Sunbury Man Killed In Bloomsburg Crash

One person was killed and two others were taken to a nearby hospital after a crash Thursday afternoon in Bloomsburg. 59-year-old Dean Yeager of Sunbury was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle, head-on crash which happened just after 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon on Route 11 near the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The roadway was shut down for several hours due to the crash.

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Overwhelming Response To State Giveaway Of Life-Saving Drug

There was an overwhelming response to the state’s giveaway of the overdose-reversal medication nalaxone on Thursday. The State Department of Health says 45 distribution locations had run out of the free life-saving drug by 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. State Health Centers in Bloomsburg, Danville, and Sunbury were among the locations that quickly gave away their allotment. Locations that ran out were creating waitlists in hopes that the state will be able to get an additional supply of nalaxone in the near future and distribute it to those who came away empty-handed.

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More Charges Filed Against Former Bloomsburg University Student

A Philadelphia teen charged with the November 9th attempted robbery of the Uni-Mart Convenience Store on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg is now also facing charges in connection with the October 1st robbery at Althea’s Imaginarium at 40 E. Main St. in Bloomsburg. 18-year-old Elijah Reese was a student at Bloomsburg University until he withdrew from classes following his November 10th arrest for the attempted robbery at the Uni-Mart. He is free on bail in both cases.

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Flood Debris Removal Today And Tomorrow From Columbia County Bridge

PennDOT says flood debris removal work is planned for today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) at the Interstate 80 westbound river bridge at Mifflinville in Columbia County. The right shoulder and acceleration lane from Route 339 will be closed on the I-80 westbound bridge from approximately 9 AM to 3 PM. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

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Combating Opoid Crisis In State Prisons

The use of medication to help treat opioid addiction is being expanded in the state prison system, to assist the majority of inmates who are eventually released. Steve Seitchik, the DOC's Medication Assisted Treatment Coordinator says the use of methadone, suboxone and related drugs make addiction similar to treating any other chronic disease. The expansion of medication assisted treatment in state prisons is part of a larger campaign taking place this week, known as Stop Overdoses in PA-Get Help Now.

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***Car Collision Rt. 11 & 42 By Fairgrounds***

***Car Collision Rt. 11 & 42 By Fairgrounds***

The WHLM Newsdesk has just received word that there has been a traffic accident involving a head-on collision on Route 11 in Bloomsburg near the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds and Route 42. According to our source this accident occurred around 3:05-3:10pm on Thursday, and we expect heavy delays on Route 11.

As we acquire more information, we will make it available to you. Be sure to tune in for the latest information: 930 & 1280 AM 94.7, 104.3, 105.5 FM.

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Death Of 5-year-old Ruled An Accident

The Columbia County Coroner says the death of little 5-year-old Silus Hunsinger was an accident. Hunsinger, was struck and killed by a pick-up truck while crossing Rohrsburg Road to get to his school bus stop Wednesday morning in the Rohrsburg area of Greenwood Township. While State Police are still investigating the accident, investigators didn’t immediately see a reason to file charges against the driver of the pick-up. A GoFundMe account set-up to help the family pay for funeral expenses quickly exceeded its goal of $10,000. Grief counselors have been made available at Millville Elementary School where little Silus was a student.

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Local Area Approved For Flood Aid From U.S. Small Business Administration.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Wolf’s request to declare a disaster in 6 counties including Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill Counties as the result of flood damage to homes and businesses sustained during severe storms back in August. The disaster declaration means the SBA will make low-interest loans available to qualified homeowners, renters, and businesses impacted by the flooding that occurred between August 10th and the 15th. Businesses and individuals in neighboring counties such as Montour, Sullivan, Luzerne and Lycoming Counties can also apply for SBA assistance.

You can get a loan application and information by calling 800-659-2955. Also, the SBA will operate a Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) from today through next Thursday at several area locations to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan.

Columbia County Disaster Outreach Center
Benton Borough Building
590 Everett Street
Benton, PA 17814

Northumberland County Disaster Outreach Center
Warrior Run Area Fire Department Headquarters
1125 Main Street
Watsontown, PA 17777

Schuylkill County Disaster Outreach Center
Port Carbon Borough Municipal Building
301 First Street
Port Carbon, PA 17965

Hours of operation:

Thursday, Dec. 13— 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15— 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16— CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 17— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20— 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Lawmaker Wants To Change The Way PA Chooses Its Lt. Governor

Legislation to change the way Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor is chosen will be reintroduced by state Senator David Argall when the new legislative session begins in January. The bill would eliminate the need for candidates for Lt. Governor to run in primary elections. Instead, nominees for Governor from each party would be allowed to choose their running mate. The bill passed the state Senate in the previous session but failed in the state House. Because it's a constitutional amendment, it would have to pass the House and Senate in consecutive sessions, then be put to the voters.

