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News Archive Archives for 2012-03

What's Happening Saturday March 31, 2012


Bloomsburg University Students will be out in force today in the community as part of The Big Event.  They’re helping the community with outdoor service projects.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters are hosting the 30th annual Bowl For Kids Sake at the P-Nut Bowl in Bloomsburg today.

 

The Defender Fire Company is hosting a sports card and collectible show today…they’ll have food and 50/50 raffles.  The fire company is located at the corner of Pine and 6th Streets in Berwick.

 

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

 

United Water Pennsylvania will partner with the Yellow Breeches Watershed Association today to host the 11th annual “Trout Day” community event in Fairview Township…watershed protection information and free refreshments will be provided until 1:00 this afternoon.

 

Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply is hosting a doggie egg hunt this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Your dog must be on a leash, and up to date on shots…every dog will receive a goodie bag, and prizes will be awarded.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their 34th annual Theatre in the Classroom Production this afternoon.  Penn’s Pals will be preformed at the Bloomsburg Public Library at 3:00 PM.

 

The Men of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg are serving up a ham dinner this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM…all proceeds will benefit Camp Victory.

 

Black Creek United Methodist Church invites you to their ham and dandelion dinner today…serving is from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church, located in Berwick, is hosting a Christian music showcase tonight starting at 6:00 PM.  Local praise bands will perform, and admission is free.  A love offering will be collected for the Nescopeck Fire Company.

 

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents “Complexions:  A Contemporary Ballet” this evening at 8:00 PM.

 

Singles Meeting Singles will host their Spring Fling Dance tonight at the Columbia Valley Moose in Bloomsburg.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM…music and food will be provided from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Friday / March 30, 2012


Mullgate

The two month era of Ron Mull as Bloomsburg Administrator is over... really before it started. He resigned Thursday prior to last night's special Town Council meeting. If you recall... Mull was escorted out of Town Hall three weeks ago... and an investigation was launched into possible violation of town policy. Mayor Dan Knorr says the investigation by a Philadelphia Labor Attorney was not able to be fully completed before Mull resigned by letter. Now... council will start their search as soon as next week when the issue of a new administrator is raised by members of the Council's administrative and finance committee.

 

Sex Assault Alleged

A Bloomsburg man has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman early Wednesday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 22 – year old Douglas May of West 5th Street is accused of assaulting an acquaintance at a mobile home on Frosty Valley Road after a night of drinking. May was arraigned on the rape charge... and is in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Sandusky Trial

The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial will begin June 5th... instead of May 14th as originally scheduled. That change coming from Centre County Judge John Cleland... in order to accommodate various logistical contingencies. 68 – year old Sandusky, the former PSU football defensive coordinator, is charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.

 

Caregiver Forum

You may be one of the hundreds of people in Columbia County who may be providing care for an elderly relative. And there are times when you're looking for answers which may not be easily found. Now... State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township a caregiver support forum will be held April 18th... starting at 6:30... at Rep. Millard's office at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Aggressive Driving

Cops across the state... as well as in Columbia and Montour Counties are keeping an extra sharp eye on the roads these days. There is a campaign underway to sack aggressive drivers... and to keep PennDOT work zones safe. The aggressive driving campaign will continue through April 29th.

 

Storm Repairs

The State House has voted overwhelmingly to authorize millions of dollars to fix bridges damaged in last year's back-to-back storms. The measure now requires Senate approval. The House voted 193 to 3 for a bill that covers dozens of projects in 14 counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The list of projects would be paid for with $50 - million from the state's Motor License Fund, which would bolster federal money.

 

Attorney Charged

A Wilkes – Barre attorney has been charged by the federal government with one count of mail fraud. Attorney Anthony Lupas is named in a separate lawsuit... accused of a “ponzi” scheme in which he allegedly bilked people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for investments. No word if there is a correlation between the federal charge and a lawsuit filed by attorney Ernie Preate... representing some of the folks allegedly swindled. While the 77 – year old Lupas was in federal court in Scranton... federal agents served search warrants on his home and law office.

 

Alleged Abduction

A 26 – year old Hazleton man is jailed... and faces a long list of charges... after he allegedly abducted a pregnant woman on Diamond Avenue this week. Carlos Cortes is jailed on $150,000 cash bail after he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted the woman. Authorities say she was able to escape by jumping out the window of the car as it cruised along Route 940 near Ebervale. Now... police Say Cortes may be involved with the kidnapping of a woman near Mine Shaft Road.

 

Hit & Run

A Shamokin Area School District teacher remains locked up on $100,000 bail... after allegedly striking five people either walking or biking along the Locust Gap Highway near Mt. Carmel last night. 38 – year old Victor Swaboski the Third failed to stop... and was captured a short time later hiding in a wooded area near a former lumber yard. Police say alcohol may have played a factor. Two of the teens were taken by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... the third rushed to a Shamokin Hospital. Swaboski was arraigned and remanded to the Northumberland County Jail.

 

Juvenile Protection

Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill dealing with the protection of juveniles in PA courtrooms. The one headed to the governor was created after the corruption scandal involving two Luzerne County Judges. Former Judge Mark Ciavarella... for instance... sent juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by friends... and in the process... boxes of cash crossed his desk. Two other pieces of legislation is also expected to be signed by the governor.

 

PPL Chairman

Allentown – based PPL Corporation's board of directors has elected 55 – year old William Spence chairman of the company. The promotion becomes effective the first of the month. Spence will replace chairman James Miller who plans to retire at the end of the month.

 

Hazleton Hit & Run

A Hazleton youngster remains hospitalized after being run over by a hit and run driver Wednesday night. Police say the 11 – year old boy was struck by a pick up at the intersection of South Vine and Chestnut Streets. He was critically injured and flown to the hospital. If you have information on the hit and run... call Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Action

It will be a busy day for sports Friday on Bloomsburg University's upper campus. The Husky baseball team plays Shippensburg in a doubleheader with the first game starting at 1 o'clock. The softball team also plays a doubleheader against Philadelphia University starting at 2:30. Also... the Husky men's and women's tennis teams go against Millersville starting at 3:30.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team begins spring drills tomorrow morning. Head Coach Danny Hale says he's looking for a strong quarterback. Starting Saturday morning, the Huskies will have 15 practices culminating in the annual spring game on April 28th.

 

NCAA Basketball

New Orleans is the venue for the men's college basketball final four. Saturday night Kentucky faces Louisville at 6 o'clock followed by Ohio State against Kansas.

Mullgate Comes to an End


Ron Mull Resigns

Bloomsburg Town Council will soon begin a search to find a new Town Administrator... now that embattled Ron Mull has resigned. That information revealed during a special meeting of Town Council Thursday night. If you recall... Mull was escorted out of Town Hall three weeks ago... and an investigation was launched into possible violation of town policy. Mayor Dan Knorr says the investigation by a Philadelphia Labor Attorney was not able to be fully completed before Mull resigned by letter. Although no one would talk about why Mull was relieved of his duties back on March 9th... only weeks after he left as Borough Manager in Middletown near Harrisburg... sources telling WHLM News that he ruffled the feathers of town staffers... and had an abrasive management style. The sources simply stated that an investigation by attorney Pat Harvey was to determine if Mull violated any town policies. Whatever the case Mayor Dan Knorr says he expects council to reach out to firms who might be able to help the Town find the right person. Some background on how Ron Mull came to Bloomsburg dates back to last summer when Council wasn't happy with the batch of candidates who initially applied for the job... as a replacement for the retiring Carol Mas. They were not considered... with a second batch brought in for interviews... and Ron Mull was selected as the leading candidate. He began his job around February 1st... after giving Middletown council members a days notice he was leaving. The Ron Mull - era ended Thursday night with his letter of resignation. We'll have more on the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm starting at 6 AM / Eastern on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com

 

 

Thursday / March 29, 2012


Hit & Run

An elementary teacher for the Shamokin Area School District is facing a long list of charges... after he allegedly struck three people walking on the Locust Gap Highway near Mt. Carmel... and failed to stop. Authorities finding 39 – year old Victor Swaboski hiding in a wooded area near 7th and Poplar Streets after he allegedly struck the trio near the elementary school around 8:20 Wednesday night. Two of the teens were life – flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... while a third was transported to the Shamokin Hospital for treatment.

 

Geisinger Expansion

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has expansion plans on the horizon. They plan to build a new 115,000 square foot laboratory at a cost of nearly 53 – million dollars starting in early 2013. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... they should be open for business in 2015. The new building will be located between the Hospital for Advanced Medicine and a parking garage.

 

Harassment Charge

State Police at Bloomsburg continue to investigate an incident which happened in the 7 – hundred block of Rohrsburg Road in Greenwood Township late Thursday afternoon. A police – issued news release says 19 – year old Cody Wormuth of Berwick is accused of injuring a 16 – year old girl... as well as a 17 – year old boy. No reason is given for the incident... but Wormuth is expected to be facing harassment charges once they're filed through a District Magistrate's office.

 

Fire Scare

Volunteer firemen from across northern Columbia County... as well as Bloomsburg, Espy and Buckhorn were called to the apartment complex in the 600 block of South State Street in Millville Wednesday night. Initial radio reports said a tenant on the second floor believed an electrical fire had broken out and the building was evacuated. But upon further check... that was not the case. Bloomsburg's ladder truck and an engine responded to the scene... as well as Espy's Rapid Intervention team.

 

PPL Inspections

Now that PPL and contractor crews have wrapped up a survey of overhead distribution lines due to the mild winter... also on the agenda is taking a look at utility poles holding up those lines. PPL's Terri McBride from her Bloomsburg office says checking on poles and cross arms is a labor intensive task... but it must be done.

 

Mega Millions

The Mega Millions lottery game is getting a lot of attention this week. No one hit the jackpot Tuesday night... pushing the big money to at least $500 - million for Friday's drawing....

 

Hazleton / YouTube

Police have filed charges against a Hazleton mother after she allegedly instigated a fight between her 14 – year old daughter and a second girl last November. What makes it worse... there is video tape of the fight... and it's gone viral on YouTube. 35 - year old Elisa Henchenski is charged with corruption of minors... and endangering the welfare of children. On the video... Henchenski is heard in the background egging on the fight. Still to be determined when Henchenski will appear at a preliminary hearing.

 

Juvenile Justice

Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill dealing with the protection of juveniles in PA courtrooms. The one headed to the governor's desk was created after the corruption scandal involving two Luzerne County Judges. Former Judge Mark Ciavarella... for instance... sent juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by friends... and in the process... boxes of cash crossed his desk. Two other pieces of legislation are also expected to be signed by the governor.

 

PPL Chairman

Allentown – based PPL Corporation's board of directors has elected 55 – year old William Spence chairman of the company. The promotion becomes effective the first of the month. Spence will replace chairman James Miller who plans to retire at the end of the month.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Dixon Trophy

Bloomsburg University has moved up to second place in the race to claim the 20011-2012 Dixon Trophy. That award goes to the top overall sports program in the PSAC. The Huskies trail only California going into the spring sports season. The winner will be announced May 15 at the PSAC Awards Luncheon in Harrisburg.

 

Blake Rankin

Bloomsburg high school senior Blake Rankin will play one more high school game before heading to Rutgers. The record setting quarterback for the Panthers has been added to the Pennsylvania squad for the Big 33 Classic. Pennsylvania plays Ohio June 16 at Hershey Park Stadium.

 

MLB

Major League Baseball's regular season got an early start Wednesday. In a game played in Tokyo, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in 11 innings.

Wednesday / March 28, 2012


Town of Bloomsburg Vs. Mull

There is a special meeting of Bloomsburg Town Council Thursday night... and it deals with the fate of newly – hired administrator Ron Mull. Mull was hired by the town in January... but he apparently didn't get off on the right foot with staffers. Since being placed on leave March 9th... a $300 an hour Philadelphia labor attorney has been investigating Mr. Mull's actions to see if he violated any of the town's policies. Mayor Dan Knorr says the special Bloomsburg Town Council meeting will take place Thursday night at six O'clock in Council Chambers and start with an executive session to talk about Mull's future status with the town.

 

Standoff

Eleven years after being fired as police chief of Scott Township over performance issues... a despondent 58 – year old Steven Keller threatened to take his own life in a roadside standoff on the north side of the Catawissa Bridge. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... Keller had pulled his K-Cab shuttle bus off of Route 42... and when an officer checked the situation... he saw Keller with a handgun. Officers from nearby townships arrived... as well as the County's SWAT team. But Keller surrendered without incident... and was admitted to Geisinger Medical Center for observation. No charges will be filed.

 

Shenandoah Fire

Investigators are still trying to determine what started a fire in Shenandoah on Tuesday which took four lives. The fire broke out on the first floor of 117 East Coal Street.... quickly spreading to three adjoining row homes. The dead included a 28 – year old woman... her ten year old son and two nephews aged ten and seven months. An eight year old youngster was able to get out of the house by breaking a window.

