Scott Twp Arrests
Three people are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after they were busted Thursday night by Scott Township police. According to the department's Facebook account... the trio was involved in a large scale retail theft operation and were caught just leaving the Giant Supermarket on Route 11. The Press – Enterprise identify the three New York State residents as 32 – year old Dwayne Evans of Briarwood... 26 – year old Michael Morris of New York city... and 38 – year old Majida Abdullah Muhammad – Earnell of Jamaica on Long Island. The three individuals nicknamed the “Zipper Crew” have been seen on video surveillance statewide making off with an estimated $35,000 in high priced health and beauty products. In Thursday's heist Evans and Morris made off with $4,000 in products. After stealing the items... they would go to New York City where they would sell their booty. One individual who saw the events go down early Thursday evening said cops shut down Route 11 near Applebee's until the suspects were arrested and processed.
Week of Caring
The so – called “Week of Caring” promoted by the Berwick Area United Way ends Saturday.... and over the past week or so... public places in Berwick... Salem Township and Nescopeck... were given some badly needed attention. For example... the front lawn of the Salem Elementary School. That's where we found Rebecca Davis of the parent – teachers organization planting flowers and mulching at the School's entrance. The “Week of Caring” involved hundreds of folks... trying to spiff – up the borough as they attempt to eradicate a perception problem.
There are big doin's in Berwick on Saturday. The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is presenting “Celebrate Berwick....” as an opportunity to see what the borough has to offer... so says the Chamber's Amy Shortledge. The celebration includes a wine tasting event... a show of classic cars at the K- Mart Plaza parking lot... as well as sidewalk sales by merchants along Front Street.
Wilkes – Barre Gunshots
Police in Wilkes – Barre are trying to figure out why a building was shot up early Thursday morning. Investigators say bullet holes were found in a business at the corner of North Washington and Beaumont Street. Not only were bullet fragments discovered... but blood on the ground as well. However... Wilkes – Barre hospitals are reporting no one presented themselves in an emergency room with a bullet wound.
Rallies to raise the minimum wage were staged across Pennsylvania on Thursday... including one in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area. The coalition "Raise the Wage PA," held rallies across PA, calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. They say it would help one million working families and boost the state's economy. Mark Price, of the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, says there is little negative fallout from raising the wage by one dollar in each of the next three years.
They say "breaking up is hard to do"... such is apparently the case between the state's Office of Open Records director and the Corbett administration. The six-year term of Pennsylvania open records czar Terry Mutchler expired last month, and she'd like to stay on the job but she's not sure if the Corbett administration is seeking a replacement. The Open Records Office was established in 2008 with the passage of the state's Right-to-Know law, which provides increased public access to government records. Governor Tom Corbett says he's nowhere near making a decision at this point.
Assisted Care Facility
The residents of an assisted living facility in Nanticoke are back in their apartments. The 45 residents were chased away from Nanticoke Villa early Tuesday morning when an air conditioning unit caught fire. No one was hurt... but the residents had to spend the last few day at the Nanticoke High School gymnasium.
Keystone Job Corps
Four people from Baltimore pleading guilty this week to some of the violations lodged against them after they were discovered on Keystone Job Corp property in Butler Township. They were arrested last month after they blew through a security gate... entering the property without authorization. One of the occupants of the car said he was there to pick up a girl. Later... the group crashed through the gate again... this time slamming into a security vehicle.
There's been a burglary of a Valaro convenience store along Route 405 near Milton. Trooper say someone used a concrete block to get into the store... and eventually made off with an estimated $2,000 in cigarettes. The break – in took place late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
There has been a theft from a VFW post in Northumberland County... in Upper Augusta Township. State troopers say an estimated $2,800 was taken from the post on Shikellamy Avenue in Sunbury. Investigators say they have no idea who would make off with the cash... but it believed the money was taken over the past 30 days.
Professionals determined to put Pennsylvanians to work are sharing ideas and training in Hershey this week. Six hundred representatives of the PA Workforce Development Association from across the commonwealth, are meeting in Chocolatetown through the end of the day, for 45 workshop sessions that focus on job training and re-employment. PWDA Chairman Scott Sheely says the job search has changed over the last five years. Employers are looking for workers now, instead of the other way around.
The Bloomsburg University softball team takes on West Chester Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 Atlantic Region One tournament at California University of Pennsylvania. That game starts at 1:30. The double elimination tournament concludes on Sunday.
In high school softball Thursday...Berwick downed Tunkhannock 2 to 1... Bloomsburg just getting by Benton 5 to 4... Central Columbia blanked Lewisburg 23 to nothing... and in a double – header Millville outdistanced Montgomery12 to 4... as well as the second game 15 to nothing.
In the final game of their series in Toronto Thursday night... the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 12 to 6. The Phils open a weekend series in New York against the Mets Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.
In the NBA playoffs Thursday night... The Miami Heat downed the Brooklyn Nets94 to 82. Miami leads the series 2 games to none... the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trailblazers Thursday night 114 to 97. The Spurs lead that series two games to none.