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News Archive Archives for 2012-04

Shickshinny Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected along South Canal Street in Shickshinny Monday to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant home... and severely damaged an adjoining structure late Sunday night. Luzerne County fire dispatch initially toned out firemen from Shickshinny and Mocanaqua... with additional alarms for Hunlock Creek and Berwick's Reliance... and eventually Salem Township for their air truck. Firemen remained at the scene for several hours until the flames and the resulting embers were extinguished.


Job Corps

A disturbance at the Red Rock Job Corps Center got out of hand Sunday... forcing dozens of police officers to converge on the facility. The uproar was over a dance that was canceled Saturday night... with the Press – Enterprise reporting in Monday's edition... some students were unhappy with the cancellation. On Sunday... the students allegedly started assaulting staffers when some of the kids were called in to talk about the unruliness the night before. The situation was brought under control around 9 O'clock last night. Police say some of the teens are in custody and will face charges.


109th House District

There were no surprises in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 109th state house district. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr handily defeating challenger James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township. Now... Knorr goes up against incumbent Republican David Millard in the November general election.  Knorr says he'll make the race competitive every step of the way. Millard has been able to fend off challenges over the years... and this election cycle is no different. Millard and Knorr have been out on the streets since last week's primary... pressing the flesh... and getting to the electorate.



Despite Saturday's chilly weather... a lot of people made their way to Main Street for the 34th annual Renaissance Jamboree. Non-profit groups supplemented vendors and entertainment. Bloomsburg University instructor Deb Stryker was handling the dunk booth for Student Links to the Education of the Deaf... telling us that the booth is where they raise money to send hearing impaired kids to Camp Victory near Millville. Initial planning gets underway in a few weeks for the 2013 edition of Renaissance Jamboree.


Power Outage

The power is back on in the Hazleton area... thieves tried to make off with copper wire from a live PPL transmission line in Hazle Township at the start of the weekend.... disrupting power for a couple of hours. Just over 8,000 customers were without juice from Hazle Township to the Buck Mountain area.  A PPL spokesman said the thieves were dealing with a 69 Kilovolt transmission line... and could have electrocuted themselves. Police are investigating the incident.



Folks in Weatherly are planning a huge celebration for their borough's 150th anniversary next year. A lot is planned for the three – day event... including a circus and a dinner. An estimated 30 volunteers are involved in the planning for the 150 anniversary in Weatherly... in Carbon County.


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BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team dropped a 10-9 decision to IUP Sunday in the PSAC Championship game at the Drifton Complex near Hazleton. The Huskies will now await word on a bid to the NCAA Championships. Those pairings will be announced Monday.


BU Football

All pro lineman Jahir Evans was among the former Bloomsburg University football players on hand Saturday at a ceremony naming the Redman Stadium playing surface- Danny Hale Field. Hale is the all time winningest coach in school history. The Maroon & Gold game, which concluded spring drills for the Huskies, followed the ceremony. Highlights of the spring game included a 66 yard touchdown run by Franklyn Quiteh and a 50 yard field goal by Dan Fisher. The Huskies open the 2012 season, Friday, August 31st at Stone Hill College in Easton, Massachusetts.


Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime Sunday in the opening game of their NHL playoff series. Game two will be Tuesday night in Philadelphia.


Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies fell to 10 and 12 on the season.... following Sunday's 5 to 1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies scored their only run in the ninth inning thanks to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol... who walked three batters and allowed one single to force home a run. The Phils and Cubs meet again tonight in the final face – off in their four game series. You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show Monday night at 6:30... with the first pitch tossed at 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


The Hetlerville United Methodist Church is hosting a hymn sing tonight at 7:00 pm. They'll have light refreshments.


The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton will host an art exhibit reception this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00. The oil paintings of 11 local artists are now on display at the center.


And, the Bloomsburg University Division of Theatre and Dance invites you to their 2nd annual Repertory Ensemble Dance Minor Concert this afternoon at 3:00 and tomorrow night at 7:30. It's in the Hass Center for the Arts on the BU Campus, and admission is free.


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Football fans got a springtime taste of Gridiron action Saturday afternoon when the BU Huskies played their annual Maroon and Gold game. The winning side was the Gold, by 23-6. Before the game, the field at Redman Stadium was christened Danny Hale Field in honor of the Huskies' 20-year Head Coach. You can catch the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:





It's the annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg today. Main Street is filled with crafters, food vendors, and live entertainment. Proceeds from the day will help non-profit organizations in our area. Make sure to stop by the WHLM booth at the Iron Street stage say hello, and check out the scarves and hats we have for sale to benefit the Bloomsburg Public Library.


The Orangeville Public Library invites you to meet local author Becky Westover today to discuss her family adventure book, “The Fireplace.”


Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library grand opening is today. The library features over 1,000 works of fiction, children and teen books, non-fiction, videos, dvds, and more. The library will be open to the public every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 7:30 PM after this weekend.


The Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open today.


Local police departments and the Columbia County Conservation District are taking back unwanted prescription medications today until 2:00 pm. You can drop off your unused medication for safe disposal with no questions asked at the following departments: Bloomsburg, Berwick, Catawissa, Locust Township, and South Centre Township.


The Pennsylvania SPCA Danville Shelter is holding a community open house today from noon to 4:00 pm. They have lots of activities planned for your family to enjoy.


St. James Lutheran Church in Hobbie is serving up a family style roast beef dinner today from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.


Town hill United Methodist Church invites you out to an ice cream social this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.


There's another All You Can Eat Haddock Fish dinner at the Montour Delong Fairgrounds located on Broadway Road in Danville. Serving is from 3:00 to 7:00.


The Animal Resource Center is hosting their annual night of “Wine and Music” tonight at Spyglass Ridge Winery. It starts at 6:00 PM.


The Bloomsburg University concert choir spring concert is tonight at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg.


The Hetlerville United Methodist Church is hosting a hymn sing tomorrow night at 7:00 pm. They'll have light refreshments.


The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton will host an art exhibit reception tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00. The oil paintings of 11 local artists are now on display at the center.


And, the Bloomsburg University Division of Theatre and Dance invites you to their 2nd annual Repertory Ensemble Dance Minor Concert tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 and Monday night at 7:30. It's in the Hass Center for the Arts on the BU Campus, and admission is free.


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Football fans got a springtime taste of Gridiron action Saturday afternoon when the BU Huskies played their annual Maroon and Gold game. The winning side was the Gold, by 23-6. Before the game, the field at Redman Stadium was christened Danny Hale Field in honor of the Huskies' 20-year Head Coach. You can catch the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:





Sutliff Hall

It was built in 1960... renovated in '87... and now Sutliff Hall on the Bloomsburg University campus isn't the place your parents studied at fifty – two years ago. The building is now geared toward business students... with the look and feel of the real world... so says Dr. Michael Tidwell. A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony takes place this afternoon at 3 O'clock on the patio in front of the building's main entrance.


Millard / Voter ID

For the most part... Tuesday's voting went off without a hitch... despite the fact poll workers asked for a picture identification. It was part of the soft roll – out of the state's new voter I-D law. But, come the November election... you will need one... and State Representative David Millard say PennDOT will help provide an I-D.


Millard / Revenue

The deficit the state treasure expected a couple of months ago may not happen. Tax revenues coming in the first couple of months of the year were above projections... with March bringing in an estimated $95 – million. State Representative David Millard of Millville said the figures for April should be in soon... and that will be telling... as to the state budget having a deficit... or being on target.


No Smoking / Trump

The Bloomsburg Town Council has adopted a resolution banning smoking at Town Park on Market Street. Smoking is also not allowed at Streater Park, the Skate Park or the bocce ball courts. This week's vote was 4 to 2... with Mayor Dan Knorr and Councilman Fred Trump voting against the measure. Trump telling me the resolution failed to have an area set aside for smokers. Mayor Knorr voting against the resolution saying it doesn't have any enforcement aspect.... just voluntarily compliance.


Bob Mellow

Former State Senator Bob Mellow won't be in court today as expected. Mellow was planning to plead guilty to a host of corruption charges. No word why a federal judge postponed the proceedings. However, it may have to do with Mellow's expected $11,500 a month pension... amounting to $138,000 a year. It's believed the state Public Employee Retirement Commission is reviewing weather or not Mellow is entitled to the money.


Team Sale

The Scranton / Wilkes – Barre Yankees... a Triple – A franchise team has been sold. The Lackawanna County Multi – purpose stadium authority... selling the team to SWB Yankees LLC. The closing price... nearly $15 – million. The contract also calls for the new ownership group to commit to a minimum of 30 seasons. The sale comes a day after plans were unveiled for the reconstruction of their stadium in Moosic.


Missing Money

It appears the Luzerne County district attorney and detectives will be asked by Nanticoke Police to help them investigate the case of some missing money. That cash is missing from the Nanticoke Middle School's cafeteria fund. No one is saying how much money is not accounted for... but a secretary who keeps the books is now off the job... suspended indefinitely.


Drug Ring

Two convenience store operators in Ranshaw are among eight people busted this month for allegedly operating a drug ring. 41 – year old Jaswinder Fata and 34 – year old Slimane Belabbas were indicted for allegedly selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana at a series of curb stores in a five county area. Their Mount Royal Mini – Mart was allegedly one of the places the ring operated from.


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BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team has reached the PSAC Semifinals. In round two of the championships on Thursday, the Huskies beat Kutztown 1-0. They'll play IUP for a berth in Saturday's conference title game.


High School Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Berwick defeated Hazleton Area 3 to 2... Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech downed Bucktail 3 to nothing.


High School Softball

In girls' High School softball... Benton got by Millville 11 to nothing... Bloomsburg squeaked by Montgomery 7 to 6... It took 8 innings, but Central Columbia defeated Loyalsock 11 to 8... Southern Columbia blanked Sullivan County 19 to nothing... Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech got by Bucktail 5 to 4.


Danny Hale Field

In a noon ceremony Saturday at Redman Stadium, the playing surface will be named Danny Hale Field.  The head coach of the Huskies says he appreciates the honor. The Huskies conclude spring drills tomorrow with the Annual Maroon & Gold game starting at 2 PM. You can hear that game starting with the pregame show at 1:45 on News Radio 930, 94.7,  104.3, Berwick's 1280 and


Take Back

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency... and local police departments want your unused or unwanted prescription drugs Saturday. It's all part of an ongoing program to get those drugs out of the medicine cabinet and off the streets. Danville police Chief Eric Gill says all you have to do to get rid of what you don't want.... box 'em up... and bring them into his police station... or any other police station in the area so they can be packaged and picked up later in the day by the DEA.


Renaissance Jamboree

If you try and drive down Main Street in Bloomsburg this Saturday.... it's not going to happen. The street will be closed for Saturday's 34th annual Renaissance Jamboree. The event gets underway Saturday at 10 O'clock.... with vendors and entertainment stretching from Iron Street... west to Jefferson.


