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News Archive Archives for 2013-07

Wednesday / July 31, 2013


Pine Twp Fatal

State Police are investigating a fatal crash which happened this morning in Pine Township.... north of Millville. The accident happened shortly after 8 this morning in the 32 hundred block of Route 42... near Sereno Hollow Road. Reports from the scene say a middle aged woman died when her car collided with a utility company truck.

The name of the victim has not been released.

 

 

Water Valve Replacement

It took United Water crews less time than expected to replace a defective valve under the roadway at Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg. The work began around two O'clock Wedmesday morning... and by 7:30 the valve was in place on a 6 inch in diameter pipe. The valve began leaking over the weekend... forcing water to the surface... where it pooled in the intersection.National Night Out

Preparations are underway for next Tuesday's National Night Out here in Bloomsburg. As in year's past... it will be held at the town swimming pool at Catherine and Ft. McClure Boulevard. Ken Auchter of the Bloomsburg Police Department says folks like to stop in and look at the police cruisers... fire trucks and ambulances on display. Bloomsburg's National Night Out begins at 6 O'clock next Tuesday night.... and it includes a night of free swimming at the town pool.

 

Stuff the Bus

Gathering back to school materials for kids ready to hit the classrooms. For the most part... area schools open for the 2013 – 2014 year in just a few weeks. The Berwick Area United Way is doing its part during their annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign... so says the organization's Ginny Crake. And the Berwick Area United Way is asking you to contribute by purchasing school supplies and placing them in “Stuff the Bus” barrels located across the community. All the materials will be packaged and given out in the days leading up to the opening of schools.

 

Penn State
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, the school's ex-Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley have been ordered to stand trial for an alleged cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. District Judge William Wenner in Harrisburg ruled there was enough evidence to warrant a trial. Sandusky--a retired defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions football team--was convicted last year on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He insists he's innocent and is appealing his 30-to-60 year prison sentence.

 

Coroner's Inquest

A jury in Luzerne County ruled Tuesday that the 2011 shooting death of a Hazle Township man was a homicide.... and his girl friend was responsible. 34 – year old Matthew Gailie was shot during a domestic disturbance at his home. Gal pal Jessica Alinsky had claimed Gailie had shot himself. But testimony heard this week during a coroner's inquest was full of inconsistencies.

 

Stick Up Suspect

A Wilkes – Barre man is headed to trail after he allegedly robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint. Sharndel Jackson faced a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon... with the judge deciding there is enough evidence to send Jackson to trial. The incident happened a month ago... with the cabbie testifying that he's quit his job so he's not robbed again.

 

Deck Collapses

A 62 – year old Northumberland County woman received scrapes and bruises after her deck collapsed Monday afternoon at her home on East Columbia Avenue in Atlas. Sharon Lee Noble said she was on the deck it failed... falling ten feet or so. It's believed the deck was at least 12 years old. The investigation continues into why the deck collapsed.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Carlos Ruiz and rumored trade target Michael Young each belted two-run homers to back John Lannan's solid seven innings and end the Philadelphia Phillies' eight-game losing streak. The Phil's winning 7 to 3 at Citizens Bank Park. The two teams will be back at it Wednesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show tonight at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

 

Other Games

The red hot Pittsburgh Pirates took two games from the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night. The Pirates winning 2 to 1 in the first game... and 6 to nothing in the second. The New York Mets were defeated by the Miami Marlins 4 to 2... and the Los Angeles Dodgers just getting by the New York Yankees 3 to 2.

 

Market St. Mile

Plans are in the work's for this year's Market Street Mile in Bloomsburg. It's scheduled for September 6th. The event will benefit the Bloomsburg University's men's and women's cross country teams. For more information... just download an application at BU's website.

Tuesday / July 30, 2013


 

Water Valve Replacement

More overnight work to replace an underground water valve is scheduled for Wednesday morning. This time... at the intersection of Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg where water has been seeping to the surface... necessitating the repair work on the six inch diameter line. United Water's Bob Manbeck says the work will begin at 2 O'clock and should be buttoned up six hours later. Mr. Manbeck says water service won't be shut down completely... but it will be sporadic between Main and Market Streets until the end of the morning commute.

 

Scott Twp. Comprehensive Plan

Scott Township government has launched a survey for residents. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says it's an opportunity for folks to tell supervisors what direction the township should take. There are two ways to fill out the comprehensive survey.... either go on – line... or stop by the Township building on Tenny Street to pick up a copy of the survey.

 

Mainville Sportsman

Rifles and handguns have been in the news lately... for the damage they can cause in the hands of the wrong person. But for the members of the Mainville Sportsman Club... it's some what different. They plan to have an open house at the club on August 10th making all of us aware of what the club does. The open house at the Mainville Sportsman Club begins at 8 AM on August 10th... and includes a yard sale and a Chinese auction.

