It appears that a 22 – year old Numidia man wanted to end his life using “Suicide by Cop.” That... after Christopher Cooper got drunk and ended up in a domestic dispute with girlfriend Jennifer Beishline.... and squeezed off three rounds from a .380 caliber pistol into a field. Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach says officers were called who subdued Cooper. He is now in the Columbia County Prison charged with reckless endangerment... public drunkenness... terroristic threats and disorderly conduct..
A scare... and an initial report of a structure fire at the Hartline Science Center on the Bloomsburg University campus late Monday morning. Bloomsburg fire men were called to what turned out to be a fire in one of the chemical labs on the 2nd floor... so says deputy chief Scott McBride. Students and faculty inside the building were evacuated for about 20 minutes while smoke was cleared from the building. There were no injuries...
Pennsylvania Power and Light has restored power to an area from Berwick's west side to Mifflinville... just over a thousand subscribers in all. The juice was lost just before 6:30 Monday morning when a transformer exploded at a sub station at the corner of Ber-Vaughn Park Road and Orange Street. The lack of electricity also knocked out traffic lights, but it appears they were the first to come on after the initial explosion. Columbia County dispatch says fire companies were not needed at the scene... and PPL crews had the power restored in short order.
Dozens of police departments... and officers... from across the area were recently recognized for their crackdown's on aggressive drivers. For example... in Columbia County, over the past five years, 196 aggressive driving accidents were reported and investigated. PennDOT's David Thompson says that is due to the volume of traffic. Money to crack down on aggressive driving initially comes from the federal government... funneled through PennDOT to the local department.
The on going target for scammers these days is the elderly. That word from Kathy Lynn who runs the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging. Ms. Lynn says senior citizens can lose thousands of dollars quickly. One instance, for example, is through medical alert devices... or news that a relative is in trouble in a foreign country and needs bail money to get home. Ms. Lynn warns... never give out vital information over the phone to someone you don't know... such as checking account numbers... a social security number and date of birth.
The state Veterans of Foreign Wars convention wrapped up their annual convention over the weekend near Harrisburg. State commander Ruth Fairchild says the organization is working to help its members deal with a host of issues that have come to light since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. And Ms. Fairchild says the needs of today's vets are vastly different than those of World War Two or Vietnam.
PPL Unit 2
Operators at the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... have reconnected the Unit 1 reactor to the regional electric grid. The unit coming back on line over the weekend after completing improvements that will take care of turbine issues experience over the past several years. In a new release... a plant spokesperson says operators will continue to monitor the performance of the turbines on both Unit 1 and 2.
Berwick Man Arrested
A Berwick man is being held after he was arrested with a number of robbery-related charges. A Berwick Police Department news release says Tanner Hess and an unnamed teenager pranked Mitchell Hummel while they were on their way home from a carnival in East Berwick earlier this month... allegedly making off with Hummel's wallet containing a couple of hundred dollars in cash. Police say Hess was charged at the start of the weekend with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.... unlawful restraint and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. The unnamed juvenile will face similar charges.
Rice Township supervisors... between Hazleton and Wilkes – Barre... will voter later this month to decertify their volunteer their fire department. The decision to do so came at the start of the weekend. Supervisors charge that firemen are not adequately trained... some don't have licenses to operate apparatus... and didn't dismiss a member after that person was found guilty of DUI. If the ordinance to decertify is okay later this month... fire protection would come from neighboring Wright Township.
A family from Hanover Township near Wilkes – Barre are assessing the damage to their home. It seems an electrical problem at the home on Holly Street started the fire Saturday night... which eventually gutted the home. The only person inside was a 17 – year old teenager. He escaped the flames by jumping through a window.
Road work continues on that on – going bridge project spanning the Susquehanna River on Interstate 80. PennDOT say starting this week there will be rolling roadblocks in the eastbound lane to slow traffic in order to set new concrete beams on one of the bridges being reconstructed. The move will effect traffic... eastbound... from the Lightstreet to the Berwick exit. To avoid the backup's expected.... you can use an alternate... such as Route 11... to get to your destination.
The owners of more than a dozen McDonald's Restaurants in the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valley are being sued by a former employee for the way she was paid. Natalie Gunshannon says her pay for working at a Shavertown McDonald's was not by check, but by a payroll debit card which carried high fees. Now... Gunshannon has filed a class action lawsuit against franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller of Clarks Summit. The Mueller's are accused of violating the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Act and unlawfully boosting profits with the payroll card scheme.