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News Archive Archives for 2012-07

Tuesday / July 31, 2012


Fatal Bike Accident

A retired Southern Columbia school teacher is dead after he lost control of his mountain bike.... and slammed into a pick – up truck Monday outside of Catawissa. Montour Township Police Chief Terry Eckert identified the victim as 65 year old Ed Rhoades of Catawissa. The accident happened Old Reading Road in Catawissa Township. The name of the driver of the pick up truck was not released since he's a juvenile. Chief Eckert says he will not be charged in the accident.

 

Berwick Man Charged

A Berwick man has been charged with killing a man in Erie... in northwest Pennsylvania... earlier this month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 28 – year old Michael James allegedly shot and killed a man during a street fight earlier this month. James... at one time... was considered the nation's best sophomore football players. James and Teverous Williams had been at a bar just prior to the shooting. James faces a preliminary hearing August 6th... and remains in the Erie County Prison without bond.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a pre – dawn blaze in six vacant homes in neighboring Schuylkill County. The fire was spotted in row homes early Monday morning on North Main Street in Mahanoy City. Our media partner NewsWatch 16 says the homes have been vacant since the flood of 2006... and had been on the list to be torn down.

 

Senior Expo

The highly – anticipated Senior Expo hosted by State Representative David Millard of Millville is Wednesday at the Espy Fire Hall. Hundreds of people over 60 will be there. So will vendors with information on the latest programs geared towards senior Citizens... according to Representative Millard. The expo begins at 9 AM... and runs for three hours at the Espy Fire Hall at Tenny and 3rd Streets. In addition to vendors... there will be plenty of door prizes and giveaways.

 

Town Hall Meeting

State Representative Doyle Heffley... will be in Beaver Meadows... a few miles southeast of Hazleton this Thursday. A spokesman for Heffley says it's the first in a series of outreach events he'll be holding this summer for constituents. This one takes place at the Beaver Meadows Borough Hall starting at 8 AM. Heffley says he and his staffers will have information dealing with state agencies... and different programs offered to seniors by the state.

 

Gas Prices

Gas Prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are holding steady. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows that self – serve unleaded regular was averaging $3.44 a gallon... that's down a penny from the weekend... and holding steady from a week ago. Thirty days ago... pump prices were averaging $3.23 a gallon.

 

Sullivan County Accident

A man from western Pennsylvania died over the weekend when he was electrocuted in Sullivan County. State Police at Dushore tell WHLM News 21 – year old Nathan McCandless was erecting wildlife data survey equipment off Maple Summit Road in Fox Township... when an aluminum pole came in contact with an overhead power line. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Shank Attack

A 22 – year old inmate at SCI – Coal Township has been charged with attempted homicide. Ramon Frazier is accused of stabbing another inmate in the neck with a six inch shank... which required emergency hospitalization. The incident took place last December on the facilities basketball court. Police say the incident may have been gang related.

 

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Field Hockey

The Bloomsburg University field hockey team, the reigning PSAC champions, will open its 2012 season at home on Thursday, August 30th against Adelphi at 3 p.m. The Huskies 2012 season will feature an 18-game schedule evenly split with nine home and nine away games. Bloomsburg's longest home stand will be four games starting with its PSAC opener against Seton Hill on September 8th and continuing till September 15th against Mercyhurst.
 

Philadelphia Phillies

Following a day off for travel... the Philadelphia Phillies get back into the swing of things Tuesday night. The Phils begin a three game series with the red hot Washington Nationals in DC. Left handed pitcher Cliff Lee will be on the mound for the Phills... while right hander Stephen Stratsburg tosses for the Nats. You can catch all the action of Tuesday night's match up starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... the first pitch expected at 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / July 30, 2012


 

Catawissa Bike Accident

One man was critically injured and later died after he lost control of his mountain bike.... and slammed into a pick – up truck Monday morning outside of Catawissa.

Montour Township Police Chief Terry Eckert identified the victim as 65 - year old Charles Edwards Rhodes, Jr. of Catawissa. The accident happened around 9:45 AM on Old Reading Road in Catawissa Township. Chief Eckert.. who patrols the area... telling WHLM News Rhodes lost control of his bike while coming down a hill.... he tried to correct the situation... but ran into a truck driven by a teenager. The unnamed driver saw what was happening... and stopped in the roadway. That's when the bike and Rhodes slammed into the front of the truck... with Rhodes colliding with the passenger side windshield. He slid off the hood and fell into a grassy area adjacent to Old Reading Road opposite the entrance to Creek Road. Rhodes was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he died. The name of the driver of the pick up truck was not released since he's a juvenile. Chief Eckert says the investigation is continuing. 

 

Preliminary Hearing

A Benton area man has been bound over for court. State Police tell us 38 – year old Abe Kline of Sugarloaf Township had a preliminary hearing at the start of the weekend on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Kline is accused in the shooting death of 35 – year old Jocelyn Romano... his live – in girlfriend. The incident happened May 15th at the home they shared in the 200 block of Coles Creek Mill Road. Kline also shot himself... but has since recovered and is lodged in the Columbia County Prison.

 

Penn State Abuse

The NCAA sanctions against Penn State University stemming from the Sandusky sex scandal is still top of mind. PSU president Rodney Erickson admits the sanctions were... what he called “very heavy...” telling CBS's Face the Nation... it was a better plan than the so – called “death penalty.” Erickson says the University hopes to settle many of the suits as quickly as possible.

 

Sex Charges

A Millville man faces arraignment August 8th in front of a district judge after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl earlier this year. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 29 – year old Brian Metheny is accused of sexually assaulting the teen on two occasions. He denies the accusations... instead accusing the girl of lying. Metheny is in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Ozone Reports

The Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area... as well as Lycoming County will soon be included in the state's daily air quality forecasts. Kevin Sunday with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection... says this summer's hot weather highlighted the need for increased ozone surveillance. Other areas across the state included in the reports are Altoona... Erie... Johnston... as well as Mercer and Indiana Counties.

 

New Steeple

A joyful noise in Berwick on Sunday... as the First United Methodist Church rededicated its church tower. Two months ago... the 110 – year old steeple was brought down by crane... and in it's place... a replacement made of fiberglass and steel. During Sunday morning's ceremony... the bells rang out. The old structure had to be replaced since it had become rotted... and unsafe after being a part of the Berwick skyline since 1902.

 

Railroad Speeders

They're called Speeders.... and the two – passenger rail cars used at one time by railroad's maintenance of way personnel to check the tracks. Now... they're collectors items... and they were on North Shore Railroad tracks over the weekend from Northumberland... through Bloomsburg... to PPL's Riverlands Park in Salem Township in Luzerne County. The speeder owners belong to the North American Rail car Operators Association which secure trackage rights for their excursions.

 

Dairy Industry

What a great way to start the weekend... the Columbia – Luzerne Dairy Princes dishing out ice cream in front of the courthouse on Main Street. Kate Dent... who lives on a farm near Summerhill in Briar Creek Township... says the dairy farming industry is huge. The celebration on the courthouse plaza was part of the celebration of July being National Ice Cream Month.

 

Freeland / Foster Twp

A meteorologist has confirmed that a tornado touched down last Thursday night in the Freeland / Foster Township area near Hazleton. Chris Gitro with the National Weather Service office in Binghamton confirming an EF-1 tornado destroyed a building near a meat packing company... and debris struck a nearly 60 – foot tall building in Freeland. No one was hurt in Thursday night's storms in Freeland and Foster Township.

 

DeAndrea Plan

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says he has a way to cut down crime. He'll be presenting City Council with a multi – page ordinance Wednesday night. If approved... it would mandate pawn shop owners.. and their employees to undergo criminal background checks... secure second hand sales licenses... and register precious metal purchases with Luzerne County. Chief DeAndrea says that would reduce break – in's and thefts in the city.

 

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Danville Grad to QB

When the Lafayette College football team opens the season September 8th at Willliam & Mary, the Leopards will be led by a Danville graduate. Andrew Shoop will be the starting quarterback and one of the team captains. Shoop became the starter in the third game of last season and went on to throw 15 touchdown passes.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Try as they might... the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated Sunday 6 to 2 by the Braves in Atlanta. Roy Halladay allowing three runs... six hits and seven strikeouts in six innings. The Phillies are off Monday... but they open a series with the Washington Nationals Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

What's Happening Sunday July 29, 2012


Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble continues their performance of “Revenge of the Space Pandas” this afternoon at 3:00 PM. It's happening at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

 

The Animal Resource Center annual long-term indoor yard sale is still going on in the building next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. It's open today from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

Tuesday the Catawissa Breeze Summer Concert series presents the Uptown Music Collective with a tribute to Queen in Cara Park. The concert is schedule to start at 6:30 PM.

 

On Tuesday Sleuth will preform at 7:00 PM at the Delong Fairgrounds in Washingtonville.

 

Trinity Reformed Church of Christ invites you to their peach festival on Wednesday at the church. They'll be selling fresh peaches, peach pie, hot sandwiches, and beverages. The church is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

And, the Berwick Summer Concert series continues Thursday night at the Jackson Mansion at 7:00 PM. Jeff Brown and Sons of a Sailor are scheduled to preform.

What's Happening Saturday July 28, 2012


Today is the last chance to head out to the Orangeville Fire Company Carnival. They have lots of food including a chicken bar-be-que today at 4:00 PM. Play bingo or take a ride on the ferris wheel today. Tonight's entertainment is Covert Action at the Orangeville Fire Company Carnival.

 

Lutherans in Christ and Camp Mount Luther are sponsoring a day camp at the Columbia Mall today. Counselors are there with programs of bible study and reflection, games, songs and more.

 

The Columbia Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International today at Bloomsburg Community Church on West Street.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social today from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. They'll have homemade soup, sandwiches, ice cream, pies and cakes. Menu is a la carte with takeouts available. The church is located on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

The Lime Ridge Firemen's Carnival is going on today with food vendors, a mechanical bull, and kiddie rides. It's happening at the Lime Ridge Firehall.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club has their monthly car cruise in the Columbia Mall parking lot tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Vehicle parking is from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. The next cruise is scheduled for Saturday August 25th.

 

The Herndon Lions Club car show and craft fair is going on today in Tressler Park. The park is along Route 147 at the south end of Herndon near the chimneys. Proceeds will go to the Lions Club projects.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble continues their performance of “Revenge of the Space Pandas” tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM. It's happening at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

 

The Animal Resource Center annual long-term indoor yard sale is still going on in the building next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. It's open today and tomorrow from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Friday / July 27, 2012


Storm / Orangeville

It was a rough transition from late Thursday afternoon into early evening... as a violent storm blew through the region. In the parking lot of the Orangeville Fireman's Carnival... wave after wave of heavy rain and wind... with some quarter – sized hail tossed in for good measure. The weather downing trees on the Orangville – Berwick highway in two places... knocking out power and cable service.

 

Storm / Luzerne County

Hazleton... and the southern part of Luzerne County... took the brunt of last night's storm which swept across the region. The winds and rain knocked down trees... disrupted electricity and internet service... and generally made a mess of things. The hardest hit area appears to be Route 93 and Main Street in Sugarloaf Township. At last report... just over 2,000 PPL subscribers were without power... mostly in Sugarloaf, Black Creek and Butler Townships.

 

Traveler Greeted by Firemen

Long Island resident Frank Wiseman was on his way to Bloomsburg to take part in this weekend's dog show at the Fairgrounds. He was on Interstate 80 when initially hit the storm. Wiseman was headed to the Econo Lodge Motel at Buckhorn... in Hemlock Township... and he was greeted by firemen who were checking on a report of smoke in the building. Buckhorn Fire Chief Ken Wenner said he believes lightning struck the building... and produced smoke on the second floor. Guests were evacuated as a precaution.

 

Storm / Catawissa Fire

It appears lightning was the cause of an early Thursday evening fire which destroyed the home of the Kevin Sauer's family.... just off the 100 block of Hollow Road in Catawissa Township. It was spotted after a violent thunderstorm moved through the area... working its way to the southeast. Catawissa Assistant Chief Mike Lindamuth says there wasn't anything firemen could do to save the structure. Lindamuth said the Sauer's family escaped the flames... but will have to start over. A collection of antique cars in an adjacent garage was not damaged.

 

Storm Outages

An estimated 1,000 PPL subscribers are still in the dark this morning from Thursday night's storm. There are just over 200 homes in the dark in Montour County. PPL telling us repair crews have been working overnight. At the height of Thursday night's storm... an estimated 3,000 people in Columbia County were without juice.

 

David Millard / Flood Protection

Despite being turned down this week by the US Army Corps of Engineers for a flood protection system on Bloomsburg's west side... there is a ray of hope. This time from State Representative David Millard of Millville. He's introduced House Bill 1916... which initially earmarked $20 - million for a flood wall... but that has changed to flood protection. Rep. Millard says the measure is now in the house rules committee. No word when it could be placed on the agenda for a vote.

 

Lawsuit Threatened

One of Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault victims is threatening to sue Penn State University. We know the man as Victim 2. Now, his lawyers say they have enough evidence to show that the school didn't do enough to protect him from Sandusky's sexual attacks. The University said it was taking the case seriously. Sandusky is in the Centre County jail... awaiting his sentence for his sex assault conviction.