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Child Struck And Killed By A Vehicle In Northern Columbia County

A child was struck and killed by a pick-up truck while crossing Rohrsburg Road to get to his school bus stop this morning in Rohrsburg. According to the coroner, 5-year-old Silus Hunsinger was with a family member and was attempting to cross the roadway to get to his bus stop, when he was struck by the pick-up truck. The coroner says the little boy was killed instantly. State police are investigating. There is no word on whether the driver of the truck will face charges.

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Danville Passes Tax Hike, Bloomsburg Rejects Hike

Danville Borough Council adopted a 2019 budget Tuesday night that includes a tax increase of about 5 percent—that’s approximately a $39 increase for the average taxpayer in the borough. Wes Walters was the only council member to vote no on the budget and tax hike. Walters says the borough has increased taxes every year for the seven years he has been on council.

Meanwhile, Bloomsburg Town Council has more work to do on its 2019 spending plan. Town council shot down a budget proposal that contained a 9-percent tax hike in a 4-3 vote Monday night.


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State To Distribute Life-Saving Drug For Free Tomorrow

The Wolf Administration is distributing the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone for free on Thursday in hopes of saving lives. The drug, which is also known as Narcan, will be provided free to any state resident from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thursday at 80 locations around the state. Deputy Health Secretary Ray Barishansky says most of the locations are state health centers and county and municipal health departments. Locally, the nalaxone will be given away at state health centers in Bloomsburg, Danville, and Sunbury. Nalaxone can reverse overdoses by blocking opioids’ effect on the brain and respiratory system. Since November 2014, the state Health Department says more than 20,000 people in PA have been revived by first responders using naloxone.

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Deadline Approaching For 2019 Obamacare Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ends this Saturday, December 15th. State Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman urges eligible Pennsylvania residents to go to Healthcare.gov to sign up for a health insurance plan. Altman says she's concerned that about 40,000 fewer Pennsylvanians have done so this year compared to last. Altman says one factor could be that this is the first year there's no tax penalty for not having comprehensive health insurance. However, Altman says such coverage provides peace of mind and financial security in the event of an illness or accident.

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School Board Member Helps Fired Catholic School Teacher

A School board member at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, near Shamokin, has hired a lawyer for an unwed, pregnant teacher who was fired last week. Tony Varano says he hired the attorney to help 31-year-old Naiad Reich get her job back. She was fired December 7th for violating the Catholic school’s morality clause. Varano says Board members were upset when they found out about the termination because school Principal didn’t consult them and the Harrisburg Diocese made the final decision to terminate the teacher. Varano says nearly all 16 school board members, excluding the three priests and two sisters, have indicated to him they want Reich reinstated.

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Doctor’s Indecent Assault Trial Postponed

The trial of a former Geisinger doctor accused of indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl which was to get under way next week has now been postponed until February. The Montour County DA says both the prosecution and defense agreed that more time is needed to prepare for the trial of 66-year-old Dr. Abraham Layon of Lewisburg who is charged with indecent assault and harrassment. The girl claims Layon forced himself on her in a meeting Aug. 15th, 2017 at Geisinger, allegedly “gnawing” on the girl’s ears and forcing his tongue down her throat. The girl was part of an educational program Layon ran at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Layon was fired by Geisinger and his state medical license has been suspended.

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Earlier Start To Deer Season Being Considered

While firearm deer hunting season came to an end over the weekend, there's talk about an earlier start to the season. State Senator Dan Laughlin, who's proposed legislation expanding Sunday hunting in PA, says he believes the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving should be the first two days of the firearm deer hunting season. Meantime, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau spokesman Mark O'Neill says the Farm Bureau would support allowing the deer hunting season to begin the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Gasoline Prices At Their Lowest Point Of The Year

Gasoline prices are at their lowest point of the year, but since OPEC has decided to cut production, prices will likely be headed up again. At $2.66 on Friday the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Pennsylvania was at its lowest level of the year, significantly lower than this year's highest average price of $3.13 which occurred around Memorial Day. But with gas prices likely headed up again, Triple-A is offering tips to conserve fuel, including only warming up your vehicle and running the heater just long enough to remove the chill inside.

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