If you live in Bloomsburg... you heard the fire siren go off at midday Monday. The reason... the Danville Fire Department calling for Bloomsburg's ladder truck after a blaze broke out in a fifth floor in the Bush Pavilion on the Geisinger Medical Center campus in Danville. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in it's on – line edition... workers accidentally started a fire when sparks from welding went into the wall of the room. No one was hurt and damage was minimal.
Suspected Thieves Identified
The one university – aged students making the rounds on video tape... accused of taking money from a Bloomsburg business cash has been identified. Police ID'ed the one suspect as Connor Gavin... a BU Student from East Stroudsburg. Gavin and a 17 – year old juvenile... allegedly took an estimated $600 in cash from Franks Pizzeria on East Main Street earlier this month. Both were caught on surveillance video opening the cash register and snagging the money.
Voter ID Trial
Trial got underway Monday in the state's Commonwealth Court on the constitutionally of Pennsylvania's voter ID Law. The final ruling could come down as to weather or not we need to show identification at the polls when voting. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky is closely watching the case. 9 days have been blocked out for the trial... but whatever decision is made... the entire issue is expected to end up in the hands of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The National American Red Cross is putting on a push for all type of blood products. That request is being felt at the local level... so says Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter. There are at least a dozen blood drives scheduled for the next two weeks in our area. Ms. Norton says donating is quite simple and takes an hour of your time. One very important drive is scheduled for Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That drive begins at 8 AM and runs through 1 O'clock.
The calendar has been circled... and it appears July 25th is the day the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes – Barre will meet the wrecking ball. Luzerne – based Brdaric Excavating won the demolition contract at $419,000. Still to be determined... what streets are going to have to be closed for the project.
The National Weather Service in State College says it's going to be a long, hot week with triple digit heat indicies. Their official forecast is calling for temps in the 90's until Friday... when clouds and thunderstorms move in to cool things off a bit. Saturday's temperatures are expected to be in the mid – 80's. If you're headed for the big city this week... be careful. The City of Philadelphia has already posted an excessive heat warning which runs through Tuesday.
State Police are continuing their investigation into a grinding two vehicle crash on Route 54 near Elysburg on Sunday. 27 – year old fire fighter Brian Stanley of Elysburg died at the scene. His vehicle was hit head on by a pick up truck driven by 49 – year old Christopher Long of Shamokin. Long and his son were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Police say neither driver was wearing a seat belt.
The Triple – A says that an estimated 15,500 cars thefts took place last year across Pennsylvania... creating heartaches for the owners. But the biggest reason for thefts... folks not locking their cars... so says the organization's Jenny Robinson. The Triple – A also suggesting chemically engraving the car's VIN number, which will deter thieves or assist in getting it back quicker.
Freeland Fire Truck
The Borough of Freeland will soon have a new... but somewhat used... fire truck in one of their bays. The Borough Council voting over the weekend to spend $120,000 for a 1998 Seagraves aerial truck to be purchased from a Lancaster firm. The truck will replace the current aerial truck which has been in service since 1980.
Two McAdoo part – time workers were let go over their weekend... their services no longer needed. In their place... a zoning and code enforcement officer. The action taking place at a special meeting of the council over the weekend. Michael Bowman of McAdoo... the new codes officer will make $8.25 an hour.