Drug Bust Nets Four
Berwick Police raided an apartment at 120 Raseley Street late Tuesday night and broke up what appeared to be a heroine distribution ring. News of the raid was released Wednesday afternoon by Police Chief Kenneth Strish. The chief telling WHLM News that following a two month investigation... officers executed a search warrant... and found Heroin... drug paraphernalia... money and two rifles. Facing a long list of charges are Amy Humphries... Kristen O'Connor... Gene Hartrum and Crystal Humphries. All are now in the Columbia County prison on $25,000 bail each. If that wasn't enough action for one night.... police returned to the apartment shortly before midnight Tuesday... discovering Kenneth McCollum inside. He was arrested and charged with burglary... criminal trespass and theft. McCollum was arraigned with bail set at $5,000. He is also lodged in the Columbia County Prison. A preliminary hearing is set for July 18th.
It's a story of greed and trying to make ends meet. A Danville woman is accused of keeping an estimated $84,000... over a five year period... from an ATM machine she was supposed to fill each day. 51 – year old Tracy Truesell allegedly took the cash while working at a Leighow Oil convenience store along Route 54 near Danville... next to Interstate 80. Truesell is facing a host of charges including forgery and theft. She is expected in court later this month.
It's going to cost mom and dad more if they want to send their kids to a state – run university... such as Bloomsburg. The board of governors giving the thumbs up to a three percent tuition increase. That comes out to a little less than $200 more per year. Yearly tuition now runs an estimated $6,600.
Lightstreet Pet & Toy
It was crowded Tuesday night up and down Main Street in Lightstreet as the fire company produced their annual Pet and Toy Parade in association with their yearly carnival. The procession was lead by the Catawissa Military Band... a musical group which has been around since the 1870's. There was a little bit of everything in the parade... from kids and their floats... to ATV's... and the ever – popular fire equipment from area departments. The annual carnival... continues through Saturday night... and helps support the Lightstreet Fire Company.
PPL / Heat
You think the recent spate of hot weather has been rough on us.... just think about what Pennsylvania Power and Light is going through. The Utility's Joe Nixon says the company takes preventative measures to prepare for the heat... and keep the juice flowing to your home. Thus far PPL has been able to keep to keeping the electricity flowing... without any brownouts or blackouts.... and without hitting peak demands.
Close to one in three Pennsylvanians lives in an area considered to be rural. After a federal Farm Bill died in the US House of Representatives last month for the second time in two years... a new survey shows discontent in rural areas of the nation. Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook says rural communities want and need economic help from the government.
Liquor privatization, pension reform and transportation funding... all big issues... but there's something else the people want that lawmakers continue to hedge on... property taxes. Governor Tom Corbett says property taxes are still a top concern even though Harrisburg has been focused on the state's other issues. It's not known when the property tax issue will be taken up.
Authorities with the Hazleton Area School District are trying to figure out how an estimated $700 in cash disappeared from a safe. The safe is located in the Ninth Grade Center on the District campus. The money was taken sometime between June 13th and July 7th. State Police have been called an and they're checking surveillance video.
Luzerne County 911
It appears Hazleton City officials... and the folks who operate Luzerne County's 911 emergency dispatch center will sit down and talk about getting emergency calls to police quicker. It follows a shooting late last week on East Diamond Avenue. Someone calling 911 said they couldn't get through. But, County Manager Robert Lawton said he couldn't find a delay in dispatching police to the scene.
Mahanoy City Buildings
In Mahanoy City... the borough is spending about $9,000 to take down a building which partially collapsed last month. It's on Railroad Street... and that collapse had residents concerned. Up next to be demolished are some buildings on Mahanoy City's Main Street which have been condemned.
Governor Corbett took the wraps off a new website created by the Department of Labor and Industry. During an appearance at the Hershey Medical Center on Tuesday... Mr. Corbett said www.JobGateway.pa.gov is designed to connect job seekers and employers. The Governor says the medical center is a big user of the new site.