Berwick Meth Bust Update
Two people face a long list of drug – related charges after a house in the 4 – hundred block of East 6th Street in Berwick was raided Thursday. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that 49 – year old Barry Zwalkkuski... and his 41 – year old cousin... Tracie Jo... were arrested. A third person was questioned and released.
Two children living in the house were not at home... and are now staying with relatives.
It could get ugly in court... now that the state plans to sue the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State University in light of the Sandusky child sex scandal. During a news conference in State College on Wednesday... Governor Tom Corbett says the university has no alternative but to accept the sanction. But, Mr. Corbett went on to say the NCAA seized upon the opportunity for publicity for their own benefit at showing aggressive discipline. The NCAA... for its part... says the legal action is without merit.
Sandy Hook Fallout
It's been a couple of weeks since a gunman entered a Connecticut elementary school in Newtown... killing 20 students and 6 teachers. The incident has heightened awareness of the issue so says Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. So that's why the town police department has done school site surveys... checking out each building... and getting to know the people. Both Chief Sokoloski and Superintendent Cos Curry says there always has been open dialogue between the two entities.
PA Farm Show
The center of the agricultural universe turns its attention to Harrisburg this weekend... as the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show gets underway. The exhibition offers a lot of things to see and do... so says the Farm Show's Nicole Bucher.... including a bulked up food court... featuring state – produced products. A sneak peak preview of the exposition begins Friday at noon at the Farm Show Complex... with opening ceremonies set for Saturday morning.
It's a problem we face every year at this time.... what to do with that Christmas tree that graced the living room of our homes during the holiday season. The Town of Bloomsburg Recycling Center has the answer.... they'll take you're old and discarded tree every Monday through January.. so says the Center's Charles Fritz. He says the old Christmas trees must be at curbside... in plain sight with all their decorations removed. Can't wait until Monday... simply bring the tree to the town's composting site on Sands Street... just off of Ft. McClure Boulevard.
Police in Hazleton are still searching for the driver of a white SUV... which crashed earlier this week in the 500 block of West Broad Street. When police and firemen arrived on the scene early New Year's day... all they found was the SUV and a downed utility poll.... no driver or passengers. Authorities say they believe the driver fled the scene by climbing through the rear passenger window.
If you use any portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike... be prepared to pay higher rates starting Sunday. The turnpike commission says cash customers will see a 10% increase.... will those drivers will E – Z Pass will paying an extra 2 percent. E – Z Pass customers who now see a 17% savings on tolls... will save an estimated 25 % on average. The toll increase will generate an extra $25 – million a year.
Midweek Gas Prices
It's costing us more to fill up our car's gas tank these days. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of 3-53 for self – serve, unleaded across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's down a penny from the holiday... but up 11 cents a gallon over this time last week. Higher crude prices are being blamed for the increase.
State Police in Schuylkill County continue to investigate the death of a 10 – year old boy... killed by an SUV on New Years Eve. Chase Pahula died when he was struck by the right front of the SUV as he walked with his 17 – year old brother along Route 443 in Pine Grove Township. The SUV was driven by 52 – year old Donald Hunsicker... who told police he never saw the two boys. Funeral services are expected to be held later this week.
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has received approval from the state to hike premium insurance rates for its customers by nearly 10 percent in the coming year on several of its products. The Wilkes-Barre-based company says the increases are necessary to keep pace with overall rising medical costs. At the same time, the number of Blue Cross customers has been dropping in recent years. Current enrollment is about 540,000 subscribers.