New Police Chief
Bloomsburg has a new Chief of Police. On a unanimous vote... council Monday night... removing the word “interim...” and thus promoting long – time officer Roger Van Loan to top cop. Mayor Carey Howell says despite a state wide search... and applications from around the country... Van Loan was the best candidate for the job. He'll receive $75,000 annually. Van Loan replaces Leo Sokoloski who took a job heading up law enforcement at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.
here is now a lot of movement on that planned all – county veterans memorial to be place in the middle of Market Street at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Plans were unveiled at Monday night's town council meeting. Council Vice – Chair... Diane Levan... a driving force behind the memorial says it will be placed closer to Ft. McClure Boulevard than originally planned due to the future construction of Kidsburg... and keeping the memorial out of a residential area. The memorial will consist of concrete... covered with a granite veneer... a lot of landscaping and polls with flags to honor all branches of the military.
XGR / Millard
Lawmakers in the state house could vote this week on Representative's David Millard's bill dealing with prevailing wages boosting the threshold where union type wages kick in from $25,000 to $100,000. During a recent interview.... Representative Millard says his measure could tie into the legislature's proposed transportation bill... however... it's designed as a “stand alone” bill. Lawmakers reconvene in Harrisburg Tuesday... and Representative Millard said his prevailing wage bill could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday.
Things are back to normal at the Berwick Theater on West Front Street... after 17 people came down with carbon Monoxide poisoning at the start of the weekend. Many were treated at the Berwick Hospital... and later released. The theater’s Facebook page indicating a blocked flue in the furnace caused the gas to leak out of the projection room. Theater owners have now installed a series of CO2 detectors to give them a heads up to any issues with the heating system.
With the effort of a lot of organizations in the greater Berwick area... this year's annual Riverfest at the test track park came off with out a hitch. The weather cooperated... and there were plenty of vendors... a car show and carnival rides for the thousands of people who attended. Andrew Hoke of Berwick showcased his graphic.... web and photography business.... and he said he was happy with the weekend turnout. Planning gets underway shortly for next year's event to be held in October.
Columbus Day Parade
Celebrating the life and time of Christopher Columbus... and Italian – American heritage with a Sunday afternoon parade in Berwick. A color guard.... the Berwick High School Ensemble band... and fire apparatus... as well as a scouting units made up the line of march. Matt Prosseda... President of the Italian – American organization called UNICO... says it's important to remember the past. Celebrating Columbus Days means banks... governmental buildings and some businesses may be closed for the holiday.
Millville Road Work
Motorists in the Millville area will have some inconvenience when traveling through the village starting Thursday. PennDOT says a crew will mill and pave sections of Route 42 within 500 feet in each direction of the intersection with the flashing traffic signal. Also... parking in the area will not be allowed. No detour is planned... the agency's Rick Mason says plan some extra time in your travels to get through the area.
A leading Pennsylvania state senator says it's time to increase the state's maximum allowable speed limit from 65 to 70 miles an hour. Senator Joe Scarnati plans to introduce legislation to allow the higher maximum speeds on interstates. He says increasing Pennsylvania's maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 miles an hour on interstates and the turnpike would allow for better traffic flow and for greater efficiency in the delivery of goods. His proposal would not mandate the higher limit-- but allow it if engineering and traffic studies support it.
Hospital's Enter Partnership
Better cancer care for patients at a Central Pennsylvania community hospital is the goal of a new partnership. he Cancer Care Partnership as it's known is a joint venture between Penn State Hershey Health System and Mount Nittany Health, that will provide state-of-the art treatment at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Hematology, medical oncology and infusion services will be enhanced. The goal is to bring quality care closer to home for cancer patients at Mount Nittany... with an emphasis on recruiting more oncology physicians and specialists to State College.
Wilkes - Barre Murder
Police in Wilkes – Barre have ruled the shooting of a man early Sunday morning a murder. Investigators say Michael Onley... known as D-J MO... was shot in the head near the Outsiders Bar on South Main... near the intersection of Hanover Street. Onley was well known as a club D-J and a personality at the Wilkes University radio station. If you have information about the shooting... call Wilkes – Barre Police.
All 46 passengers and the driver aboard a bus are safe after the vehicle caught fire late Saturday night on Interstate 80 in Butler Township near Hazleton. The bus was headed to Nescopeck... after making the five hour trip from Atlantic City... when some of the passengers smelled smoke. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation, but were later transported to their destination by a second bus owned by Motor Transportation of Hazleton.
Turkey Hill Robbery
An unsettling night for a Turkey Hill convenience store clerk in Wilkes – Barre Sunday night. A man with a gun strolled into the East Main Street store... showed the weapon and got away with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was hurt in the Sunday night stick – up.
The theft of a laptop computer from the Wal – Mart on Airport Road near Hazleton have state police investigators tracking down leads. The theft happened late Sunday night when a man was spotted with the computer... and failed to go through the checkout. The store's loss prevention team telling police the man fled in a dark colored pick – up truck. If you have information about the theft... give state police in Hazleton a call.