The Phil's had Monday off to assess the situation. You can catch all of Tuesday night's action starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.
Tampa Bay / Yankees
Home runs by B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena in the 7th inning allowed the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the New York Yankees last night at Tropicana Field. The final 4 to 3. Both teams battle each other tonight.
He says he's not hurting for money... but former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer has placed his three Cy Young awards... and four of his golden gloves up for auction. His biggest concern... getting money to educate his grandkids... and taking care of a 15 – year old step son who is autistic.