Authorities say it was a meth lab explosion that caused a fire that heavily damaged a double home and injured one person in the 300 block of Chamber Street in Danville on Tuesday morning. Police have charged 33-year-old Richard McHugh with operating a meth lab, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangering, manufacture of methamphetamine with child present, and endangering the welfare of a child. He is in the county lock-up on $250,000 bail. McHugh lived in the home at 321 Chamber Street with his girlfriend, Nikki Doebler, and her son. Michael Mowrer, Jr. who doesn’t live there was helping to cook the meth and was burned. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The Montour County DA say Mowrer will likely face charges as well. The fire also damaged 325 Chamber St. where a grandmother, a grandfather and a granddaughter lived.
A Pennsylvania appeals court panel has agreed with a decision to reinstate a Bloomsburg University college professor. The Commonwealth Court ruling upholds a June 2018 decision by an arbitrator, which voided the termination of BU assistant professor John Barrett. Barrett was fired in 2017 after it was determined he had engaged in consensual relationships with two students. The arbitrator overturned the decision, which the panel upheld: it ruled that the two women in question were not taking any of Barrett’s classes at the time of the relationships, and that he had not violated any school regulations. The ruling calls for Barrett to regain his standing at Bloomsburg, with full back pay and benefits.
The state Department of Health is declaring a Hepatitis A outbreak in the Commonwealth. Health officials report that 171 people have contracted the illness, ranging across 36 counties, most prevalent in Philadelphia and Allegheny. Officials say the best preventative measure is through the Hepatitis A vaccine. By declaring the outbreak, the state becomes eligible for federal funds to purchase additional vaccine, if necessary.
The Columbia County coroner has confirmed that the body of 40-year-old Fabio Adragna was pulled from what was left of a two-family home in the 300 block of Fair Street in Bloomsburg on Monday. A fast-moving, intense fire early Sunday morning reduced the double-block home to a pile of charred rubble. An excavator and a cadaver dog had to be used to help recover the man’s body. The fire also gutted a student apartment house next door. Investigators say they may never know what sparked the deadly fire in Bloomsburg.
A husband and wife from the Berwick area are accused of stealing mail from their neighbors and then using it to steal their identifies. Our news partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that 31-year-old Ernest Stonebraker and his wife 39-year-old Theresa Stonebraker are facing several counts of identity theft. Federal, state and local authorities raided the couple’s home in the Pleasant View Mobile Home Park, off Stone Church Road, in Salem Township, Luzerne County Monday morning. Police say the couple was stealing other people's mail and getting a hold of their bank information. Salem Township police say they got their first complaint about six weeks ago. They believe the couple stole mail from more than 15 people and racking up thousands of dollars on their accounts.
Southern Columbia junior Julian Fleming won three gold medals and a silver, and the Central Columbia boys won the team title at the District 4 Track & Field Championships which concluded Saturday in Williamsport. The state championships begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University.
The high school baseball and softball regular seasons are over. This week the District playoffs begin. In a District 2 Quad A first round state playoff game this afternoon, Berwick is at home against Lake Lehman. That game begins at 4:30.
Word spread across the world of Major League Baseball after the Philadelphia Philles announced on Wednesday that their longtime chairman David Montgomery passed away Tuesday night following a long fight against cancer. Montgomery, age 72, had been working with the Phillies since 1971, becoming a beloved figure in the baseball world at large, and among many accomplishments oversaw the building of the current home of the Phillies, Citizen’s Bank Park.
Read more in the Phillies official press release by clicking HERE.