 

Ashland Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a blaze which extensively damaged a double – block home in the 14 – hundred Market Street in Ashland. Four people were in the home when the fire broke out early Tuesday morning. All getting out safely... and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Teen Star Competition

It was a huge success last year.... and this year's First Columbia Teen Star competition is expected to be top notch. First Columbia Bank's Maria Valles says applications are now being accepted for the competition which begins April 20th... and culminates May 20th at the Haas Center on the Bloomsburg University campus.

 

Hazleton Juveniles

Hazleton police have charged three juveniles in the alleged brutal beating of a 13 – year old girl earlier this month. Cops says the gang – related incident happened at Atmiller Park. That's when the girl was abducted... put into a car and driven to the park where she was allegedly beaten by three 9th graders. One has surrendered... .while police continue to look for two others.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team swept a home doubleheader from Clarion Tuesday. The Huskies defeated the Golden Eagles 16 - 8 in the first game and 6 - 5 in the nightcap. Bloomsburg now has a record of 13-11. The Huskies play a home doubleheader Friday afternoon against Shippensburg.

 

Southern Track

Undefeated in dual meets last season, the Southern Columbia boys track & field team opened this season with a 103 and a half to 46 and a half win over Central Columbia on Tuesday. It was the first meet on the new artificial surface track at Tiger Stadium. Southern Columbia coach Lanny Conner talked to our Jim Doyle saying the new track surface had led to less leg injuries... and has allowed athletes to get on the track during January and February. In the girls meet, it was Central Columbia 85 and a half and Southern Columbia 64 and a half.

 

NCAA Women

The NCAA Division one women's basketball tournament is down to the final four. Baylor and Stanford made it with wins on Monday night. On Tuesday night... Connecticut defeated Kentucky 80 to 65... and Notre Dame downed Maryland 80 to 49.

Tuesday / March 27, 2012


Frigid Weather

After experiencing March as one of the warmest on record... here comes a high pressure area from Canada... pumping in cold weather across the northeast. Temperatures in the upper 20's to lower 30's Tuesday morning... and it won't break out of the 40's all day. Barry Lambert with the National Weather Service in State College says we can expect more cold weather before it's safe for tender plants.

 

MullGate

The Bloomsburg Town Council will meet Thursday night in a special session. The only topic is the future of newly – hired administrator Ron Mull.... now on a paid leave while an attorney wraps up an investigation into Mull's possible policy violations. If you recall... Mull was escorted from Town Hall nearly three weeks ago... and has been off the job since. Former administrator Carol Mass is pinch – hitting at $60 an hour... while Mull is being paid his $75,000 a year salary... while a labor relations attorney is earning $300 an hour while he investigates Mull's actions. Thursday night's meeting will start with an executive session at 6 O'clock at Council Chamber at Town Hall.

 

Veterans Memorial

There is a move afoot to honor military veterans of the area... and it centers around Bloomsburg Town Park. During last night's Town Council meeting... Mayor Dan Knorr spoke of disagreements in the past... and how a new committee will now use a clean sheet of paper to bring the proposal to reality.  No timetable has been established for the proposed new Veterans Memorial.

 

Tire Explosion

A Mainville man is dead when a tire from a skid – steer exploded as he and his son were attempting to mount the tire on a wheel using ether at the family home on West Maple Lane. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition 61 – year old Jim Shuman died when he was struck in the head by the wheel. His son... Josh... was knocked out by the explosion and transported for treatment at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Shuman was a long time farmer... as well as a custodian at the Beaver – Main Elementary School.

 

Firemen Arrested

Two men... members of the Potts Grove Fire Department... are jailed on a quarter million dollars bond each... after they were charged last night with arson. 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg... and 19 – year old Zane Snyder of Milton are accused of setting fire to an abandon home on Kelly's Dam Road in Liberty Township in Montour County. They were arraigned before District Judge Marvin Shrawder. The Sunbury Daily Item reports the pair are also expected to be charged with setting three other fires in Montour County... several fires in Northumberland County... as well as making false reports in Union County.

 

Big Event

Bloomsburg University students are getting ready for this years “big event” which takes place Saturday. It's an opportunity for students to show their appreciation to town residents by performing chores around the area. The Big Event gets underway Saturday at the square... with nearly 1,100 college – age students fanning out south on Market Street... and selected areas of Bloomsburg.

 

Karen Boback

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women started the week hosting a panel discussion about the empowerment of woman. One of the panelists was State Representative Karen Boback who serves Columbia, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Ms Boback joined a half – dozen panelists with a variety of backgrounds.

 

Trout Season

Southeastern Pennsylvania will get an early start on this year's trout season. WHLM's Matt Paul reports opening day is Saturday for 18 – counties... including anglers in neighboring Schuylkill County. The fish and game commission says Columbia and Montour County streams will be open for fishing on April 14th.

 

Orie Conviction

Republican state Senator Jane Orie... accused of using her state-funded legislative staff to perform campaign work for herself and a state judge who’s her sister... was convicted Monday on 14 counts of theft of services, conflict of interest and forgery. She is likely to be forced from the Senate... losing her pension in the process. 50 – year old Orie was acquitted of 10 other counts including perjury and election code violations.

 

Plea Deal

One of the two men charged with killing a man on a Hazleton Street corner early last year... has accepted a plea deal. Angel Sanchez pleaded guilty to third degree murder on Monday in the death of 21 – year old Vladimir Ruiz. The 21 – year old Sanchez could get up to 40 – year in prison when he's sentenced May 29th. Also charged with the crime is 25 – year old Rodolfo Hiraldo – Perez. A jury is expected to hear his case... and if found guilty... Hiraldo – Perez could face life in prison.

 

Hit & Run

Police in the Hazleton area have arrested the man accused of allegedly running down a second man with his pick up truck Sunday night. 20 – year old Justin Maylath of Jeddo was arrested and faces a long list of charges after he allegedly struck 18 – year old Vincent Catrone, Jr. of Hazleton. The incident shut down State Route 940 and Hillside drive for a couple of hours. Maylath was found at his Jeddo home. Catrone was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he remains for treatment of injuries.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania have risen an estimated twelve cents from a month ago... but up eight cents from a week ago. That information contained in the latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning. An overnight check of gas stations show... that self – serve, unleaded regular across the area shows that gas is averaging $3.88 a gallon... up two cents from Monday. However... a week ago we were paying $3.80 a gallon.... and a month ago... averaging $3.76 a gallon. If you look around... you can find gas prices a lot let expensive.... or a lot more... depending the amount of traffic around a gas station.

 

I-80 Work

If you're using the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 the new few days... you may encounter a slow roll from the Lightstreet to Mifflinville interchanges. That word from PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason. The rolling road block is due to the contractor setting beams on the new westbound bridge over the Susquehanna River between Lime Ridge and Mifflinville. The work will take from 9:30 AM through 6 PM.

 

Robin Musto

The Shikellamy School Board will launch a search to find a new Superintendent... now that it accepted the resignation of Robin Musto. She has been with the district since the summer of 2010... and just a month ago took a medical leave of absence. Musto's tenure has been marked with a reduction in district operations... and that has put her at odds with some board members... as well as teachers and students.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team plays Clarion in a doubleheader this afternoon at Danny Litwhiler Field on the upper campus. The Huskies will take an 11-11 record into today's games while Clarion is 5 and 11. Today's first game begins at 1 o'clock.

 

PSU's Spring Practice

Penn State began spring football practice on Monday... and it was the first practice conducted by new head coach Bill O'Brien. The former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, O'Brien was hired in January as the late Joe Paterno's successor.

Monday / March 26, 2012


PPL / NRC

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they'll continue to keep their eye on PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.... just north of Berwick. The Commission holding a recent public meeting saying the company had 22 non – safety violations at the plant from late 2010 through 2011. The NRC's Paul Krohn says the violations had to do with procedures and practices but PPL needs to improve what they do.

 

Register Deadline

If you want to vote in the April 24th primary election... and you're not registered.... Monday is the final day to sign up. That word from Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. He says you have until the close of business Monday afternoon to register... or change your address if you've moved in the past six months.

 

Woman Assault

Bloomsburg Police are investigating an assault of a woman early Sunday morning... and are looking for a suspect. Police say the incident happened in the 100 – block of W. Main Street when the man... in his mid – 20's asked the woman for directions.

The man then pushed the woman up against the stairwell of the apartment building an fondled her. Police are looking for a man of Indian descent.. about 5-10... speaking broken English... and last seen wearing a long sleeve maroon and gold rugby polo shirt. Call Bloomsburg Police if you have any information about the incident at 784-6779.

 

Flood Control Legislation

A number of bills dealing with flood control legislation will make their way through the State House in Harrisburg. The proposed legislation ranges from flood control and hazard mitigation from Rep. David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township... to local abatement of Real Estate taxes by Rep. Lynda Culver... and flood relief for small businesses authored by Rep. Kurt Masser who represents the southern portion of Columbia County. Since the measures are just being introduced... there's no word on when action will take place.

 

P&G Death

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration will be in Mehoopany... after a Wilkes – Barre man died in an industrial accident over the weekend at the Procter & Gamble plant. Company officials aren't saying how 36 – year old Jason Slavish died.... but they say the accident happened while production was shut down for maintenance. Slavish had worked at the company since the late '90s.

 

Hit & Run

Police in Hazle Township are investigating a hit and run which took place last night near the Red Buzzard Pub. Authorities had to shut down the intersection of Route 940 and Hillside drive for nearly an hour while an investigation was underway. Investigators were trying to find a white Ford diesel crew cab in connection with the incident. The person hit... was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.

 

Shamokin Shooting

Shamokin police are investigating an early Sunday morning incident in which a prank didn't turn out as planned. They say 59 – year old David Latsha of Third Avenue in Shamokin was wrestled to the ground in front of his home shortly after police arrived. That's when he confessed to shooting his friend... Paul Kinsey with a 357 caliber handgun. Latsha telling authorities he jumped out of a closet to scare Kinsey... after allegedly hiding from his girlfriend... who never appeared... and after snorting a powdery substance. Kinsey was taken to Geisinger in Danville. Latsha was taken into custody by police.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University

Multi - sport college athletes are rare, but Bloomsburg University has a very good one in sophomore Justin Shirk. Last fall, as a linebacker on the Husky football team, Shirk was a second team all conference selection. This spring he's doing great things for the track & field team. On Saturday in the Early Bird Invitational at Lock Haven, Shirk placed first in the javelin with a winning throw of 187 feet, two inches. He was one of 12 Bloomsburg athletes who achieved PSAC qualifying marks in that invitational.

 

NCAA Men

The NCAA Division one men's basketball tournament is down to the final four. Kentucky and Kansas advanced over the weekend. Kentucky defeated Baylor 82-70 while Kansas getting by North Carolina 80-67. This Saturday Kentucky will play Louisville and Kansas will take on Ohio State.

 

NCAA Women

In the women's tournament Sunday, the final team from Pennsylvania was eliminated when Penn State lost to Connecticut 77-59.

Straight Ahead on the WHLM Morning Buzz


Morning Buzz Preview

Coming up on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Joe remains topical... and he'll be joined by WHLM political consultant Larry White in the 7 O'clock hours. On the WHLM Morning News with Mark Williams... he'll tell you about a what today means for Columbia County's Chief Registrar.... as well as follows up on that public hearing involving the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pennsylvania Power and Light... and the alleged procedural violations at the company's Steam Electric Plant in Salem Township north of Berwick. The WHLM Morning Buzz begins at 6 O'clock / Eastern on News Radio 930 / WHLM. We're streaming live at www.whlm.com.

What's Happening Sunday March 25, 2012


This is the final weekend to catch the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s performance of the comedy “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s.”  Show time is this afternoon at 3:00…call 784-8181 to reserve your seats.

 

The Fishing Creek Players present “The Snow Queen” this weekend at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton.  The show is this afternoon at 2:00.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose will serve up a breakfast from 8:00 am to noon today open to the public.

 

The Nescopeck Fire Company hopes you’ll join them at a Chinese Auction today from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church is hosting an old-fashioned hymn sing tonight at 6:30 PM…there will be special music and an ice cream social following the hymn sing.

 

At Wesley United Methodist Church there’s a flood festival with homemade children’s carnival games, prizes, and ice cream from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  All proceeds from the day will benefit AGAPE’s continued flood relief efforts.

What's Happening Saturday March 24, 2012


This weekend the Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library association are hosting their 12th annual book sale.  Hours are 1:00 to 5:00 pm today, 1:00 to 4:00 pm tomorrow, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday.

 

St. Joseph Church in Berwick is hosting a spring craft/vendor and food fair today…they’ll have Easter Candy and chocolates, pasta and baked goods, floral arrangements, quilted items, seasonal crafts, and much more.  The church is located at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

First Presbyterian Church in Bloomsburg is hosting a rummage and food sale today…it’s dollar a bag day.