Fire Alarm

Bloomsburg firemen called out shortly before 4:45 Thursday morning... when an automatic fire alarm went off at the Bloomsburg Health Care Center on East First Street. First due firemen found light haze and smoke in the facilities elevator room. No patients were ever in danger or evacuated.



A Stillwater man faces a preliminary hearing next month after he was charged in the death of a friend. 28 – year old Kyle Shaffer is charged with homicide by vehicle and DUI in the death of Russell Hack last December. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Shaffer telling police it was Hack behind the wheel of a 2008 GMC Sierra that crashed on Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township. But, State police investigators aren't buying his story. Now.. Shaffer will face a preliminary hearing May 29th in front of District Judge Doug Brewer.


Courthouse Flooding

A problem with plumbing at the Columbia County Courthouse has caused at least $10,000 worth of damage after a urinal valve in a restroom stuck in the “on” position... flooding the basement with at least a half – inch of water. The problem happening late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The problem was discovered Wednesday when employees started showing up for work. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the water took out a computer server and knocked out internet service for a while. Repairs are expected to be covered by the county's insurance policy.


Church Burglaries

State Police say they're investigating a series of break – in's at churches in Northumberland and Union Counties. In one burglary... an estimated $2,500 worth of music equipment was taken from the United in Christ Lutheran Church near West Milton. Other break – in's taking place at the Sunrise Methodist church in White Deer Township... and the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Turbot Township. Nothing was taken in those break – ins. Police do have some surveillance video of two men inside one of the church's.


Scavenger Drunks

Alcohol and a scavenger hunt don't mix. State police arresting two Penn State Hazleton students this week along Airport Road carrying several stolen items. The pair... one from Wayne... and the second from Philadelphia... saying they were taking part in a scavenger hunt... and had been drinking. Both were arraigned... and released on 5 – thousand dollars bail.


Federal Charges

The FBI has now stepped into the case of two of three bank robberies in the Hazleton area. The Bureau now handling the robbery of the PNC Bank on Susquehanna Boulevard in Hazle Township... as well as the heist at Citizens Bank on West Broad Street in West Hazleton. 33 – year old Shawn Luther Kelly is in custody for the stick – ups. Now faced with federal charges... and if convicted... Kelly could be facing a stricter sentence.


Guilty Verdict

A 52 – year old Plymouth man... in Luzerne County... has been found guilty on all 13 counts stemming from the molestation of two girls. Robert Caravella is alleged with sexually assaulting the two girls starting in 2002. The kids are now 16 and 11. Caravella will be sentenced July 19th in Luzerne County Court.


Arson Charges

State Police at Milton have filed additional charges against two former Potts Grove firefighters. 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg... and 19 – year old Zane Snyder are accused of torching a barn... a unoccupied tractor – trailer and a vacant home... all in Northumberland County. The pair have already been charged with arson in several other cases in the Potts Grove area. Jacobs and Snyder remain in the Montour County Jail in Danville.


Former Cop Sentencing

A retired Mount Carmel cop will be sentenced June 5th after pleading guilty to a count of possession of child pornography. 56 – year old Blaine Handerhan pleaded guilty last October. Handerhan faces a maximum of ten years in prison... and a quarter – million dollar fine.


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BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team exploded for 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat Gannon Wednesday 7-1 on the opening day of the PSAC Championships at the Drifton Complex near Hazleton. The Huskies play Kutztown Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock.


High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday Central Columbia downed Shamokin 9 to 7, Southern Columbia defeated Millville 15 to 3... South Williamsport blanked Benton 15 to nothing... Danville outscored Montoursville 3 to nothing.


High School Girls Softball

In Wednesday action on the softball fields in the region... Warrior Run defeating Millville 18 to nothing... Milton getting by Danville 1 to nothing.


Hale Stadium

The winningest head coach in the history of Bloomsburg University football, Danny Hale will be honored Saturday by having the field at Redman Stadium named Danny Hale Field. The ceremony that starts at noon, will precede The Annual Maroon & Gold game which begins at 2 o'clock.


Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings on Wednesday in the Phillies 7 to 2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hamel's allowed four hits overall... and striking out seven. The Phil's have the day off... but are back home Friday to start a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch to be tossed at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


Primary Elections / 109th District

Primary election voting is over and there are winners.... as well as losers. In the most watched race in Columbia County.... and with all 42 precincts reporting... Democrat Dan Knorr will face incumbent Republican David Millard in the race for the 109th house district seat. Knorr defeating opponent James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township... getting 73 percent of the vote.


Primary Elections /Congress

In other races of interest... in the Democratic primary to find out who will meet incumbent Republican Congressman Lou Barletta in the fall... and with all polls reporting... Gene Stilp gathered 55 percent of the vote... over Bill Vinsko


Primary Elections / US Senate

Republican Tom Smith will be facing Bob Casey, Jr in the race for the US Senator from Pennsylvania. Smith... defeating four challengers by getting 40 – percent of the vote.


Primary Elections / GOP Presidential

Mitt Romney laid claim to the fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night. He swept five states... including Pennsylvania. Meantime... GOP contender Newt Gingrich is expected to bow out of the contest this week. No word if Ron Paul plans to stay in the race.


Steam Electric Station

Some extra maintenance to take place on the Unit 1 main turbine at PPL's Steam Electric station in Salem Township... in Luzerne County. Inspectors finding cracks in the turbine blades that are similar to damage found and repaired in 2011. However, a utility spokesman says the cracks are less extensive than those found last year. The problem will be taken care of during the current shutdown... with Unit 1 expected to be back on line next month. Meantime... as a precaution... Unit 2 will be shut down once Unit 1 is back on line in order to check the turbine blades.


Portable Meth Lab

No one is in custody... but Pennsylvania State Police are trying to find out who dumped meth making supplies near the intersection of Harrison and Paperdale Road... in Fishing Creek Township. Police say a plastic bottle... believed to be used in the “one pot method” of making meth was discovered along the side of the road by a person living in the area. That bottle was taken for examination by the PSP's Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.


Arson Charges

State Police at Milton have filed additional charges against two former Potts Grove firefighters. 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg... and 19 – year old Zane Snyder are accused of torching a barn... a unoccupied tractor – trailer and a vacant home... all in Northumberland County. The pair have already been charged with arson in several other cases in the Potts Grove area. Jacobs and Snyder remain in the Montour County Jail in Danville.


Hazleton Robberies

A three – time suspected Hazleton bank robber is now in police custody. 33 – year old Shawn Luther Kelley of East Chestnut Street is accused of robbing the Citizens Bank in West Hazleton Tuesday afternoon. He's also suspected in the heists at the PNC Bank in Hazle Township nearly two weeks ago... as well as the Choice One Community Credit Union in Hazleton days later. Kelley is charged robbery and theft by unlawful taking.


Bridge Rehab

A bridge project will get underway Wednesday in neighboring Montour County. PennDOT's Rick Mason says crews will begin a bridge rehab project on Route 1003... the Muncy – Exchange Road in Anthony Township. A PennDOT crew will remove the existing blacktop surface and railing... and install a new reinforced – concrete deck....parapets and guard rail. A detour will be in place during the six week construction period.


Sugarloaf Fire

The state police fire marshal is still trying to figure out what started a blaze which extensively damaged a home on Twin Lane in Sugarloaf Township... in Luzerne County. The fire was discovered mid-afternoon on Monday. Authorities say five people lived in the home. They're being helped by the American Red Cross.


Musto Trial

Federal prosecutors have learned through court paper that former State Senator Raphael Musto is too ill to prepare for his defense in his upcoming bribery trial. His trial has already been delayed twice due to medical issues... and it's believed his attorneys will ask for a third postponement. The 83-year-old Pittston Township Democrat is scheduled to stand trial in June.


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Philadelphia Phillies

A trio of homers powered the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle test of a three-game set at Chase Field Tuesday night. Hunter Pence and Laynce Nix both hit two-run blasts off Arizona starter Josh Collmenter in the fourth inning, while Shane Victorino added a lead-off shot in the eighth. The Phil's and D-Back's meet again Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix. You can catch the action with the pre – game show at 3:05... with the first pitch scheduled for 3:40... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday... Sullivan County defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 7 to 1.


High School Softball

In girls softball... Bloomsburg blanked Sullivan County 18 to nothing... Muncy getting by Benton 5 to nothing... Southern Columbia downed Montgomery 11 to 5.


BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team will play Gannon Wednesday afternoon on the first day of the PSAC Championships. The tournament, which includes 9 teams, will be played at the Drifton Softball Complex near Hazleton. Bloomsburg has a 32-12 record. The game against Gannon begins at 1 O'clock.


Primary Election

If you head to one of the 42 polling places in Columbia County today as you take part in the Pennsylvania primary... you will be asked for a government identification. It's nothing more than a soft roll – out of PA's new voter ID law... so says Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky. Rapasky says things get a bit tougher when voting in the November general election. At that time you will have to have a government issued ID to vote.


Primary / Candidates

The local races include a fight for the Democratic nomination between Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr... and James Geffken of Benton in order to face incumbent Republican David Millard for the 109th district state house seat. On Columbia County's south side... Ted Yeager faces Chris Pfaff battle for the Democratic nomination for the 107th district house seat in order to take on incumbent Republican Kurt Masser. There are a variety of state and federal races of interest as well.


Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night... re-allocating dollars... an estimated $250,000 Community Development Block Grant dollars earmarked for the Streater Recreation Area at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek. Current plans call for several soccer fields... as well as a place to play football. Mayor Dan Knorr saying it would provide the biggest bang for the recreational buck.


Bridge Construction

PennDOT says work is progressing on that 50 – million dollar bridge project which spans the Susquehanna River between the Lime Ridge and Mifflinville interchanges. The agency's Rick Mason tells us the right lane will be closed and a rolling roadblock will be in effect Tuesday between those two points. That... as crews slow traffic while a new overhead sign is installed on eastbound 80 near Lime Ridge.


Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania has dropped seven cents the past week. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.88 a gallon. That's down a penny from the weekend... and seven cents lower than it was last Monday.


Williamsport Arson

Police in Williamsport are looking for the person responsible for setting three arson fires early Monday morning. The fires were reported on Prospect Avenue... Dove Street and McMinn Avenue. The McMinn Avenue fire destroying a travel trailer parked in a driveway. Williamsport police are keeping a sharp eye out to make sure neighborhoods are safe.


Plea Deal

A Luzerne County woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her live – in boyfriend. Sherry Cease pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of John Wolfe in the fall of 2010 during a fight inside their Plymouth home. Now Cease will find out her penalty on June 15th.... and could be sentenced to up to 20 – years in prison.


Hazleton Arrests

Three people are in the Luzerne County Correctional facility after they were charged with robbing a Hazleton area convenience store late Sunday night. The names of those charges haven't been released. The trio was arrested on Hazleton's south side... driving the wrong way on a one – way street. Police say weapons were also found in the car.


