Bear Wanders Through Bloomsburg
An unusual sight in Bloomsburg early Wednesday afternoon... a small bear wandering around the area of Iron and East Main Streets. Bloomsburg police were called... and officers spotted it in the area of Catherine Street. Two – way radio reports... and the Press – Enterprise is confirming the animal crossed busy Main Street and ended up behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church. State game officers were called... arriving from Danville... and used a couple of tranquilizer darts to temporarily incapacitate the animal. The bear was placed in a cage... and taken to an area to be released. It's not known how the black, furry bear wandered into Bloomsburg.
Catawissa Rail Crossing
If you want to go to Catawissa... and you usually take Route 42 through Montour Township... you're going to have to find an alternate way. Starting Friday the 28th... a contractor for the North Shore Railroad will begin replacing the crossing at Route 42 and Legion Road. Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky says having one way into and out of the borough... via route 487 and 42... will place a lot of pressure on the Five Points area. Chief Kopitsky says the light at the Five Points intersection is computer controlled... and should be all that's needed to get traffic flowing smoothly through Catawissa. The newly refurbished crossing on the west side of the river is expected to be open sometime Tuesday, July 2nd.
Southern / Pay-to-Play
One way to bridge the budget gap in the Southern Columbia School District has failed to pass muster. The school board this week... voting down a plan to require students taking part in athletics or extra – curricular activities to cough up 50 dollars. The idea was originally floated a year ago... but this week... there were a lot of directors who said the entire plan was vague.
Berwick Fun Festival
With good weather on tap... thousands of people are expected to take part in this weekend's Family Fun Festival at Berwick's Test Track Park. Plenty of entertainment is on the schedule... including an opportunity to ride the North Shore Rail Line between the park and Lime Ridge in former Pullman passenger cars. Donna Sharrow of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau tells us tickets for the hour – long ride can be purchased at the the visitor information center in Lightstreet... the Berwick Borough building or at train side. The Family Fun Festival is sponsored by the Visitors Bureau and the Borough of Berwick... with the help of Pennsylvania Power and Light.
Turnpike / Transportation Bill
The Auditor General is sounding a warning call about Turnpike debt as the house looks at a transportation funding bill passed by the senate. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says if nothing is done to address the Turnpike's annual Act 44 obligation to PennDOT, border to border tolls on the toll road will hit 50 dollars by 2021. He testified during a fourth House transportation committee hearing on the transportation funding bill, then joined House majority Leader Mike Turzai in a news conference saying the debt must be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Hazleton Kid Town
Construction is expected to get underway next month in the former Printmark building in Hazleton. When finished... “Kid Town” will be aimed at preschool and elementary students so they can have fun while learning Christian values. It's the idea of Dr. Clark Gerhart of the Hill City Church. There will also be a place for Junior and Senior high school students.
Jobs Corps Arrest
A man wanted in Washington D-C has been captured at the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums... in Luzerne County. 23 – year old Gregory Harris was busted on a charge of attempted homicide in connection with the shooting of a woman. The Center offers education and vocational training for low income students.
A Shenandoah man is back in jail after he was allegedly caught with crack cocaine in a Hazle Township motel room. 30 – year old Keith Barlow was busted by State Police. Barlow told cops he was a state parolee. He is now in the Luzerne County Jail with bail set at $25,000.