2013-11-20 20:42:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Dockside Laundromat Fire
The sound of the fire siren punctuated the call of Wednesday night bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Department shortly before 7:30. Firemen rushing to the 200 block of Iron Street to douse a dryer fire at the Dockside Laundromat. Chief Bob Rupp said that clothing in a dryer caught fire with some of the flaming material ending up on the floor. Deputy Chief Hugh Gross doused the fire with an extinguisher. Firemen with air packs entered the first floor of the two story building and simply pulled the rest of the burning clothing out of the building, where the flames were doused.
He's only been on the job six weeks, and already the Florida transplant is getting the lay of the land when it comes to higher education. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan spent part of Wednesday at Bloomsburg University chatting with a group of educators and students. During his talk Chancellor Brogan spoke about the challenges facing higher education such as declining enrollment and the price point of putting a cap on tuition. Brogan came to Pennsylvania after serving as chancellor of Florida's state system of higher education.
A Columbia Court court jury in Bloomsburg has found a Benton area man guilty of killing his girlfriend. It's a story we first told you about in May of 2011... when Abraham Kline allegedly killed his girlfriend when she wanted to end the relationship. After firing a weapon and hitting Jocelyn Romano... Kline turned the weapon on himself. He later recovered. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 says Kline faces anywhere from 20 to 40 years in prison on the 3rd degree murder conviction. He'll be sentenced at a later date.
United Water Repair
United Water crews will be back out on the street overnight to complete repairs to a six inch in diameter water main at Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg... for many... one of the busiest intersections in town. The utilities Bob Manbeck said crews started to replace a valve early Tuesday morning, but ran into space issues. Now... the work has been rescheduled starting late Wednesday night... going into early Thursday morning. The utility's Manbeck says the repair work will make it easier to service the valve and pipe connection in the future. Meantime... starting Thursday morning... apartment dwellers and business who experience discolored water should simply run their cold water tap for a couple of minutes to take care of the issue.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s hopes for a major transportation funding program came roaring back to life Tuesday, as the state House voted 104-95 to give key preliminary approval to a multi-pronged, $2.4 billion infrastructure investment program. After a long day of lobbying by Corbett and House Speaker Sam Smith, won a slim, but apparently solid majority for an amendment carrying major cash infusions for highway projects, bridge repairs and public transit needs. Columbia County State Representatives David Millard... Kurt Masser and Karen Boback voted “for” the measure. Tuesday’s vote sets the stage for what supporters hope will be a series of General Assembly votes that could get the bill to Corbett’s desk this week.
In Northumberland County... still no budget for 2014. Two of the three commissioners met Tuesday in Sunbury, but they could not agree on a spending plan. If they don't reach an agreement... Northumberland County could shut down at midnight on December 31st. Commissioner Rick Shoch opposes the current spending plan... Commissioner Steve Bridy supports it. Meantime... Commissioner Vinny Clausi was not at the meeting, but in the past has said he opposes the measure. The commission will have one more meeting in December to vote on the proposed budget.
Brutal Sexual Assault
A West Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County prison after he sexually assaulted a woman early Tuesday morning. State police say 29 – year old Emmanuel Paulino attacked the woman so brutally... she had to be flown to a hospital for surgery. Court papers indicate Paulino took a half – dozen “molly” pills prior to the attack. Bail is set at a quarter – million dollars.
The President of Luzerne County Community College has pleaded guilty to a hit and run accident while driving a college vehicle. 62 – year old Thomas Leary was charged after he backed into a parked car in a Kingston restaurant parking lot earlier this month. He was fined just over $400.
Luzerne County Fire
A fire... believed started in a wood burning stove... destroyed a home late Monday night in the Lehman Township section of neighboring Luzerne County. Missing are eight dogs belonging to the homeowner.The cause of the fire on Stonehouse Lane remains under investigation.
The Huskies Men's and Women's basketball teams opened PSAC play Wednesday night with a pair of home games versus Millersville. The Women lost to the Marauders 80-74. The Men won their game against Millersville 83-77. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report: