Montour Twp. Drug Bust
Three people are in custody... charged with running a meth lab in a Perry Avenue trailer park in Montour Township. Kristy Shultz telling our media partner Newswatch 16... the raid on the mobile home began Wednesday without a lot of fanfare. Authorities discovered something they hadn't expected …. eight new born puppies and their mother. They're being cared for by the folks at the Animal Resource Center. Police say William Parks, Matthew Smith and Michael Ridall face a long list of drug charges. Two women found in the trailer were also arrested on outstanding warrants.
Up to thirty people have been arrested in the Hazleton area this week in one of the largest round ups of drug – trade suspects in Hazleton's history. The arrests from “Operation Rising Star” follows a six month investigation. One area targeted was East Diamond Avenue between Wyoming Street and Fulton Court. All suspects were remanded to the Luzerne County Jail.
Overnight... crews made short work of collecting the snow and placing it in the rear of dump trucks to be hauled away. That happened in the East Pine Avenue parking lot. The old snow had been sitting around the past couple of weeks, but it was packed by cars pulling into and parking in the lot... and that produced some icy conditions. Also tackled overnight was East Fourth Street between Railroad and Market... and Jefferson Street between Main and Sixth. Whatever snow is left over will soon disappear due to temperatures in the 40's... as well as expected overnight rain.
It's been cold the past couple of weeks... and during the next few days daytime temps will be warmer by at least twenty degrees. Traditionally the first quarter of the year is slow for business, but accentuated by the cold, so says Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... and that means less traffic going into and out of stores. However, one thing that has helped... according to Gaffney... are a number of special events... such as Destination Blues... and Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series.
Games of Chance
There's only a trickle of tavern owners seeking small games of chance licenses and state senators expressed concern at a budget hearing this week. The Corbett administration has estimated that tavern games will bring in about $100 million in the next fiscal year, but so far only a few establishments are seeking licenses. Gaming Control Board Chairman William Ryan told the Senate Appropriations Committee the time line might be a little longer than some people hoped. Senator Jake Corman asked Ryan to review the background check process to make sure its not too intimidating.
The troubled Sherman Hills Apartment complex is expected to soon become a gated community. The Wilkes – Barre City Planning Commission okayed a plan surrounding the complex with a fence... with only two points of entry. The plans call for a guard house... manned 24 / 7... as well as a roaming patrol.
The owners of Sherman Hill says fence construction will begin once permits are secured.
Wilkes – Barre police are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to two Meyers High School Students this week. The kids telling police a man in a red Buick asked the students if they wanted a ride, but they refused. After following them for a short distance... he exposed himself. Parents have been alerted to the incident through the school's web site.
Lake Lehman Wrestling Coach Tom Williams was suspended earlier this month. Solicitor John Audi dismissed speculation it was over a player being allowed to compete without medical clearance. Audi declined to explain the reasons for Williams suspension, noting it was a confidential matter involving personnel.
Apparently having a couple of gas wells on your property isn't producing the money promised by gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale fields. A Bradford County farmer says he recently got a $1.10 royalty check from Chesapeake Energy for the natural gas taken from two well pads on his farm in the Sayre area. Glenn Aitkens says the return from the gas company is far below what was promised. There is no response from Chesapeake Energy.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played West Chester Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House. In the women's game... Bloomsburg defeated West Chester 66 to 58... and later in the men's contest... West Chester downed the Huskies 81 to 68. The Huskies next action will be Saturday afternoon at Mansfield.
Boys HS Basketball
In high school basketball Wednesday night, in a District 4 Class AA boys first round game..Southern Columbia defeated Mt. Carmel 56 – 44. In a boys District 2 Class AAA game...Wilkes – Barre GAR picked up the victory... downing Berwick 81- 34.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls basketball playoff action Thursday night, Central Columbia is at Muncy in a District 4 Class AA quarterfinal. In a District 2 Class AAA game, Berwick is at Pittston Area
In top 10 college basketball Wednesday night... top ranked Syracuse was taken out by Boston College 62 – 59... and 10th ranked Saint Louis got by George Mason in overtime 89 – 85.