 

Luzerne County Property Taxes

If you live in Luzerne County...you won't see an increase in the property tax rate next year. Instead County Manager Robert Lawton says he wants to trim spending by an estimated $2 – million to prevent a year – end deficit. Lawton is the first – ever manager under Home Rule, which went into effect the first of the year. He made his remarks while speaking with the Citizen's Voice editorial board.

 

John Gordner

State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says the State Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications from small businesses for pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects. Matching grants of up to $9,500 dollars are available to most small businesses within the Commonwealth. Gordner says businesses that employ less than 100 workers qualify for the program.

 

Bridge Preservation

A bridge preservation projects covering ten bridges along Interstate 80 in four counties... including Columbia and Montour... is scheduled to start on Monday. The project begins over Fishing Creek near the Buckhorn exit... with traffic restricted to a single lane through work zones. The work includes includes concrete bridge deck repairs... bridge approach paving membrane waterproofing and new pavement marking. The work under the $1 – million contract is expected to be completed by the end of October.

 

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the Moose Exchanges Grille Room Friday starting at 11 O'clock. A spokesperson for the Bloomsburg chapter says all types of blood are need.  As a spiff.... Bowling passes will be given to all donors.

 

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Henry Hynoski

Former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski begins his second season in the NFL today when the New York Giants open preseason camp in Albany, New York. Hynoski is the starting fullback for the defending Super Bowl champs who open the regular season September 5th at home against the Dallas Cowboys. Meantime, the New York Jets opened their pre – season training camp on Thursday in Cortland, New York.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies are on the road this weekend. They begin a three game series tonight against the Braves in Atlanta. You can catch all the action of tonight's match up starting with the pre – game show at 7 O'clock... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Olympic Games

The opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games take place Friday in London. Those ceremonies will be on the NBC television network Friday night at 7:30.

Thursday / July 26, 2012


Flood Protection

Now that the federal government has told Bloomsburg it doesn't plan to fund a floodwall for the west end of the town... discussion now has to turn to alternate solutions. That word from Mayor Dan Knorr. He says initial discussions should include the fact there could be a lot of local costs if the town and Columbia County decide to do a flood prevention program. Until a solution is reached... folks sandwiched in the area between the Susquehanna and Fishing Creek will have to keep an eye on the water... and take preventative actions if the waterways begin to rise.

 

Back Branch Road

Back Branch Road in Mt. Pleasant Township is now open to traffic. The four mile long... two lane road had been closed since early June when PennDOT began a project to stabilize a bank... along Fishing Creek... that experienced severe erosion during last year's Lee flooding. PennDOT getting help from the Department of Environmental Protection. Embankment restoration... roadway work and guardrail installation have been completed... now there will be some minor touch up work preformed by PennDOT crews.

 

Park Concert

The night the music slowly came to an end Wednesday night at Bloomsburg's Town Park as the Summer Concert Series ran its course. Entertainment for those who showed up last night was furnished by Selinsgrove – based Gift, Troutman and Gift. Now.... Town Park Association President Chuck Wagner turns his attention to the 55th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival on August 9th. Thousands of people are expected for the festival... with planned entertainment the Catawissa Military Band and the Covered Bridge Cloggers.

 

Well Rescue

It was a close call for a Hunlock Creek Township man on Wednesday. After lowering himself into a 5 foot cinder block well pit along Sorberton Hill Road with a ladder... that device gave way leaving him trapped. He was eventually extracted by the Luzerne County Technical Rescue team. The unidentified man complained of back and leg pain and was taken to an area hospital after being brought to the surface.

 

Dead Pitbulls

Police in Tamaqua... south of Hazleton... are investigating the deaths of nine pit bulls. The dog's bodies were discovered in a dumpster by a man looking in the containers. No one is claiming ownership to the dogs. An autopsy will be preformed on two of the dogs to determine how they died.

 

Drug Raid

A West Hazleton Cigarette Superstore was the target of a Wednesday morning raid by police and drug agents. It's all part of a crack down on synthetic drugs. The raid took place at Puff and Stuff on North Fourth Street. Although boxes of evidence was taken... there were no arrests. Police say the raid was part of Operation Artificial High designed to eliminate designer drugs.

 

Quarry Hearing

A hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday at the Dorrance Township Fire Department dealing with the expansion of a quarry owned by Pennsy Supply. The company wants to operate minor crushing operations 24 hours a day. That may not set well with the folks who live near the quarry. Tuesday's hearing begins at 6:30 PM.

 

Service Awards

An award for Geisinger Health Systems. The Geisinger Medical Center System Therapeutics Department has received an award for Courageous Service by the American Society of Heath – System Pharmacist. The award was given during a convention in Baltimore. The GMC department received the award for it's efforts to serve patients following the catastrophic flood of the fall of 2011.

 

Jamboree Folo

Bloomsburg Police telling us the 4 Wheel Truck Jamboree of a few weeks ago... for the most part... a pretty quiet affair. However, there were some problems... with police telling us that out of 34 traffic stops... 21 people were given warnings... with traffic citations given out to 13 people. Overall... the state police... Liquor Control Enforcement... and local police departments citing 11 for underage drinking... 2 violating the open container law... one person charged with public drunkenness... and two DUI arrests.

 

Boosters Club

Athletic boosters in the Warrior Run School District say they want to finance and maintain a proposed soccer and track complex on the school campus. One plan calls for $3 – million to construct the complex... and another $2 - million to maintain the site. The boosters say they have the money... but any project won't get underway until a non – profit foundation is established.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Philles rattled off their fourth consecutive win on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 7 to 6 in 10 innings. The win completes a sweep over the Brew Crew... and moves the Phillies' record to 8 and 4 since the All – Star break. The hero Wednesday afternoon... Jimmy Rollins who slammed an RBI single. The Phillies have Thursday off… ahead of a three-game set in Atlanta which starts Friday. You can catch all the action with the pre -game show at 7 O'clock... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Hamels Contract

The Phillies have announced they've signed pitcher Cole Hamels to a six year... 144 – million dollar contract extension. It's the longest contract in Philadelphia sports history. The deal will pay Hamels nearly $20 – million next season... and $22.5 - million from 2014 through 2018... and includes a $6 - million signing bonus.

Wednesday / July 25, 2012


Floodwall Protection

It appears Bloomsburg will not be getting the floodwall sought to protect the west end of the town. Mayor Dan Knorr says a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers... says the feds will not be contributing millions of dollars to the proposed project. The floodwall would have protected homes and major businesses which lie in the flood plain... area's which have been devastated by flooding waters of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek.

 

Recycling Firm

Two firms in the recycling business are joining forces aimed at recycling plastic sheeting used on the pads of Marcellus Shale drilling sites. Ultra – Poly Corporation of Berwick and Wellspring Environmental Services of Bloomsburg will take the plastic sheets... turning them into pellets to be used for other products. The company has set up shop in the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Red Rock Crash

The investigation continues into a crash... which occurred Tuesday night... just inside the Luzerne County line on Route 487 near Red Rock. One person died in the two – car crash. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... says a car... southbound on 487... drifted across the center line and collided head on into a car in the northbound lane. One person died upon impact... three other people were injured... with at least one person life - flighted from the scene.

 

Aggressive Driving

Between now and August 16th... and estimated 330 municipalities across the state... including the Town of Bloomsburg... will be cracking down on aggressive driving... as well as jaywalking. Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Roger Van Loan says the extra funding will allow for extra patrols to spot the problem which has become epidemic. That grant money comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... to PennDOT... and filters down to local municipalities.

 

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be held in Bloomsburg next month. It's a pretty simple concept.... walking for 24 hours raising money for cancer research. A year ago... 20 teams took place in the Bloomsburg Relay... and raised an estimated $40,000 for cancer research. Want to take part... give the American Cancer Society a call at 570 – 326 – 4149.

 

Orangeville Parade

One of the highlights of the of the 85th annual Orangeville Community Fire Company Carnival was Tuesday night's Pet and Toy parade. The line of march went north on Main Street was led by the borough's police car... followed by the Catawissa Military Band. Dozens of kids made up the annual parade which ended at the carnival grounds on Mill Street. There were the usual animals... plus antique farm tractors... as well as emergency vehicles such as ambulances... rescue trucks and fire apparatus. The carnival continues through Saturday night with Wednesday night's free entertainment the McNett Country Band.

 

Fatal Hit and Run

Wilkes – Barre police continue to search for the vehicle who struck and killed a 19 – year old woman around 2:30 Tuesday morning. Rebecca McCallick was struck in the 100 block of Hazle Street by... what is believed to be... a black pick up truck with a loud exhaust. She died a short time later at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Authorities are now urging the driver to surrender to police.

 

Stabbing Folo

We now know that a fight over the weekend at the Laural Mall near Hazleton started with two people jumping in line. Police say 19 - year old Christopher Vega and 21 – year old Joel Fernandez... both of Hazleton... were allegedly stabbed by 19 – year old Carlos Mejia. The trio was in line outside the mall early Saturday morning to purchase sneakers. Authorities say Vega and Fernandez will be okay... and Mejia faces a preliminary hearing next week. He's locked up in the Luzerne County Prison on $100,000 bail.

Tuesday / July 24, 2012


PSU Penalty React

At Penn State.... as well as around Columbia and Montour Counties... the words from NCAA President Mark Emmert still reverberating... dealing with penalties from the Sandusky sex scandal. First off... a $60 – million fine for the University... no post – season bowl games for the next four years... along with vacating team victories between '98 and 2011... and reduced scholarships. In issuing the penalties.. the NCAA's Mark Emmert said the sanctions should allow the school and athletic department to change its culture.

 

Bloomsburg Town Council

It appears Bloomsburg will soon have a new park.... a concrete skate park aimed at teens and young adults. It would replace the current one made out of plywood located between the Norris Rock Pool and the town park. Monday night... town council raising questions about the park coming in compliance with Bloomsburg's insurance carrier. That shouldn't be a problem once design specs and the builder's credentials are given to administrator Bill Lowthart. Meantime... Town Park Association president Chuck Wagner says the first phase is dependent on fund raising. The park will be built with volunteer help with skating enthusiasts Travis Creveling, Dave Chamber and Chad Gorby overseeing the project.

 

Sentence

The former assistant athletic director and trainer at Warrior Run Area Schools was sentenced Monday on child sex charges. 27 – year old Matthew Godfrey of Watsontown will spend up to 23 – months in prison... and then be on probation. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16.. says Godfrey pleaded guilty earlier this year to having sex with a student from June to November of last year.

 

Stuff the Bus

The Berwick United Way has launched a community wide backpack donation drive to give kids a sendoff when they start the school year next month. The United Way's Ginny Crake says all you have to do is purchase some items... and drop them at conveniently placed barrels. This is the third year for the donation drive... which produced more than 300 backpacks in 2011.

 

Slabtown Road

PennDOT says a maintenance crew will begin a series of drainage improvements along Slabtown Road in Locust and Catawissa Townships starting Tuesday. The agency's Rick Mason says there are eight cross pipes along Slabtown Road, between Ideal Park Road and Route 42, which need to be replaced due to deterioration. The pipe replacements will take place starting at the north end of the road and continue south. Slabtown Road will be shut down... and a detour will be in effect through late Wednesday afternoon.

 

Gas Probe

Wilkes – Barre Mayor Tom Leighton has met with Public Works department employees... and has told them to co-operate in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 18,000 gallons of fuel from the city's gas pump. Word surfaced last week that the gasoline was not accounted for... and was pumped at the Public Works garage on Conyngham Avenue. Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis has launched a probe into the missing gas. The city says it's just a matter of poor record keeping.

 

Stabbing Suspect

A 24 – year old Shenandoah man is in jail after he allegedly stabbed a woman over the weekend. Police say Maurice Townsend allegedly slashed a woman's arm during an argument. Townsend is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He's currently lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

 

TV Thefts

Police in Rush Township... near Hometown... south of Hazleton are looking for a couple of alleged thieves. Surveillance video show a man and a woman making off with five televisions from the Wal – Mart in Hometown. Those TV's are valued at an estimated $1,200. The theft happened early Monday morning.

 

Shamokin Fire

A Shamokin fire investigator has ruled a Sunday blaze in an apartment building on South 5th Street was accidental and electrical in nature. Firemen squelching the blaze in a second floor unit... and preventing it from spreading. The initial call came in around 3 O'clock... and was reported out about 20 minutes later. Published reports say the building is owned by Roy Whitehair of Bloomsburg.

 

Cargill Recall

30,000 pounds of ground beef produced at Cargill Beef Wyalusing plant in near-by Bradford County... is being recalled. The product was produced on May 25th... and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Kansas City – based company. Cargill says the ground been may contain salmonella.

 

Pump Prices

The average price of self – serve, unleaded regular has shot up nine cents a gallon over the past week. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows the average price of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is $3.45 a gallon. That's 9 cents a gallon higher than a week ago.... and 17 cents a gallon more than what it was a month ago.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies scored four runs in the 9th inning Monday night... to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7 to 6. A combination of three hits... three walks and a sacrifice fly allowed the Phil's to grab a second walk – off victory in as many days. Philadelphia and Milwaukee continue their three game series Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Lacrosse Coach

Bloomsburg University has a new women's lacrosse coach. Mallory Poole comes to the Bloomsburg campus after spending the last three years as an assistant at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Prior to that... Poole was an assistant coach at Dartmouth College.

