Millville Police Chief on Desk Duty
The man who has been Millville's police since the late 80's isn't behind the wheel of his Dodge Charger police cruiser... but rather flying a desk these days. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition Ted Stout is being investigated by the State Police after a tussle with his gal – pal earlier this month. Tori Harrison went to court asking for a temporary protection of abuse order. Harrison... who is an officer in the Millville and Madison Township police department... said she and Stout had problems at a Bloomsburg bar earlier this month... then went to his home on Center Street in Millville, where she's living. Stout allegedly punched Harrison with so much force she flew into some furniture... and end up on the floor bleeding. Stout has given up his weapons... and has been removed from the County's SWAT team and Drug Task Force pending the outcome of the investigation.
Like clockwork.... residents of Orangeville lined the streets last night to take in the annual Fire Company Pet and Toy parade. It's an event that takes place every year... and is held in conjunction with the Orangeville Fire Company carnival. One of the judges was Columbia County Commission chairman Chris Young says parades of this type are a part of Americana. The annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs through Saturday night.
Bloomsburg Water Main
It took crews from United Water an estimated 5-and-a-half hours to open Main Street of Bloomsburg... near Iron Street... and replace a valve on an eight inch diameter water main... buried underground. That led to some pre – dawn heavy equipment noise... and the lack of water. But for United Water's Bob Manbeck... it was nothing more the preventative maintenance. Now... crews will go through the same process early Thursday morning as they open another section of the street to replace a second valve. Apartment dwellers from Iron to Market Street... along Main could be faced without water service for a couple of hours.
If you always wanted a piece of LaSalle Street history... you'll have an opportunity late this afternoon. There will be an auction at the former Hayes Hotel at 539 LaSalle Street. According to D. Owen Groves Auctions web site.... kitchen equipment... booths... and assorted memorabilia will be on the block. The hotel will soon be leveled by a demolition crew to make way for a new project. The auction begins Wednesday afternoon at the site in the 500 block of LaSalle Street.
Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved a list of projects that could be funded through Community Development Block Grants. The town is in line to get about $165,000 with the help of Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG. One of the paramount projects... according to the organization's Bill Seigel... is removing architectural barriers at a number of intersections. Seigel said the curb cuts are estimated at $110,000. Now... Public Works Director John Barton says he's working to identify where the architectural barriers are located.
Voter ID Trial
The trial in state Commonwealth Court dealing with whether we need to show identification when we vote continues this week in Harrisburg. For the most part... ID's are not necessary... only when one is voting the first time. Columbia Country chief registrar Matt Repasky is keeping an eye on the developments in the court. A group has brought a lawsuit against the state... not wanting voters to show ID's... but the Commonwealth says an ID is necessary to eliminate any fraud which may be in the system. The trial is expected to be wrapped up this week.
Jo Ellen Litz
It's becoming a crowded field of candidates who want the honor of upsetting Governor Corbett. At least six people have announced their intentions... including Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. She made a recent tour of Columbia County shaking hands and introducing herself to voters. Ms. Litz says Governor Corbett is vulnerable. A couple of areas stick out according to Ms. Litz... not being able to get a transportation funding bill approved... and the failure of the legislature to reach a pension reform bill. Whatever the case... she expects to stump the state between now and primary day in the spring of 2014.
PPL Power Plant
Unit 1 of the Susquehanna Steam Electric station... north of Berwick... has been re – connected to the regional power grid. It happened Sunday.... only a day after it was taken off – line to repair one of four valves that control the amount of steam going into the turbine. Unit two was not affected... and is chugging along at full power.
NEPA Gas Prices
Prices continue to climb for self – serve, unleaded gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania. A check of retailers by the Triple – A Fuel Gauge report... gasoline is averaging $3.63 a gallon.... the same as it was over the weekend... but up 11 cents during the past week. The reason... crude oil prices... and the day to day action of commodities traders.
A 49 – year old Gordon man is dead.... killed in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash at the top of Burnside Mountain. Coal Township police say John Nemeth crashed in a wooded area... just off of Route 125... when he flipped the ATV after leaving the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Northumberland County Deputy Coroner.
State Police are keeping their eye out for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 14 – year old girl. It happened in a wooded area... at Clay Avenue and Wayne Street... next to Route 924 in Hazle Township over the weekend. The teen described the man as either white or Hispanic.... overweight... with short, dark hair. If you have any information about the incident... call State Police in Hazleton.
An estimated 100 kids are spending the week at Camp Cadet on the Penn State Hazleton campus. The camp is for kids 12 to 14 years of age and is designed to give them a beginning to either the military or to join law enforcement. It's operated by the Pennsylvania State Police at various locations around the commonwealth.