 

SMILE invites you to their paddle auction today from 1:00t o 4:00 pm at New Covenant Christian Center in Berwick.

 

Trinity Lutheran Church is serving up a ham potpie supper this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00.

 

The Montour-Delong Fairgrounds are the place for an all you can eat haddock fish dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00.  Active military personnel dressed in uniform will receive their meals free.

 

There’s a ham supper at Town Hill United Methodist Church from 4:30 to 6:30…the dinner will be served family style with take-outs available.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open today as usual…the church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Bloomsburg University SOLVE Office is hosting a free carnival for children ages 12 and younger today from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Nelson Field House…campus organizations will have booths set up with activities, games and crafts.

 

This is the final weekend to catch the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s performance of the comedy “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s.”  Show times are tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00…call 784-8181 to reserve your seats.

 

The Fishing Creek Players present “The Snow Queen” this weekend at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton.  The show is tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose will serve up a breakfast from 8:00 am to noon tomorrow open to the public.

 

The Nescopeck Fire Company hopes you’ll join them at a Chinese Auction tomorrow from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church is hosting an old-fashioned hymn sing tomorrow at 6:30 PM…there will be special music and an ice cream social following the hymn sing.

 

Tomorrow at Wesley United Methodist Church there’s a flood festival with homemade children’s carnival games, prizes, and ice cream from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  All proceeds from the day will benefit AGAPE’s continued flood relief efforts.

Friday / March 23, 2012


Chamber Meets with Political Leaders

For the first time... Columbia and Montour County officials... as well a political leaders on a local level met Thursday night at the Bloomsburg Fire hall to talk about the issues they're facing. Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says the session was a great way to open the communication stream. In addition to a chamber update... area tourism was discussed... as well as emergency communications... and a proposed reform in the prevailing wage law.

 

PPL Inspection

A mild winter has allowed PPL crews to get a pretty good idea of the utilities distribution system throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania. The company's Terri McBride says with the use of thermal imaging cameras... the Allentown – based utility now knows where problems are developing. Ms. McBride says the mild winter weather allowed crews to inspect an estimated 600 miles of overhead distribution lines... as well as power distribution sub-stations.

 

Check Points

Troopers from the Bloomsburg sub – station of the Pennsylvania State Police will be doing more this weekend than their usual patrols. They plan on conducting sobriety checkpoints across Columbia County. It's all in support of the State Police Checkpoint Strikeforce. A news release says the program is designed to reduce alcohol – related crashes. No word where and when those checkpoints will be established... but in the past they've been concentrated on Route 11, 487 and route 42.

 

Kiddie Porn

A Hazleton man... initially charged on the state level more than 400 counts of allegedly having kiddie porn on his computer... will now be charged on the federal level. 21 – year old Rafael Polonia was originally charged by State Police in January.... but was re-arrested this week on the federal charges. That means... if convicted... he'll be facing a longer prison term.

 

Texting Teacher

A preliminary hearing is set for April 24th in the “sexting” case involving a former substitute teacher at the Shamokin Area High School. 23 – year old Michael Zack of Marion Heights... allegedly sent 43 – hundred text messages to four teenage girls... all school students... between March and October of last year. Police say some of the messages were explicit. Zack remains free on 20 – thousand dollars unsecured bail.

 

Sandusky Latest

Jerry Sandusky's attorney asked a judge to dismiss all 52 sex-abuse counts against the former Penn State assistant football coach. Joseph Amendola says they were too vague, too flimsy or happened too long ago to be adequately defended in court. Sandusky is accused of allegedly sexually abusing ten boys over a 15 – year period of time. Centre County Judge John Cleland has scheduled an April 5th hearing on the issue.

 

911 Center

Authorities are trying to track down the source of letters mailed to Northumberland County residents asking to donate money to the County's 911 center. County officials saying the letters are nothing more than a scam... since the center in Sunbury is funded with taxpayer dollars. Officials add... if you get a letter or are called to donate.... give the 911 emergency center a call.

 

Voter Registration

Want to vote in the April 24th Pennsylvania primary election and you're not registered? Monday is the last day to sign up to cast a ballot. Officials say voter registration forms can be found on the websites of your particular county... or by stopping by any county elections office. There is one catch... there will be a soft rollout of the new voter ID law during the primary. If you don't have a government issued ID... you'll still be allowed to cast a ballot... but come the November general election... an ID is required.

 

Pedestrian Killed

We now know the name of the man killed by a car on Interstate 81 near Wilkes – Barre earlier this week. Police say they don't know what prompted 52 – year old Darren Simonson to be walking along the highway when he was struck and killed. The accident shut down the busy north – south highway for hours while investigators did their work.

 

Northumberland Park

Northumberland may soon have a dog park in its future. Councilman Steven Reed is the force behind the park on Orange Street in Northumberland... between Seven and Eighth Streets... at Jolly Hollow. The borough council was considering selling the property, but now have backed off and have started pushing the dog park concept.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

BU Baseball / Softball

The Bloomsburg University baseball and softball teams both play doubleheaders Friday afternoon. The baseball team is at home against Kutztown with the first game starting at 1 o'clock. The Huskies will take a 10 and 8 record into that doubleheader. The softball team is at Mansfield with the first game scheduled for 2:30. The softball team has a record of 15 and 5.

 

High School Basketball

Pennsylvania's high school basketball season comes to an end this weekend with the state championship finals at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State. Four games will be played Friday starting at noon and four more Saturday.

 

NCAA

In the NCAA Division one men's basketball tournament Thursday night... Syracuse got by Wisconsin 64 to 63... Louisville topped Michigan State 57 – 44... Florida dispatched Marquette 68 to 58 and Ohio State downed Cincinnati 81 to 66. Four more games are on tap Friday night.

Thursday / March 22, 2012


NRC Hearing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken Pennsylvania Power and Light to the woodshed for nearly two – dozen violations at the Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick. During a packed hearing in Berwick on Wednesday... the NRC said the problems found were with reactor one. PPL's chief nuclear officer Timothy Rausch says the utility is attempting to right the wrongs the agency discovered. Despite the problems...the NRC says PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric system is operating safely.

 

The BIG Event

1,100 Bloomsburg University students will make their way through town next Saturday... all helping residents clean up following a somewhat mild winter. Matt Feldstein of the Community Government Association says the event starts on the Bloomsburg Town Square Saturday the 31st.

 

Sex Case

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Jail after being charged with sexually abusing an 11 – year old girl. Police say 36 – year old Jose Cruz of North Church Street was arrested Wednesday... accused with a long list of sex related charges... including two counts of rape of a child. Cruz is accused of abusing the child over the past three years.

 

Person Struck

Interstate 81... near Wilkes – Barre... in Luzerne County is back open this morning after being shut down part of the night. The southbound lane of the road was shuttered when a car struck and killed a pedestrian near the interchange with the North Cross Valley Expressway. At one time... traffic was backed up for five miles. Authorities have not released the name of the person hit..

 

Bob Mellow

Folks are circling April 27th on their calendar. That's the day former state Senate Democratic Leader Robert Mellow will appear in Philadelphia Federal Court to plead guilty to conspiracy. It was a week ago... Mellow was charged by the feds with conspiracy to use senate staffers to organize political events. He's also accused of filing a false income tax return for 2008.

 

I-80

If you're thinking of using the westbound lane Interstate 80 later today in Montour County between the Danville rest area and the Limestoneville exit... you may think about using an alternate route. PennDOT's Rick Mason says one of the westbound lanes will be closed part of the afternoon. The contractor installing the so – called “intelligent Transportation System...” will shut down one of the lanes in order to unload equipment from trucks.

 

Northumberland Park

Northumberland may soon have a dog park in its future. Councilman Steven Reed is the force behind the park on Orange Street in Northumberland... between Seven and Eighth Streets... at Jolly Hollow. The borough council was considering selling the property, but now have backed off and have started pushing the dog park concept.

 

WHLM Sports

 

New Orleans Saints

Bloomsburg University graduate Jahri Evans will have a new head coach this season. This fall will be the 7th season for Evans as a starting guard for the New Orleans Saints. On Wednesday... the NFL announced that Saints coach Sean Payton is suspended for an entire season after the Saints were found guilty of having a bounty on opposing players for the past three seasons.

 

NCAA Basketball

The NCAA men's basketball tournament resumes tonight with four game on the schedule. In Boston, Syracuse plays Wisconsin... and Cincinnati takes on Ohio State. In Phoenix, Michigan State plays Louisville...and Marquette takes on Florida.

Wednesday / March 21, 2012


Mull Investigation 

We may have an answer by Monday's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting as to why newly – hired administrator Ron Mull is off the job... and on paid leave. Mull was hired at $75,000 a year... but was escorted out of town hall nearly two weeks ago. Now... the Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the town has hired a high – priced Philadelphia labor attorney to see if Mull violated policy. Town taxpayers are now paying attorney Pat Harvey $300 an hour to investigate Mull.

 

Tax Credit

It's tax preparation time of the year for all of us... and in particular... small businesses. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... tax preparer Kim Schooley says now there's a deduction aimed at small businesses who provide health insurance for their employees. Schooley... who is a small business person running a tax preparation service on the Bloomsburg – Danville Highway... says more and more business owners are taking advantage of the little – known credit.

 

Geisinger Drill

A simulated emergency drill at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville last night. The Danville Fire Department's Station 60 and Ladder 19 taking part in the exercise at the rear of the hospital... eventually raising the 100 foot aerial ladder to the roof top helipad... where a Life Flight helicopter landed earlier in the day. In the scenario... rescuers had to get to the helicopter which made a hard landing. The exercise was designed to train crews on what to do in the event of the unthinkable happening. All those involved in the simulation... as well as emergency managers will go over the data collected to see what when right... and where they can improve their rescue efforts.

 

Nuke Plant

Want to know about the safety of the PPL nuclear plant is in Salem Township... in Luzerne County... north of Berwick. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting Wednesday afternoon dealing with the agency's annual assessment of 2011 safety performance for the Susquehanna Steam Electric station. The session is scheduled to begin at 4 O'clock at the Eagle's Building in the 100 – block of South Market Street in Berwick. A second session begins at 7 O'clock. That meeting deals with the results of a February inspection at the plant.

 

Sentence / Richards

The Former Luzerne County Human Resources Director will begin serving prison time starting next month. 48 – year old Douglas Richards pleaded guilty in December of 2010 of establishing a dummy company designed to preform payroll work for the county. Richards appealed the 15 – month prison sentence... his lawyer saying it should have been a lot shorter... but a three judge panel affairmed the Judge James Munley's sentencing. He will report to prison April 25th.

 

Susquehanna Bridges

There will be a traffic trouble spot the next two days in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80... between South Centre and Mifflin Township. It all deals with work on that $50 - million dollar project to provide a series of new or rehabilitated bridges. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed during the day from the Lime Ridge / Berwick interchange to Mifflinville. On Thursday... the eastbound left lane will be closed by the contractor in order to move equipment through the area.

 

Masser Satellite Office

State Representative Kurt Masser will greet his constituents twice this week when he visits his satellite offices. His office in Harrisburg telling us... Representative Masser will be at the Anthony Township building in Turbotville starting at noon time Wednesday. On Friday... he'll spend a couple of hours at the Zerbe Township Municipal building in the 800 block of Mahanoy Street in Treverton... starting at 10 O'clock. Masser represents Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties.

 

Sandusky Ruling

A pre – trial win for Jerry Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola. Judge John Cleland ruling in Centre County Court that prosecutors must turn over the phone numbers and addresses of those who say they were molested by Sandusky. The 68 – year old Sandusky is accused of allegedly sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year period of time. The ruling also clears the way for the prosecution to turn over any psychological evaluations preformed on the accusers. Sandusky goes on trial on 52 counts May 14th.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU's Jordan

Bloomsburg University sophomore Donthe Jordan has been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All District Atlantic first team. He becomes the first Husky to receive that honor since 1997. Earlier this year, Jordan was named the PSAC East player of the year.

 

NCAA Women's

In a second round game in the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament last night Penn State defeated No. 5 seed LSU 90 to 80.

 

Hines Ward

A tearful Hines Ward announced yesterday that he is retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Three weeks ago, the 36 year old wide receiver was released by the Steelers in a salary cap decision. He decided not to play for any other team. Ward holds every significant receiving record in team history... including receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He won two Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh and was the game's MVP in 2006.

Tuesday / March 20, 2012


PPL Outage

There is a power issues to tell you about this morning. PPL is reporting an estimated 250 subscribers are without power along Route 11... from Park Street in Bloomsburg... north to Central Road. The power in that area... made up of mainly commercial customers... went out around 3:30 this morning. The outage has taken out some traffic signals along Route 11... so please be careful driving in that area.