Monday / July 23, 2012


 

Penn State Penalties

There is a somber mood on the Penn State campus... now that the NCAA has announced sanctions for the school's football program... as the result of the Sandusky Sex scandal. Topping the list... a $60 – million fine for the school... the estimated revenue Penn State made on it's football program. Also: no bowl games for the next four years... and vacating Penn State's victories from 1998 to 2011. NCAA President Mark Emmert said the so – called “death penalty” was considered but was pulled off the table when it was decided no games, whatsoever, would hurt those people not involved in the scandal. One other issue... players can transffer to other school... and will be allowed to play this fall.

 

JoPa Statue

It took a work crew only 89 minutes to cover... then remove the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno from in front of Beaver Stadium Sunday. After moving the statue inside the stadium... the workers came back out and removed letters and plaques from the wall where JoPa's statue once stood. Paterno was cited in the 267 page Freeh report as being one of four people complicit in the Sandusky sex scandal... standing by doing nothing as the former assistant coach sexually abused boys. The statue and the associated hardware will be placed in a secure warehouse.

 

Benton Dogs

Those 187 dogs found in a Benton area home late last week are now up for adoption at 14 shelters around the Susquehanna Valley. The animals... mostly chihuahua's were found in the home of Thomas and Albert Ambrosia on Ridge Road in Jackson Township. They've been charged with two counts of Cruelty to Animals. The Luzerne County SPCA in Wilkes – Barre and the Lycoming County SPCA in Williamsport accepted some of the dogs for adoption.

 

Farmer's Coupons

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture... through local offices of the aging... are giving away coupons to be used at local farmers market's. Kathy Lynn from the Columbia County office on Aging tells recipients must meet certain criteria, including turning 60 this year. For more information give the Aging office a call. They're located on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet.

 

Jim Thorpe

As we initially told you last week... Jim Thorpe... in near – by Carbon County is the fourth “most beautiful” cities in the U-S. That... after a competition was conducted by Rand McNally... and USA Today. Topping the list was Bardstown, Kentucky... just east of Louisville.

 

Sleep

She's from Shickshinny... in Luzerne County... and she has a hit prime time television comedy.... but Kristin Ritter is among 41 million Americans not getting enough sleep. Ms. Ritter is hosting the “Great American Pillow Toss...” as a part of a campaign based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

 

Mall Fight

A Hazleton man is in custody after a weekend stabbing at the Laurel Mall. Police say folks were lined up outside the mall early Saturday morning waiting to buy Air Jordan sneakers. That's when 19 – year old Carlos Mejia allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed two men and hurt a teenager after an exchange of words. Mejia is in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Bid for Freedom

There was a bit of freedom for two Luzerne County jail inmates on Sunday. The pair were taking part in work release from the jail... and after taking out trash... they simply walked away. They were captured a few hours later near Pocono Downs in Plains Township... and hustled back to jail to await charges.

 

Microsurfacing Project

There could be some traffic trouble spots along Interstate 80 in Hemlock Township. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says Strawser Construction will so begin micro – surfacing the eastbound lane of the Interstate from the Columbia – Montour County line to the Buckhorn interchange. At times... traffic will be restricted to a single lane. The work is part of a $775,000 contract which includes micro – surfacing of the west bound lane of the Interstate in Union County.

 

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NCAA Sanctions

Now that the statue of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno is tucked away in an on – campus storage area... now we're awaiting word from the NCAA as to the sanctions they'll level against the school. This morning in Indianapolis, the NCAA will announce what are expected to be harsh sanctions against the Penn State football program. That news conference starts around 9 O'clock. We'll tell you what the NCAA has to say.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A decent Sunday for the Philadelphia Phillies... as they took the final game of a three game series with the San Francisco Giants 4 to 3. The hero of the game was Jimmy Rollins who hit an RBI Single in the 12th inning to win the game. Monday night... the Phil's take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

British Open

In golf, Ernie Ells won the British Open Sunday. It was his fourth career major title.

What's Happening Sunday July 22, 2012


The Iron Heritage Festival presents their antique tractor show, car show, and fly-in at mountain aviation at the Danville Airport from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can get breakfast, ice cream, and beverages.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their summer family co-production with Bloomsburg University Players “Revenge of the Space Pandas” the show runs through July 29th. Show time this afternoon is 3:00. During the week you can catch the show at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church invites your kids to their vacation bible school tonight through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 each night. The theme is “Adventures on the Promise Land,” and it's open to your kids ages 4 to those who have just completed grade 5. The church is located on Summerhill Ave in Berwick.

What's Happening Saturday July 21, 2012


The Danville Iron Heritage Festival is happening this weekend in Danville. There are plenty of events for your entire family including a historic events, tennis tournament, vendors, musical entertainment, train rides, and much more. For details on everything happening today visit the IHF website...there's a link in the right column under "events."

 

The free Saturday trains model-railroad program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open with extended hours today for the festival. They'll be open until 2:00 this afternoon. This week features a new locomotive and additional railroad track...there is air conditioning and free refreshments.

 

Tomorrow the Iron Heritage Festival presents their antique tractor show, car show, and fly-in at mountain aviation at the Danville Airport from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can get breakfast, ice cream, and beverages.

 

The Millville Community Players are hosting a rummage sale today at Millville Town Park. They'll be selling baby items, books, household items, and other things.

 

Also in Millville today is the Millville Elementary School blood drive until 3:00 PM.

 

The 98th annual Swank family reunion is happening in Ralpho Community Park in Elysburg today...if your last name is Swank or you have relatives with the name...stop by to find out about your genealogy.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their summer family co-production with Bloomsburg University Players “Revenge of the Space Pandas” the show runs through July 29th. Show times this weekend are Tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. During the week you can catch the show at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church invites your kids to their vacation bible school Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 each night. The theme is “Adventures on the Promise Land,” and it's open to your kids ages 4 to those who have just completed grade 5. The church is located on Summerhill Ave in Berwick.

Friday / July 20, 2012


Alleged Ring Bandits Caught

Bloomsburg police have arrested the two people wanted in connection with the theft of rings from Sniedmans Jewelry store late last month. Patrolman Michael Fossee says 37 – year old Jennifer Planutis and 31 – year old James Rodino... both of Hazleton have been arrested. They're accused of taking five rings, valued at $3,000 from the display case at Sniedman's in the 100 block of East Main Street. Planutis and Rodino are in the Columbia County Prison... awaiting further judicial action.

 

Benton Dogs Update

We have new information dealing with the discovery of more than 200 dogs late Thursday in a home in the 400 block of Ridge Road in Jackson Township near Benton.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture say brothers Albert and Thomas Ambrosia were hording the dogs in unsanitary conditions. 30 of the dogs were found dead... stored in a freezer. The others were caged and taken in a horse trailer to the state Farm Show Building in Harrisburg where they were examined by veterinarians.

Many will be distributed to shelters around the state for adoption. There is no word yet as to what charged the Ambrosia Brothers will face.

 

PSU Board

The former chairman of the Penn State board of trustees resigned on Thursday.. thus becoming the first board member to do so in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Steve Garban was harshly criticized over his handling of the crisis. An internal investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found that Garban was briefed twice about developments in the Sandusky case but didn’t share what he knew with the entire board.

 

Iron Heritage Festival

Danville looks at it's past... in the present... during this weekend's 14th annual Iron Heritage Festival. It all begins with a parade Friday night... but in the line of march is an Indiana insurance salesman by day... and a presidential reenactor in his spare time.... so say festival organizer Lynn Richen. We'll have a description of Friday night's IHF parade at 7 O'clock... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Traffic Enforcement

You may see more than the usual number of police cruisers on your way to work Friday. Police in Columbia and Montour... and five other counties are undertaking aggressive driving enforcement activities. Bob Schaeffer of the PA Traffic Safety Network says Mahoning Township officers will be closely watching Route 54 near Danville. Schaeffer says officers will be looking for speeders.... tailgaters... as well as drivers running red light. The program is financed with federal dollars... going through PennDOT... then eventually filtering down to the local level.

 

Danville Schools

The Danville Area School Board wants the district's Middle School to be ready for students before school is set to open. However, contractors working on the flood damaged building say that might not happen. The school along route 11 has been closed since last September’s flooding. Some work bids are anticipated for October but school officials would like for the work to be going a little faster. Since the flooding, students have been attending other schools in the district.

 

Fresh Air Fund Kids

A trio of Fresh Air Fund kids from New York City arrived by bus in Bloomsburg Thursday afternoon. They'll experience what it's like to live in a rural setting... spending the next ten days with host families from across the region. Fred Schappell of Danville is involved in the Fresh Air program says there is some re-adjustment on the part of the kids. Shappell says there are a few days to adapt on the part of the kids.... such as leaving a lite on at night and playing a radio for atmosphere. The New York City – based fresh Air Fund has been involved with getting inner city kids to rural areas since the 1870's.

 

Geisinger Urgent Care

A new urgent care clinic is coming to Danville next month. Geisinger Careworks Urgent Care... a partnership between Careworks Convenient Healthcare and Geisinger Health System – will open the facility in the 600 block of Continental Boulevard. A GHS spokesman says the clinic will be staffed from 10 AM through 8:30 PM, 7 days a weeks. The seven staffers will treat acute illnesses and minor injuries, helping patients avoid unnecessary emergency room visits.

 

Hazleton Memorial

No one knows when it will take place... but that war memorial near Hazleton City Hall will soon be moved to Memorial Park. The monument will be placed in shaded area where there are trees and benches. The reason for the move is the city planting a Christmas tree blocking the view of the memorial. The monument was first placed near City Hall back in 1990.

 

Water Meters

An estimated 15,000 water meters will be replaced by the Hazleton City Authority... thanks to a nearly $6 – million state loan. The low interest loan was secured by State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Tarah Toohill. The meters will be installed over the next three years... and replaces ones that are outdated and not manufactured anymore.

 

Nanticoke City Manager

Nanticoke's director of finance... is now the city manager. Pamela Heard replaces Holly Cirko who has been on paid leave ever since her DUI arrest last month. During a council meeting this week... Ms. Heard was appointed to the job. In addition to being city manager... she'll retain her title as the financial chief. Her salary is set at $55,000 a year.

 

Unemployment Rate

Unemployment across Pennsylvania is creeping upwards. The State's Department of Labor and Industry says that PA unemployment rate was 7.5% in June... up a tenth of a point over May. However, the rate was well below the current national average of 8.2%. A department spokesman says last month was the first increase experienced since July of 2011.

 

Hugo Selinski Trial

A lot of legal eagles are circling September 10th on their calendar. That's the day when Hugo Selenski goes on trial for the 2002 murder of a pharmacist and his girlfriend. A Luzerne County judge denied a defense request to delay the start of the trial despite the fact charges were filed six years ago. Whatever the case, Selenski isn't going anywhere. He's now serving a term of 32 to 65 years in state prison for a Monroe County home invasion conviction.

 

Mohegan Sun

Groundbreaking was held this week for a new hotel at the Mohegan Sun Casino near Wilkes – Barre in Luzerne County. The facility will have an estimated 240 rooms and a convention center. The project means hundreds of jobs in the building trades... and once finished more jobs for folks working in the service industry. The complex is expected to be open by the end of 2013.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Thursday was an off – day for the Philadelphia Phillies. They had time to assess their latest series with the Los Angeles Dodgers... as they head into Friday night's weekend stand with the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Pitcher Cliff Lee telling reporters he's happy with the start of the unofficial second half of the MLB Season. You can catch the first game of the Phillies – Giants series Friday night... following our broadcast of Danville's Iron Heritage Festival parade on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Thursday / July 19, 2011


Catawissa Fire Folo

The investigation is continuing into a pre – dawn house fire in the 500 block of Pine Street in Catawissa, which took place Wednesday. The fire was first spotted by a neighbor around 5:30... then Catawissa police officer Jason Hayes arrived... getting four people out of the burning structure and to safety. 79 – year old Barbara Lewis... her 51 – year old son Blair and his two sons are now being helped by the American Red Cross.

 

DUI Charges

A Salem Township man... is facing homicide charges as the result of a drunk driving crash back in January of 2011. 51 – year old Theodore Luciw's pick up truck collided with a car driven by 84 – year old Rachel Wolfe... who was trying to turn from Route 11 into Bell Bend Road. Ms. Wolfe died a short time after the crash. The long list of charges were filed by Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis. This is not the first time Luciw has faced drunk driving charges.. Luzerne County records show he was arrested this past April for drunken driving.

 

Storm Spotters

With severe weather hitting Columbia and Montour County's occasionally... it's important for the National Weather Service to have 'boots' on the ground to assess damage. An estimate 30 people went through a SkyWarn class Wednesday night in order to become the eyes and ears of the NWS. Meteorologist Peter Jung (Young) of the State College office of the NWS says SkyWarn spotters are an important part of the system. And that... according to Jung is where the spotters come in since they have knowledge of their particular area of a county.

 

Meth Bust

Four people... who ran from police near Mifflinville yesterday... are now charged with allegedly running a meth lab. Police capturing two women... and two men... as they raided their makeshift campsite on River Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the four face a long list of drug related charges.

 

I-80 Work

If you're using the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Mifflinville... it will be a slow – go thorough the area most of Thursday. PennDOT spokesperson Rick Mason says the right lane of the 80... westbound... will be closed today for a dry run of a concrete – deck pour. The actual work for part of the $50 – million bridge construction project over Route 339 and the Susquehanna River takes place early Friday morning.

