2014-01-15 06:07:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Black Ice / Accident
It may be challenging ride to work Wednesday morning. Freezing rain overnight... coupled with freezing temperatures make conditions ideal for black ice... not only on the roadway... but in your driveway or parking lot. Ice conditions may have led to a one – car accident on Beach Glen Road... north of Benton around 11:30 Tuesday night. The driver was trapped in the car for a short time... and was transported to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by Benton Ambulance.
School Bus Crash
Still no word as to why a empty school bus crashed into a home Tuesday morning in Shamokin. For some unknown reason... the driver of the bus collided with a porch on Bear Valley Avenue... rupturing a gas line and water main. The 74 – year old driver was not hurt.
The quest continues to bring a Berwick – built World War Two Stuart tank back to it's hometown. An estimated 15,000 Stuart tanks were built at the former A-C-&-F plant during the war, but there are only a handful in existence. Stuart committee co – chair.... County Commissioner David Kovach says they have leads on machines in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts... but they need some cold, hard cash for negotiations. Over the past few months there has been a number of fundraisers.... and more are planned this winter as we head into spring. Once acquired... the tank will be on display at the entrance to the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.
Farm Show Attendance
It may have been cold and icy, but Mother Nature didn't keep a half-million visitors from enjoying the flavors of the 98th PA Farm Show. 500,000 people went through the doors of the Farm Show that closed last Saturday. Weather kept overall attendance down 15 % against record numbers the previous year. As expected, visitors proved they love their farm food. They ate more than 275,000 potato donuts and 27,000 baked potatoes. The Dairymen's Association used 13,500 gallons of milkshake mix and and 7,000 pounds of Mozzarella cheese.
York County in south central PA will have a new state senator, after a special election in March. Republican State Senator Mike Waugh resigned from his position... and instantly became executive director of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Waugh says he's been working toward the Farm Show gig for some time. The special election March 18 will fill the 28th Senatorial District seat.
A Numidia man is out of prison after serving a month behind bars stemming from a child abuse charge.25 – year old Matthew Sacks was set free after initially jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. No date has been set for his next court proceedings. Sacks is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children... and three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering a person.
Mobile Mets Lab
Two men are in custody... caught by State Police... parked next to the Dorrance Township municipal building near Hazleton. The men... inside a black SUV... allegedly making meth in a suspected rolling drug lab. This is not the first time the SUV was spotted within feet of the building... the pair parking there several times since last Thanksgiving.
Hazle Twp. Fire
Investigators say a fire at a trailer at the Rossi Coal Company in Hazle Township was intentionally set. Flames destroyed the trailer... damaging files and paperwork, but no one was hurt. Thus far, no one is in custody... and the investigation into the fire at the coal company along Route 93 remains under investigation.
Distracted driving and a car fire on Interstate 81 near the Nanticoke exit in Luzerne County led to a four car accident Tuesday night. Police say a car caught fire in the southbound lane... that's when traffic started backing up... and a driver in the northbound lane couldn't stop for the cars ahead. That driver jumped the median and slammed into other cars.
Dialog between industry and wildlife managers, continues toward legislation that could change how threatened and endangered species are listed in Pennsylvania. The Senate Game & Fisheries Committee heard from business and wildlife managers at a hearing, as it formulates Senate Bill 1047 that could add an oversight committee to review decisions made by the Game and Fish & Boat commissions on listing endangered and threatened species. The House has a similar bill. Committee chair Senator Rich Alloway... a Republican from Adams County... said the dialog was constructive. Industry wants more transparency and wildlife managers say another layer of review will slow down the process.
Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord says he's raised $6.6 million in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor. The McCord campaign said this week he finished 2013 with $6 million in the bank. He's among at least eight people running for the nomination in the May 20 primary... hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett.
The Huskies Men's & Women's teams faced a formiddable opponent in East Stroudsburg in their games Wednesday night. The Women held tight to a 63-51 win. The Men were outstripped in the closing minutes, taking a 74-63 loss. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
Bloomsburg will be on the road Saturday to face West Chester. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.