Railroad bridge burns
March 27. Lewisburg. High winds caused a power line to break and set fire to the ties on the railroad bridge between Lewisburg and West Chillisquaque Township on Monday evening. About 40 homes in the township were also left without power.
The bridge ties burned for at least five hours after fire officials said a Citizens’ Electric power line broke during the 35 mph winds that swept through the Valley.
“This took us about two hours to get to it,” said Rich Bennett, William Cameron Engine Company assistant fire chief. “These winds didn’t help us out either.”
Firefighters charged in arson case
March 27. Danville. Two members of the Potts Grove Fire Department were charged Monday night with arson and related counts involving the Jan. 12 fire in an abandoned home on Kelly’s Dam Road in Liberty Township, Montour County.
State police also told District Judge Marvin Shrawder that Charles William Jacobs, 35, of 118 N. Fifth Street, Lewisburg, and Zane Patrick Snyder, 19, of 948 Sodom Road, Milton, would soon be charged with setting three other fires in Montour County, two arsons and an attempted arson in Northumberland County and making five false reports in Union County.
The Montour arsons were a barn fire, a field fire and a structure fire; the Northumberland County fires were a vehicle fire and a barn fire. The attempted arson would have been a structure fire. The exact locations of these fires were not revealed at Monday night’s arraignment.
Geisinger gets OK to build $58.2M lab
March 29. Danville. Geisinger Medical Center has received final board approval for the construction of a state-of-the-art $52.8 million patient lab facility.
The 115,000-square-foot laboratory on the Danville campus will be located right behind and connected to the Hospital for Advanced Medicine.
Approval was received a week ago and announced during Wednesday’s Geisinger Authority meeting.
Construction is slated to start in January with an opening date of August 2015.