 

BTE

You are in store for a lot of summer fun courtesy of the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble and Bloomsburg University. Beginning Thursday afternoon... and running through the 29th... the production of the Revenge of the Space Pandas. The BTE's Richie Cannaday says there are two preview shows Thursday at 1 and 7 PM at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Mohegan Sun

Groundbreaking was held Wednesday for a new hotel at the Mohegan Sun Casino near Wilkes – Barre in Luzerne County. The facility will have an estimated 240 rooms and a convention center. The project means hundreds of jobs in the building trades... and once finished more jobs for folks working in the service industry. The complex is expected to be open by the end of 2013.

 

Most Beautiful

Jim Thorpe... in Carbon County... has been named one of the five most beautiful towns in America. That distinction coming from an on – line contest hosted by Rand McNally... and USA Today. Jim Thorpe coming in number four. Topping the list was Bardstown, Kentucky... near Louisville.

 

Sunbury Fatal

Investigators are trying to figure out why an SUV driven by a Port Treverton man... drifted across the highway and slammed head on into a car Tuesday night on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The collision killed 22 – year old Kirk Mahaffey of Northumberland... and his 3 – year old Mayson. Police say Mahaffey was not wearing a seat belt... while the child was in a car seat, but not appropriate for his age. 24 – year old Brian Glass was behind the wheel of the Jeep Liberty. His passenger was his brother, 19 – year old Cody. Both are in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

Penn State

As the NCAA considers whether Penn State should face penalties following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal — including a possible shutdown of its celebrated football program — the university says it will respond within days to the governing body's demand for information. The head of the NCAA has declared that the so-called death penalty has not been ruled out for Penn State. But university president Rodney Erickson said Tuesday he doesn't want to jump to conclusions about possible sanctions.

 

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Passing Tournament

Players from nine high school football teams will be involved in a 7 on 7 passing tournament and a big man's competition this Saturday at Crispin Field in Berwick. Area teams including Mount Carmel, Southern Columbia, Danville, Northwest, and Berwick will join Delaware Valley, Manheim Central, and Blue Mountain in the passing competition. Loyalsock will be part of the big man's competition which includes weightlifting and agility drills for linemen. Saturday's activities at Crispin Field in Berwick begins at 10 O'clock.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Try as they might... the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.  The final score 5 to 3. With the game tied at 3 to 3 in the 12th... LA's Matt Kemp and hit a walkoff two – run homer to win the game. The Phillies have Thursday off... but will start a three game series with the San Francisco Giants tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action following the Iron Heritage Festival parade on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / July 18, 2012


Catawissa Fire

Fire apparatus from around the area spent a couple of hour at a pre – dawn blaze Wednesday morning in Catawissa. They were called out around 5:30 to extinguish a garage fire which spread to a home in the 500 block of Pine Street. First responders found flames shooting from the building. There is no word as to what caused this morning's fire near the corner of Church and Pine Streets in Catawissa.

A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is being called in to investigate.

 

Blbg Fire Call

A fire call in Bloomsburg last night... but it was somewhat unusual. Firemen were called around 9:45 to squelch a reported fire in landscaping mulch in front of the Geisinger - Bloomsburg Hospital's Medical Arts Building. One piece of apparatus responded to put out the smoldering mess. No idea how or why the fire started.

 

GHS Buckhorn

It appears if things go according to plan... we may see a third expansion at the Geisinger Health System building along Route 42 in Buckhorn. On Tuesday.. a new 37,000 square foot expansion to the Geisinger – Buckhorn office building was officially opened. Now... the health system is considering the purchase of another 40 acres at the site for even more office space. GHS President and CEO Dr. Glenn Steele says for every doctor they hire.... there are four other people working in offices backing up that doctor.

 

Bridge Demolition

The Hemlock Township side of the Double Track Bridge off West Main Street in Bloomsburg is nothing more than a memory. A crew from Glen Hawebaker contractors taking a week or so to demolish the span. Many who live in the area believe that the demolition of the bridge will relieve flooding at times of high water.

 

River Levels

You might have noticed a lower flow on the Susquehanna River in some areas.... including Bloomsburg and Danville. The summer's heat wave... combined with the lack of rain... has drawn down the Susquehanna River in a lot of areas... especially in Bloomsburg where the river is measuring only 1.3 feet.

 

Unityville Woman

An 87 – year old Unityville woman has died from injuries sustained over the weekend in Jordan Township... in Lycoming County. Authorities say Stella Kessler died a day after the Sunday afternoon crash. Kessler was a passenger in a car driven by 78 – year old Hazle Steinruck. She was rushed to Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

 

Hazleton Crash

Remember that crash involving Hazleton's top cop a couple of months ago. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 says they've learned police chief Frank DeAndrea may have run a red light at Broad and Laurel Streets... colliding with an 80 – year old motorcycle rider. Walter Bloss was critically injured when DeAndrea's city – issued vehicle hit him. It's now up to the state police and the state attorney general's office to figure out if DeAndrea will be ticketed in the case.

 

Hazleton Special Events

Special events in Hazleton may be a thing of the past if City Council has its way. There is a proposed ordinance being considered calling for permits for parades and public events... as well as re-reimbursing the city for services provided by police, fire and the public works departments. That... according to several non – profit groups... would kill events such as the Funfest celebration that brings thousands of people to downtown Hazleton. A final vote on the issue is scheduled for later this month... or early September.

 

Missing Gas

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has launched a probe into an estimated 18,000 gallons of missing gas. It's fuel not accounted for being pumped at the Wilkes – Barre Department of Public Work's headquarters fuel station on north Pennsylvania Avenue. The DA is being joined by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The gas not accounted for was pumped between December of 2011 and June of 2012. Many believe the missing gas is due to poor records keeping.

 

Housing Ordinance

A triple murder earlier this month have residents of Plymouth... in Luzerne County... fighting mad. A group known as the Plymouth Housing Committee meeting with City Council last night to talk about a proposed “rental limit ordinance.” Under the measure... it would require property owners to register tenants... establish maximum occupancy and would fine landlords if they don't comply. Council is expected to vote on the ordinance August 14th.

 

Curley / Schultz

A judge has set August 16th to hear oral arguments on pretrial motions in the case of two former Penn State officials charged with perjury and failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. At that time former university athletic director Timothy Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz will be in a Dauphin County courtroom. Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and didn't properly report suspected child abuse.

 

Legislation Signed

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation that protects bystanders who give emergency aid and businesses that house automated external defibrillators, portable devices that check heart rhythm and could send an electric shock to the heart to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Sen. Lisa Baker of neighboring Luzerne County sponsored the bill. She says it it ensures that someone who acts in good faith is not sued unjustly for "caring enough to get involved."

 

Sunbury Festival

If you're headed to the annual River Festival in Sunbury next month... don't even think about having an adult beverage. The festival won't be selling beer... since organizers want to keep the theme aimed at families.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Roy Halladay is back in the Phillies starting rotation after spending the last seven weeks on the disabled list. He hasn't lost his touch as the Phil's downed the Los Angeles Dodgers last night 3 to 2. To put icing on the cake... Hunter Pence slammed a two run hit in the eighth inning. The Phil's and Dodgers meet Wednesday afternoon in a get-a-way game. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 2:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 3:10... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, & Berwick's 1280.

 

Penn State

Practice begins next month for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team... despite controversy surrounding the Sandusky sex scandal. Linebacker Michael Mauti feels his teammates have embraced new head coach Bill O'Brien. The first game of the season is at Beaver Stadium at University Park on September 1st when Penn State takes on Ohio in a 12 noon kickoff.

Tuesday / July 17, 2012


United Water

Will Hummleston – based United Water ever move their Bloomsburg Irondale Road plant? That's a question which will soon be answered. During last September's flooding the plant was knocked out by a rapidly rising Fishing Creek... and despite a million gallon reservoir... Bloomsburg lost its water service for about a week. Since that time... there has been talk of moving the plant... and the utility's Bob Manbeck says the plan has been placed on the back burner... until the results of a study are released in September. At one time... preliminary figures indicated it would cost United Water up to $17 – million to move the plant to higher grounds.

 

Iron Heritage Festival

With the Iron Heritage Festival getting underway later this week in Danville... a lot of attention has been given to a recreated coal dredger. The I-H-F's Lynn Richen says coal dredgers were important to the economy and our way of life... when chunks of Anthracite coal would come rolling down the Susquehanna River from the mines in Luzerne and Lackawanna County's. The recreated coal dredger will be on display... on the river... at the foot of Ferry Street in Danville all weekend. The event gets underway with a parade which kicks off Friday night at 7 O'clock.

 

Alcohol Program / Bloomsburg

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has awarded a little more than $17,000 to the Bloomsburg Police Department aimed at preventing underage and dangerous alcohol use. The state says the money is part of a million dollars awarded through the 2012 – 2013 Alcohol Education Grant Program. The grant helps fund prevention programs focused on underage and college – age alcohol consumption and support related law – enforcement activities.

 

State Trooper Busted

A Pennsylvania State Trooper who lives in the Tamaqua area is accused of being drunk while on duty. 47 – year old Kevin Wackley was relieved of his duties last week after being arrested on a DUI charge... while driving a state issued cruiser. The issue with Wackley surfaced when he met with a police chief near the Hamburg barracks where he works. The chief noticing the trooper was intoxicated and called his boss. Wackley has been suspended without pay and faces a hearing at a future date.

 

Hazleton Officers Hurt

Two Hazleton police officers were injured over the weekend when trying to subdue a 23 – year old Hazleton man. Reinaldo Hernandez – Montanez faces a long list of charges after an early Sunday morning dust up with two officers. Both spotting Hernandez – Montanez running on 4th street. During the scuffle... officer Nicholas Stetchak's right knee was injured and his forearm scraped... while his partner.. Robert Minnick sustained left knee and a forearm injury. Hernandez – Montanez is currently in jail.

 

United Way Grant

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural center in Benton has received a grant from the United Way of Columbia County. A spokesman for the organization says the $9,200 grant will allow the N4C to provide safe, fun and exciting activities for kids who live in northern Columbia County.

 

Paterno Family

The family of long – time Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno says they'll launch their own investigation into the Sandusky sex scandal. They're also discounting former FBI Director Louis Freeh's 267 page report which said Paterno and other university officials covered up for Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. Sandusky is in the Centre County jail... convicted last month on 45 counts of sexually abusing boys over a 15 – year period.

 

Costas Opinion

There is still some fall out based on the Louis Freeh report released late last week dealing with the Sandusky scandal at Penn State. Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.... Bob Costas.... a mainstay at NBC Sports is suggesting that the football season for the university be suspended for at least a year. Costas went on to say... if the school doesn't suspend the season... the NCAA will have it's own sanctions.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The Triple A fuel gauge report out shows self – serve, unleaded regular across northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady at $3.36 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... but up seven cents for the week. A month ago... we were paying an average of $3.34 a gallon.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Ryan Howard hit the ball out of the park for the first time this season... and Joe Blanton kept the ball in the park... as the Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night 3 to 2. Howard homered leading off the fourth inning for his first RBI in six games... while Blanton pitched eight innings. The Phillies and the Dodgers meet again Tuesday night in LA. You can catch all the action by tuning into the pre – game show at 9:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Regional Baseball Action

In other regional MLB action Monday night... the Colorado Rockies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 4... while the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6 to 3.

Monday / July 16, 2012


Power Outage

PPL crews continue to work in order to restore power to parts of Columbia County following a small, but violent storm which swept through the Susquehanna Valley Sunday afternoon. At last check on the PPL outage website... an estimated 1,500 subscribers are without electricity. The biggest problem appears to be on the Hemlock – Mt. Pleasant Township line. Other dark places around the county include Madison and Orange Townships... and an area around the BIDA Complex in Berwick.

 

Truck Jamboree

The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds are quiet this morning... but that wasn't the case over the weekend when the 25th anniversary Summer 4 Wheel Drive Jamboree took place. Thousands of people came through the turnstiles. Next up at the fairgrounds.... thousands of classic automobiles... part of a huge car show promoted by Carlisle Events of Cumberland County the second weekend in August.

 

Senior Expo / Millard

Columbia County senior citizens looking for help with their problems on the state level shouldn't look any further than the August 1st Senior Expo in Scott Township. It's being hosted by state representative David Millard of Millville. The expo begins at 9 AM at the Espy fire hall on the 1st... and anywhere from four to five hundred people are expected to attend.

 

Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital

The Bloomsburg Hospital has been part of our lives for the past hundred years or so... and now they've turned the page. As of this month... Bloomsburg and its affiliates have merged with Danville – based Geisinger Health Systems. Bloomsburg town councilman Fred Trump telling WHLM News he sees a lot of positive changes coming out of the merger. The merger will allow Geisinger – Bloomsburg to have access to up to date medical care... and it starts with the installation of a multi – million dollar computer and data system.

 

Hazleton Fight

A Saturday night slap down in Hazleton... at the corner of North Wyoming and Green Streets. Police aren't saying much, but they do say that two women were fighting. A large crowd showed up for the main event... but apparently no one was hurt. Also... no one was taken into custody.

