A Berwick police officer and his Fiancee are recovering from injuries sustained in a traffic accident over the the weekend in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The Press – Enterprise is reporting that officer Regan Rafferty and girlfriend Kristen Jensen were near Keuka Lake when they were hit by a tractor – trailer... which moments before... hit a van. Rafferty and Jensen both receiving back and chest injuries. Police Chief Ken Strish says he doesn't know how long Rafferty will be off the job.
A Bloomsburg woman is recovering from injuries sustained when her car was broadsided by an empty gasoline tanker Monday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting 24 – year old Charlotte Lotz of the 500 block of West Main Street... apparently tried to do a U – turn... but ended up in front of a Sheetz fuel tanker. Tanker driver.. David Snyder... said he couldn't stop. Lotz was extracted from her car... and taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment.
It's going to be a Saturday night to remember in Catawissa... as the borough holds it's 107th Halloween Parade. Janice Longenberger is one of the organizers... telling WHLM News there will be plenty of bands in the line of march... such as Central Columbia... Benton Area and Southern Columbia. The Catawissa Halloween parade forms at 6:0'clock... and steps off at 7:30.
If you were anywhere near downtown Bloomsburg... you probably saw dozens of high school students painting the windows of businesses along Main Street. All the windows will be judged... and the decorations come just in time for Friday night's Trick or Treat celebration sponsored by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated.
The price of self – serve, unleaded gasoline continues to fall in Columbia and Montour counties... as well as across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.18 a gallon... down a penny from Sunday... and off 8 cents a gallon from a week ago. It's due to falling crude oil prices and the lack of demand for the product.
In its final voting day before the election, the state House gave final approval to a number of bills. Three of the bills are education-related-allowing schools to keep a supply of epi-pens on hand for students who suffer the effects of food allergies, preventing school districts from allowing abusive teachers to relocate to another state, and reforming the evaluation process for determining when someone who is home schooled has completed all their requirements. The House also approved legislation to require the Pennsylvania Lottery to seek legislative input when creating new games, as well as easing state regulations for emergency crews from other states who come to Pennsylvania for infrastructure repairs following a natural disaster.
In a flurry of activity last week, the state Senate moved several dozen bills. But one issue that saw no final action sparked a four minute floor speech. Senator Lisa Boscola, a Northampton County Democrat, is taking her colleagues to task for failing to pass any property tax reform. She they can't continue to shoot their mouths off about their determination to cut property taxes and meekly return home empty handed. She plans to reintroduce a bill next session to shift table games revenues to property tax relief.
The office of Vocational Rehabilitation is funding four projects in the state to help people with disabilities. The program is designed to help OVR customers who need help landing a job.. by teaching employable skills. The U.S., Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration is providing more than five hundred 26 thousand dollars to the project...which is free to OVR customers who qualify based off of a financial needs test.
A Kingston police officer is in trouble with the law. Officer John Sosnoski of Ashley is facing charges of DUI... speeding and driving an ATV on the streets. Investigators say Sosnoski hit a tree on the ATV he was riding in order to avoid a second ATV in Edwardsville in September.
A State Supreme Court justice is off the job... at least temporarily. The court announcing that Justice Seamus McCaffery is off the state's high court. McCaffery is the latest causality swept up in the pornographic e-mail scandal in Harrisburg. Investigators say McCaffery received and forwarded hundreds of explicit e-mails.
The Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital hold a free Breast Cancer Awareness program Tuesday. It all begins at 11 O'clock at the G-BH Conference Room 1 at 549 Fair Street. A hospital spokesman says the keynote speaker is Dr. John Widger who will discuss prevention and treatment options. An estimated 295,000 women nationally deal with breast cancer each year.
A man is recovering from a stab wound... and a second man is in jail... cooling his heels. Union County Police says Corey Lauver was stabbed in the head outside a Market Street bar in Lewisburg. He was taken to Evangelical Hospital for treatment... and later released. Meantime... police collared 21 – year old Elliot Fisher of Lewisburg... and charged him in the early Sunday morning stabbing. He's now an inmate at the Union County lockup with bond set at $350,000.
Saturday afternoon's West Chester at Bloomsburg University game will not only be a match - up of unbeaten college football teams, but a match - up of two of the top ten ranked Division II teams in the country. In this week's American Football Coaches Association Poll, West Chester is ranked 7th while the Huskies are 8th. Saturday's game kicks off at 2 o'clock.
High School Soccer
Four area teams are in action today as the high school soccer playoffs begin. In a District 2 Class AA game, Berwick plays at Dallas. In District 4 Class A girls soccer, Central Columbia plays Mount Carmel and Bloomsburg plays Wyalusing - both of those matches will be in Williamsport. In District 4 Class A boys soccer, Danville plays Northeast Bradford this afternoon at Hughesville.
In the NFL Monday night... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Houston Texans 30 to 23.
The 2014 World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City with the Royals taking on the San Francisco Giants. Madison Bumgarner will pitch for the Giants... while James Shields is on the mound for the Royals.