Boston Bombing Suspect Dead
One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is under way for another, authorities said early Friday. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis tweeted that the second at large is the one seen in the white hat in images released by the FBI Thursday of the Boston Marathon suspects. Davis says he is "armed and dangerous." Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben told reporters the situation is "grave." Residents of Watertown, a Boston suburb, have been advised to keep their doors locked and not let anyone in. The Boston Police Department warned residents to "stay home," and barred any vehicles from entering or leaving Watertown. Public transit in the area has been suspended. President Obama was briefed on the situation overnight, according to a White House official. The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding them. Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown. The suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died while the other escaped. CBS News has learned the dead suspect had multiple gunshot wounds."We believe this to be a terrorist," Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis said. "We believe this to be a man who came here to kill people." The FBI said it is working with local authorities to determine what happened. The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed gunfire and explosions in Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston. The MIT officer had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims. In Watertown, multiple gunshots and explosions were heard at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.
Flood Wall Meeting
A lot of questions... but really no answers from SEDA – COG Thursday night during an informational meeting dealing with the two flood walls to be built around Autoneum North America and Windsor Foods on Bloomsburg's west side. Of primary importance for residents... how much higher will the water be in neighborhoods surrounding the plants. SEDA – COG's Bill Seigel quoted findings from the study Kawneer conducted prior to the construction of their flood wall near the airport... showing that water in the area will increase an estimated three – tenths of an inch. Meantime, bids for engineering work on the two projects will be opened next week at SEDA – COG's Lewisburg headquarters.... with construction to get underway in about a year.
What started as a fund raiser in the early 90's has taken on a life of it's own. Bloomsburg is expected to be inundated by thousands of college and university aged students starting Friday... running into Sunday morning for the 2013 edition of Block Party. The event is not sanctioned by the university... and there will be plenty of police presence on hand to make sure the event doesn't get out of control. Town Councilman and businessman Eric Bower says he's prepared... as a lawmaker and a security expert. Bower's business has dozens of cameras up and down Main Street... and he's helped the police department in the past identify suspects which have led to arrests. Block party participants are usually found at gatherings along East and Iron Streets... as well as Lightstreet Road.
We're approaching the second full weekend of trout fishing in Columbia and surrounding counties. Streams, such as Fishing Creek near the Iron Bridge off Route 42 near Hoffman Park, have been restocked with 500 additional trout this week... and that's where WHLM News caught up with Rob Wenrich of Berwick. Rob says dropping a line in the water is well worth it. Each year... the PA Fish and Game Commission gives the Fishing Creek Sportsman Association 25,000 trout to raise and distribute in Columbia County waterways accessible to the public.
A bomb threat written on the wall of the boy's restroom... cleared out the Crestwood High School in Wright Township north of Hazleton yesterday afternoon. Police conducting a search of the building came up empty handed. Superintendent Dave McLaughlin – Smith says once the threat was found... the district followed protocol and cleared the building for the day.
Investigators say a child playing with either matches or a lighter was the cause of a fire which substantially damaged a half – double house in Hazleton this week. The home is in the 500 block of Peace Street. Two families were in the building when the blaze began... with everyone getting out safely.
That fire at a south Church Street business in Hazleton has been ruled an accident. The blaze extensively damaged Holeshot Cycle Wednesday afternoon... and investigators say it started in a battery charger or the motorcycle it was attached to. Up to 40 motorcycles... dirt bikes and ATV's were destroyed. The flames were fueled by tires... as well as grease and other lubricants. No one was injured in Wednesday's fire in Hazleton.
Rest Area to be Closed
Using the westbound lane of Interstate 80 in the near future.... PennDOT says the Columbia County Roadside rest comfort and vending facilities near Mifflinville will be closed starting Monday. The area will be shuttered for two weeks as a sewer line is replace. Also... the rest area is targeted for a major reconstruction project.
When the Bloomsburg University football team concluded spring drills a year ago, the Huskies weren't sure who would be their starting quarterback. Redshirt freshman Tim Kelly won the job in the fall and went on to throw 22 touchdown passes in helping the Huskies to a record of 10 and 2. Quarterbacks' coach Jack Lydic praises Kelly for more than just his physical attributes. The Huskies are halfway through their spring drills which will conclude with the annual Maroon & Gold game on Friday night, May 3rd.
In high school baseball Thursday... Tunkhannock downed Berwick 7 – 6.... and Bloomsburg defeated Millville 4 – 1...
In girls' softball Thursday... It was Bloomsburg over Saint John Neuman 16 – 1... Danville outlasted Selinsgrove 13 – 1... and Benton defeated Sullivan County 16 – 2.
MLB / Phillies
The Phillies started an 8 game home stand last night with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards outlasting the Phils 4 to 3. You can hear Friday night's game against the Cardinals on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 6:30.
NBA / 76er's
Doug Collins has resigned after three seasons as head coach of The Philadelphia 76ers.
In the NHL Thursday night... the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3 to nothing.