Berwick Drug Raid
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. Three out of the four 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.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for 88 – year old Vincent DiAugustine... a long – time Berwick businessman who died earlier this week. One of his many shops was one dealing with Berwick memorabilia... and fellow businessman Arden Oliver described Mr. DiAugustine as a very hard worker. Mr. DiAugustine also ran Vincent's Men's Shop and the Berwick Theater... all of which are expected to continue... operated by his family.
BIDA / SEDA-COG
The Berwick Industrial Development Association and Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG join forces Friday for a 90 – minute seminar dealing with contracting and exporting products produced in the area. BIDA's Steve Phillips says the seminar has been in the works for some time. And thus retain employment... and help create jobs. There is still space available for you to take part in the seminar Friday morning at 9 O'clock at the former Eagle's building on South Market Street.
If you were at Bloomsburg's Town Park last night... you couldn't have beaten the entertainment. The Clickard Consortium provided the toe – tapping big band sound music. The play list... their own compositions... as well as standard favorites. Next week... Memory Lane with music of the 50's, 60's and 70's. One addendum to this year's schedule... on July 31st... Gift – Troutman and Gift... with the following night being the 56th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival.
It's the end of an era... or at least a couple of months of growth... as Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach said “good bye” to iconic beard he's been wearing since late last year. The sound of clippers reverberated in the WHLM control room as the beard came off during the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. Kovach first grew the beard since he headed up the County's Bicentennial Committee.... and just last week... portrayed “Uncle Sam” at the Millville Fire Company Independence Day Parade. You can view pictures of the “great clip” on our website... www.whlm.com.
Shickshinny Boat Launch / Park
Shickshinny borough has opened a new boat launch and park along the Susquehanna River. The $340,000 in funds for the project came from the state and federal government. It's hoped the park and boat launch will draw tourists to the area... and will help the fire department when they're called out for a river rescue.
Avoca Construction Project
It will take two years to complete... but ground was broken Wednesday designed to relieve traffic congestion around the Wilkes - Barre / Scranton International Airport. PennDOT says the $42 – million dollar project will spiff up the on and off ramps from Interstate 81 to the airport... and includes three traffic circles... or roundabouts... to east traffic going to and from NEPA's most prominent transportation hub.
Dogs Left Behind
A Butler Township man is in the Luzerne County Prison after he was busted on drug charges last month. But the twist to the story is 31 – year old Dixon Francisco allegedly left several dogs in his apartment after he was arrested. Authorities also finding three other dogs in a vacant apartment in the 400 – block of South Hunter Highway... apparently left behind by squatters. The ASPCA has been called in to help the animals.
Two mattress manufacturers have merged their operations at the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton... and that could mean more employees punching the time clock. Vi – Spring has purchased controlling interest in the E-S Kluft & Company... and now becomes the largest provider of luxury beds. A spokeswoman for the company says an additional 25 people will soon be hired.
The Washington Nationals hit four home runs off Phillies starter Cliff Lee and beat the Phils Wednesday night 5-1. The final game of the series is Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets swept a series against the Giants in San Francisco for the first time in 19 years. The final was the Mets 7 and the Giants 2. In a game that was delayed by rain and didn't start until close to 10 o'clock, the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Oakland A's 5 to nothing... and it was the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 8-1.
Center Andrew Bynam, who missed the entire 2012-2013 season with the Philadelphia 76ers because of a knee injury, has decided to move on to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bynam signed an incentive-laden two year contract on Wednesday.