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BU Football

For the past four seasons, Larry Webster was a starter on the Bloomsburg University basketball team finishing his career as the school's all time leading shot blocker. This spring, the senior is trying to make his mark on the Husky football team. Webster is playing defensive end, and he has impressed defensive coordinator Paul Darrow. The Huskies conclude spring drills Saturday with the annual Maroon & Gold game which starts at 2 o'clock. You can hear that game starting with the pregame show at 1:45 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280, and


Philadelphia Phillies

A rough start by the Philadelphia Phillies in their three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night. Philly starter Kyle Kendrick allowed 11 hits and seven runs in the first three innings of the game... as Arizona defeated Philadelphia 9 to 5. Both teams meet again tonight in Phoenix

Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show tonight at 9:05 on the WHLM Stations.



Block Party

Block party 2012 in Bloomsburg over the weekend. For many... it was just a rite of passage for college age students, but there was some rowdiness. Police making arrests... and there were some visits to the local hospital emergency room for alcohol poisoning... a typical by-product of the get together. Law enforcement will take a look at the stats to see what worked and what didn't so they can prepare for the 2013 edition of Block Party.


Campus Sex Assault

Bloomsburg University Police are looking for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in her Mount Olympus Apartment early Sunday morning. The University's website says black male knocked on the door of the woman... asking to use a cell phone charger. Once inside... the man... known by the name of “Maine” allegedly sexually assaulted the women. He remains on the loose this morning.


Fairgrounds Clean Up

The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds are in a lot better shape now... than what they were last week. It's all due to several hundred people who showed up over the weekend for one last concerted clean up effort. Included in that number was an estimated 400 Mennonites who helped as part of their on – going service project.


Numidia Fire

A Numidia – area family is picking up the pieces of their lives... after a fire of undetermined origin destroyed their home over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition the Mill Road home of Jeff Cox... and his wife, Dawn, went up in flames around 8:30 Saturday night. The fire took place after the family preformed extensive remodeling on the home over the past couple of years.


Salem Twp Fire

It took only minutes for a large, single – wide trailer to go up in smoke near the Columbia – Luzerne County line Saturday night. A family of five who lived there was forced outside... but they lost two dogs in the flames. Investigators believe the fire started in the mobile home's bathroom.


Ownership Change

A change of ownership of the Cinema Center along Route 11... in Scott Township. That multiplex movie theater... along with others in Selinsgrove... Reading... Camp Hill and Williamsport... have been sold by the Troutman family to New Jersey – Based Digital Cinema Destinations Corporation. The sale was closed late last week... and published reports say Digital Cinema plans to keep things the way they are, but will turn the current theaters into an interactive entertainment destination. Not included in the sale is the Sky Vu Drive-in theater in Gratz.


Bank Robbery

Hazleton police spent the weekend looking for a man who held up the Choice One Community Credit Union late Friday. Police say he strolled into the Sherman Court building... handed the teller a note... and fled on foot. The man is described as a thin white male. If you have information about the stick up... you're asked to call Hazleton Police.


Cherry Blossom Festival

Folks in Wilkes – Barre are gearing up for this weekend's annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Kirby Park. One of the highlights will be the unveiling of a Babe Ruth Commemorative marker. That happens at 3 O'clock Saturday afternoon. The event is a two – day affair that begins Saturday morning.


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BU Tennis

The Bloomsburg University men's tennis team won the PSAC championship over the weekend. The Huskies defeated 3 time defending champion Kutztown 5-0. It was 22nd men's tennis title in school history.


BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will conclude spring drills this Saturday with the annual Maroon & Gold game. Assistant coach Jack Lydick says  Saturday's game is important for the players competing for the starting quarterback position since they're always being evaluated. Saturday's Maroon & Gold game starts at 2 o'clock. You can hear that game beginning with the pregame show at 1:45 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and


Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers clinched their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday. The Flyers beat the Pens 5-1 to take the series 4 games to 2.


Philadelphia Phillies

Errors and quiet bats helped doom Joe Blanton and Co. on Sunday, as the Philadelphia Phillies dropped it's finale with the San Diego Padres 6 to 1. The loss places the Phil's in last place in the National League East. Philadelphia now moves on to face the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight in Phoenix. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


St. Joseph Catholic Church on Center Street in Danville is hosting a blood drive today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg will host an open house and super sale fundraiser today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The event includes free museum admission, a bake sale, an outdoor family yard sale, and other vendors and activities.  It’s all happening at the Children’s Museum and in the YMCA parking lot, both are located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.


This afternoon at the Jane E. Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville you can catch the Joe Murray band for an afternoon of Country Gospel Music starting at 2:00 PM.


The Bloomsburg University women’s choral ensemble concert is scheduled for today at 2:30 PM in Carver Hall on the BU Campus.


There are several clean-up days planned in the coming weeks.  Today there’s a big effort at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds to clean up.


In Benton, the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center has invited members out to help get the center ready for the season.


The Berwick Area United Way is hosting their annual day of caring today where they organize volunteers for service projects.


The Metrocast Foundation is raising funds for people in need in our communities through their annual giving back 5K Walk and Run today.


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is collecting donations for Relay for Life and United Methodist Camps with a donation based breakfast today in Catawissa.


In Millville Park today there’s an Earth Day celebration with exhibits, children’s games, crafts, and local churches selling food.


The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open today.


Bethany United Methodist Church is hosting a clothing giveaway until 2:00 PM this afternoon.  The church is on Summerhill Ave in Berwick.


At the Berwick Senior Center they invite you out to their vendor and craft show today.  They’ll have a Chinese auction, quilt raffle, and food.


There’s a rabies clinic sponsored by the Columbia Montour Animal Response Team and Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue today at Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.  Cost is $10.00 per shot.


Straub’s Lutheran Church in Danville will serve up a family-style roast beef dinner this afternoon from 3:00 to 6:30 PM.  The church is located on Frosty Valley Road.


St. Joseph Catholic Church on Center Street in Danville is hosting a blood drive tomorrow from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg will host an open house and super sale fundraiser tomorrow from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The event includes free museum admission, a bake sale, an outdoor family yard sale, and other vendors and activities.  It’s all happening at the Children’s Museum and in the YMCA parking lot, both are located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.


Tomorrow afternoon at the Jane E. Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville you can catch the Joe Murray band for an afternoon of Country Gospel Music starting at 2:00 PM.


The Bloomsburg University women’s choral ensemble concert is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 PM in Carver Hall on the BU Campus.


Block Party

The 2012 edition of Block Party gets underway this afternoon in Bloomsburg. It began back in 1993 as a fund raiser... but has grown. The event is not sanctioned by either the town or Bloomsburg University... but it attracts young adults from across the region. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says a combination of ordinances adopted by Town Council and heavy handed enforcement has brought the party from a knock – down, raucous event culminating with cops and students squaring off against each other back in 2007... to a toned down weekend with individual parties. Block Party continues through early Sunday morning.... but with the weather forecast calling for rain... that should quell a lot of the rowdiness associated with the event.


DUI Checkpoints

If you drive enough this weekend... there is a good you'll probably run into a sobriety checkpoint. Those checkpoints also coincide with Block Party weekend in Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg P-D Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says the times of the checkpoints over the next two days will be random... and so are the locations.


Chamber Survey

The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce has asked tough questions of the Democratic candidates in next Tuesday's primary for the 109th district house seat. Bloomsburg mayor Dan Knorr and James Geffken of Benton face each other in the primary... the winner going on to face Republican David Millard in the November general election. One question... according to the Chamber's Fred Gaffney... deals with unemployment and worker's compensation. Gaffney says the candidates will get a series of questions dealing with the issues once the field is settled.


Columbia County Votes

Headed to cast a ballot in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary. Despite the lack of excitement this year... all 42 polling places in Columbia County will open at 7 AM... and close at 8 PM. Whatever the case... the voting machines used across the county will not be in danger of being tampered with.... so says chief registrar Matt Rapasky...



Penn State has agreed to provide millions in payments and benefits to Joe Paterno's estate and family members under the late football coach's employment contract. Paterno was fired by Penn State's board of trustees late last year... after getting caught up in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal... after the board felt he didn't do enough once allegations surfaced.


BU Fire Scare

Bloomsburg firemen threaded their way through Thursday afternoon rush hour traffic... as they raced to the Bloomsburg University campus Thursday shortly after 5 O'clock. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... that a a valve in a furnace room of the Warren building built up too much pressure... blowing off a valve. There was no fire... and the apparatus responding to the alarm were back in quarters within thirty minutes.


Hemlock Twp. Accident

A Bloomsburg woman was slightly injured when her car flipped over on it's roof Thursday afternoon in the 100 block of Frosty Valley Road... in Hemlock Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition 50 – year old Edith Mergler apparently sneezed... distracting her just enough that her car went off the road and ended up on it's roof. Mergler was trapped for a short time in her 2012 Chevrolet until freed by firemen. She was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.


Federal Arrests

Eight Luzerne County residents have been arrested by the FBI... breaking up an alleged widespread drug distribution network. In a news release from the FBI... the eight operated out of a Pittston tire business... a couple of homes and some bars. The Bureau telling us the investigation resulted in the seizure of narcotics... cash.. weapons and bullet proof vests. All were arraigned at the Wilkes – Barre Federal building and face a preliminary hearing next month.


Schuylkill Burn Ban

Wooded area's throughout the region remain dry... due to the lack of rain. So much so... that the Schuylkill County commissioners have ordered a 30 – day burn ban on open fires in the county. The ban calls for no outdoor burning by residents... but grilling in approved devices is legal. However, you can't light fires in burn barrels... or fire rings.


Former Administrator

The former Hazleton City administrator... in neighboring Luzerne County... has been fired from his job as Silver Spring Township manager near Harrisburg. Sam Monticello was terminated by township supervisors by a vote of 3 to 2. He had been on the job less than a year... and was the township's second manager in two years. While in Hazleton... Monticello worked as city administrator from the early '80's through 2009.


Moon Lake

A committee in Luzerne County Government says an estimated $37 – million in improvements should be preformed at Moon Lake Park in Plymouth Township. For the past couple of years... the lake has been open for fishing, biking and hiking, but the campground and swimming pool has been closed due to vandalism. Most of it happened after the county laid off park management. Now it's up to Luzerne County Council weather to accept or reject the proposal.


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High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday... Bloomsburg defeated Millville 15 to nothing... Saint John Neuman slid by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 11 to 1.


High School Softball

in Girls softball... Berwick blanked Pittston Area 13 to nothing... Benton defeated Sullivan County 11 to 5... it was Bloomsburg over Saint John Neuman 4 to 2... Southern Columbia blanked Millville 16 to nothing. Danville got by Selinsgrove 8 to 1.


BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team plays its final home games of the season this afternoon with a doubleheader against Lock haven. The first game starts at 2:30.


Flyers / Penguins

The Philadelphia Flyers can clinch their series against the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh. The Flyers lead the series three games to one.


Philadelphia Phillie's

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres last night 2 to nothing.... as the team continue their west coast swing. Philadelphia's Vance Worley striking out eleven while on his way to the win. The Phils and Padres meet again Friday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:30 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.



