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Home Invasion Suspect

A Philadelphia – area man is behind bars... accused of the home invasion of an apartment in the 400 block of Lightstreet Road this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 19 – year old Khristian Booth was the only person captured by police after he jumped out of a window trying to flee. A second man remains at large after he jumped from a window. Booth was taken to the hospital for a check up.... arraigned on a variety of charges... then remanded to the Columbia County Prison on 100,000 bail.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

The long process to develop a 2016 Bloomsburg Town Budget gets underway Wednesday afternoon. Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says it's a way to hear from department heads... and to check to see how the $4 – million dollar budget was and is being spent this year... all the while coming up with a spending plan for 2016. The first session begins Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at Town Council chambers... and lasts 90 minutes or so.

 

Road Work

Work continues on a PennDOT paving project on Route 93... between Route 11 in Berwick and Slowick Road in North Centre Township. Starting Wednesday... the contractor will begin placing an epoxy overlay on the bridge deck just north of Park Road and Freas Avenue. Work is expected to take two days to complete. An agency spokesman says traffic will be controlled with daylight signing and flaggers. Delays are expected. The work is part of a $1.7 - million project that includes rebuilding inlets, constructing ADA curb ramps, base repairs, waterproofing bridge decks, milling and paving.

 

IRS Scam

There is a phone scam making the rounds in the Susquehanna Valley as well as the nation. In essence.... someone calling you allegedly from the IRS..demanding money... immediately... to satisfy an outstanding tax bill. Cpl. David Peters of the Pennsylvania State Police says never give out information over the phone. Cpl. Peters says if the IRS is trying to get a hold of you... they'll send a letter.... the same procedure the bank would do if they have questions about your account. If you do get.... what is believed to be a scammer... call you local police department.

 

Allentown Audit
The City of Allentown school district is under review by the state's fiscal watchdog. PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his office will be auditing the District with a focus on its charter school approval process. As the auditors complete their review... they will also look to see if the budget impasse is having an effect on the district.

 

Healthy PA
The Wolf Administration has now completely phased out former Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA plan in favor of Medicaid expansion. September 1st marked the beginning of the full implementation of Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. The transition started April 27th... and since then has brought 440,000 enrollees into the program. Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas says Medicaid expansion means more people are covered by federal dollars...creating savings of $626 - million dollars for the commonwealth.

 

Schuylkill County Robbery

A Pine Grove man is in the Schuylkill County Prison on $50,000 bail following a hold up this week.

22 – year old Cody Sticker said he used a shotgun to rob the Raceway Truck Stop along Interstate 81 Monday night. Sticker telling police he shot out a glass door with the weapon... then kicked out the remaining glass... demanding money from the frightened clerk. He got what he wanted... but was later captured by authorities.

 

Bus Exposure

A Union County man is behind bars after he allegedly exposed himself while driving next to a school bus. Authorities say 27 – year old Bradley Dietrick of New Columbia allegedly drove next to busses filled with kids on Route 15 four times since April. Dietrick's adventures came to an end this week... when the bus driver was able to catch a license plate number. He's now charged with indecent exposure and careless driving.

 

Hazleton Shooting

Hazleton police investigating the reports of shots fired early Tuesday morning in the 200 block of East Mine Street. Cops say someone fired five shots from a rifle. It was a week ago... two men were shot in the same neighborhood. One person was arrested in that incident.

 

Hazleton Robbery

A West Hazleton man is in jail after he was arrested after he allegedly wrestled a wallet from a woman and ran off. 23 – year old Brett Magula after video surveillance show him allegedly making off with a wallet. The incident happened Monday afternoon in front of the Puff N' Stuff on North Fourth Street. Magula was picked up a short time letter by police. The woman was not hurt.

 

PA Rail Plan
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is holding a series of public hearings this month on the state's plan for freight and passenger rail. The 2015 Pennsylvania State Rail Plan is meant to give a vision to the future of railroads in PA. Public hearings will be held at the Pittsburgh Amtrak Station September 15th... the Centre region Council of Governments in State College September 16th... and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia September 17th... all from 6 to 8 in the evening.

