Still plenty of Bloomsburg property owners upset over an ordinance passed last week by Town Council dealing with the inspections of non – student and home rental property. More discussion as the Bloomsburg Area Landlords Association met Wednesday night. Councilman. Bill Kreischer was there He authored the ordinance... and voted for it... keeping safety of tenants in mind. The measure goes into effect October 1st... and calls for the hiring of at least one additional person for the town's Code Enforcement department.
David Millard / Budget
The House Appropriations Committee is continuing budget hearings in Harrisburg this week. Appearing before the committee State System of Higher Education officials were asked pointed questions. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township said he was pleased to hear the state system schools are striving to hold tuition increases to a minimum in this tight budget environment. Those budget hearings continue the rest of the week in Harrisburg.
Looking for something to do the day before St. Patrick's Day. Why not take part in the 1st Annual 5K Run / Walk Leprechaun Loop on March 16th sponsored by the St. Columba Catholic School in Bloomsburg. The school's E-J Moore says a fun time will be had by all with prizes handed out to all age groups. The run / walk begins Saturday the 16th near the Caldwell Consistory.... and money raised goes to St. Columba School. Check out St. Columba web site for pre – registration information.
Firemen from Aristes and Wilburton were call on for mutual aid to fight a structure fire in Schuylkill County early Wednesday morning. Columbia County Emergency dispatch sending firemen to Hill Avenue in Locustdale where two homes were on fire. Locustdale is just over the Columbia County line... in Butler Township. No word yet as to what started that early morning fire in Schuylkill County.
House Clean Up
What's left of a home at the corner of Popular and East Eighth Street in Bloomsburg is no more. Fire ravaged the two story home of Gwen Zubler last month... and within the past few days crews have torn down what's left of the building... and Tuesday afternoon continued their work to remove the foundation. The fire also destroyed the home of Larry Poust. Still no word as to what caused the blaze which leveled the two homes on February 19th.
A project to replace a bridge on Route 44... two miles west of Jerseytown in Madison Township is expected to begin Wednesday. The existing 35 foot long bridge over the East Branch of the Chillisquaque Creek will be replaced... through a contract let by PennDOT. The agency's Rick Mason says there will be a detour in place. The bridge was originally built back in 1949... and has stood the test of time. The $704,000 project is expected to be wrapped up by the end of August.
Kim Schooley / Taxes
Not many of the budget cuts signed into law last week by President Obama are being felt at the local level. And tax preparer Kim Schooley says the Sequester should have no effects on tax return refunds you may be getting. He adds if the checks are held up by the IRS... it will be nothing more than the agency playing politics. The Sequester amounts to $85 – billion dollars... or just about 2% in the government's $1.6 - trillion in spending.
Hazleton Drug Bust
A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. 23 – year old Luis Martinez of North Laurel Street is facing a number of felony drug charges after being busted by police. Martinez was arraigned before a district judge... then hustled off to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility awaiting $100,000 bond.
A new free clinic in Hazleton is set to open its doors next month for those chronically uninsured. Starting April 11th the clinic will treat people who have non – emergency medical problems... with a subsidy coming from Hazleton General Hospital. The clinic will be open two Thursdays each month... in the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church on South Church Street.
Theft Charges Lodged
A Kingston business owner is accused of making off with an estimated $38,000 from two bank accounts for a Wyoming County non – profit hunting club. Robert Morgan, Jr. of Dallas was arraigned and released without posting bail. Morgan is an electrical contractor.... and police say at least 29 checks were written on the hunting club's account.... and deposited into an account for Morgan's business.
A Danville woman has pleaded guilty in Montour County Court to theft charges. 54 – year old Karen Kruleski was initially accused of giving large discounts to family members for child care at the Busy Little Beavers daycare center in Danville. Kruleski will be sentenced at a later date.... with Judge Gary Norton saying he would consider house arrest.
A Sunbury man has been charged with murdering his grandmother last month. Joshua Snook is accused of killing 71 – year old Bonnie Snook inside her Snyder County home. He's been arraigned on a long list of charges. Authorities say Snook went to the home looking for a handgun so he could settle a score at a Northumberland bar. That's when he used a knife to kill the elderly woman... and stab his grandfather. Joshua Snook's wife, Jennifer has also been charged in the crime.
Selinsgrove's plan for a five mile long banana split down the middle of Market Street won't happened as planned. It seems since organizers are not a non – profit group... they can't get insurance for the event. If it would have happened... it would have broken the borough's own record of the longest banana split it established in 1988. Organizers hope to form a non – profit group... and get insurance for next year.