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News Archive Archives for 2012-05

Thursday / May 31, 2012


Susquehanna Power Plant

The Unit 2 reactor at the Susquehanna Steam Electric power plant in Salem Township... near Berwick, was shut down early Wednesday for a planned inspection of its turbine. Workers will inspect turbine blades for any indications of cracking following the discovery of cracks during recent inspections of the Unit 1 turbine. The cracks on the Unit 1 turbine were similar to, but less extensive than, those discovered and repaired on both turbines in 2011. Meantime... workers are wrapping up outage tasks on Unit 1 and are preparing it for restart.
 

Route 487

Following several days of nearly round – the – clock work... Route 487 south of Catawissa is open to traffic. It was shut down late Sunday night following flash flooding caused by several inches of rain in a short period of time. PennDOT crews having to rebuild the road in several sections after it was ripped up by flood waters. However, there are still flaggers as crews put the finishing touches on the repair work.

 

Miller Home Razed

One of the first of nearly a dozen homes in the 900 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg has been torn down. The home of Tony Miller.... and others along the block... were severely damaged during last September's flood. The water moved Miller's two story home off it's foundation and into his backyard... and now with the help of Senator Bob Casey... Miller had the money to get rid of it. Ten others along West Main Street will eventually be purchased through FEMA... and razed.

 

Berwick Meth Lab

Berwick Police getting a surprise on Wednesday when looking for a man wanted for a probation violation. They discovered a meth lab in the basement of a home in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Authorities said they have found six working meth labs... or ingredients to make the drug since the first of the year. Police cordoned off the area... then donned protective suits to dismantle the lab. Several people in the home were arrested.

 

Shenandoah Fire

A fire marshal is expected to rule on the cause of a blaze which caused considerable damage to two homes in Shenandoah on Wednesday. Authorities say the fire was confined to a double home in the 400 block of West New York Street. First due firemen found smoke pouring from the windows on the second floor of 428 West New York. An elderly woman who lived in an adjoining home was led to safety.

 

Tourism Commission

An independent state commission could soon be leading the tourism effort in Pennsylvania... instead of the state. That's one proposal being kicked around by various tourist promotion agencies. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau says he believes a commission is a pretty good idea. Right now the state has budgeted $4 – million... three million in next year's proposed budget to market the state. A commission would allow the smaller associations and TPA's an opportunity to become one voice in order to promote the commonwealth.

 

Button Batteries

They seem to have been around forever... those small, round batteries used in a variety of devices. Now... there's a report out that eight out of every 100,000 kids have swallowed one. Geisinger Medical Center's Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick says the majority of the batteries swallowed pass without complications.

 

Weekend Stats

Pennsylvania State Police figures are in dealing with the number of accidents over the four day Memorial Day weekend. The statistics are about the same as last year-- 13 people killed in just over 800 crashes. One thing that's frustrating to police... 9 of those who died were not wearing seat belts. Troopers cited more than 1,100 people for not wearing seat belts and issued over 100 citations for not securing children in safety seats. They also issued over 9,200 speeding citations and arrested 404 people for driving under the influence. Police say 66 of the crashes, including three of the fatalities, were alcohol-related.
 

Local Unemployment

Unemployment in northeastern Pennsylvania held at 8.7% in April. That word from the state Department of Labor and Industry. That's the same as it was for March... and it was the state's highest jobless rate dating back to April of 2010. Overall... the trade, transportation and utilities sector gained jobs during April... but, professional and business services lost positions.

 

State Unemployment

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5% in March, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the 7.6% February rate. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.2% and has been below the U.S. rate for 47 consecutive months. The state's unemployment rate was down 4 – tenths of a percentage point from March 2011.

 

Bank Robbery

Still no suspect in Tuesday's Snyder County bank robbery. Police say a man strolled into the MCS Bank in McClure... pulled a handgun on a teller and demanded money. The bandit got his cash and fled.

Luckily... no one was injured in that stick up in McClure.

 

In WHLM Sports

Girls Softball

In girls softball Wednesday, in a District 4 Class AA semifinal game Warrior Run defeated Bloomsburg 4 to 3. In Class A... Southern Columbia downed Muncy 3 to 2. In Class AAA; Milton blanked Danville 4 to nothing.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball, in a District 2 Class AAA game, it was Berwick over Nanticoke 2 to nothing.

 

Girls Soccer

In girls soccer, in a state playoff game... Mechanicsburg getting by Berwick 3 to 2.

 

NBA

In game two of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals last night... the Miami Heat downing the Boston Celtics 115 to 111.

 

NHL

In hockey, in game one of the Stanley Cup finals... the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 2 to 1 in overtime.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz slammed a pinch – hit, two – run homer run last night to lead the Phillies to a 10 to 6 victory over the New York Mets. The victory moved the Phillies within three games of the first-place Nationals. The Phil's have Thursday night off. They begin a weekend series with the Miami Marlins Friday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6-30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Wednesday / May 30, 2012


Tuesday Storm

Power has been restored to most of the 2,100 PPL subscribers who lost their juice during the height of Tuesday afternoon's storm. Now... only an estimated two dozen homes and businesses in Bloomsburg and Scott Township are without power according to the utility's website. The storm was associated with a cold front making it's way... west to east... across Pennsylvania.... dropping temperatures in Bloomsburg from an estimated 93 degrees... down to 76 in 45 minutes. The front will bring relief to the region over the next few days lowering temperatures... and reducing humidity.

 

Road Repair

PennDOT crews worked throughout the day Tuesday to preform emergency road repairs on Route 42... south of Catawissa... as well as Route 487... north of McIntyre... and near Ashton Hollow Road. The roads either washed away or undermined by flash flooding. PennDOT's Guy Hubler said he was surprised by the damage. Hubler says he hopes all the work can be wrapped up Wednesday.

 

Arson Suspects

Two former Potts Grove volunteer firefighters waived their rights to preliminary hearings Tuesday... and now head to court to face arson charges. 19 – year old Zane Snyder of Milton and 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg are accused of setting fires in Montour and Northumberland counties... as well as calling in false alarms in Union County. The pair is currently locked up in the Montour County Jail in Danville on bail of $250,000 each.

 

BPD Grant

Expect to see more aggressive traffic enforcement in Bloomsburg... now that the town police department has received a grant from the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz... Sgt. Roger Van Loan says there is a problems with aggressive drivers and pedestrians. Sgt. Van Loan says officers will target the Main Street area of Route 11... as well as Lightstreet Road... where there have been problems between pedestrians and drivers.

 

Luzerne Shortfall

It appears Luzerne County could end their budget year an estimated 4 – million dollars in the hole. That assessment from County Manager Robert Lawton... who told council recently that despite a 2% property tax increase... there is a shortfall in the county's future. Lawton says he'll have a proposal in time to present to the council in July aimed at reducing expenses.

 

Life Sentence

A man found guilty earlier this year in the stabbing death of a Hazleton resident will spend the rest of his life in prison. Rodolfo Hiraldo – Perez was convicted in the stabbing death of Vladimir Ruiz outside a Hazleton bar in early 2011. His sentence was handed down Tuesday. A second man... Angel Sanchez has pleaded to third degree murder in the death of Ruiz... and is awaiting sentencing.

 

Wilkes - Barre Robbery

An 18 – year old teenager is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was charged in connection with an armed robbery over the weekend. Police say Antwoine Tinson is accused of robbing a woman at her home on Carlisle Street. Bail is set at $25,000. Meantime... a 17 – year old juvenile is also charged in connection with the case.

 

Gas Prices

You and I are paying less at the gas pumps these days... thanks to a drop of crude oil prices. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular across northeastern Pennsylvania is averaging $3.52 a gallon. That's down a penny from the weekend... and off five cents from a week ago.

Overall... a gallon of gas has dropped 31 – cents from a month ago.

 

Sunbury Armory

Looking for a large building as an investment. The Sunbury Armory building is on the block. The 18,000 square foot building was used by the Pennsylvania National Guard for years until moving to a new location near Mausdale... in Montour County. 9-and-a-half acres of land is also included with the sale of the building on Armory Road.

 

WHLM Sports

Philadelphia Phillies

It was not a good night for the Philadelphia Phillies. Not only was there a 64 minute rain delay in the 8th inning... but the Phil's lost to the New York Mets 6 to 3. Joe Blanton struggled for the Phils... giving up 9 hits... two walks and six earned runs in five innings. The Phils and the Mets meet Wednesday night for the final game in their current series. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch tossed at 7:10... on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

High School Baseball

Thundershowers late Tuesday afternoon postponed high school baseball and softball playoff games around the region. Most have been rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon. In Berwick... Nanticoke comes to town to play the Bulldogs in the District 2, Class Triple A playoffs.

 

High School Softball

In softball... District 4 Class A... Southern is at Munch at Elm Park. In District 4 class double A... Bloomsburg is at Warrior Run. In District 4 class triple A action... Danville is at Milton.

 

 

Tuesday / May 29, 2012


Tuesday Afternoon Storms

A rough Tuesday afternoon for many of us... as a line of thundershowers moved through the area.The storm downed trees and power lines.... knocking out electricity to an estimated 2000 PPL customers... many of them along the commercial district on Route 11 from Bloomsburg... north into Scott Township. Dispatchers calling out Fire Police to take up positions at intersections... making sure drivers got through the uncontrolled intersections. The storm was associated with a cold front making it's way... west to east... across the state... dropping temperatures in Bloomsburg from an estimated 93 degrees... down to 76 in a 45 minute period of time. The front will bring relief to the region over the next few days lowering temperatures... and reducing humidity.

 

Road Repair

It's difficult to get where you needed to go on Tuesday... south of Catawissa.

A flash flood Sunday night caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes... businesses and roads. But PennDOT crews have been working around the clock to clear and repair the highways.... such as State Route 42 and 487. The agency's Guy Hubler said he's getting all the support he needs to get the roadways back in shape. It's hoped that the repair worker on 42... as well as 487 on the county's south side can be wrapped up late Wednesday.Memorial Day

You couldn't have want better weather across the region Monday... especially in Mifflinville for the 124th annual Memorial Day parade. As hundreds of people lined 3rd Street... as well as Market to view the parade and hear the Catawissa Military Band. The route lead marchers to the Mifflinville Cemetery where Columbia County Commissioner Rich Ridgway delivered the keynote address... asking those at the ceremonies to never forget the veterans and the sacrifices they made to ensure our freedom. Other services were held at Elan Memorial Park... as well as Berwick, Danville and Mocanaqua.

 

DEP Tour

Back Branch Road in Mt. Pleasant Township could be shut down... if water from Fishing Creek erodes an embankment which supports the roadway on a sharp curve. That word from a PennDOT County Manager. During a tour at the start of the weekend with DEP Secretary Michael Krancer... Shawn Hill says additional erosion due to high water could collapse the two lane road. Over the years... Fishing Creek has altered it course. Where the creek now flows was... at one time... the site of a Girl Scout camp.

 

Lottery Ticket

It appears the Danville area has a million dollar lottery winner in it's midst. The Sunbury Daily Item is reporting that a single mother of three... who works at the Danville State Hospital has won a million dollar lottery jackpot. The unidentified woman stopping by the Leighow Food Shop... with the clerk checking two tickets... one of them a million dollar winner. No word as to who the woman is... or when she'll take her ticket to Harrisburg for confirmation of the win.

 

Sunbury Stabbing

Sunbury Police are investigating a double stabbing which took place early Monday morning at an apartment complex. Authorities say four adults and a juvenile were arrested after they alleged stabbed two people. A teenager was treated and released at a hospital.... while an adult is listed in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

Take Home Cars

Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton says he plans to come up with rules and regulations dealing with county – owned vehicles used by employee's to drive to and from work. The issue has been up in the air for some time... now there is word that the county has failed to report the use of those take home vehicles to the IRS. The agency says an employer provided car is a taxable personal benefit.

No word when Lawton will unveil the new rules.

 

Police Chief

The police chief who head's up the Wright Township police department in Luzerne County... will soon take on a new challenge. Chief Joe Jacob will retire at the end of the week after 20 – years on the job... and will become the deputy superintendent of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Department in Harrisburg. He'll supervise an estimated 100 officers who patrol the capitol grounds.

 

Suspect Caught

A Luzerne County man is expected back in the area this week after he was arrested in Philadelphia. 22 – year old George Lee Barnes is charged with murder in the death of 26 – year old Daron Trollinger at the Eagle Ridge Apartment Complex in Edwardsville. Police say Barnes shot and killed Trollinger over a drug deal.

 

Plymouth Man

A Plymouth man is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he allegedly threatened his ex - girlfriend with a handgun. Police say 22 – year old Andrew Drury faces a long list of charges following the Sunday morning incident.