 

 

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HS Football

Two area high school football teams are ranked in the top ten in the state in the Pennsylvania Football News preseason rankings. Southern Columbia is ranked 10th in Class AA. Montoursville, the team that beat the Tigers in the District playoffs last season, is ranked 8th. Southern Columbia opens the season Friday night at home against Mifflinburg. In Class AAA Berwick is ranked 8th in the state. The Bulldogs play Crestwood in their opener Friday night at Crispin Field. You can hear that game on Classic Rock 103.5. Coverage begins at 6 with The Coach Curry Show.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of a three game series in New York Tuesday night... the Phillies defeated the Mets 14 to 8. The series concludes Wednesday night. Game time is 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other games

In other major league baseball action Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers 7 to 4.... and the New York Yankees downed the Boston Red Sox 3 to 1.

 

 


 

Home Invasion

Bloomsburg Police continue their investigation into a late Monday afternoon home invasion in the 400 block of Lightstreet Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in their Tuesday... that one man was taken into custody... and the search is on for a second person. The first man was handcuffed and taken to the police station... but a second man jumped off a roof... making his get a way.

 

Millard / Budget

Two months have passed... and there still is no state budget in place. Governor Wolf has refused to sign a Republican – authored budget... instead wanting his own plan to be adopted which calls for new programs and an estimated 4 – billion dollars in higher taxes. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... State Representative David Millard says that's not going to happen... but time is getting critical... since money is running out for counties... social service agencies and school districts. Both the General Assembly and Governor Wolf have met several times, but the two sides remain at an impasse.

 

Stopgap Budget
A state lawmaker is drafting a stopgap state budget measure to fund human services while legislative leaders negotiate. Republican Representative Gene DiGirolamo's stopgap measure would fund the entire state budget at 2014 - 15 levels retroactively from July first to October 31st. He says any changes made to funding levels in a final budget could be applied retroactively as well. DiGirolamo says now that the House GOP's effort to override Governor Tom Wolf's budget veto line by line has failed...it's time to make sure some funding gets to struggling schools and non-profits.

 

Berwick Schools

The Berwick Area School Board and others plan to break ground next Tuesday... the formal way to start construction of a new elementary school. Board member Rick Knorr says the school will combine the Orange and 14th Street schools. Knorr adds the 14th street school has had some issues especially with an elevator. The ground breaking ceremony to get underway at 5 O'clock on Washington Street across from Tuzzi's Bakery.

 

Allentown Schools
The City of Allentown school district is under review by the state's fiscal watchdog. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says media accounts earlier this summer raised serious concerns about the Allentown School District's transparency regarding charter schools. The latest audit of the district will look not only at the financial aspect of charter school applications in a large district like Allentown...but at the process itself. As the auditors complete their review...they will also look to see if the budget impasse is having an effect on the district.

 

Walking Safely

Safety advocates are asking parents to talk with their children about a common practice that could put them in harm's way. It's estimated that teens between the ages of 13 and 17 send 34 - hundred text messages a month... but the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society is asking parents to remind their teens to look up once in a while to avoid injury. Distracted walking is becoming a big concern among safety advocates. They recommend not texting or talking on the phone while walking and definitely not while crossing the street.

 

Road Work / Orangeville

Prime contractor Fabcor, Inc., of Lackawanna County, will continue rehabilitating the bridge on Route 487, just north of Orangeville. Temporary traffic signals have been installed previously and have been on flash mode for several days to alert motorists that the signal is there and soon will be in stop and go mode. Beginning Tuesday... the signals will be activated and traffic will be placed on the other side of the bridge. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane while the contractor performs the final work on this project. The work is expected to be completed by mid-October.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A Wilkes – Barre family was chased out onto the streets late Monday afternoon. A fire in an apartment along Horton Street forced a pregnant woman... her husband... child and father – in – law to flee. Most of the families belongings were lost... and they don't have renters insurance. They spent the night elsewhere.

 

NEPA Gas

Gas prices across Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as northeastern PA continue to drop. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows gasoline is retailing for $2.44 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. A week ago... the price was holding steady at $2.50 a gallon.... and prices have dropped an average of 21 cents a gallon from a month ago.

