A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County prison following a two county pursuit over the weekend. State Police say 20 – year old William Tyler of East Anthony Avenue was shot in the wrist after he tackled a Pennsylvania State Trooper near the Lightstreet interchange early Saturday morning. Police finding four pounds of marijuana and five pints of codeine syrup in his car. Tyler now faces a slew of charges... and was jailed after he couldn't raise 150 – thousand dollars in bond.
Late sleepers Monday may have some trouble getting those last few winks. The Town of Bloomsburg will test it's emergency siren system starting at 9 O'clock according to Police Chief Roger Van Loan. The tests will be intermittent until 12 noon. The sirens are located at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... the High School and at 8th and Catherine Street...
You can tell the holiday season is just around the corner when the Berwick Salvation Army starts taking names for their assistance program. Lt. Kevin Polito says sign – up get underway in on October 15th at their building in the 300 block of West Second Street and will end Friday, October 17th. Thursday evening has been set aside as an additional sign - up time. Money to pay for the program to help up to 350 families... according to Lt. Polito... comes from donations... as well as the annual Red Kettle campaign held every year at this time.
The 2014 edition of the 159th Bloomsburg Fair is in the record book. Over the weekend.. fair officials announcing 70,400 guests pasted through the gates Saturday... bring the attendance to 425 – thousand people for the week – long exhibition. 3,000 from 2013. The increased gate on Saturday according to fair officials.... due to beautiful fall weather... and Saturday's temps in the mid to upper 70's.
As if rush hour traffic wasn't enough to deal with on it's own... now sun glare is going to start adding to the danger... that is until the end of daylight saving time. We've all been there, one hand on the wheel, the other reaching for a pair of sunglasses... and that unavoidable sun glare is about to get even worse. Triple A Mid-Atlantic says October has proven to be a deadly month for drivers traveling east to west during rush hour, when the autumn glare is at its worst. They suggest drivers follow some safety tips which include cleaning your windshield, increasing following distance, and turning on your headlights.
He's still out there... somewhere in the woods of Pike and Monroe Counties. Accused cop killer Eric Frein has not been seen and remains on the loose... eluding hundreds of local, state and federal authorities. Frein is accused of the murder of a state trooper at the Blooming Grove Barracks more than two weeks ago... and critically wounding a second officer. Meantime... life is slowly returning to normal with schools in the area opening Monday morning for the first time in a week.
Governor Tom Corbett has only gotten part of his agenda through a sometimes fragmented legislature in his first term. If elected governor, Democratic challenger Tom Wolf is likely to face a partisan divide as well as have to deal with a more conservative house and moderate senate. But he believes he'll be able to bring all sides together. Governor Tom Corbett says if he's re-elected, he already has accomplished some major legislation, including transportation. He says the positive far outweighs the negative.
Off Road Vehicles
The U S Consumer Productive Safety Commission is taking a closer look at ROV's- Recreational Off highway Vehicles- after a rash of accidents over the last decade. At least a dozen of the accidents leading to injury or death for drivers or passengers of ROV's have been reported in Pennsylvania. Unlike ATV's, the vehicles have steering wheels, seats and accelerators. More than three hundred people have been killed in ROV incidents since 2003. The CPSC is looking at standards to improve lateral stability, vehicle handling and occupant protection.
A series of four fires in Shenandoah... in Schuylkill County... have residents there on edge. Authorities say they believe all four fires were started by an arsonist early Sunday morning. All the fire were set in vacant homes on East Lloyd... North Ferguson... Centre and South Ferguson Streets. There are no persons of interest in the case.
Improving Job Outlook
The Robert Half 2015 salary guide is coming out next month and there is an indication it will show continued improvement in the hiring outlook for skilled professions. The accounting and finance, technology, legal, creative and administrative fields have a number of positions where skilled talent is very much in demand according to Stephanie Naznitzky, a Vice President for Robert Half in the greater Philadelphia region. She says they're seeing a 3.8 percent increase in starting salaries and strong candidates can expect to have multiple options.
For the 4th straight week, a Bloomsburg University football player is the PSAC Eastern Division Defensive player of the week. Justin Shirk had 15 tackles, including two sacks, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble in Saturday's 38-30 win over Shippensburg. It was the senior middle linebacker's second time to earn that recognition this season. The Huskies remain unbeaten. They will play at Cheyney Saturday.
In the NFL Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21... the Pittsburgh Steelers were beaten by the Tampa Bay Bucs 27-24... and the New York Jets lost to the Detroit Lions 24-17.
In baseball, the Phillies ended the season with a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Phils finished with a record of 73 and 89... last in the National League East.
The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to Cincinnati 4-1, but Pittsburgh will be a wild card team for the second straight season. The New York Mets defeated Houston 8-3... and Derek Jeter had an infield single in the last at bat of his career in the New York Yankees 9-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.