Block Party 2017
In Bloomsburg Saturday afternoon... thousands of college age student milled around the Lightstreet Road area and Fetterman Avenue. We witnessed a lot of visibly intoxicated young adults and folks on top of roofs. This reporter ran into a college student from SUNY – Cortland in upstate New York. Police Chief Roger Van Loan said his men were kept busy. And Chief Van Loan compared block party to last year... or 2015.
Montour County Fatal
A New York City resident is dead... and three more are battling serious injuries... after an early Sunday morning rollover crash in Montour County. According to police reports, the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 80 near Danville during a police pursuit. Allegedly, the driver was traveling westbound when they lost control of the vehicle while switching lanes. The car proceeded to roll several times before coming to a rest. That crash is still under investigation.
Charter Schools Legislation
The state Legislature is returning to one of its more difficult issues--charter school reform. The bill before the state House would standardize the application process for schools seeking to become charters, create consistent performance standards, and extend the charter review period from five to ten years. Charter school advocates largely favor the bill, but worry about cuts in funding to cyber charters. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association expressed concern the reforms would give charters too much of an advantage.
A Bloomsburg - area woman claimed a 1 – million dollar lottery prize from a drawing held recently. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that Christine Hess bought one of the grand prize tickets in the New Year's Millionaire Raffle drawing. The raffle from the PA Lottery goes on sale twice a year. A half – million tickets are available each time... or until they're sold out.
Public Utility Commission
A state House committee recently heard from the state's top utility regulator on a wide range of topics. During a recent hearing of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, PUC Chair Gladys Brown touched on a number of issues which come before her agency. They include cyber security and its potential impact on utility safety and reliability. The PUC also helps to distribute impact fees from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Last year affected counties and municipalities received more than 101 million dollars.
A double block home was destroyed after a devastating fire tore through it early Sunday morning in Ashley. Six different fire departments in Luzerne County were called to the home along South Main Street in Ashley borough around 1 a.m. Sunday. The Greg Zawatski family made it out safely, along with three dogs and two cats. Zawatski lived at this home for 22 years and is unsure what will happen next for him.
More than ten different projects in Pennsylvania will soon start studying a crop that has enormous potential but also attracts negative attention because of its loose link to marijuana. Now, the state Department of Agriculture approved industrial hemp research projects. At Rodale Institute in Berks County, Ross Duttfield says they're planning to look at whether hemp could be used to cover the soil and prevent weeds from sprouting up, instead of resorting to pesticides and herbicides. Even though it comes from the same plant species as marijuana, it's not possible to get high from smoking industrial hemp because its T-H-C levels are so low. Nevertheless, because of restrictive drug laws in the U-S, it is very difficult to study it. Duttfield says they hope to start planting industrial hemp by the middle of next month, and get results back by later this year.
Authorities have released the name of a man who died after a fatal motorcycle crash in Snyder County over the weekend. According to State Police, a 49-year-old William Adams of Mason, West Virginia was killed sometime between Saturday and Sunday on Route 204, north of Fetter Road, near Selinsgrove. Authorities believe he was riding his Harley Davidson northbound when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, traveling over an embankment. He proceeded to strike a speed limit sign, a bush, and multiple small trees before coming to rest in a drainage ditch.