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Friday / August 23, 2013


Police Investigate Accident

Bloomsburg Police are investigating a two car accident which took place Friday night at the corner of Lightstreet and Country Club Road. Reports from the scene indicate a Porsche and a Volkswagen collided at the intersection. The driver of the Porsche was entraped inside his car. The accident shut down Lightstreet Road for at least an hour.

A condition report of the drivers is pending.

 

Bridge Weight Limits

Since lawmakers could not agree on a transportation funding package this summer, now PennDOT will be posting new weight limits over the new few months on about one thousand bridges across the state.  530 state owned bridges and about 470 locally owned bridges are getting new or added weight restrictions to ensure safety and increase their life span. PennDOT will start posting the bridges on August 29th. Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says trucks... and in some cases delivery trucks, ambulances and school buses will be affected.

 

Hydrant Flushing

United Water Company says it should wrap – up it's fire hydrant flushing operation Friday. During the past week... the Utility's Bob Manbeck says hydrants have been open and let run in Bloomsburg... as well as Montour and Scott Townships. The operation is designed to get sediment out of the lines. United Water's Manbeck say if you find discoloration of the water... simply open the cold water tap and let it run a couple of minutes.

 

Immigrants Benefits

House Representative Doyle Heffley of near – by Carbon County will introduce legislation aimed at insuring illegal immigrants will not receive taxpayer funded state benefits. Rep. Heffley says the legislation is aimed at protecting and preserving public benefits for those in the country legally. The state house reconvenes next month... so right now there is no indication how much traction the Heffley proposal will gain.

 

Prevailing Wage

The prevailing wage issue got the first in a series of hearings before the state house Labor and Industry Committee Thursday. The law requires a prevailing minimum wage be paid for most public construction projects and some feel the way the wages are set and the threshold for projects that should be exempt need to be reformed. There's also a bill to exempt road repair projects. Supporters of the law say it protects skilled workers and helps local economies. Another hearing is planned for Monroe County next week.

 

Hunlock Creek Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out how an illegal dumping site near Hunlock Creek... in Luzerne County... caught fire Thursday. One fire chief says the illegal dumping... next to a vacant home along Route 11... has been there for some time.

 

Luzerne Controller

Six Republicans were interviewed last night that could lead to a four – month term for the Luzerne County controller position. Earlier this month.... Walter Griffith resigned after he was charged with illegally recording conversations without the other persons consent. County counsel says they'll have a decision next week.

 

Trial

A Luzerne County judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to send Joshua Ovallesto to court to send him to trial on murder charges. Ovallesto is accused of shooting and killing 24 – year old Vaughn Kemp of Wilkes – Barre following a fight along South Grant Street last month.

 

 

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