Alleged Ring Bandits Caught
Bloomsburg police have arrested the two people wanted in connection with the theft of rings from Sniedmans Jewelry store late last month. Patrolman Michael Fossee says 37 – year old Jennifer Planutis and 31 – year old James Rodino... both of Hazleton have been arrested. They're accused of taking five rings, valued at $3,000 from the display case at Sniedman's in the 100 block of East Main Street. Planutis and Rodino are in the Columbia County Prison... awaiting further judicial action.
Benton Dogs Update
We have new information dealing with the discovery of more than 200 dogs late Thursday in a home in the 400 block of Ridge Road in Jackson Township near Benton.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture say brothers Albert and Thomas Ambrosia were hording the dogs in unsanitary conditions. 30 of the dogs were found dead... stored in a freezer. The others were caged and taken in a horse trailer to the state Farm Show Building in Harrisburg where they were examined by veterinarians.
Many will be distributed to shelters around the state for adoption. There is no word yet as to what charged the Ambrosia Brothers will face.
The former chairman of the Penn State board of trustees resigned on Thursday.. thus becoming the first board member to do so in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Steve Garban was harshly criticized over his handling of the crisis. An internal investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found that Garban was briefed twice about developments in the Sandusky case but didn’t share what he knew with the entire board.
Iron Heritage Festival
Danville looks at it's past... in the present... during this weekend's 14th annual Iron Heritage Festival. It all begins with a parade Friday night... but in the line of march is an Indiana insurance salesman by day... and a presidential reenactor in his spare time.... so say festival organizer Lynn Richen. We'll have a description of Friday night's IHF parade at 7 O'clock... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.
You may see more than the usual number of police cruisers on your way to work Friday. Police in Columbia and Montour... and five other counties are undertaking aggressive driving enforcement activities. Bob Schaeffer of the PA Traffic Safety Network says Mahoning Township officers will be closely watching Route 54 near Danville. Schaeffer says officers will be looking for speeders.... tailgaters... as well as drivers running red light. The program is financed with federal dollars... going through PennDOT... then eventually filtering down to the local level.
The Danville Area School Board wants the district's Middle School to be ready for students before school is set to open. However, contractors working on the flood damaged building say that might not happen. The school along route 11 has been closed since last September’s flooding. Some work bids are anticipated for October but school officials would like for the work to be going a little faster. Since the flooding, students have been attending other schools in the district.
Fresh Air Fund Kids
A trio of Fresh Air Fund kids from New York City arrived by bus in Bloomsburg Thursday afternoon. They'll experience what it's like to live in a rural setting... spending the next ten days with host families from across the region. Fred Schappell of Danville is involved in the Fresh Air program says there is some re-adjustment on the part of the kids. Shappell says there are a few days to adapt on the part of the kids.... such as leaving a lite on at night and playing a radio for atmosphere. The New York City – based fresh Air Fund has been involved with getting inner city kids to rural areas since the 1870's.
Geisinger Urgent Care
A new urgent care clinic is coming to Danville next month. Geisinger Careworks Urgent Care... a partnership between Careworks Convenient Healthcare and Geisinger Health System – will open the facility in the 600 block of Continental Boulevard. A GHS spokesman says the clinic will be staffed from 10 AM through 8:30 PM, 7 days a weeks. The seven staffers will treat acute illnesses and minor injuries, helping patients avoid unnecessary emergency room visits.
No one knows when it will take place... but that war memorial near Hazleton City Hall will soon be moved to Memorial Park. The monument will be placed in shaded area where there are trees and benches. The reason for the move is the city planting a Christmas tree blocking the view of the memorial. The monument was first placed near City Hall back in 1990.
An estimated 15,000 water meters will be replaced by the Hazleton City Authority... thanks to a nearly $6 – million state loan. The low interest loan was secured by State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Tarah Toohill. The meters will be installed over the next three years... and replaces ones that are outdated and not manufactured anymore.
Nanticoke City Manager
Nanticoke's director of finance... is now the city manager. Pamela Heard replaces Holly Cirko who has been on paid leave ever since her DUI arrest last month. During a council meeting this week... Ms. Heard was appointed to the job. In addition to being city manager... she'll retain her title as the financial chief. Her salary is set at $55,000 a year.
Unemployment across Pennsylvania is creeping upwards. The State's Department of Labor and Industry says that PA unemployment rate was 7.5% in June... up a tenth of a point over May. However, the rate was well below the current national average of 8.2%. A department spokesman says last month was the first increase experienced since July of 2011.
Hugo Selinski Trial
A lot of legal eagles are circling September 10th on their calendar. That's the day when Hugo Selenski goes on trial for the 2002 murder of a pharmacist and his girlfriend. A Luzerne County judge denied a defense request to delay the start of the trial despite the fact charges were filed six years ago. Whatever the case, Selenski isn't going anywhere. He's now serving a term of 32 to 65 years in state prison for a Monroe County home invasion conviction.
Groundbreaking was held this week for a new hotel at the Mohegan Sun Casino near Wilkes – Barre in Luzerne County. The facility will have an estimated 240 rooms and a convention center. The project means hundreds of jobs in the building trades... and once finished more jobs for folks working in the service industry. The complex is expected to be open by the end of 2013.
Thursday was an off – day for the Philadelphia Phillies. They had time to assess their latest series with the Los Angeles Dodgers... as they head into Friday night's weekend stand with the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Pitcher Cliff Lee telling reporters he's happy with the start of the unofficial second half of the MLB Season. You can catch the first game of the Phillies – Giants series Friday night... following our broadcast of Danville's Iron Heritage Festival parade on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.