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Replacements to the clean power plan, heroin dealer near school and more: News Briefs 11/7/2018

News updates from the last week in the upper Delaware region

Heroin sale near school

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Gang and Narcotics Intelligence Unit arrested Richard R. Mead, 45, of Livingston Manor, on November 3. He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance on school grounds; both are felonies.

It is alleged that the defendant sold heroin to an undercover officer near the Livingston Manor Central School. “We have had numerous complaints from citizens in Livingston Manor about Mr. Mead’s activities,” said Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff. “I am glad that we were finally able to catch up with him.”

Mead was arraigned before Town of Rockland Judge Peter Fineberg and sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. He is due back in court on December 6. State police, Monticello Police, Homeland Security Investigations and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation.


DEP comments on CPP replacement

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on October 31 submitted formal comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its plan to replace the current Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants.

DEP concluded in its comments EPA has a legal obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2007. DEP further said EPA is obligated to propose a meaningful replacement for the CPP if the existing CPP is to be terminated.

DEP said it estimates emissions in Pennsylvania under the replacement plan would be 63% higher than under the Clean Power Plan. As a result, DEP said the replacement plan is not a “meaningful replacement for the CPP; therefore, it must be withdrawn.”

DEP officials noted that CPP emission 2030 targets for Pennsylvania have already been achieved, and up to 61 million more tons of carbon dioxide would be emitted by 2030 under the replacement plan as compared to the CPP.

The DEP wrote, “In Pennsylvania, implementation of the CPP would have proven to be a cost-effective way to continue to reduce carbon pollution without sacrificing electric grid reliability. Therefore, EPA should retain and implement the CPP to continue the industry trend and combat climate change.”


PA LIHEAP accepting applications

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Department of Human Services is now accepting applications from families for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance  Program (LIHEAP) grants.

LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their heating bills via cash grants, and makes crisis grants to households in immediate danger of being without heat.

With cash grants, a one-time payment is sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider, and will be credited on your bill.

Crisis grants are available to fix broken heating equipment or leaking lines, lack of fuel, heating shut-offs and utility service termination. The grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type.

Eligible household income limits to qualify start at $18,210 or less for a household of one, adding $6,480 for each additional person in the household.

To qualify for these grants, customers must provide proof of income, recent heating bill, name, birth date and Social Security number for each person in the household.

Families can apply online, through local county assistance offices and other local offices.

For more information on eligibility requirements  or contact information, visit the DHS heating assistance webpage.


Honesdale man sentenced for DUI, possession

HONESDALE, PA — William Albert Swendsen, age 34, of Honesdale, PA, was sentenced to 12 months to 30 months in a state correctional facility, fined $2,250 and had his license suspended for 36 months for the crimes of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked.

Swendsen was stopped by the state police on January 1, 2016, for speeding along Route 6 in Palmyra Township. In speaking with Swendsen, the trooper detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage and observed Swendsen’s eyes to be glassy and bloodshot.

A state trooper conducted a field sobriety test, which showed signs of impairment and a blood test confirmed a blood alcohol content of .170%. Swendsen was also found in possession of a baggie containing cocaine and to be driving on a suspended license.


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