 

Pursuit

An Elysburg teen is in trouble with the law. State police at Stonington says 18 – year old Ryan Little allegedly fought with a Mt. Carmel police officer over the weekend. He took off through Coal Township.... with cops in pursuit. The chase came to an end near Elysburg... in Northumberland County.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will face a challenge in their season opener this Saturday against Stonehill College. The Skyhawks have 16 starters back from a team that led the Huskies for almost three quarters in last season’s opener. Huskies offensive coordinator Brian McByran looks forward to the challenge. The Stonehill at Bloomsburg game kicks off Saturday at 2 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at noon with the Husky Tailgate Show.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a three game series Monday night at Citi Field in New York... the Mets got by Philadelphia 3 to 1. The series continues Tuesday night with a 7:10 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other Games

In other major league baseball action last night... the Boston Red Sox got by the New York Yankees

4 to 3.


 

On – Line Voter Registration

The state is making it easier to register to vote or to change your information. Now... you can simply go on – line and do all that. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says the entire process is keyed off the information on your PA driver's license. Mr. Repasky says all the information is returned to the Registrar's office for their file. The last day to register or change information for the November election... either on line.... or in person... is October 5th.

 

The Blame Game

More than half of Pennsylvania voters are blaming the legislature for the late state budget, according to a recent poll. 54 % of voters in the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll hold the legislature responsible for holding up the state budget while only 29% point to Governor Tom Wolf. Poll Director Dr. Terry Madonna says, historically, governors have taken more heat for a late budget... but there's been no noticeable hardship as of yet... and Governor Wolf's agenda is popular.. so it's easy to believe the late budget is the legislature's fault. That could change as the impasse drags on.

 

Barletta / Flood Wall

Since spring... contractors have been working on a new $30 – million dollar flood wall on the west end of Bloomsburg. And late last week... 11th district congressman Lou Barletta got a first hand look at the construction. Mr. Barletta telling us... the flood wall will protect Autoneum... an important industry which makes Bloomsburg's economy work. That importance is saving the estimated 700 jobs provided by Autoneum on Fifth Street... as well as the jobs of the next industry which will occupy the former Windsor Foods plant on 11th Street.

 

Food Security

Officials with the Department of Agriculture visited a Southwest Pennsylvania county recently to draw attention to the issue of food insecurity in the commonwealth. One point 8 million people in Pennsylvania are food insecure... that's about one out of every 7 people at risk of hunger. But the community organizations that play a big part in getting food to the needy are voicing concerns about the late state budget. Officials with the Agriculture Department say state assistance is fundamental to the success of the state's charitable food system.

 

I - 80 Work

There will be more work preformed on the Interstate 80... Mifflinville River Bridge project. Beginning Monday... and lasting through Thursday... the westbound lane right shoulder of I-80 from mile marker 242 to 241 will be closed. The contractor will spend those days running through a list of items that need to be tied up. A PennDOT spokesman says no travel lanes will be closed... but some backup's are possible. The work starts each morning at six.... and runs through 6 O'clock in the evening.

 

Pa Turnpike
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has reached a major milestone for motorists who use the service plazas. The re-opening of the Valley Forge Service Plaza near Philadelphia marked the end of a process lasting close a decade, which saw all 17 Turnpike rest stops completely rebuilt. The $170 million project is the result of a public-private partnership between the Turnpike Commission, Philadelphia - based Sunoco, and HMS Host Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Drug Arrest

A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. West Hazleton police say they stopped Franklin Anziani... finding narcotics and drug paraphernalia inside his car. He was also driving without a license. Anziani is in a Luzerne County lockup... awaiting further court action.

 

Turkey Hill

An early Sunday morning robbery in Hazleton. Police say a man wearing a ski mask strolled into the Alter Street Turkey Hill early Sunday morning asking the clerk for cash. He got what he wanted... then fled. Police didn't say if the robber had a weapon.

 


 

The 26th annual Hazleton Street Machine and Muscle Car Show-N-Go is happening today. Registration and judging will be open from 8 - 10:30 AM at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton. The show rolls out at Noon and ends at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn. For more information call 570-401-8949.

 

Come to the front steps of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg this evening for Sundae Sunday from 6 - 8 PM. There's free ice cream and entertainment for all ages. The church is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale wraps up today in Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Stop by from 10AM - 4PM to find antiques, collectibles, and more. Donations are no longer being accepted. For more information call 570-275-2313.

