Bloomsburg firemen had their hands full Thursday night when a blaze extensively damaged an apartment building at 239 Iron Street.... near Pine Avenue. The apartment if primarily student housing. Reports from the scene indicate the fire began in a second floor apartment... with flames spotted coming through the windows. Firemen had the flames under control within thirty minutes of arriving on the scene. Reports say at least six people are going to need help from Bloomsburg University's Campus Life for shelter.
Police continue their investigation of a two vehicle crash that killed a Nanticoke man late Wednesday afternoon on Route 11 in Salem Township. The Press Enterprise is reporting that police suspect alcohol may have been involved in the crash. The Nanticoke man's Buick slammed head on into a black SUV. The driver of the SUV was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of injuries. Police are looking for information about the crash, if you have any details you can contact the Salem Township Police Department at 752-3772.
The court has upheld the death penalty for a former Shamokin man who was convicted of shooting and killing a Kulpmont man during a 1994 home invasion. 40-year old Kevin Marinelli tried to have his death sentence and conviction overturned, but that request was denied by a federal judge. The original death warrant was signed in 1997 by Governor Ed Rendell, when Marinelli was 23-years-old.
The Montour County Commissioners have announced their 2013 tourism fund grants. The $50,000 granted will be given out to the Montour Area Recreation Commission, the Iron Heritage Festival, The Montour Delong Fairgrounds, and the Montour County Historical Society. 40% of the County hotel room rental tax specific to the support of cultural, historical and recreational assets are set-aside for the grant dollars, which are awarded annually by the County Board of Commissioners.
Danville Building Condemned
The Danville Manor apartment complex has been condemned, displacing the 15 people living there. Danville code enforcement Jackie Hart condemned the Mill Street building on November 20th after police had reported that the building was freezing cold, and the common area of the building had no heat. The owner was involved in the closing of the same building in 2009 when it was used as a personal care facility after more than 60 violations were discovered.
Fiscal Cliff and PA
The "fiscal cliff" isn't just a federal issue... what it could mean for Pennsylvania? It's estimated the fiscal cliff will increase federal tax revenue by $540-billion next year. Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel crunches those numbers for PA. Realistically, he says, the economic impact on PA would be $8 - $20-billion. On the spending cut side of the fiscal cliff, analysts project that Pennsylvania might lose roughly $60-million dollars in federal funds next year.
A new report from the Governor's Budget Office details Pennsylvania's $41-billion dollar pension problem, and lays out a framework for solutions. But public employee unions are especially concerned by one option that suggests exploring changes to the future benefits of current employees. Governor Corbett's Budget Office spokesman Jay Pagni says a $41-billion dollar unfunded liability means the state can't limit pension reform talks to just future employees. Options included in the report are raising the retirement age and switching from a defined-benefit plan to a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan.
A doe that escaped from a quarantined Adams County farm in October was shot and killed Monday, and it's now being tested for Chronic Wasting Disease. The deer, known as "Pink 23" because of its pink farm tag, was taken down at nearby farm. Both that farm and the one from which the doe escaped have been quarantined since October. So far, two deer have tested positive for CWD, resulting in the quarantine of 27 farms in 14 counties.
BU Men's Basketball
The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played at Lincoln University last night. The Huskies fell to the Lions 81-67. The Huskies next game is Saturday afternoon against Slippery Rock at Nelson Field House in a game that start at 3 o'clock.
BU Women's Basketball
The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 25th in the nation this week in the USA Today Division 2 Coaches Poll. The Huskies will take a 3-0 record into their game against Slippery Rock Saturday at 1 at Nelson Field House.
National Football League
In the NFL tonight the New Orleans Saints play the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta.