The annual rite of passage is just around the corner. Block party in Bloomsburg takes place April 18th.... and due to new zoning restrictions... huge gatherings are not anticipated. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the usual compliment of officers will be supplemented by others. Chief Van Loan says there will be extra cars from out of town agencies... as well as a horse patrol to keep party goers in line.
Where can Bloomsburg University police... and cops at 13 other state-owned schools have arrest powers. Now... there's proposed legislation in Harrisburg that seeks to clarify where campus police have authority. The bill states that the arrest powers of campus police extend to the roads and grounds that surround the state schools. It's the result of an October DUI arrest where the judge threw out the case because it involved a campus police officer in a location just off campus. The bill seeks to close a loophole created by that case, clearly spelling out where the powers of campus police officers can be carried out.
Three Berwick residents have been arrested and are now facing a long list of drug charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says the arrests this week of David Bomboy... Rebecca Ohl and Pamela Sponenberg capped an undercover investigation. It all went down Monday when Bomboy and Sponenberg were taken into custody as they left a Berwick apartment following a controlled buy of cocaine. Police then discovered Ohl and plenty of alleged drug paraphernalia. The trio was arraigned before a District Justice where bail was set at a half – million dollars for Bomboy... and $50,000 each for Sponenberg and Ohl. All are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.
Starting the first of 2016... we could be seeing high PPL bills. The Allentown – Based utility is asking the state Public Utility Commission to okay a proposed rate increase. The average custom would see an increase of roughly $10.00 a month. PPL says the money from the rate hike would be earmarked for improved reliability and reduced outages.
The Acting Revenue Secretary going before the Senate Appropriations Committee as budget hearings continue. WHLM's David Payne is reporting Secretary Eileen McNulty spent much of the hearing defending Governor Tom Wolf's proposed 50 percent reduction in local property taxes, saying the formula used to come up with the cuts was fair and equitable, based in current state law. She also defended the Governor's plan for a 5-percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling, with some Senators predicting it won't produce the billion-dollars in yearly revenue the Governor is predicting.
Mifflinville / Memorial Day
Plans are well underway for the annual Memorial Day weekend in Mifflinville. Organizer Bonnie Farver says starting Saturday, May 23rd there will be plenty of fun activities including a farm tractor and car show... capped by the annual Memorial Day parade on the 25th. The parade route takes marchers to the cemetery... which a ceremony will be held with County Commissioner Dave Kovach as the featured speaker.
Authorities in Lycoming County are still debating weather to charge the parents of a two year old toddler who shot himself last week. Zackary Lee remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Investigators say little Zackary found a weapon in his parents room... took it downstairs... and pulled the trigger.
Governor Wolf has announced that the deadline to apply for the Low – Income Home Energy Assistance program has been extended until May 1st. LIHEAP was to have originally ended Friday... but was given an extra 30 days due to the severity and length of the winter. The program is funded by the federal government.
More legal troubles for a Northumberland County man. Police say Victor Hare is now charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug delivery... following the death of a 9 – year old boy in his care last year. Investigators in Northumberland County say the youngster swallowed drugs that Hare had had lying around the house.
Three Bucknell University students were expelled this week. The trio working at the student – run radio station were expelled after making racist and violent remarks. All three were working last Friday when they made the remarks... on the air. A University spokesman says the behavior won't be tolerated.
Hazleton Police are still trying to figure out who left a note in a student bathroom... threatening to blow up the High School. Authorities say it was written on a napkin. A search of the building failed to turn up a device.
Selinski's Gal Pal
The ex – girlfriend of convicted killer Hugo Selenski... has been arrested on drug charges. Police say 44 – year old Carey Bartoo of Hanover Township... and 41 – year old Tara Cooper of Hunlock Creek were arrested by police over the weekend in Wilkes – Barre. Cops say they saw the pair with uncapped hypodermic needles... as well as packets of suspected cocaine. Both are lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.
Tuesday's snow storm was the only winner in local sports. Among the postponed events was the Bloomsburg University baseball team's doubleheader at Lock Haven. Those games have been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon starting at 1 o'clock.
In men's college basketball Tuesday night, in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City... Miami just got by Temple 60 to 57... and Stanford dominated Old Dominion 67 – 60.
In exhibition baseball Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Toronto Bluejays 10 to 4. The Phils have announced that Cole Hamels will be their opening day starter. The Phils open the regular season next Monday at home against the Boston Red Sox.