 

 

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Phillies Baseball

The Phils will host the San Diego Padres this weekend. This afternoon's game gets under way at 1:35. You can hear coverage on the WHLM starting with the pregame show at 1 o'clock.

 


 

AGAPE's 6th annual Palooza is happening today from 10AM - 4PM at the Bloomsburg Town Park.  There will be food, family-friendly live music, pony ride, face painting and more. For more information visit AGAPE under our Community Organizations list at the top of the page.

 

The first annual Kirk Williams memorial Motorcycle ride will roll out this afternoon. Registration will be open from 10:30 - 11:30 AM at Quaker Steak & Lube in Buckhorn. Cost is $15 per person. Breakfast will be available before the run for just $7. The ride moves at Noon. There will be dice hands, 50/50s, auctions and more, including dinner and drinks afterward at the Fort Ricketts VFW. The ride is open to all vehicles. Proceeds benefit the Kirk Williams Memorial Fund. For more information call 570-854-0488.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold another 21-and-over singles dance tonight from 8-11 PM featuring live music by Lucky Afternoon. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 

Come see the latest exhibit at the Exchange's Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. "Stairwell Gallery Crew Collects" features works of art from the personal collections of Stairwell Gallery committee members. The show runs through Friday September 25 at the gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come to Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg to check out Bazaar, a show by member artists inspired by the marketplaces of the world. A reception will be held tonight at 6PM in conjunction with the Stairwell Gallery's new show. The show runs through Sunday October 4 at the Gallery on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The 26th annual Hazleton Street Machine and Muscle Car Show-N-Go is happening Sunday. Registration and judging will be open from 8 - 10:30 AM at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton. The show rolls out at Noon and ends at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn. For more information call 570-401-8949.

 

Come to the front steps of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg Sunday evening for Sundae Sunday from 6 - 8 PM. There's free ice cream and entertainment for all ages. The church is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale wraps up this weekend in Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Stop by from 10AM - 4PM to find antiques, collectibles, and more. Donations are no longer being accepted. The sale runs through Sunday. For more information call 570-275-2313.

 

 

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Phillies Baseball

The Phils will host the San Diego Padres this weekend. Tonight's game gets under way at 7:05. You can hear coverage on the WHLM starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

 

 

Millard / Budget

We're into our 7th week of the state not having a budget for the 2015 -16 fiscal year. If you recall... Governor Wolf refused to sign the proposed spending plan... and just this week... attempts to over ride nearly two – dozen items failed along party lines. Now... State Representative David Millard says it won't be too long until social programs and schools run out of money.

 

Kathleen Kane
Slightly less than half of Pennsylvania voters believe state attorney general Kathleen Kane should step down.. The school's Dr. Terry Madonna says the latest results of a poll show 46% of surveyed voters say Kane should be booted from office. Ms. Kane was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for allegedly leaking leaking secret testimony to a reporter... then lying about it.

 

Tropical Storm Erica

Something to keep top of mind as we head into the weekend.... we continue to watch Tropical Storm Erica... now taking shape in the Caribbean. Meteorologist say a forecast track shows the storm brushing the east coast of Florida next week. From where it goes from there is anyone's guess. It could turn out into the Atlantic Ocean.... brush the entire east coast.... or come inland and track towards Pennsylvania.

Whatever the case... you may want to take some precautions for personal safety... just in case Erica wants to visit PA over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Lou Barletta / Iran Deal

Congressman Lou Barletta says he'll be one person to say “no” against the Iranian nuclear deal when it comes up for a vote. Appearing at a gathering hosted by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Thursday... the three term Republican congressman says the deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry over the past couple of months does not favor the US.. since it's inspectors won't be allowed to check to see if Iran is in compliance. Congress is on break this week... and Mr. Barletta is spending the time touring the 11 congressional district.

 

Online Registration
Pennsylvanians can now register to vote online. Officials with the Wolf Administration say the launch of online registration in the commonwealth will save the state and the counties money... while making it more convenient for Pennsylvanians to register.... and hopefully encourage them to turn-out to vote. They say theses two factors will contribute to a "government that works." Eligible voters with a PennDOT issued I-D card can go to www.register.votesPA.com.

