Briar Creek Twp. Drug Bust
Two Briar Creek Township residents are in the Columbia County prison... after they were busted on drug charges Thursday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 29 – year old Ronald Robbins... and 26 – year old Nicole Morgret face a host of charges. Police raiding the couple's mobile home at the Berlin trailer court near Ber – Vaughn Park. Robbins admitting to manufacturing meth... then tossing out the residue in household garbage.
A former member of the Shamokin Area School Board... who at one time taught... has been arraigned on charges he worked with a drug ring to allegedly obtain cocaine for personal use. 64 – year old Daniel Venn of Coal Township was arraigned Thursday on misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance... and criminal conspiracy. Venn appeared before District Judge John Gembic and released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
The Berwick Area United Way holds an all – day workshop Friday dealing with poverty in the area. The participants will be asked to take part in simulations... where they have to decide between buying food or paying the rent... so says United Way CEO Ginny Crake. The Poverty Summit and Workshop begins Friday morning at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation in the 700 block of West Front Street in Berwick.
United Water of Bloomsburg... the supplier of drinking water to the area... and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering in a program encouraging homeowners to fix leaks around the home. Utility spokesman Bob Manbeck says having a leaky faucet... toilet or shower head can waste a lot of water... quickly. Manbeck says a leaks can lead to the waste of 10,000 gallons of water a year... equating to 270 loads of laundry. Meantime... United Water is doing it's part to fix their leaks in the water distribution system. Manbeck says the company uses highly sophisticated equipment during the overnight hours to check the main distribution lines.
Fatal Accident Charges
A Berwick woman involved in a fatal crash earlier this month.. faces careless driving and failure to yield charges. Friday's edition of the Press – Enterprise is reporting... 77 – year old Catherine Miller pulled into the path of 55 – year old Kirk Williams at the intersection of Cross Road and Route 11. The impact instantly killed Williams... a well known auctioneer from Eyers Grove. Miller was injured and treated for her injuries at Geisinger Medical Center. She faces fines and fees of $700.
With the onset of spring, the season for road and bridge construction in Pennsylvania is moving up the calendar. The state's new $2.4 billion transportation law will be sprouting projects next month. Governor Tom Corbett says work on roads and bridges will be announced after the first of April. The Governor says roads have already been seasoned with salt, from funding from the new bill. Increased liquid fuel prices are helping to fund the infrastructure and mass transit projects.
A Carbon County nurse has been arrested by police... after allegedly stealing pills meant for nursing home residents. 29 – year old Keri McCardle of Palmerton is accused of stealing pills and drug patches that were to be used by residents of the Weatherwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Weatherly. Now... she faces a host of charges.
A not guilty verdict for a suspended Pennsylvania State Trooper. 36 – year old Carrie Gula innocent of charges of computer trespass... and making a false report to law enforcement. Gula was accused of hacking into her boyfriends cell phone account... they lying to police about a dust up she had. Now... all Gula wants is her job back as a state trooper.
State Representative Karen Boback says she will meet with constituents Friday afternoon during a special open house event. It takes place at Ms. Boback's district office on Twin Stacks Drive in Dallas. The meet and greet begins at 2 O'clock.
It could be a busy wildfire season out west due to dry conditions, while Pennsylvania faces an elevated risk of minor flooding. Water in the snow pack and increased soil moisture where snowmelt has already occurred will put Pennsylvania at risk of seeing minor flooding this spring, especially along the Susquehanna and Delaware River basins. Government forecaster s say there's an equal chance for PA to be at, above or below normal for both rainfall and temperatures this spring.
Bloomsburg University's Josh Veltre won both of his matches Thursday on the opening day of the NCAA Division One wrestling championships in Oklahoma City. Wrestling at 165 pounds, Veltre upset 5th seeded Nick Moore of Iowa 15-7 and then beat Ryan Leblanc of Indiana 5-2. Four other Husky wrestlers stayed alive in the tournament by winning one match and losing one. They are Bruce Busler at 149 pounds, Mike Dessino at 174, Richard Perry at 197 pounds, and Justin Grant at 285.
Former Benton High School star Zach Rutherford, wrestling for Penn State, won both of his matches at 141 pounds.
The Bloomsburg University baseball team opens their home and PSAC East schedules with a doubleheader against Lock Haven tomorrow afternoon at Danny Litwhiler Field. The Huskies have a 7 and 7 record while Lock Haven is 8 and 4. Saturday's first game starts at 1 o'clock.
The three Pennsylvania schools in the NCAA men's basketball tournament- Pitt, Saint Joseph's, and Villanova- all saw action Thursday. Pitt routed Colorado 77 – 48... Saint Joe's lost to Connecticut 89 - 81 in overtime... and Villanova defeated Milwaukee 73 to 53.