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Sunday / June 30, 2013


A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
  INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... COLUMBIA ...DAUPHIN...
  LANCASTER...LEBANON... MONTOUR ...NORTHUMBERLAND...SCHUYLKILL...
  SULLIVAN AND YORK.

* FROM 8 PM EDT SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* RECENT RAINS HAVE LEFT THE GROUND VERY WET...AND STREAMS AND
  CREEKS ARE RUNNING ABNORMALLY HIGH. EXPECTED HEAVY SHOWERS AND
  THUNDERSTORMS COULD CAUSE LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING.

* NORMAL LOW LYING AREAS...AS WELL AS SMALLER STREAMS AND CREEKS
  COULD SEE FLOODING DEVELOP QUICKLY AS LOCALIZED DOWNPOURS
  DEVELOP AND MOVE ACROSS THE AREA.

 

What's Happening Sunday June 30, 2013


The Millville Firemen’s Carnival is happening through next Saturday.  There’s nightly entertainment, food, and rides.

 

The annual Pineknotter Days are happening in King Street Park in Northumberland through next Friday.

 

First English Baptist Church of Bloomsburg is hosting a special bluegrass worship service this morning at 9:30 AM.  The popular group Stained Grass Window will provide traditional Christian Bluegrass music.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 Committee invites you to enjoy an afternoon of Music in Bloomsburg Town Park.  Starting at 4:00 PM local artists will perform.

 

The Espy Fire Company is hosting a Rod, Truck and Motorcycle Run and vendor event today from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Proceeds from the event benefit Emma Shaffer a local 6 year old from Lightstreet with Medical Complications.

 

The Berwick Historical Society invites you to the 100th anniversary commemoration of Mrs. Elisabeth Seybert Jackson’s funeral this afternoon at 1:00 PM.  The re-enactment is happening at the Jackson Mansion.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church of Danville invites you to a summer reading experience tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  They’ll have food, Dr. Seuss readings, family activities, music, scripture, and worship.

 

Coming up for the 4th of July….

 

Thursday in Millville it’s the annual Parade.  You can hear it live on the WHLM Stations.  And at 10:00 PM there’s a low level fireworks display.

 

The Berwick Summer Concert Series presents Ruthy Stock with Fireworks Thursday the 4th at 7:00 PM at the Jackson Mansion.

 

And, The Kidsburg 2.0 Committee hopes you’ll join them as they end their fundraising with a bang at their 4th of July Blast in the Park.  They’ll have lots of kids activities starting at 6:00 PM…the fun happens in Bloomsburg Town Park until the Fireworks.

What's Happening Saturday June 29, 2013


The Millville Firemen’s Carnival is happening through next Saturday.  There’s nightly entertainment, food, and rides.

 

St. Columba in Bloomsburg is hosting a rummage sale today until 2:00 PM.

 

The Woman’s Civic Club of Bloomsburg is holding a pancake fundraiser at Appleebees in Bloomsburg this morning from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

 

The annual Pineknotter Days are happening in King Street Park in Northumberland starting today through next Friday.

 

The Columbia County Traveling Library is offering a summer reading program for pre-school and school-age children.  They’re hosting a kickoff party today from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Rohrbach’s Farm Market.

 

The handicap accessible model train layout is open at the Columbia Mall today from Noon to 4:00 PM, and the free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg is hosting Brewsburg at the Caldwell Consistory tonight from 5:00 to 11:00 PM.

 

First English Baptist Church of Bloomsburg is hosting a special bluegrass worship service tomorrow at 9:30 AM.  The popular group Stained Grass Window will provide traditional Christian Bluegrass music.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 Committee invites you to enjoy an afternoon of Music tomorrow in Bloomsburg Town Park.  Starting at 4:00 PM local artists will perform.

 

The Espy Fire Company is hosting a Rod, Truck and Motorcycle Run and vendor event tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Proceeds from the event benefit Emma Shaffer a local 6 year old from Lightstreet with Medical Complications.

 

The Berwick Historical Society invites you to the 100th anniversary commemoration of Mrs. Elisabeth Seybert Jackson’s funeral tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 PM.  The re-enactment is happening at the Jackson Mansion.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church of Danville invites you to a summer reading experience tomorrow night from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  They’ll have food, Dr. Seuss readings, family activities, music, scripture, and worship.

 

Coming up for the 4th of July….

 

Thursday in Millville it’s the annual Parade.  You can hear it live on the WHLM Stations.  And at 10:00 PM there’s a low level fireworks display.

 

The Berwick Summer Concert Series presents Ruthy Stock with Fireworks Thursday the 4th at 7:00 PM at the Jackson Mansion.

 

And, The Kidsburg 2.0 Committee hopes you’ll join them as they end their fundraising with a bang at their 4th of July Blast in the Park.  They’ll have lots of kids activities starting at 6:00 PM…the fun happens in Bloomsburg Town Park until the Fireworks.

Friday / June 28, 2013


Weather

A lot of watches... some of which... turned into warnings Thursday night... as rough weather rolled into Columbia and Montour counties from the west. But, only parts of the area received heavy rain. Thunderstorms were nearly non – existent over the Bloomsburg area. However, there was some road flooding reported on Route 42 in the area of the Narrows in Montour Township... and on Columbia County's south side. More showers and thunderstorms are on tap for late Friday.

 

Briar Creek Accident

Two people were injured when a car and a pick up truck... with a trailer carrying animals... crashed shortly after 2 PM Thursday on Route 11 at Rittenhouse Mill Road in Briar Creek Borough. Pennsylvania State Police tell us a truck driven by 58 – year old Neil Young of Berwick... was northbound on 11 when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Rittenhouse Mill Road. That's when his pick – up with the trailer collided with a car driven by 76 – year old Patricia McLaughlin of Bloomsburg. Young and McLaughlin were taken to Geisinger in Danville for treatment. There were only minor injuries to the animals from Young's Funny Farm. They were let out of the trailer and into a makeshift coral. Charges are pending.

 

Retirement Day

It's the last day on the job for Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. He's been the town's top cop for the past thirteen years... on the job since the mid – 80's... and he's seen it all. However, one thing not seen is the problem with meth labs. Those labs have been prevalent in Berwick and Shickshinny. During a recent exit interview... Chief Sokoloski says there's a reason for that and it comes down to community policing. Chief Sokoloski now takes a job next month as head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.

 

State Budget

We're counting down the hours until a state budget for 2013 – 2014 needs to be on the desk of Governor Corbett. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... House Republican leader Mike Turzai says lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on the package. However... the highly touted Transportation and Liquor privatization legislation does not have to be tied into the budget proposal. Lawmakers are expected to stay in Harrisburg throughout the weekend in order to get the spending proposal to Governor Corbett on time.

 

Transportation Measure

The state House Transportation Committee has approved a highway, bridge and mass transit funding bill, making significant changes to the senate version. Gone are the higher drivers license and registration fees and a 100 dollar surcharge on traffic violations. The House transportation bill would raise nearly $2 - billion a year by year five, primarily by uncapping the oil company franchise tax in three steps. It would also allow counties to assess a five dollar per vehicle fees for local transportation needs and municipalities to increase the realty transfer, earned income and sales taxes for mass transit.

 

Bloomsburg's Big Dig

They're digging to find the past. Students enrolled in Bloomsburg University's Quest program are spending time digging square holes... a few feet deep... then sifting the dirt to see what artifacts they can find. Bloomsburg University Professor of Anthropology Sue Dauria says middle and high school students involved in the dig are finding items such as glass, ceramics and stones believed used as either tools and weapons.

 

Crossing Replacement

A major traffic trouble spot this weekend.... through next Wednesday for folks trying to get to the south side of Columbia County... especially if you're headed to the Knoebles Amusement Resort. PennDOT tells us the North Shore Railroad will be replacing the grade crossing at Route 42 and Legion Road in Montour Township. That means you can't get to Catawissa the way you usually do. Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky says you'll need to find an alternate route. Whatever the case... Chief Kopitsky says coming across the bridge in East Bloomsburg will funnel you down to the Five Point's area... where a single traffic light controls cars and trucks. The crossing replacement program is expected to be wrapped up next Wednesday.

 

Disinfection System

Geisinger Health System has purchased five room disinfection systems to be spread between several hospitals. A Geisinger spokesman says there will be one each at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital... Geisinger - Shamokin Area Community Hospital and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre and two at Geisinger - Community Medical Center in Scranton. The Xenex room disinfection systems complement standard cleaning processes in high-risk areas such as operating and intensive care rooms.

 

Drug Bust

Five people have been arrested in connection with a drug raid of two Wilkes – Barre businesses. Local, state and federal authorities raided a barber shop and a furniture store on Hazle Street on Thursday. Authorities allege the five brought drugs in from New York City... and distributed them from the two businesses. All five suspects are in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

 

State Supreme Court

It appears the name of Judge Correale Stevens of Sugarloaf Township to be a member of the State Supreme Court is headed for senate confirmation. A senate panel voted Thursday to have Stevens to fill a vacancy on the high court. That confirmation could come as early as next week. Stevens was recommended to the high court by Governor Corbett.

 

Hazleton Noise

Earlier this year... Hazleton City Council got tough with it's anti – noise bill. Now... police say an estimated 100 residents have been cited for making too much noise. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says folks have been cited people revving their engines... loud TV's as well as music. The chief says cracking down on noise improves the quality of life.

 

AVP

The folks who run the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport are exploring the possibility of adding overseas flights. There are published reports indicating there has been an interest in providing flights to destinations such as Cancun and the Bahamas... as well as international chartered flights.  Although “international” is in it's name... no one can recall the last flight of that type either arriving or departing Avoca.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies started a four game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night.... with the Dodgers taking the contest 6 to 4. Game two of the series is tonight. The first pitch scheduled for 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB games:

In other games yesterday, the New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers 2-0... and the New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-2.

 

NBA Draft

Forward Anthony Bennett of UNLV was the first pick in last night's NBA draft taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Picking 11th, the Philadelphia 76ers chose point guard Michael Carter Williams from Syracuse. The Sixers also acquired Kentucky center Nerlens Noel in a trade that sent Drew Holiday to New Orleans. Meantime... Bucknell University's Mike Muscala capped off an historic night for the school... when he was selected 44th overall in the National Basketball Association Draft last night. Muscala was officially picked by the Dallas Mavericks, but his rights were traded to the Atlanta Hawks.

 

Kutztown University 

Former Southern Columbia lineman Chase Fraley has been named one of three captains for the Kutztown University football team. Fraley, the starting center for the Golden Bears, is a 6-1, 265 pound senior.

Thursday / June 27, 2013


Weather Alert

Flash flood warning in effect for Columbia County (Pa) until 8:30 PM. Big storms headed our way producing a lot of rain.

 

Elderly Heat Relief

Our transition from spring to summer was quick.... and now it's warmer than usual... with temperatures predicted to be in the 80's through early next week. And the folks at the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging says those over 55 should take precautions to stay cool and not be effected by the heat. The Agency's David Reeder says, for example, you should avoid vigorous outside activities during the hottest part of the day. Most importantly..... Reeder says stay hydrated with water. He also says the seven agency offices are open daily... where there is a place to cool down... meet friends and have a meal.

 

Woman Sentenced

A Berwick woman has been sentenced to at least six months in jail... after she pleaded guilty last month of having two children engage in sex acts at an Orchard Street home two years ago. Christina Allen will also have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law. Her one – time boyfriend... Daniel Galindo... was found not guilty of similar charges late last year.

 

Supco Ruling

The nation's high court has issued two rulings affecting gay marriage, striking down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and clearing the way for same sex marriage in California. But the rulings do not appear to impact Pennsylvania's law. PA has had a Defense of Marriage Act on the books since 1996 and Michael Geer of the Pennsylvania Family Institute says while he's disappointed in the Supreme Court rulings, the state law remains in effect. The LGBT community is celebrating the rulings, but acknowledging there's still a lot of work to do in PA in addition to marriage, including workplace and housing protections.

 

Millville Carnival

One of the largest carnival's in Columbia County kicks off Friday night. The Millville Fire Company has had a carnival since the late 30's... and every year they seem to get bigger and better. Deputy Chief Jeremy Reese says the volunteer's get a lot of support from the north county area. This year's event runs through July 6th.... and is punctuated with the ever – popular Fourth of July parade next Thursday.

You can hear the description of the parade on the fourth starting at 10 O'clock on the WHLM Stations...

