Stuart Tank Association
The Stuart Memorial Tank Association of Berwick has just gotten possession of a building at the corner of Third and Vine Streets in Berwick. It was at one time a Jewish Synagogue and then the American Red Cross. David Kovach says there's a lot of work to be preformed. Now... according to Mr. Kovach... there is a possibility of acquiring a second Stuart tank for their collection. The Stuart was built at the former Berwick A-C&F plant in the early 40's... with an estimated 15 thousand produced.
Berwick Woman Assaulted
Tough times for a Berwick woman... who turned out to be an assault victim.
Police were called to the Schain Building on Mulberry Street where they found 56 – year old Regina Welch bloodied and beaten. When they first saw her Welch had multiple injuries. In trouble with the law is Welch's friend... Carel Foster. He and other man barged into the apartment. That's when Foster allegedly beat her. Moments later police arrived finding Foster laying face up... pants pulled down to his mid – thigh area. He was taken to the Berwick Hospital for treatment.. and charged with Robbery... aggravated assault... Burglary and theft. Foster is now in the Columbia County Prison in leiu of 100 – thousand dollars bail.
Fred Gaffney / Mr. Trump
At midday.... President – elect Trump becomes President Trump. There are some lingering concerns in the business community what a Trump presidency means. Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says the biggest concern is the modifying of Obamacare. Mr. Gaffney pointed out that the stock market has improved since Mr. Trump was elected.
The peaceful transition of power that represents the hallmark of our democratic republic plays out at midday in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump will take the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States at noon. The oath is one of the grandest traditions of the republic but it is not without its own controversies. No one knows exactly how that phrase made it into the presidential oath. Urban legend has it as an impromptu add-on by George Washington, but historians mostly agree there's no evidence to back that up. Abraham Lincoln was said to have added "So help me God" to his oath, but again - not everyone agrees that the legend matches history. A lawsuit in 2008 challenged the inclusion of the phrase, but Chief Justice John Roberts responded by saying the phrase comes "after the oath" not as part of it. The Supreme Court ultimately declined to hear that case.
Of Pennsylvania's five Democratic U.S. Representatives, only one will be there to watch the inauguration of Republican Donald Trump. Congressman Matthew Cartwright (D-PA-17) says he is not critical of his Democratic colleagues who are boycotting the presidential inauguration, especially the man who started the movement, Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Cartwright says part of his reason for attending is that he feels it's his duty to go as an elected representative.
He's been a Donald Trump supporter from the beginning.. and now he's looking forward to Friday's inauguration. Lou Barletta of Hazleton has been a part of Trump's transition team. Barletta said he feels good about his decision to endorse Trump. After Trump was elected, Barletta was being considered for a position in Trump’s cabinet, but decided to withdraw from consideration to stay in his seat in congress.
Women's March on D.C.
Thousands of Pennsylvanians will join the Women's March on Washington Saturday. The march is expected to be the largest demonstration around the inauguration of Donald Trump. At least 15-thousand Pennsylvanians are officially signed up to join the Women's March on Washington, and national organizers estimate the number that actually shows up could be double that. State organizers say the march won't be a one-and-done event...but the beginning of a movement. They hope it will inspire people to get more involved in their communities and run for office.
A mother and grandmother are charged with endangerment after two toddlers were found near busy East Street in Bloomsburg back in December. 24 – year old Elizabeth Rhone and her mother, 56 year old Jeanne Benjamin were arrested and charged. Police say on December 20th, a two-year-old and a three-year-old were found by a good Samaritan wandering near the roadway. The children were wearing pajamas with nothing on their feet. The pair are locked up in the Columbia County Prison awaiting further court action.
Dauphin County Robbery
The man arrested this week for a bank robbery in Dauphin County is from Northumberland County. State police say 25 – year old Jacob Snyder of Coal Township held up a BB&T Bank branch Tuesday morning in the borough of Pillow in Dauphin County. After a brief chase, Snyder was caught near Trevorton.
Natural Gas Hike
UGI Penn Natural Gas is asking the state for a rate hike. The company filed a request with the Public Utility Commission to raise base rates by 10 percent. UGI says the money from the hike will go to maintain and improve natural gas services, as well as pay for new programs. If the hike is approved, the bill for an average customer would go from about $79 a month to about $87 a month.
Luzerne Co. Fire
A Luzerne County woman is dead... after a fire swept through her mobile home Thursday morning. It happened in a home on Fourth Street in Birchwood Estates in Exeter. Police tell us one woman living inside the home did not make it out. Family members say that Donna Mishanski was the only person in the home at the time of the fire.