 

WHLM Sports

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three game set with the New York Mets Monday in the Big Apple... and at the end of nine innings... the Phils came out on top 8 to 4. The Phils got a lot of help from Ty Wigginton who tallied six RBI's... with a single... a double and a three run homer. Cole Hamels went eight innings for the win. The Phils and Mets meet again Tuesday night. You can catch all the action with the pre- game show at 6:35... with the first pitch tossed at 7:10... on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

High School Baseball

There is High School baseball playoff action on tap Tuesday afternoon. In District 4 Class AA at Bowman Field in Williamsport... Danville takes on South Williamsport... while Central faces Loyalsock. In District 2 Class AAA... Nanticoke is at Berwick.

 

High School Softball

In high School softball playoff action Tuesday: In District 4 Class A... Southern is at Muncy. In District 4 Class AA... Bloomsburg is at Warrior Run... In District 4 class AAA action... Danville is at Milton.

 

Straight Ahead on the WHLM Morning Buzz


Morning Buzz Preview

Coming up this morning on the morning news on the WHLM Morning Buzz... we'll have the latest on the road situation near Catawissa due to weekend flash flooding... also we were in Mifflinville Monday for their 124th annual Memorial Day parade.... and State DEP Secretary Michael Krancer was in Columbia County at the start of the weekend to take a look at Fishing Creek... and the debris left behind from last year's flooding.... and could Back Branch Road in Mt. Pleasant Township be the next causality due to erosion from the creek. Our news starts at 6 O'clock / Eastern... part of the WHLM Morning Buzz on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

Monday / May 28, 2012


Road Update

Route 487 northbound is open from Elysburg to Ashton Hollow Road . Route 487 southbound is closed from Catawissa to Ashton Hollow Road. Traffic for Knoebel's must use Route 487 northbound. PennDOT crews are working Monday to repair and reopen the closed sections of Routes 487 and 42 in Columbia County. Additional equipment is being brought in from other areas to assist the flood-recovery effort. It is anticipated that Route 42 may be repaired sufficiently to allow reopening the road sometime Monday night. Route 487 may remain closed into Tuesday or Wednesday due to the extent of damage.

Monday / May 28, 2012


Roads Closed
Sections of two traffic routes in Franklin and Catawissa townships, Columbia County, are closed this morning following flash flooding Sunday evening. Due to the flash flooding, Route 487 has been damaged from Route 3003 (Ashton Hollow Road) to Catawissa. The road is buckled, undermined or the surface is peeled off in several areas. A detour will be set up in Northumberland County to warn motorists who want to travel through, but the road will be open to Knoebels Amusement Resort and up to Ashton Hollow Road for local traffic. The detour for through traffic will be Route 54 to Danville then Route 11 north to Bloomsburg and then Route 42 to Catawissa. Traffic will not be able to use Route 42 because it is closed at the Catawissa Creek Bridge. The second road closure is Route 42 from Mcintyre Road to Mountain Road due to debris and the roadway surface being severely buckled just before Mountain Road, which is located by the Catawissa Creek Bridge. A message board will be placed in Aristes to warn motorists until a formal detour is in place. PennDOT crews are attempting to open both roads. There were three bridges in these areas that were overtopped. Bridge inspection teams will be checking them out Monday for any possible damage from the flood waters.

 

What's Happening Memorial Day May 28, 2012


The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Fair this weekend with rides and entertainment.
 

Today the 124th annual Memorial Day parade in Mifflinville is scheduled to leave at 9:00 am from the German School on Third Street. The Catawissa Military Band will lead the parade stopping at the soldier's monument to place a wreath. The Mifflinvlle German School will be open until 11:30 am for tours and refreshments.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center is hosting auditions for their talent show extravaganza Tuesday and Thursday. Next auditions will be held in July. The N4Cs is located in Benton.

 

The Thomas Beaver Free Library has the narrative photo project “Pennsylvania Hands” on display through Thursday. The artist will be at the library at 6:00 PM Thursday for a discussion.

 

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants in an upcoming cancer prevention study. For more information call 888-604-5888.

What's Happening Sunday May 27, 2012


SMILE, will not have their meeting today.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ presents a special Memorial Day service today at 9:30 am.

 

The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Fair this weekend with rides and entertainment. The fair will be open Sunday this year.

 

On Monday the 124th annual Memorial Day parade in Mifflinville is scheduled to leave at 9:00 am from the German School on Third Street. The Catawissa Military Band will lead the parade stopping at the soldier's monument to place a wreath. The Mifflinvlle German School will be open until 11:30 am for tours and refreshments.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center is hosting auditions for their talent show extravaganza Tuesday and Thursday. Next auditions will be held in July. The N4Cs is located in Benton.

 

The Thomas Beaver Free Library has the narrative photo project “Pennsylvania Hands” on display through Thursday. The artist will be at the library at 6:00 PM Thursday for a discussion.

 

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants in an upcoming cancer prevention study. For more information call 888-604-5888.

What's Happening Saturday May 26, 2012


The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Fair this weekend with rides and entertainment. The fair will be open Sunday this year.

 

The chapter B.S. of P.E.O will hold a yard sale today from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm today at First English Baptist Church on Route 42 in Bloomsburg.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church is hosting their huge indoor yard sale today from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located on Summerhill Ave in Berwick.

 

The Royal Order of Raccoons of Columbia County have a pig roast today at Grassmere Park. It starts at 4:00 PM.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club invites you to their monthly car cruise tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Columbia Mall parking lot.

 

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship will meet today at Bloomsburg Community Church.

 

Catawissa borough's town-wide yard sale is going on today from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church hopes you'll join them for an ice cream festival from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. They'll be serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, ice cream, pies and cakes.

 

You're invited out to the first annual Camp Cranium benefit car show today at TPC Power Center in Bloomsburg.

 

Today is the annual Danville Memorial T-Rail Run. It's a five mile course.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open in Danville today from 10:00 am to noon.

 

Today is the annual Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble yoga-thon. Classes are happening all day long at the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage in downtown Bloomsburg. For information call 784-8181.

 

SMILE, will not have their meeting tomorrow.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ presents a special Memorial Day service tomorrow at 9:30 am.

 

On Monday the 124th annual Memorial Day parade in Mifflinville is scheduled to leave at 9:00 am from the German School on Third Street. The Catawissa Military Band will lead the parade stopping at the soldier's monument to place a wreath. The Mifflinvlle German School will be open until 11:30 am for tours and refreshments.

Friday / May 25, 2012


Krancer Visit

Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection Secretary Michael Krancer is expected in Columbia County Friday for a firsthand look at flood damage produced by Tropical Storm Lee last September. An area of concern are the banks of Fishing Creek. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says they're in such bad shape due to debris... the flow of the stream could be impeded during a high water event.

 

PPL Rates

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has voted to investigate PPL Electric Utilities request to increase its electric distribution rates. Under the company’s proposal, the monthly bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh would increase about $7.00. The request is now suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to a judge for public hearings and a recommended decision or settlement.

 

Holiday Weekend

The Memorial holiday weekend is upon us... the unofficial kick off of the summer season... and it appears lower gas prices will prompt us to get out on the road during the three day weekend. The Triple A says many of us are headed for the beach... or shorelines of streams or lakes.

 

Blood Supply

It won't be a holiday weekend for the folks from the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. They'll be on duty... making sure blood supplies are adequate in case of a major accident or disaster... which they hope... won't happen. Sue Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says the organization needs to collect anywhere from 300 to 350 pints a day to keep the blood supply up to par in Northeast PA.

 

Hazleton District

The Hazleton Area School Board did what it had to do to make ends meet. They tentatively approved their 2012 – 2013 budget Thursday night... and calls for the elimination of 13 positions... and an increase in property taxes. The reason... the district is facing a $1.5 – million shortfall. The board hopes the gap is closed somewhat after the state legislature releases final education funding figures.

 

Crestwood District

Nine staffers are expected to be cut in the Crestwood School District at Mountaintop. During a School Board meeting Thursday night... the 2012 – 2013 proposed budget was approved on a 5 to 3 vote. The cuts include a half – dozen elementary teachers... all designed to close a budget deficit.

 

Alledged Bank Robber

The Harveys Lake man accused of knocking off the PNC Bank in Mocanaqua earlier this month... is now charged with robbing two others. Girard Kalinay is now accused of topping the Luzerne Bank in Dallas Township last November... as well as a bank in Wyoming County... in order to pay off credit card debts. Kalinay was arraigned Thursday at a District Magistrate's office in Shickshinny... and sent to the Luzerne County Jail in Wilkes–Barre.

 

Freeland Police Chief

Freeland... in Luzerne County... will soon be looking for a new police chief. Nadine Sist tendered her resignation... effective immediately... deciding to peruse other interests. She was first hired two years ago. Now.. it's up to Freeland City Council to accept her resignation... and that could come during their meeting on June 4th...

 

Ciavarella

The attorney's for former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella is asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to toss convictions not related to tax evasion counts.... grant a new trial or vacate Ciavarella's nearly 30 – year sentence. If you recall... Ciavarella was the judge involved in that “cash for kids” scheme... in which he sent teens to juvenile detention centers run by his friends... and got boxes of money in return.

 

Fish for Free

Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots this holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Memorial Day on Monday... marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish For Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents to legally fish in Pennsylvania. No fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. More information about Fish-for-Free Days is available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website.

 

In WHLM Sports...

High School Softball

there was plenty of HS Softball Playoff action Thursday... In the District 4 Class Single A Southern Columbia defeats Cowanesque Valley 8 to 1.

 

District 4 Class Double A... Bloomsburg blanks Towanda 4 to nothing... Warrior Run downs Central Columbia 5 to 1...

 

District 2 Class Triple A... Berwick tops Pittston 3 to 2...

 

Track & Field

A number of area athletes will be competing for medals at the state track & field championships which begin Friday at Shippensburg University. The championships conclude late Saturday afternoon.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies on the road Thursday night to start a seven game road trip... and they didn't disappoint. At Busch Stadium in St. Louis... the Phills getting by the hard – charging Cardinals 10 to 9. Shane Victorino and Freddy Galvis each had three RBIs, with Galvis knocking in the tiebreaker in the sixth inning. Both teams meet Friday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show at 7:40... with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Thursday / May 24, 2012


Berwick Road Reconstruction

For the past year or so... Berwick has been a traffic nightmare... as crews install new water and sewer lines... leaving the roads a mess. Starting next month... Barletta Construction with try to right the wrongs by reconstructing Front and Second... as well as some side streets. During a meeting in Berwick on Wednesday, Barletta's Andrew Kwarcinski said the biggest hurdle will be the weekend of June 22nd when the Berwick – Nescopeck bridge will be shut down for two days. That's the same weekend of the Bassmasters Fishing Tournament at Test Track Park. The entire project is expected to last through September. Repaving work begins June 9th.

 

Job Fair

There were employment opportunities to be had during Wednesday's Job Fair at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. Area businesses were showing what they had to offer to prospective employees. One was the Benton Foundry... and the company's Lou Sappe' said he talked to a lot of folks... many of whom have been out of work for some time. Sappe' most of the folks he chatted with had a background in construction or been in a factory environment previously. But whatever the case there are jobs depending on work history and the level of skill a applicant brings to the table.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Scare

Bloomsburg Volunteer firemen were out last night... specifically around 8:30 in the 300 block of Catherine Street. Fire Chief Bob Rupp says the home's tenant spotted smoke coming from the chimney... and they thought that was unusual... so they called the fire department. Firemen checked out the basement of the two – story, half double home and found nothing out of the ordinary. Early in the evening... firemen were called to 500 Honeysuckle Court after a burned piece of french bread triggered the building's alarm.

 

Coach Arraigned

That high school football coach indicted by the feds for allegedly producing kiddie porn has pleaded not guilty in Scranton Federal Court. Joesph Ostrowski... the former coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre... was then hustled out of the courtroom and back to jail. If convicted... Ostrowski could spend more than 15 years in prison.

 

Purse Snatching

Another day... another purse snatching in Hazleton. This time an elderly woman sitting on a bench near Mine and Church Streets was ripped off by a man who swiped her purse Wednesday. It's the fifth incident of this type in the Hazleton area over the past couple of weeks. If you have information about the series of purse snatchings... give Hazleton Police a call.

 

Suspect Sought

The search continues for an Edwardsville man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting a week ago. George Lee Barnes is wanted by police stemming from a shooting outside an apartment complex. He was last seen a little more than a week ago... but since then... he's remained on the lamb. Barnes is wanted in the shooting death of Daron Trollinger outside the Eagle Ridge Apartments.

 

Sewer Plant

Northumberland will soon let bids for the construction of a new sewage treatment plant. The Sewer Authority voting to spend $9 – million to replace the current plant which has been around since the late 1960's. The new, updated plant will be built at the current plant's location on Water Street. An option considered and rejected was hooking up to the Sunbury system. Still to be decided... how to pay for the new plant.

 

Road Work

That paving work in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Mifflinville should be wrapped up late Thursday. Crews have been paving from the Mifflinville interchange... moving to the east at a slow pace and that has shut down lanes and tied up traffic. The project should be wrapped by 7 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Softball

In the waning days of the 2011 – 2012 school year... there are still some softball games to be played. Thursday afternoon... in the District 4 class single A playoffs.... Cowanesque Valley is at Southern Columbia. The District 4 Class double A playoff's find Bloomsburg at Towanda... and Central at Warrior Run... while the District 2 Class triple A playoffs finds Pittston at Berwick. All games get underway at 4:30 this afternoon.