 

Traffic Enforcement

If you're seeing a couple of more cop cars than usual on the highways these days... it's not a figment of your imagination. Now through the end of April... officers are cracking down on aggressive driving... as well as speeding in work zones... so says Bob Schaeffer of the Pottsville – based community traffic safety project. In Columbia County... Interstate 80... as well as Routes 487 and 11 will be targeted by various agencies. The funding coming from the federal government and channeled through PennDOT.

 

Fuel Spill

Mahoning Township Police are still trying to determine if a 1,500 gallon diesel fuel spill along route 54 near Danville was an accident or vandalism. The incident taking place outside Leighow Oil when a valve was discovered in the “open” position on a tank. Officials say clean-up crews spent the weekend.... and are expected to spend the rest of the week cleaning up the fuel. When the spill was first reported... firefighters were able to prevent the fuel from getting into Mahoning Creek.

 

Masser / Hynoski

High praise for a Southern Columbia High School football standout... who did his part to get the New York Giants into the Superbowl. Henry Hynoski was recently honored by the State House in Harrisburg for his attributes... and praised by State Representative Kurt Masser who represents Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties. Hynoski was hired by the Giants after last summer's NFL lockout as their starting fullback... and was instrumental with getting the Giants into this year's Superbowl.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

One of the highlights of the spring dining season is on tap for Wednesday night at the Moose Exchange on West Main Street in Bloomsburg. It's the annual Spaghetti dinner to benefit Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated. Merchant Tim Wagner who heads up the DBI says you can get advanced sale tickets at a lot of businesses along Main Street. Wagner says tickets for the meal are $6.00 in advance... and $7.00 the night of the event.... at the Moose Exchange at Main and Jefferson Streets.

 

Fire Call

Bloomsburg firemen were called out late last night to the upper campus of Bloomsburg University. Someone discovering smoke in the Jessica Kozloff Apartments around 11:30 Monday night. Campus security finding a florescent light ballast had failed. Firefighters taking a second look for an extension of heat with their thermal camera. The scene at the apartment complex on the upper campus cleared by midnight.

 

Trial Verdict

A Luzerne County court jury has found 49 – year old Arthur Stoss guilty of first degree murder. He's accused of ending the life of Lillian Calabro of Pittston and tossing her body in the Susquehanna River. Calabro's body was discovered a year ago in Kirby Park in Wilkes – Barre. This is not Stoss' first run – in with the law... he's been in and out of prison since he was convicted of sexual assault back in 1987.

Sentencing will take place at a later date.

 

Interim Chief

An Allentown man has been named interim budget and finance chief for Luzerne County. 65 – year old Vic Mazziotti fills the spot of Joan Pusateri who vacated the job last week. Luzerne County manager Robert Lawton says Mazziotti will be paid $40.00 an hour... but will not receive any benefits.

 

Truck Crash

A Lehigh County truck driver died Monday... after he lost control of his big rig near Brandonville... in Schuylkill County... southwest of Hazleton. Authorities say the accident took place on Route 924... as the road makes it's way to Shenandoah on a very steep descent. Investigators still don't know if the truck had some sort of mechanical failure... or the driver's lack of knowledge of the road led to the crash.

 

Sunoco Terminal

Sunoco says it plans to close its terminal near Tamaqua in the not too distant future. That has home heating oil retailers scrambling to figure out where to get their product. For many retailers... the closest terminal is in either Northumberland County... or Whitehall... near Allentown. Those retailers add... their home delivery prices in lower Luzerne County and the Tamaqua area could increase anywhere from five to twenty cents a gallon.

 

Shamokin/Coal Twp

It was a rough weekend on the streets of Shamokin and Coal Township. Police probing five alleged assault – related incidents. The incidents left two men injured... but they were treated and released at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Meantime... 28 – year old Jason Derck of Treverton is in the Northumberland County Jail on $10,000 bail after he was arrested for an alleged dust – up while wielding a baseball bat with a man in Coal Township. Police say they're still investigating some of the incidents.

 

Gas Prices

Headed someplace this week... be prepared to dig deeper into you pockets at your local gas retailer. The latest Triple A fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular across northeastern Pennsylvania is averaging $3.80 a gallon... up a penny from the weekend... and up six cents from a week ago.  The Triple A says prices at the pump have increased fifteen cents over the past month.

 

WHLM Sports

 

NCAA

The NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament resumes Tuesday night. Among the games.... Penn State at LSU.

 

Peyton Manning

The most coveted free agent in the history of the National Football League has made his decision. Peyton Manning has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos. That apparently leaves Tim Tebow out in the cold. No word on where Tebow may end up.

 

Phillies / Utley

Chase Utley has left the Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp in Clearwater. He says he needs to see a specialist about his injured right knee. The five-time All-Star second baseman hasn't played in a game this spring because of a chronic knee condition that forced him to miss all of last spring and the first 46 games of the regular season.

Monday / March 19, 2012


Voter ID

We're a little more than a month away from next month's Pennsylvania primary election... and that means the soft roll out of the state's voter ID law. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says poll workers will ask for ID... but if you don't have it... that's okay. But come November... if you don't have any picture identification from a governmental agency... you'll be directed to cast a provisional ballot... then show up at the voter office with the proper ID or sign an affidavit swearing you're the person allowed to vote.

 

AGAPE

It's been a long road to recovery for flood victims in Bloomsburg... as well as Columbia and Montour Counties. Faith – based AGAPE was the provider of volunteers and products needed for recovery. But the organization's Cathy Lowe says little more than 200 people have asked for help... but adds more are expected to ask for assistance as the spring weather continues.

 

Traffic Deaths

PennDOT says there were 33 fewer people killed in crashes on state highways in 2011 compared to the previous year. The agency's Barry Schoch said nearly 1,300 people died on state highways last year. Schoch says PennDOT has invested an estimated $50 - million over the past five years to improve safety on highways.

 

Hazleton Bar Fight

Two men remained locked up at the Luzerne County prison... after they were arrested for assaulting and robbing a man outside a Hazleton bar on North Wyoming Street. 37 – year old Henry Carrasquillo – Diaz and 21 – year old Victor Cruz – Romero... both of Puerto Rico... and now living in Hazleton... face a long list of charges. The pair is accused of beating and robbing a man outside the Penn Palace bar early Sunday morning. They are also accused of firing shots at the Pine Street Playground in Hazleton.

 

Luzerne Tax Collectors

The Luzerne County Council says it may look into a contractor to collect taxes... cutting out elected municipal collectors. Council Chairman Jim Boback says lawmakers will need to find out first if the county has the ability to do it... and if a private company could do it cheaper. Whatever the case... the move could save Luzerne County hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

 

Firefighter Money

The Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company... in Luzerne County... will receive nearly $30,000 from the Federal Emergency management agency. Congressman Lou Barletta who serves the area says the money will come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for on – going operations and safety.

 

Susquehanna Bridges

Work progresses on that $50 – million project to provide a series of new or rehabilitated bridges on Interstate 80 near Mifflinville. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed during the day from the Lime Ridge / Berwick interchange to Mifflinville. On Thursday... the eastbound left lane will be closed by the contractor in order to move equipment through the area.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

A 2-1 loss to Walt Peppleman of Harvard on Friday left Bloomsburg University's 157 pounder Frank Hickman one win shy of All-American status. The NCAA Wrestling Championships concluded Saturday in Saint Louis. Penn State won its second straight National Championship.

 

Central Columbia Swimmers

The Central Columbia girls' swimming team finished second in Class AA in the state championships which concluded Saturday at Bucknell University. The Bluejays, under first year head coach Tim Gardner, set 16 school records and one state mark in recording their highest point total ever in a state championship.

 

NCAA Basketball Tournament

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is down to 16 teams. Lehigh, the last Pennsylvania team in the tourney, was eliminated by Xavier 70-58.

 

NIT Tournament

In a second round game yesterday afternoon in the National Invitational Tournament, Bucknell saw its season come to an end with a 75-67 loss at Nevada.

What's Happening Sunday March 18, 2012


The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents the comedy “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” this weekend and next.  Show times are this afternoon at 3:00 PM and next week Thursday through Sunday.  For tickets call the box office at 784-8181.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet this morning from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire hall is located off of Route 642 between Milton and Danville.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ invites you to a  “Streetlight Missions” video presentation tonight at 6:00.  The church is located on Main Road in Sweet Valley.

What's Happening Saturday March 17, 2012


The Columbia Mall is hosting a community day today.  Local non-profit organizations will be set up throughout the mall to display information about their organizations.

 

The Columbia County Traveling Library will hold their biggest book sale of the year today at the Columbia Mall until 6:00 pm.  They will have hardcover best sellers, paperbacks, children’s books, and non-fiction.  They’ll also have vintage and bargain books.  All donations will go to the Columbia County Traveling Library’s flood recovery efforts.

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg invites your kids out for a Leprechaun Hunt today.  Your kids will go on a scavenger hunt, make special crafts, and play with leprechaun traps.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open today…the church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Central Columbia High School Band Chinese auction is today in the gymnasium.  Doors open at 1:00 PM and the drawing begins at 3:00 PM…refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bloomsburg is serving up a Thanksgiving Meal For Spring today.  Takeout meals will be served from 3:30 to 4:30 this afternoon for $8.00, and a dine-in meal will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  The dine-in meal is all you care to eat and it’s $9.00 for you, $5.00 for your children under age 12.  The church is located at the corner of Main and Iron Streets in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Strawberry Ridge United Church of Christ is serving up a home style chicken and waffles dinner this afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  Cost is $9.00 for you, $4.00 for your children ages 6 to 12, and free for your children under age 6.  The church is located on Diehl Road in Danville near the PPL Plant.

 

Benton Boy Scout Troop 51 is sponsoring a spaghetti supper at the Benton Fire Hall today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids ages 6 to 12.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church will offer a contemporary worship service tonight at 6:30 PM.  The service features contemporary Christian music and a meaningful message.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents the comedy “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” this weekend and next.  Show times are tonight at 7:30, tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM and next week Thursday through Sunday.  For tickets call the box office at 784-8181.

 

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

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ invites you to a  “Streetlight Missions” video presentation tomorrow night at 6:00.  The church is located on Main Road in Sweet Valley.

Friday / March 16, 2012


Ron Mull Out of Office

The Town of Bloomsburg has been without the services of its newly hired town manager for the past week. Ron Mull was escorted from the town hall a week ago. Town Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan telling us she can't comment on the issue... saying Mull is “currently out of the office for personal reasons.” In Mull's absence... Ms. Levan said the town's business is being handled by former administrator Carol Mas. Vice Chair Levan... who is subbing for Mayor Dan Knorr who is out of town... says there is NO ongoing criminal investigation. Ron Mull's last job was borough manager of Middletown... south of Harrisburg... a job he left hurriedly in mid – January. The January 18th... edition of the Patriot – News out of Harrisburg published a line where he told council members that “he believed his management style would run into conflict with council... and it was time to move on.” No word... if or when Mull will return.

 

Robbery / Home Invasion

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison after a home invasion and armed robbery in Bloomsburg Thursday afternoon. Bloomsburg police say 17 – year old James Hughes of Berwick was a passenger in a car driven by his cousin, Abby Burd, when they drove to the Town Park Village apartment complex where they met up with 21 – year old Kody Cragle. Byrd first entering... then Hughes came in... brandished a handgun.. threatening Cragle. The pair ultimately got away... and were stopped moments later by a Main Township police officer on Route 339. Somewhere along River Hill... authorities say Hughes apparently tossed the weapon from their Dodge Neon... and now police are seeking the driver of a white Dodge coming out of the Wonderview sub – division... who may have seen Hughes throw the weapon alongside the roadway. Hughes was arraigned and is being held on $75,000 bail. Burd has not been charged.

 

I-80 Wreck

Eight West Point cadets are trying to shake off their injuries after a van they were in rolled over Thursday night on Interstate 80 in Sugarloaf Township near Hazleton. State police say the driver of the van swerved to avoid another vehicle.... losing control... entering the median and rolling over several times. One cadet was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... while a second was Life – flighted to Geisinger's Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

 

Voter ID Bill

There will be a so – called “soft roll out” of that newly signed Voter ID law in Pennsylvania next month. The law calls for voters to have a government picture identification in order to cast a ballot starting in November. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says that “soft roll out” of the new law begins with next month's primary... when poll workers will be requesting ID.

 

Bob Mellow to Plead

Former State Senator Robert Mellow of Lackawanna County is expected to plead guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. Those charges following a two year investigation by the feds into Mellow's activities. Authorities say Mellow allegedly committed the crimes between 2006 and 2010. He could face up to five years in prison... and fined a quarter – million dollars.

 

River Rescue

A rescue in the Susquehanna River in Wilkes – Barre of two men after their boat capsized. The incident taking place Thursday near the Veterans Memorial Bridge when the boat flipped over into the chilly river. The fire department rescuing the pair. They were treated at the scene by EMS.

