Montour County Fatal Update
An elderly Danville woman is dead after she pulled her car in front of a log truck at a busy Montour County intersection. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 84 – year old Mary Gray pulled her car into the path of the truck at the intersection of Routes 652 and Route 54. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver.. 40 – year old Steven Shoemaker of Millmont was not injured.
Eggs and Issues
If you're a dairy farmer these days.... you must be a risk manager as well. That word from John Frey of the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg. He was at a breakfast Wednesday hosted by State Representative David Millard at a Numidia restaurant. Frey says dairy prices have changed dramatically over the past six years. But despite those changes.... there are opportunities for dairy farmers... such as exporting farm products to other nations... such as China.
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage... leading to an urgent need for donors. Although it's a nationwide problem, it does affect our area... so says the organization's Colin Riccobon working out of their Wyoming Valley office. Riccobon says all blood types are needed. Want to find out where the nearest blood drive is... just go to the community calendar section of www.whlm.com.
The feds have filed bank fraud charges against a Bloomsburg woman. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 59 – year old Mary Gillespie is being accused of a check fraud scheme in which she allegedly stole money from two banks. First Columbia Bank and Trust of Bloomsburg... and the Fulton National Bank were allegedly targets of the scheme. Gillespie faces trial... and could get up to ten years in federal prison.
The Corbett administration says the state's pension crisis is a key reason for the recent downgrade of the state's general obligation bond rating. Budget secretary Charles Zogby says every day, the state's pension systems become more costly and unsustainable, impacting not only the state budget, but local school district budgets and household budgets. He says the taxes needed to support these costs comes from every Pennsylvania taxpayer. But Democrats are blaming the bond rating downgrade on the state budget which they say is full of one time revenues.
Eckley Miners Village
The committee ... trying to raise money for a Berwick – built Stuart Tank... is expanding it's horizons. This weekend... according to committee member... Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... the organization has been asked to take part in the activities this weekend at the Eckley Miners Village near Hazleton. Commissioner Kovach says the Eckley Mining organization reached out to the “Bring Stuie Home” committee. Just over 15,000 Stuart tanks were manufactured at the Berwick A-C-F plant.
It was a perfect night Tuesday for the annual Pet and Toy Parade through the borough of Orangeville. As hundreds of people lined Main Street... the parade was lead by the Orangeville / Orange Township police cruiser.... and the Catawissa Military Band. Every age demographic took part in the event... part of this years Orangeville Community Fire Department carnival. The event runs through Saturday night across the street from the fire hall.
Peaches, nectarines and plums by the millions are being pulled from grocery store shelves because of possible listeria contamination. Giant... Weis... Wegmans and big box stores like Sam's Club are involved in the recall. A California – based packing company initially made the recall decision this week.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has a lot more work to do to ensure the natural gas industry is being regulated properly... that's according to the PA's Auditor General. Eugene DePasquale blasts the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens. DePasquale says the agency is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry. DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012... he says many of the recommended reforms have been implemented.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is reporting some troubling statistics. The number of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty is up 31 percent for the first six months of the year. Firearms deaths have surpassed traffic fatalities, which were also up. The report also shows an increase in heart attack deaths. In PA, a Philadelphia school police sergeant suffered a fatal heart attack after breaking up a fight and a Brentwood officer was shot to death responding to a domestic dispute.
A woman is recovering from injuries after her leg was impaled on a cemetery fence in Hazleton Tuesday afternoon. The incident taking place around 4:30 at the corner of Vine Street and Diamond Avenue. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened. Firemen had to use saws and grinders to free the woman... who was eventually airlifted to an Allentown hospital.
It was a great fiscal year for the Pennsylvania Lottery...but it was still a struggle to make sure seniors got their fair share. The Pennsylvania Lottery wrapped up fiscal year 2013-14 with a record 3-point-8 billion dollars in sales. But the lottery is required to return 27 percent of ticket sales revenue to pay for those senior programs. It did so but just barely at 28-point-5 percent. Consumer preference is gravitating toward instant games, which have a higher payout percentage than numbers games, putting the squeeze on profits.
Not even religious statues in Hazleton are safe from thieves. Police getting a report that a Blessed Mother Statue was stolen from a lawn at a home on Carson Street this week... and a statue of Mary was the target of burglars... but they couldn't move it off the porch. Cops say if you see anything suspicious, give them a call.
West Hazleton Bar
A bar on West Green Street in West Hazleton is getting a reputation of having loud music... fights and just this past weekend a shooting. Since it opened in March... Ivanna's Bar and Restaurant is becoming a target for the noise complaints and just this weekend the shooting of a man in his 20's. He's in critical condition at an Allentown hospital.
South Church Street in Hazleton will see increased traffic the next week or so. Soil is being hauled to a mine reclamation site in the southwest section of the city. The heaviest traffic will be near the entrance of Buttonwood Street and Route 309. That's where those truck are delivering fill from two construction projects to fill mine pits... and covering old landfills.