 

NBA Playoff's

The Philadelphia 76er's and the Boston Celtics are headed into game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Sixers defeating the Celts Wednesday night 82 to 75. The win tied the teams at three games apiece. The two teams meet for Game 7 Saturday night in Boston.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Cole Hamels tossed eight shutout innings Wednesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Washington Nationals 4 to 1 in their series finale. The score card shows Hamels allowed four hits, three walks and struck out eight to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Phil's now travel to St. Louis to meet the Cardinals tonight in the first game of a weekend series. You can catch all the action of Thursday night's contest starting at 7:40... with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15... on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Wednesday / May 23, 2012


Murder Charge

A 38 – year old Benton man faces a preliminary hearing later this month after he was charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Abe Kline is accused of the shooting death of 35 – year old Jocelyn Romano at their Coles Creek Mill Road home in Sugarloaf Township last week. Kline then turning the weapon on himself... but survived and is now at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. State police tell us Kline was arraigned in his room... and charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault

 

Flood Buyout

It's been a long time in coming.... the approval of an application to the feds by Bloomsburg for the buyout of 11 flood – damaged properties along the 900 block of West Main Street. Word of the $1.2 - million FEMA dollars earmarked for the buyout was pretty good news for Mayor Dan Knorr. The Mayor says the state will kick in 22 percent of the 1-point-2 million... with the town treasury picking up the remaining three percent. The buyouts should be completed by early fall.

 

Central Columbia Budget

On a vote of 8 to 1... the Central Columbia School District's Board of Education has approved their 29 – million dollar operating budget for the 2012 – 13 school year. Superintendent Harry Mathias says the budget includes the establishment of a new kindergarten program... and nearly a million dollars for the renovation of the district's aging high school. The plan does include a property tax increase... the final numbers depend on the assessed valuation of your home.

 

Pipe Replacement

If you use the Beaver Valley Road to get to or from work... you might have to use a detour. A PennDOT maintenance crew will preform an emergency pipe replacement today along the Beaver Valley Road. Crews will replace two 24 – inch diameter pipes between the intersections with Mountain Shadow Lane and Mountain Road... about a mile west of the Columbia / Luzerne County line. The work should be wrapped by the end of the day.

 

Berwick Meeting

PennDOT and Hazleton – based Barletta Construction will hold a meeting Wednesday afternoon in Berwick dealing with the planned re-construction of Route 11... which includes Front and Second Streets. Both streets are already a mess due to the installation of water and sewer lines... and the new construction would take place after initial work is completed. The meeting begins at 2 O'clock at the Reliance Fire Hall on West Third Street in Berwick.

 

Luzerne County

It appears Luzerne County government could be looking at a 4 – million dollar shortfall this year. During a meeting of the Luzerne County Council on Tuesday... manager Robert Lawton says despite a 2 percent increase in property taxes... that's still not enough. Lawton says he'll take a look at the issue and have specific solutions in hand by the council's July meeting. And that may mean reducing expenses in order to cover the projected deficit.

 

Seat Check

If you're a parent or grandparent... and you transport little one's around in your car with a child safety seat... is it up to par... and more importantly... is it safe. That's the essence of a safety check Saturday... at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street... conducted by the Bloomsburg Police Department. That safety check to be conducted Saturday starting at 10 AM.

 

Wilkes – Barre Meth Lab

A Wilkes-Barre father and son have been busted for making meth at their Church Street home. 40 – year old Jeff Dayo, Sr... and his 17 – year old son, Jeff Jr... are facing a slew of drug charges after police found the pair cooking meth in the basement. A 16 – year old girl... a runaway from Nanticoke... was not charged. Drug agents in protective suits spent the day dismantling that meth lab in Wilkes-Barre.

 

Wilkes – Barre Arrest

Investigators say they have a man in custody... accused of robbing a Turkey Hill Store in Wilkes-Barre. 22 – year old Damon Millan of Nanticoke is accused of knocking off the story at Carey Avenue and Division Street earlier this week. Millan was found at the Hanover Township home of David Hermanoski... who was also arrested. Discovered in Hermanoski's home... cigarettes... allegedly stolen from the Turkey Hill Store in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Paterno Pension

Joe Paterno earned a state pension of $13.4 - million for his 61-year coaching career at Penn State. The Paterno family... announcing through a spokesman... that Paterno's widow, Sue, will receive an initial payment of $10.1- million by the end of May... with the rest to be paid out over the next two years.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... in the District 4 Class double A playoffs... Danville defeated Towanda 7 to 2... In District 2 Class triple A... Berwick beat West Scranton 8 to 3.

 

High School Softball

In high school softball Tuesday... in the District 3 Class double A playoffs.. Central Columbia blanked Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 10 to nothing... and Benton downs Sullivan County 16 to 6.

 

NBA Playoffs

Lebron James scored 30 points Tuesday night... as the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 115 to 83 in the NBA East semi – finals. The two teams meet again Thursday night.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Try as he might... but without a supporting cast.... Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies took it on the chin Tuesday night. The Phils were defeated by the Washington National's 5 to 2. Halladay and Company giving up ten hits. The final game of the three game series is tonight at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Tuesday / May 22, 2012


Buyouts

Eight months after the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee... finally some relief for property owners. U.S. Representative Lou Barletta announcing late Monday that three dozen flood – damaged homes in Columbia County will be bought out by the feds at a cost of $3.8 million. Barletta says 23 – properties are in Fernville... with eleven others in the 900 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. The money comes from FEMA's Flood Mitigation Program... channeled through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. What's not known... is how quickly the money will come into the area.

 

Job Fair

Are you unemployed.... pounding the pavement looking for a job? On Wednesday you can do some one stop shopping... as the Pennsylvania Career link holds a job fair at the Columbia Mall. The Career Link's Penny Hess telling us dozens of businesses will be on hand with job opportunities. The job fair in the corridor of the Columbia Mall is Wednesday starting at 11 O'clock.

 

Blood Donations

They're are many blood drives on tap across northeastern Pennsylvania this week... including one scheduled for today at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That's the latest stand alone blood donation center. Sue Norton of the Bloomsburg chapter of the American Red Cross says they're getting a regular crowd among early morning walkers. And Norton said with Memorial Day weekend fast approaching... additional units of blood are needed to keep supplies and reserves up to par in case of any catastrophe.

 

Plea

A Shamokin man has pleaded guilty to throwing a three month old pit bull down the side of a mountain earlier this year. Michael Wolf admitted to tossing the puppy over an embankment in Coal Township. In a courtroom in Sunbury... the judge handing Wolfe 90 days of house arrest and two years probation. Ex gal pal Angelina Coladonato is expected to plead guilty to lying to police. The pit bull... now named Harper... is recovering from injuries at a Sunbury no – kill shelter.

 

Barn Fire

A state police fire marshal says the weekend fire that destroyed a three story barn in Rockefeller Township near Paxinos was accidental. Fire Marshal Norm Fedder says the $200,000 blaze was sparked by a child playing with a lighter. Some equipment and an estimated 400 bales of hay were destroyed by the flames. No animals were inside the building

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania continues to drop just before the memorial day weekend. A check of service stations shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.59 a gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania... down a penny from the weekend... down eight cents from a week ago... and 32 – cents less than a month ago.

 

Tamaqua Pool

The community pool in Tamaqua is expected to be open early next month. Over the past few weeks... workers drained out excess water... cleaned it... applied a coat of paint... then started filling it. Everything should be ready by the pool's June 2nd opening.

 

Meth Lab

A meth lab near Nesquehoning... in near – by Carbon County has been shut down by police. The lab was spotted in a wooded area off West Mussmano Avenue. Police say the incident is under investigation... and there's no word if anyone was arrested in connection with the discovery of the lab.

 

Burglary

Authorities are looking for the individual's responsible for a home burglary along Devil Hole Run Road in Pine Township. The home is owned by New Jersey residents. State police at Bloomsburg tell us a half dozen weapons were taken in the burglary which occurred sometime between the first of the year and this weekend. Most of the weapons were shotguns... but a .22 - caliber and a 30-30 rifle were also taken. If you have information about the burglary... call state police at Bloomsburg.

 

Sandusky Trial

The June child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be delayed. The one-sentence order by Judge John Cleland did not explain his reasons, but it means the case will very likely begin with jury selection inside the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte in two weeks. Sandusky lawyer, Joe Amendola had asked for the delay on May 9th, arguing that he needed more time to find and interview witnesses. The 68 – year old Sandusky faces 52 criminal court of alleged abuse of ten boys over a 15 – year period of time.

Monday / May 21, 2012


Flood Buyout / Breaking News

 

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced Monday afternoon that almost three dozen flood-damaged homes in Columbia County will be bought out at a total project cost of almost $3.8 million. These 34 “substantially damaged” structures will be acquired and demolished to reduce future flood damage, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The total project cost is $3,784,094. The federal share of the buyout is $2,838,070.50. Twenty-three properties are in Fernville, Hemlock Township; the total project cost of the Fernville buyouts is $2,105,003 (with a federal share of $1,578,752.25). Eleven properties are in Bloomsburg; the total project cost of these buyouts is $1,679,091 (with a federal share of $1,259,318.25). FEMA obligates the funding directly to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which then funds the eligible recipients. The buyouts are funded through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. “These buyouts are great news for property owners who have been flooded. I’m happy and proud to tell these families that they will no longer have to suffer through repeated flooding and the process of rebuilding their lives,” Rep. Barletta said. “I know many people in these areas suffered greatly during the September floods, and I hope these families will be able to live without worrying about flooding again. I wish them good luck.”

 

Masser / Budget

The State House will reconvene this week... and top of mind is giving the senate version of the budget a quick once over. During a recent interview... Republican Kurt Masser who represents southern Columbia County... as well as well as Montour and Northumberland said he has some funding concerns especially in the area of health care... and education. Some lawmakers hope to have the budget to Governor Corbett by mid - June... since it must be signed into law by June 30th.

 

Teen Star

We have a winner in Sunday's First Columbia Bank Teen Star competition. She is Leah Bergstrom... a senior at Benton High School. Ms. Bergstrom was one of a dozen competitors who took the stage at Haas Auditorium on the BU campus Sunday. Dante Green of Bloomsburg finished second... and Carlynn Wolf of Berwick finished third. The 12 finalists were judge by WBRE's Kyla Campbell... Todd Campbell, a BU music professor and American Idol finalist Aaron Kelly of neighboring Sullivan County.

 

Purse Snatcher

Hazleton police are looking for a purse snatcher who preys on elderly women. The latest incident took place over the weekend at the corner of South Laurel and Hemlock Streets. Police say 67 – year old Maria Rivera was had just left a bank... and was returning home.. when she was accosted by a dark skinned man... and her purse stolen. If you have information dealing with the purse snatching... call Hazleton Police.

 

Rail Car

That passenger train rail car... once used as part of a diner.. at the Market Square Complex in Wilkes – Barre will soon be a memory. Over the weekend a Blakely recycling dealer purchased the car for $5,000. Now... Jim Williams will have to move it to his business... where it will be cut up and sold for scrap.

 

Post Office Naming

A Luzerne County Post Office may soon have a new name. U-S Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton says once President Obama signs legislation he authored... the post office in Pittston will be named after PA State Trooper Joshua Miller. He was shot and killed in the line of duty two years ago while rescuing a 9 – year old kidnapped boy.

 

I-80 Paving

If you use Interstate 80... you'll be running into some travel trouble spots this week... as crews continue work on that $50 – million bridge project over the Susquehanna River. PennDOT says starting Monday... and going through Thursday... there will be some daylight lane closures along eastbound I-80 starting at the Mifflinville interchange. The closures will go east to mile marker 243 while paving operations are underway. The paving projects last until 7 PM each day.

 

Judge Charged

State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been charged will illegally using her taxpayer funded staff in her campaigns for a seat on the state's highest court. Orie Melvin said outside court that she will vigorously defend herself against the nine criminal charges. Although she has been suspended. she remains a supreme court justice... still being paid her $195,000 a year salary.

 

WHLM Sports

Track & Field

The Southern Columbia boys track & field team won their first ever District 4 team title on Saturday at Athens High School. Senior Matt Moore won both hurdle races and three other Tigers won gold medals. In the girls competition, Central Columbia sophomore Ellen Shepard set a district record in the 200 meter dash and won four gold medals in helping the Blue Jays to finish second behind Montoursville in the team standings. The High School tack & field season concludes with the state championships starting Friday morning at Shippensburg University.

 

NBA Playoffs

In Boston Monday night... it's game five of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. That series is tied at two games each. The Miami Heat and Indianapolis Pacers are tied at two game each after the Heat's 101 - 93 win on Sunday.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Cliff Lee is still searching for his first victory of the season. Lee surrendered five runs in the first three innings on Sunday... as the Boston Red Sox downed the Phil s 5 to 1. The Washington National's come a callin' Monday night at Citizens Bank Park as they begin a three game series with the Phil's.