 

Sexting

A substitute Shamokin High School teacher was arraigned Thursday after he was charged by Coal Township police with sending graphic text messages to four female students last year. 23 – year old Michael Zack of Marion Heights faces a long list of charges after he allegedly sent 4,300 explicit text messages to the teens between March and October of 2011. Zack was arraigned... and then freed on $20,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday / March 15, 2012


Bloomsburg Town Park

There is a lot of work to bring the Bloomsburg Town Park back into shape following September flooding. That word from Chuck Wagner of the Town Park Association. There are a couple of work days now established... and Wagner said one area to be tackled is the band shell covered with ten feet of water during flooding. Wagner says those Town Park work days are scheduled for April 15th and the 21st.

 

Danville Building

The owner of the building which houses a former shoe repair shop in Danville has 40 days to tear down the structure. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting Michael Barsh has been told to demolish the building. Borough officials condemned the building last summer... and since that time the building has deteriorated. The borough says the building has become a liability.

 

Voter ID

The state house has voted 104 to 88 to require Pennsylvanians to show an ID to vote, starting with the November election. Opponents call it voter suppression in an election year....supporters say it will protect the sanctity of elections and help prevent fraud. The bill will require people to show an approved photo ID in order to vote in Pennsylvania. It will be one of the toughest in the country and it's expected to be challenged in court.

 

Marcellus Shale Programs

A series of lectures, films and a panel discussion on the Marcellus Shale industry are scheduled on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The series starts next Tuesday... and runs through the following Thursday... on campus and at various venues around Bloomsburg. The lectures and films will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale fields. If you want more information... just go to the University's web site.

 

Machete Suspect

The man accused of using a machete during a fight which nearly severed a teen's hand is back in Luzerne County. 20 – year old Juan Borbon was extradited from Passaic County, New Jersey... and arraigned in front of a District Judge in Wilkes – Barre on Wednesday. Borbon is accused of slashing the teen during a fight outside GAR High School last month. He's jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

 

Shots Fired

Hazleton Police are looking for whoever is responsible for firing a weapon late Tuesday night in the 600 block of James Street. Police say someone fired a weapon... the bullet going through the rear passenger side door of an SUV... passing through a rear drivers side door... the slug ending up in a house. No one was injured. But authorities say if you have information dealing with the incident... please call Hazleton Police.

 

Drug Bust

A Hazleton man has been arrested after police pulled over his truck... and executing a search warrant. 50 – year old Ron Shepard of Carson Street was busted after police allegedly found 80 packets of heroin hidden on his body. The street value of the drugs are worth an estimated $800. Shepard was remanded to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Wrestling

Four Bloomsburg University athletes will be competing in the NCAA Division one Wrestling championships which begin Thursday in St. Louis. Wrestling for the Huskies will be Bryce Busler at 149 pounds... Frank Hickman at 157... Mike Dessino at 174 pounds... and Richard Perry at 197.

 

Coaches Honored

Three area high school basketball coaches have been honored by the Heartland Athletic Conference. In the boys' Division one, Danville's Lenny Smith was named coach of the year. In Division 2, Southern Columbia's Dave Yost received that honor. The coach of the year in Girls' Division 3 was Southern Columbia's JoEllen Gallinot.

 

NIT Tournament

In men's college basketball Wednesday night, in a first round game in the National Invitational Tournament... Bucknell topped Arizona 65 to 54.

 

NCAA Tournament

In two “play-in” games in the NCAA tournament Vermont downed Lamar 71 to 59.... and South Florida defeated California 65 to 54.

Wednesday / March 14, 2012


The Big Event

It's called “The Big Event....” and it takes place on Saturday, March 31st. That's the day when several hundred Bloomsburg University students come out... hit the streets and do various tasks to say “thank you” to the town. The main corridor this year is from the square... south on Market Street to the town park. The University's Community Government Association is running this year's “Big Event.”  Give them a call if you have some work to be preformed.

 

LPN Cited

A licensed practical nurse is facing a host of citations after allegedly shoving a patient at a health care facility... then shouting at him. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 63 – year old Marjorie Wolfe of Danville is accused of shoving Millville Health Care Center patient Clayton Hess last month. Two employees coming forward to give statements. Millville police chief Ted Stout telling the paper that Wolfe has been fired from her job... and the State Department of Health is investigating.

 

Sex Assault

A Milton man has admitted he sexually assaulted a 3 – year old girl he was babysitting. 33 – year old Bryan Robbins of Milton... surrendered to police Tuesday after the child's parents called authorities. Robbins is facing a long list of charges. He is in the Northumberland County jail on $25,000 bail.

 

Primary Election

We're about five weeks out from the Pennsylvania Primary. Registered GOP voters have presidential candidates to select during the April 24th primary.... while Democrats have a primary to decide who will face incumbent Republican David Millard for his 109th state house seat in November. Also... now is time to apply for your absentee ballot if you don't plan to be here on primary election day.

 

Bridge Construction

More construction on the bridge rehabilitation project over the Susquehanna River between South Centre and Mifflin townships will take place Wednesday. A PennDOT spokesman says the eastbound passing lane will be closed from the Lime Ridge to the Mifflinville interchange Wednesday and Thursday. The lane blockage runs from 7 AM until 5 PM. It will allow the contractor doing the job to haul dirt and rocks in order to provide fill to the area. The $50 – million dollar project is expected to be wrapped up in 2015.

 

L&K Mills Theft

An ex-employee of a feed store in Benton was sentenced to probation for 18 months after pleading guilty this week to stealing nearly $11,000 from L&K Mills. The Press Enterprise reports, 37-year-old Joanne Fox of Orangeville, has already paid full restitution for what she pilfered over seven months which started in June 2010 and ending in January 2011. When questioned by police, Fox admitted taking money from the register every week.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gasoline across Northeastern Pennsylvania is hovering in the mid – $3.70 cent range. According to the latest Triple A's fuel gauge report out Wednesday morning... it shows that self – serve, unleaded gasoline is averaging $3.77-cents a gallon ... up two cents from Tuesday. A week ago we were paying $3.76 a gallon.

 

Casino Money

Casino gambling apparently pays off in the long run. State Senator John Yudichak... and State Representative Tarah Toohill says $900,000 from from casino gambling revenue will be used to fund projects in the Hazleton area. Money has been earmarked to convert a former catholic school into a community center... additional money... a quarter million dollars... will be used to fix up a police annex in West Hazleton.

 

Luzerne County Murder Trial

Testimony got underway Tuesday morning at the Luzerne County courthouse in the murder trial of 49 – year old Arthur Stoss of Pittston Township. He's accused of killing 48 – year old Lillian Calabro. Her body was found nearly a year ago on the Susquehanna River bank near Kirby Park in Wilkes – Barre.

The trial is expected to last all week.

 

LCCC

We won't know until later this year if Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke gets full accreditation. Three evaluators from other schools were on the campus this week to evaluate the school's performance... and asking a lot of questions of both students and faculty. Whatever the case... the college won't know its fate until late June at the earliest.

 

Sandusky Folo

The judge in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case says the request by the defense for more information regarding where and when the alleged attacks took place is moot. Judge John Cleland says that due to prosecutors not being able to produce additional details. Tuesday's ruling comes after the two sides debate the issue in a Centre County Courtroom. Sandusky is due to go on trial May 14th in Bellefonte.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball

Trying to advance to the Class Triple A quarterfinals, the Danville boys basketball team played Holy Ghost Prep last night in a second round state playoff game. But they didn't get far despite a valiant effort. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the final score was Holy Ghost Prep 45... Danville 36.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In a girls' Class AA second round state playoff game last night... Mount Carmel defeated Minersville 67 to 52.

 

“Play – in” NCCA Games

In Dayton, Ohio last night, in two NCAA men's basketball "play-in" games... Western Kentucky squeaking by Mississippi Valley State 59 to 58... and Brig-ham Young defeated Iona 78 to 72.

 

Additional “Play – in Games”

Two more "play-in" games will be played tonight with Lamar going against Vermont and California playing South Florida. The first round of the NCAA Tournament begins Thursday.

Tuesday / March 13, 2012


AGAPE / Flood Recovery

It's been a long six months for residents of Bloomsburg and Columbia County following the Lee floods. Many people have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps... while others are too proud to seek help from faith – based groups such as AGAPE. The organization's Kathy Low says thus far... just over 200 households have asked for help... but Ms. Lowe believes once the weather breaks for good... the organization will see a rapid increase for help.

 

Bomb Found

An incident which began in Catawissa Township involving an old military bomb came to an end Monday night when it was blown up in a quarry. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... several men found the rear of the bomb sticking out of the ground while clearing brush along Old Reading Road. After a bomb squad from Hershey... and a military unit from Maryland checked it out... it was taken to a nearby quarry and exploded... startling residents.

 

Alleged Embezzler

A 28 – year old Millville woman has been bound over to Columbia County court... after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing on Monday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition Ashley Houseknecht of Bottom Road is accused of allegedly pilfering accounts of patients while she worked at Millville Health Care Center. A subsequent audit finding an estimated $13,000 missing from accounts. Housekencht is charged with theft... and receiving stolen goods.. which are both felony's. She's free on her own recognizance.

 

Red Cross

American Red Cross chapters all across northeastern Pennsylvania need to collect an estimated 350 pints of blood a day. The Bloomsburg Chapter is doing it's part to fill that need by establishing a blood donation center every Tuesday at the Columbia Mall at Buckhorn. They've established a new blood donation center which is open every Tuesday starting at 8 AM.

 

Attorney / Ponzi

There are allegations flying across Luzerne County that Attorney Anthony Lupus allegedly bilked thousands of dollars out of people... money he was supposed to invest. It's the familiar Ponzi scheme. Anthony Lupas is the father of Luzerne County Judge David Lupas. Judge Lupas confirmed the investigation... and said he has notified authorities.

 

Machete Guy

A 20 – year old man believed to be the person responsible for a machete attack on a GAR High School Student in Wilkes – Barre... gave up his rights to an extradition hearing Monday in Passaic County, New Jersey. It's not known when Juan Borbon will be returned to Luzerne County to face aggravated assault charges. He's accused of nearly slicing off the hand of 15-year-old Marquis Allen last month during a fight outside the high school.

 

Hazleton Chief

Hazleton officially has a new police chief. Frank DeAndrea, Jr was administered the oath of office Monday by Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi who hand picked him for the job. During the search for a new chief... DeAndrea helped the city. But when the top candidate pulled out of consideration... Yannuzzi offered the job to DeAndrea.... who accepted. His first objective... to talk to rank and file officers who patrol the streets of Hazleton.

 

St. Monica's School

The 62 – year old St. Monica School in Sunbury will close at the end of the academic year. Administrators citing rising operating costs... parish debt and an uncertain economic environment for making their decision. It comes only a couple of weeks after a visit to St. Monica by Bishop Joseph McFadden of the Harrisburg Diocese. The last class will be held May 31st.

 

Sex Charges

A 23 – year old Northumberland county man is facing child sex charges. Joe White of Sunbury is believed to have sexually assaulted two 14 – year old girls. The teen telling authorities that White knew how old they were.. but had sex with them anyway.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Danville Boys' BB

The Danville Ironmen's 2011-12 basketball season came to a close Tuesday night as they lost 45-36 after putting up an excellent fight against traditional powerhouse Holy Ghost Prep. The Danville boys finish with a 23 & 3 record - and a school record 23 game winning streak after that Class AAA second round state playoff game. You can hear the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Basketball Report:

 

 

NCAA

The NCAA Division one men's basketball tournament officially starts on Thursday, but there are two play-in games Tuesday night in Dayton Ohio. Western Kentucky plays Mississippi Valley State and Brig-ham Young faces Iona.

Monday / March 12, 2012


Shickshinny Flooding Folo

Six months ago residents and businesses in Shickshinny... in Luzerne County... were cleaning mud from their homes and stores following the flooding produced by tropical storm Lee. Since September... some of the town has bounced back... such as a hardware store... and a near by floral shop... as well as a convenience store. Still missing... a bank and a grocery store.

 

Gas Prices / County

With the cost of gasoline in the mid - $3.70 level... Columbia County officials are doing their part to save money with the County's car fleet. One of their targets is the Sheriff's Department which requires a lot of hustling to get inmates from the prison to either district justice offices in the region... or even driving across the state. But Commissioner David Kovach says... in some cases... the department has turned to video conferencing in order to keep prisoners in house... and county employees not far from their work assignments.

 

Memorial Service

Remembering entertainer Davy Jones over the weekend... at a former church he bought in Beavertown in Snyder County.... near a horse farm he owned. Hundreds of folks showing up Saturday to pay their respects. Jones was a part of the made for TV group the Monkee's. He died two weeks ago at a second home he had in Florida.

