Hearing on water
rate increase today
The state Public Utility Commission will hold one of its seven statewide public hearings in Scranton today to take testimony regarding a proposed rate increase for Pennsylvania American Water Co. customers.
Administrative law judges Angela T. Jones and Darlene D. Heep will conduct the 1 p.m. hearing in Room B3 of the Scranton State Office, 100 Lackawanna Ave.
The commission scheduled the hearings after it voted 5-0 on June 13 to investigate the company’s request, which proposes an annual increase in revenues of $58.8 million, or 10.1 percent. Each of the company’s water divisions has a different rate increase.
Locally, those using what’s referred to as the company’s Main Division, would see their bill increase 11.7 percent on average. For the typical residential customer using 47,520 gallons annually, the bill would increase from $630.12 to $703.56 annually if the commission approves the request as is.
National Night Out
Township police are inviting residents to attend the 30th annual National Night Out today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Leo Solomon Elementary School on Abbott Street.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support in anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood partnerships.
Man killed when
struck while on road
A man died from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a vehicle on state Route 239 near Shickshinny Sunday morning, state police at Shickshinny said.
State police identified the man as 49-year-old Wayne Burnside. He was sitting on the state roadway when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by John Kalinas, 42, at about 2:20 a.m., state police said.
Burnside was flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Facility in Plains Township where he died.
State police are continuing the investigation.
White Coat ceremony
set for TCMC class
The Commonwealth Medical College will hold a traditional White Coat Ceremony for its incoming students Friday to welcome its largest class to date — 100 students. The ceremony will start at 4 p.m. at Scranton Prep’s St. Robert Bellarmine Theater.
The keynote address will be given by Jonathan A. Goldner, DO, FCCP, FCCM, currently the chief medical executive for medicine and chronic disease and director of critical care at Pocono Medical Center.
The MD Class of 2017 will be TCMC’s fifth and this fall a total of 304 MD students — 68 assigned to the West Campus (Williamsport), 111 to the South Campus (Wilkes-Barre) and 125 to the North Campus (Scranton) — will be learning from more than 900 physicians throughout the 16-county region.
Search warrants filed
in death of David George
City police and Luzerne County detectives filed two search warrants on Monday into the fatal shooting of David George last month.
George, 24, died after he was shot in the head outside his mother’s house at 73 S. Welles St. on July 18.
The search warrants filed with District Judge Martin Kane on Monday seek cellphone records to a mobile phone found next to George’s body and records from his Facebook account.
“During the course of the investigation it was learned that (George) may have communicated with possible suspects using his Facebook account,” the affidavit says. No charges have been filed.