 

Bill Scranton

The man who was Pennsylvania Governor from 1963 to 1967 has died. Former Governor William Scranton died over the weekend in Santa Barbara, California. Franklin and Marshall College professor Terry Madonna says Mr. Scranton was a moderate Republican who could reach across party lines. In addition he was nearly drafted as the Republican Party's presidential candidate in 1964 over Barry Goldwater.... and served as Ambassador to the United Nations during the Gerald Ford years. Mr. Scranton was at the family's property in California when he died at the age of 96. He'll be cremated there... with services to be announced.

 

Millard Senor Expo

State Representative David Millard is holding his annual Senior Expo on Wednesday, August 7th at the Espy Fire Company in Scott Township. As in year's past... folks from state and local government will be there talking about programs being offered to seniors. Vendors will also be on hand offering their goods and services. It begins at 9 AM... August 7th and runs through noon time.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

A Hazleton man is in custody after he was accused of stabbing a man near a bar early Monday morning. Police say 23 – year old Jonathan Vasquez – Liriano was arrested as he left King's Lounge in the 500 block of West Broad Street... after allegedly stabbing Elbin Sanchez. Now... Vasquez – Liriano is in the Luzerne County Correctional facility.

 

Turnpike Tolls

If you use the Pennsylvania Turnpike... you'll be digging deeper into your pocket to pay tolls. The turnpike commission says cash customers will be paying 12 % more for trips... while E-Z Pass holders will only see a two percent increase. The new tolls go into effect January 5th of next year.

 

BU Project

If you plan on trying to enter the Bloomsburg University campus at the Swisher Circle entrance... you'd better find another way. Barricades were put up Monday closing the road through the end of the week so a paving project can be undertaken. BloomUtoday.com is reporting the entire project renovation project should be wrapped up by the middle of August.

 

Elysburg Fire 

We probably won't know until the end of the week as to what sparked a fire in a storage building Sunday at Vic's Transmission in Elysburg. Fire investigators spent Monday combing through the building... trying to find clues. The fire destroyed two cars parked in the building... as well as spare automobile parts. No one was injured... and the value of the damage as not been estimated.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off to collect their thoughts after losing their last eight games. The Phil's hope to get back on the winning track Tuesday night... when they take on the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other Action

On other games from Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9 to 2... the New York Mets just got by the Miami Marlins 6 to 5. The New York Yankees had the night off, but start a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night.

 

Pocono / NASCAR Cup

For the second time in six weeks the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Pocono Raceway for Sunday's GoBowling.com 400. Jeff Gordon is the defending race winner. The Sprint Cup haulers pull into the track early Friday morning... with the first on – track action at 11 O'clock.

Monday / July 29, 2013


Former Gov. Scranton Dies

The man who was Pennsylvania Governor from 1963 to 1967 has died. Former Governor William Scranton died over the weekend in Santa Barbara, California... of an apparent cerebral hemorrhage. During his political years... he served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Gerald Ford administration. Mr. Scranton was at the family's property in California when he died at the age of 96. He'll be cremated there... with services to be announced.

 

Danville Road Construction

The Borough of Danville has undertaken a floodgate project... designed to alleviate flooding from Mahoning Creek. That's means travel lanes at the intersection of Routes 11 and 54 will be somewhat confusing. But Danville's governmental affairs officer Dan Knorr says the project is of utmost importance in an effort to get rid of flood that damages places like one of Danville's school's back in 2011. Knorr says traffic detours at the Routes 11 and 54 intersection in Danville will remain a hodge – podge affair through the end of the year.

 

Helicopter Crash

Five people are dead after the helicopter they were in crashed late Saturday night in a hilly area of Wyoming County. When the Robinson 66 disappeared from radar screens at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport... it was first believed it may have crashed in northern Columbia County... scrambling first responders. But the chopper with the five people was later found Sunday afternoon in southwest Wyoming County near Noxen Authorities say the helicopter took off from The Tri – Cities Airport in Endicott.... and was headed to the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Lehighton when it ran into questionable weather.

 

Day in Court

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier and two of his top aides are set to appear in court Monday to face long-delayed charges that they tried to hide Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university from scandal. Spanier, retired Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley will appear before a District Magistrate near Harrisburg. The trio wants to have the charges dismissed on grounds that a grand jury improperly heard testimony from a Penn State lawyer who was representing them.

 

Elysburg Fire

A Sunday fire extensively damaged a business in Elysburg. Fire broke out at Vic's Transmissions on Route 54 late in the afternoon. No one was hurt in the blaze... but a fire marshal will be on the scene on Monday to try and figure out what happened.