 

Shenandoah Fire

A state police fire marshal is trying to figure out what caused a blaze which destroyed one home... and damaged two others in Shenandoah early Sunday morning. The fire breaking out in the 300 block of West Columbus Street. Authorities say Christopher Rovinski is in the Lehigh Valley Hospital after suffering burns to his face, hands and feet. Everyone else got out safely.

 

Kingston Stabbing

Still no suspects in the early Sunday morning stabbing of a Kingston man. Authorities say the incident happened on Pringle Street. One investigator says a man was stabbed... and the person they're looking for fled the scene. No motive is given in the attack... and police say the victims injuries aren't life – threatening.

 

Beaver Meadows

That boil water advisory put into effect for Beaver Meadows... south of Hazleton... has been lifted. It was first put into place last week when crews found a water main break. Since that time... residents had to boil their water before consuming. The advisory was lifted when lab tests showed the water was safe to drink.

 

PSSA Tests

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests begin Monday. They're used to measure a student's attainment of academic standards... while determining the efficiency of school programs. Under the plan kids in grades 3 through 8th... and grade 11 are assessed in reading and math. Students in fifth, eighth and 11th grades are checked for writing... while kids in grades 4, 8 and 11 are assessed in science.

 

St. Monica's

The 62 – year old St. Monica School in Sunbury will close at the end of the academic year. Administrators citing rising operating costs... parish debt and an uncertain economic environment for making their decision. It comes only a couple of weeks after a visit to St. Monica by Joseph McFadden... the Bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese. The last class will be held May 31st.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The Danville boys are the only area basketball team still alive in the post season playoffs. On Friday night, the Ironmen beat Scranton Prep 63-50 to advance to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs. Tuesday night Danville faces Holy Ghost Prep at Milton Hershey High School. That game starts at 7:30. You can catch all the action on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

Weekend High School Action

On Saturday both the Southern Columbia boys and the Danville girls saw their seasons come to an end. Southern Columbia losing to Holy Cross and Danville falling to Allentown Central Catholic.

 

BU Women's Basketball

In college basketball Friday night, one of the best seasons in the history of the women's program at Bloomsburg University came to an end with the Huskies losing to IUP 77-76 in a first round NCAA game. Bloomsburg finished the season with a 26 and 6 record.

 

High School Wrestling

Five area athletes won state medals as the high school wrestling season concluded Saturday in Hershey. Central Columbia's Kurt Meske finished third at 160 pounds. Three Benton wrestlers won 4th place medals: Matt Welliver at 113 pounds, Colt Cotten at 132 pounds... and Jake Mankey at 182 pounds. Jeric Kasunic of Benton took 5th place at 152 pounds. Benton finished 4th in the state in the team competition.

What's Happening Sunday March 11, 2012


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society will open their huge display of more than 60 trains and 10,00 feet of track at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  The free display will be open from noon to 4:00 pm today.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents the comedy Murder At The Howard Johnson’s this weekend. Show time is this afternoon at 3:00.  The show runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons through March 25th.

 

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Benton presents Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts with “Born For This,” a modern rendition of the Passion of Christ, tonight at 6:00.  Tickets are $5.00.  The church is located on Mendenhall Lane in Benton.

 

Maria Assunta on Monroe Street in Berwick will host a spaghetti dinner on Monday to benefit the McBride Memorial Library.  Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and cost is $7.00.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host Come Knit With Me on Monday at 6:00 pm.  The group is for novice and experienced knitters and crocheters.

 

And, the Wheel Chair Engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

What's Happening Saturday March 10, 2012


The Columbia Mall is hosting a blood drive today from Noon to 5:00 pm.

 

The Susquehanna Revival Center will host a free spaghetti dinner today from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  The center is located on Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg near the American Legion.

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Central Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania invites you to their annual dinner with guest speaker Bob Buehenr former District Attorney of Montour County.  Doors open at 5:00 PM today at the Danville Days Inn.  The meal is free of charge, and tickets are available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open as usual today…the church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society will open their huge display of more than 60 trains and 10,00 feet of track at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  The free display will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm today, and noon to 4:00 pm tomorrow.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents the comedy Murder At The Howard Johnson’s this weekend. Show times are tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.  The show runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons through March 25th.

 

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Benton presents Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts with “Born For This,” a modern rendition of the Passion of Christ, tomorrow night at 6:00.  Tickets are $5.00.  The church is located on Mendenhall Lane in Benton.

 

Maria Assunta on Monroe Street in Berwick will host a spaghetti dinner on Monday to benefit the McBride Memorial Library.  Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and cost is $7.00.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host Come Knit With Me on Monday at 6:00 pm.  The group is for novice and experienced knitters and crocheters.

 

And, the Wheel Chair Engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team went to the NCAA playoff for the first time in more than a decade Friday night. Their re-match against IUP was hard-fought but the Huskies ultimately came just short; 77-76 was the IUP final. BU ends their season with a 26 and 6 record.

 

High School Basketball

Several area high school basketball teams enter the state playoffs this weekend. At Shamokin Friday night, the Danville boys extended their winning streak to 23 games as they beat Scranton Prep 61-50. They go on in the playoffs to face Holy Ghost Prep on Tuesday night. Saturday night at 6:30, the Southern Columbia boys play Holy Cross at Marywood University in Scranton.

 

You can listen to the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Post-Game Report:

 

 

Friday / March 9, 2012


Red Cross

It was six months ago Friday... flooding from the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek inundated Bloomsburg... as well as Columbia County. The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross was there... and director Rita Inklovich telling WHLM News... every disaster is different... and adds if a flood of the magnitude of Lee strike again... the chapter's sheltering will be different and more responsive to the needs of the people.

 

Reassessment

Friday is the last day to apply for a reassessment from Columbia County on your flood – ravaged homes. .. not useable since last September. Chief Assessor David Good says homeowners could receive up to a 50 percent break. Thus far Good and his crew have looked at up to 300 homes across the county with 95% of the homeowners getting a property tax break.

 

Shickshinny Demolition

Demolition crews spent Thursday tearing down the Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of Main and West Union Streets in Shickshinny. The big, granite building has been the cornerstone of the community for generations, but last September's flood damaged it so much... that Wells Fargo decided it was not worth rebuilding. The company says an ATM machine should be able to serve their customers. However First Keystone Community Bank says they'll be building a new branch at a yet-to-be-disclosed location to serve Shickshinny residents.

 

Flood Recovery

Six months after Irene and Lee devastated portions of eastern Pennsylvania, disaster assistance to support the ongoing recovery topped one-half billion dollars. That word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency... as well as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Just over 94,000 people registered for assistance... $140 – million worth of individual assistance grants were approved.

That includes temporary housing... home repairs and personal property losses. The two agencies say there is still a long road ahead in the recovery process.

 

Child Abuse

A Shenandoah mother is jailed.... after she was arrested for allegedly abusing her one year old child. Patricia Carter was arrested after guests in her home set up a video camera to record her actions. Carter says she was merely playing with her child... but the images on the camera told a different story.  She remains behind bars in the Schuylkill County Jail... pregnant with her second child.

 

Barletta / Heritage

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton has cosponsored a bipartisan bill to reform and modernize the nation’s National Heritage Areas. The pending legislation... according to Barletta is critical to the region... creating jobs.. increasing community development... and promotes tourism.

 

Execution stopped

A man convicted of killing two Bradford County sheriff’s deputies will not be executed this week as expected. Dustin Briggs' execution was to be Thursday, but earlier this week, the U.S District Court issued an order to postpone it because of a petition they expect to be made to try to overturn the case.

 

Zogby Budget

As the state house appropriations committee held its final day of budget hearings, the budget secretary spent three hours answering questions about the Governor's spending priorities. Several of the questions surrounded education. Democratic Representative Deb Kula asked Secretary Charles Zogby to restore some education funding. Zogby telling the panel as a former secretary of education he feels passionately about basic education, but it's frustrating when some folks are only willing to measure it by the size of the state's wallet.

 

Murder @ HoJo's

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble kicked off their latest production last night... Murder at the Howard Johnson's. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... BTE's Richie Cannaday says the play is set in the late 70's. The second showing of Murder at the Howard Johnson's at the Alvina Krause Theater is Friday night at 7:30.... with the production running through the 25th of the month.

 

Davy Jones Memorial

Beavertown... in Snyder County... will be a busy place Saturday. That's where a memorial service will be held for entertainer Davy Jones... one of the four people who became stars from the made for TV sitcom... the Monkee's. Jones was a 22 – year resident of the county... purchasing a horse farm back in the late 80's. He died last week in Florida at the age of 66.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

High School Wrestling

It was a great day yesterday for area athletes competing in the Class AA wrestling championships in Hershey. All eight area wrestlers won their opening matches to advance to the quarterfinals. Among the eight was Central Columbia's Kurt Menske who remained unbeaten at 160 pounds. The quarterfinals gets underway Friday morning.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team went to the NCAA playoff for the first time in more than a decade Friday night. Their re-match against IUP was hard-fought but the Huskies ultimately came just short; 77-76 was the IUP final. BU ends their season with a 26 and 6 record.

 

High School Basketball

Several area high school basketball teams enter the state playoffs this weekend. At Shamokin Friday night... the Danville boys extended their winning streak to 23 games as they beat Scranton Prep 61-50. They go on in the playoffs to face Holy Ghost Prep on Tuesday night. Saturday night at 6:30, the Southern Columbia boys play Holy Cross at Marywood University in Scranton.

 

You can listen to the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Post-Game Report:

 

 

Thursday / March 8, 2012


AGAPE

It's hard to imagine... six months following the floods of September... and people still need help in getting their lives back in order... as well as a place to live in. Faith – based AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg has been a clearing house for volunteers... but the organization's Kathy Lowe says more help is needed... such as in tradesmen who are needed to install wiring and dry wall.

 

Texting / Driving

If that police officer is giving you the once over on your way to work Thursday morning... it's due to a new law which into effect overnight. The law prohibits all drivers from texting and driving. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says there really aren't any problems in Town.

 

Gas Prices

In some areas of northeastern Pennsylvania the price of gas seems to be headed through the roof... but there may be a decline on the horizon. But, whatever the case Columbia County's budget is taking a hit with the current average price of gas at $3.76 a gallon... with a forecast of it hitting a high of just over four dollars a gallon this summer. County Commissioner David Kovach of Berwick says local lawmakers have given department heads some advice... such as consolidating errands.

 

Biker Fatal

Police still have not released the name of a man killed when he lost control of his motorcycle... then smashing in a mini – van in on Route 54 in Ralpho Township near Elysburg Wednesday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition the man on the bike crested a hill... lost control and slid into the left front of a van carrying a Mt. Carmel area school student. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says he believes the biker was 60 – year old man who lived in the Danville area.

 

Berwick Manager

Berwick may soon have a new Borough Manager. Council members have decided that 28 – year old Robert Hivish... the assistant manager for Kingston Township... will replace Shane Pepe who has moved on to another job. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... council members voted 4 to 3 in favor of hiring Hivish at a salary of $53,000 in the first year of a two year contract. Hivish will come on board after a background check is complete.

 

Child Death

That year and a half old child who was critically injured in a four – car crash in West Hazleton earlier this week... has died. The accident happened at the corner of Broad and Fifth Streets when a car driven by 76 – year old Thomas Horvath of Hazleton collided with three other cars at the busy intersection. The child was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown to be treated for head trauma... but died Wednesday afternoon.

 

Beaver Meadows Water

A water main break is forcing the borough of Beaver Meadows... near Hazleton... to issue a boil water advisory. Overnight... service was shut off as they replaced a water main. Starting Thursday morning... residents of Beaver Meadows should boil their water at least a minute before consuming. The boil water advisory is expected to last anywhere from 24 to 48 – hours.

 

Hazleton Police Chief

Hazleton City Council is expected to okay the hiring of a former Pennsylvania State Trooper as the city's police chief when they meet Thursday. Frank DeAndrea, Jr was selected for the job by Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi. DeAndrea's proposed salary is estimated to be in the range of $65,000 a year.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

The names of the men who died in a Wilkes – Barre apartment fire have been released. The Luzerne County coroner identified the men as William Aponte and Jose Herrera. Both died of smoke inhalation when fire swept through their apartment on Pine Street. A dozen people who lived in the building are now trying to find places to live.

 

Lycoming College

Still no word as to what caused a fire late Tuesday night on the campus of Lycoming College in Williamsport. However... flames destroyed the school's General Service Building causing more than a million dollars worth of damage. The building stored equipment used by the school's maintenance staff... and some items... such as tractors... were started and moved to other locations.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Woman's Basketball

For the first time since the 2001-2002 season, a Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is nationally ranked. The Huskies are 25th in the country in Division 2 according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Bloomsburg will take a 26 and 5 record into Friday night's game against IUP in the NCAA Atlantic Region in Edinboro. IUP is ranked 21st in the coaches poll.

