Bloomsburg Rental Ordinance
That controversial Bloomsburg rental inspection ordinance has been placed on the back burner for 90 days. Town Council this week agreeing to work closer with the owners of rental properties... in essence forming a committee to hash out problems with the ordinance. But councilman Fred Trump want's to see the law disappear... but that's not going to happen according to councilman Eric Bower. No word when the committee will be formed... or when they'll meet. As it stands now... the controversial ordinance won't go into effect until April 1st.
Still no word on what started a fire in some row homes on South Rock Street in Shamokin this week. A 13 – year old girl died in the fire... despite attempts by several people to rescue her. Melissa Pangburn was a 7th grader at Shamokin Middle School. Counselors were brought in Wednesday for folks who are have trouble coping with the tragedy.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon for an 18 – year old Shickshinny teenager killed in a one – car crash over the weekend. Jordan Sult died when he lost control of his car on Route 239... two miles north of the borough and slammed into a utility poll. The service to be held at the Clarke Piatt Funeral home in Hunlock Creek.
Folks trying to kick criminals out of neighborhoods in Berwick walked in 20 degree weather Wednesday night. Specifically... members of Berwick Area Crime Watch strolled east on Spring Garden Avenue from their starting point at Scanlon Street. Berwick Mayor – elect Tim Burke says Spring Garden and nearby Fairview Avenue are seeing their share of burglaries. And while Spring Garden is become the hotbed for burglaries... some neighborhoods are also getting some unwanted attention due to domestic violence calls.
Berwick SWAT Training
If you cruised Wednesday in the 300 block of LaSalle Street in Berwick... you probably witnessed the Columbia – Montour SWAT team in action. It was all part of a training exercise carried out in vacant homes owned by the Columbia County Housing Authority. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says the SWAT training is important. Chief Strish said... in the past... the department would take care of problems which popped up. But with increased crime... they've joined the two county SWAT team in order to get extra help... and the training needed for high – risk situations.
That proposed merger between Hazleton General Hospital and the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown... will become a reality the first of the year. The merger was given a stamp of approval from the Federal Trade Commission and the PA Attorney General's office. The merger was initially announced last April. After January 1st... the Hazleton hospital will be known as Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton.
Rice Twp Fire
Investigators still don't know how a vacant house caught fire in Rice Township late Tuesday night. The house on Blythburn Road in Mountain Top was extensively damaged. Even though the home was empty... there was electricity going into the structure.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center near Wilkes – Barre has issued restrictions... prohibiting children under 5 from visiting impatient units. The restrictions are the result of a seasonal increase in pediatric respiratory illness... or RSV. A doctor says young patients have vulnerable immune systems... that may not fight off the respiratory virus.
A second request has been filed by lawyers for former state senator Raphael Musto... asking for a continuance of his corruption trial indefinitely due to health problems. Musto was scheduled to go on trial January 13th. If you recall... the 85 – year old Musto was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2011...charging him with accepting $25,000 dollars from a contractor to develop properties in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
Pennsylvania ranks high in the number of active physicians practicing in the state, but is not doing as good a job in retaining new med school grads. WHLM Cathy Clark reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau... the commonwealth is 10th in the number of active physicians but 37th in retaining those completing in state medical education. That's according to the State Physicians Workforce Data Book. Concerns about the number of primary care physicians have been raised as the state looks to expand access to health care. Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA plan would take some steps to address the issue.
The Southern Columbia football program has won a record tying six Class A state championships, but next season, for the first time in school history, the Tigers will compete in Class AA. A slight increase in male enrollment plus a change in the cutoff numbers by the P.I.A.A. brought about the change which head coach Jim Roth looks forward to. Southern Columbia's football program will also be moving from Division 3 to Division 2 in the Heartland Conference next fall.
In boys high school basketball last night... Berwick downed Selinsgrove 62 to 49...
In the NBA
The Philadelphia 76er's were defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves 106 to 99.
In the NHL
The Chicago Blackhawks skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 7 to 2.
In the NFL Thursday night, the San Diego Chargers play the Broncos in Denver.