Berwick Meth Bust
Six people are facing a host of drug charges after they were busted Wednesday at an apartment building at 530 West Front Street in Berwick. The half – double house is owned by Berwick Borough Councilman Arden Oliver. Police Chief Ken Strish said the operation went smoothly. Chief Strish says all six suspects were hosed down on the spot by Berwick firemen... then hustled off to the police station for processing. They appeared before district Justice Marvin Shrawder in Danville before being sent to the Columbia County Prison. Chief Ken Strish identified those busted as 24 – year old James Eveland, 33 – year old Kenneth McCollum, 30 – year old Levi Whitesell, 33 – year old Ronald Sharpnick, 52 – year old Debra Hoskins, and 29 – year old Kelly Bromley. Strish noted that Debra Hoskins is the mother of Kenneth McCollum.
Benton Twp Stabbing
What led to the stabbing of an unidentified man yesterday afternoon on Route 254 in Benton Township. State Police investigators don't know for sure but the man was found sitting in his car along the highway. He was taken by ambulance to the Orangeville ball field where he was Life – Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he's recovering. Now... a language barrier is standing in the way between the stabbing victim, police and the ongoing investigation.
The first in a number of bridges to be posted in PennDOT's District three area... which includes Columbia County... will be posted for weight reduction Thursday morning. The span takes Route 706 over Cold Creek...two miles north of Camptown in Bradford County... so says PennDOT's Rick Mason. The agency's Mason says the posting will reduce the weight of vehicles crossing the bridge from 40 – tons to 32 – tons. It may not seem like much... but as Mason explained it will cut down on the number of tractor – trailers cross the span.
A hearing dealing with legislation aimed at reducing burdensome environmental regulations... which could lead to excessive delays for fledgling business... was held this week in Pottsville... in neighboring Schuylkill County. State Representative Mike Tobash who represents the county says environmental permitting is a serious concern. Tobash says the length it takes to get a permit drives up the cost of major infrastructure projects.
The appeals hearing for Jerry Sandusky has been moved from the Dallas High School... to the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes – Barre. The reason... due to public interest and the crush of expected media. The former assistant football coach under Joe Paterno at Penn State... Sandusky is asking the superior court to over turn his verdict of sexually abusing young boys.
A Hazleton couple is in trouble with the law following an argument... which led to their 15 – month old child to wander in the street. 19 – year old Leslie Peguero is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Meantime, an arrest warrant was issued for 23 – year old Nelson DeJesus... also charged with child endangerment. The incident happening near the corner of South Wyoming and Noble Streets.
Luzerne Co. Controller
Luzerne County has named a new controller. He's Walter Mitchell of Bear Creek... who will serve four months until a new controller is elected. Mitchell replaces Walter Griffith who resigned earlier this year after charged with recording conversations without the other person's consent.
Bloomsburg HS Football
Last season the Bloomsburg High School football team lost only three games, but two of those losses were to South Williamsport, the team the Panthers face Friday night in the season opener at the Stadium. The game will mark the the Bloomsburg head coaching debut of Mike Kogut who knows what to expect from South Williamsport. Friday night's South Williamsport at Bloomsburg game is the WHLM game of the week. Coverage begins at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute.
In major league baseball Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 6 to 2. Both teams wrap up their series in New York Thursday afternoon. Game time is 1:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:35.
Other MLB games
In other games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Milwaukee Brewers 7 to 1... and the Toronto Bluejays got the best of the New York Yankees 7 to 2.