 

Bucknell Basketball

The Bucknell University men's basketball team will not be in the NCAA tournament this season. On Wednesday night in Lewisburg, the Bison lost to Lehigh 82-77 in the Patriot League Championship game.

 

BU Wrestling

Bloomsburg University wrestler Bryce Busler has earned one of the wild card entries into next week's NCAA championships in St. Louis. Busler, who wrestles at 149 pounds, will be joined by teammates Frank Hickman, Mike Dessino... as well as Richard Perry.

 

High School Wrestling

Eight area high school wrestlers will be competing in the Class AA state championships in Hershey. Those championships begin Thursday.

Wednesday / March 7, 2012


Country Club Drive

The issue of vandalism along Country Club Drive... between the upper and lower campus of Bloomsburg University... has come to light. Those living along Country Club telling town council at a recent meeting... that mail boxes are damaged... outside rear view mirrors of cars twisted... and gardens trampled... allegedly at the hands of University students. Town Councilman Fred Trump says it's a minority doing the damage. And Trump believes the issue will produce a closer working relationship between Bloomsburg University and town police officers.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

It's going to cost us more to attend the Bloomsburg Fair. The fair board during their meeting Tuesday... boosting the admission from $5 to $8 a person. The reason... to help pick up the tab for the cost of clean – up left behind by Lee flooding last September which canceled the fair for the first time in its history. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that a new eight - day ticket pack will be introduced for the first time this year... averaging out admission to six dollars a person. The fair begins September 22nd.

 

Woman Trapped

A Danville area woman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center early Tuesday after being run over by her own car. State Police say 70-year-old Edna Clark went out to start and warm-up her car at her home in the Pepper Hills Trailer Park in Cooper Township. Broadcast reports say the vehicle started drifting backwards and Clark fell underneath the car... with her legs trapped by the front tire.
 

Turnpike Tolls

If you use either the northeast extension... or the East – West Pennsylvania Turnpike... you could be seeing a conversion to all – electronic toll collections. Now that a feasibility study is wrapped up... Turnpike Commission Chairman Carl DeFebo says they will soon begin the next phase to the possible conversion.

 

Fatal Fire

Two Wilkes – Barre men died Tuesday as the result of an apartment fire. Authorities say the pair was pulled from their burning Pine Street home late in the afternoon. Both were given CPR.... and transported to Wilkes – Barre General for treatment, but died a short time later. The pair have not been identified... and the cause of the late afternoon fire remains under investigation.

 

Hazleton Fire

Investigators have determined that early morning fire along the 100 block of East Diamond Avenue in Hazleton has been ruled arson. Now... they want to know who started the fire... and why. Tuesday's pre – dawn blaze tossed 21 people out in the streets. Firemen spent nearly two hours to bring the blaze under control. Those people displaced are being helped by the American Red Cross.

 

Hazleton Police Chief

A former Pennsylvania State Trooper has been named Hazleton's top – cop. During a news conference on Tuesday... Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi naming Frank DeAndrea, Jr... as his choice. DeAndrea had been assisting the city in its chief search.... but when their top candidate pulled out... Yannuzzi asked DeAndrea to step in. Hazleton City Council is expected to okay the hire when they meet Thursday.

 

School Supers

A bill is on the move in the Pennsylvania state Senate that is designed to limit the value of buyouts for public school superintendents. The bill approved unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. It would require that severance packages be detailed upfront in contracts... and put caps on buyouts that are negotiated later by school boards.

 

Sandusky Update

A judge has scheduled a hearing for Monday to address Jerry Sandusky’s request for specific details about the charges of child abuse against him. The hearing will be at 11 O'clock in the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte. The scheduling was ordered by Senior Judge John Cleland. Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, is asking for the exact time, date and location of each of the 52 allegations as well as how old the accusers were at the time. Sandusky is scheduled to go on trial May 14th.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

Three Bloomsburg University wrestlers have qualified for the NCAA wrestling championships, and the Huskies are hoping for two more when the wild card selections are announced Wednesday afternoon. Already qualified as a result of their performances in last weekend's EWL championships are Frank Hickman at 157 pounds, Mike Dessino at 174 pounds, and Richard Perry at 197. The NCAA Division I wrestling championships will be held in Saint Louis March 15th through the 17th.

 

BU Women's Basketball

A sendoff will be held for the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team Thursday morning in front of the Nelson Field House before the Huskies leave for the NCAA Atlantic Region in Edinboro. Fans are encouraged to come out and show their support for the Huskies who play IUP Friday night.

 

Bucknell Basketball

March Madness comes to Lewisburg Wednesday night as the Bucknell University men's basketball team plays Lehigh with the Patriot League Title and a bid to the NCAA tournament at stake. The teams split two games during the regular season with the road team winning both times. Bucknell is seeking its second straight Patriot League Championship.

Tuesday / March 6, 2012


Reassessment

Columbia County Chief Assessor David Good has been one of the busiest department heads in local government these days. Good been assessing flood damaged homes from owners seeking a lower tax rate. He says of the 2 to 3 hundred homes he's checked.... an estimated 95% of the owners have received relief. The final day to seek reassessment is Friday.

 

Voter Registration

We're roughly six weeks away from casting ballots in the April 24th primary election in Pennsylvania. On the Republican side... the only voting is in the presidential primary.... while the Democrats have a primary contest for the 109th district house seat. Whatever the case... there is one important date to remember... so says Columbia County chief registrar Matt Rapasky... is March 26th. That is the final day to register to vote... change parties... or get your paperwork in order. You can stop by the Courthouse Annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg to make the changes.

 

Robbery/Assault Folo

Still no suspects yet in the assault and robbery of a man... in a wooded area near the Bloomsburg University campus. The incident happened around 5:30 Sunday morning when a woman asked a man to help her find her cell phone in a wooded area. The victim went to the area... and was assaulted by at least four other men... who robbed him of $20. If you have information about the assault and robbery... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Firemen Called Out

Bloomsburg firemen were called out shortly after six Monday night. An automatic alarm was set off by smoke at the former Hotel Magee on West Main Street. The reason.... a burned grilled cheese sandwich. Firemen were back in their headquarters on Market Street within minutes.

 

I-80

A traffic trouble spot all this week on Interstate 80... between the Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT says the contractor building the new I-80 westbound bridge will continue setting beams in place Tuesday. The project began last week... and the beam setting will require rolling roadblocks in the eastbound lane from Lightstreet to Mifflinville. Traffic on Old Berwick Road in South Centre Township may be effected as well. The work continues through Thursday.

 

Hazleton Crash

Nine people were taken to the hospital Monday... including a mother and her toddler... following a three car crash in West Hazleton. The accident happened at the corner of West Broad and Fifth Streets when a car... struck two cars stopped at a light on West Broad. Police say the driver of the car that started it all was driving too fast in a construction zone.

 

Nanticoke Fire

Still no word as to what caused a fire in the rectory at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Nanticoke Sunday. The blaze broke out during the 11 O'clock mass. Sexton's wife and eight kids made it out of the rectory safely. Now... donations are being taken for Father Adam Sexton's family at the Advantage Trust Credit Union on South Main Street in Nanticoke.

 

Stabbing

A Plymouth woman... in Luzerne County.... is jailed after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend over the weekend. Carla Santos allegedly stabbed Stephen Hollman... in the chest... with a kitchen knife. He was found in the home bleeding. Hollman was taken to a hospital for treatment of non life – threatening wounds. Court papers say the incident took place while six kids were inside the East Main Street home.

 

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BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team will face a familiar opponent in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Friday night in Edinboro. The Huskies will play IUP for the third time this season. The Crimson Hawks defeated the Huskies by five points on December 3rd in Indiana. The Huskies won their PSAC semifinal meeting by 8 points last Friday in Edinboro. This Friday's Bloomsburg-IUP game tips off at 8:30 PM. You can hear it starting with the pregame show at 8:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.WHLM.com.

 

High School Basketball

The Danville boys basketball team lost their first two games of the season, and they have not lost since. The Ironmen will take a 22 game winning streak into their Class Triple A first round state playoff game against Scranton Prep. The Cavaliers will bring an 18-7 record into the game that will be played Friday night at Shamokin High School. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 7:10 on Classic Rock 103.5.

Monday / March 5, 2011


BU Mugging

Bloomsburg Police are looking for information dealing with a robbery which took place early Sunday morning on the lower campus of Bloomsburg University. BU's web site says the incident took place... just before dawn near a BU parking lot on First Street. Police say a woman asked a passing man for help in finding her wireless phone in a wooded area... but when he went into the woods... he was mugged by several other men... robbing him of $20. If you have information dealing with the robbery... call Bloomsburg Police at 784-6779.

 

Country Club Drive Vandalism

Mail boxes knocked off their posts.... outside rear view mirrors twisted off cars... gardens being trampled. That was the complaint aired during a recent Bloomsburg Town Council meeting from a resident of Country Club Drive. Corey Kreischer says it's an ongoing problem... and it appears to be caused by Bloomsburg University students making their way to their dorms. Thus far, Town police have arrested one person in connection with the vandalism... with a promise from authorities to keep a closer eye on Country Club Drive.

 

Red Cross

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is opening a new donation center. It will be in the Columbia Mall at Buckhorn. The location will be open on Tuesdays.... starting at 8 O'clock in the morning. The chapter's Rita Inklovich says ribbon cutting for the new location... near Sears at the mall... takes place Tuesday morning at 10 O'clock.

 

PSP Trooper

Remember Pennsylvania State Trooper David Lynch.... found dead 13 months ago in a wooded area of the Weiser State Forest in Southern Columbia County?  Now... there are published reports which say the 34 – year old Lynch died from hypothermia... in which bath salts were a contributing factor in his death. Bath Salts are a designer drug no long sold over the counter. Columbia County Coroner Lori Masteller ruled there were other contributing factors... but there was no foul play invoked with trooper Lynch's death.

 

I-80 Construction

A traffic trouble spot throughout the week on Interstate 80... between the Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT says the contractor building the new I-80 westbound bridge will continue setting beams Monday. The project began last week... and the beam setting will require rolling roadblocks stretching from Lightstreet to Mifflinville... in the eastbound lane so the contractor can use heavy equipment. The work will continue through Thursday.

 

Gordner / Legislation

Legislation that will provide a multi – year funding stream for the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program has been introduced in the state senate by Senator John Gordner of Berwick. Senate Bill 14-33 utilizes funds from a recent settlement with the nations lenders to re-institute the effective mortgage assistance program in Pennsylvania. Gordner says the bill creates a trust fund with settlement dollars for the purposes of funding consumer protection programs.

 

Ag Budget

Penn State's agricultural research and extension programs are in line for level funding in the Corbett administrations proposed 2012 – 2013 budget. The $44.7million budget is separate from the academic budget. Last year it was funded by the ag budget... but this year it would come from the Race Horse Development Fund. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Bruce McFareon says they've been paring down in recent years. The numbers include both faculty and staff at the University Park campus... and cooperative extension staff in all 67 – counties.

 

Hearings

The State House Appropriations committee has learned more about Governor Corbett's Keystone Works jobs program. It will provide up to eight weeks of job training...24 hours a week... so those in the program can continue to keep their unemployment benefits. Julia Hearthway of the state department of Labor and Industry says safeguards are being built in to keep employers from using the program as a free labor pool. Hearthway says the new work search requirement that people receiving benefits must register with Career Link will help them match workers with businesses.

 

Trial Upcoming

Two Luzerne County men will soon stand trial in the death of a Hazleton man more than a year ago. 25 – year old Rodolfo Hiraldo – Perez and 21 – year old Angel Sanchez are accused in the January 2011 death of 21 – year old Vladimir Ruiz of Hazleton. Although both men has been bound over... no trial date has been set.

 

Water Problems

If you live in the Beech Mountain Lakes subdivision of Drums... and you're a water customer of Total Environmental Systems, Incorporated.... you're under a boil water advisory. It seems the system lost its pressure in a booster pump... and that is forcing subscribers to bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before using. If you don't want to do that... bottled water is one solution high on the list. The advisory will be in effect for the next few days.

 

Church Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be at a Nanticoke church after their services were brought to a standstill after the church rectory caught fire. It took place during the 11 O'clock mass at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. No one knows how the blaze began.

 

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BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years. The Huskies will be the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Region and will face No. 5 seed Indiana University of Pennsylvania Friday at Edinboro. Bloomsburg defeated the IUP, 75-67, this past Friday in the PSAC semifinals to advance to the conference championship game, where they fell to Edinboro, 74-58, on Saturday. The NCAA bid is the seventh in school history.

 

High School Basketball

In high school basketball, three local teams will enter the state playoffs this weekend. The Danville boys, champions of District 4, will play Scranton Prep Friday at Shamokin. The Southern Columbia boys, District 4 runner-up in Class AA, will play Holy Cross Saturday at Marywod University in Scranton... and the Danville girls, District 4 Class AAA runner-up, will play Allentown Central Catholic Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem.