 

Paving Project

If you're headed north out of Millville... planing to go to Lycoming County... you might run into a traffic bottleneck. PennDOT says that starting today... crews will begin a resurfacing project on Route 442. The project runs from the Village of Iola... in Greenwood Township... north to the Lycoming County line. The work begins at the start of the morning commute each day. The paving job is expected to be finished in two weeks.

 

Climate Change

A new report shows the effects of climate change on air and water quality in Pennsylvania. The report was produced for the Department of Environmental Protection by scientists at Penn State. It predicts a temperature increase of 5-point-4 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2050. Not only will the state be warmer, but also wetter, with more frequent and severe storms. The report also predicts a changing landscape in Pennsylvania, affecting the food grown here, the future of animal and plant life, as well as human health.

 

Hazleton Shooter

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lockup. 25 – year old Jonathan Alvarez is accused of pulling a weapon... and opening fire Wednesday afternoon... wounding two people... sending them to the hospital. The incident happened near Cedar Street. Authorities say Alvarez is facing assault charges.

 

 

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Col – Mont Vo-Tech

Last season the Columbia Montour Vo Tech football team was led by running back Chris Zanolini who become the school’s all time leading rusher. Zanolini has graduated, but Rams coach Mark Varner thinks his team will still have a strong running game. Columbia Montour Vo Tech has a scrimmage at Muncy Saturday. The Rams open the regular season next Saturday against North Penn/Mansfield.

 

PHL Phillies

In the major league Thursday night... the New York Mets swept the fourth game of a four game series with the Philadelphia Phillies 9 to 5. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series at home against the San Diego Padres starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other major league action Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates got by the Miami Marlins 2 to 1.

 

LLWS

In the Little League World Series Thursday night... Texas defeated California 9 to 7.

Texas faces Pennsylvania tomorrow in the U.S. Title game

 

 


 

Geisinger Raises

If you work for Danville – based Geisinger Health System... you could be in line for a pay raise. The biggest employer in the area will implement a $10.00 - an - hour minimum hire rate... and will increase shift differential... and on – call rates. An estimated 1,000 employees will see bigger pay check starting September 6th... anywhere from $500 to $4,000 annually... with workers seeing an average of an extra $1,400 a year boost in their overall salary. A health system spokesperson says the estimated annualized cost of the increases is estimated at $3.3 - million.

 

Bloomsburg Police

With the University now in session... Bloomsburg Police and how they operate changes somewhat. That word from Police Chief Roger Van Loan. For example... Chief Van Loan says officers will get an increase in calls for service as we head into the weekend starting Thursday night... and runs into Sunday morning. The hot spots... according to Chief Van Loan is north of 5th Street... between Country Club and West

 

Calling for Kane's Resignation
Slightly less than half of Pennsylvania voters think Kathleen Kane should step down, according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Forty-six percent of surveyed voters think Kathleen Kane should resign from the Attorney General's office while she is facing criminal charges. 43 percent say she should continue to serve...and 11 percent don't know. Poll Director Dr. Terry Madonna says the issues facing Kane are complicated...and rather than try to understand them...voters seem content to let Kane's legal troubles work themselves out in the courts.

 

Heroin Crisis

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has wrapped up its second round of public hearings in to the heroin crisis affecting the state. The final hearing took place just last week in the city of York after earlier gatherings in Latrobe and Scranton. The center has taken more than 30 hours of testimony from 90 presenters and more than 350 pages of testimony have been submitted, examining the growing epidemic which is affecting both urban and rural areas in the state. Findings from the most recent hearings will be presented to the legislature this fall.

 

Hot Pets

A state lawmaker is trying to protect animals from being left inside of a hot car. The temperature of a parked car left out in the sun can rise dramatically in just a short time...doing damage to pets left inside. Senator Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County is introducing a bill that would subject vehicle owners to a summary offense for leaving a pet in a hot car. It also removes liability from police officers who take a distressed animal from a vehicle for veterinary care.

 

Stuart Tank

Non – profit groups in the area usually need volunteers to keep their programs going. That's the case of the “Bring Stuie Home” committee... seeking to bring a Berwick – built tank back to Columbia County. Wednesday night a group known as “Friends of Stuie” held their organizational meeting... with Sue Younker leading the volunteers. The committee is looking for folks to be at community events...explaining the Stuie story. You can get involved by contacting Ms. Younker through her Facebook page.

