WHLM Employee Helps Extinguish Fire
Late Monday Morning a vehicle caught fire in the parking lot located off Iron Street behind the WHLM Studios location in Downtown Bloomsburg. Station Employee Larry Hopper heard the call come over the fire scanner, and immediately sprang into action. Using his quick thinking and the station's fire extinguisher he was able to stop the vehicle fire before it spread. The Bloomsburg Fire Department reported to the scene to make sure things were wrapped up.
Photo: The fire crew checks out the vehicle after the fire was extinguished
Photo: Station Employee Larry Hopper (Right) talks with Bloom FD Chief Bob Rupp (Left)
Photo: Bloom FD Police Chief Bob Rupp makes a call back to the station
Fatal Pottsville Fire
Investigators are trying to figure out this morning the cause of a fire in Pottsville in neighboring Schuylkill County... which killed six people. Authorities say four children and two adults were trapped in the home on Pierce Street as flames raced through the structure. One person made it out. During the height of the blaze... the floors and roof collapsed. Five firefighters received minor injuries.
A celebration in Berwick over the weekend.... as the businesses up and down Front Street... as well as the borough... tried to put three years of construction behind them. Borough Council President Alvin Hill told WHLM News that Saturday's Celebrate Berwick festivities is just what the community needed. Hill said that starting Monday night... Borough Council members will be making road trips during their meetings to learn more about their communities. For example... council members will get a tour of Sponsler Park located between LaSalle and Monroe Streets. Other trips scheduled include visiting the five Berwick fire halls.
PennDOT / Route 11
You may find some slow – going the next couple of weeks between Shaffer Road in Scott Township and Park Street in Bloomsburg. PennDOT is getting ready to repave that 2 mile stretch of roadway, but first they must remove the traffic sensors in the road... so says the agency's Rick Mason. Mason says the installation of the cameras is not a pre – cursor to installing video detection to catch red light runners... and is just a way to trigger the traffic signals.
An estimated 1,300 Bloomsburg University seniors will receive their bachelors degrees this Saturday during commencement exercises. BU's Bonnie Martin says two exercises are scheduled. Students from the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts will graduate at 10 AM... with students from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology will get their degrees at 3 PM. Ms. Martin says the speaker for both commencements is Barbara Hudock... a '75 BU graduate... the founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources of Williamsport.
State Representatives Kurt Masser and Lynda Culver are pooling their resources and holding a mini Sportsman's Expo this Thursday evening. The event takes place at the Montour DeLong fairgrounds in Washingtonville. There will be presentations from the PA Fish and Boat Commission... the National Wild Turkey Federation... as well as game and fish wardens. The expo begins Thursday at 5:30.
A Wilkes – Barre toddler was taken to the hospital last night...after being shot in the hand. Authorities say the incident took place in a home on Wayne Street early last evening. Police are still investigating the incident.
Fulton Court in Hazleton is closed between Diamond Avenue and Arbutus Street. Authorities say a crumbling tower at the Duplin Building is slowly eroding... with pieces of that structure falling to the ground on Sunday. Fulton Court is expected to be closed most of the day... while Hazleton city officials try and track down the building's owners
Hazleton Community Development
The City of Hazleton will have a new community development director come June 1st. Fallon Fermin was appointed to the job by city council... but not before being taken to task over his qualifications and credentials. One of his last jobs was a personal assistant for Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi. Fermin will oversee a department which receives more than $600,000 of federal dollars. His salary... $30,000 a year.
Authorities in Newport Township... near Nanticoke... want to know who sole a chain – link fence which surrounds the community's cemetery. The theft was discovered Friday when someone took about half the fencing.... then later the same day... the rest of the fence disappeared. Last month... thieves took a small section of fence and a gate. Now... police patrols will be stepped up to prevent thefts and vandalism.
The Bloomsburg University softball team beat Virginia State 6-2 to advance to the Atlantic Region final yesterday in Shippensburg. But, the Huskies season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Kutztown. Bloomsburg finished the season with a record of 32-19.
In high school baseball Monday afternoon, Central Columbia and Bloomsburg will renew their neighborhood rivalry at Central.
The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 in 10 innings Sunday. The Phils are idle Monday. They will play the Cleveland Indians at home Tuesday night.
Other MLB Games
In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets 3-2... and the New York Yankees won their fifth straight game... downing Kansas City 4-2.
In the NBA playoffs Sunday, Golden State got the best of San Antonio 97 to 87 in overtime. That Western Conference semifinal series is tied at two games each.
In golf, Tiger Woods wins the Players Championship.