Block Party

Bloomsburg Police officers are bracing for this weekend's annual block party along the Town's streets. From the raucous event a couple of years ago... it's now toned down... due to heavy handed enforcement. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says his officers... and those from out of town... will be keeping a close eye on the festivities... to make sure things don't get out of hand.


Work Zones

Work zones on Pennsylvania highways are killers. PennDOT says last year alone.. 21 people died in 1,800 work zone crashes across the state. The agency's Rick Mason telling reporters at a news conference on Wednesday... 63 of those accidents happened in central and northeast Pennsylvania. PennDOT is getting ready to observe National Work Zone Awareness Week which begins Monday.


Caregiver Forum

Many of you may be caring for a relative or a friend who is ill... or at the end of life... and there are a lot of questions to be answered. Representative David Millard of Millville... holding a caregiver forum Wednesday night for those people who are thrust into a caregiver role. Kathy Martin of Reliant Senior Care in Orangeville said caregivers have a lot of decisions... and choices to make.



Two people have been issued with citations for disorderly conduct. State Police tell us 35 – year old Jessica Schumacher of 3rd street in Benton... and a friend... 29 – year old Rachael Potts... were cited on Tuesday after confronting a group of teenagers... yelling obscenities at the kids... which they believe... have been harassing Schumacher's son. The citations were filed with District Judge Doug Brewer.


Lynda Culver

State Representative Lynda Culver... who watches out for interests in Northumberland and Snyder Counties will have satellite office hours early this evening starting at 6 PM. Ms. Culver will be at the Northumberland Borough Building on Orange Street to talk about issues related to state government.


Hazleton Theft

A 19 – year old Hazleton man has been arrested after allegedly making off with an estimated $30,000 in tools. State Police say Douglas Creamer faces a long list of charges stemming from a burglary of an auto repair shop on Route 93 in Hazle Township. Creamer is now in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.


Bullet Case

Hazleton Area School District officials are now seeking bids for a dozen walk – though metal detectors in three buildings. That... after more than 80, .22 – caliber bullets were found earlier this month at the bottom of a waste paper can in a rest room at the district's Ninth Grade Center. Not only is the center in line for a couple of detectors... but the Career Center and the High School are in line to get them as well. A 14 – year old boy and two 16 – year old teens were arrested in the case.


St. Catherine's

It appears St Catherine's Medical Center near Ashland is history. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Thomas in Wilkes – Barre order the hospital's chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings to be converted to Chapter 7. In essence... the hospital's asserts will be liquidated. As that happens the company which ran the hospital said it is still continuing to seek a buyer.


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High School Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... South Williamsport downed Central Columbia 5 to 4... Pittston Area getting by Berwick 5 to 4.


BU Football

One of the tasks facing the Bloomsburg University football coaching staff this spring is replacing two all conference corner backs - Oscar Rivera and Vince Browning. The Huskies conclude spring drills Saturday, April 28th with the annual Maroon & Gold game.


NHL Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Penguins stayed alive in their series with the Flyers Wednesday night, beating Philadelphia 10 to 3. The Flyers lead the series threes games to one.


Philadelphia Phillies

A pitching dual in San Francisco Wednesday night... as Matt Cain and Cliff Lee went ten scoreless innings. But in the 11th inning... the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 1 to nothing on a walk on RBI hit by San Fran's Melky Cabrera. The Phill's will be in San Diego Thursday night for their first of four games with the Padres. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:30... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


I-80 Crash

The eastbound lane of Interstate 80 between Mifflinville and Conyngham is back open to traffic Wednesday morning. That part of the highway was closed for six hours Tuesday afternoon after two tractor – trailers collided east of the Columbia – Luzerne County line. Police say one of the big rig drivers was pulling onto the highway... and the driver of the approaching rig didn't have his eyes on the road... running into the rear of the first truck. The second truck jackknifed and burst into flames. Luckily... no one was injured... but the accident tied up traffic for hours... and forced detours through Mifflinville and Nescopeck.


Caregivers / Millard

State Representative David Millard will hold a caregiver support forum tonight in Bloomsburg. The forum is designed to prepare those who have aging relatives.... who are thrust into the role of a caregiver with little or no preparation. The forum gets underway at 6:30 Wednesday night at Representative Millard's office in the Bloomsburg technology center on Market Street.


Barletta / GSA

That $800,000 spent by the General Services Administration on a Las Vegas gathering has Columbia County congressman Lou Barletta a bit out of sorts. During a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday... Barletta chastised now – fired Robert Peck who was part of the GSA entourage. If you recall... the GSA spent $823,000 taxpayer dollars to fund the Las Vegas trip. That's an estimated $600,000 over budget.


Bloomsburg YMCA

Maybe you've seen that big freight trailer parked in the Bloomsburg YMCA parking lot on East 7th Street. That's where items used in the “Y's” annual yard sale are being stored. The indoor yard and bake sale will be held on May 19th at the “Y” on East 7th Street.


Allegiant Air

More air service is coming to northeastern Pennsylvania. Officials at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton airport tell us Allegiant Air will soon offer non – stop flights between Avoca and the Orlando – Sanford Airport in Central Florida. There will be two round trip flights a week begin June 21st. Allegiant says some one – way fares will be as low as $90.00.


Prison Sentence

A 32 – year old Hanover Township man has pleaded guilty to stealing a skull from a Wilkes – Barre Cemetery.... as well as stabbing a man during a fight last year. Jesse Geasey was found guilty of taking the skull of a woman from the Hollenback Cemetery. She died in 1926. At the same time... he pleaded guilty to stabbing William Shotwell during a scuffle on a Wilkes – Barre street corner.


Charges / Hearing

A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning for 21 – year old James Rankin. He's the alleged home invasion artist who was shot by a Wilkes – Barre police officer. The officer was cleared in the shooting, but Rankin faces a long list of charges including aggravated assault on 28 – year old Naeem Ford and 22 – year old Margarita Martinez. Published reports say Rankin beat Ford so forcefully... he bent a titanium rod in his leg used to repair a broken femur. Rankin is lodged in the Luzerne County Jail.



Governor Corbett will be in our area Friday. The governor to attend a fund raiser for State Representative Kurt Masser... seeking re-election for his 107th district seat. The $1,000 per couple event will be held at the Indian Hills Golf and Tennis Club.


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High School Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... Montgomery getting by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 14 to 2... Bloomsburg defeated Shamokin 5 to 1.


Girls Softball

Southern Columbia blanked Benton 16 to nothing... Central Columbia getting by South Williamsport 7 to 2... It took 9 innings, but Jersey Shore defeated Danville 3 to 2.


Southern Track & Field

The Southern Columbia boys track & Field team remained unbeaten with a 120-29 win over Bloomsburg Tuesday. It was the Tigers' 20th consecutive dual meet victory dating back to the 2009 season.


Philadelphia Phillies

It was not a good night for the Philadelphia Phillies as they visited San Francisco Tuesday. And although the Phillies carried the National League's second – best batting average into last night's game.... they were defeated 4 to 2. The Phil's get a chance to wrap up the series tonight at AT&T Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show Wednesday night at 9:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


Primary Absentee Application

If you plan to vote in this month's primary by absentee ballot.... time is running out to apply for an absentee ballot. The close of business today is the last day to turn in your application. Matt Repasky, Columbia County's Chief Registrar, says retuning an application by mail is not an option forcing you to drop by his office at the Courthouse Annex before 5 O'clock Tuesday afternoon.


Fairgrounds Clean – Up

Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds on Saturday in a concerted effort to clean – up from the September floods. Included in that number are 400 to 500 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The clean up is open to anyone who wants to lend a helping hand.


Truck Fire

Some scary moments near the corner of East Main and Iron Streets Monday afternoon. is reporting a custom pick – up truck driven by Chris Riley of Danville caught fire when when he tried to start it. Riley and a friend were able to escape... but they could do nothing but watch... as Bloomsburg firemen squelched the blaze. The truck is considered a total loss.


Hazleton Bank

State police continue their investigation into the robbery of the PNC Bank on Route 93 in Hazle Township Monday morning. The robbery went down shortly after the bank opened. Police say a man wearing a surgical mask and glove strolled into the building... handed the teller a note... got some money and fled. If you have information on the robber... call State Police at Hazleton.


Bat Attack Trial

A West Hazleton man will go on trial in June for his part in the baseball bat beating of a pair of brothers. 38 – year old William Gogel faces a long list of charges in the January 2010 assault on Frank and Thomas Luddy. Gogel was to have gone on trial this week, but his attorney sought... and was granted a continuance until June.


Impact Fee

On a vote of 6 to 5.... Luzerne County now can place impact fees on natural gas drillers who venture into the county. The money... if any... would be used to repair roads and infrastructure if and when drilling became a big issue in the county. Under so – called ACT 13.... Counties had until yesterday to decide whether or not to accept a portion of revenue from drillers.


Gas Prices

A mixed bag on the gas price front across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular holding steady at $3.95 a gallon. That's the same as it was over the weekend... and a penny lower than what it was a week ago. But... the average price of gasoline has risen sixteen cents from a month ago.


Turbot Twp Homicide

State police aren't saying much... but what they're not saying is profound. Investigators are now calling the death of a Turbot Township woman... near Watsontown... in Northumberland County a homicide. Patricia Thomas died of a single gunshot wound over the weekend. Her husband... Robert... telling investigators that someone broke into their home early Saturday morning. He grabbed his handgun... and told investigators he was struck on the head... with a weapon going off... the bullet striking Mrs. Thomas. Although police say they're discounting the burglary theory... they still haven't taken anyone into custody.


Fire Folo

The death of a 51 – year old Ranshaw man over the weekend has been ruled accidental. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grimm said the death of Roxie Bingaman was an accident due to smoke inhalation and burns. Bingham was pulled from his burning house in the 200 – block of Main Street Saturday morning... and air lifted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital. He died Sunday. A state police fire marshal still has not pinpointed the cause of the Saturday's fire in Ranshaw.


Chris Pfaff

Remember Chris Pfaff... a Republican... who ran unsuccessfully back in the 90's for the 107th house seat. He's back in this year's political scene... this time as a democrat... facing another democrat... Ted Yeager... in next week's primary. It's all in an effort to upset incumbent Republican Kurt Masser in November. The 107th district includes four townships in Columbia... all of Montour and parts of Northumberland Counties.


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High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday.... Berwick defeated Holy Redeemer 6 to 4. Southern Columbia downed Benton 16 to 1. Selinsgrove getting by Danville 22 to 11.


High School Girls Softball

In girls softball... Central Columbia just got by Selinsgrove 3 to 2.


Philadelphia Phillies

Two – time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay had a pretty good night on the west coast... as the Philadelphia Phillies got past the San Francisco Giants 5 to 2 Monday night. Halladay struck out six and allowed seven hits in eight innings. The Phil's and Giants face each other Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


Block Party

The countdown is underway to this weekend's block Party in Bloomsburg... aimed at college and university age students. The street party brings thousands of people into Bloomsburg from out – of – town.... and it's a big enforcement event... so says Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. Block Party began in 1993 as a fundraiser... and since that time... it's taken a life its own. The event is not sanctioned by either Bloomsburg University or the Town.


