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Here's what is happening in 'Pennsylvania's Heartland'...
Friday, July 25
Police are investigating a home invasion that turned into a pistol-whipping in Columbia County. WNEP reports, five men forced their way into a home, in the Village of Espy, early yesterday morning and pistol-whipped two people inside near Bloomsburg. The intruders got into the home along Second Street by pushing in a window air conditioner. Officials said a fight broke out and the men attacked the two people inside, then ran off on foot but left the pistol behind.
The investigation continues into the death of a woman in Northumberland County. She was found dead inside a Grandview Drive home in Watsontown yesterday. Her identity has not been released and there is no word yet on her cause of death. Police are not saying whether or not they believe the death is suspicious and more information will be released as it becomes available.
A new Texas law has spurred a dramatic decline in the number of abortions performed in state. A recent study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project shows abortions declined 13 percent over the last year. The study attributes the decrease to tougher state regulation of abortion clinics. The regulations have forced many clinics to close their doors. More than 40 abortion clinics have closed since the law was implemented and only six facilities are expected to remain open after all safety regulations take effect in September. The new rules require doctors who perform abortions to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their facilities.
Thursday, July 24
A decision is expected to be delivered by tomorrow as to whether or not a Sunbury police officer was justified in shooting a suspect earlier this month. Acting police Chief Brad Hare found 22 year old Erik Trometter neat the city on July 8th. He had been wanted in the assault on his grandmother. Trometter reportedly drew a knife and threatened Hare who used a taser twice on the man without results before shooting him. Trometter remains in Geisinger Medical Center in fair condition. Hare is on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Former assistant coach Jay Paterno and another former assistant, Bill Kenney, filed a federal lawsuit in Philadelphia on Monday, seeking more than $1 million and a statement from the university saying they did nothing wrong related to Sandusky, who was convicted of abusing several boys, some on campus.
A pro-traditional family advocacy group has launched an email campaign opposing a Burger King local promotion in San Francisco that featured a specially packaged, limited-edition gay pride Whopper with a rainbow wrapper in anticipation that the fast food chain may go national with the burger. “Even though this promotion was at just one location, as a chain, Burger King is promoting homosexual behavior as healthy and something to have pride in,” said American Family Association president Tim Wildmon. “We believe that promoting and encouraging unhealthy behavior will drive families away.” Burger King’s Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management defended the company’s promotion, telling USA Today that the sandwich “showcases who we are as a brand,” adding, “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.”
Wednesday, July 23
The speed limit on two stretches of Pennsylvania interstate highways will be raised to 70 mph next month in a pilot project that may lead to increases elsewhere. Beginning around Aug. 11, the limit will be raised on 88 miles of Interstate 80, from Du Bois in Clearfield County to Clinton County and 21 miles of I-380 from I-84 in Lackawanna County to Mount Pocono in Monroe County. Yesterday, The Pennsylvania Turnpike activated a new 70 mph limit from Blue Mountain to Morgantown. The transportation funding law approved by the Legislature and Governor Tom Corbett in the fall authorizes the higher limits.
Federal charges have been filed against a woman from Columbia County. Federal authorities accused 59 year old Mary Gillespie of Bloomsburg of being involved in a check fraud scheme in which she stole money from two banks in Bloomsburg. The alleged scheme lasted from November 2008 to September 2013 at the First Columbia Bank and Trust Company and Fulton National Bank. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Tuesday, July 22
A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low– and middle-income people who have bought policies. If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law. It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace — or exchange– that serves 36 states. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled 2–1 that the law, as written, only allows insurance subsidies in states that have set up their own exchanges. That invalidated an IRS regulation that allowed subsidies in all 50 states.
Grant money is coming to Volunteer Fire companies in our region. They will share in $590,000 dollars in state grant monies which will help them guard against the threat of forest fires and fires in other rural areas. The grant program helps to better equip the companies in rural areas who are called in to help fight fires with other forestry teams. In Lycoming County, The Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company, the Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company, the Pine Creek Independent Company in Cammal, and the Unityville Fire Company will all receive some funding.
Crews in Northumberland County had to deal with two wrecks 10 minutes apart, within a mile of each other, this morning near Milton. WNEP reports, A tractor-trailer carrying scrap metal overturned as it was getting onto Interstate 80 west around 6:20am. It dumped out a large amount of scrap metal, and it took crews most of the morning to clean it up. Only about 10 minutes before the tractor-trailer crash, and less than one mile away, a mobile home fell off a trailer coming off the on-ramp onto Interstate 80 east. The trailer remained upright, but the mobile home overturned and rolled onto the side of the interstate. No injuries were reported.
Monday, July 21
Road construction to tell you about. A detour was put in place Monday in Washington Township, Lycoming County as a bridge project gets underway on the Elimsport Road there. The detour will be in effect using Alvira Road, Ridge Road and Turnback road is expected to be in effect until early October.
A train derailed in Nisbet Sunday afternoon. The Sun Gazette says a dozen cars out of a 129 car train went off the rails at the River Road railroad crossing at about 2:50 p.m. yesterday, but no one was hurt. Witnesses told the paper, they heard a loud noise or a clicking sound. The tracks are owned by Norfolk Southern Corporation, which had a team of investigators in the area shortly after the derailment, and they had put equipment there to help cleanup the site. The train was traveling from Altoona to PPL’s Strawberry Ridge power plant.