 

Locus Twp. Thefts

Locust Township police have been busy investigating a rash of incidents... one over the weekend in the 500 block of Ridge Road in Cleveland Township. Someone backing a a vehicle into a cornfield at two separate locations. Each time... heading to Tyson School Road in Numidia. Also reported was a theft of electrical equipment last week on Old Reading Road... in addition to the break in's of two cabins on Deer Mountain and South Deer Mountain Roads. If you have information about the thefts and criminal mischief... give Locust Township PD a call.

 

Millard / Corbett

Since swept into office a couple of years ago... Governor Corbett's poll numbers have eroded due to tough decisions he's had to make... trying to overcome... what some call... out of control spending by the Democratic Rendell administration. State Representative David Millard of Berwick says Mr. Corbett's decision to cut back on programs... eliminate duplicate services... and to keep agencies at level funding has worked. Millard went on to say... agencies hoping for a bump and not getting one are not a bit happy. Now... there are at least six potential Democratic Gubernatorial candidates waiting in the wing to meet each other in next spring's gubernatorial primary. One of which will face Mr. Corbett in November of 2014.

 

Millard Senor Expo

State Representative David Millard is holding his annual Senior Expo on Wednesday, August 7th at the Espy Fire Company in Scott Township. As in years past... folks from state and local government will be there talking about programs being offered to seniors. Vendors will also be on hand offering their goods and services. It begins at 9 AM and runs through noon time.

 

Hotel Sterling

If you're headed to Wilkes – Barre Monday... authorities plan to temporarily close streets around the Hotel Sterling demolition project. Crews began bringing down the 115 – year old hotel last week... and will have it down... and the site prepared for a new development in two months. The work is costing Wilkes – Barre city government an estimated $419,000.

 

Dog Fighting

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says it's time for dog fighting to stop. Over the past few months.... the chief and his officers have found dogs lying dead in the streets... or close to it. Dog fighting is illegal... so says Chief DeAndrea... and it's linked to gangs who have moved into the Hazleton area.

 

Delano Fire / Arson

Authorities now say that a fire which destroyed a now – vacant factory late last week near Hazleton was caused by an arsonist. The building once housed American Cable Recycling. A state police fire Marshall says fires were set at several locations. It took firemen several hours to being the flames under control

 

AGAPE Float

Ever want to kayak on the Susquehanna River?? There is an opportunity for you to do that... and at the same time give a donation to faith – based AGAPE in Bloomsburg. A trip is being planned for August 17th... and you need to pre – register now. The Susquehanna trip begins in Espy... and ending at the Bloomsburg Town Park. For more information and to register... go to the AGAPE web site or call their office on 7th Street.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies' season is going from bad to worse. On Sunday... the Phils gave up 8 unearned runs in a 12-4 loss to the Tigers, their 8th loss in a row. The Phils have Monday off. On Tuesday night they will begin a home series against the San Francisco Giants.

 

Other Games

In his first game back from an injury, Derek Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a home run Sunday to help the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5. In other games, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins 3-2, and the New York Mets were clobbered by the Washington Nationals 14-1.

 

PHL Eagles

Even before they had their first contact drills of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles lost a key starter to injury. Wide receiver Jeremy Macklin tore the ACL in his right knee on Saturday and could miss the season. Macklin led the team with 69 receptions during 2012 – 2013.

 

Brickyard 400

Ryan Newman wins Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmy Johnson was second.

Sunday / July 28, 2013


Danville Road Construction

The Borough of Danville has undertaken a floodgate project... designed to alleviate flooding from Mahoning Creek. That's means travel lanes at the intersection of Routes 11 and 54 will be somewhat confusing. But Danville's governmental affairs officer Dan Knorr says the project is of utmost importance in an effort to get rid of flood that damages places like one of Danville's school's back in 2011. Knorr says traffic detours at the Route 11 and 54 intersection in Danville will remain a hodge – podge affair through the end of the year.

 

Helicopter Crash

Five people are dead after the helicopter they were in crashed late Saturday night in a hilly area of Wyoming County. When the Robinson 66 disappeared from radar screens at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport... it was first believed it may have crashed in northern Columbia County... scrambling first responders. But the chopper with the five people was later found Sunday afternoon in southwest Wyoming County near Noxen Authorities say the helicopter took off from The Greater Binghamton Airport... and was headed to the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Lehighton when it ran into questionable weather.

 

Elysburg Fire

A Sunday fire extensively damaged a business in Elysburg. Fire broke out at Vic's Transmissions on Route 54 late in the afternoon. No one was hurt in the blaze... but a fire marshal will be on the scene on Monday to try and figure out what happened.

 

Locus Twp Thefts

Locust Township police have been busy investigating a rash of incident... one over the weekend in the 500 block of Ridge Road in Cleveland Township. Someone backing a a vehicle into a cornfield at two separate locations. Each time... heading to Tyson School Road in Numidia. Also reported was a theft of electrical equipment last week on Old Reading Road... in addition to the break in's of two cabins on Deer Mountain and South Deer Mountain Roads. If you have information about the thefts and criminal mischief... give Locust Township PD a call.

