2014-01-14 06:24:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Bloomsburg Meth Bust
At least two people were arrested Monday and a suspected Bloomsburg meth house was shut down by authorities. The home at 225 East 6th Street was first visited by probation officers... who noticed the making for a meth lab.... although one was not in operation. Neighbors watched throughout the day to all the police activity. Authorities say Patrick Cameron and Cameron's gal – pal, Angela Gould, arrested were snared on variety of charges. The pair are lodged in the Columbia County Prison as police continue their investigation.
Despite recent buzz in the media, the Governor isn't changing his mind on the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. At least one proponent in the Senate isn't happy about it. A spokesman for Governor Tom Corbett says recent reports that the Governor might be softening his opposition to the use of medical marijuana are not accurate. Mr. Corbett was reported to be more agreeable, if the Food and Drug Administration were consider it legitimate medicine. Montgomery County Senator Daylin Leach, who sponsored a bill to legalize its use, says the Governor can make the medical marijuana decision on his own.
Recognizing area police officers who go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to domestic violence issues. Three officers and a victim witness coordinator were honored for their work Monday by Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. One of officers is Benton PD's Jimmy Hill who talked about domestic violence... even in the small borough he patrols. Hill... along with Bloomsburg PD's Melanie Readler... Berwick's Scott Sienkiewicz and victim witness coordinator Fran Frailey were honored for their on-going work.
Fuel Gauge Report
Headed someplace this week... you may be able to save a couple of cents a gallon when you fill up the car... mini – van or the SUV. The latest Triple - A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular across northeastern PA is averaging $3.53 a gallon. That's the same as it was over the weekend... but three cents a gallon less than it was a week ago. Nationwide... the Lundburg survey says gasoline is averaging $3.36 a gallon.
An investigation is underway to determine what started a fire in one of the buildings at ACF Industries in Milton. Firefighters from Union and Northumberland Counties were called to the blaze around 3 O'clock Monday afternoon. They spent several hours at the scene. No one was injured in Monday's fire at ACF Industries in Milton.
Aqua of Pennsylvania hopes to have leaks in some piping fixed soon. The pipes carry water which supply folks who live in the Beech Mountain Lakes sub – division in the Butler Township portion of Luzerne County... near Hazleton. The leaks are forcing homeowners to conserve water until the problem is fixed. The company is bringing in tankers filled with water to make sure the system doesn't run dry.
Two men have been arrested stemming from at least nine robberiesin Luzerne County dating back to last month. 42 - year old Jeffrey Townsley and 47 – year old Charles Conden were picked up at a motel in Plains Township... and charged with the robberies. The crime spree started the day before Christmas when the two allegedly knocked off a bank in Kingston. The pair is being held in the Luzerne County Jail.
Wilkes – Barre Robbery
An early Monday morning robbery in Wilkes – Barre. This time... the victim told investigators the incident happened around 1 O'clock in the morning at the corner of North Washington and Butler Streets... when he was relieved of his cell phone... after the robber pointed a weapon at him. A search of the area came up empty handed.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has scheduled workshops and is accepting applications for grants under the 2014 Community Conservation Partnerships Program. That word from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. In 2014, DCNR will focus on grant awards that advance local recreation and conservation priorities delineated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The application period opens January 15th and will remain open until April 16th.
Shamokin Rental Inspection
Shamokin may be the next city in the region to consider a rental inspection ordinance. City Codes officer Rick Bozza has been pushing for an ordinance the last 18 months... and council has gone as far as having a first reading a year ago... but since then the issued has hit loggerheads between property owners and lawmakers. It's somewhat similar to one approved by the Bloomsburg Town Council... now on a 90 day hold... but it calls for an inspection when occupancy turns over... not on an annual basis.
No word when the proposed ordinance will have a second reading in Shamokin.
For the second game in a row, the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team will face an unbeaten nationally ranked opponent. Last Wednesday it was 6th ranked IUP. Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies will face an East Stroudsburg team that has won a school record 15 straight games to start the season. The Warriors, ranked 10th in the nation, are the highest scoring team in the PSAC and have scored more than 100 points in a game four times. Wednesday night's doubleheader starts with the women's game at 5:30. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:10.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball Monday night... Berwick defeated Coughlin 55 to 21... and Montoursville downed Bloomsburg 59 to 50.
In a game you heard on the WHLM stations Tuesday night, Berwick beat Coughlin 67-48. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:
Thursday night, it's Berwick Girls' basketball, when they will play Dallas at home. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts after the 7 PM news.
In women's college basketball Monday night... the University of Connecticut ended Baylor's 69-game home winning streak last night... defeating the Lady Bears 66 – 55.