ATV Fatal

Funeral services will be held tomorrow for a 27 – year old Catawissa man... killed in an ATV accident last Thursday in West Virginia. Nathaniel Dobeck died when he lost control of his ATV in Logan County. Authorities telling a Huntington TV station Dobeck was not wearing a helmet. Dobeck's services to be held at the C-J Lucas Funeral Home on Vine Street in Mt. Carmel starting at noon.


Alleged Shooter

Two men are in the Luzerne County jail after being picked up in Montgomery County over the weekend. William Gronosky of Nanticoke... and Kevin Williams of Philadelphia.. both 28... were on the run for two days... after Gronosky allegedly fired two shots at a Pennsylvania State Trooper in West Nanticoke. That incident happened near the Carousel Lounge. Also in custody is 23 – year old Ashley Evans of Nanticoke. She is accused of helping the pair escape.



PennDOT isn't your average Pennsylvania agency that only plows snow and fixes potholes. That word from the agency's Rick Mason telling us an open house will take place on the 26th of the month at the Montoursville office on Jordan Avenue. Mason says PennDOT employees will be on hand to talk about bridge work... and a computer showing current agency job openings.


Elections Director

A landmark meeting is on tap for Monday night for the Luzerne County Board of Elections. It's the first time they've met since Director of Elections Leonard Piazza was fired. Piazza's termination came only weeks before Pennsylvania's April 24th primary. The board won't question Piazza's termination... but are expected to appoint Tom Pizano as interim director.


Murder Suspects

Two Wilkes – Barre men have been charged in connection with an early Sunday morning shooting outside an Allentown bar. Published reports say 37 – year old Amos Muir and 29 – year old Brian Francis... as well as a third man are charged with murder. The trio are now in jail awaiting court action.


Burglary / Shooting

An autopsy is scheduled Monday for 64 – year old Patricia Thomas of Turbot Township... in Northumberland County. Police say she died during a burglary attempt over the weekend at their home. Specifically... Thomas' husband, Robert, was awakened by someone in their home and grabbed his handgun. Thomas telling police he was hit over the head... with his wife killed by a single gunshot. State Police are continuing their investigation... and are not saying if a bullet from Robert Thomas' weapon killed his wife.


Ranshaw Fire

A weekend fire in Ranshaw has led to the death of a 51 – year old man. Authorities say Roxie Bingaman was burned when a fire broke out in his home in the 2-hundred block of Main Street early Saturday morning. A published report says his death was confirmed by a relative. His wife escaped the burning home. Authorities say the fire was due to careless smoking on the part of Roxie Bingaman.


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BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doubleheader from Holy Family Sunday at Hutchinson Field. The Huskies won the first game 7-1 and the nightcap 2-1. Bloomsburg now has a record of 30-10. This Friday the Huskies have a home doubleheader against Lock Haven.


Central Columbia

Central Columbia's sophomore sprinter Ellen Shepard finished first in the 100 meter dash at Saturday's Susquehanna University High School Classic. Shepard also anchored Central's winning 400 meter relay team. At the Purple & White relays in Shamokin, the Southern Columbia boys track & field team finished second to Mount Carmel in the team standings.


Philly Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-4 Sunday to take a three games to none lead in their best of 7 series. Game four will be Wednesday night in Philadelphia.


Philadelphia Phillies

Ty Wigginton and Laynce Nix gave Philadelphia's struggling offense a boost. Wigginton drove in four runs and Nix had a tiebreaking double to support Cole Hammels to give the Phillies an 8 to 2 win over the New York Mets. Monday night... the Phill's are on the west coast to take on the San Francisco Giants. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:40... on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280. The first pitch planned for 10:15.


The Potts Grove Fire Company invites you to their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire company is located off Route 642 between Danville and Milton.


At the Columbia Mall, Loose Ties Model Railroad club has their huge display of trains open from Noon to 4:00 pm.


There is a blood drive today from noon to 5:00 pm at the Columbia Mall.


The Bloomsburg University Concert Band Spring concert is this afternoon at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall on the campus of BU.


The Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Crusaders Rummage Sale until 1:00 pm this afternoon.  The church is located at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.


Capping of National Library Week today is a coffeehouse put on by the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library featuring singer-songwriter Jay Smar.


Today in Bloomsburg Town Park it’s the 3rd annual Believe in Hope 5K Run/Walk.  The race is held annually to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


The Defender Fire Company is serving up a fishermen’s breakfast today.


At Millville Christian Church this afternoon there is a pig roast starting at 4:30 pm.  Menu includes roast pork, mac n’ cheese, baked beans, pickled cabbage, desserts and drinks.  Tickets are $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for your children ages 6 to 12, and free for younger kids.


The Potts Grove Fire Company invites you to their ham and dandelion dinner this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and tomorrow morning it’s their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire company is located off Route 642 between Danville and Milton.


Elysburg Alliance Church invites you out to their contemporary celebration service tonight at 6:30 pm…they invite you to bring a friend…the church is located on Alpha Ave in Elysburg.


There are trains in both Bloomsburg and Danville today.  At the Columbia Mall, Loose Ties Model Railroad club has their huge display of trains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Tomorrow that display will be open from Noon to 4:00 pm.  In Danville, the free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church.


There is a blood drive today at Geisinger Medical Center in Berwick, and another blood drive tomorrow from noon to 5:00 pm at the Columbia Mall.


The Bloomsburg University Concert Band Spring concert is tomorrow at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall on the campus of BU.


Shamokin District

It's going to be a bit different attending the Shamokin Area School District starting next year. The Board of Education Thursday night voted to furlough 22 teachers.... and cut elementary music and arts programs. It's all part of a plan to close an estimated $4 – million budget gap in their overall $30 – million proposed spending plan. Now... kids attending the district won't have music or art classes until they reach the 9th grade. The district must have a spending plan in place by the end of June.


Trout Season

Bait and tackle shops in the area will be busy Friday... as they get fishermen prepare for the opening of trout season Saturday in Columbia and Montour County's... as well as across Pennsylvania. The season begins Saturday morning. You'll find most anglers along Fishing Creek... as well as area lakes.


Take Back

April 28th is designated as a day police departments across Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as cop – shops nationwide... take unwanted and unused prescription drugs off the streets. The day is an opportunity... according to Danville Police Chief Eric Gill... for folks to clean out their medicine cabinets.... and delivering the drugs to the police department for disposal.


Elysburg Ambulance

Elysburg... in Northumberland County... may be on the verge of losing it's volunteer ambulance service. The reason... according to ambulance officers... is fewer members to answer calls 24 / 7 and folks provided emergency medical services are not paying their bills. Elysburg Ambulance serves five townships in Northumberland County... as well as the Knoebels Amusement Resort which hosts up to a million visitors a year.


Hazleton Death

Hazleton police are awaiting the autopsy results stemming from the death of an 89 – year old woman. The Arthur street woman was discovered... and flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where she died. Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea said they don't know if the woman's death was criminal... but they want to know how and why she died.


New Jobs

A manufacturing plant in Hanover Township... in Luzerne County... will soon be adding eighty new jobs. The Certech plant manufactures ceramic molds used to produce aircraft part. The jobs are the result of the state's economic development grant money... and that's allowing the company to consolidate jobs from out – of – state... bringing them to Hanover Township and adding to the 185 jobs currently at the plant.


Winstead Probe

It's been a little more than a week since 14 – year old Tyler Winstead was shot near his Hill Street home in Wilkes – Barre. Now... folks who live in the neighborhood are asking questions... hoping to find answers. Wilkes – Barre police investigators have remained tight lipped into Winstead's murder. A search of a friends home turned up nothing. All investigators have to go on is that Winstead was shot and killed by one of two men in a Ford Focus.


State Auction

An estimated 550 cars, trucks and motorcycles will be up for public bid starting Monday. These are state vehicles which are anywhere from drivable... to certified wrecks. Troy Thompson of the state department of General Services says these auctions are good for buyers... and for the state. The auction to take place starting Monday at 10 O'clock at the Manheim Auto Auction in Grantville, Dauphin County... north of Harrisburg.


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Bloomsburg University

Both the Bloomsburg University baseball and softball teams will take winning streaks into doubleheader action Friday afternoon. The Husky baseball team has won three straight games going into their games today at Mansfield. The Husky softball team has won 4 games in a row going into Friday's doubleheader at IUP.


HS Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday... Berwick defeated Dallas 8 to 1.... Saint John Neuman blanked Columbia Montour Vo Tech 3 to nothing...


HS Softball

In girls softball Berwick got by Dallas 4 to nothing.



The Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins play the second game of their best of 7 playoff series tonight in the steel city. Philadelphia leads the series one game to none.


Philadelphia Phillie's

Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings in his first start of the season last night... as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins, 3-1. Friday night... the Phils open a three game series with the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


PennDOT Grant

It appears the Town of Bloomsburg is in line to get a half – million dollar grant from PennDOT's Aviation division. The Town council approving securing the windfall. It was first believed that the town had to take the money all at once... and match it dollar – for – dollar with local funds. But, that's not the case according to Mayor Dan Knorr. When the town is allocated the money... council can use it a bit at a time... along with matching local dollars.


Sex Assault Alleged

A 35 – year old Danville area man is in the Montour County Jail... charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in 2003 and 2004. James McNaughton denied the charge during an arraignment in front of District Judge Craig Long in Catawissa on Wednesday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.. McNaughton believes it's nothing more than revenge on the part of the now 13 – year old child's mother. After hearing testimony... Judge Long set McNaughton's bail at $10,000... with a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week.


Shamokin Robbery

A Locust Gap man is in custody after he allegedly robbed a Shamokin – area convenience store Wednesday night. There are published reports that Nicholas Birster entered the store on Sunbury Street... telling the clerk on duty that he would stab her if she didn't open the cash register. She did what she was asked to do... and Birster allegedly scooped up the cash. He was captured a short time later... arraigned... and sent to the Northumberland County Jail.


Library Week

So... what has your local library done for you lately... specifically the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street?  A lot... so says library director Hal Pratt.... telling me that landscape has changed dramatically since he rolled into town back in 1984. Pratt says... circulation is up to an estimated 225,000 items a year. There are computers... and the library is branching into the e – book phase. To celebrate “Library Week...” the Friends of the Library are hosting a Coffee House this Saturday starting at 10 O'clock.


Elections Director

Luzerne County has fired its Director of Elections... just two weeks before the Pennsylvania Primary. Leonard Piazza was given the boot in a letter delivered to his home... and comes a couple of weeks after he was suspended without pay following a disciplinary hearing. No word from Luzerne County officials as to why Piazza was fired. The office is now being run by former county commissioner Tom Pizano.


Robert Mellow

He won't be going to Philadelphia after all. Instead, former State Senator Bob Mellow... will be arraigned on corruption charges in federal court in Scranton. The announcement made by the U-S Justice Department. The decision to move the arraignment from Philadelphia to Scranton came following some internal bickering among lawyers. Mellow is expected in court April 27th at 10 AM.


