A state lawmaker chose this week before a major holiday travel period to introduce a bill to strengthen DUI penalties in Pennsylvania. A bill introduced by Senator John Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, would crack down of repeat DUI offenders. If a motorist with a prior DUI offense is involved in an accident where someone is killed, the mandatory minimum 3 year prison sentence would be lengthened to 5 years. If the person has 3 or more prior DUI offenses, under the bill the sentence would then be 3 to 7 years.
Philadelphia Grant Money
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has released a special report into how the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee spent a $10 million state grant. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says there's no evidence that taxpayer dollars were spent on payouts to staffers and non-profits. But his says the situation shows the need for claw-back provisions in state grant agreements so money not used could be recovered by the state. He notes only one sentence in the 25 page agreement spelled out how the money could be used.
It was business as usual at schools in Bloomsburg Monday. Bloomsburg Area High School officials and the town’s police department are still investigating a threat on social media that has parents concerned about sending their kids to school. According to officials, a police investigation found the threats to be unfounded and school will be in session as normal Monday.
David Millard / Vets
There were plenty of military veterans at Central High School Saturday... as Representative David Millard hosted a seminar. There were plenty of vets... and vendors on hand offering their services. The annual event is held each year at this time.
Stuie / Bulldozer
Now that a Berwick group has a Stuart Tank in it's collection... what's next. How 'bout a bulldozer. The Stuart tank committee member Tom McLaughlin telling us the dozer was obtained from a museum in Crawfordville, Indiana for free. All the Berwick organization had to do was pay for shipping. It will be housed alongside Stuie in it's museum on Vine Street in Berwick.
More and more "baby boomers" are entering retirement age, posing added challenges for government agencies whose job it is to provide services to this population. Now... Pennsylvania is seeking to meet that challenge head-on. Pennsylvania is home to one of the nation's largest-growing populations of residents age 65 and older, with that segment now living well into their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne says her agency is joining with other departments in Pennsylvania to take on issues related to aging, including Health and Human Services, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Transportation.
An invasive insect known as the spotted Lanternfly has inundated eastern Pennsylvania, with researchers at Penn State joining in the effort to find a solution. The Spotted Lanternfly, native to parts of Asia, has found its way into Pennsylvania, with infestations reported in a total of 13 eastern and southeastern counties in the last three years. Experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among those looking for ways to step the spread. Short term goals include coming up with an effective pesticide while researchers look into the genetic makeup of the insect in an effort to find a way to get rid of it.
Click it or Ticket
Pennsylvania State Police are participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign which begins Monday and runs through December 3rd. State police say wearing a seat belt and making sure young children are properly secured in child safety seats are the easiest things to do to prevent serious injury or worse in the event of a crash. In PA, failing to buckle up is a primary offense for drivers under 18, but a secondary offense for adult drivers. As part of the Click It or Ticket campaign State Police will also be holding child safety seat fitting events.
A problems with vehicle break – in's in Scott Township. The Police Department telling us there has been a rash of vehicle break – in's. The department is stressing that drivers that leave cell phones, GPS systems... C-D and currency are prime targets. And to cut down on thefts... make sure you're vehicle's windows are up... and doors locked. If you see any one suspicious... give the 9-1-1 center a call.
Police in Nanticoke say a man robbed a convenience store. Officers said the man walked into Cocoa Hut on East Main Street and handed a note to the cashier saying he had a gun. Police say the robber got away with about $40. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A Hazleton man is dead and his family is hospitalized... and police say it's a case of carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say Carlos Castillo pulled his car into his garage and did not shut the engine off when he returned to his home on Alter Street in Hazleton. The husband and father then went inside his home and left the door to the house open. Two hours later, his wife found Castillo lying face down and not moving. She called police, but they could not revive him. Minutes later, a deputy coroner pronounced Castillo dead. Police say the situation might have been worse if Castillo's wife did not wake up. She and the couple's 11-year-old son were sent to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest near Allentown.