Former Gov. Scranton Dies
The man who was Pennsylvania Governor from 1963 to 1967 has died. Former Governor William Scranton died over the weekend in Santa Barbara, California... of an apparent cerebral hemorrhage. During his political years... he served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Gerald Ford administration. Mr. Scranton was at the family's property in California when he died at the age of 96. He'll be cremated there... with services to be announced.
Danville Road Construction
The Borough of Danville has undertaken a floodgate project... designed to alleviate flooding from Mahoning Creek. That's means travel lanes at the intersection of Routes 11 and 54 will be somewhat confusing. But Danville's governmental affairs officer Dan Knorr says the project is of utmost importance in an effort to get rid of flood that damages places like one of Danville's school's back in 2011. Knorr says traffic detours at the Routes 11 and 54 intersection in Danville will remain a hodge – podge affair through the end of the year.
Five people are dead after the helicopter they were in crashed late Saturday night in a hilly area of Wyoming County. When the Robinson 66 disappeared from radar screens at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport... it was first believed it may have crashed in northern Columbia County... scrambling first responders. But the chopper with the five people was later found Sunday afternoon in southwest Wyoming County near Noxen Authorities say the helicopter took off from The Tri – Cities Airport in Endicott.... and was headed to the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Lehighton when it ran into questionable weather.
Day in Court
Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier and two of his top aides are set to appear in court Monday to face long-delayed charges that they tried to hide Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university from scandal. Spanier, retired Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley will appear before a District Magistrate near Harrisburg. The trio wants to have the charges dismissed on grounds that a grand jury improperly heard testimony from a Penn State lawyer who was representing them.
A Sunday fire extensively damaged a business in Elysburg. Fire broke out at Vic's Transmissions on Route 54 late in the afternoon. No one was hurt in the blaze... but a fire marshal will be on the scene on Monday to try and figure out what happened.
Locus Twp. Thefts
Locust Township police have been busy investigating a rash of incidents... one over the weekend in the 500 block of Ridge Road in Cleveland Township. Someone backing a a vehicle into a cornfield at two separate locations. Each time... heading to Tyson School Road in Numidia. Also reported was a theft of electrical equipment last week on Old Reading Road... in addition to the break in's of two cabins on Deer Mountain and South Deer Mountain Roads. If you have information about the thefts and criminal mischief... give Locust Township PD a call.
Millard / Corbett
Since swept into office a couple of years ago... Governor Corbett's poll numbers have eroded due to tough decisions he's had to make... trying to overcome... what some call... out of control spending by the Democratic Rendell administration. State Representative David Millard of Berwick says Mr. Corbett's decision to cut back on programs... eliminate duplicate services... and to keep agencies at level funding has worked. Millard went on to say... agencies hoping for a bump and not getting one are not a bit happy. Now... there are at least six potential Democratic Gubernatorial candidates waiting in the wing to meet each other in next spring's gubernatorial primary. One of which will face Mr. Corbett in November of 2014.
Millard Senor Expo
State Representative David Millard is holding his annual Senior Expo on Wednesday, August 7th at the Espy Fire Company in Scott Township. As in years past... folks from state and local government will be there talking about programs being offered to seniors. Vendors will also be on hand offering their goods and services. It begins at 9 AM and runs through noon time.
If you're headed to Wilkes – Barre Monday... authorities plan to temporarily close streets around the Hotel Sterling demolition project. Crews began bringing down the 115 – year old hotel last week... and will have it down... and the site prepared for a new development in two months. The work is costing Wilkes – Barre city government an estimated $419,000.
Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says it's time for dog fighting to stop. Over the past few months.... the chief and his officers have found dogs lying dead in the streets... or close to it. Dog fighting is illegal... so says Chief DeAndrea... and it's linked to gangs who have moved into the Hazleton area.
Delano Fire / Arson
Authorities now say that a fire which destroyed a now – vacant factory late last week near Hazleton was caused by an arsonist. The building once housed American Cable Recycling. A state police fire Marshall says fires were set at several locations. It took firemen several hours to being the flames under control
Ever want to kayak on the Susquehanna River?? There is an opportunity for you to do that... and at the same time give a donation to faith – based AGAPE in Bloomsburg. A trip is being planned for August 17th... and you need to pre – register now. The Susquehanna trip begins in Espy... and ending at the Bloomsburg Town Park. For more information and to register... go to the AGAPE web site or call their office on 7th Street.
The Philadelphia Phillies' season is going from bad to worse. On Sunday... the Phils gave up 8 unearned runs in a 12-4 loss to the Tigers, their 8th loss in a row. The Phils have Monday off. On Tuesday night they will begin a home series against the San Francisco Giants.
In his first game back from an injury, Derek Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a home run Sunday to help the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5. In other games, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins 3-2, and the New York Mets were clobbered by the Washington Nationals 14-1.
Even before they had their first contact drills of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles lost a key starter to injury. Wide receiver Jeremy Macklin tore the ACL in his right knee on Saturday and could miss the season. Macklin led the team with 69 receptions during 2012 – 2013.
Ryan Newman wins Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmy Johnson was second.