Court Appearance

A Hazleton man accused of kidnapping a pregnant woman was in court on Wednesday. Carlos Cortes allegedly grabbed the woman from a Hazleton ally... with the 22 – year old victim making her escape near Elbervale... jumping from the car and rolling down an embankment. The victim telling a district magistrate Cortes allegedly fondled her before she escaped. The district magistrate ruled there is enough evidence to send the Cortes case to trial in Luzerne County Court.


Officer Cleared

That Wilkes – Bare police officer accused of shooting a home invasion suspect earlier this week is now back on patrol. The Luzerne County District Attorney's office says the shooting was justified. James Rankin was shot after he allegedly robbed and assaulted a couple in their Kidder Street home. The shooting took place when it appeared Rankin was reaching for a weapon. He's recovering from his wound.


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High School Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Loyalsock defeated Bloomsburg 19 to 3... Milton downed Danville 6 to 3... Saint John Neuman edged Benton 9 to 8... South Williamsport defeated Millville 10 to 6... Montgomery getting by Southern Columbia 7 to 6.


High School Softball

In girls softball on Wednesday.... Southern Columbia downed Bloomsburg 8 to 6... Central Columbia defeated Hughesville 14 to 1.



The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Playoffs began last night highlighted by the battle of Pennsylvania. In the first game of best of seven...the Philadelphia Flyers just getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 to 3. Game two is tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.


Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies came out of their three game slump last night... as they defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 1. Roy Hallady allowed one run and five hits, striking out three to collect his second victory of the season. The Phil's and Marlins wrap up their series Thursday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


Brush Fires

Most of the week has been tinder dry... and the showers forecast over the next day or so won't elevate the problem. Earlier this week brush fires were reported in rural areas... one even taking place in the mulch of a Bloomsburg Supermarket. Fire Chief Bob Rupp says carelessness is a big cause of springtime fires... such as cigarette butts being tossed nondiscriminatory. Rain and higher humidity are needed to keep the dangers of brush fires from starting.


Nurse Jailed

A nurse from Northumberland is in the Montour County Jail after she was arrested on felony drug charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 27 – year old Vanessa Rhodes is accused of altering records to allegedly obtain Oxycodone tablets while working at the Grandview Health Homes in late 2010. An internal audit found the problem. Rhodes was arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of with possession of a controlled substance... and is in jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



It didn't take long for Crawford, Incorporated to bring Kidsburg... in Bloomsburg's Town Park to its end. The kids' play area was constructed in the mid - 90's... and since that time... floods and government regulations... as well as age marked an end to the play area. It only took a couple of hours with the help of a back loader... the wooden structure came tumbling down. The remains ending up in a large dump truck, which were hauled away. Kidsburg is expected to be replaced by a play area that is up to date... and conforms to federal government standards.


Karen Boback / Bridges

The Pennsylvania House has okayed legislation aimed at rehabilitating or replacing railroad bridges damaged during last year's flooding. Republican Karen Boback... who represents Columbia, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties in the state house... says her legislation is an important part of recovering from the floods.


Fire Alarm

A late night for Bloomsburg firemen Tuesday night. The town's fire sirens went off around 10:30 when a smoke alarm was activated at student housing in the 300 block of Lightstreet Road. A deputy chief... and two pieces of apparatus arrived on scene... only to find a defective smoke alarm. Firefighters were back in quarters on Market Street within 30 minutes of the alarm.


Tyler Winstead

A funeral service will be held Wednesday for 14 – year old Tyler Winstead who was gunned down on Hill Street in Wilkes – Barre last Thursday. On Tuesday... students at GAR Junior / Senior High School were greeted by counselors on the first day back from Easter break to talk about the shooting. Now... people who live on Hill Street say they're apprehensive... since no one is in custody.



Remember those bullets found in a bathroom of the Hazleton Area School District's 9th grade center last week. School officials now say... they were intended for target shooting at a student's home. State police say a 16 - year old boy gave 83, .22 caliber bullets to a 16 – year old Rock Glen teenager... who stashed them in a waste can intending to retrieve them. But that didn't happen... and the cartridges were found by school custodian's. Now... both teens are charged in the case.


Meth Bust

Two people have been arrested.... accused of making Meth... along Route 118 near Red Rock in Luzerne County. Police say Chris Cragle and Shannon Lewis remain in the Luzerne County Jail. Both face a long list of charges. The meth lab... police say... was in a recreational vehicle near Ricketts Glen State Park.


St Catherine's

The parent company of St. Catherine's Medical Center near Ashland... has filed for Chapter 11th bankruptcy. It happened Monday... weeks after the center was told by the state department of health not to admit patients.... followed by the closing of the emergency room.... and the facilities long term care center. An investigative report by our media partner... Newswatch 16... determined the hospital lacked the basic necessities. Lehighton attorney William Schwab was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to handle the bankruptcy proceedings.


Curley / Schultz

The Dauphin County judge presiding over the perjury case of former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz has scheduled a court date and deadlines for pretrial motions. Curley and Schultz are expected to be in court in Harrisburg for a status conference on June 1st. Both men are charged with lying to a grand jury about what they knew of a shower incident in 2002 involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a young boy. They’re also charged with failing to report the alleged abuse. Curley and Schultz have maintained their innocence and have asked the judge to drop their cases.


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BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team came through with two extra innings walk-off wins against Mansfield Tuesday at Hutchinson Field. The Huskies won the first game 4-2 in 8 innings. They also won the nightcap of the doubleheader 6-5 in 10 innings. Bloomsburg now has a record of 26-8. They will be back in action Friday in a doubleheader at IUP.


High School Sports

In high school baseball Tuesday... Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech defeated Benton 17 to 3. In girls softball... Warrior Run downed Danville 2 to nothing.... and Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech just got by Benton 6 to 5.


Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies will try and snap a three game losing streak Wednesday night... when they take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Roy Halladay will face Josh Johnson. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280. The first pitch to be tossed at 7:05.


Bloomsburg Town Council

The Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night... adopting a no tobacco use resolution for town park. Although the resolution has no enforcement teeth in it... it calls the elimination of tobacco use at Town Park... Streeter and Skateboard Parks... and bocci ball courts. The final vote was 6 to one in favor of the resolution with Mayor Knorr casting the only “no” vote.


Fairgrounds Cleanup

April 21st is being set aside as a massive clean up day of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Hundreds of people are expected to show up with power washers... brooms and other clean up equipment in hand. Fair President Paul Reichart says this one last sweep of the fairgrounds will fix the damage left behind by last September's floods...


Officer Involved Shooting

A Wilkes – Barre police officer is on administrative leave this morning... after he shot an alleged armed home invasion suspect on Monday. Right now... state police... as well as the Luzerne County District Attorney’s office in investigating the shooting. It took place on Laurel Street... the officer pulling the trigger of his service revolver when the suspect failed to listen to instructions. The suspect taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital where he's recovering from his wound.


Kids for Cash

Governor Corbett was in Wilkes – Barre on Monday to put pen to paper... signing two bills which came out of that “kids for cash” scandal. The signing came at the Luzerne County Courthouse.... where the scheme took place. Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were convicted in the scandal in which the pair would sentence juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by their friends. In return... boxes of cash would flow across their desks. Both are serving federal prison terms.


LCCC Probe

There's an investigation underway in Nanticoke... and it deals with some missing money at Luzerne County Community College. Police say the investigation deals with an employee... who at one time... collected money from students to be deposited in the college's account when she worked as a secretary at the Public Safety Training Institute. But auditors have found an estimated $27,000 was missing. No formal charges have been filed... as the investigation continues into the missing money at Luzerne County Community College.


Gas Prices

The price of driving from point A to Point B is getting expensive. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report says self – serve, unleaded – lead regular has increased 21 cents a gallon over the past month... and six cents during the past week. Right now across Northeastern Pennsylvania... it costs us an average of $3.96 a gallon to fill our tanks. You can find cheaper gas at some retailers... but for the most part... it's only a matter of time before prices go over the $4.00 a gallon threshold.


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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will have the 7th of their 15 spring practice sessions tonight at Redman Stadium. The Huskies have the top two rushers in the PSAC returning in Franklyn Quiteh and Eddie Mateo, The Huskies will conclude spring drills April 28th with the annual Maroon & Gold game.


High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Berwick just got by Wyoming Area 4 to 3.


High School Softball

In girls softball... Northwest blanked Millville 22 to nothing...



The Philadelphia Phillies lost their home opener to the Miami Marlins, 6-2, on Monday... at Citizens Bank Park. The loss dropped the Phillies to 1-3 on the 2012 season. Philadelphia and the Marlins tangle... once again... Wednesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280. The first pitch to be tossed at 7:05.


Fairgrounds Car Show

If you thought the car shows at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds over the past few years were impressive... just wait until August. The folks who run car shows at the Carlisle Fairgrounds will work with the Bloomsburg Fair Association and the Dream Machines car club to promote what promises to be one of the biggest shows August 10 through the 12th. Fair association president Paul Reichart says getting Carlisle Events involved was the right thing to do. Since the mid-80's the fairgrounds has played host to car shows... but Carlisle Events became involved when the Bloomsburg Hospital dropped out of the picture after not deciding to host the show. Thousands of car enthusiasts from across the northeast are expected to converge on Bloomsburg for the three day event.


Egg Hunt

What's an Easter weekend without an egg hunt? That was the case Saturday morning when hundreds of kids and their parents showed up at the soccer field next to Bloomsburg Town Park. At the prescribed time... fire equipment sirens sounded... and kids of all ages dashed off into areas marked for age groups... to find the eggs. The event was sponsored by the Bloomsburg American Legion Post. An estimated 7,000 eggs were found... and prizes awarded to participants.


Marino Hospitalized

U.S. Representative Tom Marino... who represents Montour and Northumberland County's... as well as most of northeastern Pennsylvania will undergo surgery Monday. A spokesman for Marino's office says the surgery involves removal of some small tumors located on his kidney. The procedure takes place at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors anticipating a full recovery.


Back Branch Road

PennDOT says motorists in the Lightstreet area may face some flood recovery work this week. The work will take place on Back Branch Road. The agency's Rick Mason says there will be a single lane west of Route 487, with daylight signage and flaggers controlling traffic flow while prime contractor mills and resurfaces that section of roadway. The work on Back Branch Road outside of Lightstreet runs through Wednesday.


State Aircraft

There soon may be some additional oversight of state aircraft. A bill expected to be signed by Governor Corbett would require PennDOT to maintain a publicly accessible log of state owned or leased planes. State Senator Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster says a 2007 report from the Auditor General found that PennDOT did not provide proper oversight of state air travel. The measure received unanimous support from the House and Senate.


Wilkes - Barre Teen

Still no suspects in the shooting death of 14 – year old Tyler Winstead of Wilkes – Barre. The teen was shot and killed last Thursday on Hill Street by one of two men in a car. A motive to the murder is not known. However, police say they looking for a late model Ford. One of the men inside the car opened fire on Winstead. W-B Police says the death of the teen is a top priority.


