Flash flood warning in effect for Columbia County (Pa) until 8:30 PM. Big storms headed our way producing a lot of rain.
Elderly Heat Relief
Our transition from spring to summer was quick.... and now it's warmer than usual... with temperatures predicted to be in the 80's through early next week. And the folks at the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging says those over 55 should take precautions to stay cool and not be effected by the heat. The Agency's David Reeder says, for example, you should avoid vigorous outside activities during the hottest part of the day. Most importantly..... Reeder says stay hydrated with water. He also says the seven agency offices are open daily... where there is a place to cool down... meet friends and have a meal.
A Berwick woman has been sentenced to at least six months in jail... after she pleaded guilty last month of having two children engage in sex acts at an Orchard Street home two years ago. Christina Allen will also have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law. Her one – time boyfriend... Daniel Galindo... was found not guilty of similar charges late last year.
The nation's high court has issued two rulings affecting gay marriage, striking down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and clearing the way for same sex marriage in California. But the rulings do not appear to impact Pennsylvania's law. PA has had a Defense of Marriage Act on the books since 1996 and Michael Geer of the Pennsylvania Family Institute says while he's disappointed in the Supreme Court rulings, the state law remains in effect. The LGBT community is celebrating the rulings, but acknowledging there's still a lot of work to do in PA in addition to marriage, including workplace and housing protections.
One of the largest carnival's in Columbia County kicks off Friday night. The Millville Fire Company has had a carnival since the late 30's... and every year they seem to get bigger and better. Deputy Chief Jeremy Reese says the volunteer's get a lot of support from the north county area. This year's event runs through July 6th.... and is punctuated with the ever – popular Fourth of July parade next Thursday.
You can hear the description of the parade on the fourth starting at 10 O'clock on the WHLM Stations...
A toe – tapping good time was had by all last night as the Bloomsburg Town Park Concert series continued. The music of the Catawissa Military Band filled the band shell and the park. And with temperatures still in the lower 80's... there were plenty of people on hand cooling down with the breeze off the river. Next week... country music by the McNett Family starting at 7 O'clock.
One heavily used bridge spanning the Susquehanna River could be a traffic trouble spot. PennDOT says the Danville – Riverside bridge... linking Montour and Northumberland counties will undergo deck patching work Thursday. The agency says the contractor doing the job will maintain one – lane traffic in each direction. The project is expected to be wrapped by the end of the day.
House / Liquor
The broader issue of whether Pennsylvania should at least partially get out of the liquor business is still being debated in Harrisburg and the outcome is not clear. But, one house committee moved legislation to amend the current liquor law. The bill deals with a limited issue. Currently, a winery can also own a restaurant or hotel with a liquor license on the same property. But an Adams County winery bought a historic inn at a different address....and current code makes it illegal to own two different licenses at two different addresses. The house liquor committee unanimously approved a bill that would remedy the situation.
The Pennsylvania Lottery says a Cash 5 ticket sold in Ashland is worth a half million dollars. The ticket was sold at the Friendly Choice Food Mart on Centre Street... but the ticket holder has yet to come forward to claim the prize. The numbers on the ticket match all five balls drawn Saturday night.
A 49 – year old Hazleton woman is jailed after she allegedly stabbed a man this week. Anne Farnish is facing a long list of charges after she stabbed a 48 – year old man in the chest with a fork. The incident taking place at a home on North Wyoming Avenue during a domestic disturbance.
The Rice Township supervisors have voted two to one to de-certify the township's volunteer fire company. Firefighter critics say the volunteer's don't have enough training... and their finances are a mess. But the vote for de-certification wasn't that simple... especially when supervisor chairman Miller Stella called for an adjournment... which was seconded... when he should have called for a “motion to vote.” Only moments later Stella re – convened the board... the vote taken to de – certify the fire department... and a final adjournment. The entire situation may end up in Luzerne County Court...
Wilkes – Barre Police are investigating the robbery of a Turkey Hill early Wednesday. The clerk telling authorities... a man strolled through the door... asked for cigarettes... then demanded cash. It's the second time the store on South Main Street has been the target of a robber.
It took of 13 innings... but the Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the San Diego Padres Wednesday night, 7-5. The winning runs came thanks to a double error from Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe in the top of the 13th inning. The Phils road trip continues when they play the Dodgers in Los Angeles Thursday night. The first pitch will be at 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.
In other games last night... the Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees 8 to 5... the New York Mets blanked the Chicago White Sox 3 to nothing... and the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Seattle Mariners 4 to 2.
Muscala / Draft
Bucknell star Mike Muscala hopes to hear his name called when the NBA holds its draft Thursday night. The first pick in the draft belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was not a good day for New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday. In the morning he was arrested at his home. Ninety minutes later... the Patriots released him from their roster, and still later he was charged with murder in the killing of semi – pro football player... 27 year old Odin Lloyd.