 

PennDOT Web Site

PennDOT has unveiled a new web site to help keep motorists aware of new and ongoing highway construction. Projects.penndot.gov shows work underway or slated to begin this year, as well as those in the planning stages as part of the agency's 4 and 12-year plans. Officials say the transportation funding law known as Act 89 is helping them move forward with long-delayed projects in the state. Officials also welcome feedback about the new site, with motorists encouraged to contact their local PennDOT office.

 

Little League World Series

Pennsylvania's Little League entry is one step closer to glory in South Williamsport. The Red Land team beat a squad from Pearland, Texas 3-0 Wednesday night to advance to the U-S Championship game, which will be played on Saturday. PA pitcher Adam Cramer led the way with 13 strikeouts in 5 innings
If Pennsylvania wins on Saturday, they advance to take on the international title winner for the 2015 overall championship. Saturday's opponent will be determined tonight as Texas takes on a team from California...

 

Death Warrant Signed

A Lehigh Valley man... convicted of killing four people... has had his execution notice signed by the Secretary of the State Department of Corrections. Michael Ballard is set to be executed on October 19th. Ballard was found guilty five years ago in the stabbing death of his ex – girlfriend... her father... grandfather and a neighbor who all lived in Northampton. If you recall.. Governor Wolf issued a moratorium on the death penalty earlier this year... so it's up in the air if Ballard will ever see his date with death.

 

Carbon Co Fire

Officials call an early Wednesday morning fire in Carbon County suspicious. There’s not much left of a mobile home after it went up around 4 AM Wednesday. According to authorities, there was no power hooked up to the mobile home in East Side Borough, near White Haven. The fire marshal has been called in to investigate what caused the fire on Route 940.

 

Sullivan Fatal

A 76 – year old Sullivan County farmer died in a tractor accident on Tuesday. State Police in Laporte tell us that Robert Smith was trying to move a tree on his property. The machine flipped backwards... pinning Smith between the ground and the 1956 Ford Tractor.

 

Places to Live

A web site known as Roadsnacks – dot – net is out with it's list of the states 10 worst places to live. In our area... Nanticoke is number 2.... Wilkes-Barre checks in number 4... Shenandoah fifth, Hazleton seventh and Tamaqua ninth. The website considering unemployment... income... crime... school funding and home vacancies. Leading the list of the worst places to live in PA is New Castle... in Lawrence County... north of Pittsburgh.

 

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BU Football

Bloomsburg University football is ranked 14th in the nation in the D2Football.com preseason poll. The only other PSAC team in the poll is West Chester. The Golden Rams are ranked 22nd.

 

Danville HS Football

In Jim Keiser’s first five seasons as Danville High School’s head football coach, the Ironmen won 48 games and lost only 14. Last season, Danville struggled to a 1 and 9 record. Keiser telling our Jim Doyle that the players will have to be physically and mentally tougher... and the younger kids are going to have to step up and fill positions. Danville kicks off the regular season next Friday at home against Bloomsburg.

 

LL World Series

In the Little League World Series in South Williamsport Wednesday night... Pennsylvania blanked Texas 3 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In the major leagues...the red hot New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night 9 to 4. The series in Philadelphia concludes Thursday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Miami Marlins 7 to 2... and it was the Houston Astro's over the New York Yankees 6 to 2.

 


 

Virginia TV Reporter & Photog Shot Dead

Tragedy in Southwest Virginia Wednesday morning. A reporter and photographer of WDBJ – TV in Roanoke, Virginia were gunned down during a live broadcast. A third person was injured in the shooting. Authorities say reporter.. 24 – year old Alison Parker and cameraman.. 27 – year old Adam Ward were both gunned down while doing a live shot on tourism in the Roanoke area. A third person, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce was injured... and was rushed into surgery. Gardner was being interviewed by Parker when the shots rang out. The alleged gunman is identified as a former WDBJ – TV employee who later took his own life when confronted by police.

 

Doctor Charged

A prison doctor at the State Correctional Institute near Muncy is now charged with allegedly sexually assaulting an inmate. 63 – year old Donald Stone of Bloomsburg is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a female inmate in her cell. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that Stone admitted to authorities that he kissed the inmate... after she made the first move.... but said he never touched her inappropriately. Stone is charged with institutional sexual assault... indecent assault and harassment. Stone is now free without having to post $50,000 bail.

