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Thursday / September 21, 2017

 

Stuart Tank

A piece of rolling history was delivered to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... just in time for the start of the 162nd Exposition. A Berwick – built Stuart tank now sits in front of the Education Building for next week's Fair. Volunteer Scott Coslett was at the controls... and he remembers the first time he crawled in the tank a couple of years ago. The tank will now reside there... on static display until the 162nd exposition is completed. The machine is owned by the Stuart Tank Memorial Association of Berwick

 

Ride Shutdown

The Bloomsburg Fair has one less ride to entertain visitors... at least for now. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.. an inspector from the State Department of Agriculture issued a so – called “stop – use order” for a ride called the “Wild Claw.” It's similar in nature to the ride which led to the death of a fair goer at the Ohio State Fair earlier this year. Meantime... Reithoffer Amusements... which provides the rides... has other rides coming to Bloomsburg.

 

Berwick Fire

Berwick Firemen had to help a 79 – year old woman from her home on LaSalle Street when her dryer caught fire Wednesday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Waunita Young eventually escaped the flames. The fire was confined to the kitchen area of the two story home. But, the rest of the structure sustained smoke and water damage. Also rescued were Young's three dogs and a parrot.

 

Budget Compromise
Pennsylvania's Senate and House have begun talks on a budget compromise. After the Senate's expected rejection of a House plan to balance the state budget, talks have begun between with an eye toward joining with Governor Tom Wolf to have a budget ready for his signature by October 1st. Negotiations are expected to last through next week. Sticking points, however, remain: the Governor and Senate are seeking recurring revenue for the package, while a House Republican spokesman says the chamber remains opposed to any tax increase.

 

PA's Credit Rating
Pennsylvania's top financial official is weighing in on the decision by Standard and Poor's to lower Pennsylvania's credit rating. State Treasurer Joe Torsella says the move should come as no surprise with Pennsylvania 2-1/2 months into the new fiscal year and no budget in place. He says a lower credit rating means it's more expensive for Pennsylvania to utilize the bond market, and that cost will be passed onto the taxpayers. Torsella says he's hopeful the news will send lawmakers and the Governor back to the bargaining table to finally come terms on a revenue plan for the budget.

 

Flag Burning

A Dauphin County political activist is heading north to Bloomsburg to make a statement... this time on the steps of the courthouse Friday morning. Gene Stlip plans to burn a flag on the courthouse steps in protest of the Fair Association's decision to allow the sale of Confederate flags. His flag... one side... a Nazi flag... the other one the stars and bars. County commissioner David Kovach is remaining neutral. The so called flag burning is expected to take place at 11 O'clock.

 

Handicapped Parking
A Senate committee has given its approval to a bill to protect handicapped parking space. The Senate Transportation Committee gave its unanimous endorsement to a bill that would protect the "access aisles" of handicapped parking spaces. That's the extra space marked off around the parking space that allows for ramps and maneuverability. Advocates and lawmakers say the current laws on access aisles are vague and need to be updated.

 

Daylight Burglaries

Wilkes – Barre police are wondering who's pulling off burglaries of home and vehicles in broad daylight. A home on Plymouth Avenue and one on Lawrence Street were recently burglarized, both during the afternoon. On Lawrence Street, a neighbor's security camera happened to be rolling, catching on the crooks on video. Meantime... Police in nearby Hanover Township are also investigating a string of daylight break-ins.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

There are still plenty of questions about the shooting and wounding of a man in Wilkes-Barre early Tuesday morning. Police said Donald Garey of Wilkes-Barre was shot in the face around 2 a.m. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police say a man showed up at Garey's home, shot him, and left. Cops believe the shooting was random and say the victim and the shooter knew each other.

 

Hazleton / ACT 47

Hazleton is now officially a financially distressed city. Mayor Jeff Cusat filed for Act 47 last month, and the state will now help the city manage money. The city will now be eligible for a $850,000, no-interest loan from the state. The mayor said that money will go toward bettering the city. The Act 47 status will last five years but can be renewed once it ends for another three.

 

Sex Conviction

A man from Luzerne County is guilty of sexually abusing a child. A jury finding Matthew Sims Sr. of Hanover Township guilty of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual intercourse with a minor, and other charges. Sims was caught and charged last year. He is locked up in the Luzerne County jail.

 

PA Task Force

There was a warm welcome home Wednesday for dozens of Pennsylvania first responders who assisted in hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Texas. Gov. Tom Wolf deployed 45 members of Pennsylvania Task Force One to Texas after Hurricane Harvey in August. Two weeks later, he deployed 40 more members to Florida following Hurricane Irma. Pennsylvania Task Force One could be deployed again as soon as Friday. Gov. Wolf says five members remain stationed in San Juan to provide support to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Graham Spanier

A defamation lawsuit filed by Penn State’s former president against former FBI director Louis Freeh

has been thrown out. Graham Spanier sued Freeh over a 2012 report he issued on Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Freeh’s lawyers said the lawsuit should be dismissed, citing Spanier’s March child endangerment conviction. A Judge issued his ruling Wednesday. He says lawyers for both sides agree the conviction bars Spanier from pursuing his civil claims.

 


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