A lot of watches... some of which... turned into warnings Thursday night... as rough weather rolled into Columbia and Montour counties from the west. But, only parts of the area received heavy rain. Thunderstorms were nearly non – existent over the Bloomsburg area. However, there was some road flooding reported on Route 42 in the area of the Narrows in Montour Township... and on Columbia County's south side. More showers and thunderstorms are on tap for late Friday.
Briar Creek Accident
Two people were injured when a car and a pick up truck... with a trailer carrying animals... crashed shortly after 2 PM Thursday on Route 11 at Rittenhouse Mill Road in Briar Creek Borough. Pennsylvania State Police tell us a truck driven by 58 – year old Neil Young of Berwick... was northbound on 11 when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Rittenhouse Mill Road. That's when his pick – up with the trailer collided with a car driven by 76 – year old Patricia McLaughlin of Bloomsburg. Young and McLaughlin were taken to Geisinger in Danville for treatment. There were only minor injuries to the animals from Young's Funny Farm. They were let out of the trailer and into a makeshift coral. Charges are pending.
It's the last day on the job for Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. He's been the town's top cop for the past thirteen years... on the job since the mid – 80's... and he's seen it all. However, one thing not seen is the problem with meth labs. Those labs have been prevalent in Berwick and Shickshinny. During a recent exit interview... Chief Sokoloski says there's a reason for that and it comes down to community policing. Chief Sokoloski now takes a job next month as head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.
We're counting down the hours until a state budget for 2013 – 2014 needs to be on the desk of Governor Corbett. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... House Republican leader Mike Turzai says lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on the package. However... the highly touted Transportation and Liquor privatization legislation does not have to be tied into the budget proposal. Lawmakers are expected to stay in Harrisburg throughout the weekend in order to get the spending proposal to Governor Corbett on time.
The state House Transportation Committee has approved a highway, bridge and mass transit funding bill, making significant changes to the senate version. Gone are the higher drivers license and registration fees and a 100 dollar surcharge on traffic violations. The House transportation bill would raise nearly $2 - billion a year by year five, primarily by uncapping the oil company franchise tax in three steps. It would also allow counties to assess a five dollar per vehicle fees for local transportation needs and municipalities to increase the realty transfer, earned income and sales taxes for mass transit.
Bloomsburg's Big Dig
They're digging to find the past. Students enrolled in Bloomsburg University's Quest program are spending time digging square holes... a few feet deep... then sifting the dirt to see what artifacts they can find. Bloomsburg University Professor of Anthropology Sue Dauria says middle and high school students involved in the dig are finding items such as glass, ceramics and stones believed used as either tools and weapons.
A major traffic trouble spot this weekend.... through next Wednesday for folks trying to get to the south side of Columbia County... especially if you're headed to the Knoebles Amusement Resort. PennDOT tells us the North Shore Railroad will be replacing the grade crossing at Route 42 and Legion Road in Montour Township. That means you can't get to Catawissa the way you usually do. Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky says you'll need to find an alternate route. Whatever the case... Chief Kopitsky says coming across the bridge in East Bloomsburg will funnel you down to the Five Point's area... where a single traffic light controls cars and trucks. The crossing replacement program is expected to be wrapped up next Wednesday.
Geisinger Health System has purchased five room disinfection systems to be spread between several hospitals. A Geisinger spokesman says there will be one each at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital... Geisinger - Shamokin Area Community Hospital and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre and two at Geisinger - Community Medical Center in Scranton. The Xenex room disinfection systems complement standard cleaning processes in high-risk areas such as operating and intensive care rooms.
Five people have been arrested in connection with a drug raid of two Wilkes – Barre businesses. Local, state and federal authorities raided a barber shop and a furniture store on Hazle Street on Thursday. Authorities allege the five brought drugs in from New York City... and distributed them from the two businesses. All five suspects are in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
State Supreme Court
It appears the name of Judge Correale Stevens of Sugarloaf Township to be a member of the State Supreme Court is headed for senate confirmation. A senate panel voted Thursday to have Stevens to fill a vacancy on the high court. That confirmation could come as early as next week. Stevens was recommended to the high court by Governor Corbett.
Earlier this year... Hazleton City Council got tough with it's anti – noise bill. Now... police say an estimated 100 residents have been cited for making too much noise. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says folks have been cited people revving their engines... loud TV's as well as music. The chief says cracking down on noise improves the quality of life.
The folks who run the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport are exploring the possibility of adding overseas flights. There are published reports indicating there has been an interest in providing flights to destinations such as Cancun and the Bahamas... as well as international chartered flights. Although “international” is in it's name... no one can recall the last flight of that type either arriving or departing Avoca.
The Philadelphia Phillies started a four game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night.... with the Dodgers taking the contest 6 to 4. Game two of the series is tonight. The first pitch scheduled for 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.
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In other games yesterday, the New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers 2-0... and the New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-2.
Forward Anthony Bennett of UNLV was the first pick in last night's NBA draft taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Picking 11th, the Philadelphia 76ers chose point guard Michael Carter Williams from Syracuse. The Sixers also acquired Kentucky center Nerlens Noel in a trade that sent Drew Holiday to New Orleans. Meantime... Bucknell University's Mike Muscala capped off an historic night for the school... when he was selected 44th overall in the National Basketball Association Draft last night. Muscala was officially picked by the Dallas Mavericks, but his rights were traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
Former Southern Columbia lineman Chase Fraley has been named one of three captains for the Kutztown University football team. Fraley, the starting center for the Golden Bears, is a 6-1, 265 pound senior.