Officer Involved Crash
A South Centre Township police officer was not injured early Tuesday after he fell asleep behind the wheel... crashing his cruiser. The Press – Enterprise is reporting on their Facebook page that 26 – year old Travis Stotelmyer extensively damaged the township's 2008 Dodge Charger while patrolling along Bissett Hollow Road around 6:30 Tuesday morning. Police Chief Bill Richendrfer said Officer Stotelmyer had worked several overnight shifts as a part – timer. He also works for the Scott Township police department. No charges will be filed.
Sunbury Police Chief
The Sunbury Police Chief has been demoted. It happened during Monday night's city council meeting. Chief Stephen Mazzeo was kicked down to a patrolman by Mayor David Persing. The Mayor says morale is low within the department... and he laid the blame at the feet of Chief Mazzeo. The Mayor denying it's a personal vendetta. Now... City Council will look for a new top cop. Until that happens Sunbury Police Corporal Brad Hare is the acting Chief.
NEPA Gas Prices
The average price of a gallon of gasoline across Northeastern PA is slowly dropping. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that the average price is down to $3.74... the same as it was over the weekend... and down three cents from a week ago. However, a month ago... we were paying an overage of $3.64 a gallon.
The works of three area artists adorn the walls of the Bloomsburg office of State Representative David Millard. One of the artists featured is Juliet Doucette – Renner of Unityville. Ms. Doucette – Renner telling me Columbia County is a hotbed for artists. Other artisans featured in Representative Millard's office include Gail Fox of Bloomsburg and Julia Doucette of Millville.
On the health beat... Just over three – quarters of a million people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year.
Dr. Edward Kenton, director of neurology at Danville – based Geisinger Health System, says the rate of deaths due to stroke is higher in Pennsylvania than it is nationwide. The latest figures surfacing during National Stroke Awareness Month.
Relay for Life / Golf
Want to do some golfing... and at the same time help a worthy cause. The Berwick Hospital Center is sponsoring their 4th annual golf tournament for Relay for Life this Friday at Rolling Pines Golf Course... so says the hospital's Chief Operating Officer Chad Kramer. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 O'clock at the Rolling Pines Golf Course... just off Route 11.
Hazleton / Heroin
An article in the past Sunday's New York Times Magazine is shedding an interesting light on Hazleton. The article focused on Alter Street... known for it's heroin trade... and the trouble produced. Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea called the article fair... saying the city's police department is understaffed and had a tough time to keep the problem in check.
Hazleton police are seeking two armed robbers who took a cell phone from a woman. The incident happened shortly after 11 O'clock Sunday night on Alter Street. Police say one of the men pointed a weapon at a woman and demanded her phone. She complied, but the pair also took her purse.
PennDOT is getting ready to start two paving projects in Montour County. Beginning Monday... a section of Route 254 in Derry Township will be resurfaced. The two day project will from from Route 54 in Washingtonville to just beyond Steffens Road. A second project will begin next Wednesday... when PPL Road will be paved. Detours for both projects will be implemented.
A bill to regulate tattoo shops and artists in Pennsylvania is headed to the State Senate. The tattoo art industry isn't regulated in the commonwealth, at the moment. A measure passed by the House would include shop licenses, random state inspections, and the requirement that tattoo artists complete a Bloodborne Pathogen Certification. Republican senators have no plan yet to advance the bill in their chamber.
As we mark Small Business Week, a new survey looks at the top concerns of business owners. Small businesses employ about one third of the U S population and issues like government relations and health care reform, confusing tax requirements, a tight loan market, customer retention and the struggle to recruit and retain staff are keeping owners up at night. The survey for Allstate finds while half are optimistic about growing their business this year, only one quarter would add staff.
Boys HS Baseball
There was plenty of action in high school baseball Monday. Bloomsburg defeated Central Columbia 7 to 1... Wyoming Valley West downed Berwick 9 to 5... and it was Benton over Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 7 to 3...
Girls HS Softball
In girls softball... Central Columbia blanked Danville 10 to nothing... and Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 3 to nothing.
The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off. Tuesday night they begin a two game home series against the Los Angeles Angels. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
Last night in the big apple... the New York Mets downed the New York Yankees 9 to 7
In the NBA conference semifinals Monday night.. the Miami Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets102 to 96. Miami leads the series 3 games to one... and the the Portland Trailblazers downed the San Antonio Spurs 103 to 92. The Spurs lead the series three games to one.
Tuesday night in the NHL playoffs. it's the 7th and deciding game in the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. The game will be played in Pittsburgh.