You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show Monday night at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

What's Happening Sunday May 20, 2012


This is the final weekend to catch Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's performance of “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play.” Show times are this afternoon at 3:00. The show is for mature audiences.

 

PA Pets will host a breakfast fundraiser this morning at Applebees on Route 11 in Bloomsburg from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Orangeville Nursing and Rehab Center will have their annual spring bazaar today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Football boosters will sponsor a memorabilia auction today at 1:00 PM at the middle school cafeteria.

 

And, the second annual First Columbia Teen Star musical competition finals are this afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Haas Auditorium on the Bloomsburg University campus. You can hear the competition on the WHLM Stations tomorrow evening starting at 6:00 PM.

What's Happening Saturday May 19, 2012


The Montour County Area Relay for Life continues today at the Southside Fire Company in Riverside. Events are happening until 3:00 this afternoon...to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

 

Today at Bloomsburg University it's the annual Trash to Treasure Yard Sale in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center...proceeds benefit the Columbia County United Way.

 

The 5th annual Bloomsburg YMCA Yard sale is happening today until 1:00 PM.

 

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is hosting another breakfast for a donation today to raise money for Your Loving Choices and Camp Victory.

 

The Washingtonville Fire Company is serving up an all you can eat breakfast buffet today.

 

Your Loving Choices is walking for life at Bloomsburg Christian Church today.

 

In Bloomsburg Town Park, it's Jorge's Orange Tree walk to defeate ALS.

 

The Lions Club Motorcycle Tour is today. The ride will leave from Lewisburg and travel to Elysburg...funds are being raised to support diabetes services.

 

At the Montour Delong Fairgrounds this afternoon there's a chicken pot pie dinner from 4:00 to 7:00.

 

The Berwick Summer Concert Series begins today with Stained Grass Window at Test Track Riverfront Park at 6:00 PM.

 

This is the final weekend to catch Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's performance of “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play.” Show times are tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. The show is for mature audiences.

 

PA Pets will host a breakfast fundraiser tomorrow morning at Applebees on Route 11 in Bloomsburg from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

 

And, the Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Orangeville Nursing and Rehab Center will have their annual spring bazaar tomorrow from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Football boosters will sponsor a memorabilia auction tomorrow at 1:00 PM at the middle school cafeteria.

 

And, the second annual First Columbia Teen Star musical competition finals are tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Haas Auditorium on the Bloomsburg University campus. You can hear the competition on the WHLM Stations tomorrow evening starting at 6:00 pm.

Friday / May 18, 2012


DEP Tour

The head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is expected in Columbia County next Friday. The goal of Michael Krancer is to get a firsthand look at damage left behind by last September's flood. Krancer will get a close up look of the damage caused to West Main Street in Bloomsburg... as well as Back Branch Road in Mt. Pleasant Township... and the Orangeville area.

 

Kurt Masser

A pretty good turnout for a mini sportsman's expo in Shamokin last night hosted by state representative Kurt Masser. Since he serves on the Fish and Game Committee of the house... he wanted to give something back to his constituents. However, there is one problem area... fish in the Susquehanna River turning up with dark – colored lesions... but Rep. Masser says it isn't a Susquehanna – specific problem. Representatives from state game... the fish and boat commission... as well as the National Wild Turkey Federation were on hand to present workshops dealing with hunting and fishing.

 

Teen Star

Some of the best musical talent in the area will be on stage this weekend at the Haas Center for the performing arts on the Bloomsburg University campus. They will showcase their talent in the First Columbia Bank and Trust Company Teen Star competition. American Idol veteran... Aaron Kelly of neighboring Sullivan County will be one of several judges looking over the future stars. The competition gets underway Sunday at 2 PM... followed by a 6 O'clock replay on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & www.whlm.com.

 

PPL Problem

A PPL electrical transformer shook up the neighborhood around Market and 8th street Thursday afternoon. The transformer... mounted on a pole along the 800 block of Market... apparently malfunction.... sounding like an explosion. The Bloomsburg fire department responded... but there wasn't much they could do except stand by. PPL's web site outage map showed a little less than a dozen people were affected by the problem.

 

Nanticoke Fire

Fire investigators say that a fire that destroyed a garage on Arch Street in Nanticoke on Thursday is the work of an arsonist. As a matter of fact... police say they plan to arrest two juveniles in the case. The fire was confined to the garage... next to a home that has been vacant since last September's flood. Authorities say the garage and a 23 – and – a – half foot boat were destroyed by the flames. It's the third arson fire to hit Nanticoke during the past few weeks.

 

Hazleton Home Invasion

A Hazleton family is safe following a home invasion early Thursday morning. Hazleton police say they were called to a home at the corner of Cedar and Chestnut Streets. The family telling investigators that several intruders held them at knife point while they ransacked the home. All then fled in an unknown direction.

 

Edwardsville Shooting

Police in Edwardsville... in Luzerne County... have no one in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a man near an apartment complex earlier this week. They say 26 – year old Daron Trollinger was pronounced dead at the scene. A few minutes later... a second Edwardsville man was shot and wounded in another part of the borough. Police should know today if the shootings are connected.

 

Barletta / Internships

Looking to do an internship this fall... and enjoy politics... well... 11th District congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton may have something for you. Mr. Barletta says several internships are available in his Washington and northeastern Pennsylvania district offices this fall. You have to be over 18 to apply... and the internships are flexible. Interested... contact Representative Barletta’s office.

 

Coal Twp. Accident

An 18 – year old driver had a close call in the Ferndale section of Coal Township Wednesday. Sierra Smeltzer telling police the brakes went out on her father's Ford F-150. Her truck ended up crashing into two parked cars after going through a busy intersection... and down a steep embankment. Ms. Smeltzer was not injured.

 

In WHLM Sports...

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Berwick getting by Wyoming Area 5 to 1... Bucktail Area downed Benton 15 to 3... Saint John Neumann blanked Millville 12 to nothing... Bloomsburg defeated Southern Columbia 13 to 1.

 

High School Softball

In girls softball... Central Columbia downed Selinsgrove 10 to nothing... Wyoming area defeated Berwick 4 to 3... Benton getting by Bucktail Area 8 to 4... Columbia Montour Vo Tech blanked Sullivan County 15 to nothing.

 

Track & Field

Many area track & field athletes will be competing in the District 4 championships tomorrow at Athens High School. The top two finishers in each event plus those that meet qualifying standards will advance to the state championships in Shippensburg next weekend.

 

NBA Playoffs

In the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers are at home against the Boston Celtics. Boston leads the series two games to one.

 

NBA Eastern Conference

In the other Eastern conference semifinal series Thursday night.. The Indiana Pacers extinguished the Miami heat 94 to 75. Indiana now leads the best of seven series 2 games to 1.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz had five RBIs behind Roy Halladay as the Philadelphia Phillies broke through the 500 barrier Thursday night. The Phil's defeating the Chicago Cubs 8 to 7 at Wrigley Field.Friday night... the Phil's are back home at Citizens Bank Park to take on the Boston Red Sox in a weekend series. You can hear all the action starting at 6:30 with the pre – game show. The first pitch to be tossed out at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / May 17, 2012


Missing Fish

State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating an unusual occurrence. They say someone got into the Fishing Creek Sportsman Club building near Benton... overnight Wednesday... and released an estimated 7-thousand fish into a near by creek. Police are handling the release as a case of criminal mischief. If you have information dealing with the release of the fish... call state police at Bloomsburg.

 

Alumni Weekend

It's alumni weekend starting Friday on the Bloomsburg University campus. The class of 1962 will be in the spotlight... when the facility was known as Bloomsburg State Teachers College. The weekend kicks off with an Alumni Network Leadership Conference this Friday at the newly – renovated Sutliff Hall.

 

Trash 2 Treasure

A lot of preparation work has been going on to make this Saturday's Trash to Treasure sale on the Bloomsburg University campus unique. The event is a fundraiser for the United Way of Columbia County. The sale gets underway at 9 O'clock Saturday... in the Kerr Union.... with folks getting their hands on early bird specials starting at eight. But, you must have a ticket from the United Way to do that.

 

Gas Leak

Traffic is flowing smoothly around the Route 11 and 42 interchange Thursday... after a major natural gas leak shut down that part of the road at midday Wednesday. That stranded thousands of drivers who use that part of the road to go to Danville and Catawissa... as well as get into Bloomsburg and Buckhorn. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that a UGI Gas crew cut the line with an excavator while trying to find and repair a reported leak. No one was injured... but at one time an evacuation of the area was considered... which included the W.W. Evans Elementary School on Perry Avenue.

 

Muncy Prison

Five employees of the Muncy State Prison are out of the hospital after being exposed to a white powder in the facilities mail room on Wednesday. No one is saying what the powder is. The contents were in an envelope sent to an inmate... containing a return address. The FBI... as well as the U-S postal service are teaming up to investigate the incident at the Muncy State Prison.

 

Edwardsville Shooting

One person is dead as the result of a shooting overnight in Edwardsville... in Luzerne County. The person who died was shot at the Eagle Ridge Development on Beverly Street. The sub-division was locked down for a while. Meantime... police say a second person was shot and wounded on Main Street in Edwardsville. No word if the two shootings are connected.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton police are trying to find the person responsible for a stick up of a Turkey Hill convenience store early Wednesday morning. It took place when a man with a handgun strolled into to the store at 15th and Alter Streets. The bandit threatened a clerk and walked out with an undetermined amount of cash. If you have information about the stick up at the Turkey Hill Convenience store... give Hazleton Police a call.

 

Hazleton Schools

The Hazleton Area School board says it will have a 2012 -2013 budget in place before the June 30th deadline. However... it contains a deficit of $1.5 – million. The budget gap will be filled by furloughing six teachers... and raising property taxes 2.7%. However, a lot hinges on what sort of money comes from the state legislature... as they put the finishing touches on the state's proposed spending plan.

 

Train Crash Folo

The driver of a car which collided with a freight train earlier this week in Milton remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center. Investigators are still trying to figure out why Kim Bergenstock slammed into the train as it was crossing Center Street in Milton. Her friend... 17 – year old Maxine Eschbach died in the crash.

 

Jersey Shore Super

The superintendent who leads the Jersey Shore Area School District remains on the job after he was busted near Milton... charged with driving under the influence. Richard Emery wrecked his car in Northumberland County last month... and was found to be three times over the legal limit. Emery has been on the job the past seven years... and our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reported he trying to save his job.

 

Sandusky Legal

There was more legal action on the part of Jerry Sandusky's defense attorney. If you recall... Sandusky... an assistant Penn State football coach... is facing more than fifty charges of allegedly assaulting ten boys over a period of time. Attorney's want the charges dismissed... saying the allegations can't be adequately defended... and that Sundusky's due process has been violated. No word when the judge hearing the case will make a ruling. Sandusky's trial gets underway next month.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball on Wednesday... Columbia Montour Vo Tech defeated Benton 19 to 9... Bloomsburg wins over Hughesville 7 to 3... Central Columbia blanked Southern Columbia 4 to nothing.

 

Girls Softball

In girls softball on Wednesday... Central Downed Lewisburg 1 to nothing... North Schuylkill gets by Danville 3 to 2... and Berwick slides by Dallas 3 to 1.

 

PSAC Award

Bloomsburg University was the top athletic program in the PSAC for the 2011-2012 school year. The Huskies won the Dixon trophy which pleased first year athletic director Mike McFarland. He credits his staff and coaches for making it a successful year for BU.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs last night, the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 107-91. Boston now take a two games to one lead in their best of seven series. Game four is Friday night in Philadelphia,

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Carlos Ruiz hit a tie breaking home in the 8th inning... and Hector Luna hit his first grand slam in a 6 run 9th inning... as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Chicago Cubs last night 9 to 2. Luna slamming his first big – league grand slam into Wrigley Park's left field bleachers. The Phils and Cubs meet again Thursday night... to wrap up their two game series. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:30... with the first pitch to be thrown at 8:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / May 16, 2012


Benton Shooting

State troopers will be back at a large, rambling home on Coles Creek Mill Road in Sugarloaf Township... near Benton. Police say that's where 38 – year old Abraham Kline allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend... 35 – year old Jocelyn Romano... then turned the gun on himself. Romano died at Bloomsburg Hospital... while Kline was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with a gunshot wound. Police tell us the shooting stemmed from an apparent domestic dispute... after Romano told Kline she was returning to Washington State to her estranged husband and three kids.

 

Buyouts

Fourteen property owners are on the list to have their flood – ravaged properties purchased by the federal government. During a Bloomsburg Town Council meeting his week, Mayor Dan Knorr says 11 properties in the 900 block of West Main... as well as three other properties could be purchased. And that answer could come within a matter of weeks.

