2014-02-25 06:04:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
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.
Those puppies and their mother found in a suspected meth lab last week in a trailer park on Perry Avenue in Montour Township are doing well. That word from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center of Bloomsburg. All will be adopted out in about ten weeks. The eight puppies of a boxer lab mix were living in the house were the meth was allegedly being made. Authorities finding the mother without food or water trying to nurse the week old puppies.
Martzville Rd Fire
A fire ruled an accident by investigators destroyed a two - story home in the 300 block of Martzville Road... in Briar Creek Township near Berwick Monday afternoon. The home was vacant and was being prepared for sale. It took firemen an estimated two – hours to squelch the blaze. The fire rekindled several times overnight. Investigators say it's believed a fireplace may have started the blaze.
Danville Flood Protection
If you needed to get from one side of Danville to the other over Mahoning Creek overnight... you couldn't. The contractor hired to construct the Borough's flood control project shut down Route 11, near Route 54, to try out flood gates which is part of the overall system... so says Danville Administrator Dan Knorr. The road was re-opened this morning... with the contractor's installation timed... and was given points for the tightness of fit.
The sound of heavy equipment on Main Street in Bloomsburg on Monday as a town crews with two front end loaders and a parade of dump trucks made easy work of the hard – packed snow and ice along the curbs... by the parking meters. For the past two weeks... parking your car along main street was an adventure... since the snow was plowed... then became packed and formed ice making it tough to get into a spot... let alone plug the meter. This week, expect temperatures not to get out of the upper 20's... with overnight lows hanging around zero. Only snow showers are noted in the forecast.
A 17 – year old Wilkes – Barre teen surrendered to police on Monday... accused of stabbing a high school student. Kevin Espinoza said he stabbed another teenager after he was jumped from behind following a basketball game last Wednesday at the GAR high school. Police say the stabbing victim remains in the hospital... being treated for his wound.
Police say three people are jailed after they allegedly broke into ten cars in the Ashley area of Luzerne County late last week. Jarod Hospodar... Jeremiah Shepherd and a juvenile were busted... after they allegedly made off with small items from cars... such as GPS devices. Most of the stolen items have been recovered. Hospodar and Shepherd are in the Luzerne County prison... while the juvenile is in a detention center.
Now that former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler has settled his differences with the borough for $30,000 and a promise not to sue... Kessler has now started a new chapter in his life. If you recall... the chief showed up on You Tube last summer... liberally using the “f-bomb” and firing automatic weapons owned by the city. During a news conference on Monday... Kessler telling reporters he has signed a contract for a development deal for a TV reality show. He doesn't get paid for the show unless it's picked up... something the production company hopes the History Channel will do.
There is one less Democrat in the race to grab that party's gubernatorial nomination. Max Myers says he'll withdraw from the crowded field... since donations haven't come in as expected. His day job is that of a Pentecostal minister near Mechanicsburg. Seven other candidates remain in the race for the nomination... one of which hopes to take on Governor Corbett in the November general election.
Bloomsburg University defensive end Larry Webster was very impressive yesterday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He ran the second fastest time of any defensive lineman in the 40 yard dash.
His time of 4.58 seconds was second only to South Carolina's Jadaveyen Clowney. Webster also had the 5th best vertical jump.
BU Women's Basketball
Bloomsburg University junior Jocelyn Ford is the PSAC Eastern Division women's basketball player of the week. Ford averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in wins over West Chester and Mansfield. The Bloomsburg University women's team will take a 22 and 3 record into their regular season finale Wednesday against Kutztown at the Nelson Field House.
In District 4 semifinal games Tuesday night, The Danville girls beat Shikellamy 52-42. In boys' basketball, Central Columbia took an early lead on Danville and held on to a 64-48 win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:
In top 25 college basketball last night... Syracuse barely got by Maryland 57 – 55 and Kansas downed Oklahoma 83 – 75.