 

High School Wrestling

Eight local high school wrestlers qualified for the state championships with their performances in the Northeast Regionals at Williamsport over the weekend. Among the eight were three regional champions- Benton's Colt Cotten finished first at 132 pounds; Central Columbia's Kurt Meske won the gold medal at 160 pounds, and Benton's Jake Mankey finished first at 182 pounds.

Monday Morning Buzz Preview


Morning Buzz Preview

Coming up on the news during the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... We'll tell you about one resident fed up with vandalism in one part of Bloomsburg. Also: The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross will soon open a new location to hold weekly blood drives. You'll be surprised where it's located... and what was the contributing factor in the death of Pennsylvania State Trooper David Lynch. We'll have the details. Join us at 6 AM for the start of the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

What's Happening Sunday March 4, 2012


At Central Columbia High School the drama department presents “Grease” this weekend.  You can catch that performance at 2:00 PM this afternoon.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults, and $6.00 for students grades K to 12.

 

Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue invites you out to their Vera Bradley Purse Bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall this afternoon.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and bingo starts at 2:00 PM.  They’ll have a Chinese auction, raffles, and refreshments.  Tickets are twenty dollars for twenty games, and proceeds benefit the cat rescue.

 

The Mount Carmel Lions Club is hosting their semi-annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner today    .  Serving starts at 11:30 am and ends at 2:00 pm.  Take-outs will be available, and meals are $7.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children.  It’s happening at the Mount Carmel Elks on North Oak Street.

 

Coming up next weekend…it’s the opening of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s latest performance…the comedy “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s.”  Performances begin Thursday night with the special “Pay What You Wish Night.”

 

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Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team made it to the PSAC Championship game for only the second time ever Saturday night. The Huskies fought hard but were overcome by defending champions Edinboro. The final was Edinboro 74 - Bloomsburg 58. BU expects to make it into the NCAA playoffs - the results will be announced Sunday evening. You can hear all the details from the game with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday March 3, 2012


The Bloomsburg High School Drama Department presents “Beauty and the Beast” at the Caldwell Consistory this afternoon at 1:00 PM and tonight at 7:30 PM.  They’ll have a special meal before this afternoon’s performance featuring characters from the play.

 

At Central Columbia High School the drama department presents “Grease” this weekend.  You can catch that performance at 7:00 PM tonight and at 2:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults, and $6.00 for students grades K to 12.

 

Coming up next weekend…it’s the opening of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s latest performance…the comedy “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s.”  Performances begin Thursday night with the special “Pay What You Wish Night.”

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg invites you and your kids out today for Book Day.  Your kids’ can explore literacy stations, make a bookmark, and listen to short stories.  The Children’s Museum is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open as usual today with their talking train…and dozens of trains for you and your kids to play with.

 

Today is Columbia Montour Vo Tech’s annual spring craft show from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The school is located in Bloomsburg, one mile from the I-80 Route 11 junction at the Lime Ridge exit…there will be signs to follow.

 

Tomorrow, Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue invites you out to their Vera Bradley Purse Bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and bingo starts at 2:00 PM.  They’ll have a Chinese auction, raffles, and refreshments.  Tickets are twenty dollars for twenty games, and proceeds benefit the cat rescue.

 

The Mount Carmel Lions Club is hosting their semi-annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner tomorrow.  Serving starts at 11:30 am and ends at 2:00 pm.  Take-outs will be available, and meals are $7.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children.  It’s happening at the Mount Carmel Elks on North Oak Street.

 

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Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team made it to the PSAC Championship game for only the second time ever Saturday night. The Huskies fought hard but were overcome by defending champions Edinboro. The final was Edinboro 74 - Bloomsburg 58. BU expects to make it into the NCAA playoffs - the results will be announced Sunday evening. You can hear all the details from the game with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

High School Basketball

In high school basketball, the Danville boys and girls basketball teams played District 4 Class AAA championship games Friday night. The Danville girls lost to Shamokin 34-31. The boys beat Shikellamy 62-36.

Friday / March 2, 2012


Locust Twp PD Crackdown

Locust Township Police... on Columbia County's South Side... are in their final weekend of aggressively enforcing Pennsylvania's traffic laws. Chief Allen Breach telling me their one area of concentration is Route 487... which stretches from Catawissa to the Northumberland County line. Chief Breach says his officers are looking for aggressive drivers, but seat belt violations as well.

 

Potts Grove Fire

One person was injured in a Thursday afternoon fire at a automotive repair shop in Potts Grove... in Northumberland County... just west of the Montour County line. Investigators are expected to be at the scene Friday along Route 642 to figure out what sparked the blaze. But, it's believe the fire started in a service bay... and spread quickly. The injured worker was taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Shickshinny Six Months Later

No time is a good time to be a victim of a flood. Many of us went through that six months ago... and many of us have bounced back... including Wayne Wolfe and his wife who owns Shickshinny's only hardware store on West Union Street. Wolfe telling WHLM News he was in the middle of remodeling his store when the Susquehanna River flooded the one square – mile borough due to Tropical Storm Lee. Wolfe's hardware store... a floral shop... as well as a restaurant and a convenience store have bounced back in Shickshinny.... but the town's main bank will soon be gone.... as well as a large supermarket.

 

Sandusky Allegations

Prosecutors on Thursday.... outlined allegations against former Penn State Assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. In court papers.. prosecutors Sandusky allegedly sexually abused boy ranging in age from 8 to 17... eight were molested on the Penn State campus. The 68 – year old Sandusky remains free... under house arrest at his State College – area home. His trial is set to begin in Centre County Court in mid – May.

 

State Unemployment

The Department of Labor & Industry is out with the latest statewide unemployment data. The statewide unemployment rate now stands at 7.6%. That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised December figures. The resident employment and unemployed residents numbers both fell in January, though the state did add 8,900 goods producing jobs for the month. Pennsylvania's job count is up by more than 37,000 compared to this time last year. Pennsylvania's jobless rate has been at or below the US rate for 62-straight months.

 

Machete Suspect

A second teen... believed involved in that macheteattack outside a Wilkes-Barre high school has been captured. 16 – year old Juan Borbon was arrested in Passaic County, New Jersey. Police say Borbon was involved in that attack on a GAR High School student in which that teen nearly lost his hand in the attack. The altercation is believed to have been racially motivated. Now... authorities are trying to get Borbon returned to Luzerne County.

 

Ground Breaking

Ground has been broken on the Wilkes University campus for a 35 – million dollar science center. It will not only be used by students... but will be linked to area hospitals and the Commonwealth Medical College. The building expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.

 

Sentencing

Two men convicted of murder Thursday in a 2010 shooting in West Hazleton will be spending the rest of their lives in prison. Isiah Garrett and his brother Izel were sentenced in the December 2010 death of 30 – year old Abdul Shabazz. The brothers were found guilty of second degree murder late last year.

 

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Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team extended their winning streak to twelve games after they beat IUP 75-67 in the PSAC Semifinals Friday night. The Huskies move on to the championship to play Edinboro, who beat West Chester in their game 74-58. Coverage on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the pregame show at 6:40.

 

High School Basketball

In high school basketball, the Danville boys and girls basketball teams played District 4 Class AAA championship games Friday night. The Danville girls lost to Shamokin 34-31. The boys beat Shikellamy 62-36.

 

You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Post-Game Report:

 

 

Southern Columbia Boys

The Southern Columbia boys take on Loyalsock at Milton Saturday night at 6 O'clock in the District 4 Class AA final.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team will compete in the EWL championships this Sunday at Clarion.

 

High School Wrestling

A number of area high school wrestlers will compete in the Northeast Regional which begin Friday night at Williamsport High School.

 

Thursday / March 1, 2012


University Fire

There was a scare at the Old Science Hall on the Bloomsburg University campus Wednesday. Shortly after 2 O'clock... Town firemen rushed to the campus... where there was some smoke... but no fire... according to fire chief Bob Rupp. The chief telling us someone grinding on metal created a lot of smoke... setting off alarms. Students in the building were evacuated for a short time... but within thirty minutes... it was business as usual in the old science hall on the BU Campus..

 

School Budgets

The 14 state owned universities made their case before the state Senate Appropriations Committee as budget hearings continued in Harrisburg. State schools... such as Bloomsburg University... have had a target on their backs during the past two budget years. John Cavanaugh of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, says it's not just the level of the cuts but the speed at which they're happening. Cavanaugh telling state senators.... he can't say yet how tuition will be affected if the budget cuts continue.

 

Creek Cleanup

There are a lot of volunteer expected to work along the banks of Fishing Creek near Orangeville Saturday... trying to clean up a stretch of the waterway from Char Mund Road... to the Route 487 bridge north of the Borough. It's all due to the floods of September. Organizer Rachel Strausser says the project is taking on a life of it's own. Registration begins the lot at Char Mund Road and Route 487 in Orange Township Saturday morning at 7:30.

 

Bridge Replacement

US Representative Tom Marino has announced that the US Department of Transportation that Lycoming County has been given a $2.4 - million grant to replace the Lycoming Valley Railroad Bridge. The structure spans Loyalsock Creek... but it was badly damaged during the floods of September. Prior to the floods... the bridge carried an estimated 25,000 rail cars a year serving Newberry Yard in Williamsport... as well as a freight intermodal facility at the Montoursville Airport.

 

Red Cross Heroes

The American Red Cross Chapters in Bloomsburg, Berwick and Danville are looking for heroes to honor during a breakfast in May. Kathleen Nihoff of the Berwick Chapter says they looking for special people. Nominations will be taken until the close of business on Friday.... and the awards will be given out May 18th during a breakfast on the Bloomsburg University campus.

 

Jones' Obit

Snyder County residents are mourning the passing of entertainer Davy Jones... a member of the 60's TV band the Monkee's. Jones died yesterday in South Florida. Although he had a home in Indiantown, Florida.... he kept a main residence at a farm near Beavertown. And he had purchased a former church... hoping to turn it into an entertainment center and museum. No word on funeral services for Davy Jones.

 

UGI Gas

If your a subscriber to UGI Penn Natural Gas... you'll be seeing smaller bills in the future. The change will effect those who receive gas service in Columbia and Montour Counties. The company announcing that customers will see rates go down an estimated 4.5 %. The reason... lower wholesale natural gas costs thanks to the Marcellus shale fields.

 

Luzerne County Manager

Luzerne County has a new Chief Executive. Robert Lawton comes from California to become the county's first manager under home rule. His first order of business laying off up to 65 county workers... in order to close a budget gap. Those firings could come as early as today.

 

Preliminary Hearing

A 35 - year old Plains Township woman has waived her right to a preliminary hearing after charged with taking nearly $131,000 from her former employer. Denise Zbierski faces a host of charges after confessing to police she pocketed the money from the MotorWorld Auto Group in Wilkes-Barre. Zbierski was a former payroll administrator... telling authorities she made off with the money due to a gambling problem... and to pay down credit card debt. She remains free on bail.

 

Theft Arrest

A homeless man is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was charged with taking a car in West Hazleton. 24 – year old Raymond Witkowski is accused of making off with a car... and taking it to a Hazle Township campsite where he was living. While in possession of the car... Witkowski used a credit card he found. He's jailed on $10,000 bail.

 

Alleged Theft

A former Boy Scout troop treasurer from Danville... is headed to court following a preliminary hearing this week. 44 – year old Tracey Lee Myers has been charged by Danville police with the theft of $4,000 from Scout Troop 37. Myers has admitted that she falsified numbers in the scout's checkbook... as well as on expense reports. She remains free on $20,000 bail.

 

Sandusky Trial

There is no change in the start of the trial of Jerry Sandusky. He's the former Penn State Assistant Football coach accused of sexually molesting 10 boys over a 15 – year period of time. Sandusky's attorney had wanted it pushed back to July... but a Centre County judge ruled that the start date remains May 14th.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Men's Basketball

The successful seasons of the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams did not go unnoticed by the PSAC. The men's team won three major awards announced Wednesday. Sophomore Donthe Jordan was named the PSAC Eastern Division athlete of the year; senior Larry Webster was the defensive player of the year, and John Sanow was the coach of the year. Jordan was a first team all conference selection while Webster made the second team.

 

BU Women's Basketball

From the women's team... senior Kelsey Gallagher was named the Eastern Division athlete of the year for the second straight season. Gallagher and junior Dana Weiller were first team all conference selections while junior Kayla Oxenrider was a second team pick. The women's team plays IUP Friday at 5:30 in the PSAC semifinals at Edinboro. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 5:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

High School Boys Basketball

In boys basketball Wednesday night, in a Class Double A semifinal... Loyalsock downed South Williamsport 58 to 40. Southern Columbia will now face Loyalsock in the final at a date, site, and time to be determined. In the boys Triple A final Friday night Danville takes on Shikellamy at Milton at 8 o'clock. You can hear that game on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 7:40.

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