Berwick Meth Bust
Five people are in custody following a suspected meth lab bust in the 12 – hundred block of Orange Street in Berwick. Police Chief Ken Strish identified those arrested at 42 – year old Floyd Walter... 25 – year old Lee Longenberger... 47 – year old Elizabeth Walker... 23 – year old Felicia Cressinger and 27 – year old Ashley Titman. Strish said when a team of officers and state drug agents raided the building they found a three year old girl. She was taken off the property to the Berwick Hospital for a check up and is in the custody of juvenile authorities. The lab was set up in the child's bedroom... and at the time of the raid... a so – called “one pot vessel” was cooking a batch of the drug. All five are facing a long list of drug charges and will be arraigned before District Justice Richard Knecht Tuesday night and are expected to be sent to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.
Bloomsburg University is ramping up to celebrate it's 175th year of existence. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... BU President Dr. David Soltz there will be added programming during the 10 – month long celebration. That includes an appearance on Tuesday of the wife of Civil Right activist Medgar Evers... assassinated in front of his home in 1963. Myrlie Evers – Williams will talk about the future of civil rights in this country during the Martin Luther King, Junior commemoration at 7 O'clock at Gross Auditorium at Carver Hall.
There is a published report... that financial problems at three state – owned universities could leave their future in doubt. Chancellor Frank Brogan said Clarion... Edinboro and Mansfield universities are the schools with the most serious challenges. They have eliminated programs and laid off employees in order to make ends meet.
The State System of Higher Education isn't sure it that wants to establish a weapons on campus policy that would supersede those already set by its fourteen universities. Guns on university campuses was a hot topic for the House Appropriations Committee when it met with the State System of High Education. Representative Steve Santarsiero... a Democrat from Bucks County... questions Chancellor Frank Brogan about the mixed weapons policies at PASSHE's fourteen universities. Schools like Slippery Rock University with students who hunt, allow guns as long as they are locked up at security offices.
Trucks / Environment
Big trucks making their way across Pennsylvania will be held to tighter fuel standards in the coming years. President Obama has directed federal agencies to develop higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March of 2016. The standards will affect all vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds... from large pick-up trucks to 18-wheelers.
Hazleton Police are investigating the armed stick – up of a convenience store on West Diamond Avenue Sunday night. Authorities say a man strolled into the Pantry Quick armed with a knife... and pushed the woman clerk to the floor. An inventory is underway to determine what was taken.
Two people are in separate hospital's after they were shot Saturday night in Lansford... south of Hazleton. Melissa Price and Levi Zagata were involved in a domestic dispute when shots were fired. Both are in critical condition. Investigators have yet to figure out who pulled the trigger.
The investigation continues into the arrest of a neighboring Schuylkill County couple... busted on drug related charges at the start of the weekend. 33 – year old Jason Shiffert was arrested and charged with allegedly operating a meth lab at his East Ruddle Street home. Also busted was 21 – year old Jenny Heydt. She is six months pregnant and has a 18 month old child. She's been charged with reckless endangerment.
Wilkes – Barre Stabbing
One person was stabbed along South Main Street over the weekend. Police are now investigating. They say the person stabbed was treated for minor injuries.
The Wilkes – Barre Citizens Voice is reporting that the Tobyhanna Army Depot has eliminated about a third of it's workforce over the past two years. That's about 17 – hundred people losing their jobs. And its believed there are even more reductions in the future due to a hiring freeze... a modified plan to upgrade facilities.. cutbacks on purchases and an offer of early retirement.