 

Southern Columbia

Times are tight for the Southern Columbia Area School District. The board is facing a $400,000 shortfall in the 2012 – 2013 budget... and it appears teachers have bulls eyes on their back. The board this week... on a five to one vote... decided to cut sixteen employees... and eliminate four sports programs. However, the board has until the end of June to adopt a budget. It's hoped issues can be ironed out to fill the gap and restore teachers and programs.

 

Budget / Millard

The state house and senate are circling June 15th on their calendar. That's when they want to have their proposed 2012 – 2013 budget wrapped up. State Rep. David Millard of Millville says that allows the house and senate plenty of time to get the proposal to Governor Corbett. Rep. Millard says getting down to examining the senate's budget line by line begins next week. The House could sent it back to the senate without changes. They could make changes and send the plan back to the senate so they can vote on amendments... or simply come up with a new plan on their own to be returned to the senate for concurrence.

 

Gaming Oversight

A state representative who serves neighboring Sullivan County has been selected to serve as the new majority chairperson on the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Republican Tina Pickett says her committee is responsible for the oversight of the growing gaming industry. Representative Pickett has earned her stripes in the state house... having first been elected in early 2000's.

 

Indictment

A federal Grand Jury has indicted the football coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes – Barre. 28 – year old Joseph Ostrowski is accused of producing kiddie porn between the end of 2011 and just last month. Ostrowski was arrested at the school on May 7th... and was suspended from the job by the Scranton Catholic Diocese. He remains in jail awaiting trial.

 

Federal Charges

Federal charges have been filed against a Hazleton man who allegedly robbed Citizens Bank in West Hazleton using a surgical mask. 54 – year old Shawn Luther Kelley is accused of sticking up the Hazle Township bank... and the PNC bank... as well as the Choice One Community Federal Credit Union... all in the Hazleton area. If convicted... Kelley could face up to 60 years in prison and fined $750,000.

 

Traffic Slowdown

There will be a couple of traffic trouble spot if you're on westbound on I-80 Wednesday. PennDOT says it will consist with a rolling roadblock near the Lightstreet interchange while crews remove an old, unwanted overhead sign. In addition.. the right lane of eastbound I-80 will be closed Wednesday afternoon from the Lime Ridge to the Mifflinville interchanges to install new signs.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

Dixon Trophy

Bloomsburg University has won the 2011-2012 Dixon Trophy. The trophy is awarded each year to the league school with the top athletic program among the PSAC's 16 full time members. It goes to the school that accumulates the most points based on the results of conference playoffs and regular season records. Shippensburg finished second to the Huskies.

 

Philadelphia 76er's

In Philadelphia Wednesday night... it's game three of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series between the 76ers and the Boston Celtics. The series is tied at one game apiece.

 

NBA Playoffs

In NBA Playoff action last night... Indiana held off Miami 78 to 75... knotting the series at one apiece... and San Antonio defeated the The Los Angles Clippers 108 to 92.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies now have a new hero. He's Hunter Pence who slammed a home run in the 10th inning Tuesday... allowing the Phillies to squeeze by the Houston Astro's 4 to 3. The home run made up for a ball dropped by pence... allowing Houston to tie the game. Meantime... The Phil's are on the road tonight as they take on the Chicago Cubs. You can hear all the action of the Phil's and Cubs with the pre – game show Wednesday night at 7:30... with the first pitch to be thrown at 8:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / May 15, 2012


Council / Lowthert

A new Bloomsburg Town administrator could be on – board by the middle of June if a contract is worked out. Town Council Monday night... voting to offer Bill Lowthert of SEDA – COG... the job of administrator for $74,000 a year. Mayor Dan Knorr says he's comfortable will Lowthert... and so is the rest of council. If a contract can be worked out... Lowthert would replace former administrator Ron Mull who left after six weeks on the job under questionable circumstances.

 

Grandma Theft

A Bloomsburg man is accused of allegedly bilking his grandmother out of $114,000... converting most of the money to his own use. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition...43 – year old Anthony Morgante of Lightstreet Road appeared in front of District Magistrate Marvin Shrawder Monday. He's facing 78 felony counts... allegedly writing checks after becoming a power of attorney for his grandmother who is confined to a Montour County nursing home. Morgante was hustled off to the Montour County Prison with bail set at a quarter million dollars. He'll face a preliminary hearing next Wednesday.

 

Car Vs. Train

A Milton girl is dead after the car she was riding in slammed into a North Shore Railroad train Monday afternoon. Authorities say 17 – year old Maxine Eschbach of Center Street was pronounced dead at the scene. The 16 – year old driver of the car was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville in serious condition. Her name has not been released. The accident happened where the tracks cross Center Street. Investigators don't know why the driver failed to stop.

 

AGAPE / Lowe

Seven months after the floods produced by tropical storm Lee made a mess of Columbia County... faith based AGAPE is trying to get lives of flood victims back together again. Organization spokesperson Kathy Lowe says volunteers are standing by to help... especially on weekends. To get a hold of AGAPE in Bloomsburg just call 317 – 2210.

 

Arrest Warrants Issued

Berwick police are looking for two men in connection with an early Friday morning house fire on Summerhill Avenue. Arrest warrants have been issued for 30 – year old Robert Fowler and 21 – year old Perry Harmon. It's believed they were producing meth in the basement of the apartment when something went wrong. The blaze forced eight people from the home.... all having to find other places to live.

 

Nanticoke Fire

A Nanticoke fire is being blamed as suspicious. The blaze broke out around midday Monday on the back porch of a building at 27 and 29 West Union Street. The Nanticoke fire department quickly extinguished the blaze... and damage was minimal. The State police Fire Marshal is being called in to investigate.

 

Police Remembrance

This week we remember police officers who have died in the line of duty. It's part of National Police Week... and Peace officer's Memorial Day. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says weather you work in a large or small police department... the pressures are the same. Town Council recognizing the Bloomsburg Police Department during last night's meeting.

 

Plymouth Stabbing

A Plymouth woman is in the Luzerne County Prison after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend when he refused to leave her home. Deborah Blackhawk telling police she stabbed her boyfriend in the back. That man has not been identified...

 

Found Guilty

A man from Carbon County will be spending the rest of his life in prison. 37 – year old Ernest Freeby of Lansford was found guilty of murdering his wife in 2010. Edwina Onyango's body was never found.  Freeby says he'll appeal his conviction.

 

Gas Prices

Pump prices these days are just a bit easier on your pocket. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report says self – serve, unleaded gasoline has dropped an estimated 28 cents a gallon the past month... now making the average price across northeast Pennsylvania at $3.76. That's a drop of seven cents over last week.

 

Northumberland County

Northumberland County could end up filing for bankruptcy unless its money woes aren't addressed.  That word contained coming from County Commission Chairman Vinny Clausi. There is a published report that Northumberland County could wind up $2 – million in the hole, but Clausi telling a Sunbury – area newspaper he's developing a 4 – year plan to to fix the problem. Clausi blames the union who represents county employee's for pushing for pay raises which costs the county more than a million dollars a year.

 

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76ers

For the first time since 1982, the Philadelphia 76ers won a playoff game in Boston. Evan Turner scored four points in the final 40 seconds to help the Sixers to an 82-81 win over the Celtics. The Eastern Conference semifinal series is tied at one game each. Game three will be Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

 

NBA

It was in the opening game of the NBA Western Conference semifinals. Russelll Westbrook had 27 points and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder blasted the weary Los Angles Lakers 119-90 on Monday night.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Joe Blanton went seven strong innings on Monday... as the Philadelphia Phillies downed the visiting Houston Astro's 5 to 1. A highlight of the game... Placido Polanco getting his 2,000th hit. The Phils and Astro's play a Tuesday afternoon matinee at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting at 12:30 with the pre – game show... with the first pitch slated for 1:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 &  Berwick's 1280.

Monday / May 14, 2012


School Consolidation

We should have an inkling as to the future of possible consolidation between the Central Columbia and the Bloomsburg Area School District's. Consults have been looking at the numbers for a couple of months. They issue a preliminary report next week.... with a final recommendation in mid – June. But, until that time... Superintendent Mathias says... the consultants will continue to kick around the numbers... as well as taking a look at other options... such as building new schools.... or keeping things status quo.

 

Berwick Jumper

A 23 – year old Berwick man remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after he jumped from the Berwick – Nescopeck Bridge late Saturday night. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition Donnie Sult III parked his truck... and went over the railing of the bridge... landing on an island... 80 feet below. He was rescued by volunteer firemen... and flown to Geisinger. Investigators are still trying to figure out why Sult jumped.

 

David Millard / Budget

The State House in Harrisburg now have their hands on the proposed 2012 -2013 state budget approved last week by the state senate. It's a $27.7 billion package which includes a $500 – million increase in appropriations. State Representative David Millard of Millville says the house now has a couple of options... including coming up with a whole new spending plan.

 

Northumberland County

Northumberland County could end up filing for bankruptcy unless it's money woes aren't addressed. That word contained coming from County Commission Chairman Vinny Clausi. There is a published report that Northumberland County could wind up 2 – million dollars in the hole, but Clausi telling a Sunbury – area newspaper he's developing a 4 – year plan to to fix the problem. Clausi blames the union who represents county employee's for pushing for pay raises which costs the county more than a million dollars a year.

 

Road Work

Work will begin today on the rehabilitation of an old bridge on Ideal Park Road in Locust Township.PennDOT says the existing bridge over Roaring Creek is timber... and it's slated to be replace by a new channel – beam deck placed on rehabbed abutments. An alternate route around the construction will be in place through early July.

 

WB Stabbing

One person is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a man early Sunday morning at a Wilkes – Barre apartment complex in the Sherman Hills area of the city. he man who was stabbed was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Still to be determined... what led to the stabbing in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Geisinger Baby

A Berwick couple are the parents of a baby who arrived in time for Mother's Day at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 33 – year old Kristi McClintock gave birth to Ave Grace who checked in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces. A spokesperson for Geisinger says the youngster arrived four weeks early. The child is the first for Ms. McClintock. The father is 38 – year old Vito Corvino of Berwick.

 

What's Happening Sunday May 13, 2012


The Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville presents the narrative photo project “Pennsylvania Hands.” It's a visual celebration of the traditional crafts that built Pennsylvania's dynamically diverse culture.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble continues with their latest production this weekend. “In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” can be seen on stage this afternoon at 3:00 pm. It's for mature audiences only.

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church presents Mountain Mission School Choir of Grundy, Virgina in concert tonight at 7:00 PM. The choir has preformed all around the world including the US, Canada, England, Austria, and France.

What's Happening Saturday May 12, 2012


Stamp Out Hunger today by leaving non-perishable food items in a bag at your mailbox today for your letter carrier to pick up.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center located in Benton invites you to their indoor yard sale, craft show, and bake sale today.

 

The Catawissa Valley Lions Club invites you to a flap jack fundraiser today at Applebees in Bloomsburg from 8:00 to 10:00 am.

 

Christ United Lutheran Church is hosting a clothing give-away today...they'll have a special children's activity center set up during the give away. The church is in Catawissa.

 

The Boondocker's 4x4 truck club mud bog is happening today at the Summerhill Carnival Grounds in Berwick.

 

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

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will have it's huge display of trains open at the Columbia Mall today in celebration of National Train Day. There will be other exhibitors set up as well.

 

Also happening at the Columbia mall today is a blood drive from noon to 5:00 pm, and it's a community day where local non-profit organizations are set up throughout the mall to provide information on their services.

 

The Columbia County Christian School class of 2015 will host a car and truck show and indoor yard sale today to raise money for their mission trip.

 

The Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville presents the narrative photo project “Pennsylvania Hands.” It's a visual celebration of the traditional crafts that built Pennsylvania's dynamically diverse culture.

 

The Orangeville Public Library will host an oral antique/collectible appraisal fund raising event from noon to 5:00 pm.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church will offer a contemporary worship service tonight at 6:30 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble continues with their latest production this weekend. “In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” can be seen on stage tonight at 7:30 or tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm. It's for mature audiences only.

 

Tomorrow Bloomsburg Christian Church presents Mountain Mission School Choir of Grundy, Virgina in concert at 7:00 PM. The choir has preformed all around the world including the US, Canada, England, Austria, and France.

Friday / May 11, 2012


Berwick Fire

Berwick firemen were called out overnight to battle an apartment fire on the Borough's north side. Firemen were called to 244 Summerhill Avenue where first units spotted heavy smoke coming from the multi – family apartment complex. Police rescuing one person from the second floor of the building. Now... the state fire marshal has been called in to determine what started this mornings blaze in the 2 – hundred block of Summerhill Avenue.

 

Shamokin Fire

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused an early Thursday morning fire which extensively damaged a Shamokin apartment complex. The fire forcing 13 people from their apartments in the 300 block of East Sunbury Street. Luckily... no one was injured. Shamokin firemen getting help from Coal Township... as well as a half – dozen other volunteer departments.