 

Park Concert

A toe – tapping good time was had by all last night as the Bloomsburg Town Park Concert series continued. The music of the Catawissa Military Band filled the band shell and the park. And with temperatures still in the lower 80's... there were plenty of people on hand cooling down with the breeze off the river. Next week... country music by the McNett Family starting at 7 O'clock.

 

Bridge Work

One heavily used bridge spanning the Susquehanna River could be a traffic trouble spot. PennDOT says the Danville – Riverside bridge... linking Montour and Northumberland counties will undergo deck patching work Thursday. The agency says the contractor doing the job will maintain one – lane traffic in each direction. The project is expected to be wrapped by the end of the day.

 

House / Liquor

The broader issue of whether Pennsylvania should at least partially get out of the liquor business is still being debated in Harrisburg and the outcome is not clear. But, one house committee moved legislation to amend the current liquor law. The bill deals with a limited issue. Currently, a winery can also own a restaurant or hotel with a liquor license on the same property. But an Adams County winery bought a historic inn at a different address....and current code makes it illegal to own two different licenses at two different addresses. The house liquor committee unanimously approved a bill that would remedy the situation.

 

Winning Ticket

The Pennsylvania Lottery says a Cash 5 ticket sold in Ashland is worth a half million dollars. The ticket was sold at the Friendly Choice Food Mart on Centre Street... but the ticket holder has yet to come forward to claim the prize. The numbers on the ticket match all five balls drawn Saturday night.

 

Stabbing Arrest

A 49 – year old Hazleton woman is jailed after she allegedly stabbed a man this week. Anne Farnish is facing a long list of charges after she stabbed a 48 – year old man in the chest with a fork. The incident taking place at a home on North Wyoming Avenue during a domestic disturbance.

 

Rice Township

The Rice Township supervisors have voted two to one to de-certify the township's volunteer fire company. Firefighter critics say the volunteer's don't have enough training... and their finances are a mess. But the vote for de-certification wasn't that simple... especially when supervisor chairman Miller Stella called for an adjournment... which was seconded... when he should have called for a “motion to vote.” Only moments later Stella re – convened the board... the vote taken to de – certify the fire department... and a final adjournment. The entire situation may end up in Luzerne County Court...

 

Turkey Hill

Wilkes – Barre Police are investigating the robbery of a Turkey Hill early Wednesday. The clerk telling authorities... a man strolled through the door... asked for cigarettes... then demanded cash. It's the second time the store on South Main Street has been the target of a robber.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

It took of 13 innings... but the Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the San Diego Padres Wednesday night, 7-5. The winning runs came thanks to a double error from Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe in the top of the 13th inning. The Phils road trip continues when they play the Dodgers in Los Angeles Thursday night. The first pitch will be at 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

In other games last night... the Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees 8 to 5... the New York Mets blanked the Chicago White Sox 3 to nothing... and the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Seattle Mariners 4 to 2.

 

Muscala / Draft

Bucknell star Mike Muscala hopes to hear his name called when the NBA holds its draft Thursday night. The first pick in the draft belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

Hernandez Arrest

It was not a good day for New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday. In the morning he was arrested at his home. Ninety minutes later... the Patriots released him from their roster, and still later he was charged with murder in the killing of semi – pro football player... 27 year old Odin Lloyd.

Wednesday / June 26, 2013


Interim Bloomsburg Chief

We could have an interim Police Chief in Bloomsburg in the not too distant future. During this week's Town Council meeting.... vice – chair Diane Levan says Sgt. Roger Van Loan is the candidate that council would like to see filling the shoes of retiring chief Leo Sokoloski. The major hurdle... according to Ms. Levan... is the union which represents town cops allowing Sgt. Van Loan to step away from the labor organization for the next three to four months. Van Loan has expressed interest in stepping in temporarily... but council must first figure out a compensation package. It would also allow council to launch a search for Chief Sokoloski's permanent replacement.

 

College Prof/Kiddie Porn

A Kings College professor has been arraigned on child pornography charges before a district judge in Hazle Township. 52 – year old James Stewart of Mountain Top is accused of downloading... then distributing pictures of naked children. Stewart is listed as a tutorial coordinator in academic skills according to the Kings College website.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting Death

A 22 - year old Wilkes – Barre man faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after accidentally shooting Zachary Williams... who later died. Brandon Switzer is now facing the charge. The incident taking place Tuesday afternoon in an apartment on North Sherman Street. The pair... plus a third man... were playing with a handgun when it went off. Switzer's bail was initially set at $250,000... but through a bail bondsman... he was released into the custody of his family.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

Another day... another stabbing in Hazleton. This time.. the incident happened around 10 O'clock last night at a home on North Wyoming Street. Authorities say one person was hospitalized after being stabbed. Police have not released the name of the victim... or say if a suspect is in custody.

 

Traveling Library

The Columbia County Traveling Library is launching a summer reading program this Saturday for pre – school and school age kids. Director Lydia Kegler says it's all about staying sharp during the summer months before heading back to school this fall. The program officially gets underway Saturday during a kick off party at Rohrbach's Farm Market on Route 487... south of Catawissa.

 

Winning Ticket

The Pennsylvania Lottery says a Cash 5 ticket sold in Ashland is worth a half million dollars. The ticket was sold at the Friendly Choice Food Mart on Centre Street... but the ticket holder has yet to come forward to claim the prize. The numbers on the ticket match all five balls drawn Saturday night.

 

Hazleton School Board Vote

Sometime within the next thirty days... there will be a new election held in Schuylkill and Carbon counties for the Hazleton area school board. Two Luzerne County judges made the ruling Tuesday. Most of the Hazleton district is within Luzerne County... but portions are also in Schuylkill and Carbon. The issue revolves around a candidate for school board who dropped out of the race, but still got more than 500 votes in the two counties since the board of election did not remove his name from the ballot.

 

LATS

If you live in eastern Northumberland County... and you looking for an inexpensive way to get to the Knoebels Amusement Resort... the Lower Anthracite Transportation System may be the answer. The system, known as LATS... is adding a third route to a six day a week schedule taking park guests and employees to Knoebels from area's such as Coal Township. The bus makes 19 stops along the way to pick up and discharge passengers.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

Philadelphia's Domonic Brown's hit his first homer since June 8th, his 20th of the season, and gave the Phillies the lead, and then his RBI walk extended the cushion as the Phil's defeated the San Diego Padres 6 to 2 last night. Starter Kyle Kendrick earning the win with eight strong innings of pitching. The Phillies conclude their three game series in San Diego tonight in a game that starts at 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games last night... the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 4 to 3.... the Chicago White Sox downed the New York Mets 5 to 4... and the Pittsburgh Pirates outlasted the Seattle Mariners 9 to 4....

 

College World Series

In the college world series in Omaha.... the UCLA Bruins rolled over Mississippi State 8 to nothing to take their first college baseball title.

Tuesday / June 25, 2013


Bloomsburg Interim Mayor

Bloomsburg has a new interim Mayor. Councilman Carey Howell was nominated and elected to the post by fellow council members Monday night. Howell will fill the unexpired term of Dan Knorr who soon begins an administrative job with Danville Borough government. Apparent Mayor – elect Sandy Davis... was selected to fill Howell's seat.... and gets an opportunity to get her feet wet in council procedures and will help prepare the budget for 2014.

 

Hughesville Storm

Work crews will be in Hughesville... in neighboring Lycoming County on Tuesday cleaning up from a strong storm which swept through the area late Monday afternoon. Strong straight line winds accompanied by thunderstorms blew lawn furniture around... and was so strong... knocked over a big tree which blocked Broadway. Down electrical lines also forced public works crews to close streets.  No injuries were reported in the strong, but powerful storm.

 

Elderly Scams

There is an alert posted from the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging.... beware of calls you may get requesting money to get a relative out of jail in a foreign country. Executive Director Kathy Lynn says that's the latest scam making the rounds... with many, if not all the calls, coming out of Jamaica... in the Caribbean. But, Ms. Lynn says there is something you can do about it such as calling her office so she can go to bat for you in Harrisburg. Ms. Lynn went on to say.... never give out personal information over the phone since the scammers can get into your bank account without your knowledge... and you'll never see your hard – earned money again.

 

Brewsburg

Focusing on downtown Bloomsburg.... that's what Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated plans to do Saturday at the Caldwell Consistory. It's the highly – anticipated Brewsburg... an event featuring micro – brews from area restaurants. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... DBI manager Adrienne Mael says there will be a lot of home – grown music as well. Tickets for the event are available at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street in Bloomsburg... as well as other establishments around the area.

 

Hostage Standoff

A hostage situation in Lansford on Monday came to a quiet end. Police say 51 – year old Jefferey Gangaware is facing a long list of charges after holding his girlfriend hostage at his home. Bernice Moser was not injured. Gangaware is being held on $100,000 bail in the Carbon County Jail in Jim Thorpe.

 

McAdoo Fatal Fire

A 6 – year old McAdoo girl is dead two days after a fire swept through the family apartment. The Leigh County Coroner's Office says little Madison Arner died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital on Monday. She was one of four people pulled from the burning South Kennedy Drive building late Saturday night. The coroner's office said the child's organs will be donated. No word as to what caused Saturday night's fire in McAdoo.

 

Arsonist Sentenced

A Berwick woman will spend the next 14 to 28 – years in prison following her conviction earlier this year of torching a Conyngham apartment building in 2010. 44 – year old Gail Schneider received the sentence in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre on Monday. She was convicted of torching the combination business and apartment building on Lantern Lane... a year after she was evicted. In addition to the jail time... she must pay $1.2 – million in restitution.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

Police say there are no suspects in the stabbing of a 25 – year old man early Monday morning in Hazleton. The incident taking place at the corner of 15th and Alter Streets. No word as to who the victim is... but investigators were at the scene Monday trying to figure out what happened.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern PA... including Columbia and Montour County's... remains steady. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows the price of self – serve, unleaded regular at 3-44 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. But, it's two cents higher from last week at this time... but three cents lower than a month ago.

 

Sentencing

A Berwick man is headed for prison... but for how long is still being determined. 26 – year old Jason Musselman troubles stem from a car jacking two years ago. Musselman recently appeared in Snyder County Court to answer to a bench warrant... eventually pleading guilty to felony flight... vehicle theft... and charges connected with an accident. Final sentencing will be handed down since he wants to get into the state intermediate punishment program.

 

Transportation / Reader

A new PennDOT web site shows what projects could start over the next decade with additional transportation funding. The site shows three scenarios-- road and bridge projects that could be done under Governor Tom Corbett's $1.8 billion dollar plan and the state Senate's 2.5 billion dollar plan.  It also shows what would happen with no additional funding. The tool allows people to see how their area could benefit from additional money. It's hoped the lawmakers will tackle the issue before the end of the week.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

San Diego's Kyle Blanks singled home the game-winning run in a stunning 4-3 Padres victory in 10 innings over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. The Phils' series in San Diego continues Tuesday night. The first pitch will be at 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB Games

There were only three other games in major league baseball Monday night... the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 3 to 1... the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Toronto Bluejays 4 – 1. The victory broke Toronto's 11 game win streak... and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5 to 2.

 

CWS

In the opening game of the College baseball final series in Omaha last night... UCLA topped Mississippi State 3 to 1.

 

NHL

In game 6 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup final series... the Chicago Blackhawks, on the brink of having to go home for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, mounted an incredible comeback and captured the franchise' fifth Cup, with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 on Monday night.

Monday / June 24, 2013


 

 

Town Council

Bloomsburg has a new interim Mayor. Councilman Carey Howell was nominated and elected to the post by fellow council members Monday night. Howell will fill the unexpired term of Dan Knorr who soon begins an administrative job with Danville Borough government. Apparent Mayor – elect Sandy Davis... was selected to fill Howell's seat.... and gets an opportunity to get her feet wet in council procedures and will help prepare the budget for 2014.

 

McAdoo Fatal

A 6 – year old McAdoo girl is dead two days after a fire swept through the family apartment. The Leigh County Coroner's Office says little Madison Arner died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital on Monday. She was one of four people pulled from the burning South Kennedy Drive building late Saturday night. The coroner's office said the child's organs will be donated. No word as to what caused Saturday night's fire in McAdoo.

 

Arsonist Sentenced

A Berwick woman will spend the next 14 to 28 – years in prison following her conviction earlier this year of torching a Conyngham apartment building in 2010. 44 – year old Gail Schneider received the sentence in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre on Monday. She was convicted of torching the combination business and apartment building on Lantern Lane... a year after she was evicted. In addition to the jail time... she must pay $1.2 – million in restitution.

