2014-03-17 05:28:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Still no word as to what caused a fire early Saturday evening which destroyed a Nescopeck home. The fire began at the rear of the multi – story structure in the 500 block of Cooper Street shortly after 5 O'clock. Authorities say Rick Sitler, his son, Steven and their three dogs escaped the flames. It took firefighters several hours to squelch the blaze.
With word recently of a Long Island company ready to set up shop in South Center Township to produce modular homes... there are some who question incentives to lure companies to a location. But, for Steve Phillips of the Berwick Industrial Development Association who brokered the deal with Modular Steel Systems, incentives are a way of doing business. Under the deal... Modular Steel Systems will invest $400,000 in the former Design Homes building... and will receive an estimated $222,000 for training... job creation and tax credits.
Wind Turbine Fire
It's not a sight seen in our area. Flames shooting from a wind turbine near Mahanoy City. What's still not known how the fire started early Saturday evening at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm. No one was hurt... and the company which operates the farm let the fire burn out by itself.
What is it like to live in poverty. Not many of us know... but on Friday the Berwick Area United Way will hold a workshop dealing with poverty and it's effect on families... and it includes a simulation for those attending... so says Berwick United Way CEO Ginny Crake. Ms. Crake says that could come down to buying food or paying the rent. The conference takes place Friday at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation in the 700 block of West Front Street in Berwick.
PennDOT / Higher Fees
Pennsylvanians will soon be paying higher fees for a host of motor vehicle and driver services from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A published report says that beginning April 1st we'll pay higher costs for title certificates... personalized licenses plates... and more than 30 other fee categories.The higher fees were approved as part of the transportation infrastructure law passed late last year that also is boosting gasoline taxes by an estimate of more than a quarter a gallon over several years.
We might still be in the grips of winter, but it will only take a few days of spring like temperatures, low humidity and a brisk wind to raise the risk of wildfires. WHLM's Cathy Clark says the harsh winter left a lot of debris behind-- and one of the top causes of brush and wildfires is open burning. Randy White, of the state Bureau of Forestry, says people are responsible for most wildfires. He says it's better to recycle yard waste through mulching or community pick ups.
A Hazleton man is locked up... in prison after he allegedly shot another man several times Saturday morning. 25 – year old Hector Luis Alvarez is being held on a half – million dollars bail after a shooting at the corner of sixth and grant streets. The man who was shot was not identified, but is in an Allentown hospital after undergoing surgery.
Wilkes – Barre Stabbing
More troubles at the beleaguered Sherman Hills low income housing project in Wilkes – Barre last night. Cops were called there Sunday night to investigate a domestic disturbance which escalated into a stabbing. A man telling police he and his gal pal were arguing when she allegedly stabbed him and took off. The victim was hustled to a Wilkes – Barre hospital for treatment.
Crews will work Monday at an Ashley mobile home park... attempting to restore water service. Residents at Ashley Park have been without water all weekend. Several hundred of them have had to get water from a large water buffalo brought in by Pennsylvania American Water. But it appears to be a broken pipe inside the park... and not a problem of the utility.
BU Women's Basketball
The Huskies' superb season came to a close on Monday night when they lost to fellow PSAC members Edinboro in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championshp game. Bloomsburg led for most of the game, but the Fighting Scots steadily crept up and eventually took an 82-76 win. Edinboro will advance to the Elite Eight next week. Bloomsburg ends their season with a 26-5 record. You can hear the details from the evening with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:
Bloomsburg High School swimmer Noah Crawford won four medals at the state championships which concluded Saturday at Bucknell University. Crawford's best finish earned him a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke and helped the Panthers to a 4th place finish in the team standings.
In college basketball Sunday... in the ACC final, Virginia beat Duke 72-63; in the Big Ten championship game, it was Michigan State 69 and Michigan 55; and in the SEC final, it was Florida 61 Kentucky 60.
Sunday night, the NCAA tournament pairings were announced. The four number one seeds went to Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, and Virginia.
In the NHL Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3
Carl Edwards wins the rain - delayed 500 lap NASCAR Cup Series event at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.