A mid – winter event simply known as Destination Blues kicks off Friday night. Using 16 venues... then four Saturday and a couple on Sunday... world class blues music is prominent. Sunday night... according to coordinator Oren Helbock... is the culmination of the event. Saturday night at the Caldwell Consistory is the sound of the Colorado – based Otis Taylor Band.
The state House Democratic Policy Committee met recently to discuss tactics to prevent teen suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24... and 17 percent high schoolers have seriously considered suicide in the last year. Democrats in the state House are hoping there are some legislative solutions... such as providing more counseling staff to schools. They say there is always a gap between identifying people in need and getting them services.
AARP / Scams
A new study from AARP identifies the type of people who typically fall for financial scams. An Investment Fraud Vulnerability Study from AARP found that victims were more likely to be older, conservative men. Researchers say victims prefer unregulated investments, thinking they will make more money... but that's exactly the area where scammers operate. They recommend contacting the PA Department of Banking and Securities to help determine if an investment opportunity is legitimate.
The ever expanding world of drugs was the topic of the Berwick Crimewatch Committee this week. Lauren Force... a state police crime lab worker out of Harrisburg who lives in Briar Creek... says the struggle is never ending. Police Chief Ken Strish... along with the attorney General's office... has been keeping meth out of Berwick.
Hit and Run
A man crossing a road in Lycoming County was hit and killed early Thursday morning. State police say 29 – year old Cheney Orwig from Montoursville, was dropped off at a bus stop near his work. It was still dark when he went to cross the road and was hit and killed. The 69 – year old driver of a pick – up truck initially fled the scene, but returned and was taken into custody. No word yet if he will face charges.
Things are improving for six eastern and central PA counties which had been under a drought warning. Carbon, Juniata, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Snyder counties are no longer under a drought warning. Adequate levels of precipitation have prompted state environmental officials to change their status to a drought watch. Eleven other counties which had been under a drought watch have now returned to normal status. The warning does remain in effect for Mifflin and Union counties.
The man formerly in charge at Mohegan Sun Pocono has stepped down from his position. Bobby Soper resigned as president and CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority earlier this week. The decision comes after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported finding financial irregularities during Soper's tenure at the casino in Plains Township in Luzerne County.
Former Luzerne County controller Walter Griffith Jr. wants to watch over county government again. Griffith said this week he plans to run for controller, considered the “people’s watchdog” of the government. He’ll be up against the current controller, Michelle Bednar, who said she will run for re-election. The county’s home-rule charter gives the position “unrestricted access” to all county information, property and employees.