 

Central Columbia Budget

The Central Columbia School District's board of education is expected to adopt it's 2012 – 2013 budget when they meet on the 23rd of the month. Superintendent Harry Mathias says the board has done a pretty good job of taking a look at the budget process in the long term... citing no elimination of programs.

 

Post Office Collects

Postal carriers who deliver mail in the Bloomsburg area will be looking for something extra Saturday. It's the day they collect food products left by the mailbox for those who are in need. Carriers want to set a record for the area... by collecting 15,000 pounds of product to be turned over to area food banks.

 

Millard / Budget

The State House now gets a chance to take a look at the Senate's version of Governor Corbett's 2012 – 2013 proposed state budget. The senate... beefing up the proposal by $517 – million. Representative David Millard of Millville says the proposed extra money makes a lot of people happy. During an interview in Rep. Millard's office... he said projected state tax revenues... and the use of a rainy day fund will make up the half billion dollar boost. Whatever there case state legislators want to have the proposed budget on the Governor's desk by June 15th.

 

Guilty Plea

A Shenandoah man is headed to prison after pleading guilty in Luzerne County Court in the shooting death of a friend back in 2011 during a Hazleton poker game. 30 – year old Jaboar Stanley pleaded guilty in the death of 20 – year old Emmanuel Felix at a duplex in the 100 block of East Mine Street. The pair had been arguing over poker chips when Stanley pulled his handgun... pointed it at Felix and it went off. Sentencing for Stanley is scheduled for June 19th.

 

Holy Redeemer Coach

It's no bail for a Wilkes – Barre high school football coach. Earlier this week we told you about the arrest of Joseph Ostrowski on kiddie porn charges. Ostrowski was the head football coach at Holy Redeemer High School. Now... the 30 – year old coach has given up his right to a preliminary hearing. That means... Ostrowski will remain in the Luzerne County Prison until a second hearing is held later this month.

 

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High School Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Wyoming Valley West defeated Berwick 6 to 4... Columbia Montour Vo-Tech downed Bucktail Area 6 to 4... Blue Mountain covered Danville 6 to 1... Southern got by Muncy 6 to 4.

 

Girls Softball

In girls softball Thursday... Southern Columbia defeated Benton 11 to 1... Berwick got by Wyoming Valley West 5 to 1... Central Columbia blanked South Williamsport 6 to 0... Jersey Shore just getting by Danville 3 to 2... Bucktail Area defeats Columbia Montour Vo Tech 6 to 5.

 

Philadelphia 76er's

The Philadelphia 76ers have advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NBA Playoffs. Last night the Sixers defeated the Chicago Bulls 79-78 to win that series four games to two. Philadelphia will now face the Boston Celtics who downed Atlanta 83-80 last night to clinch that series.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend home stand against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Vance Worley will get the pitching assignment for the Phils. You can catch all the action of Friday night's Philadelphia – San Diego match up starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / May 10, 2012


Pet & Toy

A memorable night Wednesday as the Bloomsburg High School Band led the 46th annual Bloomsburg Kiwanis Pet and Toy parade south on Market Street... to the Town Park. Kids.... dogs... and fire trucks were in the route of march. And despite threatening weather... hundreds of spectators came out and lined Market Street to view Wednesday night's parade.

 

Child Abuse

A 25 – year old Scott Township woman is expected to have a hearing next Wednesday on a child assault charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... Ashley Titman of the 2 – hundred block of Central Road is accused of stepping on the face of her 6 - year old son as she tried to get some rest. The youngster telling authorities he wanted to play... and that's when Titman allegedly lost her cool. Titman is already in the Columbia County Prison on a probation violation.

 

PennDOT / I-80

PennDOT says there will be some traffic trouble spots throughout Thursday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Lime Ridge. Alternating lanes will be closed... and there will be rolling roadblocks due to sign installation work lasting through the late afternoon. The work is in association with the five year, $50 – million bridge project over the Susquehanna River between Lime Ridge and Mifflinville.

 

Gordner / HEMAP

Legislation providing a multi – year funding source for the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program has been okayed unanimously by the State Senate. Gordner telling colleagues during discussions on the measure... the state has provided $245 – million over the past 29 years... with $275 – million in principal payments paid by homeowners which have come back into the HEMAP program. The measure now goes to the house for their consideration.

 

Barletta / Immigration

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... representing Columbia County and northeastern Pennsylvania in Washington... had an amendment he authored... passed as part of an appropriations package for the Justice Department. It calls for no federal tax dollars to be used to file lawsuits against states trying to battle illegal immigration. The Barletta amendment was co – authored by Tennessee Representative Diane Black. It will be included in the final measure drafted by the house.

 

Mellow Plea

As expected... former State Senator Robert Mellow has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. Mellow was accused of using senate staffers to do political work.... as well as filing false tax returns. In federal court in Scranton... Mellow telling judge Joel Slomsky he understood the charges he was pleading guilty to. Mellow could spend up to five years in prison. Sentencing date will be set when a report is complete.

 

Ciavarella Law License

The law license of one – time Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella has been suspended. Ciavarella is the judge found guilty in that “cash for kids” scheme where he sent juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by his friends. In return... boxes of cash flowed across his desk. The license suspension is the first step of possible disbarment. Ciavarella is appealing his conviction.

 

Burglary Suspect

More troubles for a Luzerne County man already in jail on previous charges. William Gronosky was arrested Wednesday on charges dealing with a alleged home invasion in March. He was arraigned before a Hanover Township District Justice... and sent back to the Luzerne County Prison. Gronosky was already in jail for the alleged robbery of the Carousel Lounge in West Nanticoke... and firing shots at a state trooper.

 

Alleged Embezzlement

The former treasurer of a youth sports organization in neighboring Schuylkill County will make a court appearance next month. Kelly Lewandowski of Gilberton is accused of draining the account of the Mahanoy Area Youth Wrestling Club. Authorities say the alleged theft happened over a four year period of time... with the cash used to pay bills and personal items. The money had been paid back prior to police entering the case.

 

Copper Theft

Police say a Hazleton man has been arrested... after officers caught him allegedly stealing copper pipe. 58 – year old Thomas Paris broke into the West Mine Street home where the pipe was located. Police arriving at the scene... with Paris placed in cuff's at the scene.

 

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High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday... Southern Columbia blanked Benton 10 to nothing... Danville defeated Selinsgrove 7 to 3.

 

High School Softball

In girls softball... Southern Columbia topped Muncy 5 to 2... Sullivan County defeated Millville 16 to 6... Bloomsburg blanked Benton 10 to nothing.

 

Philadelphia 76er's

The Philadelphia 76ers will one again try to clinch their NBA Playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. Both teams play tonight in Philadelphia. The Sixers lead the series three games to two.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies... a winning pair most of the time.... but not Wednesday night as the Phil's were defeated by the New York Mets. The final 10 to 6. The Phil's have the night off... as they get ready for a weekend series with the San Diego Padres. You can catch all the action of of the Phillies and Padres starting with the pre – game show Friday night at 6:30. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / May 9, 2012


Mifflinville Fire

Fire investigators say the cause of a house fire in Mifflinville Wednesday morning was electrical in nature. Fire Chief Dave Mausteller says the fire was confined to a bedroom of the second floor of the home occupied by David Bratten and Katrina Mertz... as well as their two kids. The first assistant chief on the scene found smoke billowing out of the second floor. Other help came from Berwick, Espy and Lime Ridge... as well as Berwick Area Ambulance. Bratten and Mertz are being helped by the American Red Cross.

 

Hit and Run

Bloomsburg Police are investigating a Tuesday night hit and run. Police say it took place in the Town Park area when a pick-up truck ran into the newly – installed fencing and drove onto newly planted grass. Police say they're looking for a red Chevrolet Avalanche with a gray hood... and it may have damage to the front bumper and grill area... as well as the passenger side of the truck. If you have information dealing with the hit and run... call Bloomsburg Police at 784 – 4155.

 

AGAPE

More than a half year after devastating flooding hit Columbia and Montour Counties... folks continue to put their lives back together. Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg continues to do its part to make lives whole again... and the organization's Kathy Lowe says they've helped a lot of people over the past six months... but they still need some assistance. If you need some help... give AGAPE a call at 317 – 2210.

 

BU Graduation

It is a big weekend on the Bloomsburg University campus this weekend. Nearly 1,300 undergraduate Students... and 238 graduate students will receive degrees during commencement ceremonies. BU spokesperson Bonnie Martin says the speaker for the undergraduate ceremonies is '81 BU grad David Williams... now president and CEO of the Make – A – Wish Foundation.

 

Sandusky Hearing

Whatever disputes remain between prosecutors and Jerry Sandusky’s defense lawyers about turning over evidence before trial will be among the topics of a court hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte on Wednesday. The other major topic expected to be addressed before Judge John Cleland during Wednesday afternoon’s hearing is the use of defense subpoenas, as school districts and government agencies have asked him to throw them out.

 

Senate / Budget

The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a state budget bill with a lot of bipartisan support. Committee chairman... Republican Jake Corman of near – by Centre County... says the amended bill would spend $27.6 billion... compared to the $27.1 billion proposed by Governor Corbett earlier this year. The reason for the $500 – million bump... according to Senator Corman... is the improved state revenue picture since the governor's budget address.

 

Holy Redeemer

The head football coach for Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes – Barre has been arraigned on kiddie porn charges at the federal courthouse in Scranton. Joseph Ostrowski was arrested Monday and accused of making child pornography. Following the arraignment... he was hustled off to the Luzerne County Jail. Ostrowski had been the football coach at Holy Redeemer since June of last year. He's been suspended from the job by the Scranton Diocese of the Catholic Church.

 

Blow Out

The State Department of Environmental Protection is checking into last week's apparent blowout of a natural gas pipe line installation. The DEP says it's near Leonard's Creek... in the Kunkle section of Dallas Township. The incident happened when contractors were boring under wetlands... when some of the mud used in the process blew out into the creek. Now... the DEP wants to know what chemicals were in the mud.

 

Luzerne Detectives

The Luzerne County Council's contract impasse with its detectives is headed into binding arbitration. That... after the council voted 6 to 5 against a new contract on Tuesday. The council has spent the last several months... behind closed doors... trying to hammer out an agreement to the detectives who make an average of nearly $80,000 a year.

 

Unemployment Fraud

This is the last week for extended unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania due to the state's declining jobless rate. But with fewer people receiving benefits, efforts to combat fraud are not letting up. Jim Tillman, of the Department of Labor and Industry, says a major chunk of fraud is detected by checking a database of newly hired people in the state to see if any match those on unemployment compensation claims.

 

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BU softball

Bloomsburg University softball players Sam Pientack and Kate Paine have been named to the 2012 Daktronics Atlantic Region Softball team. Pientack was a first team selection while Paine was named to the second team. The duo led the Huskies to a record of 35-16, taking second in the PSAC Championships and earning a bid to the NCAA regional's.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers are out... while the New Jersey Devils are in. The Devils defeating the Flyers Tuesday night 3 to 1. The victory sends the Devils into the conference championship round for the first time since 2003.

 

Philadelphia 76er's

The Chicago Bulls aren't quite finished after all. They defeated the Philadelphia 76er's Tuesday night. The final... 77 to 69... avoiding a first round playoff exit. The Bulls have a chance to even the series when the teams meet Thursday night in Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

After taking an early lead Tuesday night... the Phillies unraveled in the seventh with two outs for a loss against the New York Mets. The final score was 7 to 4. The Phils and Mets wrap up their series Wednesday night. You can catch all the action.. beginning with the pre – game show at 6:30 PM... with the first pitch to be thrown at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / May 8, 2012


David Millard / Budget

The state house Appropriations Committee continues to work on the state's 2012 – 2013 budget... a measure which must be signed by Governor Corbett by the end of June. State Representative David Millard of Millville says it's getting a bit easier to do since tax revenues coming into the state treasury are more than expected.

 

Berwick Police Chief

Berwick has a new Police Chief. The Borough Council has promoted Kenneth Strish from criminal investigator to chief. He'll replace current chief Jim Comstock who plans to retire next month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition he'll earn $65,000 a year in the first of a three year contract... with planned pay raises. Strish says he wants to hire two detectives to who will be his replacements.

 

Football Coach Arrest

Federal agents have arrested the varsity football coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes – Barre. Joseph Ostrowski was arrested on charges dealing with the attempted production of child pornography. In a statement... the Diocese of Scranton said Ostrowski was suspended from his job. Ostrowski has been the head football coach at Holy Redeemer since June of last year.

 

Assistant Manager

Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton has selected a deputy. Chief Engineer Joe Gibbons is now the number two man in the county. He'll serve as manager... if... Lawton can't fulfill his duties due to unforeseen circumstances. The 40 – year old Gibbons has been with Luzerne County Government since 2011... and fills the position due to home rule charter requirements.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas continues to plunge across northeastern Pennsylvania. According to the Triple – A Fuel Gauge report... pump prices dropping twenty – two cents over the past month... and is averaging $3.74 a gallon for self serve, unleaded regular. That's down a penny from the weekend... and seven cents from a week ago.

