Catawissa Bike Accident
One man was critically injured and later died after he lost control of his mountain bike.... and slammed into a pick – up truck Monday morning outside of Catawissa.
Montour Township Police Chief Terry Eckert identified the victim as 65 - year old Charles Edwards Rhodes, Jr. of Catawissa. The accident happened around 9:45 AM on Old Reading Road in Catawissa Township. Chief Eckert.. who patrols the area... telling WHLM News Rhodes lost control of his bike while coming down a hill.... he tried to correct the situation... but ran into a truck driven by a teenager. The unnamed driver saw what was happening... and stopped in the roadway. That's when the bike and Rhodes slammed into the front of the truck... with Rhodes colliding with the passenger side windshield. He slid off the hood and fell into a grassy area adjacent to Old Reading Road opposite the entrance to Creek Road. Rhodes was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he died. The name of the driver of the pick up truck was not released since he's a juvenile. Chief Eckert says the investigation is continuing.
A Benton area man has been bound over for court. State Police tell us 38 – year old Abe Kline of Sugarloaf Township had a preliminary hearing at the start of the weekend on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Kline is accused in the shooting death of 35 – year old Jocelyn Romano... his live – in girlfriend. The incident happened May 15th at the home they shared in the 200 block of Coles Creek Mill Road. Kline also shot himself... but has since recovered and is lodged in the Columbia County Prison.
Penn State Abuse
The NCAA sanctions against Penn State University stemming from the Sandusky sex scandal is still top of mind. PSU president Rodney Erickson admits the sanctions were... what he called “very heavy...” telling CBS's Face the Nation... it was a better plan than the so – called “death penalty.” Erickson says the University hopes to settle many of the suits as quickly as possible.
A Millville man faces arraignment August 8th in front of a district judge after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl earlier this year. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 29 – year old Brian Metheny is accused of sexually assaulting the teen on two occasions. He denies the accusations... instead accusing the girl of lying. Metheny is in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
The Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area... as well as Lycoming County will soon be included in the state's daily air quality forecasts. Kevin Sunday with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection... says this summer's hot weather highlighted the need for increased ozone surveillance. Other areas across the state included in the reports are Altoona... Erie... Johnston... as well as Mercer and Indiana Counties.
A joyful noise in Berwick on Sunday... as the First United Methodist Church rededicated its church tower. Two months ago... the 110 – year old steeple was brought down by crane... and in it's place... a replacement made of fiberglass and steel. During Sunday morning's ceremony... the bells rang out. The old structure had to be replaced since it had become rotted... and unsafe after being a part of the Berwick skyline since 1902.
They're called Speeders.... and the two – passenger rail cars used at one time by railroad's maintenance of way personnel to check the tracks. Now... they're collectors items... and they were on North Shore Railroad tracks over the weekend from Northumberland... through Bloomsburg... to PPL's Riverlands Park in Salem Township in Luzerne County. The speeder owners belong to the North American Rail car Operators Association which secure trackage rights for their excursions.
What a great way to start the weekend... the Columbia – Luzerne Dairy Princes dishing out ice cream in front of the courthouse on Main Street. Kate Dent... who lives on a farm near Summerhill in Briar Creek Township... says the dairy farming industry is huge. The celebration on the courthouse plaza was part of the celebration of July being National Ice Cream Month.
Freeland / Foster Twp
A meteorologist has confirmed that a tornado touched down last Thursday night in the Freeland / Foster Township area near Hazleton. Chris Gitro with the National Weather Service office in Binghamton confirming an EF-1 tornado destroyed a building near a meat packing company... and debris struck a nearly 60 – foot tall building in Freeland. No one was hurt in Thursday night's storms in Freeland and Foster Township.
Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says he has a way to cut down crime. He'll be presenting City Council with a multi – page ordinance Wednesday night. If approved... it would mandate pawn shop owners.. and their employees to undergo criminal background checks... secure second hand sales licenses... and register precious metal purchases with Luzerne County. Chief DeAndrea says that would reduce break – in's and thefts in the city.
Danville Grad to QB
When the Lafayette College football team opens the season September 8th at Willliam & Mary, the Leopards will be led by a Danville graduate. Andrew Shoop will be the starting quarterback and one of the team captains. Shoop became the starter in the third game of last season and went on to throw 15 touchdown passes.
Try as they might... the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated Sunday 6 to 2 by the Braves in Atlanta. Roy Halladay allowing three runs... six hits and seven strikeouts in six innings. The Phillies are off Monday... but they open a series with the Washington Nationals Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.