 

Suspected Arson

Police in West Hazleton are now searching for a person wanted in an attempted arson of a vacant home on East Broad Street. It happened Saturday night... when smoke from a phone book left on a lit stove burner found its way throughout the structure. Police were called... and they found an empty gas can and a bathtub full of kerosene. If you have information about this attempted arson... call west Hazleton Police.

 

Hazleton Escape

Still on the loose Monday... a man who escaped from the MinSec halfway house in Hazleton. State police say they're looking for 39 – year old Richard Hazleton who was wrapping up his prison sentence. But instead of returning by late afternoon... he disappeared into thin air. Police issuing a warrant for Hazleton on escape charges.

 

Shale Death

State Police still investigating the death of a man near Lairdsville in Lycoming over the weekend. Police say 26 – year old Timothy Wehr of Ohio died Saturday afternoon when he was run over by a dump truck on a gas well pad... as he was installing water lines. At the time, Wehr was working for Integrity Pipeline Services.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels had gone nearly a month without a victory. But the left-hander had it working against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. He allowed one run over eight innings as the Phillies defeated the Colorado Rockies 5 to 1. The victory was Hamels' 11th of the season. Hunter Pence provided the big blow with a three-run homer in the fifth. The Phils now travel to Los Angeles with a three game series with the Dodgers. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show Monday night at 9:35 PM... with the first pitch at 10:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

What's Happening Sunday July 15, 2012


The 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals will be at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. For more information link up to their website by clicking on their logo under Our Partners.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society have their huge display of operating trains open at the Columbia Mall today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and tomorrow from noon to 4:00 PM.

 

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

 

Saint Mary's in Berwick invites you out to their annual picnic from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm today. They'll have ethnic foods like peirogies, hot sausage, fireballs, haluski, porkette and more. There will be basket and gift raffles, a car show, and music and dancing with John Stanky and the Coal Miners. For your kids they'll have a moon bounce set up. It's all happening in Saint Mary's Grove on Fowler Avenue in Berwick.

 

Trinity United Church of Christ and St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Bloomsburg will host vacation bible school the remaining three Monday's this month. It's going to be at Trinity UCC on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Community Alliance Church will host a mega sports camp for your kids ages preschool through 6th grade at Bloomsburg Town Park this Monday through Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Registration opens at 5:30 each night. The camp is free and offers flag football, cheerleading, soccer and baseball. Call the Community Alliance Church for more information.

 

From the WHLM Future File, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their annual summer family theater co-production with the BU Players starting this Thursday. “The Revenge of the Space Pandas” can be seen at the Alvina Krause theater through Sunday July 29th.

 

And, the annual Danville Iron Heritage Festival is happening next weekend in Danville. They have events scheduled throughout the week and weekend to celebrate the history of the Danville and Riverside Communities. The annual parade is Friday night, and can be heard on the WHLM Stations.

What's Happening Saturday July 14, 2012


The 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals will be at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. It's a weekend of 4x4 excitement and other events including fireworks tonight. For more information link up to their website by clicking on their logo under Our Partners.

 

Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption Members will host a retired racing greyhound event today at Petco in Bloomsburg from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Trinity United Church of Christ invites you to their church festival today at 4:00 pm. They're serving soups, sandwiches, pies, ice cream and it's all homemade. The Evansville Gang is slated to preform.

 

The Delong School Alumni are hosting their 13th reunion today at the Montour Delong Fairgrounds.

 

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

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society have their huge display of operating trains open at the Columbia Mall today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and tomorrow from noon to 4:00 PM.

 

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

 

Saint Mary's in Berwick invites you out to their annual picnic from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm tomorrow. They'll have ethnic foods like peirogies, hot sausage, fireballs, haluski, porkette and more. There will be basket and gift raffles, a car show, and music and dancing with John Stanky and the Coal Miners. For your kids they'll have a moon bounce set up. It's all happening in Saint Mary's Grove on Fowler Avenue in Berwick.

 

Trinity United Church of Christ and St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Bloomsburg will host vacation bible school the remaining three Monday's this month. It's going to be at Trinity UCC on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Community Alliance Church will host a mega sports camp for your kids ages preschool through 6th grade at Bloomsburg Town Park this Monday through Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Registration opens at 5:30 each night. The camp is free and offers flag football, cheerleading, soccer and baseball. Call the Community Alliance Church for more information.

 

From the WHLM Future File, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their annual summer family theater co-production with the BU Players starting this Thursday. “The Revenge of the Space Pandas” can be seen at the Alvina Krause theater through Sunday July 29th.

 

And, the annual Danville Iron Heritage Festival is happening next weekend in Danville. They have events scheduled throughout the week and weekend to celebrate the history of the Danville and Riverside Communities. The annual parade is Friday night, and can be heard on the WHLM Stations.

Friday / July 13, 2012


Freeh Report

The 267 – page report authored by former FBI Director Louis Freeh is shaking Penn State University to its core. It deals with the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case. In it... Freeh says Tim Curley... Gary Schultz... Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno knew of a 1998 criminal investigation into Sandusky's suspected sexual misconduct. Freeh says the Board of Trustees was not aware of the allegations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001... however that does not shield the board from criticism.

 

Truck Jamboree

It's a gear head's delight this weekend at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals Series makes its 25th appearance in Bloomsburg.... with thousands of pick up trucks... either competing or in town for the show and shine events. The event is expected to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Columbia – Montour County economy. The show begins Friday... and runs through Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

Scam

United Water of Pennsylvania subscribers are being alerted to a scam claiming that the government is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. Although it hasn't happened in United Water's service area... which includes Bloomsburg... the Utility's Bob Manbeck says someone will call and providing a bank routing number. But instead of the water company getting a payment... it goes into a scammer's bank account. Manbeck says... in the end... customer's don't get any credit... and are responsible for the bill. Also... the scammer's are using e-mail... testing and social media to reach utility customers.

 

Bridge Demolition

If you take a look at the northside of the Double Track Bridge on Bloomsburg's west side... leading to Fernville... it's gone. Workers spent Thursday loading old concrete in the back of huge dump trucks to be carted away. It's part of a $1 – million contract PennDOT has with Glenn Hawbaker, Incorporated to demolish the bridge... as well as install a traffic signal and add turn lanes at Route 42 and Perry Avenue.

The concrete structure was opened to traffic in 1923... and replaced a wooden bridge built on the site in 1840 to connect Bloomsburg's west end with Fernville.

 

Iron Heritage Festival

Now that Doc's Shoe Store in Danville has been knocked down... Mill Street in the Montour County community will be opened for next weekend's Iron Heritage Festival. Organizer Lynn Richen says most of the festival will take place right along Mill Street. Danville's Iron Heritage festival kicks off with a parade next Friday at 7 O'clock.

 

Hazleton Cocaine

One man is in jail in Luzerne County... after tussling with cops... with police saying they were exposed to cocaine. It happened during a traffic stop earlier this week when Joseph Babbitt was pulled over and drugs were found in his car. A strip search at police headquarters found Babbitt was storing the cocaine inside his body. Police say he tried to eat it, but instead the bag burst... sending a cloud of the drug at the officers.

 

Shooting Sentence

A Hazleton man was sentenced from anywhere from 10 to 20 years in prison for a deadly Luzerne County shooting. Jaboar Stanley was sentenced in court Thursday for his May guilty plea in the shooting death of Emanuel Felix back in 2011. The shooting stemmed from an argument which broke out during a poker game.

 

Luzerne Clerk

Luzerne County has its first permanent clerk who will serve the County Council. 24 – year old Brittany Burgess of Scranton takes over from Colette Check... who has been the clerk to council since the first of the year. Burgess' job includes motions and resolutions for council... preparing agenda... and conducting research. Her salary... $40,000 a year.

 

Berwick Traffic

A portion of the final phase of the paving of Front and Second Streets in Berwick begins late Friday night. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says that starting Friday night at 10... Barletta Construction will preform paving work on Route 11 southbound... between LaSalle and Iron Streets. That means Route 93 at Front Street... and the northbound entrance to LaSalle Street will be closed. However, there will be a single lane of traffic... southbound on Route 11... with traffic controlled by construction workers. The project will be wrapped by late Sunday evening.

 

Shikellamy Grant

The Shikellamy School District in Northumberland County is one of 61 organizations getting nearly $20 – million as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Challenge Grant. State Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said Shikellamy will receive $399,000. Tomalis went on to say that the grant is to fund community learning centers for high poverty and low performing schools.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Phillies

For the first time since Sunday... the Philadelphia Phillies will play some baseball. They'll take on the Colorado Rockies in Denver Friday night... blowing off the rust they've accumulated during the All – Star break. Cliff Lee will be on the mound for the Phils... while Christian Friedrich will toss for the Rockies. You can catch all the action of Friday night's match-up starting with the pre – game show at 8:05... with the first pitch expected at 8:40... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Roy to Return

Pitcher Roy Halladay is closer to re-joining the Phils. As a Clearwater Thresher.... he pitched a three – inning rehab stint against the Class A Fort Myers Miracle Thursday night. Halladay was pulled from the Phillie's rotation in May after straining some muscles in his back. It's believed he's headed to Colorado to rejoin the club... and could be on the mound as early as Tuesday when Philadelphia faces Los Angeles.

Thursday / July 12, 2012


 

Sandusky Report

A new, explosive report is out Thursday... dealing with the Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State University authored by former FBI Director Louis Freeh... and paid for by the school. In it... he says PSU leaders showed... what he described... as total disregard to Sandusky's victims... at least ten boys who he had sex with over a 15 – year period of time. Freeh's report also said that Penn State officials... including football coach Joe Paterno... and others... repeatedly concealed facts about Sandusky's ways with kids. Sandusky was found guilty last month on 45 – counts of child molestation... and is in the Centre County jail awaiting sentencing.

 

Geisinger / Bloomsburg

A new future for the Bloomsburg Hospital... and its health system... now that the merger between Geisinger and Bloomsburg is a reality. During ceremonies Wednesday on the Geisinger – Bloomsburg campus... GHS CEO Dr. Glenn Steele says the merger goes beyond preserving 900 jobs. It's also preserving a way of life. And Steele says more jobs will be added in the future. Now comes the hard part... integrating two hospital cultures... as well as working on information technology projects to bring the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital campus up to date.

 

Summer Concert Series

The summer concert series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continued Wednesday evening. Entertainment was provided by Country Memories... a band which features classic country with a little gospel tossed in for good measure. The crowd brought their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the 90 minute concert.  But the final event of the season is scheduled for August 9th. That's the night of the 55th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says the association is looking for cake bakers to make the festival a huge success.

 

Art Space Show

There will be a new show opening up at the Art Space Gallery in the 2 – hundred block of Center Street Thursday. Abigail Kurecian of Orangeville to present “Not Far from the Tree.” During an appearance on the WHLM Morning Buzz this week with Joe and Norm... Ms. Kurecian says the show includes her parents. You can check out Ms. Kurciean's work at the Art Space Gallery at 221 Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Karen Boback

State Representative Karen Boback will be holding satellite office hours in Benton Thursday. Boback represents Benton and Benton Township in Columbia County. Luzerne and Wyoming Counties are also in her district. In a news release... Ms. Boback says members of her staff will be available Wednesday starting at 9 O'clock... at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center on Community Drive in Benton. There... staffers will attempt to take care of problems constituents are having with state government... as well as to cut red tape for having a difficult time with state agencies.

 

Fire Chief Hurt

Jim Thorpe's Fire Chief is recovering from injuries received when he was hit by a delivery truck last weekend. Chief Bill Diehm was struck by the truck driven by a Lehighton man while directing traffic for a foot race. Police say the driver of the delivery truck may have been texting at the time of the accident... something investigators are checking into. Charges could be filed as early as next week.

 

Berwick Traffic

Another portion of the final phase of the paving of Front and Second Streets in Berwick begins late Friday night. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says that starting Friday night at 10... Barletta Construction will preform paving work on Route 11 southbound... between Iron and LaSalle Streets. That means Route 93 at Front Street... and the northbound entrance to LaSalle Street will be closed.

However, there will be a single lane of traffic... southbound on Route 11... with traffic controlled by flaggers. The project will be wrapped up by late Sunday evening.

 

Shikellamy Grant

The Shikellamy School District in Northumberland County is one of 61 organizations getting nearly $20 – million as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Challenge Grant. State Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said Shikellamy will receive $399,000. Tomalis went on to say that the grant is to fund community learning centers.. for high poverty... and low performing schools.

 

Obama Care Vote

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton carried through a promise he made to constituents. He voted for the 33rd time to repeal, defund, and dismantle the government takeover of health care Wednesday afternoon. The overall house vote was 244 to 185. Obama Care... as it is known... was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court a week ago. The repeal has no chance of passage in the democratic senate.

 

Rest Area Repairs

Repairs are underway in order to reopen the eastbound Interstate 80 rest area in Columbia County. PennDot's Rick Mason says a water problem and the inability to find the correct parts forced the agency to shut down the comfort station... just east of Mifflinville. It's hoped that the facility will be open late Thursday afternoon.

 

No Smoking

State officials are planning a trial smoking ban next year in two Pennsylvania state parks as they deal with complaints about litter. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says it's getting complaints about cigarette butts discarded in lakes and on beaches. Officials haven't decided which of the state's 120 parks would be part of the trial ban but at least one would have a body of water.

