Traffic on Interstate 80 between Lightstreet and Buckhorn is up to speed for the morning commute... following a multi – vehicle crash at mile marker 234 around 2:30 this morning. First responders were called to the area when a tractor – trailer, carrying frozen chickens, and car collided. Incident commander Lou Moser said first responders didn't have any difficulties either reaching the scene or helping three people injured. They were taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. The truck driver was not injured. Pennsylvania state police are investigating Tuesday morning's accident on the interstate near Buckhorn.
Vandalism / Pellet Gun
The calls started coming in at 4:19 Monday morning.... reports of windows being shot out of parked cars in Bloomsburg. Cops tell us the weapon of choice was a pellet gun apparently by a drive – by shooter. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan said most of the damage took place in the southwest corner of town... south of Main Street... and west of Center Street. Chief Van Loan said by the close of business on Monday.... fifteen complaints had been filed. Bloomsburg Police are asking anyone with information about the vandalism... simply call the department at Town Hall.
Governor Tom Wolf has held a series of roundtable discussions statewide on opioid addiction. WHLM's Brad Christman tells us why the Governor believes this is a major issue to be tackled head on. Governor Wolf's most recent opioid roundtable was held in southeastern Pennsylvania late last week - bringing the total to about a dozen and a half events statewide. While the word "crisis" is often overused, the governor says that is not the case with Pennsylvania's opioid crisis, which claimed more Pennsylvanians' lives in 2014 than traffic accidents. The governor says Pennsylvania has lost many good people - those who simply have a brain that is wired a certain way to make it vulnerable to opioid addiction...
Returning to Civilian Life
A bill in the state House would help military members and their spouses clear one hurdle in returning to civilian life. The bill would expedite teacher certification applications for military members, veterans, and their spouses. It also reduces the application fee for this group from upwards of one hundred dollars to just ten dollars. Teaching is at the top of the list of military spouses' professions...and a number of veterans will use their GI Bill benefits to pursue a degree in teaching.
Local Job Fair
Looking for a job.... or maybe a career change. Why not check out a job fair Thursday at the Danville Elks club on Route 11... between Bloomsburg and Danville. Fred Gaffney... the president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... said he's never seen good jobs go unfilled. The Job fair begins at 12 Noon Thursday... at the Danville Elks. The event is hosted by PA Career Link... the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce and the WHLM Stations..
Animal Resource Center
If you've been pet less for a while... maybe it's time to bring an animal into you're life. The Columbia County – based Animal Resource Center has the perfect pet to make you're house a home... so says Executive Director Linda Bird.... by adopting a dog... or a cat or kitten. To see the listing of pets looking for a forever home... go to their website... www.nokillarc.org ... or check out their Facebook page.
Parking Lot Shooting
State police in Frackville... in Schuylkill County... are still investigating a report of shot's fired in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant over the weekend. The shots allegedly fired at the McDonald's along Route 61. Still no word if anyone was hit. No arrests have been made..
The price of what we pay at the gas pumps is going up. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows... drivers in Columbia and Montour County's are paying an average of $2.43 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. A week ago the price averaged $2.39 a gallon.... and a month ago the average price stood at $2.80. The reason according to oil industry analysts is the rising cost of a barrel of crude.
Getting Ready for Warm Weather
Last weekend felt more like mid-March than mid-May, with temperatures stuck in the 50s and rainy conditions statewide...but, our luck could finally be changing. High temperatures by now should be averaging in the mid 70s... and it appears that weather may actually start to act like it should as we approach the Memorial Day weekend. In fact temps could rise above normal with highs near or even above 80. The humidity is also expected to increase, and with that will come a daily chance of afternoon thunderstorms during the holiday weekend.