Nanticoke Home Invasion

An attempted home invasion and robbery over the weekend in Nanticoke. Police say three men tried to barge their way into an apartment in the 300 block of Noble Street early Sunday morning. Several shots were fired. Two people were inside the apartment... but they weren't hurt. The trio remains on the loose.


Shenandoah Shooting

Police have one man in custody... and are looking for a second... in the shooting of a Shenandoah man. 24 – year old Ledis Hernandez was shot in a backyard in the 5 – hundred block of West Coal Street. Captured by police was 18 – year old Alfonso Reyes of Newark, New Jersey. Meantime, a warrant has been issued for 26 – year old Juan Perez... the accused shooter. Hernandez remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.


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BU Baseball / Softball

It was a great weekend for both the Bloomsburg University baseball and softball teams. In baseball, the Huskies won both games of a doubleheader at East Stroudsburg to improve their record to 19-15. At Hutchinson Field, the softball team swept a doubleheader from Clarion. Their record is now 24-8.


High School Track & Field

Three area track & field athletes were double winners at the third annual Selinsgrove Classic on Saturday. Central Columbia sophomore Ellen Shepard finished first in both the girls 100 and 200 meter dashes. In the boys' competition, Southern Columbia senior Matt Moore won both hurdle races, and teammate Tom Shetroma finished first in both the shot put and discus.


Philadelphia Phillies

Andrew McCutchen capped a Pittsburgh rally with a single off the wall in center with two outs in the ninth to lift the Pirates to a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies. Monday afternoon... the Phils are at home when they take on the Marlins in Monday matinee. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 12:35 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


The Masters

In the first major golf tournament of the year... Florida's Bubba Watson winning his first Masters at Augusta.


Block Party

It began as a fund raiser back in 1993... and now it's a spring staple in Bloomsburg. The planning of how to deal with the annual Block Party has been in the works since last spring. That word from Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. One thing... according to the chief... Block Party won't get out of hand as had been the case back in 2007... when at least a hundred people were cited.


Proposed PPL Reactor

Allentown-based Pennsylvania Power and Light says it's not sure if it will ever build a third nuclear reactor... next to its Susquehanna steam – electric station in Salem Township. The Wilkes – Barre Times – Leader is reporting that the company is asking permission from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to take water from the river during construction. However, a spokesman for the utility says there are many issues to look at... even if the NRC gives permission... as late as 2014. At the earliest... and if everything falls into place... the first electricity could be generated by the year 2020.


Sex Assault Allegations

A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested Thursday after being accused of molesting a youngster. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 42 – year old Glenn Teichberg of Railroad Street... is accused of fondling a boy younger than 13 in a Berwick home during 2004 and 2005. Teichberg is charged by police with criminal attempt to commit rape of a child and indecent assault. He's being held at the prison on $50,000 cash bail.


Wilkes - Barre Shooting

Wilkes – Barre police say a 14 – year old boy was shot and killed last night... and they're looking for a suspect. The shooting taking place shortly before 7:30 on Hill Street. Police say they're looking for a burgundy Ford Taurus... one of the people inside the car is believed to have fired the fatal shot.


Hazleton Bullets

Authorities say two 16 – year old boys are responsible for dumping 83, 22 – caliber bullets into a trash can at the Hazel ton School District's Ninth Grade Center this week. State police at Hazleton say the pair was not part of a plot to create mayhem. The two kids have not been identified, but will face charges in Luzerne County Juvenile Court.



It's been a busy week in Harrisburg. The house approving legislation this week on landmark legislation designed to reduce the size of the PA General Assembly. Rep. Tarah Toohill... a Hazleton Republican... says significant cost savings and greater efficiency could result from the reduction in the size of the state house. A constitutional amendment process requires the proposal be passed by two consecutive sessions of the legislature... and approved in a statewide referendum. The bill now heads to the Senate.


Aggressive Drivers

Luzerne County police departments are getting behind a move to crack down on aggressive drivers. Officers from Hazleton to the back mountain area of Dallas are targeting specific roads in order to catch drivers speeding... tailgating... improperly passing or running red lights. The effort is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project which runs through April 29th.


Jerry Sandusky

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was back in a Centre County courtroom on Thursday. The attorney for Sandusky withdrawing several defense motions. The judge is expected to rule on other motions dealing with the Sandusky case next week. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing ten boys over 15 – years. His trial is now set to begin in June.


Romney Visit

Mitt Romney's campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination made a stop near Tunkhannock Thursday. Romney spent less than an hour at Mountain Energy Services... a company that provides water to the Marcellus Shale industry. In his speech to a couple of hundred people... Romney spoke about energy production.... and how the shale fields help Pennsylvania. His visit to Tunkhannock comes a few weeks before Pennsylvania's April 24th primary election.


Community Colleges
Community college presidents, trustees and students descended on the state capitol this week to voice their budget season concerns. PA's 14-community colleges face a roughly 4% budget cut next year. Dr Alex Johnson of the PA Commission for Community Colleges says the proposed budget cuts would have adverse effects. Dr. Johnson says community colleges have a list of shovel-ready projects that exceeds $100-million dollars.


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BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball and softball teams both play doubleheaders Friday afternoon. The baseball team will take a 16-14 record into their games against East Stroudsburg at Litwhiler Field. The first game starts at 1 o'clock. The softball team has a record of 21-7 going into their doubleheader at Lock Haven. The first game begins at 2:30.


High School Basketball

Two local high school basketball players received all state honors this week. Danville senior Andrew Andreychick, who led the Ironmen to a league and district championship, was a second team selection in Class AAA. Benton junior Justine Seeley was named all state for the second straight season. She was a second team selection in Class A.


Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was nearly flawless for eight innings Thursday on the opening day of the 2012 Major league Baseball series. The Philadelphia edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 1 to nothing. Both teams have the day off... they'll do battle Saturday. Catch all the action with the pre – game show on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 beginning at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05.



David Millard / Flood Funding

Thanks to legislation ushered through Harrisburg by Rep. David Millard of Millville... and okayed by the State House... Columbia County will see it's fair share of flood relief. House Bill 1916 calls for $3.5 – million earmarked for the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority for improvements and repairs to the waste water treatment plant on Ft. McClure Boulevard... a utility inundated by September flooding.  The legislation also calls for an estimated 20 – million dollars would be put into position for a Bloomsburg flood wall.



A Jerseytown man is in the Montour County Prison... held on $250,000 bond... after allegedly slashing the throat of a Bloomsburg man Wednesday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition 25 – year old Leslie Smith of Whitehall Road finding David Drucker of Bloomsburg in the apartment of Cassandra Poole in the 400 block of East Market Street of Danville. Smith and Drucker got into a struggle... with Drucker getting a three – inch gash from Smith's utility knife. Drucker was treated and released at Geisinger Medical Center... while Smith appeared before a district magistrate... then hustled off to prison.



A Shamokin Area Elementary school teacher... accused of hitting five kids with his Jeep last week... appeared in a Mt. Carmel Courtroom Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. 38 – year old Victor Swaboski is accused of striking the group... then driving off and hiding. Police arresting him on a long list of charges... including DUI. Swaboski pleaded not guilty sending the case to Northumberland County court. The Judge also lowering his bond from $75,000 to $50,000 cash.


Spring Planting

It's been an interesting spring thus far in Columbia and Montour Counties.... warm weather followed by a distinctive chill in the area... with temps dropping below freezing. If you're an agri – businessman you're now trying to decide when to plant your crops... and take a gamble so says Briar Creek Township Farmer John Zaginaylo. And Zaginaylo says if farmers don't plan it just right... they could lose thousands of dollars worth of seed and fertilizer.


Hazleton / Bullets

A clearing crew was just doing their job this week... when they stumbled upon 83... 22 caliber bullets inside the 9th grade center in Hazle Township. State Troopers spent the day on campus Wednesday looking for clues as to how the bullets got into the building. Authorities say no weapons were found... and at no time were any of the students in danger.


PennDOT Workers

You see them out starting each year at this time... PennDOT employees trying to fix the roads caused by rough winter weather. It's not an easy job... trying to work with cars whizzing by. That has prompted Work Zone Safety Awareness Week... so say PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch. He says since 1970... 83 PennDOT workers have died while working on roads statewide... including a worker who died near Wapwallopen... in Luzerne County back in 1999.


Hazleton Bus Service

That proposed merger between Hazleton Public Transit... and Luzerne County Transportation Authority may not get off the ground... as a matter of fact... the issue has been tabled by Hazleton City Council. That happened during Wednesday night's meeting at the request of PennDOT. The agreement was first okayed last fall... but since that time it was learned that the LCTA is withholding a $129,000 a month payment given to the company by the state for Hazleton bus service.


Real ID

Pennsylvania is poised to become the 18th state to opt out of the federal REAL ID act. Under the law... state – issued drivers licenses would have to meet certain criteria... and would require PennDOT to store information... and link it to other states. Andy Hoover of the ACLU says he's pleased with the action the commonwealth has taken. Governor Corbett is expected to sign the bill into law once it's on his desk.


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BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a pair of high scoring games at Clarion Wednesday. The Huskies won the first game 15 - 7 and lost the nightcap 12 - 7. Bloomsburg now has a record of 16 - 14. The Huskies play a home double header against East Stroudsburg Friday afternoon. The first game starts at 1 0'clock.


High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday Wyoming Valley West defeated Berwick 6 to 3... Shenandoah Valley got by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 9 to 4... Muncy downed Benton 20 to 1... Bloomsburg blanked Lewisburg 10 to nothing... Hughesville downed Central Columbia 10 to 6... Mifflinburg defeating Danville 7 to 4... Montgomery got by Millville 16 to 6 and South Williamsport swept Southern Columbia 12 to 2..



In a major league baseball regular season opener last night... the champion St. Louis Cardinals started the 2012 season where they left off last fall. St. Louis defeating Miami 4 to 1... .in a game which christened the Marlin's new multi – million dollar ball park in South Florida.




Mullgate Folo

The search is expected to be launched soon in order to find a new Town Administrator for Bloomsburg. It was to have started this morning, but the Administrative and Finance Committee of Town Council canceled their meeting. The town's last administrator Ronald Mull... lasted less than two months in the job... resigning last week... after an investigation was launched into alleged violations of town policy. Mayor Dan Knorr says hiring a new person is a high priority. For the time being... the town has extended the contract of former administrator Carol Mass who was expected to retire in January... but stayed on during the Mull transition.... and will be on the job until a new person is hired.


Primary / ID Law

We're only a couple of weeks away from the Pennsylvania Primary... and Columbia County is getting ready for a so – called “soft rollout” of the state's new voter ID law. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says showing up with a picture ID isn't mandatory for the primary... but it will be nice to have. However, if there is no court challenge to the new law... you must have an governmental ID to vote in the November general election.


Rep. Heffley / Jobs Package

A package of legislation to boost job growth called “EmployPA” was put forth by House Republicans this week to help improve the Commonwealth’s business climate... and create more private sector employment opportunities. Rep. Doyle Heffley... a Republican from nearby Carbon County said the initiative is focused on making the state more economically competitive.