 

Fernville Park

It was a time for celebration Saturday... as dozens of Fernville residents gathered for the second anniversary of the opening of their park at Drinker and Bloom Streets. The three acre patch of land used to have homes... but they were damaged by the flood of 2006... and condemned. With the help of seed money from the Columbia County Commission... a committee turned the area into a park.

 

Iron Street

If you plan on using Iron Street... which turns into Millville Road in Bloomsburg... you might want plans to take an alternate route. Starting Monday... PennDOT through it's prime contractor... Glenn Hawbaker... will begin work to reconstruct the highway from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard in Hemlock Township. Most of the time... traffic will be restricted to a single lane... with cars and trucks controlled by flagging personnel. The $793,000 contract is scheduled to be completed by mid – September.

 

Butler Twp Fatal

A Drums man is dead following a weekend crash in Butler Township near Hazleton over the weekend. Authorities say 42 – year old Raymond Schermerhorn was on Old Airport Road... when he lost control of his pick – up... flipping over on it's side after hitting an embankment. Two teenager inside the truck were also hurt. The crash remains under investigation.

 

WB Robbery

Police in Wilkes – Barre are investigating an armed robbery of a convenience store at the corner of Parrish and Hazle Streets. Police say a man strolled into the Unimart around 9 O'clock Sunday night... pulled a weapon and asked for money. He grabbed the cash... then took off.

 

 

Sunday / June 23, 2013


Fernville Park

It was a time for celebration Saturday... as dozen of Fernville residents gathered for the second anniversary of the opening of their park at Drinker and Bloom Streets. The three acre patch of land used to have homes... but they were damaged by the flood of 2006... and condemned. With the help of seed money from the Columbia County Commission... a committee turned the area into a park.

 

Dan Knorr

The Dan Knorr era in Bloomsburg has come to an end. Knorr has been mayor of the town the past five years, but now moves on to an administrative job in Danville Borough government. During a recent exit interview... Knorr said the town is in a better... financially... some $800,000 to the good. Knorr says that will allow council to take on projects... that only a few years ago... were impossible to finance.

 

Iron Street

If you plan using Iron Street... which turns into Millville Road in Bloomsburg... you might want plans to take an alternate route. Starting Monday... PennDOT through it's prime contractor... Glenn Hawbaker... will begin work to reconstruct the highway from Main Street to Mall Boulevard. Most of the time... traffic will be restricted to a single lane... with traffic controlled by flagging personnel. The $793,000 contract is scheduled to be completed by mid – September.

 

What's Happening Sunday June 23, 2013


The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are hosting their annual summer book sale this weekend.  The library is closed today, but the sale continues tomorrow, come in for a great selection of books on all topics.  The library is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The 4th annual Family Fun Festival sponsored by the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau is happening this weekend in Berwick.  There will be vendors, crafts, entertainment, rides and activities.

 

St. Faustina’s Parish in Nanticoke’s annual homecoming festival is happening this weekend.  There’s food, fun, games and live musical entertainment.  Today it’s from 4:00 to 11:00 PM.

 

Grove Presbyterian Church of Danville invites you to summer evening experiences with food, Dr. Seuss readings, family activities, music, scripture and worship.  It’s happening tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

 

From the WHLM Future File, the annual Millville Carnival is happening Friday June 28th through Saturday July 6th.  This year’s carnival features nightly entertainment, food, rides, the Independence Day Parade, and fireworks.

What's Happening Saturday June 22, 2013


The free Saturday train program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open as usual today, and the train display at the Columbia Mall will be open from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Columbia Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International will meet today at Spirit Life Church in Bloomsburg.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is hosting a community yard sale and chicken barbeque today.  They’re located on Mooresburg Road in Liberty Township.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company invites you to their yard sale today.  There will be lunch, snacks and drinks available.  The church is located off Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Unityville Volunteer Fire Company invites you to their 4th annual Community Day today.  At 3:00 PM there’s a car show, at 4:00 PM it’s free food, and at 9:30 PM there’s fireworks.  There will be church stands and other vendors, games and more all day.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  They’ll have homemade pies, cakes, soups and sandwiches.  Take-outs will be available…the church is located on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are hosting their annual summer book sale this weekend.  The sale goes through Monday, come in for a great selection of books on all topics.  The library is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The 4th annual Family Fun Festival sponsored by the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau is happening this weekend in Berwick.  There will be vendors, crafts, entertainment, rides and activities.

 

St. Faustina’s Parish in Nanticoke’s annual homecoming festival is happening this weekend.  There’s food, fun, games and live musical entertainment.  Tonight it’s from 5:00 PM to Midnight, tomorrow it’s from 4:00 to 11:00 PM.

 

Grove Presbyterian Church of Danville invites you to summer evening experiences with food, Dr. Seuss readings, family activities, music, scripture and worship.  It’s happening tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

 

From the WHLM Future File, the annual Millville Carnival is happening Friday June 28th through Saturday July 6th.  This year’s carnival features nightly entertainment, food, rides, the Independence Day Parade, and fireworks.

Friday / June 21, 2013


Bloomsburg Chief Redies to Retire

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski plans to call it a career a next Friday. It's been a long 26 – years as a town policeman... the past 13 as chief. During a recent interview... Chief Sokoloski said it was time to take a different direction with his career. The chief says the department has been able to keep major crime out of Bloomsburg. Next month... Chief Sokoloski becomes the head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.

 

O'Brien Pay Raise

Penn State is handing out a hefty pay raise to it's head football coach. Bill O'Brien is getting a $1 – million raise after leading the Nittany Lions to an 8 and 4 record. When first hired... he contracted for a base salary of $950,000... but after the million dollar boost... it's now in the neighborhood of $1.9 - million. Counting compensation for radio and television work and a Nike contract, O'Brien's total deal this year would be worth more than $3.2 - million.

 

Milk Prices

A decision by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board is raising concern in the farming community. Starting July 1st, the overall Class I premium paid for milk will drop by 83 cents- or just over 30% of the current levels paid through the over order premium and fuel adjuster add on. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau says dairy farmers are still operating on tight profit margins and this will be real money coming out of the pockets of milk producers.

 

Gettysburg Reenactment

If you're a Civil War buff... the re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg begins July 4th... and runs through the holiday weekend. Eric Stahley of Columbia County's south side is a Civil War reenactor who plans to be in Adams County as part of an independent artillery battery from the Pittsburgh area... who in 1863... fought in the three day battle. An estimated 10,000 reenactors will be in Gettysburg to take part in the simulated battles... as well as thousands of spectators.

 

Magnet School Mold

A new magnet school in Hazleton is expected to open on time this fall. Renovation of the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences on Azalea Drive in Butler township came to a halt earlier this year when mold was discovered. That issue has been cleaned up... and construction is back underway... leading to a September opening.

 

Elder Abuse

Police in Newport Township... near Nanticoke... are investigating a case of possible elder abuse. The incident came to light Thursday... when administrators at the Guardian Elder Care Center alerted police. No charges have been filed... and the alleged victim wasn't hospitalized. All at the center are cooperating with investigators.

 

New Charges

A man from the Borough of Luzerne is facing an estimated 1,700 new kiddie porn charges. Michael Shaw was already behind bars in the Luzerne County Jail when investigators filed the charges this week. Shaw has already confessed to molesting a young boy... and posting pictures of the sexual abuse on line.

 

Sex Charges Lodged

An Ashley man is in the Luzerne County Prison on child sex charges. 22 – year old Kevin Kivler was arrested following a multi – month investigation by police. Kivler is facing charges of corruption of minors... aggravated indecent assault on a child.... as well as other sex – related charges.

 

Drug Charges / Shamokin

Two Sunbury residents have been charged by Shamokin police with allegedly selling prescription drugs. 40 – year old Jennifer Wolf is in the Northumberland County prison awaiting $10,000 bail after she was arrested on a host of drug – related charges. Meantime... 46 – year old Lelo Singara posted his $10,000 bail and was released. He's facing five felony charges stemming from an incident in Shamokin two months ago.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

For the second straight season, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team has been selected to participate in the "Grapple at the Garden". The Huskies will be one of 12 teams competing in the event which will be held Sunday, December 1st at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

PHL Phillies

After a night off, the Phillies open a weekend series tonight at home against the New York Mets. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30. The Mets won Thursday night, beating the Braves in Atlanta 4-3.

 

In other games...

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Cincinnati 5-3... and the New York Yankees lost an 8-3 decision to Tampa Bay.

 

NBA

For the second consecutive season, The Miami Heat are the NBA champions. Thursday night in Game seven, LeBron James scored a game high 37 points as the Heat outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 95-88.

 

Thursday / June 29, 2013


Geisinger Impact

A report from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania shows that Danville – based Geisinger Health System has an annual impact of $6.1 - billion on the local, regional and state economy. The association taking data from Geisinger hospitals in Bloomsburg, Shamokin... and Scranton and it's affiliates. The system is a major employer in northeast and Central Pennsylvania... with an estimated 19,000 on their payroll.

 

Teen Found

That massive search for a 17 – year old Marion Heights teenager is over. Makenzie Greco was discovered late Wednesday afternoon in a wood area behind the Mt. Carmel High School. Other than having a couple of cuts and bruises... Greco was in pretty good shape. If you recall... Greco went out for a run Monday night... and was caught on surveillance video prior to his disappearance.

 

Bloomsburg Bear

An unusual sight in Bloomsburg early Wednesday afternoon... a small bear wandering around the area of Iron and East Main Streets. Bloomsburg police were called... and officers initially spotted it in the area of Catherine Street. Authorities say animal crossed busy Main Street and ended up behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church. State game officers were called... arriving from Danville... and used a couple of tranquilizer darts to temporarily incapacitate the animal. The bear was placed in a cage... and taken to an area to be released. It's not known how the black, furry bear wandered into Bloomsburg.

 

Shickshinny Theft

A Shickshinny woman will find herself in Luzerne County court. 46 – year old Mary Kramer is accused of making off with an estimated $15,000 from the Northwest area Junior Football League.... the money earmarked for uniforms. She gave up her rights to a hearing on Wednesday... with a trial expected to begin in Wilkes – Barre in the not too distant future. Prosecutors says Kramer allegedly wrote checks to herself from the team's account.

 

Susquehanna Trek

There is an incredible journey being taken by a father and son as they traverse the Susquehanna River from the headwaters in New York State to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Steven and Randy Marks of Catawissa are using paddle boards to make the trek designed to raise money for Kidsburg 2.0 in Bloomsburg and the Danville Community Center. The pair spend an average of eight hours a day on the river... with the hope of reaching the confluence of the Susquehanna and the Chesapeake Bay near Havre de Grace, Maryland by the end of the weekend.

 

Animal Cruelty

A case of animal cruelty will now be heard in Luzerne County Court. Gino Saullo gave up his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday after he was charged in the hanging death of his nephew's 3 – year old pit bull earlier this year. The dog's body found hanging from a dumpster in Hazle Township.

 

Hotel Sterling

We can expect to see the former Hotel Sterling in Wilkes – Barre fall to the wrecking ball within the next month or so. Bids were opened yesterday for the demolition project... and of the 14... Brdaric Execavating of Luzerne checked in with a bid of $419,000. The former hotel has been an eyesore for years... and just recently there were concerns the building could collapse.

 

Pension Reform
A State House committee heard testimony Wednesday on pension reform proposals in Harrisburg. The House State Government Committee heard from a variety of supporters and opponents of plans to overhaul the state employees pension system - a move the Corbett Administration says is necessary to avert a fiscal cliff. Budget Secretary Charles Zogby and teachers union President Michael Crossey were among the diverse voices heard from. The list also including retirement plan providers and of course, lawmakers. Governor Corbett wants a pension reform plan passed before the legislature breaks for the summer...

 

Education Funding

A new report from the Pennsylvania State Education Association supports the group's take on cuts to state education funding. PSEA President Michael Crossey blames Governor Corbett for the negative impacts on education. In it's response... the Corbett administration says the cuts in the first Corbett budget were due to the evaporation of federal stimulus money... which was added to the education line by former Governor Ed Rendell. The administration says ore state money than ever is being pumped into education.

 

WHLM Sports

Joe Brito

As we told you Wednesday... 29 - year old Joe Brito was named the new head coach this week of the Southern Columbia boys' basketball team. Brito explains the style of play he expects from his team since many are football players. Last season, Brito was a volunteer assistant for the Bloomsburg University men's team.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday night... the Washington National's defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6 to 2. The Phils have Thursday night off. They will start a weekend series at home against the New York Mets Friday night.

