Bloomsburg Fire Chief Honored
On Thursday evening, Rotarian and WHLM radio personality Dave Reilly presented the John Q. Ekey Community Service Award to Bob Rupp, chief of the Bloomsburg Fire Department for outstanding service to our community in Bloomsburg.
Dave Millard / State Budget
The state budget is due on Governor Wolf's desk in about five weeks time. It a very conservative plan calling for higher fees... and cuts to programs. But state representative David Millard of Berwick says lawmakers don't want to go through what they did a couple of years ago. Rep. Millard is confident the budget will be on time and signed into law when July 1st rolls around.
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has released the results of his review of one of the state's two public pension systems. The audit of the Public School Employees Retirement System covered the period from July 1st 2013 to March 31st of this year. One of the biggest findings involved the fees paid to manage the fund's investments - 416 million dollars in 2016 alone. The report includes 37 recommendations, mainly aimed at reducing the unfunded liability, which stood at 43 billion dollars as of last June.
Lauren Martz / Free Money
Bloomsburg residents who own their homes have an opportunity for “free money” from the federal government through SEDA – COG. It's a way to spiff – up the neighborhood. That word from Town Manager Lauren Martz. To apply... just give Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG a call. There are a few requirements according to Ms. Martz... the home owner has to meet income requirements.. and the unit must be owner – occupied.
Two Democratic state lawmakers are challenging their colleagues to join them in a month of fasting. 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are food-insecure... meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. Now to raise awareness of the issue... Representatives Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey of Allegheny County are planning to go without food or water from sun-up to sun-down every day in June. They will also donate the amount they would have spent on food during that time to hunger relief organizations in their districts.
Pennsylvania is one of nine states which require voters in primary elections to be registered either Republican or Democrat. But now one state lawmaker wants to change that. Legislation sponsored by state Senator Lisa Boscola would open up primary elections to Pennsylvanians who register as independent, or who aren't affiliated with any party. She adds lack of party registration should not disqualify someone who wants to cast a ballot. Boscola says open primaries would also be one way to boost voter turnout and participation, citing this month's primaries, where an estimated one in six Pennsylvanians turned out to vote.
Meth Labs of Central PA
The Pennsylvania attorney general was in Snyder County Thursday announcing the arrest of ten people in what he calls a major meth ring in central Pennsylvania. The 15-month investigation spanned Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties The ten people who were arrested are accused of making and selling meth. Officials say they broke up meth labs at a motel in Shamokin Dam and a home in Penns Creek. The investigation centers on 23 – year old Charles Hanson of Selinsgrove. Shapiro says Hanson not only sold meth and taught others how to make it, he recruited others to buy meth ingredients for him. The group allegedly made and sold over two pounds of meth.
A 23-year-old Montour County man already facing charges for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old boy, also was charged recently by state police with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Northumberland County. Troopers, who also filed the charges in the previous case, recently filed the other charges against Tyler Grey Trewitz of Liberty Township. Trewitz faces a long list of sex related charges. He remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 straight bail.
School Bus Crash
A school bus with about two dozen students on board was involved in a crash in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. About 25 students were on a bus around noon, leaving Kistler Elementary School headed home when the school bus was involved in a crash with another vehicle. Emergency crews said no one was hurt, but ambulances were called as a precautionary measure. The kids were picked up by parents or transferred to another bus. Police are still investigating what led up to the crash.
Car Vs Train
In Hazleton... a man was injured Thursday morning when his car was hit by a train. Police said the driver tried to cross in front of the train in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton around 11 a.m. The train was slowly backing up and the car hit the train’s caboose. It took fire crews about 45 minutes to get the driver out of the car. He was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.
It took a jury only 30 minutes this week to convict a man for exposing himself to a store clerk in Snyder County. Surveillance video shows 59 – year old Gary Lee Strawser of Watsontown, at a Dollar General store near Richfield on the day he exposed himself to a female worker on September 20, 2016. Strawser was found guilty of indecent exposure and open lewdness. He will be sentenced at a later date.