 

Milton Board

Money is tight in the Milton Area School District. The board of education is trying to close an estimated $735,000 budget deficit. During the board's finance committee meeting Monday night... they decided to recommend a 2.4% tax increase... cutting the athletic budget $60,000... cutting $35,000 from the tech and vocational budget... and furloughing five teachers... and a school resource officer... saving the district $321,000. The full board to decide on the cuts when they meet the 15th of the month.

 

Shamokin Road

A lot of head scratching taking place... as the Department of Environmental Protection is trying to figure out how a hole opened up adjacent to Northwestern Academy Drive near Shamokin. The side of the road opened up Friday... and since that time the it has grown to a depth of 35 feet deep and 25 feet wide. The DEP are checking records.... wanting to know if the subsidence occurred due to an old mine in the area.

 

Mini - Sports Expo

State Representative Kurt Masser who takes care of southern Columbia County in Harrisburg... as well as Montour and Northumberland County's will host a mini sportsman expo in Shamokin next Thursday. A Masser news release says it will be held at the Shamokin Knights of Columbus building on Independence Street. It begins at 5 O'clock in the afternoon... and runs through 8 PM.

 

Representative Culver

State Representative Linda Culver will be out spending time in her district. Next Thursday... Ms. Culver will make an appearance at the Selinsgrove Senior Activity Center on North Water Street starting at 10:30 AM. Meantime... she will hold a town hall meeting at the Line Mountain High School in Herndon on Thursday, May 17th starting at 6 O'clock.

 

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High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Bloomsburg defeated Warrior Run 5 to nothing.

 

High School Softball

In girls' softball... Warrior Run got by Central Columbia 9 to 7.

 

Philadelphia 76er's

The Philadelphia 76ers can clinch their playoff series against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. The Sixers lead the series three games to one. Tuesday night's game is at the United Center in Chicago.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

In the National Hockey League Playoffs Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers need a win to stay alive in their series against the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers trail three games to one going into the game at Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three game series against the New York Mets Monday night... and the Phillies bats failed. They couldn't back up pitcher Roy Halladay... and fell to the Mets 5 to 2. Both teams face each other Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action 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.

Monday / May 7, 2012


Bank Robbery Arrest

A 55 – year old Harvey's Lake man will be headed for the Luzerne County Jail... after he gets out of the hospital... after he was arrested on a bank robbery charge. Police say Girard Kalinay is accused of robbing a PNC Bank along Main Street in Mocanaqua at the start of the weekend. He was captured after crashing his motorcycle on Mocanaqua – Wapwallopen Road in Conyngham Township... not far from the bank. Cops finding a weapon and money at the crash scene.

 

Pet & Toy Parade

The 46th annual edition of the Bloomsburg Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade is scheduled Wednesday night. Kiwanis president Mary Ann Kreisher says the parade forms behind the Columbia County Courthouse at 5:30... and an hour later... the line of march moves south on Market Street to the Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

Wheelchair Engineers

The Wheelchair Engineers will be open this afternoon at their location at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. It consists of several handicapped accessible O - gauge and American Flyer model railroad layouts. Earl Wagner and Bob Bomboy have worked hard to make the Wheelchair Engineer's program a huge success... not only folks who are handicapped... but for people who like toy trains.

 

Verdict

A West Hazleton man will spend the rest of his life in prison... after he was convicted for the murder of a woman back in 2010. It took a jury seven hours to convict Benjamin Westbrooks at the start of the weekend in the shooting death of Alicia Weaver. Her body was found in a wooded area of Foster Township... and investigators say Weaver owed Westbrooks money.

 

Shale Law

Pennsylvania's new Marcellus Shale impact law may only be three months old.. but there may be changes on the horizon. State House Democratic Whip Mike Hanna of near – by Clinton County says his caucus is introducing six bills to address... what he calls... a half dozen failures with the law.

 

Freeland YMCA

The Freeland YMCA continues to rebuild... with the latest effort to rebuild its 81 – year old building through a capitol campaign project. The donations will also be earmarked to add programs... as well as help families with membership fees. Right now... an estimated $125,000 has been raised... with a quarter – million dollars for its goal.

 

DUI School

Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke will have a lot of police officers on campus this week. The reason... a week – long training programing dealing with alcohol and driving. Officers from around the region have signed up for the program. The program is conducted in association with the Luzerne County District Attorney... the PA DUI Association and the College.

 

Cardiology Unit

Geisinger Medical Center has taken the wraps of its new 34,000 square foot interventional cardiology suit. The unit is located in the Hospital for Advanced Medicine on the GMC campus. The facility consolidates cardiac treatment at Geisinger.

 

PennDOT Work

PennDOT says crews will be busy... starting Monday... in Mifflin Township. Crews will begin paving Smith Hollow Road. The work will require the red – arrow detour to be in effect... ... using Hetlerville Road into Mifflinville and Route 339. The work will be completed by the end of the week.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team won the PSAC Championship on Saturday with a 15-9 win over Mercyhurst in the in final at Lock Haven. It was the Huskies 4th PSAC title- their first since 2003.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team saw its season come to an end with a 4-1 loss to Lock Haven Saturday in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships. The Huskies finished the season with a record of 35-16.

 

NBA Playoffs

In the NBA playoffs yesterday, the Philadelphia 76er's took a three games to one lead in their series against the Chicago Bulls. The Sixer's beat the Bulls 89-82.

 

NHL Playoffs

In the National Hockey League Playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers now trail the New Jersey Devils three games to one. The Flyers lost to the Devils Sunday 4-2.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Cole Hamels fanned eight men over eight innings on Sunday to give the Phillies victory in the finale with the Washington Nationals. The final was 9 to 3. The Phil's are back at home Monday night as they begin a three game series with the New York Mets. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

What's Happening Sunday May 6, 2012


Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is back on stage for their latest production this weekend. They present “In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” now through May 20th. Show time is this afternoon at 3:00 pm.

The Children's Museum invites you to tour the museum free of charge...their newly improved Coal Mine exhibit will be ready for a sneak peak and more. There will be over 20 different outdoor vendors and yard sales to shop at. It's happening from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm tomorrow in Bloomsburg.

Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company will serve up a country style breakfast today from 8:00 am to noon...takeouts will be available.

And, the Defender Fire Company is hosting an all you can eat breakfast today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Catawissa First United Methodist Church will host local organists from the Catawissa and Bloomsburg area today at 3:00 pm in celebration of World Organ Day.

This week is Children's Book week and the Bloomsburg Public Library will be giving out special gifts to your kids ages six and up who sign up for the summer reading club.

From the WHLM Future File, Bloomsburg Christian Church presents Mountain Mission School Choir of Grundy, Virgina next Sunday night at 7:00. The choir features students in 8
th through 12th grades who have preformed all over the US, Canada, England, Austria, and France. Bloomsburg Christian Church is located on Duessen Drive off of Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening Saturday May 5, 2012


Today in Downtown Danville it's the annual Spring Fling from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event brings crafts, food vendors, and live entertainment to Mill, Mahoning, and Lower Mullberry Streets. There is free parking and a free shuttle service to the festival...which goes on all day long rain or shine.

Also in Danville, the free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open as usual today.

The Columbia Valley Women of the Moose chapter located in Bloomsburg are hosting a Pampered Chef and Longaberger Basket Bingo today from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Doors open at noon.

At the Elsyburg Fire Hall there is a bingo to benefit the Children's Miracle Network...early bird games start at 12:30.

Katy's Church is serving their first Victorian tea party today. They're serving sandwiches, desserts, and tea from 2:00 to 5:00 pm to benefit the 143-year-old church.

The Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra Symphony Ball is tonight at 6:00 pm.

Ridge Street United Methodist Church will host a free program presented by George Turner at 7:45 PM with a talk about “The Fort Sumter Crisis and the Start of the Civil War: An Examination of the Policies of the Presidents Buchanan and Lincoln.” The church is located on Ridge Street in Almedia.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is back on stage for their latest production this weekend. They present “In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” now through May 20
th. Show times this weekend are tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Tomorrow the Children's Museum invites you to tour the museum free of charge...their newely improved Coal Mine exhibit will be ready for a sneak peak and more. There will be over 20 different outdoor vendors and yard sales to shop at. It's happening from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm tomorrow in Bloomsburg.

Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company will serve up a country style breakfast tomorrow from 8:00 am to noon...takeouts will be available.

And, the Defender Fire Company is hosting an all you can eat breakfast tomorrow from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Catawissa First United Methodist Church will host local organists from the Catawissa and Bloomsburg area tomorrow at 3:00 pm in celebration of World Organ Day.

Next week is Children's Book week and the Bloomsburg Public Library will be giving out special gifts to your kids ages six and up who sign up for the summer reading club.

From the WHLM Future File, Bloomsburg Christian Church presents Mountain Mission School Choir of Grundy, Virgina next Sunday night at 7:00. The choir features students in 8
th through 12th grades who have preformed all over the US, Canada, England, Austria, and France. Bloomsburg Christian Church is located on Duessen Drive off of Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

Friday / May 4, 2012


BU Power Outage

Classes and most events on the Bloomsburg University campus were canceled Thursday after a power outage brought things to a standstill. Some students were trapped in elevators... and had to be rescued by the fire department. The juice started flowing around 4 O'clock after PPL crews replaced a transmission line in the Welch Circle area on the upper campus.

 

Day of Prayer

Thursday was was a day to step back for a few moments... and catch your breath during the National Day of Prayer. A consortium of Bloomsburg – area churches holding an outdoor service at midday near the fountain at the square. The service consisted of a contemporary Christian band... and pastors from the Bloomsburg Ministerial Association.

 

Market St Accident

Two people were transported to the Bloomsburg Hospital late yesterday afternoon following a two vehicle crash at 4th and Market Streets. Bloomsburg Police Officer Mike Fosse telling WHLM News one vehicle slammed into the rear of a car waiting to turn from Market to Fourth.

 

Barletta / AVP Equipment

US Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton says the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton International Airport in line to receive a quarter – million dollar grant. The money... channeled through the Federal Aviation Administration... is earmarked for the purchase of a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle. The grant's money is also be be used for the replacement of protective gear. AVP is the major airport in northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

DUI School

The Luzerne County Alcohol Highway Safety Program will hold a week – long training program for local police officers starting Monday. It will take place at the Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. Officers from around the region have signed up. The program is conducted with the Luzerne County District Attorney... the PA DUI Association and the College.

 

Geisinger Cardiology

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville will open it's doors Friday today to it's new intervention cardiology suite. The unit is located in the Hospital for Advanced Medicine. A hospital spokesperson says the new 34,000 square foot cardiac catheterization suite consolidates cardiac treatment at Geisinger.

 

Geisinger's Steele

Geisinger Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., has been named among Modern Healthcare magazine’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare for the fourth consecutive year. Since Dr. Steele joined Geisinger in 2001, the health system has been successful in recruiting many highly experienced physicians and researchers... updating and expanding medical facilities to bring Geisinger care closer to patients throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania and expanding the health system’s electronic health record system.

 

PennDOT Work

PennDOT says it's crews will be busy Monday in Mifflin Township. Weather permitting... crews will begin paving Smith Hollow Road. The work will be using the red – arrow detour... using Hetlerville Road into Mifflinville and Route 339. The work will be completed by the end of next week.

 

Mobile Vets

Columbia County veterans will have help coming their way Friday. State Representative David Millard of Millville says the Department of Veterans Affairs' mobile vets center will be set up Friday morning in the parking lot of TPC Power Share at Tenny Street and Route 11. A representative will be on hand to talk about a variety of veterans affairs services.

 

Shamokin Athletics

The Shamokin Area School Board will consider cutting its athletic budget by 28 %. The board's athletic committee this week recommended the school board approve cutting nearly $157,000 from the sports department's $550,000 budget. The proposed cuts include eliminating 13 coaching positions, reducing coaching salaries across the board by 35% and requiring district athletes to purchase their own uniforms.

 

Milton Budget

Milton School District officials are in a financial bind. They're working at reducing a $736,000 deficit for the 2012-2013 school year. Since March 18th the district has been able to cut over $137,000 dollars from the deficit which then stood at $873,000. The work continues as the June 30th deadline for school districts to have a budget in place approaches.
 

In WHLM Sports...

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday.... Mount Carmel defeated Southern Columbia 3 to 1.

 

Girls Softball

In girls softball... Saint John Neuman got by Benton 9 to 1... Bloomsburg just getting by Southern Columbia 2 to 1... Muncy downed Millville.18 to 1

 

BU Women's Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team plays West Chester Friday in the PSAC semifinals. The game starts at 4 o'clock at Lock Haven.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team plays West Virginia Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA Atlantic Two Regional Friday afternoon at 1 O'clock. The tournament is at California University.

