DUI Charges Tossed
DUI charges lodged against a former Benton Area School District bus driver have been thrown out. Initially 38 – year old Jennifer Watson was charged with DUI following profanity – laced drive in March... taking kids home from the Benton High School. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that District Judge Doug Brewer decided there wasn't enough evidence to make the charges stick. Watson has since been fired from her part – time driver's job... and now the school board is looking into the action taken by School Superintendent Penny Lenig-Zerby. She is on administrative leave following the incident.
An undercurrent of partisan rancor emerged in a state house committee Tuesday as the Republican chair opened a hearing on a resolution to impeach the Democratic state attorney general. Democrats walked out shortly after the hearing began to discuss whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane should be impeached for refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage and other decisions. Franklin and Marshall College Professor Terry Madonna calls such impeachment procedures rare and says it's hard to believe the effort is on sound ground, despite controversy generated by some of Kane's decisions.
The state senate has approved a bill that will set up a prescription drug database in Pennsylvania. The prescription drug monitoring program would create an electronic data system to list all controlled substances prescribed and dispensed in PA. The medical community supports the bill as a way to help prevent doctor shopping and drug abuse. But the Pennsylvania ACLU still has problems despite changes in the measure, expressing concern that law enforcement would still have too much access to the information.
Pet and Toy Parade
The kick off to the carnival season.... as well as various pet and toy parades in the area takes place Wednesday night in Bloomsburg. The 48th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy parade will stroll down Market street around 6 O'clock Wednesday night to the Bloomsburg Fire Department... where volunteers kick off their annual carnival. Eric Stahley of the local Kiwanis Club says the events compliment each other. Wednesday night's Pet and Toy forms at 5:30 behind the Columbia County Courthouse.... with the line of march starting at 6 O'clock going west on Ridge Avenue...then south on Market Street.
Thousands of people are expected to be in eastern Columbia County Saturday for the second annual “Celebrate Berwick” event. It's a way to highlight Berwick along Front Street. But there's always that question... where do I park and how do I make my way to the events. Amy Shortledge from the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says problem solved due to the help of a Berwick transportation company. Some of the events... according to Ms. Shortledge include a wine tasting party in Briar Creek Township... a car show at the K-Mart Plaza... as well as merchants holding a sidewalk sale in Berwick's business district.
Police in Hazleton are investigating the death of a 3 – month old girl. The toddler died Monday afternoon at 34 East First Street. Authorities say the death does not appear to be suspicious, but Hazleton investigators are getting a hand in their probe by state police and the Luzerne County D-A's office.
Dozens of people are waking up Wednesday morning in the gymnasium of the Nanticoke Area High School. They lived at the Nanticoke Villa... a personal care home... hit by fire early Tuesday morning. All the residents got out of the building safely when a fire broke out in an air conditioners in a second floor apartment. No word how long the residents will be at the high school.
The National Federation of Independent Business has thrown it's support behind congressman Lou Barletta in his run for re-election. The NFIB's Kevin Shivers says Mr. Barletta continues to support small business in the 11th congressional district.
A former Democratic candidate for Governor has thrown his support behind front runner Tom Wolf. John Hanger announced he intends to vote for Wolf in the Democratic primary May 20th. Hanger was the darling of the more liberal "progressive" wing of the Pennsylvania Democratic party, and his signature platform dealt on the legalization, regulation and taxing of marijuana.
Williamsport Robbery Suspect
A man who allegedly held up a Williamsport movie theater is in police custody... and locked up. They say 39 – year old Jason Talini allegedly held up the Cinema Center on W. 4th Street early Monday afternoon... and was quickly captured. It's also believed that Talini is responsible for two other stick – up's. He's in the Lycoming County Jail on a quarter – million dollars bail.
In high school baseball from Tuesday... Southern Columbia defeated Mt. Carmel 3 to 2... and Jersey Shore downed Danville 13 to 4.
In girls softball... It was Berwick over Lake Lehman 12 to 2... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 16 to 1... the Benton Tigers defeated St. John Neumann 7 to 1,,, It was Muncy over Millville 17 to 1... and Southern Columbia beat Warrior Run 11 to 9.
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night in the final game of their home series. The Phils and the Blue Jays meet again Wednesday night with the series shifting to Toronto
Other MLB Games
In other games Tuesday night... the Miami Marlins blanked the New York Mets 3 to nothing... The Pittsburgh Pirates outscored the San Francisco Giants 2 to 1... and the New York Yankees squeezed by the Los Angeles Angels 4 to 3.
In the NHL playoffs Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Rangers in New York. The Pens lead the series two games to one.