 

In other major league action...

The Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 5 to 3... the Cincinnati Red defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 to 1... the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers played a double header last night.

In the first game New York out distanced L-A 6 – 4... but in the second game... Los Angeles blanked New York 6 to nothing.

 

NBA Championship

The NBA championship will be on the line Thursday night when the San Antonio Spurs play the Miami Heat in game 7 in South Florida.

 

Stanley Cup

In game four of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup final series Wednesday night... the Chicago Blackhawks just getting by the Boston Bruins 6 to 5. The best of seven series is tied at two games apiece. The two teams face off again Saturday night.

 

 

Wednesday / June 19, 2013


 

Bear Wanders Through Bloomsburg

An unusual sight in Bloomsburg early Wednesday afternoon... a small bear wandering around the area of Iron and East Main Streets. Bloomsburg police were called... and officers spotted it in the area of Catherine Street. Two – way radio reports... and the Press – Enterprise is confirming the animal crossed busy Main Street and ended up behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church. State game officers were called... arriving from Danville... and used a couple of tranquilizer darts to temporarily incapacitate the animal. The bear was placed in a cage... and taken to an area to be released. It's not known how the black, furry bear wandered into Bloomsburg.

 

 

Catawissa Rail Crossing

If you want to go to Catawissa... and you usually take Route 42 through Montour Township... you're going to have to find an alternate way. Starting Friday the 28th... a contractor for the North Shore Railroad will begin replacing the crossing at Route 42 and Legion Road. Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky says having one way into and out of the borough... via route 487 and 42... will place a lot of pressure on the Five Points area. Chief Kopitsky says the light at the Five Points intersection is computer controlled... and should be all that's needed to get traffic flowing smoothly through Catawissa. The newly refurbished crossing on the west side of the river is expected to be open sometime Tuesday, July 2nd.

 

Southern / Pay-to-Play

One way to bridge the budget gap in the Southern Columbia School District has failed to pass muster. The school board this week... voting down a plan to require students taking part in athletics or extra – curricular activities to cough up 50 dollars. The idea was originally floated a year ago... but this week... there were a lot of directors who said the entire plan was vague.

 

Berwick Fun Festival

With good weather on tap... thousands of people are expected to take part in this weekend's Family Fun Festival at Berwick's Test Track Park. Plenty of entertainment is on the schedule... including an opportunity to ride the North Shore Rail Line between the park and Lime Ridge in former Pullman passenger cars. Donna Sharrow of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau tells us tickets for the hour – long ride can be purchased at the the visitor information center in Lightstreet... the Berwick Borough building or at train side. The Family Fun Festival is sponsored by the Visitors Bureau and the Borough of Berwick... with the help of Pennsylvania Power and Light.

 

Turnpike / Transportation Bill

The Auditor General is sounding a warning call about Turnpike debt as the house looks at a transportation funding bill passed by the senate. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says if nothing is done to address the Turnpike's annual Act 44 obligation to PennDOT, border to border tolls on the toll road will hit 50 dollars by 2021. He testified during a fourth House transportation committee hearing on the transportation funding bill, then joined House majority Leader Mike Turzai in a news conference saying the debt must be dealt with sooner rather than later.

 

Hazleton Kid Town

Construction is expected to get underway next month in the former Printmark building in Hazleton. When finished... “Kid Town” will be aimed at preschool and elementary students so they can have fun while learning Christian values. It's the idea of Dr. Clark Gerhart of the Hill City Church. There will also be a place for Junior and Senior high school students.

 

Jobs Corps Arrest

A man wanted in Washington D-C has been captured at the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums... in Luzerne County. 23 – year old Gregory Harris was busted on a charge of attempted homicide in connection with the shooting of a woman. The Center offers education and vocational training for low income students.

 

Drug Arrest

A Shenandoah man is back in jail after he was allegedly caught with crack cocaine in a Hazle Township motel room. 30 – year old Keith Barlow was busted by State Police. Barlow told cops he was a state parolee. He is now in the Luzerne County Jail with bail set at $25,000.

 

 

Tuesday / June 18, 2013


Numidia Domestic Dispute

A Numidia man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested last night following a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend. Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach says 22 – year old Christopher Cooper apparently got into an argument with his girlfriend while intoxicated and began waving a gun in the air... eventually firing three shots into a field. That's when officers from Locust and Montour Townships... and Catawissa Borough arrived on the scene. The situation was defused... and Cooper taken into custody. He's facing charges of reckless endangerment... public drunkenness... making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He's being held on $25,000 bail.

 

Fishing Creek Rescue

An unidentified teenager is safe... after she was plucked from the Fishing Creek Monday night... south of Kocher Park near Lightstreet. The teen... swimming with three others... found herself downstream... near Back Branch Road and couldn't get to land. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... a friend called Columbia County Emergency Dispatch who summoned Lightstreet firemen.

They used ropes to pull the teen from the water safely.

 

BU Fire

Some tense moments in the Hartline Science Center on the Bloomsburg University campus at midday Monday. That's when the Bloomsburg Fire Department was called to squelch flames and remove smoke from the building. Deputy Fire Chief Scott McBride said a small fire broke out when a chemist dropped a container with Sodium Hydroxide suspended in oil. The flames were quickly extinguished. Students and faculty in the building were evacuated until the smoke cleared and the alarm reset.

 

Route 11 Microsurfacing

A major road project begins Tuesday on Route 11... between Bloomsburg and Berwick and will last the next two months. But, PennDOT's Rick Mason tells us... before the major micro – surfacing begins... some prep work must be completed at a couple of intersections such as installing signal loop sensors in the pavement. Those sensors trip traffic lights at those intersections. The entire project should be wrapped in two months.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties are remaining steady. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self-serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.42 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... but up a cent from a week ago. A month ago... we were paying an average of $3.44 a gallon.

 

ATV Accident

A 30 – year old Hazleton man is facing a host of charges after he allegedly drove his all – terrain vehicle into a mini – van. Police say Michael Collado was allegedly speeding last week on Emerald Court... crossed 8th street... slamming into the van which was eastbound on 8th. No one was seriously injured in the crash.

 

Mainville Bridge

Preservation work on the Route 339 bridge one mile east of Mainville started this week. The work planned includes replacing rubber expansion dams, deck repairs and an epoxy and stone chip overlay of the bridge deck. A detour is in place. The bridge will be reopened to traffic by July 26th.

 

Power Outage Folo

It took crews from Pennsylvania Power and Light a couple of hours Monday to restore power to nearly 1,100 customers from West Berwick to Mifflinville. It was just after dawn when a transformer exploded in a sub-station in Briar Creek township. The outage was more of a nuisance than anything else. No other damage was reported at the sub – station near the corner of Ber-Vaughn Park Road and Orange Street.

 

Transportation Bill

In less than a week, the state house transportation committee has held three hearings on the highway, bridge and mass transit funding bill passed by the senate. During a hearing Monday... the president of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association says on structurally deficient bridges cause detours that become expensive for the industry. The senate bill raises more than the Governor's version. The committee still has more work to do before moving the bill to the house floor.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies finally got into the win column Monday night in the first game in a series with the National's in Washington. The Phil's just getting by the Nats 5 to 4. Both teams face each other Tuesday night in Washington. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations... starting with the pre – game at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

The Cincinnati Reds downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 1... and the Atlanta Braves got by the New York Mets 2 to 1.

 

NHL

Game three Monday night of the NHL Stanley Cup finals. At the buzzer... the Boston Bruins out – scored the Chicago Blackhawks 2 to nothing. Boston now taking a two to one lead in the best of seven series.

 

NBA

In the NBA tonight, it's game 6 of the championship finals series with San Antonio playing at Miami. The Spurs lead that series three games to two.

 

Monday / June 17, 2013


Numidia Domestic

It appears that a 22 – year old Numidia man wanted to end his life using “Suicide by Cop.” That... after Christopher Cooper got drunk and ended up in a domestic dispute with girlfriend Jennifer Beishline.... and squeezed off three rounds from a .380 caliber pistol into a field. Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach says officers were called who subdued Cooper. He is now in the Columbia County Prison charged with reckless endangerment... public drunkenness... terroristic threats and disorderly conduct..

 

BU Fire

A scare... and an initial report of a structure fire at the Hartline Science Center on the Bloomsburg University campus late Monday morning. Bloomsburg fire men were called to what turned out to be a fire in one of the chemical labs on the 2nd floor... so says deputy chief Scott McBride. Students and faculty inside the building were evacuated for about 20 minutes while smoke was cleared from the building. There were no injuries...

 

Power Outage

Pennsylvania Power and Light has restored power to an area from Berwick's west side to Mifflinville... just over a thousand subscribers in all. The juice was lost just before 6:30 Monday morning when a transformer exploded at a sub station at the corner of Ber-Vaughn Park Road and Orange Street. The lack of electricity also knocked out traffic lights, but it appears they were the first to come on after the initial explosion. Columbia County dispatch says fire companies were not needed at the scene... and PPL crews had the power restored in short order.

 

Aggressive Driving

Dozens of police departments... and officers... from across the area were recently recognized for their crackdown's on aggressive drivers. For example... in Columbia County, over the past five years, 196 aggressive driving accidents were reported and investigated. PennDOT's David Thompson says that is due to the volume of traffic. Money to crack down on aggressive driving initially comes from the federal government... funneled through PennDOT to the local department.

 

Senior Fraud

The on going target for scammers these days is the elderly. That word from Kathy Lynn who runs the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging. Ms. Lynn says senior citizens can lose thousands of dollars quickly. One instance, for example, is through medical alert devices... or news that a relative is in trouble in a foreign country and needs bail money to get home. Ms. Lynn warns... never give out vital information over the phone to someone you don't know... such as checking account numbers... a social security number and date of birth.

 

VFW Convention

The state Veterans of Foreign Wars convention wrapped up their annual convention over the weekend near Harrisburg. State commander Ruth Fairchild says the organization is working to help its members deal with a host of issues that have come to light since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. And Ms. Fairchild says the needs of today's vets are vastly different than those of World War Two or Vietnam.

 

PPL Unit 2

Operators at the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... have reconnected the Unit 1 reactor to the regional electric grid. The unit coming back on line over the weekend after completing improvements that will take care of turbine issues experience over the past several years. In a new release... a plant spokesperson says operators will continue to monitor the performance of the turbines on both Unit 1 and 2.

 

Berwick Man Arrested

A Berwick man is being held after he was arrested with a number of robbery-related charges. A Berwick Police Department news release says Tanner Hess and an unnamed teenager pranked Mitchell Hummel while they were on their way home from a carnival in East Berwick earlier this month... allegedly making off with Hummel's wallet containing a couple of hundred dollars in cash. Police say Hess was charged at the start of the weekend with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.... unlawful restraint and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. The unnamed juvenile will face similar charges.

 

Rice Twp.

Rice Township supervisors... between Hazleton and Wilkes – Barre... will voter later this month to decertify their volunteer their fire department. The decision to do so came at the start of the weekend. Supervisors charge that firemen are not adequately trained... some don't have licenses to operate apparatus... and didn't dismiss a member after that person was found guilty of DUI. If the ordinance to decertify is okay later this month... fire protection would come from neighboring Wright Township.

 

Hanover Fire

A family from Hanover Township near Wilkes – Barre are assessing the damage to their home. It seems an electrical problem at the home on Holly Street started the fire Saturday night... which eventually gutted the home. The only person inside was a 17 – year old teenager. He escaped the flames by jumping through a window.

 

I-80 Work

Road work continues on that on – going bridge project spanning the Susquehanna River on Interstate 80. PennDOT say starting this week there will be rolling roadblocks in the eastbound lane to slow traffic in order to set new concrete beams on one of the bridges being reconstructed. The move will effect traffic... eastbound... from the Lightstreet to the Berwick exit. To avoid the backup's expected.... you can use an alternate... such as Route 11... to get to your destination.