 

Plymouth Cops

An estimated 100 Plymouth residents crowded into a City Council meeting this week... asking for more police protection. It comes days after three people were shot and killed in a drug deal that went south.  Council members shouting back that just hiring one extra officer...will produce a $400 property tax increase. Right now... Plymouth has four full time police officers... and some part – timers.... but, not enough to cover the jurisdiction.

 

Zerbe Twp. Money

Zerbe Township,,, in Northumberland County... will be getting some help to repair damage done by the Flood of 2011. Township supervisors announcing at their meeting they're in line to receive $472,000 in disaster relief funds earmarked for the township. It will pay for repairs and overtime needed by employees to fix up the area.


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HS Football

High school football players from 12 area schools will be competing in a 7 on 7 passing tournament this Saturday at Central Columbia on Old Berwick Road. The tournament begins at 9 and ends at 1 0'clock.

 

Phillies

After the All – Star break... the Philadelphia Phillies are back on the road. They'll begin a weekend series... starting Friday... with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Stadium in Denver. The Phil's enter the contest dead last in the National League East... 14 games behind first place Washington. You can hear that Phillies / Rockies match up starting with the pre – game show at 8:05... with the first pitch to be tossed at 8:40... on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Brees Vs Saints

Quarterback Drew Brees and the NFL New Orleans Saints still must close a significant gap in guaranteed money if they are to agree on a five-year contract worth about $100 – million. The deadline is Monday for the long-term deal. One source says the sides were more than $10 - million apart in the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Wednesday / July 11, 2012


Fair Tickets

With the 157th Bloomsburg Fair on the horizon.... tickets for the night shows are selling as fast as hot sausage on the midway. Grandstand Superintendent Carey Howell says sales transactions have taken place place only at the fair's box office... as well as over the internet... since their ad campaign is just hitting other media outlets. The acts selling the most tickets.... country entertainer Alan Jackson... ventriloquist Jeff Dunham... and fast rising country star Brantley Gilbert. The Bloomsburg Fair begins September 22nd.

 

PSU Report

The independent investigation led by former FBI chief Louis Freeh into the behind-the-scenes happenings.... and Penn State University's response to the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal is due to be released Thursday. Freeh's wide-reaching search included documents... digital intelligence and direct questioning of Penn State employees... past and present. Freeh was hired by Penn State last November to get the back story into the Sandusky scandal.

 

Rails to Trails

She's 13 – years old... a Girl Scout... and wants to make a difference in the Columbia County rails to trails program. Kayti Golumb walks the trail adjacent to Millville Road on a regular basis... and she noticed a lot of trash and dog waste... so she did something about it...she iinstall a dog waste station. No word when the additional stations will be in place... but Ms. Golumb will have a fundraiser and trail clean up on August 18th at the Steve Shannon Warehouse.

 

Lightstreet Parade

A perfect night Tuesday for an annual pet and toy parade in Lightstreet. Hundreds of people lined Main Street... either sitting on the curb or in lawn chairs as a Lightstreet Community fire truck... and the Catawissa Military Band led the line of march. Those units were followed by kids with their pet of choice... some self – propelled cars... followed up by emergency vehicles from across the region.  The parade was held in conjunction with the annual Lightstreet Community Fire Company carnival which runs through Saturday night.

 

Guilty Plea

A Sherwood Village man... in Scott Township... has been fined 800 – dollars for killing feral cats. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 39 – yearr old Eric Moyer of Clifton Drive..admittedd using anti – freeze on chicken to kill the stray cats making their way to his property. Moyer pleading guilty this week to animal cruelty and disorderly conduct.

 

Hazleton Schools

The Hazleton Area School District plans on going ahead with projects designed to establish a high – tech high school... and renovate the former Bishop Hafey building. The reason... a moratorium for state payments for construction won't begin until October 1st... allowing the district to be paid for the high school in Butler Township... and the Bishop Hafey project. Superintendent Francis Antonelli says the ban on new application projects begins in October... and runs through the end of June next year.

 

West Hazleton Fire Department

The West Hazleton Fire Department is going to have to wait awhile for a new ladder truck. The West Hazleton Council voting three to two to deny a 10 per cent match sought by the fire department for an $850,000 piece of apparatus. Council members said it couldn't afford the match... since it's trying to get rid of it's distressed status with the state. Instead... council okayed nearly $700 worth of repairs to a fire truck already in the fleet.

 

Luzerne prothonotary

Luzerne County prothonotary Carolee Medico Olenginski is not happy with county manager Robert Lawton. Lawton pulling a surprise visit recently on Olenginski's office while she was out... and her deputy on vacation. In an e-mail to Lawton and county council members... Olenginski said she didn't appreciate negative comments coming from the county manager. Thus far... Lawton has remained silent.

 

Scranton Pay Scale

The attorney for three unions in Scranton.... including firefighters and police, said he expects to file several legal actions, including a motion to hold Mayor Chris Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge's order to pay full wages. Last week, Doherty cut the pay for about 400 employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The Electric City is an estimated $16 – million in the hole.

 

WHLM Sports

 

MLB All Star

The National League big bats had their act together in Tuesday night's Major League Baseball's All – Star game in Kansas City. The NL struck for five runs against American League ace Justin Verlander in the first inning and cruised to an 8-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium. Giants center fielder Melky Cabrera earned the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award after bashing a two-run homer in the fourth inning to go along with a single and run scored in the NL's big first frame. All major league action resumes by Friday.

 

Eastern All – Stars

For the second consecutive year the Eastern League All-Star Game will be contested inside the borders of Pennsylvania. The game to be played Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The players come from minor league teams in Harrisburg... Reading Altoona and Erie. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 PM.

Tuesday / July 10, 2011


Bloomsburg Town Council

There were a lot of questions during Monday night's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting dealing with the proposed reconstruction of West Third Street... between Market and Railroad. Council and an engineer from Larson Design Group put a lot of fears to rest... and received quality feedback from 3rd Street residents. The council okayed the proposal unanimously. Mayor Dan Knorr says the plans call for removing 2 inches of the current pavement... then rebuilding it back up an inch and a half of asphalt... at the same time installing new curbs and gutters. If all goes well... the project could be wrapped up by Fair Week.

 

Scott Twp Buyouts

Scott Township officials say they're happy to hear 23 properties in the Espy area are on the list to be bought out following last September's Lee flooding. 75% of the $2.5 million buyout will be funded by FEMA... with the state contributing 22%... and the Township chipping in 3%. Township Secretary Eric Stahley said the buyouts should begin sometime in September. Stahley says the properties are located along Old Berwick Road between Tenny Street and Edgar Avenue.... as well as White Birch Lane.

 

Police officer

Police officer Christopher Brock will be sentenced soon... after he was found guilty in Columbia County Court of two misdemeanors. Brock allegedly taking $700 from a migrant worker during a traffic stop in Benton nearly two years ago. Brock... of Orangeville... pleading guilty to official oppression and tampering with officials records. He has been suspended from his job at a state prison... as well as the Benton Police Department.

 

Spencer Visitation

No additional details have been released in the shooting death of a businessman. 46 – year old Frank Spencer died a week ago at his home on Fairview Road in Hemlock Township. An autopsy revealed he had been shot twice... once in the face... and once in the arm. State Police say no one has been arrested.

Meantime... a visitation will be held Tuesday afternoon starting at 4 O'clock for family and friends at the Allen Funeral Home at Market and 8th Streets.

 

Blood Drive

Roll up your sleeve.... that's what the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross wants you to do... especially at this time of supplies being low. The local chapter's Sue Norton says the usual Tuesday drive is taking place at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn... and she says first time donors are welcome. Today's blood drive at the mall takes place from 8 AM thru 1 PM.

 

Karen Boback

State Representative Karen Boback and her staffers will be in two different satellite offices in her district Tuesday. Representative Boback will be at the Dorrance Township Municipal building on Blue Ridge Trail in Mountain Top. This afternoon... starting at 1 O'clock... Ms Boback or her staffers will be at the Wright Township Municipal Building on South Mountain Boulevard in Mountain Top. They will be at the two locations to answer questions about events in Harrisburg... as well as cut red tape if you're doing business with the state.

 

Tuition Increase

Students returning to universities across the state... such as Bloomsburg University... will be paying more for tuition. The Pennsylvania System of High Education approving a 3% increase for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The increase comes out to about $188 a person. State officials say this is the fifth time in eight years tuition increases have been at or below the rate of inflation.

 

Neiman Marcus

Good economic news for Luzerne County. Governor Corbett announcing that the Neiman Marcus Group will locate a new distribution and fulfillment Center in Jenkins Township. The new center will create an estimated 150 jobs. Neiman Marcus will lease a 198,000 square foot building for at least 10 years in order to take care of east coast operations.

 

MinSec

Could MinSec in Hazleton be a thing of the past. Governor Corbett has signed a measure.... which ends sending pre – release inmates such locations at the end of the year. But State Representative Tarah Toohill wants the legislation implemented immediately... trying to get pre – release prisoners who are assigned to MinSec... back into state prison. Over the years... MinSec residents have caused problems in the Hazleton area.

 

Montour County

A group known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has identified seven illegal dump sites in Montour County.... with an estimated 11 tons of trash. The group says most of the sites are within 50 feet of waterways... four sites have waste materiel in the water. Statewide... there are 6,200 trash sites with 18,000 tons of waste.

 

Shenandoah Fire

A state police fire marshal is trying to determine what sparked a fatal blaze in a double block home in the 200 block of West Columbus Street in Shenandoah over the weekend. 52 – year old Samuel Nitolo was the only person in the portion of the house where the flames broke out. He was spotted by firefighters on the second floor... pulled from the building... but died enroute to a waiting med evac helicopter.

 

Farm Aid

The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to HersheyPark Stadium in September. It will arrive as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape. One of the headline performers for the September 22nd show is Dave Matthews. Farm Aid has been held nearly every year since 1985, including in western Pennsylvania a decade ago, and has raised more than $40 - million to help keep family farmers on their land.

 

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Penn State

Despite all their problems stemming from the Sandusky sex scandal... Penn State received more than $208 – million in donations in the fiscal year that just ended. That's the second highest total in university history. School officials said the uptick reversed two years of slight declines.

 

All Star Game

The owner of the best record in Major League Baseball... was hoping to become the first knuckleballer to start an All – Star game since Dutch Leonard in 1943. However.. R.A. Dickey's 12 and 1 record wasn't good enough. National League Manager Tony La Russa picked San Francisco's Matt Cain to start the game to be played Tuesday night in Kansas City.

 

Home Run Derby

There were some preliminary's leading up to Tuesday night's game.... it's the All – Star Home Run Derby. Prince Fielder slammed 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event. He hit four of the longest drives of the night... including a pair that went 476 feet.

Monday / July 9, 2012


Weekend Storm

Public works crews will spend part Monday cleaning up the mess left behind by a late Saturday afternoon storm which marched through Columbia County. The hardest hit area was the north County area... especially in the Benton Township area. Brian Bower was on the family farm off of Waller Road when the storm arrived. He described skies darkening around 4:30 PM.... the wind kicking up and rain falling horizontally through his pole barn. Pennsylvania Power & Light crews had a mess on their hands restoring power to 1,100 subscribers in Benton... and another 1,400 in Bloomsburg. The utility is still reporting scattered outages... all north of the Susquehanna River.

 

David Millard / Budget

Slowly, but surly, an idea is gaining traction in Harrisburg dealing with budget preparation... changing from a yearly budget to one that is 24 months long... with tweaks at the end of the first year. That would cut down on the time it takes to craft a one year spending plan... according to State Representative David Millard of Millville. Representative Millard serves on the house appropriations committee. It's not known if lawmakers will ever explore the proposals... but it's one, according to Millard, that needs to be looked at.

 

Berwick United Way

The Berwick United Way has a new person in the office heading up the operation. Ginny Crake is from Berwick originally... and has returned home to run the organization. Ms. Crake said one of the goals is to address community needs through an assessment study and workshops as to where the United Way's funding needs to go to.

 

Gordner / Safe Haven

It is “Safe Haven Day” across Pennsylvania. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says the day comes a decade after an infant was found dead in Northumberland County landfill. Safe Haven day calls attention to the law that allows parents of newborns to safely abandon them at medical facilities... without the fear of prosecution.

 

Rubbish Fire

Did you hear the Bloomsburg fire siren go off moments before 4 Monday morning? Firemen were initially dispatched to 2 East Third Street for a rubbish fire on the sidewalk. It was checked out by Fire Chief Bob Rupp... and with few flames and no danger... he ordered all apparatus to be held in quarters.

 

Plymouth Shooting

Two teens from the Philadelphia area are in the Luzerne County Prison... charged with murder following a deadly shooting in Plymouth over the weekend. 18 – year old Shawn Hamilton and 16 – year old Sawud Davis are charged with shooting 4 people in a First Street apartment in Plymouth Saturday night. Three died... including a 15 – year old girl. A fourth person remains hospitalized. Police say the shootings are a result of an alleged drug deal.

 

Freeland Fire

An electrical malfunction is being blamed for an attic fire in a home in the 1100 block of Walnut Street in Freeland over the weekend. Saturday evening's blaze in the double home was confined to the attic at 1110 Walnut. Authorities say the family who lived there are staying temporarily with friends.

