Shickshinny Fire Folo
A Shickshinny family of four made it out of their burning home early Monday morning... leaving the burning two story structure with nothing more than what was on their backs. The first alarm went in for 21 West Butler around 3 AM... and moments later the Shickshinny Fire Department asked for help from Mocanaqua... Salem Township and Berwick. Neighbor Albert Gensel telling our media partner Newswatch 16... he made sure the Joe Feno family was safe. Feno... his wife and two kids... as well as their pets made it out safely. Now... a state police fire marshal says the blaze began at the rear of the home... on the first floor... and spread upward.
The three Democratic Bloomsburg mayoral candidates squaring off in the May primary election appeared at a forum Monday night at the Moose Exchange. Eric Bower, Sandy Davis and Diane Levan spoke on subjects ranging from flood protection to being a business friendly community. In a post – forum interview... Bower, Davis and Levan said they got their message out. The three face each other in the May 21st primary. The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce sponsored Monday night's forum.
The 35th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Bloomsburg over the weekend was what everyone expected... aided by blue skies and temperatures in the lower 70's. For Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr... the weather and Jamboree was needed to break the area out of the winter doldrums. Not only did vendors reap the rewards of Saturday... so did business up and down Main Street... as well as the side streets... such as Iron... Center and Market Streets.
Tearing down unused buildings along Bloomsburg Main Street... and building new, up to date structures. That's what will happen this summer when the former Cole's Hardware store along East Main is demolished and in it's place... a new four story building for the Bloomsburg University Foundation. That makes Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael very happy. The new construction was made possible through a million dollar gift from Duane Greenly and his wife... both 1972 BU graduates.
A Benton man is recovering from injuries received over the weekend in a bull riding accident. EMS was called to the the bull riding ring on Shade Ridge Road in Benton Township around 9 O'clock Friday night for an unresponsive rider. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition.. Cody Fronk is in critical condition recovering from his injuries at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Fronk falling from a bull during practice night at the ring.
More road construction is slated along West Front Street in Berwick this week. Starting Monday... Barletta Construction and Materials is expected to begin excavating the right lane of West Front from Dunkin' Donuts to Market Street. They'll first rip up the old pavement.... then place a sub – base... followed by two or three new layers of blacktop. That work is expected to be wrapped up by May 8th.
Wilkes – Barre Fire
Investigators will be back at a vacant home on Carlisle Street in Wilkes – Barre Monday... trying to figure out why the house went up in flames early Sunday morning. Although no official cause is given, neighbors say they believe it's suspicious. Neighbors say the house has been attracting the homeless for some time.
Kids Sexually Assaulted
State Police say a woman who allegedly brought two children to the state prison at Retreat in Luzerne County is now behind bars. 41 – year old Rebecca Butler allegedly brought two children to see 51 – year old Andre Vancliff... an inmate serving a life sentence at Retreat. That's when Vancliff allegedly sexually assaulted the kids between May and September of last year. Authorities have not released the relationship between Butler and Vancliff...and the kids. Butler is facing charges... and is lodged in jail with bail set at $25,000.
Hazleton Rail Bridge
That railroad bridge over South Church Street could be spruced up in the near future... as talks between Hazleton Government and the Norfolk – Southern Railroad continue. The city says the graffiti – laden bridge is an eyesore... while the railroad told the city not to make any moves to remove the writing and then re-paint it. For years the bridge has been a target of vandals... and the walkway under the bridge has deteriorated.