Spiffing up area's of Berwick is part of the quest of the Berwick Blue Print Committee which met Wednesday night at the Reliance Fire Hall on Third Street. Since 2009... they've been helping LaSalle Street residents reclaim their neighborhood.... now it's time for folks living east of the BIDA Complex to do the same. Community organizer Jay Jarrett says they're getting much needed help from Bloomsburg University. Their task is to survey area residents running from Third Street... north on Mulberry to Ninth Street... west to Oak.... then south to Front Street.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has given Geisinger Health Systems a $110,000 grant for brain cancer research. The money earmarked into the research of targeted treatment with Human Glioblastoma... so says Dr. Nikolaos Tapinos. One of the criteria in awarding the grants... the research must focus on specific research priorities established by the PA Department of Health and a panel made up of university and research institutes.
Iron Heritage Festival
This weekend in Danville... the Borough's annual Iron Heritage Festival... celebrating the area as the first producer of iron rails used by the railroads to build the nation. The event begins Friday afternoon... with the annual parade stepping off at 7 O'clock on Mill Street. There will be plenty of things to do Saturday... with train and buggy rides... plus hundreds of vendors. The event continues Sunday with a variety of activities... including a fly – in at the airport in Riverside. One program note... the WHLM Stations will have live coverage of Friday night's parade... anchored by WHLM's Mark Williams and former Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr.
Northumberland Co. Fatal
Police are still trying to figure out what led to a Northumberland County teenage girl to lose control of her car on Snydertown Road. 18 – year old Marcelle Barber died... and three of her friends were injured. Police say Barber lost control of her car early Tuesday morning... and it flipped over. Barber graduated from Mt. Carmel High School last month. She was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.
The string of convenience store stick – ups continues in Hazleton. Police say a knife – wielding man strolled into the Pantry Quick on East Diamond Avenue Tuesday night. He pulled the knife on the clerk... and ran out the door with a wad of cash. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.
South Side Pot Probe
A bad guy is in prison on felony drug charges... now police on Columbia County's south side are trying to inventory all the items they found earlier this week at the home of 53 – year old Richard Zambor. Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach said Zambor didn't put up a fight when arrested at his Mill Road home near Numidia on Monday.... as they shut down his marijuana drug distribution operation. Chief Breach says the arrest sends a message to folks in the drug community. Cops spending the early part of Tuesday afternoon showing off some of the 132 pot plants confiscated... $47,000 in cash... as well as several rifles... a pistol... and a bow. Zambor remains in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Berwick Meth Bust
The battle against meth continues in Berwick. Police telling us that four people were busted Monday night in a home in the 900 block of West Front Street. Fred Smith... Melissa Waldron... Jaide Benninger and Samuel Konrad... all of Berwick... were arrested on a long list of drug charges. All are in the Columbia County Prison... and face preliminary hearings in a couple of weeks.
Danville Man's Trial
A 34 – year old Danville man.... who was a former Bloomsburg University and Sunbury police officer... is now on trial in Northumberland County Court. Christopher Chilcote is accused of assisting in the transportation of drugs from Maryland to Northumberland County. Chilcote was arrested two years ago... following a 17-month investigation started by Point Township Police... as they sought another man in the case.
Beat the Heat
The sultry heat building over the Northeast will stay with us the next couple of days... so the Town of Bloomsburg is becoming pro – active. They're opening up the air – conditioned Council Chambers during business hours through Friday.... and now... Mayor Carey Howell says they've gone one step further by having a free swim at the Town Park pool on Thursday starting at 2 O'clock.
The planting of flowers on the Christmas Boulevard plots in Berwick began years ago thanks to retiree John Zadaraka.... but since his passing... the Berwick Beautification Committee has taken up his work. As a matter of fact... the Committee's Kay Todd has expanded it to flowers not only on the plots on market street... but at the Test Track and Ber – Vaughn Park. Ms. Todd believes the planting of flowers gives Berwick residents a better outlook on their borough and on life. The Beautification Committee holds a meeting Thursday at Borough Hall starting at 5:30. New members... and those thinking of joining are invited.
A 22 – year old Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. Franklin Zorilla – Gil was arrested by police for gunshots aimed at a man at a fight earlier this month. The incident taking place at South Wyoming and Birch Street. No one was hit... but Zorilla – Gill remains in the Luzerne County Correctional facility unable to post $50,000 bond.
State Superior Court has upheld the conviction of a Harrisburg man... in the 2010 shooting death of a Hazleton resident. The court ruling that Isaiah Jesse Garrett said the conviction was proper. Garrett was convicted of shooting 30 – year old Abdul Hakeem Shabazz in a drug deal that went bad.