Bloomsburg Police continue their investigation into a late Monday afternoon home invasion in the 400 block of Lightstreet Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in their Tuesday... that one man was taken into custody... and the search is on for a second person. The first man was handcuffed and taken to the police station... but a second man jumped off a roof... making his get a way.
Millard / Budget
Two months have passed... and there still is no state budget in place. Governor Wolf has refused to sign a Republican – authored budget... instead wanting his own plan to be adopted which calls for new programs and an estimated 4 – billion dollars in higher taxes. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... State Representative David Millard says that's not going to happen... but time is getting critical... since money is running out for counties... social service agencies and school districts. Both the General Assembly and Governor Wolf have met several times, but the two sides remain at an impasse.
A state lawmaker is drafting a stopgap state budget measure to fund human services while legislative leaders negotiate. Republican Representative Gene DiGirolamo's stopgap measure would fund the entire state budget at 2014 - 15 levels retroactively from July first to October 31st. He says any changes made to funding levels in a final budget could be applied retroactively as well. DiGirolamo says now that the House GOP's effort to override Governor Tom Wolf's budget veto line by line has failed...it's time to make sure some funding gets to struggling schools and non-profits.
The Berwick Area School Board and others plan to break ground next Tuesday... the formal way to start construction of a new elementary school. Board member Rick Knorr says the school will combine the Orange and 14th Street schools. Knorr adds the 14th street school has had some issues especially with an elevator. The ground breaking ceremony to get underway at 5 O'clock on Washington Street across from Tuzzi's Bakery.
The City of Allentown school district is under review by the state's fiscal watchdog. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says media accounts earlier this summer raised serious concerns about the Allentown School District's transparency regarding charter schools. The latest audit of the district will look not only at the financial aspect of charter school applications in a large district like Allentown...but at the process itself. As the auditors complete their review...they will also look to see if the budget impasse is having an effect on the district.
Safety advocates are asking parents to talk with their children about a common practice that could put them in harm's way. It's estimated that teens between the ages of 13 and 17 send 34 - hundred text messages a month... but the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society is asking parents to remind their teens to look up once in a while to avoid injury. Distracted walking is becoming a big concern among safety advocates. They recommend not texting or talking on the phone while walking and definitely not while crossing the street.
Road Work / Orangeville
Prime contractor Fabcor, Inc., of Lackawanna County, will continue rehabilitating the bridge on Route 487, just north of Orangeville. Temporary traffic signals have been installed previously and have been on flash mode for several days to alert motorists that the signal is there and soon will be in stop and go mode. Beginning Tuesday... the signals will be activated and traffic will be placed on the other side of the bridge. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane while the contractor performs the final work on this project. The work is expected to be completed by mid-October.
Wilkes – Barre Fire
A Wilkes – Barre family was chased out onto the streets late Monday afternoon. A fire in an apartment along Horton Street forced a pregnant woman... her husband... child and father – in – law to flee. Most of the families belongings were lost... and they don't have renters insurance. They spent the night elsewhere.
Gas prices across Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as northeastern PA continue to drop. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows gasoline is retailing for $2.44 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. A week ago... the price was holding steady at $2.50 a gallon.... and prices have dropped an average of 21 cents a gallon from a month ago.
An Elysburg teen is in trouble with the law. State police at Stonington says 18 – year old Ryan Little allegedly fought with a Mt. Carmel police officer over the weekend. He took off through Coal Township.... with cops in pursuit. The chase came to an end near Elysburg... in Northumberland County.
The Bloomsburg University football team will face a challenge in their season opener this Saturday against Stonehill College. The Skyhawks have 16 starters back from a team that led the Huskies for almost three quarters in last season’s opener. Huskies offensive coordinator Brian McByran looks forward to the challenge. The Stonehill at Bloomsburg game kicks off Saturday at 2 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at noon with the Husky Tailgate Show.
In the first game of a three game series Monday night at Citi Field in New York... the Mets got by Philadelphia 3 to 1. The series continues Tuesday night with a 7:10 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.
In other major league baseball action last night... the Boston Red Sox got by the New York Yankees
4 to 3.