Drug Take Back
Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky says the amount and type of unused drugs sitting in home medicine cabinets is unreal. Now police departments up and down the Susquehanna Valley... hope to get most discarded drugs off of the shelves and into a local police department's this Saturday. Chief Kopitsky says police department's will be open Saturday morning at 10 O'clock. Later in the day... someone from the drug enforcement agency will stop by... pick up the material... and will eventually destroyed.
Woman Scammed Students
A former property manager is out on bail after she was arrested on 48 – counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Justine Crego is accused of ripping off an estimated $111,000 from Hazleton – Penn State students who lived in two off – campus buildings in Sugarloaf Township. Authorities say the students would pay... and she'd cash the checks. The alleged scam took place over the past two years.
Berwick / Blueprint Community
A show of support for neighborhoods.... while at the same time trying to get rid of crime. That's what a group known as the Berwick Blueprint Community plans to do Wednesday night at dusk as they walk through two neighborhoods. Organizer Tim Burke says their walk begins at Third and Mulberry Streets. The walk is just one effort to clean up and rid Berwick of crime.
Apple Harvest Festival
An estimated 500 elderly people made their way into the Espy Fire Hall in Scott Township Tuesday for the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging Apple Harvest Festival. It was a great opportunity to get out of the house... and a perfect place to get a free flu shot. The Agency's Kathy Lynn said the State Health Department ponied up the funding for the shots... that were administered by Bloomsburg University nursing students.
Lt. Governor Jim Cawley is out of the hospital... and will be spending the next few days at home. He was rushed to Harrisburg Hospital earlier this week after feeling dizzy and light – headed. The 44 – year old Cawley was given a batter of tests... with doctors determining his blood pressure was elevated. He was prescribed some medication and discharged.
A Luzerne County man will spend anywhere from the next 8 to 16 – years in the state's prison system. Juan Borbon was convicted earlier this year for the 2012 machete attack on a 15 – year old teenager near GAR High School in Wilkes - Barre. Marquis Allen nearly had his left hand amputated. Prosecutors say Burbon went to the school solely to attack African – Americans.
Wilkes - Barre Bridge
A bridge in Wilkes – Barre is closed. No one can cross the North Washington Street Bridge between Pennsylvania Avenue and East Chestnut Street. Barriers were put in place this week. The inspectors found problems with the spans superstructure... which is in need of repairs.
State lawmakers are taking a closer look at the open records law when it comes to inmates and four state-related universities. State prisoners are the most frequent fliers when it comes to requesting documents under the state's Open Records law. Proposed legislation would limit what records inmates can request. Meanwhile, private institutions Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities say their special treatment should continue as they get public funding. Lawmakers want police records and school functions to be public records. The four schools get more than $500 - million dollars from the state.
More than 40% of middle and high school students who smoke are lighting up flavored little cigars or cigarettes. That word contained in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. The study is the first measure of how many youth are using the flavored little cigars and cigarettes and shows that more than 2 out of every five middle or high school students who smoke use the products. The American Lung Association finds the report troubling... calling on the federal government to aggressively regulate these flavored tobacco products.
The unbeaten Berwick High School football team faces a challenge from once beaten Coughlin Friday night at Crispin Field. Bulldogs' coach George Curry is concerned with Coughlin's senior running back Paul Cole who has rushed for over 1200 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Coughlin at Berwick kicks off Friday night at 7 O'clock. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at 6 with The Coach Curry Show.
High School Soccer
The District 4 high school soccer playoffs began Tuesday night. In a boys' Class A game... Millville blanked East Juniata 2 to nothing. In a girls Class A game... Sayre defeated Benton 2 to 1. In a girls Class AA quarterfinal... it was Shikellamy over Central Columbia 3 to 1.
MLB / World Series
For the 4th time in major league baseball history, the Boston Red Sox play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game one is tonight at Fenway Park in Boston.