 

Flood Wall

Construction crews continue to hammer away at that estimated $30 – million dollar flood protection project separating Autoneum and the Bloomsburg Fair grounds. During a Bloomsburg Council meeting this week... SEDA – Cog's Bill Seigel telling WHLM News that the most visible part of the project is coming along nicely with the installation of hundreds of steel pilings. Those crews will work up to a week before fair time... vacate the project... and resume construction a few days after the event ends. When completed the flood wall is designed to protect Autoneum... and the former Windsor Food plant from flood waters... thus saving up to 700 jobs alone at Autoneum.

 

Budget

Governor Wolf's veto of the Republican - backed state will remain in place, despite an override attempt. The House voted 13 different times on a total of 20 line items, and each time the result was the same - supporters failed to achieve a 2/3rds majority and the Governor's veto was sustained. Republicans hold a 119 to 84 majority in the House, and at least 17 Democrats would have been needed for the override to be successful. Meanwhile, Governor Wolf is scheduled to meet for a second day with legislative leaders on the budget.
 

Budget / Schools

The continued lack of a state budget will soon begin to have an impact on public schools as students begin returning to class this week. State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera says schools across Pennsylvania are opening on time, but if the budget impasse stretches into September and October, they will begin to feel the effects. In order to make up for the lack of state funds, some districts will be headed to the bond market to issue tax anticipation notes, while others are dipping into their reserve accounts. No word on how long some districts can stay open while the impasse continues.

 

Ramierz Folo

The man shot in the shoulder by a Berwick Police officer earlier this month... remains in the Columbia County Prison on $250,000 bond. 21 – year old Edwin Ramos – Ramierz was shot in the shoulder by Regan Rafferty during a domestic dispute at a home in the 13 – hundred block of Spring Garden Avenue... as he was allegedly going after a second man with a knife. The jailing follows an arraignment this week in front of District Justice Craig Long in Catawissa.

 

Sanctuary Cities
A state lawmaker is introducing a bill that seeks to crack down on sanctuary cities. The Municipal SAFE Act from Senator Rich Alloway would open up municipalities to lawsuits for negligence and close them off to state law enforcement grants... if they violate federal immigration policy. Alloway says this is not an attempt to "round up" all illegal immigrants and send them back to where they came from.... but a public safety measure meant to get criminals off the streets.

 

School Buses

The Central Columbia and Danville Area School districts open their doors Thursday for the 2015 – 16 school year. That means the return of yellow school buses to the roads. The Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians is offering the familiar reminder to motorists to watch out for the yellow buses, and maybe even to brush up on the laws regarding when and where you should stop. As for students, the organization advises to help guard against the risk of injury by taking the simple step of paying greater attention to your surroundings when headed to and from bus stops.

 

AGAPE

With Saturday's predicted nice weather with temperatures in the 80's add up to a combination of thousands of people heading to Bloomsburg Town Park on Saturday. It's the sixth annual AGAPE Palooza... an event featuring non – profit groups... vendors of all types and food... so says AGAPE's Eileen Chapman. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Ms. Chapman says AGAPE Palooza is a time to say “thanks” to area residents for all they do for the faith – based organization.

 

Nanticoke Finances

The financially struggling city of Nanticoke in neighboring Luzerne County has reached a major milestone on the road to economic recovery. Dennis Davin, Secretary, PA Dept, of Community and Economic Development says this marks a significant benchmark for the city. Nanticoke is now the first city and 10th municipality in Pennsylvania to emerge from financially distressed status, under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act.

 

Cash 5 Winner

Someone purchased a Cash 5 ticket from a store in Hazleton... and it turned out to be a winner. The folks who run the state lottery says the Sunday cash five drawing correctly matched all five numbers on a ticket sold at the Cigar Box at the Laurel Mall. It's worth an estimated $225,000... minus 25 percent federal withholding tax. No one has come forward yet to claim their prize... but they have a year to do so.

 

Geisinger CEO

Geisinger Health System President and CEO David Feinberg, has been named one of the most influential leaders in health care. The honor is published in Modern Health Car magazine. This is the first time Dr. Feinberg has made the annual list of policy leaders, hospital leaders and insurance executives.

 

 


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