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Flames Destroy Columbia County Home

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Investigators know why a house went up in flames Sunday night in Columbia County.
According to the Greenwood Township fire chief, it started as a kitchen fire and it took off from there.
Viewer video shows the flames shooting from the home along Rohrsburg Road just outside of Millville.
Firefighters were called there around 8:30 Sunday night.
The Greenwood Township fire chief says the home was filled with smoke and flames when they arrived. A second-alarm quickly followed the first.
The home is believed to be a total loss.

Mother of Trayvon Martin Speaks to Students at Bloomsburg University

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Nearly seven years after her son was shot to death, sparking national headlines and protests, Trayvon Martin's mother spoke at Bloomsburg University.
Sybrina Fulton was the keynote speaker at the Sankofa Conference at Bloomsburg University on Saturday.
Her son, Trayvon Martin, died in 2012 after the teen was shot and killed in Florida. The teen's killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted.
Fulton now dedicates her life to the fight for civil rights and speaking out against violence.

Alleged Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Vandal in Court

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- More than a month after causing thousands of dollars of damages at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, one man was brought before a judge in Columbia County.
Jerry Derr said he was having a bad day when he and a juvenile broke windows and ripped apart an electrical panel last month.
Officials with the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds now expect damages to add up to more than $10,000.
"I apologize, I apologize. That's it," said Derr while being led into district court near Bloomsburg.

Service Dogs Helping with PTSD

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- A military organization at Bloomsburg University is trying to bring attention to veterans suffering from PTSD by bringing in a service dog.
At 20-months-old, Curly the Labrador Retriever already knows more commands than many dogs his age. He is a service dog that is being trained by Suzie Dupont of Susquehanna Service Dogs.
Suzie and Curly stopped by Bloomsburg University to demonstrate how service dogs can help veterans, both physically and mentally. The program was put together by the office for military and veterans resources at Bloomsburg University.

Two Accused of Vandalizing Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Police think they know who did thousands of dollars in damage to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.
Jerry Lee Derr and a 17-year-old boy from Bloomsburg are accused of stealing from two of the buildings and damaging the Skyline -- a sky-lift type ride that runs from one end of the fairgrounds to the other.
The Press Enterprise newspaper reports the pair told police they did it because they were bored.

Truckers Put Brakes On During Storm Travel Ban

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Pa. -- Travel was tricky on slippery highways in central Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.
"It's bad and slick right now, they need to be cleaned a little quicker," said David Velez of Shamokin, who stopped at a travel center off the Buckhorn exit of Interstate 80.
With commercial vehicles banned on interstates, trapped truckers lined this travel center near Bloomsburg.
"You just want to get the freight home and then just be home with the family. I'm in a safe place anyways," said Gino Catalano, a driver from Ontario.

February Freeze Hits Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Pa. -- There's snow on the ground and the latest round of winter weather is just getting started.
As of 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, some light snow was falling near Buckhorn in Columbia County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has already announced travel restrictions Tuesday morning.
PennDOT is banning commercial vehicles, including buses, from sections of Interstates 80, 81, 84, 380, and the northeast extension of the PA Turnpike.
There will also be a 45-mile per hour speed restriction on these roads.

Business Owners Wary of Weather Affecting Valentine’s Day Deliveries

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Delivery trucks will be out in full force on Valentine's Day delivering flowers, chocolate, and gifts, regardless of the weather.
It is one of the busiest weeks of the year for florists, gift shops, and candy stores, so business owners in Bloomsburg say the weather cannot come in the way of that.
"We're out delivering, getting the orders done, preparing, working ahead, getting the flower arrangements ready. The weather won't stop us. We'll still get the guys the flowers for their ladies," said Loretta Peters of Pretty Petals & Gifts by Susan.

Area Doctors Monitoring Measles Outbreak

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Health officials call it a crisis: the measles, an infectious disease that causes a fever and a red rash.
It can be fatal.
Doctors say babies and toddlers are among those with the least protection.
"It is a national outbreak and it is concerning from pediatricians, American Academy of Pediatricians and the CDC," said Dr. Tapash Sengupta of Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.
Dr. Sengupta is a pediatrician. He said some parents are worried.

Valentine’s Day Rush For Wholesale Flower Distributor

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Fresh flowers are a Valentine's Day staple. And in one week, flower shops will be busy delivering them to people all over our area.
One company that's busy now is Dillon Floral in Bloomsburg. Dillon Floral is a wholesale distributor that sells flowers to around 500 florists within 120 miles of Bloomsburg.
"As we prepare for Valentine's Day we're probably handling ten times more flowers than we would in probably say July or August," Rob Dillon said.

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