 

Wal-Mart Theft

State Police are looking for three people who allegedly distracted a cashier at a Wal – Mart store in Hazle Township... making off with money from the cash register. The incident happened on June 29th... with police getting involved with the probe at the start of the weekend. One thing in favor of investigators... they have surveillance video of the crime as it went down. Police say all three got into a gold mini – van to make their escape.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies go down to defeat once again. The Atlanta Braves defeated the Phil's 4 to 3. Philadelphia heads into the All – Star break with the worst record since 1997. The Phil's return to action Friday night... when they meet the Colorado Rockies in Denver. You can catch the action starting with the pre – game show at 8:05.... with the first pitch to be thrown at 8:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Pittsburgh / San Francisco

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue their winning ways Sunday. Andrew McCutchen belted a pair of home runs as Pittsburgh downed the San Francisco Giants 13 to 2.

 

New York Mets / Chicago Cubs

In other action... the New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cub 7 to nothing.

 

New York Yankees / Boston Red Sox

The New York Yankees cruised by the Boston Red Sox 7 to 3.

What's Happening Sunday July 8, 2012


The BBC, or Benton British Cars, will meet tomorrow at Strevigs Family Restaurant at 3:00 pm. All British cars are welcome, and if you have one they're hoping you'll join them. The group has monthly meetings, tech sessions, casual drives, spares & sharing shows, and also offers tuning, repairs and rebuilding help. The restaurant is located on Route 487 in Benton.

 

First Baptist Church will hold their vacation bible school this Sunday through next Friday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm each night. Your kids ages 4 years through 6th grade are invited. This year's theme is Amazing Wonders Aviation. The church is located on Brookside Drive in Danville.

 

On Tuesday the Bloomsburg Public Library summer reading club welcomes Scott Atherton for a native American tale at 9:30 AM. There will be a craft project and music for your kids.

 

Tuesday concerts in the park continue in Danville Memorial Park with “Van Wagner” this week at 7:00 pm.

 

The Catawissa Summer Breeze Concert series has “The Blind Chitlin Kahunas” on stage for rhythm and blues night Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The concert is going to be in Wolfgang Park on Main Street in Catawissa.

 

The Bloomsburg Town Park summer concert series continues on Wednesday with “Country Memories” from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and in Berwick on Thursday it's the oldies band “The Legends” at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Mansion.

 

And from the WHLM future file, the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals will be at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds next Friday through Sunday. The weekend will be filled with 4x4 events and other fun for your family to enjoy. For more information go to the 4-Wheel Jamboree website by clicking on their logo under our partners.

What's Happening Saturday July 7, 2012


Today is the last chance to be a part of the fun in Millville at the Firemen's Carnival. There's rides and food...including the popular caramel corn. “Alive and Well” will take the stage at 7:30 pm. The carnival wraps up tonight with a gigantic fireworks display at midnight.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal church will be open from 10:00 am to noon. The display features the talking train and dozens of other trains you and your kids can play with. Your kids can enter the coloring contest to win one of ten handmade wooden steam engine whistles. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Columbia Mall is hosting a weekend blood drive from noon to 5:00 pm today. On Monday there are blood drives happening at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg and Emmanuel Bible Chapel in Berwick. For the details and information on other upcoming blood drives visit the community calendar at whlm dot com.

 

The BBC, or Benton British Cars, will meet tomorrow at Strevigs Family Restaurant at 3:00 pm. All British cars are welcome, and if you have one they're hoping you'll join them. The group has monthly meetings, tech sessions, casual drives, spares & sharing shows, and also offers tuning, repairs and rebuilding help. The restaurant is located on Route 487 in Benton.

 

First Baptist Church will hold their vacation bible school this Sunday through next Friday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm each night. Your kids ages 4 years through 6th grade are invited. This year's theme is Amazing Wonders Aviation. The church is located on Brookside Drive in Danville.

 

On Tuesday the Bloomsburg Public Library summer reading club welcomes Scott Atherton for a native American tale at 9:30 AM. There will be a craft project and music for your kids.

 

Tuesday concerts in the park continue in Danville Memorial Park with “Van Wagner” this week at 7:00 pm.

 

The Catawissa Summer Breeze Concert series has “The Blind Chitlin Kahunas” on stage for rhythm and blues night Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The concert is going to be in Wolfgang Park on Main Street in Catawissa.

 

The Bloomsburg Town Park summer concert series continues on Wednesday with “Country Memories” from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and in Berwick on Thursday it's the oldies band “The Legends” at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Mansion.

 

And from the WHLM future file, the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals will be at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds next Friday through Sunday. The weekend will be filled with 4x4 events and other fun for your family to enjoy. For more information go to the 4-Wheel Jamboree website by clicking on their logo under our partners.

Friday / July 6, 2012


Scott Twp Buyouts

23 property owners in Scott Township have been informed by FEMA that they will be bought out in the first round of flood acquisition projects. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says the feds will pony up $2.5 - million... or 75% of the acquisition... with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency contributing 23 %... with Scott township putting in the remaining 3 %. Stahley says the properties are located along Old Berwick Road between Tenny Street and Edgar Avenue.... as well as White Birch Lane. The buyout's are expected to begin sometime in September.

 

Spencer Autopsy

The State Police Major Case Team now says the death of 46 – year old Frank Spencer is a homicide. Spencer was found Tuesday by a friend... dead... in his home on Fairview Drive in Hemlock Township. An autopsy preformed at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown on Thursday documented death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds. Police remain tight lipped as to suspects in the case.... or the motive for the shooting. Meantime... a visitation for Spencer's friends will take place next Tuesday... starting at 4 O'clock... at the Allen Funeral home at 8th and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Berwick Fire

The second floor of a home in the 100 block of Coughlin Street in Berwick was extensively damaged by fire late Thursday night. Firefighters were called shortly after 11 O'clock when someone spotted smoke coming from the second story. Firemen found flames were shooting from a bedroom window. The blaze was knocked down within 40 minutes. The cause of the fire on Coughlin Street... just off Front... remains under investigation.

 

Doc's Shoes

The walls of the 3 story building that used to house a Danville business along the 200 block of Mill Street has become the target of men with chains.. and heavy equipment. The building used to house Doc's Shoe Sales & Repair.... but little or no preventive maintenance led the borough to condemn the place and hire a crew to bring it down. One person watching the demolition process says it's a shame the building has to go. Although a portion of Mill Street is closed to traffic... demolition is expected to be wrapped by the time the Iron Heritage Festival begins the third weekend of the month.

 

Barletta Legislation

Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County... says he'll file two bills Friday dealing with President Obama's order allowing young, undocumented illegal aliens to stay in this country. It effects anywhere from 800,00 to 1.4 – million people. During a recent news conference... Barletta says one proposal is designed to study the impact of the Obama's executive order. A second measure to be introduced Friday by Representative Barletta protects Department of Homeland Security personnel who choose to uphold current immigration law... and refuse to follow Mr. Obama's orders.

 

Hazleton Fire

The cause of a Tuesday fire in a double home on Diamond Avenue in Hazleton remains a mystery. Investigators combed through the house in the 500 block of Diamond... coming up empty handed. One thing is know... it began on a rear porch and spread. That fire displaced a dozen people.

 

McAdoo Arrest

A McAdoo man is in the Schuylkill County jail in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bail... after allegedly coming after a borough police officer with a butcher knife and a grilling fork. 28 – year old Dzemo Ramic is facing a long list of charges stemming from a fight he had with another man. Cops were called and that's when Ramic came after the officer.

 

Millard Move

State Representative David Millard has a new office. Earlier this week... he moved from the Tech Center in the 200 – block of Market street.... to the Market Street Plaza... in the 1000 block. He initially had an office on West Main Street, but that became a victim of the Lee flooding... forcing him to move to the tech center. The office in the Market Street Plaza joins one Rep. Millard has on Orange Street in Berwick.

 

Shamokin Celebrates the 4th

Although the fourth of July is history... they do things differently in Shamokin. There will be a twenty minute fireworks display Saturday night... as the city celebrates the 4th on the 7th. The Citizens for a Better Community has raised about $9,000 for the display... which will be launched from the Cameron Coal Bank... shortly after 9:30. Also on Saturday... a car cruise will be held in association with the fourth of July celebration.

 

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Philadelphia / New York

David Wright hit a walk off single to right field giving the New York Mets a 6 to 5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday night. Philadelphia's Johnathan Papelbon earned the loss... and his second blown save of the season after giving up three hits and a walk in the ninth inning. The Phil's return to Citizens Bank Park tonight to start a three – game weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch expected at 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Pittsburgh / Houston

Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Karstens tossed an eight inning shutout Thursday night... as the Pirates defeated the Houston Astro's 2 to nothing at PNC Park. The victory completed a four – game sweep. Pittsburgh now begin a weekend series with the San Francisco Giants Friday night.

 

New York / Tampa Bay

The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night on Florida's West Coast. The final... 4 to 3. Friday night... the Yankees take on Boston at Fenway Park.

 

Thursday / July 5, 2012


Millville Parade

Thousands of people lined the streets of Millville on Wednesday to catch all or part of the 2 hour parade.... with thousands of folks in the line of march. As has been a tradition... the independence day parade was led by a color guard of all services... followed by the Millville Fire Department's emergency vehicles. The early heat of the day tempered was by clouds and a breeze. By early afternoon.... the crowds moved to the Millville Fire Company carnival grounds where many spent the rest of the day.

 

Bloomsburg Fireworks

It was all red, white and boom at Bloomsburg's Town Park Wednesday night. A couple of thousand people made their way to the bandshell area at the park to hear patriotic music from the Catawissa Military Band... under the direction of Jessica Martz. For many... it was a great place to beat the sweltering heat.... even more people showed up as the sun was setting... and temperatures cooled. A little past dusk... and on the cue from the band a 26 minute fireworks show dotted the sky surrounding the park... with hundreds more sitting on their porch and lawn taking in the sights and sounds. The park's summer concert series continues with the musical group “Country Memories” next Wednesday at 7 O'clock.

 

Hit & Run

Bloomsburg Police are looking for a white motorcycle with two people which T-boned a Honda... fleeing the scene. The incident happened shortly after 10 O'clock Wednesday night at the corner of East 12th and Iron Streets following last night's fireworks display at Town Park. Police say both riders were not wearing helmets... and it's believed the bike driver slammed his head into the Honda. If you have information about the accident... call Bloomsburg Police at 784 – 6779.

 

Suspicious Death

State Police at Bloomsburg are still calling Tuesday's death of 46 – year old Frank Spencer of Fairview Drive in Hemlock Township... suspicious. He was found at his home with multiple gunshot wounds. An autopsy is being preformed Thursday to determine how Spencer died. Spencer's pick up truck... missing from his home... was later found Tuesday evening abandoned in Sunbury.

 

PPL / Grid

Despite the hot weather we've been have the past two weeks or so... the major supplier of electrical power in our area is up to the task. PPL spokesperson Terri McBride says power generated by the utility goes into a interconnected grid serving 13 states. No brown outs... or blackout are expected across the grid before we get a break in the heat this Sunday.

 

State Budget

With Pennsylvania chugging along on a $27.7 – billion budget signed into law last weekend by Governor Corbett... politicians are talking about long night's and hard core negotiations. Although a veteran at the Harrisburg political game.... WHLM News asked State Representative David Millard of Millville what he learned during the three month process. Millard says he one of many lawmakers in Harrisburg pressing for a two – year budget... that can be tweaked every now and again... instead of trying to build a spending plan from scratch ever year.

 

Parking Permits

Freeland Borough Council is considering a parking permit ordinance. Under the plan discussed this week... the permit program would allow residents, business owners and their employees. Those folks living with no off street parking would have a permit to park within two blocks of their homes... while business owners and staffer would have an opportunity to get a permit to park in metered area... and not worry about slugging the meter every couple of hours. Discussions about the Freeland parking permits are on-going.

 

Hazleton Fire

A day after Independence Day... and a dozen people are trying to get their lives together... following a fire which extensively damaged their West Diamond Avenue home in Hazleton earlier this week. The blaze breaking out Tuesday in the 500 block of West Diamond... forcing two families out into the street.

No word on what started this week's fire in Hazleton.

 

Apparent Drowning

Rescue teams are expected to resume their search this morning for an for an unidentified man who went swimming with friends in the Susquehanna River in Exeter Township... and never surfaced. The incident took place as friends were having a cook out near the Riverview Village Mobile Home Park. Authorities spent several hours looking for the man... but had to stop when showers and thunderstorms moved in.

 

Police Target Drivers

State and local police, along with PennDOT, will take part in a national enforcement effort through July 8 targeting motorists who drive under the influence. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort will focus on keeping Pennsylvania’s roads safe during the Independence Day travel period... which ends Sunday.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Cliff Lee won his first game of the season... as the Phillies defeated the New York Mets 9 to 2 on Wednesday. The victory also snapped a six game losing streak for the Phil's. Philadelphia wraps – up it's three game series with the Mets... Thursday night in New York. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch expected at 7:10 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Regional Games

In other big league action... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Houston Astro's Wednesday 6 to 4... and the New Yankees getting by the Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 3.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

The NASCAR Cup Series check into the Daytona International Speedway in Florida Thursday for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400...

 

Wednesday / July 4, 2012


Murder Investigation Underway

Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating a homicide which took place Tuesday in Hemlock Township. Police say 46 – year old Frank Spencer was found dead in his home on Fairview Drive... near Millville Road. An all points bulletin issued early Tuesday evening said authorities are looking for 2003 Ford F-150 pick up truck... a Harley Davidson edition... that apparently belonged to the victim. The occupant or occupants are considered armed. At midday Tuesday, Bloomsburg Fire Police were used to shut down Millville Road at Fairview Drive while police conducted their investigation.