 

Shavertown McDonald's

The owners of more than a dozen McDonald's Restaurants in the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valley are being sued by a former employee for the way she was paid. Natalie Gunshannon says her pay for working at a Shavertown McDonald's was not by check, but by a payroll debit card which carried high fees. Now... Gunshannon has filed a class action lawsuit against franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller of Clarks Summit. The Mueller's are accused of violating the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Act and unlawfully boosting profits with the payroll card scheme.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday June 16, 2013


The Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting their monthly all you can eat breakfast and brunch buffet today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fire hall is located off Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to dine at the Turkey Hill Brewing Company Pub and Grille for a meal tonight between 4:00 to 9:00 PM.  If you print out a voucher and take it with you 20% of your check will go to benefit the library.  The vouchers are available on the library’s website…link up on the community organizations page.

What's Happening Saturday June 15, 2013


The Berwick Area Relay For Life continues today at Berwick High School.  Teams started walking yesterday afternoon at 3:00 PM, and they’ll continue today until 3:00 PM.  Stop by to support the fight against cancer.

 

Boy Scout Troop 9 is hosting a US Flag retirement ceremony today at the Orangeville Public Library at 301 Mill Street in Orangeville.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose will continue their indoor yard sale today.  And the Mifflinville Town Yard Sale is happening today too.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open as usual today, and the train display at the Columbia Mall is open this afternoon from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

Today it’s a muddy fundraiser for the Kidsburg 2.0 committee…at the annual Braveheart Mud Run and Music Fest.  It’s taking place at the Irish Valley Motocross Park.

 

The Children’s Museum is hosting Father’s, Uncle’s and Grandpa’s Day today.  There will be special make-and-take crafts along with story time.  The Children’s Museum is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Millville Valley Grange is hosting a strawberry social today from Noon to 6:00 PM.  They’ll have several strawberry dishes and sandwiches available.  The grange is located on State Street in Millville.

 

The Sugarloaf Memorial Schoolhouse in Benton is hosting their annual Strawberry Festival and Arts and Crafts Show today from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The festival features all things strawberry, a baking contests, and a 5k walk/run.  There will be children’s games and crafts.

 

Cub Scout Packs 67 and 71 and Boy Scout Troop 67 are hosting a spaghetti dinner tonight from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Grove Building on Ringtown Mountain Road in Numedia.

 

Top Gun Promotions presents a pro wrestling event tonight at the Nescopeck AM Vets at 6:00 PM.  Seats at the door are $12.00.  Proceeds benefit the MS Society.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting their monthly all you can eat breakfast and brunch buffet tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fire hall is located off Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to dine at the Turkey Hill Brewing Company Pub and Grille for a meal tomorrow night between 4:00 to 9:00 PM.  If you print out a voucher and take it with you 20% of your check will go to benefit the library.  The vouchers are available on the library’s website…link up on the community organizations page.

Friday / June 14, 2013


Berwick Man Arrested

A Berwick man is being held after he was arrested with a number of robbery-related charges stemming from earlier this month. A Berwick Police Department news release says Tanner Hess and an unnamed teenager pranked Mitchell Hummel while they were on their way home from a carnival in East Berwick earlier this month. Hess holding up the arms of Hummel while the teen went through Hummel's pockets... taking a wallet containing an estimated $350 dollars in cash. The wallet was later found near the McBride Library on Market Street.... but the money was missing.

Tanner Hess was charged Friday with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.... unlawful restraint and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. He was arraigned in front of District Justice Rusty Lawton... with bail set at $10,000 straight cash. Hess is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg. Police say once the juvenile is found... he'll be charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy and theft.

 

Unit 2 Back on Line

Operators at the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... have reconnected the Unit 1 reactor to the regional electric grid Friday. The unit coming back on line after completing improvements that will take care of turbine issues experience over the past several years. In a new release issued Friday evening... a plant spokesperson says operators will continue to monitor the performance of the turbines on both Unit 1 and 2.

 

Chief Sokoloski

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski is only weeks away from retirement after serving in his position for the past 13 years.... and an officer in Bloomsburg since the mid – 8o's. During an exit interview in his office Thursday.... Chief Sokoloski said one of his proudest achievement is obtaining department accreditation. Chief Sokoloski has accepted the position of heading up campus security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County... a job he'll assume next month.

 

Hometown Heroes

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross got an opportunity Friday to honor heroes and to say thanks. In essence... according to the chapter's Rita Inklovich... an opportunity to recognize people who saved a life. Those categories honored include fire safety and law enforcement... to those folks who work in the medical field. The event held at Monty's on the Bloomsburg University Campus.

 

Woman Charged

A Shickshinny woman is in the Luzerne County prison after she was arrested and charged with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the Northwest Area Junior Football program. State Police say Mary Kramer allegedly made off with $15,000 from the league's uniform account. In all... authorities say Kramer signed her name to thirteen checks... and may numerous ATM withdrawals.

 

Elder Abuse

Saturday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. That word from Kathy Lynn who runs the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging. She says elder abuse is prevalent around the world.... including in our area. Lynn says to prevent elder abuse from happening.... be sure to check in on older relatives or folks living in the neighborhood to make sure they're safe...

 

Allen Box Walk

A cabinet secretary has been shown the door but the Corbett administration is not saying why. Governor Corbett asked for and received the resignation of Richard Allan as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The change took effect Thursday. A spokesman for the Governor say its a personnel matter and he can't discuss it, other than to say it has nothing to do with any differences of public policy. Ellen Ferretti, Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry, will serve as acting secretary.

 

Judge Stevens Nominated

A former Luzerne County judge has been nominated to a vacancy on the State Supreme Court. Governor Corbett throwing his support behind Correale Stevens... who is from the Hazleton area. Stevens is now serving as President Judge of the State Superior Court.

 

 

 

Thursday / June 13, 2013


 

 

Wagon Fatality

A Millville woman is dead after she was tossed from a two wheel, horse drawn cart last night in Pine Township. State Police at Bloomsburg say 58 – year old David Craver and his wife, Linda... also 58... were riding on a private, dirt lane... when the horse pulling the cart went over a steep embankment.

Linda Craver was thrown from the cart and died. She was pronounced dead at the scene.... while her husband was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

Northumberland Fatal

State Police are still investigating a crash Wednesday between a pick up truck and a big rig on Route 147 in Point Township. It happened at midday. They say 19 – year old Ryan Showers of Northumberland lost control of his truck... crossed the center line and slammed head on into the 18 – wheeler which came to rest next to a home. Showers was pronounced dead at the scene...

 

Drug Sales

A Berwick man is jailed after he was busted on drug charges earlier this week. Michael Hamilton was arrested after cops discovered a meth making lab in the bed room in his home in exchange for heroine. Berwick Police Chief Kenneth Strish says nothing ever surprises him. Chief Strish says his department is doing it's job so well... the meth makers are moving their operations to communities outside Berwick

 

Vets Memorial

The wraps were taken off... at this week's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting... of the proposed veterans memorial on Market Street.... in the town park. Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan is spearheading the effort... with the help of Peters Consultants. Some of the financing will come from benches with plaques.... paid for by veterans families.... as well as through the sale of paving bricks which will encircle the memorial. Levan says no parking spaces along Market Street will be taken for the project... and no trees will be removed. Still no timetable established for the monument's construction.

 

State Budget

A $28.3 - billion state budget is closer to becoming a reality. The state house giving their okay to the proposed spending plan on Wednesday. House Majority leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County says the plan includes a $500 – million dollar boost without a tax increase. The measure will be on the desks of the state senate today... so they can begin making changes. However, the proposal must be to Governor Corbett by the end of the month.

 

Murder Suspects

Three people wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Pottsville man this week have been captured in Philadelphia. Schuylkill County authorities say the trio is responsible for the death of 19 – year old Elijah Carraway. The shooting happened Tuesday night... and investigators believe it was over drugs. The three suspects will be extradited back to Schuylkill County to face homicide charges.

 

Commencement

The Hazleton Area High School's Class of 2013 won't be getting their diplomas tonight as planned. Rather... the threat of bad weather has changed commencement to tomorrow night at 6 O'clock. It's scheduled to be held outdoors on the high school campus... but in case of rain... the ceremonies will be held in the high school gym.

 

Sandusky Costs

The legal bills related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal keep piling up for Penn State. A university website updated this week showed the total bill as of the end of March at more than $45.8 million, covering legal fees along with consulting work and other associated costs. Sandusky was convicted last summer on 48 of 50 counts stemming from having sex with teenage boys.

 

WHLM Sports

Loyalsock Baseball

The Loyalsock High School baseball team is set to go up against West Champion Beaver Friday afternoon as the two teams meet at Penn State. Loyalsock advanced after they captured the Class Double A Eastern Regional at Bloomsburg University earlier this week.

 

PHL Phillies

The Minnesota Twins were on top of their game Wednesday night... as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 3.... in Minneapolis. The final game of their series is Thursday night. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations... beginning with the pre – game show tonight at 7:35.

 

Other Thursday night games...

The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the San Francisco Giants 12 to 8.... the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5 – 1... and the New York Yankees outlasted Oakland 5 to 2...

 

US Open

The top professional golfers in the world will tee off Thursday in the 113th U-S Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore... near Philadelphia.

 

Stanley Cup

It took three overtime periods, but the Chicago Blackhawks skated past the Boston Bruins 4 to 3 last night. Now... Chicago take the lead in the Stanley Cup Series... one game to none

 

Wednesday / June 12, 2013


Flood Watch Posted

The National Weather Service in State College has posted a flood watch for most of central and eastern Pennsylvania through the day Thursday. It's all due to a very strong storm system that will move through the area Thursday... bringing with it several rounds of heavy showers and thunderstorms. The downpours will create the potential for localized flooding late Wednesday night... lasting all day Thursday. If you live along any small streams or creeks... you should be prepared to move to higher ground. The Susquehanna River is expected to rise as well... with the latest forecast showing river height at 14.7 feet early Saturday morning. The action stage is 16 feet... with the flood stage in Bloomsburg at 19 feet.

 

Berwick Community Watch

Trying to keep an eye on your neighbors... and the community... that's the underlying theme of the Berwick Area Community Watch. The group met Tuesday night for the second time last night at City Hall... and the organization's Jay Jarrett said there has been a lot of response stemming from the initial meeting last month. Folks attending Tuesday night's meeting had an eye opening experience as they watched a program dealing with the sights and smells of Meth.

 

Red Cross CEO

He spent two days on the road... going from chapter to chapter across Northeast Pennsylvania. Eight weeks into the job and that's what Peter Brown... the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross... spent the early part of his week doing. One of those stops was in Bloomsburg on Tuesday.... where he talked about the area he covers... and how to respond in times of disaster. Brown's territory is spread out from Susquehanna and Wyoming County on the north.... south to Berks County... with the Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville chapters sandwiched in the middle.

 

Autoneum Noise

Bloomsburg Town government has received two complaints of noise coming from the area of Autoneum factory on West 5th Street. The complaints coming in after 11 O'clock at night.... and Mayor Dan Knorr says the carpet company is trying to figure out where it's coming from. Autoneum is also working with code enforcement on the issue. But, Mayor Knorr went on to say that it hasn't reached the decibel threshold violating code laws. The code enforcement office is on top of the situation, but no one can pinpoint the origin of the noise.

 

Dozing Driver

Dozing off while behind the wheel can lead to tragedy. That nearly happened Tuesday when an 18 – year old driver fell asleep at the wheel of a van... filled with kids... while driving along Old Berwick Road near the entrance to the Donnelley plant. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... Jacob Konkolics dozed and ran through yards and fences... finally stopping after hitting a tree.  Konkolics' six brothers and sisters were shaken up a bit in the crash and were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

 

Pay to Play

We could know as early as next week if Southern Columbia Area students will have to pay $50 to play sports or be involved in extra curricular activities. The issue was kicked around during a school board meeting earlier this week, but directors decided to wait until this coming Monday to possibly vote on the issue. The Pay to Play issue first surfaced a year ago as a way to fill a continuing budget gap.

 

Pottsville Shooting

One man was shot and killed in Pottsville Tuesday night... in neighboring Schuylkill County... and the search is on for a suspect. Police say the unidentified man was gunned down along West Laurel Boulevard following a fight between a group of individuals. All police are saying is that they're looking for a green Subaru.

 

Unregistered Sex Offender

An unregistered child sex offender has been captured by federal authorities in Hunlock Creek. 36 – year old Jerry Wayne Dison was picked up at a home on Main Road after he failed to register in Luzerne County as a convicted sex offender. Authorities say he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12 – year old girl back in 2000... and had gotten out of prison two months ago.

