News Live 365: January 23rd, 2018

In a Jam About the Ice Jam

Source: Office of Meadville City Manager Andy Walker
The city of Meadville has announced that blasting apart the ice jam in French Creek is not a viable option. A press release from City Manager Andy Walker states that after consulting with experts and surveying the location of the four mile long patch of ice it would be dangerous to set off explosives due in part to a natural gas line in the area. Because of conditions in the area it was also determined that they would need to wait for better conditions to mechanically break the ice. The jam was a contributor to flooding in mid January and with temperatures reaching as high as 50 degrees today may contribute to further flooding this week. In a separate press release city officials warned to be vigilant about the possibility of more flooding and would be closing any roads that end up with six or more inches of water.

 

More Overtime Pay for PA Workers?

Source: News Service via Keystone State News Connection
Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, wants to raise the income ceiling for salaried workers to earn overtime pay. Under current Pennsylvania law employers that pay salaries of more than $23,600 a year do not have to give those salaried workers overtime pay, according to the National Employment Law Project many salaried employees work as many as 60 hours a week without overtime. Governor Wolf’s proposal would incrementally raise the ceiling to as much as $48,000 by 2022.

 

Salvation Army Sets up Shop at United Way

Source: The Salvation Army
Meadville’s Salvation Army has a new temporary location to work from while their building is renovated to repair the fire damage from December. The Salvation Army’s new temporary quarters will be the downstairs of the United Way Building at 415 Chestnut Street in Meadville. Operating hours at the temporary location will be the same as usual and they ask people to please not call the United Way to contact them.

 

Parolee and Husband Arrested in Meth Bust

Source: Pennsylvania State Police, Franklin
State Police report that Louis and Lisa Anderson of Utica were arrested after a random check by their parole officer turned up ingredients for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Both are being held in Venango County Jail on $20,000 Straight bail.

 

US Marshal Dead, Police Officer Wounded in Harrisburg Shootout

Source: York County PA  House Delegation
A Deputy US Marshal was shot and killed in Harrisburg during an arrest on last Thursday Morning. An 11 year veteran of the Marshal Service named Christopher Hill was shot and killed by a gunman on the second floor of a building in which he was executing an arrest warrant. Kyle Pitts, a veteran police officer serving in the Marshal’s task force was also shot and wounded in the ambush. The gunman, Kevin Sturgis, was hit multiple times and killed during an exchange of fire.