Berwick Apartment Complex
An apartment building in the 700 block of North Warren Street in Berwick is temporarily condemned until repairs can be to the chimney system. Firemen were called to 710 North Warren when a mother and her three kids ended up in an emergency room suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Berwick fire chief Bill Coolbaugh telling our media partner... Newswatch 16 he believes the CO fumes built up due to improper ventilation and a broken pipe that connected eight furnaces to one chimney. 15 people lived in the 8 unit apartment building are are now staying with relatives until the problem is fixed.
Still no movement from either side on coming to an agreement to stop $85 – billion dollars in federal budget cuts come midnight tonight amidst $1.6 - trillion in spending. Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young says the county shouldn't be affected that much since most of the federal money is in grant form, which is already in – house. The biggest effect.... according to Mr. Young... would be in the area of the head start program, which relies on federal dollars.
Meantime... without Congressional action, automatic federal spending cuts -- known as the sequester -- will be triggered on Friday. The $85-billion dollar, across-the-board cuts were designed to spur action on a compromise to reduce the federal deficit. US Senator Bob Casey says Senate Democrats are proposing a plan that combines $55-billion dollars in spending cuts with $55-million in new revenues. Republican leaders insist the savings should come from spending reductions alone.
Bloomsburg School Play
Members of the drama club at Bloomsburg High School are busy this week... with their adaptation of the Broadway production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." In essence... a small town girl from Kansas hits New York City in search of romance during the Roaring 20's. Dante Green says the first presentation begins tonight at 7:30.... as well as Friday night at 7:30. There will be Saturday performances at 1:00 and 7:30 PM. The production taking place at the high school at the corner of Railroad and 12th Streets.
Talk about being on the hot seat.... in a budget hearing that lasted three hours on Wednesday. WHLM's Cathy Clark is reporting State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis found himself continuing to defend the Corbett administration's education funding history.
Hazleton Police are investigating more violence in the city. The latest occurring Wednesday when someone shot out the rear window out of a police car... with the officer behind the wheel. It happened at the corner of 4th and Alter Streets. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says a detective was sitting inside an unmarked patrol car when the rear window exploded. Thus far... no bullet or shell casing has been found.
Former Teacher Sentenced
A former substitute teacher in the Shamokin Area School District was sentenced in Northumberland County Court this week to six months of house arrest and will now be listed on Megan’s Law as a sex offender. 24-year-old Michael Zack, of Marion Heights pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of unlawful contact with a minor and a misdemeanor charge of corruption. Zack was originally charged with sending around 4,300 text messages to two 17-year-old and two 16-year-old girls who attended Shamokin schools.
Millville Man Jailed
He hasn't had a drivers license since the 1980's. Now a Millville man faces felony charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that began in Williamsport and ended in Muncy. Officers from three departments joined in the pursuit, which exceeded speeds of 100 miles-per-hour. 55-year-old Robert Kepner faces one felony charge for fleeing and eluding police along with other charges. Kepner is now jailed on $150,000 bail.
Cops on Line
The Bloomsburg Police Department has transformed its communications methods by recently implementing “Twitter” to get out important Public Safety information to the public. The newest form of Public Relations offers a fast direct line of communication between the community and the police department. Bloom PD's Twitter account was implemented through the assistance of two Bloomsburg University interns.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are now accepting applications for federal grants now available to help the state's rural fire departments. It comes at a time with the increased risk of forest and brush fires. A year ago... the department awarded an estimated $540,000 to 141 volunteer fire departments across the state. Since the program began 31 – years ago $10 - million dollars has been awarded to various fire departments.
It was the regular season finale for the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams last night as they played at East Stroudsburg. WHLM's Jim Doyle said the Bloomsburg men went down to defeat by a score of 102 to 44. The women's team fared much better... defeating Stroudsburg 86 to 57... winning their third consecutive PSAC East Division title.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball last night, in a District 4 Class A semifinal game... Lourdes Regional defeated Benton 64 – 47. In a girls Class AA semifinal... Southern Columbia downed Lewisburg 54 – 40.
In the NHL last night... the Philadelphia Flyers skated by the Washington Capitals 4 to 1.