Bear Poisoning Alleged
A Columbia County man who said bears destroyed some of his property last month has now been charged with trying to kill wildlife through the use of poison, placing out food items that might cause bears to congregate, and disturbance of wildlife. 76 year old Marvin Johnson from Cleveland Township, near Elysburg was charged yesterday.
Officers from the Pennsylvania Game commission said when they went to look at the damage on Johnson’s property, near his barn they found trays of bread soaked with a substance consistent with antifreeze.
Police Chief - Sentenced for Huffing
Chad Thomas, a police chief in Montour County was sentenced to 12 months on probation and community service after pleading guilty to charges related to a huffing incident.
Thomas was charged with huffing compressed air on the job last year. Thomas was placed on paid leave in early December after being charged with huffing while on duty at the police station.
He stays on unpaid administrative leave with the Mahoning Township Police Department.
Annual ARC Yard Sale
The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds will be host to the largest ever Animal Resource Center Annual Yard Sale. The ARC will be set up underneath the grandstand at the fairgrounds Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
All proceeds from the yard sale goes towards the Center’s expenses. The Animal Resource Center (ARC) of Bloomsburg PA is a no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and neglected domestic animals. Their yard sale runs through August.
A resolution approved in the state House recognizes Pennsylvania's second largest industry, and observes this week as National Travel and Tourism Week. The tourism industry in Pennsylvania takes in around 4 billion dollars in annual tax revenue and supports about 482-thousand jobs. PA Tourism is second only to the agriculture industry.
David “Otto” Kurecian Director of the Columbia/Montour Visitors bureau says that tourism helps bring in low overhead revenue that affects not only businesses in the hospitality industry, but also food purveyors, insurance agents etc. By far the number #1 reason that people visit our area is Knoebels Amusement park.
State Representative Dave Zimmerman, who sponsored the resolution, says that now is the time for the state to showcase what it has to offer, as would-be visitors begin to make their summer plans.
The Bloomsburg Fireman’s Carnival opened last night following the 50th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade. Hugh Gross from the Bloomsburg Fire Department tells us that there will be live music and tasty food every night for the rest of the week. The Fireman’s Carnival will start back up this afternoon at 5:30. Grand Junction will be this evening’s entertainment will take the stage at 7 o’clock tonight.
Attempted Robbery Sentence
17 year old Ballan Whitman of Danville was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery in February. Judge Gary Norton sentenced Whitman to 6 to 12 months in the county prison. He tried to rob the burger king where he once worked. The cashier refused to give Whitman any money and he left… Later he turned himself in.
National Day Of Prayer
Today is the national day of prayer. The law that formalized it’s observance was enacted in 1952, but before that most presidents issued annual or special occasion proclamations for a national day of prayer. Today marks the first time there will be a national day of prayer service in Catawissa. It will be at noon in front of the Catawissa Borough building.
Soft Drink Tax - Philly
Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind the Philadelphia soda tax campaign. It would tax soda and some other drinks 3 cents per ounce. But the proposal is finding some resistance. Former Philadelphia city controller, Jon Saidel spoke at a rally outside city hall.
Philly’s soda tax battle got some attention when presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders criticized his rival Hillary Clinton for her support of the tax. Sanders says it would hit the poor hardest. Clinton countered, saying Sanders was on the side of major corporations against consumers.
Mayor Jim Kenney says he wants to use the revenue for projects that benefit residents in a city with a 26% poverty rate. He says soda companies make big money and often market their products to low-income people. But councilman Brian O’Neil says prices will increase and that will hurt low-income people.
The local teamsters union is also opposed to the tax & other groups are running TV ads in opposition to the Price Hike… The Philadelphia City Council will decide on this issue in June.