Bloomsburg Town Council has decided to kick the can down the road when it comes to parking. The council, Monday night, decided to hand off the parking issue to the Community & Economic Development Committee. For developer Matt Zoppetti.... he said he'd free up spaces at his Bloomsburg Mill's Project on 5th Street... and run a shuttle bus downtown for whoever wanted to park there.... nearly doubling the size of parking.
Authorities in Schuylkill County have filed charges against a woman accused of hitting and killing an elderly pedestrian. It happened at the intersection of 19th and Centre Streets in Ashland back in December. Police say Ashley Leibig of Ashland was behind the wheel when she hit 85 – year old Charles Bogus as he was crossing the street. Leibig was charged with homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while DUI, and related charges. She is locked up in the Schuylkill County jail on $150,000 straight cash bail.
The clock is ticking on a potential major disruption for hundreds of thousands of college students in Pennsylvania. Next week, faculty at the 14 state-owned universities will begin voting on whether or not to authorize a strike against the schools. It would be a first in the state system and Governor Tom Wolf has a message for both sides: get this settled. The faculty vote is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday next week, followed by a vote by a coaches the following week. The two groups are represented by separate bargaining units. The APSCUF union has been without a new contract since June of last year...
The Governor's choice to fill out the remainder of Kathleen Kane's term as Attorney General is expected to get Senate confirmation vote Tuesday. When Ernie Preate went to prison in the mid-90s, Walter Cohen assumed the duties of the office until Governor Tom Ridge nominated Tom Corbett to fill out the term. Cohen was called an "Acting" Attorney General. 20 years later, a similar situation... but Bruce Castor has been calling himself "Attorney General" since Kathleen Kane's resignation. Does he have a legal claim on that job title? It's actually Governor Wolf who is empowered to name a replacement under the law and he did so quickly, picking Bruce Beemer...
Animal Resource Center
Hit a home run this weekend... now is the time to get that dog or cat you've been waiting for at the Animal Resource Center. The ARC has a number of dogs, cats and kittens waiting for a forever home... so says Executive Director Linda Bird. To get an idea of what the shelter has to offer... just go to their web site... NoKillARC.org... or sign on to their Facebook page.
It may have been a lawn mower that started a fire which destroyed a barn Monday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... that that barn at 2089 Ikler Hill Road was leveled by the 2 AM blaze. Millville fire Chief Rob Bower says damage was so extensive... it's difficult to determine the cause.
Lawmakers will gather in Scranton tomorrow to gather testimony on PA's drug epidemic. It's all designed to gather information on the drug crisis. Members of the house and senate policy committee will be on hand. The hearings take place Wednesday at the Hilton Scranton and conference Center.
Part of 2nd Street in Girardville is blocked off, after two apartment buildings that were both damaged by fires are collapsing. The borough has cited both property owners for code violations, but neither has done anything. Now, authorities say the foundations of both buildings have shifted several times in the past few days.
A man remains on the lose in Schuylkill County and police are looking for him. Investigators say Christopher Benjamin threatened to kill the woman if she left the woods near Lost Creek where she was left with her four year old son over the weekend. The victim was able to escape Sunday and asked a neighbor for help. Troopers say she was seriously hurt. If you know where Christopher Benjamin is... give police a call.