Flood Watch Posted
The National Weather Service in State College has posted a flood watch for most of central and eastern Pennsylvania through the day Thursday. It's all due to a very strong storm system that will move through the area Thursday... bringing with it several rounds of heavy showers and thunderstorms. The downpours will create the potential for localized flooding late Wednesday night... lasting all day Thursday. If you live along any small streams or creeks... you should be prepared to move to higher ground. The Susquehanna River is expected to rise as well... with the latest forecast showing river height at 14.7 feet early Saturday morning. The action stage is 16 feet... with the flood stage in Bloomsburg at 19 feet.
Berwick Community Watch
Trying to keep an eye on your neighbors... and the community... that's the underlying theme of the Berwick Area Community Watch. The group met Tuesday night for the second time last night at City Hall... and the organization's Jay Jarrett said there has been a lot of response stemming from the initial meeting last month. Folks attending Tuesday night's meeting had an eye opening experience as they watched a program dealing with the sights and smells of Meth.
Red Cross CEO
He spent two days on the road... going from chapter to chapter across Northeast Pennsylvania. Eight weeks into the job and that's what Peter Brown... the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross... spent the early part of his week doing. One of those stops was in Bloomsburg on Tuesday.... where he talked about the area he covers... and how to respond in times of disaster. Brown's territory is spread out from Susquehanna and Wyoming County on the north.... south to Berks County... with the Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville chapters sandwiched in the middle.
Bloomsburg Town government has received two complaints of noise coming from the area of Autoneum factory on West 5th Street. The complaints coming in after 11 O'clock at night.... and Mayor Dan Knorr says the carpet company is trying to figure out where it's coming from. Autoneum is also working with code enforcement on the issue. But, Mayor Knorr went on to say that it hasn't reached the decibel threshold violating code laws. The code enforcement office is on top of the situation, but no one can pinpoint the origin of the noise.
Dozing off while behind the wheel can lead to tragedy. That nearly happened Tuesday when an 18 – year old driver fell asleep at the wheel of a van... filled with kids... while driving along Old Berwick Road near the entrance to the Donnelley plant. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... Jacob Konkolics dozed and ran through yards and fences... finally stopping after hitting a tree. Konkolics' six brothers and sisters were shaken up a bit in the crash and were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Pay to Play
We could know as early as next week if Southern Columbia Area students will have to pay $50 to play sports or be involved in extra curricular activities. The issue was kicked around during a school board meeting earlier this week, but directors decided to wait until this coming Monday to possibly vote on the issue. The Pay to Play issue first surfaced a year ago as a way to fill a continuing budget gap.
One man was shot and killed in Pottsville Tuesday night... in neighboring Schuylkill County... and the search is on for a suspect. Police say the unidentified man was gunned down along West Laurel Boulevard following a fight between a group of individuals. All police are saying is that they're looking for a green Subaru.
Unregistered Sex Offender
An unregistered child sex offender has been captured by federal authorities in Hunlock Creek. 36 – year old Jerry Wayne Dison was picked up at a home on Main Road after he failed to register in Luzerne County as a convicted sex offender. Authorities say he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12 – year old girl back in 2000... and had gotten out of prison two months ago.
Still no suspects in custody after a masked man robbed Pence's store on Alter Street in Hazleton earlier this week. The man, wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans... strolled into the store Monday evening.... relieved the clerk of an undetermined amount of cash... and fled towards Lafayette Court. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.
Reason for Power Outage
We now know the cause of a power outage which placed more than 10 -thousand homes in the Hazleton area to go dark Sunday evening. A PPL spokesman say vandals tossed tree limbs on electric lines leading to the Harwood substation cut the juice. Two weeks ago... the same thing happened... but there were no widespread outages. Hazleton police are now investigating.
Bills aimed at updating Pennsylvania's child abuse laws are making their way through the legislature. WHLM's Cathy Clark says the House Children and Youth committee has amended and approved a package of six bills, including one that changes the definition of abuse. Senate committees have also moved some bills, including one that would toughen reporting requirements in schools. The bills are based on the work of the Task Force on Child Protection and lawmakers are expected to continuing working on final versions over the summer.
About 350-public employees rallied at the state capitol this week... calling on Governor Corbett to change his budget priorities. Members of the Service Employees International Union want the governor to drop his call for a pension overhaul, and increase funding for education & human services. SEIU Local 668 president Kathy Jellison says the governor has refused to meet with her union about the budget, a claim the administration says is untrue. The governor's aides suggest the union doesn't want to negotiate with him.
Tax / Rent Rebate
The deadline to apply for the state's 2012 Property tax / Rent Rebate program is being extended to December 31st. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid last year. The program benefits Pennsylvanians of a certain age and who have a certain income.
Rep. Culver in Watsontown
State Representative Lynda Culver... who represents Northumberland and Snyder Counties... will be meeting constituents Friday at the Watsontown Borough Building in the 300 block of Main Street. Ms. Culver and her staff will be on hand to take care of information about state legislation... assistance with PennDOT paperwork... as well as referrals to agencies to resolve state – related matters. The meet and greet begins Friday morning at 10 O'clock.
It was not the opening the Philadelphia Phillies had expected. They were defeated last night by the Minnesota Twins 3 to 2. Game two is Wednesday night in Minneapolis. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:35 PM on the WHLM Stations.
Other games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 8 to 2... the St. Louis Cardinals came to the Big Apple downing the New York Mets 9 to 2... and Oakland getting by the New York Yankees 6 to 4.
In the NBA Finals Tuesday night.... Danny Green and Gary Neal combine for 11 3-pointers and 51 points as the San Antonio Spurs rout the Miami Heat 113 - 77. The Spurs taking a 2 to 1 lead in the best of seven series. The next game is set for Thursday.
Tim Tebow has signed a deal with the New England Patriots. Tebow had been without a job after being dropped by the New York Jets six weeks ago.