 

Hazleton Folo

Still no suspects in custody after a masked man robbed Pence's store on Alter Street in Hazleton earlier this week. The man, wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans... strolled into the store Monday evening.... relieved the clerk of an undetermined amount of cash... and fled towards Lafayette Court. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

Reason for Power Outage

We now know the cause of a power outage which placed more than 10 -thousand homes in the Hazleton area to go dark Sunday evening. A PPL spokesman say vandals tossed tree limbs on electric lines leading to the Harwood substation cut the juice. Two weeks ago... the same thing happened... but there were no widespread outages. Hazleton police are now investigating.

 

Child Abuse

Bills aimed at updating Pennsylvania's child abuse laws are making their way through the legislature. WHLM's Cathy Clark says the House Children and Youth committee has amended and approved a package of six bills, including one that changes the definition of abuse. Senate committees have also moved some bills, including one that would toughen reporting requirements in schools. The bills are based on the work of the Task Force on Child Protection and lawmakers are expected to continuing working on final versions over the summer.

 

Union Rally

About 350-public employees rallied at the state capitol this week... calling on Governor Corbett to change his budget priorities. Members of the Service Employees International Union want the governor to drop his call for a pension overhaul, and increase funding for education & human services. SEIU Local 668 president Kathy Jellison says the governor has refused to meet with her union about the budget, a claim the administration says is untrue. The governor's aides suggest the union doesn't want to negotiate with him.

 

Tax / Rent Rebate

The deadline to apply for the state's 2012 Property tax / Rent Rebate program is being extended to December 31st. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid last year. The program benefits Pennsylvanians of a certain age and who have a certain income.

 

Rep. Culver in Watsontown

State Representative Lynda Culver... who represents Northumberland and Snyder Counties... will be meeting constituents Friday at the Watsontown Borough Building in the 300 block of Main Street. Ms. Culver and her staff will be on hand to take care of information about state legislation... assistance with PennDOT paperwork... as well as referrals to agencies to resolve state – related matters. The meet and greet begins Friday morning at 10 O'clock.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

It was not the opening the Philadelphia Phillies had expected. They were defeated last night by the Minnesota Twins 3 to 2. Game two is Wednesday night in Minneapolis. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:35 PM on the WHLM Stations.

 

MLB Scores

Other games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 8 to 2... the St. Louis Cardinals came to the Big Apple downing the New York Mets 9 to 2... and Oakland getting by the New York Yankees 6 to 4.

 

NBA

In the NBA Finals Tuesday night.... Danny Green and Gary Neal combine for 11 3-pointers and 51 points as the San Antonio Spurs rout the Miami Heat 113 - 77. The Spurs taking a 2 to 1 lead in the best of seven series. The next game is set for Thursday.

 

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has signed a deal with the New England Patriots. Tebow had been without a job after being dropped by the New York Jets six weeks ago.

Tuesday / June 11, 2013


Berwick Community Watch

Trying to keep an eye on your neighbors... and the community... that's the underlying theme of the Berwick Area Community Watch. The group met Tuesday night for the second time last night at City Hall... and the group's Jay Jarrett said there has been a lot of response stemming from the initial meeting last month. Folks attending Tuesday night's meeting had an eye opening experience as they watched a program dealing with the sights and smells of Meth.

 

Red Cross CEO

He spent two days on the road... going from chapter to chapter across Northeast Pennsylvania. Eight weeks into the job and that's what Peter Brown... the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross... spent the early part of his week. One of those stops was in Bloomsburg on Tuesday.... where he talked about the area he covers... and how to respond in times of disaster. Brown's territory is spread out from Susquehanna and Wyoming County on the north.... south to Berks County... with the Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville chapters sandwiched in the middle.

 

Autoneum Noise

Bloomsburg Town government has received two complaints of noise coming from the area of Autoneum factory on West 5th Street. The complaints coming in after 11 O'clock at night.... and Mayor Dan Knorr says the carpet company is trying to figure out where it's coming from. Autoneum is also working with code enforcement on the issue. But, Mayor Knorr went on to say that it hasn't reached the decibel threshold violating code laws. The code enforcement office is on top of the situation, but no one can pinpoint the origin of the noise.

 

Bloomsburg Town Council

For the first time in eight years... Dan Knorr won't be a part of Bloomsburg Town Council... or Mayor come June 21st. That will be his last day in office after accepting a job offer in Danville Borough Government. Mayor Knorr presided over his last council meeting last night... and during his Mayor's update telling council members he appreciated their support during his five years in the town's top job.

Mr. Knorr will become Danville's Administrator of Governmental Affairs... which initially pays $43,000 a year. Bloomsburg Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan will take over for Knorr until a person is found to fill out his unexpired term.

 

Hemlock Township

Is Hemlock Township... west of Bloomsburg... on your route of travel. If it is... you may see more police presence than usual. Township police have received funding from the state earmarked to reduce the amount of aggressive driving. Target areas will be on Mall Boulevard... as well Millville Road.  The aggressive driving campaign runs through the end of September.

 

I-81 Fatal

A Hazleton woman is dead after her car was struck by a tractor – trailer on Interstate 81 over the weekend in Lebanon County. State Police say 29 – year old Amy Joyce died early Sunday morning when her disabled car was stuck by an 18 – wheeler driven by an Ocala, Florida man. Although she was in her car... apparently awaiting help.... Ms. Joyce was not wearing her seat belt.

 

BU Sports Camps

Now that school districts have shut down for the summer... the Bloomsburg University Sports Department is offering week long camps for kids. Starting later this week a wrestling camp for dad and junior... so says sports operations director Kevin Wood. Next week... a baseball camp. For a full rundown on camps to be held this summer... just go to www.BUcamps.com.

 

Mighty John

Headed out to a yard sale this weekend... you're not alone. But, there are some folks looking for certain items... such as vinyl recordings. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Mighty John Marshall who runs a web site known as www.moneymusic.com says there are categories of music which are highly collectable... such as Rock 'n' Roll and Bluegrass. Although the vinyl recordings are out there on three different formats..... music... such as that on Compact Disk are not high in demand.

 

Bail Request

A Pottsville man remains in the Schuylkill County Jail after his application for a chance in bond was rejected. 21 – year old Keshon Canyon wanted to have his $75,000 straight cash bail changed to $75,000 unsecured bail. The Judge and the Schuylkill County D-A didn't agree. Canyon faces a long list of charges stemming from a January 14th incident in Pottsville.

 

Berwick Drug Bust

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison... after police allegedly found meth – making materials at his home on Orange Street. Michael Hamilton telling police he exchanged space to make the meth for heroin... to which he's addicted. Hamilton is facing several drug charges.

 

Hospital Merger

Another Pennsylvania hospital will now be under the guidance of Danville – based Geisinger Health Systems. This time it's the Lewistown Hospital with directors there approving a merger with Geisinger.  Discussions have been going on between the two health care providers for about a year. Now... the proposed merger must get an okay from the State Attorney General's office... as well as the State Department of Health.

 

 

Monday / June 10, 2013


Trash to Treasure

The United Way of Columbia County's huge trash to treasure sale on the BU campus over the weekend was an unqualified success. Early Bird shopper Carla from Buckhorn said she found what she wanted a couple of minutes after the doors opened. Money raised by the United Way is used to to fund the more than a dozen non – profit member agencies in Columbia County.

 

Aggressive Driving

Police offices and departments in a five county area were honored at the start of the weekend for their enforcement of aggressive driving. PennDOT statistics show over the past 5 – years... there have been 196 arrests in Columbia County... while police in Montour County have arrested 29 drivers. But Danville Police Chief Eric Gill says even though Montour County is small.... it does have its problems such as road rage and drivers trying to get to their destination quickly... as well as drivers blowing through red lights.

 

Snyder Fatal

A Danville man with ties to the Bloomsburg area is dead following a crash in Snyder County over the weekend. State police say 42 – year old Michael Weatherill lost control of his stolen vehicle when it was southbound on US Route 11 in Monroe Township... near Shamokin Dam. The vehicle was allegedly stolen from the Buckhorn area on Saturday. Police say Weatherill was not wearing a seat belt or had a valid license when the accident occurred... and it appears speed was a factor in the wreck.

 

Front St. Work

It's been two years in the making.... and finally Berwick drivers are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.  The final section of paving on the Route 11 construction project in Berwick begins Monday. Barletta Materials and Construction will mill and pave a section between Hughes and Poplar Street. Traffic will be down to a single lane in the area... with cars and trucks controlled by flaggers. PennDOT is encouraging an alternate route around the construction project.

 

Robbery Investigation

One person is in custody, but a second person is sought by Bloomsburg Police after the pair allegedly robbed a man late last week in the ten block of East Pine Avenue. Police tells us 20 – year old Ryan Nemeth of Benton is in the Columbia County Prison on $50,000 bail on charges of robbery and aggravated assault. A second person is being sought in connection with the incident. Both are accused of demanding cash and the man's cell phone while pointing a weapon at the victim.

 

Hazleton Power

All the power in the Hazleton area is back on Monday morning... after thousands of PPL customers were in the dark early Sunday evening. The juice went out around 6 O'clock... tossing nearly 11,000 subscribers in the dark. However, within an hour... crews traced the problem to the Harwood substation and had the power back on.

 

Hazleton Shootings

Gun shots ringing out in Hazleton Saturday night. Police there aren't saying much, but what we know is that several people were fighting on West Oak Street when shots were fired. In the 500 block of West Oak... a woman was hit in the stomach... and a man found shot, as well, in the 600 block of West Diamond. The pair were flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where they're being treated.

 

Beaver Meadows

If your route of travel takes you through Beaver Meadows... south of Hazleton... it may be a slow go. PennDOT plans to start roadwork on Route 93 on Monday. Most of the day today will be spent milling Broad St. and tomorrow the operation shifts to Berwick Street. There will be parking restrictions on the area... now through Thursday.

 

Nanticoke Facility

62 residents of a personal care home in Nanticoke spent the night elsewhere after a water pipe broke... effecting the entire three story building. The incident began late Sunday afternoon when first responders were called to Nanticoke Villa after the water damaged the electrical and fire alarm systems.  All guests were taken to Nanticoke Area High Schools... then to other personal care facilities.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Milwaukee Brewers for the third straight time, 9-1. The Phils have Monday off. Tuesday night they will open a series in Minneapolis against the Twins.

 

MLB Other Games

In other games Sunday:

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Chicago Cubs 4-1... the New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 8-4 in ten innings... and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1.

 

NBA

Sunday night in game two of the NBA's final series last night... the Miami Heat rolled over the San Antonio Spurs 103 to 84. Game three is Tuesday night in San Antonio. The teams are tied at one game apiece.

 

NHL

The National Hockey League's championship series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins will open Wednesday night in Chicago.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup

And Jimmie Johnson wins Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at the Pocono Raceway in near – by Long Pond.

What's Happening Sunday June 9, 2013


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their huge display of operating trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  Hours are today from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir will perform at Wesley United Methodist Church tonight 7:00 PM.  This year’s concert is titled “God Gave Us Music,” and will feature a performance by A Touch Of Brass.  No tickets are required for admission.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club 22nd Annual Auto Show is happening today from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.  Vehicle registration is from 8:30 AM to Noon.  There will be a flea market and food vendors too.

 

And, the Benton British Cars Club will meet today at Strevigs Family Restaurant in Benton at 3:00 PM.  If you have a British car they welcome you to their meetings.  The restaurant is located on Route 487 in Benton.

What's Happening Saturday June 8, 2013


The Bloomsburg Area Relay For Life is happening in Bloomsburg Town Park this weekend.  The event kicked off at Noon yesterday and have continued through this morning.  Things will wrap up at noon.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their huge display of operating trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  Hours are today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and tomorrow 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Danville is hosting a car wash fundraiser for the Danville Little League today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The car wash is $5.00, and they’ll be selling hot dogs, baked goods, soda and chips.  MC Federal is located on Walnut Street in Danville.

 

The Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure yard sale is happening today in the Kehr Union at Bloomsburg University.  Early Bird sales hours are 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.  Regular sale hours are 9:00 AM to Noon.

 

The annual Robbins Run 5k and 10k race is happening today in Danville.  Race day registration starts at 7:30 AM, and the race starts at 9:00 AM.

 

The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir will perform at Wesley United Methodist Church tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.  This year’s concert is titled “God Gave Us Music,” and will feature a performance by A Touch Of Brass.  No tickets are required for admission.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club 22nd Annual Auto Show is happening tomorrow from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.  Vehicle registration is from 8:30 AM to Noon.  There will be a flea market and food vendors too.

