A Pennsylvania judge has delayed the full implementation of a controversial state law requiring photo identification to vote in next month's presidential election. Judge Robert Simpson's ruling says voters could be asked to produce ID... but if they don't... they could still vote. Columbia County's Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says we're taking a step back to last spring. And the ruling could still be appealed. Democrats and groups including the AARP and NAACP mounted a furious opposition to a law. Republicans say is necessary to prevent election fraud.
January 14th is now the trial date for a former Bloomsburg University professor who is facing a long list of kiddie porn charges in Oklahoma. The Shawnee News–Star.com is reporting 66 – year old Gary Doby and former third grade teacher... 49 – year old Kimberly Crain... are ready for trial in Pottawatomie County Court. Prosecutors allege Crain worked as a third grade teacher... and allegedly took pictures of young girls... either at school or at her home.... sending the images to Doby. Both pleading innocent in earlier court appearances.
Covered Bridge Festival
The 31st Covered Bridge Festival is being held at the Knoebles Amusement Resort this weekend... with Thursday and Friday featured as AgriTourism Day. Mary Staley of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau... which is producing the four day event...says it's an opportunity for folks to get close to animals... and fruits and vegetables grown by area agri-businessmen. The Covered Bridge Festival will feature nearly 350 craft vendors.... as well as more than 2 dozen food vendors. The event starts Thursday at 10 O'clock.
Apple Harvest Festival
There was a capacity turnout for Tuesday's annual Apple Harvest Health Festival for seniors at the Espy fire hall. Kathy Lynn from the Columbia County Office of Aging says the event is designed for those folks who take care of themselves. The festival also featured vendors who showcased their services including Trooper Shannon Yorke out of Troop N in Hazleton. She says those over 60 are perfect targets for scams. Trooper Yorke also giving tips on home security... as well as questions about elderly driving and the law.
A Benton man is lucky to be alive after his home caught fire Tuesday Afternoon. Two neighbors alerted Joshua Rees... to a fire in his mobile home in the 300 block of West Third Street... moments after he dozed off. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that Rees was working on a computer using a soldering iron... he placed it on a window sill to cool, but it fell off... wedging itself between a mattress and a wall. Rees and four other people... including his mother and sister are living elsewhere... temporarily.
A power line stretching from the PPL Susquehanna Steam Electric plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick... to New Jersey... has been given final approval by the National Parks Service. That okay was needed since the line goes through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. The upgrade of the line will connect the Berwick plant to the Public Service Electric and Gas Company in New Jersey on a 145 – mile route.... and is expected to provide more reliable electrical service.
A man who served time on felony drug charges... and now at the MinSec halfway house in Hazleton has disappeared. State Police at Hazleton say 33 – year old Claudie Robinson was on his way to a drug test when he fled from MinSec staffers Tuesday morning. They say he was on a pre – release assignment to the facility. Now... warrants have been issued for his arrest on a charge of escape.
Sugarloaf Twp Sewage
The Conyngham Borough Authority has told its lawyer to break a sewage treatment service agreement with Sugarloaf Township dating back to 1976. And an effort to come up with a new agreement between the Borough and the Township hasn't materialized. The problem appears to be Sugarloaf's failure not to fully pay a $109,000 payment for operation and maintenance costs. The township only coming up $100,000. Legal action... according to the borough... may be forth coming.
A man accused with shooting a second man outside an Ashley bar earlier this year has returned to Luzerne County. 26 – year old Sean McPhail was found in the New York City area... and was arraigned Tuesday where bond was set at $300,000 and remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. McPhail is accused of shooting 31 – year old Sean Reilly outside a bar in Ashley in late July.
A former Penn State graduate assistant has filed a lawsuit against the University. Mike McQueary alleges defamation and misrepresentation after the school placed him on administrative leave last November... and failed to renew his contract in June. It was McQueary who found former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a shower with a boy In 2001. He testified against Sandusky during his trial earlier this year. No word on the specific amount he's suing for... but his suit says future coaching earning would have amounted to $4 - million dollars over 25 – years.
With the high school football regular season having reached the halfway mark, four area teams have put themselves into great position for possible high seeding when the postseason playoffs begin. In District 2 Class AAA, Berwick is tied for first with Valley View in state points. In Distinct 4 Class AA, unbeaten Central Columbia has the most points and Danville is second. In District 4 Class A, Southern Columbia is in first place. This Friday night, Berwick is at home against Tunkhannock, Central Columbia plays at Mount Carmel, Danville is at home against Jersey Shore, and Southern Columbia plays at Selinsgrove.
Bloomsburg University's junior running backs Franklyn Quiteh and Eddie Mateo are both in the nation's top ten in rushing yardage. Quiteh is 3rd while Mateo is 9th. Another highly ranked Husky is defensive end Larry Webster. He is 4th in the nation in quarterback sacks. The unbeaten Huskies play at Millersville Saturday afternoon at 12:30.
Philadelphia Phillies rookie Darin Ruff hit two home runs Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals... but it just wasn't enough. The Phils were defeated by the Nats 4 to 2. Philadelphia wraps up the season Wednesday afternoon when the two teams meet for the final time. You can catch all the action of the Phillies / Nationals starting with the pre – game show at 12:30... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.