Interstate 80 Closed
Interstate 80 is closed between the Lightstreet and Berwick / Lime Ridge exits. A tanker loaded with gasoline and diesel fuel flipped on it's side in the eastbound lane of the highway around midnight. Emergency crews remain at the scene making sure the product in the tank does not leak. Fire police are getting drivers around the situation.
A Berwick man faces up to 15 – years in prison after he admits to driving drunk without a license... an running down a man on a bicycle who was on his way home from work a year ago. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 18 – year old Joseph Rish pleading guilty in Columbia County court to a homicide by vehicle charge in the death of Robert Mohr. Mohr was struck and killed as he rode his bike from the Denny's restaurant in Lightstreet to his home along Ridge Road in North Center Township.
Thanks to a state grant funnel through PennDOT from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Bloomsburg Police are doing their part to try and stem a growing problem of aggressive driving. Interim Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the biggest problem is on West Main Street... near the Moose Exchange at Jefferson Street. Interim Chief Van Loan says that's where aggressive drivers are ticketed and sent on their way. The aggressive driving program runs through the end of the month.
NEPA Gas Prices
Pump prices are holding steady for self – serve unleaded regular gas across northeast Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge latest report shows we're paying an average of $3.61 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... but down two cents from a week ago. A year ago... unleaded regular was averaging $3.84 a gallon.
Trying to help people with Alzheimer's will hit Market Street in Bloomsburg on Saturday to help raise money to combat the disease. Kathy Martin of Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center says the disease is not only trying on those who have it... but their families as well. Registration for the walk begins at 10 O'clock Saturday morning at the Bloomsburg Town Park...with the walk stepping off at 11.
Lou Barletta / Syria
Congressman Lou Barletta gets a classified briefing Monday as to the situation with Syria as congress mulls over the idea of giving President Obama the okay to carry out a military strike on that middle eastern county. The Assad government is accused of gassing its own people a couple of weeks in order to quell ongoing uprisings. Mr. Barletta says he is conflicted... and questions any attack on Syria. Congressman Barletta making his remarks during an appearance before the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce at the start of the weekend.
If you usually use the Bardo Road Bridge in Greenwood Township in your travels... you'll be faced with detours. The Columbia County – owned bridge will be closed this week. Crews will be working on the span... starting Monday... for repairs to the decking. It is expected to be open by the end of the week.
Thousands of bridges around the state are having their weight limits reduced... in order to stretch their life span. The problem is most bridges are more than 50 – years old and they're reaching the end of their life cycle. PennDOT's Rick Mason says structural problems have developed over the years. The legislature didn't take up the transportation funding issue prior to adjournment... but now is expected to be top of mind when they reconvene later this month.
Funeral services will be held this week for Representative Dick Hess who served the central part of the state. Hess chaired the state house transportation committee as it grappled with funding for roads and bridges and he's being remembered as a key player in trying to reach a compromise that would not put a large burden on consumers. The bill got bogged down in the house and some fear Hess's passing could mean a loss of momentum when the issue is considered again this fall.
The 50th annual All American Dairy Show opened over the weekend at the state farm show complex in Harrisburg. The Department of Agriculture's Nicole Bucher says dairy is an important industry in PA... pumping billions of dollars into the state's economy. The show runs through Thursday.
Luzerne County has a new director of the Flood Protection Authority. 58 – year old Christopher Belleman takes over the job later this month. He will replace Jim Brozena who retired earlier this year. Belleman is currently the County director of operational services.
Cops in Ashley... in Luzerne County.. are investigating a string a break – ins over the weekend. Investigators say all the cars were parked in a back alley of Ashley Street. Police in that part of Luzerne County are asking drivers to lock their cars... and remove personal belongings.
State Police in Hazleton are investigating a burglary, which happened at the start of the weekend in Foster Township in Luzerne County. Troopers say someone broke into a home... making off with consumer electronic goods. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call State Police at Hazleton.