 

And, the Benton British Cars Club will meet tomorrow at Strevigs Family Restaurant in Benton at 3:00 PM.  If you have a British car they welcome you to their meetings.  The restaurant is located on Route 487 in Benton.

Friday / June 7, 2013


Bloomsburg Police Chief

The wheels are turning among Bloomsburg Town Council members to find someone to lead the police department upon the departure of current chief Leo Sokoloski. He plans to retire at the end of the month. Council Vice Chairperson Diane Levan telling WHLM News whoever fills his shoes won't be an interim chief.... but rather an “Officer in Charge...” due to the current union contract between the town and rank and file police officers. Ms. Levan says selection will be made due on a seniority basis. Chief Sokoloski's retirement is effective June 28th.

 

Sunbury Shooting

We now know the name of that 17 – year old teenager shot earlier this week by Sunbury police following a pursuit. Our media partner, Newswatch 16, says Naheem Reams of Sunbury is in a medically induced coma after being shot. Police says they were ticketing cars due to street sweeper activity... and Reams was asked to move his vehicle... and he drove away recklessly. A pursuit began... and moments later on Front Street... Reams was shot and critically wounded. The three officers involved are on administrative leave.

 

Shickshinny Drugs

State Police were busy last night in Shickshinny... as they took suspected meth making materials from a home on Glenn Avenue. Authorities say it was a small amount. No one is in custody in connection with the incident. This is the second time this week cops have busted a suspected meth lab in Shickshinny.

 

Tamaqua Drug Bust

More than a dozen people were arrested in Tamaqua Thursday... all having drug charges lodged against them. The neighboring Schuylkill County D.A. says it's the third drug sweep in as many weeks. Police Chief Rick Weaver says the investigation leading up to the arrests have been on – going for the past seven months.

 

Trash to Treasure

Saturday is the day a lot of folks have been waiting for... it's the semi – annual Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure sale at the Kehr Union on the Bloomsburg University campus. It's all in an effort to raise money... so the United Way can fund their member agencies. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz on Thursday, the agency's John Thomas says one of the most popular items are the lap and desktop computers. You can still get early bird tickets to get in at 8 O'clock Saturday morning by stopping by the United Way off on Penn Street.

 

Scofflaws Sought

The department of Labor and Industry wants people to know the amnesty period to pay back money owed to the unemployment compensation trust fund is a limited time offer. State Secretary of Labor... Julia Hearthway... says some people owe the unemployment compensation fund money because they provided false information... or withheld facts to receive benefits they were not entitled to and they will have to pay it all back to make things right. However, they will get a break on interest and penalties. The amnesty program runs through August 31st.

 

Philly Building Collapse

It's now a clean up operation at 22nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia... that after a building being demolished collapsed on a Salvation Army Thrift Store this week. The death toll stands at six... with more than a dozen injured. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter promises the city will get to the bottom of what happened.

 

Man with Gun

A 26 – year old Hazleton man is free after he walked into his step – daughter's school on Thursday with a holstered gun. Steven Rivera of North Popular Street was arrested at the Height – Terrace Elementary Middle School with a loaded 9 – millimeter semi – automatic pistol. The school has signs prohibiting weapons. Rivera now has a preliminary hearing on June 19th.

 

Hunlock Creek

A Hunlock Creek man faces arraignment later this month after he allegedly used a weapon to blast bird shot towards a neighbor. 44 – year old Bobby Anderson of Village Drive is facing a host of charges after pointing a weapon and fired it twice at neighbor Henry Kulp... who is confined to an electric wheelchair. Anderson eventually surrendered to state police... and he was hustled off to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Bail is set at $25,000.

 

Hugo Selenski Trial

It appears the trial of alleged killer Hugo Selenski won't be taking place later this month as scheduled. A judge in Wilkes – Barre decided to postpone the cast until early August. Selenski is accused of the 2002 killings Tammy Fassett and Michael Kerkowski. Their bodies were found behind Selenski's home

 

In WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Thursday night... in the first game of a four game series... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5 to 1. Game two is Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:35 PM.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games last night... the New York Yankees downed the Seattle Mariners 6 to 1. The game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals was postponed due to rain.

 

NBA Final

In the opening game of the NBA's final series in South Florida... the San Antonio Spurs held tough beating LeBron James and the Miami Heat 92 to 88.

 

NHL

In game four of the National Hockey League's Western Conference Final Series... the Los Angeles Kings skating by the Chicago Blackhawks 2 to 1. Friday night in Boston, the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to stay alive in their Eastern Conference final series with the Bruins. Boston leads that series three games to none.

Thursday / June 6, 2013


Bloomsburg Mayor Reflects

Now that Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr will resign... to take a position of Administrator of Governmental Affairs in the Borough of Danville... he's had an opportunity to reflect on his tenure. During an interview at Town Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Knorr said he's disappointed he wasn't able to get flood protection for the town... but in the same breath... happy he was part of the team that got money for flood walls at Autoneum and Windsor Foods.... two of Columbia County's largest employers. Mayor Knorr will leave his position within the next two weeks... with council expected to make a decision as to who will fill out his unexpired term when they meet the 24th.

 

Teen Shot

A lot of questions... but not many answers... into the shooting of a 17 – year old teenager by a Sunbury Police officer. The incident began around 1 O'clock Wednesday morning when an officer asked the teen to move his car... but authorities say as he drove off he nearly hit an officer... and slammed into two police cars. A pursuit began... and it ended minutes later on Front Street with police opening fire... hitting the teen. The name of the teenager has not been released... but our media partner, Newswatch 16 is reporting he's listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

ACF / Milton

It's dark, dirty and noisy.... but the ACF Plant in Milton is back in business and producing railroad tank cars for the domestic oil industry. Governor Corbett was in Milton Wednesday to get a first hand look at the production line... and talked about the company's return from economic struggles since the plant was left for dead back in 2009... laying off 300 people. Many of those employees are back on the job... and soon another 100 people will be at ACF earning a good paycheck... and producing a product used to transport oil from the Dakota's to refineries in the Philadelphia area... making the country less dependent on middle east oil.

 

Transportation Funding

The state Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that spends more than Governor Corbett's plan. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau... the $1.8 - billion transportation funding bill proposed by Governor Tom Corbett would have relied on increasing the wholesale gas tax. The state senate's $2.5 - billion plan adds a surcharge to traffic violations and hikes license and registration fees. It passed on a 45 to 5 vote. The bill faces an uncertain future in the state house.

 

Town Park Concert

A perfect night to be in Town Park Wednesday night.... as the Park Improvement Association kicked off their summer concert series at the band shell. First up... the ever – popular Shoreliners playing hits from the 50's to the 80's.... with an occasional polka tossed in. The concert series runs every Wednesday through the end of July.

 

Eckley Fire

A day after a fire extensively damaged a 160 – year old home at Eckley Miners' Village near Freeland this week... a team of architects from the PA Historical and Museum Commission were at the scene getting a first hand look. It's hoped a part of the home can be saved. A state police fire marshal says an electrical problem started the blaze.

 

Susquehanna Steam Electric

Unit 2 at PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township, north of Berwick, has resumed generating electricity for the regional electric grid. The unit coming back on line Wednesday morning... following a refueling and maintenance outage that included extensive inspections and plant improvements. The utility says PPL employees and more than 1,000 supplemental workers replaced about 40 percent of the Unit 2 reactor fuel during the outage. Crews also inspected and replaced several pieces of the unit’s turbine assembly, making improvements that address turbine blade issues.

 

Held for Court

A 53 – year old guest of Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly has been held for court proceedings. Carl Smith is accused of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and reckless endangerment in the death of 85 – year old Margaret Lechleitner earlier this year. She was also a guest at the facility. Smith remains in custody on $150,000 bail.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Baseball

Seventeen area high school baseball players have been named to the Heartland Conference all star team including ten first team selections. In Division 2, Central Columbia had three first team picks- outfielder Jordan Thivirege, catcher Cody Brown and designated hitter Jake Coombe. In Division 3, Southern Columbia had four first team selections- infielder Garrett Sosnoskie, outfielders Mason Peter and Tyler Behrent, as well as catcher Taylor Young. Bloomsburg had three Division 3 first team picks- Infielder Zach Martz, outfielder Colby Klingerman, and pitcher Colton Hock.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a three game sweep of Miami Wednesday afternoon with a 6-1 win over the Marlins. Tonight the Phils open a series in Milwaukee with the Brewers. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 7:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to nothing... the New York Mets downed the Washington Nationals 10 to 1... and the New York Yankees got the best of the Cleveland Indians 6 to 4.

 

NHL

Wednesday night in game three of the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference final series … the Boston Bruins getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1. The victory gives the Bruins a three to nothing edge in the series.

Wednesday / June 5, 2013


Bloomsburg Mayor to Resign

Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr is stepping down. Starting July 1st he'll become Danville's Administrator of Governmental Affairs at a salary of $43,000 a year. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the Danville Borough Council made the decision to hire Knorr when they met last night. Not only does he leave Bloomsburg government... but also his position at Rose Consulting... a job he's held since 2007. Town Council is expected to name Knorr's replacement when they meet the 24th of the month.

 

Replacing a Police Chief

An early day for the Bloomsburg Town Council's Administrative and Finance committee. They're meeting this morning at Town Hall... and top agenda item is starting the search for a new Police Chief.  As we told you last week, current chief Leo Sokoloski will retire at the end of the month... and take a position as head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. The big question... do you start a nationwide search with the possibility of bringing in someone new... or do you promote from within... something that Mayor Dan Knorr would like to see. But first... council needs to name an interim Chief until a permanent successor is named to replace Chief Sokoloski.

 

Soldier Wounded

A 2010 graduate of Central Columbia High School is recovering from wounds received while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... Caleb Hemmen received shrapnel wounds during an attack on his unit by insurgents in southeast Afghanistan. Two soldiers died in the same attack. Hemmen is expected to be flown to a military hospital in Germany for further treatment.

 

Animal Cruelty

Pennsylvania State Police at the Bloomsburg barracks have launched an investigation into a cruelty to animals case. Cpl. Corey Wetzel says three dogs were found Tuesday abandoned at a home at 177 Bendertown Road... in Fishing Creek Township. Not much is being said about the case, but arrangements were made for the care of the animals... and charges are expected to be filed.

 

First Friday

Downtown Bloomsburg use to be a bustling place on a Friday night... two generations ago... but over that time things have changed. Now, Downtown Bloomsburg Incorporated wants to bring that back by hosting this month's First Friday event. DBI manager Adrienne Mael says the promotion is an effort to get folks to shop downtown... that really aren't normal business hours. Also... there will be a lot of entertainment for kids up and down the 200 block of Center Street ranging from Kidsburg... to the Bloomsburg public library and the YMCA.

 

Concert Series

The summer concert series at Bloomsburg Town Park kicks off Wednesday night. First up in the eight week series are the popular entertainers... the Shoreliners. For Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner... it's all about the venue... and the entertainment. Just like any other Wednesday evening... the entertainment begins at 7 O'clock. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.

 

 

Plea Deal Reached

The husband of a long time local TV anchor says he'll plead guilty and serve up to 19 – years in federal prison for sending sexually explicit text messages to teenage boys. In a plea agreement... 52 – year old Mark Kandel says he'll plead guilty to one count of on – line enticement. He was first arrested last fall by Lackawanna County detectives, but soon the feds took over the case. Kandal is married to Channel 16 anchor Marissa Burke who is originally from Riverside in Northumberland County.

 

 

Eckley Fire

Fire investigators say it was an electrical problem which started a blaze at a house in the Eckley Miner's Village near Freeland at midday Tuesday. The home was occupied by 86 – year old George Gera who was born there. The structure was not only used as a home... but as a teaching tool... with hundreds of people stopping by each year to learn about the mining village.

 

Rent Rebate Program

The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st.  The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older who meet certain income criteria. As of last week... the Revenue Department had received 506,000 rebate applications.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Heartland Conference

Eighteen area players have been named to the Heartland Conference softball all star team including eight first team selections. Named first team Division I were Danville's Alyssa Shaw, an infielder, and Zina Knight, an outfielder. Central Columbia had four first team selections in Division 2- outfielder Lori Bauman and infielders Carly Swisher and Marissa Shelhamer. Also in Division 2 Southern Columbia pitcher Mallory Tomaschick was a first team pick. In Division 3, Bloomsburg outfielder Mallory Fry and infielder Michelle Smith were first team selections.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series against Miami Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 3. The series concludes Wednesday afternoon with a matinee that starts at 1:05 PM. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

MLB Action

In other games Tuesday night... the Atlanta Braves got by the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 – 4... the Washington National defeated the New York Mets 3 – 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Cleveland Indians 4 – 3.

