Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today's News-Tuesday, June 22, 2010-6am

A water boil advisory is still in effect for much of Lost Creek according to the Shenandoah Municipal Authority. A weekend main break has been repaired, but officials want to make sure water is safe before consumption. Areas affected include High Road, New Road, Store Patch, Small Road, Rappahannock Road, Duck Street, Connerton, Power Mill Road and Wildcat. The water boil advisory remains in effect through Thursday.

A Ringtown man, riding with a group of friends to raise money for breast cancer, is in a New Mexico hospital today after he was struck by a car. The Republican Herald reports that 19 year old John Anczarski was struck by a car in Laguna, New Mexico Monday afternoon. Anczarski had to be flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Reports say the unidentified driver apparently wasn't paying attention to the cyclists when the accident happened. Anczarski, 19 year old Ty Bereskie, Nicholas Gober and Travis Brown have been biking across the country since May 23rd as part of the Pink Pedal team to raise funds for breast cancer.

ALLENTOWN - PPL Corporation has reached agreement with Local 1600 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union on a new four-year labor contract. The agreement has been ratified by the union, which represents about 3,300 company employees at PPL locations in Pennsylvania. It runs through May 11, 2014. The agreement provides for wage increases for union employees in each year of the agreement. The contract also makes certain changes in health benefits to help contain the escalation in PPL's costs while continuing to provide excellent medical insurance for both employees and retirees.

A Delaware man is in jail following a traffic stop on Interstate 81 Sunday night. 26 year old Robert Tinsley Jr. of Middletown, Delaware, was reported to be driving erratically on the Interstate near the Schuylkill Mall. When stopped by police, Tinsley was found to be intoxicated. He was charged with drunk driving and taken to the county prison after arraignment.

State police are reporting that a tractor trailer caused damage to Route 901 in North Manheim Township yesterday afternoon. The unidentified driver was traveling south when he apparently made a wrong turn, then jacknifed the trailer as he tried to reverse course. The rear tires of the rig dug two large holes in the roadway. The driver was stopped about a mile from the scene. No one was injured.

A Tremont woman suffered minor injuries in a one vehicle crash in Cressona Monday. 28 year old Melody Williams was traveling south on Route 183 when she missed a left curve and her car struck a utility pole, then spun clockwise. Traffic had to be detoured while the crash was cleaned up. The accident happened before 6pm last night.

Today marks a dark day in Molly Maguires history, for in 1879, 10 men were sent to the gallows. Tonight, a roundtable discussion will be held in Minersville to mark the event. The Day of the Rope commemoration will be held from 6 to 9pm at the Lazy Dog Coffeehouse. On this date, 10 men of Irish decent were hanged, 7 in Pottsville and 3 in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), by order of Judge Franklin Gowen. Music, food and discussion of the events of that day 131 years ago will be held.

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) - A small plane chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture crashed into a central Pennsylvania neighborhood yesterday, killing all three people aboard. The Cessna 210 was on final approach to Lock Haven's William T. Piper Memorial Airport when it went down.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say a suspect wanted in the weekend killing of an 18-year-old a few days after she graduated from high school has turned himself in to authorities.
Police tell The Philadelphia Inquirer Shakuwrah Muhammad was hit by a stray bullet when a youth opened fire on a group of teenagers in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia early Saturday.

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in central Pennsylvania have charged a man with criminal homicide in the shooting death of his roommate. Police in Lancaster arrested Luther Benner in the death of Robert Zwally after they were called to the home Sunday afternoon. Lancaster police call the shooting "the combination of alcohol consumption, an argument and a firearm."

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's tax amnesty program is adding about $261 million to state coffers, far exceeding projections of $190 million. Governor Ed Rendell says about 60,000
delinquents took part in the program. Participants get their penalties waived and only have to pay half the interest due.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Taxes have become another frustration for victims of the Gulf oil spill. People who have gotten money from BP say they're surprised and frustrated to learn they may have to pay taxes on it. Many were already angry about how long the oil giant took to cut checks and spent the money fast once it came.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some incumbents will be sweating out primary runoffs today. South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis fights for his political life in a runoff with prosecutor Trey Gowdy. Inglis is accused of not being conservative enough. The only Democrat in Utah's congressional delegation, Jim Matheson, faces his first primary challenge after nearly a decade in office.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has a White House get together today with state insurance commissioners to talk about implementing his health care plan. A key part of the conversation will be about new patient protections -- like barring discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City crane rigger is poised to go on trial on manslaughter and other charges in one of the nation's deadliest crane accidents: a collapse that killed seven people.
Opening statements are set for today in William Rapetti's trial. Prosecutors say Rapetti improperly secured a six-ton piece of steel on a crane in midtown Manhattan. Rapetti's lawyer questions those findings.

TOKYO (AP) - Authorities say a contract worker for Mazda in Japan is under arrest after allegedly driving over people at a Mazda factory, killing one and injuring 10. Japanese media reports say the suspect was a contract worker who had been let go in April and bore a grudge against the automaker. A Mazda spokesman denies there were any problems.


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