Berwick Police have caught their man with the help of the public.
Police taking into custody Thomas Gurns... found at the pavilion behind the Berwick VFW on West Front Street. Police Chief Ken Strish telling us... a Wise Potato Chips initially had seen Gurns in the area of Susquehanna and Warren Streets and called 911. While searching the area an employee of Welsh's Towing had seen the man in the pavilion area... and was taken into custody.
Gurns has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.
After arraignment... he was hustled off to the Columbia County Prison with bail set at $250,000 dollars.
Folks are circling their calendars for the weekend of August 10th through the 13th. That the weekend of the Bloomsburg National's at the fair grounds. Appearing on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... car enthusiast Randy Lawton says there's going to be a gridlock on Main Street... plus a wing eating contest. Proceeds from this year's Bloomsburg National's is earmarked for non – profit groups which do a great deal of good in the community.
Residential Parking Permits for folks who live in the Town of Bloomsburg go on sale Monday, August 7th. They're valid starting September 1st... and are good for a year. Student residential parking permits go on sale August 21st. According to clerk Elise Hughes... everyone must have a photo ID... the vehicle registration... and a lease or current utility bill. Parking Permits may be picked – up at the old police station in the Bloomsburg Town Hall building.
Everyone is trying to stretch their food dollars these day... especially seniors who go to the local farmer's market. The Office of Aging chief Kathy Lynn said the office now has a program where you can get 20 – dollars worth of vouchers. The program is backed by the State Department of Agriculture.
Storm Water Project
More than 30 municipalities in Luzerne County are participating in an innovative storm water project to be coordinated by the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. The program is designed to reduce pollution on the Susquehanna River and help Pennsylvania meet its obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The WVSA will finance capital projects, submit management plans and permit applications, as well as pollution control measures. With a small costs to average citizens, the project is estimated will save communities $57-million over its first five years.
Nun File Lawsuit
A group of Catholic nuns in Lancaster County has filed a lawsuit against the federal agency that is allowing the use of their property for a new interstate natural gas pipeline. Williams Partners tried to negotiate rights to the land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ to build the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. When that fell through, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Williams to use eminent domain to build on the nun's property The sisters' attorney says that violates their religious freedom. A Williams spokesman says the nuns failed to raise the issue during the multi-year process that led to the pipeline's approval.
At Bloomsburg Town Park Wednesday night... the sounds of the Clickard Consortium. Despite a small rain shower.... last night's concert series began their show a couple of minutes before 7 O'clock. The Consortium consists of a 10 piece band playing tunes from swing to modern day jazz. Those who were at the concert got into the swing of the music, Park Association President Chuck Wagner says Gift, Troutman and Gift will be playing the final week of the series. Then it's on to the 60th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival on Thursday, August 3rd.
The PA Department of Labor and Industry is reminding Pennsylvanians of the "Make It Right" amnesty program for those who improperly received unemployment compensation benefits. About 180,000 individuals and businesses have been notified they were paid $651- million in unemployment compensation to which they were not entitled, and have until September 30th to make arrangements to repay the funds with reduced penalties and interest. A similar amnesty program in 2013 netted the state more than $15 - million in repaid benefits.
Police said a couple is lucky to be alive after shots were fired outside their home in Wilkes-Barre this week, just missing the husband inside. Officers are still searching for a suspect in connection with this crime. Police would not say which home on South Welles Street was shot at, but they did say the 63-year-old man was sitting on his bed when a bullet lodged into his wall just 20 inches away from him. His wife, who is 67, was also at home. This week's gunfire is just the latest in a string of other gun related crimes this week, with shots also being fired on East Northampton Street, South Grant Street, and Dana Street over the last couple of days.
A nursing home in Milton is under quarantine. It is not admitting new residents and is discouraging visits for the time being. The quarantine comes after a resident tested positive for Legionella bacteria. A spokesperson for Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not say how the patient got the legionella bacteria in their system, but that person is being treated on site.
Pennsylvania’s recent tax amnesty program collected more revenue than expected. Revenue Secretary C. Daniel Hasseell said the program collected $114.5 million in back taxes between April 21 and June 19, exceeding the $100 million estimate. The state was owed more than $3.5 billion in back taxes at the start of the amnesty program. More than 21 percent of the delinquent taxpayers were from out of state.
The program waived penalties and half the interest for delinquent taxpayers. Those who were eligible but did not participate face a five-percent penalty.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced a six-percent toll hike for next year. According to the commission, the increase along most stretches of the turnpike takes effect on January 7, 2018. The most common toll will increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass users and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers. Rates are also going up for larger, commercial vehicles. There have been several increases on the turnpike since 2009, and the state auditor general warns it may soon be too expensive for most people to take the toll road.
Some lucky ticket holder has won a million dollars in the Pennsylvania Lottery Cash Five for Monday. The ticket was sold at the Turkey Hill store on North Second Street in Shamokin. It matched all five numbers drawn with to the jackpot. Thus far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket... but has a year to do so.