 

NHL

Last night in game three of the National Hockey League's Western Conference final series... it was Chicago over Los Angeles 3 to 1. Chicago leads the series 2 games to 1. Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins play at Boston in game three of the Eastern conference final series. The Bruins lead that series two games to none.

Tuesday / June 4, 2013


Chamber / Corbett

Chamber of Commerce members from across northeastern Pennsylvania will get to sit down with Governor Corbett on Wednesday in Wilkes – Barre. Bloomsburg Chamber President Fred Gaffney says Mr. Corbett is expected to pitch his proposed budget. But chamber members have an agenda of their own... drilling the Governor on major issues impacting business... such as pension reform... uncertainty of changes in the health care program... as well as his transportation bill. That meeting with the Governor will take place at the Woodlands Inn in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Geisinger Expansion

Danville – based Geisinger Health System is expanding. This time it's in the Lackawanna Valley in Scranton. Ground was broken Monday on an $80 – million expansion for Geisinger – CMC. It's the first part of a 160 million dollar investment. Next on Geisinger's to – do list a larger intensive care unit... and 14 new operating suites.

 

Montour Fire

The cause of a Monday night barn fire in Anthony Township... in Montour County remains under investigation. A passer – by discovering the blaze in a barn owned by Ananias Hersberger at 310 PPL Road near Exchange. The fire was fueled by dry hay... and spread quickly. Firemen couldn't stop the flames despite help from firemen from Columbia and Union Counties. Also: Hershberger's horse died in the multi – alarm blaze.

 

Party in the Poconos

One of the largest sporting events in eastern PA is on tap this weekend at the Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400. But despite the 125,000 people expected at the track... very little of the hotel business spills over into Columbia County. Otto Kurecian says it only happens when fans are faced with skyrocketing rates and a minimum stay of at least four nights. Also... Kurecian says many headed for Sunday's Cup Series event are day trippers.... arriving early in the morning and leaving by later afternoon.

 

May Revenue

The PA State Revenue Department collected $2 – billion in general revenue funds in May... or about $35 – million more than expected. But year to date... the state has collected $26 – billion... or about a four – tenths of a percent increase... just barely covering the current budget. Meantime... the numbers are important as state lawmakers get ready to go forward with the proposed 2013 – 2014 state budget.

 

Mega Millions Winner

State Lottery officials now say a Friday Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 was sold in Shamokin Dam... in Snyder County. The winning ticket was sold at a Short Stop Mart at 3013 Susquehanna Trail.  Thus far, no one has claimed the winning price... and ticket holder has a year to do so. The store will receive $500 for selling the winning ticket.

 

U.S. Farm Bill
Both the U.S. House and Senate are working on massive farm bills that are expected to see action this summer. But one amendment already in the books would limit the subsidies on crop insurance. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey says there's no defense for subsidy payments going to the richest of the rich. The cutoff would only affect about 4% of producers nationwide. The amendment will be part of the larger bill to be debated this summer - at least that's the timetable being talked about for the $100 billion bill.

 

Shamokin Infant Death

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown... stemming from the death of a 2 – month old infant. Shamokin police spent most of Monday at a home in the 300 block of Market Street after receiving a report of an unresponsive child. That's where they found Navaydius Marciniak. The child was rushed to Geisinger – Shamokin Area Community Hospital and pronounced dead.

 

Atlas Fire

For the 6th time in as many weeks... there's been a house fire in Atlas... in Northumberland County. The latest one taking place Sunday night on West Girard Street. Although the latest fire has been ruled accidental... people living along the street are worried. Thus far... four of the six fires have been ruled suspicious.

 

Danville Fire / Update

Danville firemen are trying to figure out how a blaze started on the porch of an apartment at 22 Bloom Street late Sunday night. Firemen from Danville and Mahoning Township rushed to the scene around 11:15. Two people were at home when the blaze broke out.

 

MinSec / Hazleton

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will not be renewing the state contract for the MinSec pre-release correctional facility on Broad Street in Hazleton. State Rep. Tarah Toohil of Hazleton said she is pleased the administration has been responsive to repeated requests from her office and local officials to close the controversial facility. The place has been the cause of many problems in downtown Hazleton and the community. The final state contract with Community Education Centers who operates the MinSec pre-release correctional facility will end on June 30th.

 

Counterfeit Money

If you live in Luzerne County... you're finding more and more businesses not accepting $50 and $100 dollar bills. The reason... they've been handed counterfeit bills circulating across northeast Pennsylvania. Some of the funny money... according to the Luzerne County District Attorney's office... is being circulated in the Back Mountain area around Dallas.

 

Boil Water Advisory

A boil water advisory remains in effect in one part of Luzerne County after a tractor – trailer backed into a fire hydrant at the corner of West Shawnee Avenue and Nottingham Street in Plymouth over the weekend. The broken hydrant shot water into the air... and lowered pressure to an estimated 6,700 hundred water subscribers. That means that customers from Plymouth to Edwardsville must bring their water to a rolling boil before using it.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls high school softball Monday, in a Class A first round state playoff game...Williams Valley defeated Bloomsburg 8 to 0.

 

PHL Phillies

Monday night in major league baseball... The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Miami Marlins 7 to 2 at Citizens Bank Park. Both teams meet up in the second game of that series Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

MLB Other

In other games Monday night... the Atlanta Braves blasted the Pittsburgh Pirates 7 to 2 and the New York Yankees downing the Cleveland Indians 7 to 4.

 

NBA

In game 7 of the NBA's Eastern Conference final series... the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 99 to 76.

 

NHL

In the second game of the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference final series... the Boston Bruins iced the Pittsburgh Penguins 6 to 1. The Bruins now lead the series two games to none.

Monday / June 3, 2013


May Revenue

The PA State Revenue Department collected $2 – billion in general revenue funds in May... or about $35 – million more than expected. But year to date... the state has collected $26 – billion... or about a four – tenths of a percent increase... just barely covering the current budget. Meantime... the numbers are important as state lawmakers get ready to go forward with the proposed 2013 – 2014 state budget.

 

Millard / Budget

It's crunch time in the State House as lawmakers begin placing the final touches on a proposed $28.3 – billion budget for the 2013 – 2014 fiscal year. Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says the final measure will be introduced in to the house next week... with the plan literally coming down to numbers. Still to be determined is the fate of Governor Corbett's transportation and the liquor privatization bill, which is being held up in the state senate. Whatever the case... a budget must be in place by July 1st.

 

Mega Millions Winner

State Lottery officials now say a Friday Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 was sold in Shamokin Dam... in Snyder County. The winning ticket was sold at a Short Stop Mart at 3013 Susquehanna Trail. Thus far, no one has claimed the winning price... and ticket holder has a year to do so. The store will receive $500 for selling the winning ticket.

 

Van Loan / Click It

The national “Click It or Ticket” program continues.... and one officer keeping watch over drivers is Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Roger Van Loan. He says today's teen drivers are compliant to the state's seat belt laws. The “Click It or Ticket” program runs through June 9th.

 

Mifflinville Meth Folo

A 24 – year old Hetlerville woman who had her three kids taken away during a recent meth lab bust is in the Columbia County Prison. Abby Burd is facing drug charges in connection with the bust at a Hetlerville mobile home May 23rd. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... Burd allegedly supplied Sudafed to make the meth. Her three kids were taken away from her during the raid on the home. Still on the loose is Burd's 19 – year old cousin James Hughes... who fled the scene when cops arrived.

 

Rest Area

A $2.9 – million dollar construction projection begins Monday in the westbound rest area on Interstate 80 near Mifflinville. It starts with the re – construction of the area used for trucks. PennDOT says contractor Glenn Hawbaker, Incorporated will begin work to widen the place new concrete pavement... as well as put down new sidewalks and handicapped ramp. Once the truck parking area is finished... attention will be focused on where passenger cars, vans and SUV's park.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Still no suspects in custody in the alleged robbery of a 14 – year old girl Friday night in Hazleton. Police say the teenager told them she was walking on Fern Street when she was approached by a group of other teens... who allegedly ripped off her iPod. She also said one of the seven boys had a weapon. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

NEPA Unemployment

The unemployment rate in northeastern Pennsylvania is down in April. Figures released by the state show the seasonally adjusted figures show the unemployment rate at 8.5%... three – tenths of a percent lower than it was in March. Officials say that's the single biggest monthly drop since January of 2000.

 

Hazleton Accident

A Hazleton area teenager was airlifted to a trauma center following a weekend accident on State Route 424... between Route 93 and South Poplar Street. Police say the teen was driving an SUV when it collided with a tractor trailer. The teen was airlifted to an unknown trauma center for treatment of injuries. The truck driver from North Carolina was not injured.

 

 

 

Sunday / June 2, 2013


Millard / Budget

It's crunch time in the State House as lawmakers begin placing the final touches on a proposed 28 – point – three billion dollar budget for the 2013 – 2014 fiscal year. Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says the final measure will be introduced in to the house the second week of the month... will the plan literally coming down to numbers. Still to be determined is the fate of Governor Corbett's transportation bill... and the liquor privatization bill which is being held up in the state senate. Whatever the case... a budget must be in place by July 1st.

 

Van Loan / Click It

The national “Click It or Ticket” program continues.... and one officer keeping watch over drivers is Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Roger Van Loan. He says today's teen drivers are compliant to the state's seat belt laws. The “Click It or Ticket” program runs through June 9th.

 

What's Happening Sunday June 2, 2013


The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving up an all you can eat breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Cost is $8.00 for you, and $4.00 for children.  All proceeds benefit the Liberty Township Fire Company…which is located in Mooresburg.

 

St. Joseph School in Danville is hosting a spaghetti dinner tonight from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 3 to 9, and free for younger kids.  It’s dine in or take out…and all proceeds benefit an Eagle Scout project to build a pavilion at the Gate House in Danville.

 

Bloomsburg AYSO registration will be held for the fall 2013/ spring 2014 season on Monday and Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Buckhorn Fire Hall.  Get more information at BloomsburgAYSO.com.

 

The Animal Resource Center’s long-term indoor yard sale will open up on Wednesday at the Schoolhouse Market Building in Buckhorn.  The sale runs Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

And, next Saturday it’s the annual United Way Trash to Treasure Yard Sale happening in the Kehr Union on the Bloomsburg University Campus.  Also happening next Saturday and Sunday is the annual Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir Concert at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening Saturday June 1, 2013


The Southern Columbia Relay For Life continues today.  Teams have been walking at Southern Columbia High School all night long to support the fight against cancer.

 

The McBride Memorial Library is hosting a book sale today.  They have all types of books along with other media available for sale.  Light refreshments and many varieties of plants will be sold as well.  The library is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Katy’s Church is hosting a yard and bake sale today.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the continue restoration and renovation of the historical church, which is located on Phillips Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Camp Cranium is hosting a car show today at the TPC Power Center in Bloomsburg.  Car show proceeds will help offset the cost of camp for parents of kids attending.  Camp Cranium is a special camp for kids with brain injuries.

 

The Children’s Museum is hosting Kite Day today.  There will be a kite making workshop, and your kids can learn about wind power and make windmill crafts.  The Children’s Museum is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Berwick VFW is hosting a benefit tonight from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.  The benefit is being held to raise money for two local boys who lost their mom.  There will be dinner and a band, along with 50/50 and a Chinese auction.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the door.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving up an all you can eat breakfast and brunch tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Cost is $8.00 for you, and $4.00 for children.  All proceeds benefit the Liberty Township Fire Company…which is located in Mooresburg.

 

St. Joseph School in Danville is hosting a spaghetti dinner tomorrow from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 3 to 9, and free for younger kids.  It’s dine in or take out…and all proceeds benefit an Eagle Scout project to build a pavilion at the Gate House in Danville.

 

Bloomsburg AYSO registration will be held for the fall 2013/ spring 2014 season on Monday and Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Buckhorn Fire Hall.  Get more information at BloomsburgAYSO.com.

 

The Animal Resource Center’s long-term indoor yard sale will open up on Wednesday at the Schoolhouse Market Building in Buckhorn.  The sale runs Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

And, next Saturday it’s the annual United Way Trash to Treasure Yard Sale happening in the Kehr Union on the Bloomsburg University Campus.  Also happening next Saturday and Sunday is the annual Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir Concert at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg.

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