A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Geisinger Medical Center by the parents of one of the 3 babies that died from a bacterial infection at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The suit was filed in Luzerne County Court by Philadelphia Attorney Matt Casey on behalf of the Hazleton area parents of Abel David Cepeda. Abel was born at the Danville hospital on September 24th and died in the NICU on September 30. The suit claims that when little Abel was delivered, Geisinger knew that its NICU was dangerous and contaminated with the bacteria that infected several babies. Cepeda was the third infant to die. The suit says Geisinger made a conscious, deliberate decision not to close its NICU and not to transfer premature infants delivered at less than 32 weeks, whom Geisinger knew to be at greatest risk.
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General is calling on state lawmakers to take action to combat fentanyl overdoses. Currently illegal in Pennsylvania because they’re considered drug paraphernalia, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is urging state lawmakers to pass legislation making fentanyl test strips legal In PA. Noting that fentanyl is often mixed into heroin, cocaine and meth without the knowledge of users, DePasquale says the test-strips can let them know if their drugs contain fentanyl before they use them. Without the ability to test for its presence, DePasquale says drug users could die from a fentanyl overdose without even knowing they took it.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors postponed action Wednesday on a request for funding for investment in a system redesign. While a motion was made in committee to request $100 million over five years for investment in a system redesign, PASSHE Board of Governor’s Chair Cynthia Shapira proposed amending the request to $300 million, saying that’s what’s really needed to get the job done. But board member, Representative Brad Roae voiced concern about the higher number, saying lawmakers are not likely to support it. In the end the board decided to table a vote pending further number-crunching. The State System is made up of the 14 state-owned universities including Bloomsburg University.
Berwick Police believe 2 brothers are responsible for a brutal beating last week that left a woman in a coma. 30-Year-old Michael Porth is in the Columbia County lock-up on $500,000 bail charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, robbery, burglary, and theft. Porth’s brother Christopher Lynn is being held in Pike County on a probation violation. 51-year-old Geraldine Carson was found unconscious and tied to a chair at her home on East 13th Street in Berwick last Tuesday. Authorities say the pair beat Carson so badly she was unrecognizable. Cops say Carson’s home was also ransacked and items were stolen, including a television. Witnesses told police Porth had threatened Carson about a week before the attack, demanding money he said she owed him and his brother. Police says she remains unconscious and has shown "no signs of improvement."
PennDOT is advising motorists who travel Route 11 in the Danville area that new traffic lights that were installed at the Route 11 intersection with Railroad Street will be activated on Monday, October 21st. The new traffic lights will have left turn arrows which the current traffic lights don’t have. The timing and operation of the signals are based on traffic volumes.
In a game that you heard on the HLM Sports Network, the Nittany Lions played against the Hawkeyes of Iowa. Penn State defeated Iowa by a score of 17-12.
Berwick: 42 - Crestwood: 7
Bloomsburg: 42 - Hughesville: 6
Shamokin: 28 - Danville: 21
Warrior Run: 14 - Central Columbia: 10
Southern Columbia: 42 - Wyoming Area: 0
Dallas: 37 - Valley View: 7
Loyalsock: 53 - Milton: 14
Mount Carmel: 59 - South Williamsport: 0
Shikellamy: 35 - Holy Redeemer: 7
Jersey Shore: 47 - Lewisburg: 21
Scranton: 21 - Hazleton Area: 15 (in Overtime)
Wyoming Valley West: 21 - Abington Heights: 13
Selinsgrove: 38 - Central Mountain: 21
Pottsville: 32 - Jim Thorpe: 26
North Schuylkill: 39 - Blue Mountain: 7
Wilkes Barre Area: 45 - Wallenpaupack: 24
Montoursville: 38 - Mifflinburg: 0
In a game that you heard on the HLM Sports Network, the Berwick Bulldogs played at Crestwood against the Comets. Berwick beat Crestwood by a score of 42-7