Guilty pleas were heard in the case of a wild opossum caught by a couple of university ages students last month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition 18 – year old Michael Tice and 20 – year old Morgan Ehrenzeller both pleaded guilty... while a third person.. 19 – year old David Snook has yet to enter a plea. The pair pleading guilty to taking or possession of game or wildlife and disturbing a wild animal. The only BU student involved was Ehrenzeller who posted video of the incident to a social media page. Investigators have said they believed the opossum was released at some point after the video was recorded, and bounded off into the darkness.
Bloomsburg Fire Department
There have been some changes in front line personnel at the Bloomsburg Fire Department. Acting Chief Scott McBride... tells us four line officers have been promoted with-in the organization and in no way will fire fighting be compromised.
State Senate Democrats kicked off their mobile enrollment tour for the Affordable Care Act Thursday. The Senate Democrats' ACA mobile enrollment tour is in response to the Trump Administration's decision to reduce the open enrollment period from 90 to 45 days. The tour is staffed by health insurance experts. Its scheduled to make other stops in the Lehigh Valley, northeastern PA and Pittsburgh before the December 15th open enrollment deadline.
A new report shows Pennsylvania will have another budget imbalance in the coming fiscal year. The Independent Fiscal Office report predicts lawmakers will need to produce one billion dollars more to keep the state's books balanced. The office notes the effort to close out this fiscal year's budget involved expanded gambling, anticipated future revenues and transfers, but little in the way of recurring revenue. The year after, the state could see a 1.8-billion-dollar deficit, and more than two billion the following year.
It's a community fly – in, drive – in breakfast Saturday at the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport. The original fly – in scheduled for last month was postponed due to a socked – in landing strip. Airport administrator B.J. Teichman says there will be plenty of pilots there to show off their aircraft. The event begins at 8 O'clock in the morning...and runs through 12 Noon.
A state lawmaker says owners of recreational vehicles in Pennsylvania will benefit from legislation he's proposing. The bill to be introduced by Senator John Gordner of Berwick would create a state law specific to recreational vehicles in Pennsylvania. Under current law, Gordner says RVs fall under five different sections of the vehicle code. Gordner says his bill will include industry-standard definitions on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, folding camping trailers, park model RVs, and truck campers.
Nanticoke police were called to the scene of a reported robbery in Luzerne County Thursday night. It happened around 5:30 at the Curry Donuts on South Market Street in Nanticoke. That's when officers say someone came in, handed the cashier a note, and then took off. No word yet on what was taken during that robbery in Luzerne County.
The Tamaqua Area Athletic Center was filled with folks looking for answers about how to battle the drug epidemic Thursday night. Among the speakers was former NFL player Vance Johnson; he's battled addiction himself and urged the crowd to remember: no one is immune. People at the event learned about the signs of substance abuse and resources to battle addiction, as drug overdose deaths skyrocket in Schuylkill County and across the nation this year. Experts say addiction knows no age.
Missing Man Search
A specialized dive team with advanced sonar technology from New Jersey was in Luzerne County on Thursday, searching Lake Silkworth for a missing man. However, there was no sign of 22-year-old Adam Lutz of Nanticoke. Police said Lutz went missing last Thursday. Surveillance video shows he got out of his car on Roberts Street along Route 29 and walked towards the lake. Officials have been searching for him ever since.
Landing Gear / AVP
A United Airlines flight from Chicago that reported potential trouble with its landing gear landed safely before 5 O'clock Wednesday at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. An airport official said a control panel light warning of landing gear trouble came on, but the gear deployed and Flight 5387 landed safely. There were 22 people on board that flight.
A Democratic state senator is introducing legislation to bar non-disclosure agreements in Pennsylvania from attempting to stop people from reporting claims of sexual misconduct. The bill introduced Wednesday by Berks County Sen. Judith Schwank would also prohibit Pennsylvania courts from enforcing such agreements in civil lawsuits over sexual misconduct allegations. Senate Democrats say they aren’t aware of any Pennsylvania law that bars non-disclosure agreements from suppressing information about a potential crime.