 

NHL Flyers

In game three Thursday night of a best of seven National Hockey League eastern conference semi – final series... the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 3 with an overtime goal. The Devils now take a 2 to 1 lead series.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton delivered Thursday... throwing his first shutout since June of 2007... and defeating the Atlanta Braves 4 to nothing. Blanton allowing three hits and striking out six. The Phil's now move on to D-C where they'll play the Washington National... opening up a three game series Friday night. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / May 3, 2012


Bloomsburg Power Outage

Power outages are reported on the Bloomsburg University campus... as well as the Bloomsburg Hospital Thursday afternoon. The power initially went down around 12:30 when there was an apparent power line failure on campus. That placed offices in the dark... and for a while... trapped some people riding elevators in several dormitories. The Bloomsburg Fire Department was called in order to rescue several people. No one was hurt. Power is also reported out at the Bloomsburg Hospital. A call in to PPL has not been returned.

 

Fatal Berwick Fire

That fire on Green Street in Berwick has claimed the life of a 62 – year old man. Samuel Lopresti has died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Lopresti was taken there earlier this week after a fire broke out in his second floor apartment in the 600 block of Green Street. He was severely burned... with officials ruling the fire an accident due to cooking.

 

Robotics Championships

Several Bloomsburg High School students... are headed to Indianapolis to take part in this weekend's National Robotics Championships. They will be defending their 2011 win as a battle bot team. Club adviser Kirk Marshall says conceiving and building robots today.... could lead to designing new manufacturing techniques a couple of years down the road. The competition is Saturday and Sunday in Indianapolis.

 

Healthy Living Expo

Hundreds of people taking advantage of the perfect weather inside the Columbia Mall on Wednesday to take in the annual Healthy Living Expo for senior citizens. Folks from the Columbia – Montour Aging Office were on hand to answer questions... and promoting one of their senior centers located around the county... so says director Kathy Lynn. Those centers are located in Benton, Bloomsburg, Berwick, Catawissa and Millville... as well as Wilburton... and Danville.

 

Bloomsburg Carnival

Opening night for the annual Bloomsburg Fireman Carnival Wednesday night. It all started with a fireman's parade on Market Street.... then the opening of the rides... games of chance and food stands. Live bands will be featured all week on the carnival grounds behind the fire station in the 900 block of Market Street. The carnival runs through Saturday night.

 

Shickshinny Guns

Police in Shickshinny are looking for the individuals responsible for a home burglary... in which two handguns and a rifle were taken. The break – in occurring in the Parker Hill area. If you have information about the burglary... call Shickshinny Police.

 

Hazleton Fire

Hazleton fire officials say arson is the cause of an early Wednesday morning fire that caused damage to an apartment building on South Broad Street. Someone setting a mattress on fire... which eventually spread to the eight unit apartment complex. The nine people who live there got out safely... and were able to return to their apartments in a matter of hours. Right now... authorities are tracking down leads in an attempt to catch a firebug on the loose.

 

Hazleton Accident

A Hazleton teenager is doing well... after she was injured when she lost control of her car on her way to high school Wednesday morning. The accident happened at the intersection of 15th and McNair Streets when the teen lost control of her car... crashing into a floral and gift shop. The teen was treated at Hazleton General for a leg injury.

 

Mobile Vets

Columbia County veterans will have help coming their way this Friday. State Representative David Millard of Millville says the Department of Veterans Affairs' mobile vets center will be set up Friday morning in the parking lot of TPC Power Share at Tenny Street and Route 11. A representative will be on hand to talk about a variety of services... such as marital and family and bereavement counseling... assistance for applying for VA benefits... as well as employment counseling. The van will be there until mid afternoon.

 

PennDOT / Peppermill

Construction work is set to begin next Monday along Peppermill Road in Hemlock Township... 1 and a quarter miles west of Route 44... starting at 7 AM. PennDOT's Rick Mason says crews are scheduled to replace a large cross pipe to aid draining during heavy rain events. The road will be closed all day.

 

PennDOT / Ideal Park Road

PennDOT in Columbia County is preparing to rehabilitate an old bridge on the Ideal Park Road in Locust Township. An agency spokesman says the existing bridge over Roaring Creek, a timber deck structure, will be replaced by a new channel-beam deck placed on rehabilitated abutments. The project begins with the removal of the existing bridge deck on starting May 14th. A detour will be in place during construction, which is expected to last through early July.

 

PSU Election

Voting for three alumni-elected seats on Penn State's Board of Trustees will come to an end Thursday. A university spokesman says more than 34,000 alumni have cast ballots. It's nearly three times as many votes cast last year. It's the first election since the board ousted the late Joe Paterno as head football coach in the aftermath of the Sandusky sex scandal. Some alumni say they aren't happy with the board's actions and view the election as a way to instill change.

 

Shamokin Athletics

The Shamokin Area School Board will consider cutting its athletic budget by 28%. The board's athletic committee this week recommended the school board approve cutting nearly $157,000 from the $550,000 budget. The proposed cuts include eliminating 13 coaching positions, reducing coaching salaries across the board by 35 percent and requiring district athletes to purchase their own uniforms.

 

In WHLM sports...

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Pius X defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 11 to 4... Muncy defeated Benton 19 to 3... Bloomsburg blanked Lewisburg 11 to nothing... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 8 to 2.... Mifflinburg beat Danville 8 to nothing... South Williamsport defeated Southern Columbia 7 to 2.

 

BU Athlete

For the second time this season, Bloomsburg University sophomore Justin Shirk is the PSAC Field Event athlete of the week. He threw the javelin 216 feet to win Friday's Maroon & Gold Invitational. Justin Shirk is also an outstanding linebacker on the Bloomsburg University Football team.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers play the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in New Jersey. The best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal series is tied at one game apiece.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Roy Halladay were taken to the woodshed Wednesday night by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Phil's blowing a six run lead in a 15 to 13 loss to the Braves in 11 innings. The two teams will slug it out later today with a Thursday matinee. You can catch all the action at 11:35 Thursday morning on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.  The first pitch to be thrown at 12:10.

Wednesday / May 2, 2012


FEMA Buyouts

FEMA is slowly coming through with the buyouts of flood – ravaged homes across central and northeast Pennsylvania. The agency says Columbia County property owners are on the list to be bought out. FEMA says it will spend $4 – million on 46 properties... which will then be demolished. The agency says the buyout money comes from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

 

Nat'l Day of Prayer

A celebration of the National Day of Prayer is on Thursday's calendar. Since 1988... the first Thursday of May is designated to take time out of our busy schedule to give thanks... so says Pastor Eric Miller of the Bloomsburg Christian Church says it's a time to reflect on life. Thursday's local National Day of Prayer event gets underway at 12 noon on Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Lupas Indicted

A federal indictment handed down Tuesday alleges Luzerne County attorney Anthony Lupas allegedly stole money from clients... saying he was placing the cash in a trust fund. Federal authorities say those trust funds never existed... with Lupas using the money to run a “ponzi” scheme. The indictment says in one instance... Lupas allegedly took a quarter – million dollars from one person alone. Attorney Ernie Preate... representing some of those allegedly bilked... says it will give investigators more time to probe the missing money.

 

Berwick Fire Folo

Authorities say that fire in a Green Street apartment earlier this week in Berwick is accidental. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... is reporting the fire was electrical in nature... and not drug related. The man who lives there... in the 600 block of Green Street... was badly burned and remains in at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center. His name has not been released.

 

Schuylkill Fire Folo

Investigators say an electrical problem sparked a fire which destroyed a group home on Route 61... in Fountain Springs... near Ashland... in Schuylkill County. The blaze broke out at midday Monday... but luckily the three people and staff members were not at the residence when flames erupted.

 

Railroad Theft

State Police from Milton are trying to figure out who made off with thousands of pounds of railroading material from the National Railway Historical Society site near Watsontown. Stolen from the site were tie plates and connector bars... used to keep track in place. The items were believed to have been taken over the past month. If you have information on the theft... call State Police at Milton.

 

NEPA Unemployment

The unemployment rate across Northeastern Pennsylvania is at it's lowest level in 18 – months. The state Department of Labor and Industry says the March rate is 8.4%. That's two – tenths of a percentage point lower than was recorded in February. The reason... according to experts... more and more people are re-entering the work force. Most of the counties in the 12-county area showed decreases in unemployment during March.

 

Northumberland County Jobs

Some changes in the employment in Northumberland County. The County's Salary Board eliminating three positions this week... which included a county detective. However, the board reinstated a secretary's position in the District Attorney's office. Also eliminated was a position in the engineer's office... and a clerk in the tax assessment office. The changes means Northumberland County will save an estimated $80,000 a year.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team upset Gannon 20-13 Tuesday in the PSAC Quarterfinals in Erie. On Friday, the Huskies will play at Lock Haven in the conference semifinals.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... Bloomsburg defeated North Schuylkill 8 to 3.

 

High School Softball

In girls high school softball Tuesday... Montgomery downed Benton 7 to 2... Bloomsburg blanked Millville 20 to nothing... Mifflinburg defeated Central Columbia 5 to 3... Danville got by Shamokin 1 to nothing... Southern Columbia getting by St John Neumann 13 to 1.

 

Philadelphia 76er's

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 109-92 Tuesday night to even their NBA Playoff series at one game apiece. Game three will be Friday night in Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

In the National Hockey League playoffs last night, the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to even their series at one game apiece. Game three is tomorrow night in New Jersey.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's John Mayberry doubled off Atlanta's Jonny Venters, then scored the go-ahead run to grab a 4 to 2 victory over the Braves at Turner Field Tuesday night. It was the first game of a six – game road trip. Wednesday night... the Phils and the Braves tangle once again. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280. The first pitch to be tossed at 7:10.

Tuesday / May 1, 2012


Tourism Day

Whether we realize it or not... tourism is big business in Pennsylvania. An estimated 175 – million visitors stop and stay in PA... and it touches all of us... so says Rob Fulton from the Pennsylvania Association of Travel & Tourism. And if you question the numbers statewide... the Columbia – Montour visitor's bureau says nearly a million people a season go through the turnstiles at Knoebel's Amusement Resort which hugs the Columbia – Northumberland County line.

 

Berwick Fire

A state police fire marshal will be called in to see what started a small blaze in a Berwick apartment on Monday... critically injuring a man. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 says police, fire crews and an ambulance rushed to the home in the 600 block of Green Street at mid – day after renters on the first floor discovered smoke seeping in to their apartment. The man... who has yet to be identified... was airlifted to the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown for treatment. No word as to what started that fire in an apartment on Green Street in Berwick.

 

Shickshinny Fire

Investigators say the fire that extensively damaged a vacant home on South Canal Street in Shickshinny Sunday night is a case of arson. The fire broke out at the rear of the building. The home had been vacant since the 2006 flood... and was knocked off its foundation by last September's flooding. There is also a report of people running from the building moments before the fire was discovered. If you have information about the blaze... call Shickshinny police.

 

Berwick Brush Pickup

Berwick Borough Public Works crews have started... and will continue to pick up brush placed at curbside. Pick up began Monday in the 1st Ward. Brush will be picked up Tuesday in the 2nd Ward.... Wednesday in the third... and Thursday in the Fourth Ward. Borough officials says the brush is to be on the curb by daybreak. Another opportunity for homeowners is to take the brush to the recycling and compost area at the boro's test track on South Eaton Street.

 

Barletta / Student Loans

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia County and most of Northeastern Pennsylvania... has voted to prevent the doubling of federal student loan interest rates slated for the summer. At the same time... Representative Barletta criticized bureaucrats in Washington for politicizing those rates. Under the proposal... the legislation provides a one-year extension of the 3.4% subsidized Stafford Loan interest rate paid for by rolling back government overspending.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to plummet across all of northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report says the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is hanging in there at $3.81 a gallon. That's down two cents from the weekend... and down seven cents from last week. A month ago... we were paying $3.90 a gallon. Prices are expected to stabilize... but could go up as the Memorial Day holiday approaches.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball yesterday... Berwick downed Nanticoke 5 to 1... Mifflin County getting by Danville 7 to 1... Montgomery blanked Benton 8 to nothing... Muncy got by Millville 13 to 1... Southern Columbia defeated Saint John Neumann 13 to 3.

 

High School Softball

In girls softball... Berwick squeaked by Nanticoke 4 to 3... Hughesville blanked Benton 15 to 0... Danville defeated Line Mountain 7 to 3... Southern Columbia downing Columbia Montour Vo Tech 8 to 1.

 

BU Softball

For the 29th consecutive season, a Bloomsburg University softball team has earned a berth in the NCAA Championships. The Huskies will play West Virginia Wesleyan Friday at 1 o'clock in the Atlantic Two Regional which will be held at California University of Pennsylvania.

 

Men's Tennis

The Bloomsburg University men's tennis team lost a 5-4 decision to Shaw University Monday in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Final in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the loss, Bloomsburg concludes the season with a record of 16-6.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A pretty good night for the Philadelphia Phillies. They defeated the Chicago Cubs 6 to 4. Vance Worley pitching seven quality innings... giving up just five hits and one earned run. The Phils begin a six day road trip Tuesday night... visiting the Atlanta Braves. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280. The first pitch scheduled to be tossed is 7:10.

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