A daring daylight robbery in the middle of the day on East Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Police tell us someone knocked off Sneidman's Jewlers at 2:21 Thursday afternoon. Not much is known... However, the Press – Enterprise is reporting in it's on – line edition two black men with a handgun strolled into the store and apparoached the clerk. They apparently got what they wanted... and fled the area in a white car.
We got a chance to see and hear on Wednesday what the 160th Bloomsburg Fair has to offer this year. The exposition gets underway with a soft opening on the 25th.... but one thing fair goers won't see are poultry exhibits. The threat of the Avian Flu... is forcing fairs to eliminate chickens... so says Randy Karshner who takes care of the Poultry, Rabbits and school exhibits. Instead... Four H members will place snapshots of poultry inside cages... hoping to be selected as the best bird. The Fair runs through October 3rd...
The state Revenue Department is reporting tax collection totals for the month of August. Despite the lack of a state budget, tax receipts continue to roll in and in August they totaled 1-point-9-billion-dollars. This figure would normally be compared to an estimated amount, but Revenue officials says that won't be possible until a state budget is finalized. Sales tax receipts accounted for the highest amount collected last month at $805 million, with the Personal Income Tax second at $743 - million.
The folks of today... don't know the sacrifices of veterans. That's the opinion of World War Two Navy veteran Dick Donald. He was one of the many people on hand in Berwick late Wednesday afternoon.. unveiling a historical marker for the Berwick – built Stuart tank. Mr. Donald served in the Navy during the Second World War... dodging hurricanes... as well as Japanese Kamikaze attacks while serving on board an air craft carrier in the Pacific.
Plymouth / Shots Fired
Gunfire in Plymouth... in Luzerne County Thursday morning. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting... that an SUV crashed into a home after someone took some pot shots at the driver. The incident taking place at Shawnee and Orchard streets around 1 O'clock this morning. The SUV was hit by at least two bullets. That caused the driver to loose control... slamming into a home on Nottingham Street in Plymouth.
Kane / Porngate
An activist group is calling on state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to disclose more names connected to the so-called "porngate" scandal. A group known as Pennsylvanians for Union Reform has filed numerous requests under the state's Right to Know law in an attempt to learn the names of state employees who participated in the scandal, but its founder Simon Campbell says the Attorney General has been inconsistent in her response. Campbell says if Kathleen Kane wants to release the names of those involved, as she has indicated she wants to, then she should just go ahead.
Pantry Quick Robbery
Hazleton Police are looking for the person who held up a curb store this week. Cops say a man... wearing a mask... strolled into the Pantry Quick on East Diamond Avenue Tuesday night. The thief got away with cash from the register... but they won't say how much.
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.
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 of the car he was driving. Dietrick's now charged with indecent exposure and careless driving.
When the Bloomsburg University football team opens the season Saturday afternoon at home against Stonehill college, the Huskies will be facing a team that had the best defense in the Northeast Ten Conference last season. Huskies coach Paul Darragh explains why the Skyhawks are so good defensively. Stonehill at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 2 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at noon with the Husky Tailgate Show. Six PSAC teams open the season tonight including Clarion playing at Lock Haven.
In the last game of a three game series in New York Wednesday night... the Mets defeated the Phils 9 to 7. Both teams have the day off. On Friday the Phil's begin a three game weekend series against the Red Sox in Boston.
In other major league baseball action Wednesday... it was the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9 to 4..... and the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 13 to 8.