2012-10-26 06:16:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Sandy as it makes it's way up the east coast. The National Hurricane Center says it could be on top of the state by Wednesday morning dumping anywhere between 4 and 7 inches of rain... which could cause problems for creeks and the river. Following a tour of Autoneum with Governor Corbett at midday Friday.... PEMA Secretary Glen Cannon his people know what to do. Right now... meteorologists still unsure if or when the storm will make landfall.
PPL Storm Preps
Allentown – based PPL Electric Utilities is preparing for potentially significant damage and power outages from Hurricane Sandy, poised to affect the region starting Sunday. The storm is now making it's way through the Bahamas... and should travel along the east coast the next few days... but forecasters don't know if... or where it will make landfall. Crews from PPL Electric Utilities' sister electric company in Kentucky will be in the area as early as Sunday night. In addition, contractors who normally assist PPL Electric Utilities with storm restoration have been notified to remain local so they can be called on if necessary.Danville Halloween Parade
Temperatures in the low 60's... somewhat of a breeze... and some cloud cover provided a spooktacular night for Danville's 52nd annual Halloween Parade. Floats... classic cars and tractors... including fire apparatus were in the line of march... led by the Danville High School Band. Next up in downtown Danville.... Pumpkin Palooza... all day Saturday along Mill Street.
There is a drug problem in Berwick... as well as a growing gang problem. That word from Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach. So that's why he plans to hold a forum on the two subjects on Tuesday, November 13th at the Berwick High School. Kovach says any type of drug can wreck families in a heart beat. Kovach says speakers at the forum range from law enforcement personnel.... to Columbia County Judges. It begins at 6 PM at the Berwick High School and is open to the public.
Two Berwick residents are jailed... after they were arrested Thursday afternoon. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 says 21 – year old Heather Sullivan and 17 – year old James Hughes were spotted allegedly trying to purchase the ingredients to make meth... all the time they were being watched. Cops eventually pulling over the pair in their SUV in the 500 block of Summerhill Avenue discovering the rolling meth lab.
Don't leave your car unlocked.... or they could become the target of thieves. That word from Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski after a rash of car break – in's a week ago. Chief Sokoloski says the thieves were targeting loose change. Chief Sokoloski says the cars were parked in the area of 5th, 9th and the Railroad Streets.... and for the most part... were unlocked.
Hazleton Drug Bust
Two men are in the Luzerne County Prison... and more could be arrested after Hazleton Police made one of the largest heroin busts in a while. Police say Joshua Jimenez of Hazleton... and a New York man... Vencil Nunez... were busted this week. Cops seizing about $8,000 of heroin.... in addition to other drugs... a weapon and some cash.
A Watsontown woman is now accused of forty counts of theft and forgery... in all amounting to $42,000 in credit card debt. Police say 30 – year old Emily Fitzgerald allegedly stole the identity of her parents... opening nine credit card accounts. She has now waived her right to a preliminary hearing... and is due in Northumberland County Court in December.
A bill pushed by a State Senator from Bellefonte.... raises maximum fines for alcohol offenses. It awaits the governor's signature and could generate an estimated $6 - million in new annual revenue spread across Pennsylvania municipalities. The legislation winning final approval would increase the maximum fines to $1,000 for underage drinking and public drunkenness. Currently, maximum fines are $300 for public drunkenness and first-time underage drinking citations. Repeat underage offenders are subject to $500 fines.
High School Football
Danville and Bloomsburg, two teams with a combined record of 13-3, renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium Friday night in our high school football game of the week. The back-and-forth game saw Bloomsburg take the early lead and hold on to it for a 14-12 win.
Berwick / Coughlin
Berwick extended their winning streak to five in a row after beating Coughlin Friday night. The final was 34-7 Bulldogs.
Other HS Football
In other action, unbeaten Southern Columbia remains so with a 15-7 win against Central Columbia, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to North Penn 42-0.
You can hear the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:
It will be a match-up of unbeaten college football teams when Bloomsburg University plays at Shippensburg Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.
Madison Bumgarner continued a brilliant stretch of starting pitching for the San Francisco Giants during Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night. He pitched seven shutout innings to defeat the Detroit Tigers 2 to nothing. Following an off day, the series shifts to Detroit for Saturday's Game 3
In the NFL Thursday night.... the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 36 to 17.