Fatal Shamokin Fire
A 13 – year old Shamokin girl is dead after a fire destroyed a number of row homes along South Rock Street at midday Tuesday. The name of the victim has not been released. The four alarm fire was first spotted around 11 O'clock at 5 South Rock and spread to neighboring homes. The girl was found by firefighters in the third floor at 5 South Rock. She was pronounced dead by Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley.
It could be a sloppy drive home from work this afternoon. Snow began to move into the Susquehanna Valley around 9 O'clock Tuesday morning. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service still say we can get up to three inches of the white stuff before it ends. The threat of snow forced school districts to close across Columbia and Montour Counties. All are expected to be ready to go Wednesday morning.
Town Council / Rental Inspection
They initially passed a rental inspection ordinance earlier this year... but demand from property owners and second thoughts by Bloomsburg Town Council has pushed the implementation of the plan back 90 – days. That came during Monday night's Council meeting. Councilman Eric Bower proposed that council and the property owners meet to give the ordinance a second look and hash out differences. The motion for the 90 day delay came on a five to one vote.... with Fred Trump simply wanting to get rid of the inspection plan to disappear.
There is a new book making the rounds... dealing with the life and times of former Bloomsburg University professor George Keller... who... in his spare time... was a wild animal trainer... performing with various circus' University archivist Robert Dunkelberger has spent the past three years writing “Keller's Jungle Killers...” with more than 200 pictures. Dunkelberger says professor Keller would teach classes in the winter.... and when spring came around... he would hit the road with his animals... many of which were kept behind his house on Lightstreet Road.
Rice Twp FD
A former volunteer firefighter has been arrested for allegedly stealing $30,000 dollars from the former Rice Township Fire Department near Hazleton. Gina Tombasco has been charged with felony theft and forgery. The fire department was decertified earlier this year... but money went missing from the volunteer's bank account. Bank officials became suspicious and called in Luzerne County Detectives.
PennDOT is doing it's part to look out for older drivers... and to make sure they're safe behind the wheel. The agency's David Thompson says 19% of the state's 8.9-million licensed drivers are 65 and older... and some of the skills needed for driving may begin to go away. Meantime... there are driver improvement courses offered by various organizations such as PennDOT and A-A-R-P.
A state house panel held its third hearing this week on the issue of elder abuse, taking testimony from law enforcement. Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren told the panel she's seeing a rise of drug diversion or theft of pain medication from seniors. Meantime... fraud and scams are running rampant according to David Shallcross of the state Attorney General's office.
Did you try to visit the Wal – Mart in Buckhorn... in Hemlock Township last night to do some shopping... but you couldn't because it was closed. A bomb threat shuttered the 24 – hour store for seven hours. No device was found... and the store reopened around 3 this morning.
A Hazleton man is going to prison for life. 20 – year old Breon Judon was convicted two months ago of murdering 29 – year old Aaron Reznick in August of 2012 in order to steal his iPhone. Judon and a partner... 18 -year old Michael Dedes... kidnapped... robbed and beat the Hazle Township chemist.... leaving him for dead on a Hazleton street. Dedes, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the case and agreed to serve a 25-to-50-year's behind bars in state prison.
A state lawmaker wants to encourage Pennsylvanians to buy products that are made in the commonwealth. Rep. Neal Goodman of neighboring Schuylkill said he introduced House Bill 1800 to help the state's economy. Goodman said his legislation would establish a new "Made in PA" logo for products manufactured or produced in Pennsylvania, and would build on the PA Preferred program started in 2004 by the state Department of Agriculture to promote food and agricultural products grown or produced in the state.