Slots March

If you went to any of the state's ten casinos... including Mohegan Sun near Wilkes – Barre... you would have seen March as a busy month. So much so... a spokesman for the PA Gaming Control Board said new records were established.... producing $233 – million in gross revenues.


Kids for Cash

Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill requiring juveniles be represented by attorney at court delinquency hearings. The measure was sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker of Lehman Township in Luzerne County... and comes in the wake of the “Cash for Kids” scandal in which judges received boxes of money for sending kids to for – profit detention centers run by their friends. One key issue of the measure.... ending a practice that allowed juveniles to completely waive the right to counsel at the hearings.


First Night

There won't be any First Night event in Hazleton at the end of the year. Cuts in federal funding have forced the firing of Lena Kotansky as the city's economic development officer... and the organizer. And that means the end to Hazleton's tradition of holding First Night... a family friendly way to bring in the new year. It's been a part of the Hazleton landscape for the past 11 years.


Shickshinny Business

Two more businesses have opened in Shickshinny.... in Luzerne County. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting that a pizza shop wiped out by September flooding is now open... as well as a long – time Pool and Spa business. However, the Wells Fargo bank has been raised.... the company already installing an ATM machine. But, First Keystone says they'll have a new bank built by mid – summer.


Bob Mellow

Federal prosecutors says they don't want the public to see the specifics of what they have against former State Senator Robert Mellow... so they've moved to seal documents dealing with the case. Mellow was indicted on federal charges of using staffers to raise money for his campaign.. and for political work on the campaigns of other candidates. He plans to plead guilty on the charges later this month. In making the request... assistant US Attorney Francis Sempa says he wants the judge in the case to seal all documents... including the motion to seal. No word on when a decision will be forthcoming.


Copper Theft

An investigation is underway into the theft of copper plumbing and wiring from a vacant home across Route 11 from Zartman Construction in Northumberland County. The burglary took place sometime between the first of December and the middle of March... but wasn't noticed until this week. Authorities say the copper was feeding propane and cutting it could have lead to an explosion.


Arson Suspects

Two men... who are members of the Potts Grove Fire Department... accused of starting fires have had additional charges filed. A state police fire marshal has filed three additional sets of arson charges against 19 – year old Zane Snyder of Milton and 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg. Both were arraigned this week in Danville... and the pair could face additional charges for fires in East and West Chillisquaque townships in Northumberland County. Snyder and Jacobs remain lodged in the Montour County Jail.


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BU Softball

Junior pitcher Kate Paine tied a school and PSAC record with 18 strikeouts to lead the Bloomsburg University softball team to a 5-0 win over IUP Tuesday. The Huskies also won the second game 8-0 to improve their record to 21-7. The Huskies play a doubleheader Friday at Lock Haven.


BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team plays a doubleheader Wednesday at Clarion. The first game starts at 1 o'clock.


Women's NCAA Championship

In the women's NCAA basketball national championship game last night in Denver... Baylor became the first NCAA basketball team... women or men... to complete a 40 and nothing season by defeating Notre Dame 80 to 61 last night. The Lady Bears were paced by 6-8 junior center Brittney Griner.. the national player of the year.


Major League Baseball

In a major league baseball regular season opener Wednesday night in Miami, the Marlins play the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. It will be the first game in the brand new Marlins Park. The Phillies season opener is Thursday afternoon at Pittsburgh. That game will start at 1:35. You can hear that game and every Phillies game on News radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.


PPL Proposed Rate Increase

Allentown – based Pennsylvania Power and Light has asked the state's Public Service Commission to put their stamp of approval on an annual revenue increase of nearly $105 – million for distribution services. A company spokesperson says that's about a 2.9% increase... and if approved... would take effect at the start of 2013. Over the past two years... PPL has invested an estimated billion dollars in infrastructure upgrades. If approved... PPL bills would increase an estimated $7 a month... bringing the average residential bill to $118 – a - month. If you want a comparison... in 2010... the average residential customer was paying $137 – a - month for electricity.


State Revenues / Millard

Revenues for the state treasury are looking better than predicted. State Rep. David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says when it comes to actual revenues... against anticipated revenue... the month of March is ahead of the curve. At one time it appeared the current state budget would be anywhere from $400 to $500 – hundred million in the hole. And although the treasure has yet to put final figures together... it's now anticipated that the deficit won't be as bad as expected.


Culver / Flood Relief

State lawmakers are working on bills to assist flood victims of last year's storms. Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury says it's important to help residents recovering from last year's back to back flooding through a measure such as local governments providing tax abatement to flood victims from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A second would allocate $50 – million for bridge repair or replacement projects.


Private Lottery

The Corbett administration has taken the first step toward privatizing the Pennsylvania Lottery. In doing so.. the state has issued a so – called "Request for Qualifications" to pursue a private management agreement for the Pennsylvania Lottery. State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says what's most important is preserving services for older Pennsylvanians. The Pennsylvania lottery is one of the nation's oldest and biggest lotto operations in the country.


Unemployment in the Hazleton – Wilkes – Barre Metro area is down just one – tenth of a percentage point between February and March. It now stands at 8.9%... according to the State Department of Labor and Industry. The department says that the region still leads the state's 14 metro areas with the highest unemployment rate for the 22nd consecutive month.


Kline Twp Accident

A woman is recovering from her injuries after a two vehicle crash in Kline Township near Hazleton Monday afternoon. The accident happened after the still yet – to – be – identified woman's SUV collided with a tractor trailer at State Route 309 and Silver Brook Road. Authorities say the woman was flown to a trauma center for treatment. The big rig's driver was not seriously hurt.


Senator Gordner

Legislation designed to provide a multi – year funding stream for the state's Homeowners Emergency Assistance Program has been okayed by the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. Senator John Gordner of Berwick authored the bill. Money for the program comes from a recent settlement with the nation's lenders to re-institute mortgage assistance in the state. Senator Gordner says the measure now head to the Senate for their consideration.


Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gas across northeastern Pennsylvania continues to climb towards the four dollar a gallon mark. The Triple – A fuel gauge report out Tuesday morning shows the pump prices at the $3.91 mark... that's a penny higher than Monday, three cents a gallon higher than it was a week ago... and fifteen cents higher than a month ago.


E - Dumping

A new state law goes into effect next year.... making it illegal to put old TV and computer monitors in landfills. Both are loaded with toxic materials. At the same time... the law will make it easier to recycle old electronics. The incentive to divert e-waste from landfills comes from the state's Covered Device Recycling Law passed in 2010.


Problem Fish

Is there a problem with small mouth bass in the Susquehanna River? Some have been caught containing lesions... and State Rep Kurt Masser... who represents a portion of southern Columbia County... wants some answers. A freshman Republican... Masser saying over the weekend... he wants to get to the bottom of the issue by chatting with the fish commission. Also concerned is Rep. Lynda Culver of Sunbury.


In WHLM Sports....


High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Tunkhannock downed Berwick 4 to 1.... Montgomery defeated Benton 15 to 3... Hughesville getting by Bloomsburg 3 to 2... Central Columbia downed Lewisburg 12 to 1... Danville blanked Midd – West 5 to nothing... Muncy defeated Millville 10 to nothing... It took eight innings, but St. John Newman just getting by Southern Columbia 7 to 6.


BU Softball

It should be a good match up Tuesday afternoon when the Bloomsburg University softball team takes on IUP in a doubleheader at Hutchinson Field. Bloomsburg has a record of 19-7 while IUP is 16-8. The first game starts at 2:30.


NCAA Men's Championship

In the men's basketball national championship game last night Kentucky downed Kansas 67 to 59. The victory was Kentucky's eighth national title... the first one since 1998.


NCAA Women's Championship

Tuesday night in Denver, the women's final will take place with unbeaten Baylor facing Notre Dame.


Nuke Plant Maintenance

Getting ready to do some maintenance work on Unit 1 of the Pennsylvania Power and Light Steam Electric Station in Salem Township in Luzerne County... north of Berwick. The unit was shut down over the weekend after nearly 300 days of consecutive operation. Workers will replace about 40% percent of the uranium fuel and complete hundreds of scheduled equipment maintenance upgrades.


The Big Event

Despite the rain and chill in the air... hundreds of Bloomsburg University College students did their part to help town residents clean up on Saturday. The University students helping folks up and down Market Street... as well as Town Park... devastated by September flooding.


Big Brothers / Big Sisters

A couple of hundred people turned out Saturday at the P-Nut Bowl in Bloomsburg Saturday. It was for a good cause as the Big Brothers / Big Sisters organization held their annual Bowl for Kids Sake. The event is a major fund raiser, but they also get an allocation from the United Way... as well as individual donations.


Hospital Shuttered

An Ashland – area hospital is not only is banned from admitting new patients.... they can't operate their emergency room or provide out – patient services. That order from the PA Department of Health to St. Catherine Medical Center. The mandate follows an investigation which found alleged violations that may pose a threat to the health and safety of patients. The nearest hospitals to St. Catherine’s is either Shamokin or Pottsville.


Hazleton Area Stabbing

A Philadelphia – area man is in the Luzerne County Prison after he allegedly stabbed his father over the weekend. State police at Hazleton say 49 – year old Gilbert Schaffer, Jr. is facing an aggravated assault charge after allegedly stabbing his 77 – year old father in the back after he intervened in an argument between Shaffer and his mother. Gilbert Schaffer, Senior is in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center being treated for his injuries.


Stabler Viewing

A viewing will be held Wednesday for 19- year old Christoper Stabler of Bloomsburg. He died in a one - car accident at the start of the weekend when he lost control of his car and it overturned on winding road in Fishing Creek Township. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us Stabler wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Two passengers with him were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Wednesday's viewing to take place at Visneski Funeral home in Danville.


WHLM Sports


BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team split a doubleheader with Shippensburg over the weekend at Hutchinson Field. The Huskies won the first game 8-0 but lost the nightcap 12-3. The Huskies now have a record of 19-7. They play IUP at home tomorrow in a doubleheader starting at 2:30.


BU Baseball

Bloomsburg University senior Keith Meyer had 6 hits in 9 at bats Saturday as the Husky baseball team split a doubleheader with Shippensburg. Bloomsburg will take a record of 15-13 into a Wednesday doubleheader at Clarion.


NCAA Men's Basketball

The NCAA men's basketball tournament ends Monday night in New Orleans with the national championship game. Kentucky takes on Kansas in a 9 o'clock start.


NCAA Women's Basketball

In the women's final four Sunday night in Denver... Notre Dame downed Connecticut 83 - 75 in overtime and Baylor defeated Stanford 59 – 47. The women's national championship game will be played Tuesday night.


The Defender Fire Company is hosting an all you can eat breakfast today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


Today is the annual Empty Bowls Banquet at Bloomsburg University from 11:00 am to 2:00 PM in the Kehr Union Ballroom…proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.


The Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra will perform this afternoon at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall in the Hass Center for the Arts.


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