 

Independence Day

There are plenty of things to do Wednesday in Columbia County as we celebrate the 4th of July. The 83rd Annual Millville Fireman's Carnival continues after Wednesday's annual 4th of July parade. The parade forms at Woolcock Oil, north of Millville.... and steps off at 10 AM. You can hear a description of the parade starting at 10:30 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280. It ends at the Carnival grounds where low level fireworks take place Wednesday night at 10 O'clock. In Bloomsburg... the continuation of the annual Summer Concert Series starting at 8 O'clock. The Catawissa Military Band will preform... with fireworks starting at dusk.

 

Police Target Drivers

State and local police, along with PennDOT, will take part in a national enforcement effort through July 8 targeting motorists who drive under the influence. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort will focus on keeping Pennsylvania’s roads safe during the Independence Day travel period. Over last year’s Independence Day holiday travel period, there were 897 crashes and 14 fatalities. Of those, according to PennDOT, 146 crashes and six fatalities were alcohol-related. During 2011 there were 11,778 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT data, in which 425 people were killed. In 2010, there were 11,682 alcohol-related crashes, according to PennDOT, in which 444 people were killed.

 

PPL's Unit 1

Unit 1 at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric station... in Salem Township... north of Berwick is up and running... producing power. It was initially taken down to investigate and repair a small water leak inside the containment structure surrounding the nuclear reactor. Crews repaired a weld where the leak was found... and also conducted other inspections. PPL says both unit 1 and 2 have a generating capacity of roughly 1,250 megawatts of power.

 

Geisinger Award

The National Business Group of health has presented Geisinger Health Systems with it's Gold Award for commitment to promoting a healthy workplace. Geisinger is among 66 U-S companies that received the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy lifestyles award. GHS join American Express... Chrysler... General Mills and Hewlett – Packard. The National Business Group is a non – profit association of large employers.

 

Locust Twp Bridge

PennDOT says rehabilitation work has been completed on an old bridge on Ideal Park Road in Locust Township... on Columbia County's south side. The agency's Rick Mason says crews replaced a timber – deck structure with a new channel – bean deck which spans Roaring Creek. Mason adds that a detour which had been in effect since May... has now been removed.

 

Hazleton Fire

Hazleton firefighters not only had to battle flames at a double home on West Diamond Avenue... but the heat and humidity as well. The blaze was discovered at mid – afternoon at the home in the 500 block of West Diamond. Firemen finding a tough working fire to fight. The blaze forcing two families out into the street. Investigators now trying to figure out what started that fire on West Diamond Avenue in Hazleton.

 

Former House Speaker Jailed

Former House Speaker Bill DeWeese of Greene County... convicted of illegally using public tax dollars for campaign purposes... is now jailed at State Correctional Institution Retreat in Luzerne County... near Hunlock Creek. Specifically... DeWeese was convicted earlier this year on theft... conspiracy... and conflict of interest when he used staffers for campaigning. He is to serve a 2 and a half to five year prison sentence.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

To say the least... the Philadelphia Phillies were hammered Tuesday night in the first of three games with the New York Mets. The Phil's lost 11 to 1 at Citi Field in the Big Apple. Philadelphia pitcher Vance Worley was shell – shocked. The Phil's will try and get it's act together Wednesday afternoon as they take on the Mets. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 12:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.


 

Wednesday July 4th, 2012


The Millville Firemen's Carnival is ready for a big day today. There's breakfast at the cheesesteak stand from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. The Independence Day parade starts at 10:30 am, you can hear it live on the WHLM Stations. Memory Lane takes the stage at 7:00 pm...and there's a low level fireworks display at the Little League Field starting at 10:00 pm. The huge fireworks display is Saturday at midnight.

 

Bloomsburg Town Park presents the annual Fourth of July celebration tonight at 8:00 pm with music by the Catawissa Military Band. Fireworks by Skyshooters go off at dusk.

 

The Berwick Summer Concert Series presents their annual Fourth of July start at 7:00 pm with a concert by Ruthy Stock at the Jackson Mansion. The holiday celebration continues with fireworks at Crispin field following the concert.

 

The 40th annual Pineknotter Days are happening in King Street Park in Northumberland. Today there's a craft show from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, concessions are open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Billy D and Rosie are on stage from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The chicken barbeque starts at 11:00 am, and music by the Frank Wicker Band starts at 7:00 pm.

 

The Philadelphia Phillies play the New York Mets this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm. You can catch all of the action following the Millville Independence Day Parade on the WHLM Stations News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / July 3, 2012


Murder Probe Underway

Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating a homicide which took place Tuesday in Hemlock Township... north of Bloomsburg. An all points bulletin issued early Tuesday evening said authorities are looking for 2003 Ford F-150 pick up truck... a Harley Davidson edition... that apparently belonged to the victim... who has not been identified. The occupant or occupants are considered armed. At midday Tuesday, Bloomsburg Fire Police were used to shut down Millville Road at Fairview Drive while police conducted their investigation.

 

PPL Help

It may be hot and steamy in the Susquehanna Valley... but we didn't get any of the major storms which pounded some of the mid Atlantic states over the weekend. Now... more than a dozen PPL workers from the Bloomsburg area are working their magic in states south of us... trying to get power restored to nearly 1.8 - million people still in the dark. PPL's Terri McBride says sending crews out of town to help is nothing more than the help we received last year from outside utility companies following Tropical Storm Lee.

 

Elderly / Heat

Our current heat wave will continue through at least the end of the weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's or lower 90's. Those temperatures effect the elderly the most... according to Kathy Lynn who head's up the Columbia County Office of Aging. Ms. Lynn says the elderly should stay hydrated with water. Another way to keep your cool is to visit one of the seven Senior Centers spread across Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

School Consolidation

It appears as if residents who attended the Bloomsburg School District Board meeting Monday night are not in favor of consolidating with the Central Columbia School District. The proposed plans were unveiled last month for both school boards... but at last night's meeting there was no interest. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that property owners don't want to be saddled with an estimated $300 boost in school taxes.... and that busing students to a renovated Central campus would be cost prohibitive. Now... the Central board of education will hold a similar meeting on the 9th of the month.

 

State Budget
Pennsylvania's largest school employee union is applauding the efforts of state legislators to stave off proposed budget cuts for education in the state budget. The General Assembly appropriated $100-million more than originally proposed for the Accountability Block Grant Program to help districts maintain full day kindergarten and tutoring programs. An additional $50 - million will help financially-distressed school districts. The Pennsylvania State Education Association calls it a step in the right direction. The PSEA says schools have been hit hard by nearly one billion dollars in state funding cuts since 2011.

 

Barletta / Immigration

Remember two weeks ago when President Obama relaxed immigration rules allowing $800,000 to 1.4 million young, undocumented illegals to stay in this country. According to 11th District Republican congressman Lou Barletta... the president is barred from doing that based on a 1996 law passed by congress. During a news conference at his Hazleton Office on Monday... Barletta says Mr. Obama is forcing immigration officers to break the law. Barletta telling reporters he'll introduce two bills this Friday. The first to deal with a study to determine the effects of Mr. Obama's immigration policy shift.... with the second protecting Department of Homeland Security personnel from disciplinary action for upholding current immigration policy.

 

Drowning

A Hazleton man is dead after he drowned at the Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. 20 – year old Jose Rosa apparently went swimming in a restricted area called Wildcreek Trail. His body was found Sunday night. Authorities have ruled Rosa's death an accidental drowning.

 

Codes Sweep

Hazelton officials... including Code Officers... police and firemen.. started a sweep of the city Monday looking for so – called quality of life issues. During a sweep of Vine Street... they found weeds and garbage... as well as a couple of tires on a porch by a front door. Tickets were handed out ranging from $25 to $75 dollars. The code enforcement sweep will take place the rest of the week.

 

Gas Prices

Getting ready to hit the road for the 4th of July holiday.... the price of a gallon of gas across northeast Pennsylvania continues to hold steady. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular at $3.23 – a - gallon.... up a penny from Monday... and only three cents lower than a week ago. However, pump prices have dropped 24 cents over the past 30 days.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies will try and shake things up Tuesday night when they being a three game series with the Mets in New York. They were swept by the Miami Marlins in a weekend series. The Phil's had Monday off to assess the situation. You can catch all of Tuesday night's action starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Tampa Bay / Yankees

Home runs by B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena in the 7th inning allowed the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the New York Yankees last night at Tropicana Field. The final 4 to 3. Both teams battle each other tonight.

 

Jim Palmer

He says he's not hurting for money... but former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer has placed his three Cy Young awards... and four of his golden gloves up for auction. His biggest concern... getting money to educate his grandkids... and taking care of a 15 – year old step son who is autistic.

Monday / July 2, 2012


Jewelry Theft

Still no one in custody in connection with the theft of several rings from a display case at Sneidman's Jewelry store at 130 E. Main Street in Bloomsburg. Police telling us the theft took place last Thursday afternoon when a woman made off with an estimated $3,000 worth of rings. The woman was accompanied by an unidentified man.... and police say there is surveillance video. If you have information about the theft... call Bloomsburg police at 784 – 6779.

 

Millville Parade

The annual 4th of July Millville firemen's parade through the streets of the Borough is an event all of us anticipate every year. The parade is held in conjunction with the fireman's carnival which began over the weekend. On Wednesday... the parade's theme will be the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Millville Fire Company... so says parade chairman Jeremy Reese. You can hear the description of Wednesday's Parade... live... starting at 10:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 &  Berwick's 1280.

 

Mt. Carmel / Barletta

What's a parade without a politician or two tossed into the mix. That was the case Saturday as the borough of Mount Carmel and the Six County Firemen's Association held a combined parade through the streets. 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta was there... and he told WHLM News that despite the US Supreme Court upholding Obamacare... he will continue to fight it's enactment... and a lot depends on the presidential election in November. Congressman Barletta says he has voted an estimated 30 times prior to the high court's decision to repeal the Obama health care measure.

 

Traffic Grant

Danville and Mahoning Township have been awarded a grant to cut down on aggressive driving. It's a similar type of grant Bloomsburg received recently for aggressive driving and jay walking. Bob Schaeffer of the PA Traffic Safety Network says the borough and township will use roving patrols and traffic enforcement zones. Schaeffer said the majority of the enforcement will be conducted on Route 54 leading from Interstate 80 into Danville.

 

Ricketts Glen

An investigation is underway to determine how a woman fell 50 feet while hiking near a water fall at Ricketts Glen state park near Benton. Authorities say the the trail where the women fell was a mile inside the park... making it difficult for rescuers. She was eventually packaged and transported to the entrance of the park where she was taken by ambulance to a Wilkes – Barre hospital.

 

Stabbing

Police in northern Schuylkill County... near Hometown... are looking for a hitchhiker who stabbed a man who gave him a ride. The incident happened last night... with the stabbing taking place near a Wal-Mart parking lot entrance. Police say the hitchhiker stabbed the man in the neck with a knife. The unidentified man was airlifted to a trauma center in the Lehigh Valley for treatment.

 

Hazleton Ordinances

You may see some changes in Hazleton... if police chief Frank DeAndrea has his way. DeAndrea says he plans to go to City Council with a dozen proposed ordinances. The proposals would cover everything from permits for parades... vehicle for hire inspections... regulations for pawn shops and snow emergencies. DeAndrea says he hopes to present the proposals to Council this month... so they can be enacted by the end of August.

 

Hazleton Parks

Hazleton City Council says it wants to curb late night noise and activity at one of it's parks. The James Street Playground will soon be targeted due to litter and late – night noise... as well as other recreational areas. Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi said with warm weather... complaints about noise litter and traffic increase. Now... Police Chief Frank DeAndrea plans to present a proposal to council calling for the parks to be open from dawn to dusk... rather from 5 AM to 9 PM.

 

State Budget

Governor Corbett has signed into law... a $27.7- million state budget for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. The governor placing pen to paper late Saturday night... moments before the stroke of midnight. It's the second year in a row... the budget has been signed before the state – mandated July 1st deadline.

 

Sandusky Folo

E-mails have surfaced showing former Penn State President Graham Spanier decided not to take allegations of sexual abuse on the part of Jerry Sandusky to authorities. However, the e-mail obtained by CNN shows Spanier worried he would be “vulnerable” for failing to report it to authorities. The e-mails were generated after a graduate assistant reported in 2001 that he saw Sandusky in a shower room. Sandusky was eventually convicted last month of 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15 – year period of time.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't get enough runs to support Joe Blanton Sunday afternoon... loosing to the Miami Marlins 5 to 2. As a matter of fact... the Marlins swept all three games of the series. The Phil's have the day off to regroup... but a three game series with the New York Mets starts Tuesday night. Catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch expected at 7:10... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Phillies / All Stars

There was some good news Sunday for the Philadelphia Phillies. Three players were named to the all star team: pitchers Cole Hamels and Jonathan Paplebon and catcher Carlos Ruiz. The All Star game will be played in Kansas City on July 10th.

 

Tiger Wins

In golf on Sunday... Tiger Woods won the A T & T National in Bethesda, Maryland. It was his 3rd win this year and the 74th of his career.

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