A week ago at this time there were freeze watches and warnings out for most of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Come ahead a few days... and we're experiencing our first heat wave of the summer. Temperatures across the northeast are expected to be in the upper 80's to lower 90's through Saturday... which are near record levels. You can beat the heat by drinking plenty of non – alcoholic fluid... and avoid strenuous activity. The National Weather Service says temps should break over the weekend when a cold front moves through Sunday.
Scott Township has awarded a $151,000 contract to demolish 22 flood ravaged homes along old Berwick Road and White Birch Lane. The work to be preformed by Penn Earthworks of Hazleton by the end of July. That word from Township Secretary Eric Stahley. The demolition is part of a multi – million dollar buyout by the Feds... PA Emergency Management and the township. The work includes bringing down homes on the riverside of Old Berwick Road between Tenny Street and Edgar Avenue... and the dead end portion of White Birch Lane.
You can tell summer has arrived in the Susquehanna Valley with the beginning of the Summer Concert Series at Bloomsburg Town Park. Town Park Improvement President Chuck Wagner says the series begins Wednesday... with the appearance of the Shoreliners. Several new acts are also scheduled to preform. Wagner says the Association ends the summer with the annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival on August 1st.
Friday is the last day of May... and already the bean counters in PA state government are looking at revenues coming into the state. In addition... it comes at a time when lawmakers are trying to put together a budget for the next fiscal year. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says a check with Harrisburg shows revenues are coming in slightly less than what was projected. Representative Millard said with revenue being off slightly... some programs at the local level could be effected. But in this case... dollars can be adjusted in order to make ends meet. Meantime... legislators will be back in Harrisburg Monday to continue hammering away at a budget for 2013 – 2014 fiscal year.
The man who built Minuteman Environmental in Milton from a Mifflinville – based wrecker service to pay his way through college... to a multi – million dollar business for the Marcellus drilling industry has broken his silence. Brian Bolus said the raid on his business by federal, state and local officials this week is the work of a disgruntled employee who got the ear of someone in the state attorney general's office. Bolus said the raid and the subsequent investigation is baseless. Authorities taking dozens of boxes from the Milton Industrial Park site... and placing them in a truck to be hauled away for examination.
Preservation work continues on the Route 54 bridge... over the Susquehanna... connecting Danville and Riverside. PennDOT telling us the work is designed to spiff – up the 1,440 foot span by pressure cleaning the sidewalks and parapets... as well as placing an epoxy overlay on the road. While that goes on... there could be some traffic lanes shifted. The work to be wrapped up by July 19th.
Police in McAdoo arrested more than two dozen people Thursday... on charged with dealing in prescription drugs. The raid began in the morning.... and by mid – afternoon... many of the 13 people named in warrants had been arrested. Other are now being sought in the case.
Wilkes – Barre School Fire
Students attending The St. Nicholas - St. Mary's elementary school in Wilkes – Barre will have off at least through Monday. A Thursday morning fire... located in in a modular classroom... extensively damaging the school's library. An adjoining computer lab was saved due to fire doors which were closed the previous night.
Authorities say 52 shots were fired at fugitive ex – cop Anthony Galla in a rented hotel room in Upper Darby Township... outside of Philadelphia this week. Galla was on the lamb after shooting his ex – gal pal's new boyfriend in the foot at her Mt. Carmel home... and fled... prompting a multi-state dragnet. The shots were fired when Galla turned towards federal marshals with a .40 caliber Glock handgun.
They say Galla never fired a shot... and was killed by an unknown number of bullets. Galla had worked for police departments in Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties over the past couple of years.
In high school baseball Thursday... in the District 4 Class AA semifinals at Bowman Field In Williamsport... Hughesville downed Southern Columbia 6 to 1...
In girls softball at Elm Park In Williamsport, in the District 4 Class AA semifinals... Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 4 – 2... and Warrior Run blanked Southern Columbia 3 to nothing... In a District 4 Class A semifinal contest... Bloomsburg downed Muncy 4 – 1.
In the majors Thursday night... the Boston Red Sox blasted the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 2. The Phils open a home weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
Other MLB Games
In other games Thursday night, the Mets completed a four game sweep of the Yankees with a 3-1 win and the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Detroit Tigers 1 to nothing.
In the NBA's Eastern Conference Final Series last night... it was Miami over Indiana 94 – 79. Miami now leads the series 3 games to two.