 

Hotel Sterling

If you're headed to Wilkes – Barre Monday... authorities plan to temporarily close streets around the Hotel Sterling demolition project. Crews began bringing down the 115 – year old hotel last week... and will have it down... and the site prepared for a new development in two months. The work is costing Wilkes – Barre city government an estimated $419,000.

 

AGAPE Float

Ever want to kayak on the Susquehanna River?? There is an opportunity for you to do that... and at the same time give a donation to faith – based AGAPE in Bloomsburg. A trip is being planned for August 17th... and you need to pre – register. The Susquehanna trip begins in Espy... and ending at the Bloomsburg Town Park. For more information and to register... go to the AGAPE web site or call their office on 7th Street.

 

What's Happening Sunday July 28, 2013


The Lackawanna Kennel Club is hosting the 76th annual All Breed Dog Show at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.  There will be obedience classes, dog show tours, and fun for the whole family.  Today there’s an all breed match that your dog can attend.  Admission and parking is free.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will wrap up their summer family show of “The Enchanted Pig” with a final performance this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Wizard of Paws on Route 54 in Danville is hosting a pet adopt-a-thon this weekend.  They’ll have animal rescue agencies on hand and food.  The adopt-a-thon is going on today from Noon to 4.

 

It’s Operation Make It Happen at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Arena this afternoon.  It’ll be Cow Chip Bingo at 3:00 PM with food, fun and entertainment.  Tickets are $10.00…all proceeds benefit Austin a local 17-year-old fighting bone cancer.

 

The Mission Team of Catawissa First United Methodist Church is selling Haluski for pick-up next Friday.  Deadline to order is today.  Cost is $5.00 per quart.  To order call the church office at 356-2152…leave your name, phone number and order.

What's Happening Saturday July 27, 2013


The Lackawanna Kennel Club is hosting the 76th annual All Breed Dog Show at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.  There will be obedience classes, dog show tours, and fun for the whole family.  Tomorrow there’s an all breed match that your dog can attend.  Admission and parking is free.

 

It’s the final day of the Orangeville Fire Company Carnival.  This afternoon there’s a chicken barbeque at 4:00 PM with entertainment at night by Covert Action.  They have food, games, and a ferris wheel.

 

The Lime Ridge Fire Company is hosting their carnival.  They’re open with rides, games, and food.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will wrap up their summer family show performance of “The Enchanted Pig” this weekend.  You can catch the show tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

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

 

There is a retired racing greyhound event today at Petco in Bloomsburg from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  If you’re interested in adopting a Greyhound, or just want to see the dogs…they invite you to visit.

 

Wizard of Paws on Route 54 in Danville is hosting a pet adopt-a-thon this weekend.  They’ll have animal rescue agencies on hand and food.  The adopt-a-thon is going on today from 10 to 5 and tomorrow from Noon to 4.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social today from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  They’re selling homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, soups and sandwiches.  Take-outs will be available.  The church is located in Shickshinny.

 

It’s Operation Make It Happen at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Arena tomorrow afternoon.  It’ll be Cow Chip Bingo at 3:00 PM with food, fun and entertainment.  Tickets are $10.00…all proceeds benefit Austin a local 17-year-old fighting bone cancer.

 

The Mission Team of Catawissa First United Methodist Church is selling Haluski for pick-up next Friday.  Deadline to order is tomorrow.  Cost is $5.00 per quart.  To order call the church office at 356-2152…leave your name, phone number and order.

Friday / July 26, 2013


I-81 School Bus Crash

Interstate 81 is back open... following a crash involving a school bus and a tractor – trailer. It happened shortly before 11 O'clock Friday morning when an 18 – wheeler... collided with the rear of the big, yellow bus near the McAdoo exit... in Hazel Township. Dozens of people were rushed to the hospital for treatment... or simply to be checked out. Hunlock Creek Fire

A Hunlock Creek man is dead... after a fire broke out at his home on Hartman Road in Hunlock Township Thursday afternoon. 54 – year old Kent Brace was found inside his home. The fire was first spotted when it broke through the back of the two story home. Brace was suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer. Now... a state police fire marshal will try and figure out what caused Thursday's fire in Hunlock Township.

 

Berwick Fire

Berwick firemen were called out early Friday morning. They responded around 3:20 this morning with a report of a possible structure fire with entrapment in the 300 block of East 6th Street. The incident turned out to be a smoldering couch fire. Members of the Defenders and Reliance fire companies took care of the situation... and were back in their quarters shortly after 4 O'clock Friday morning.

 

Delano Fire

Fire investigators are expected to be at the scene of a fire in Delano Township... near McAdoo in neighboring Schuylkill County... trying to figure out what started at blaze in the former American Cable Recycling Plant. The blaze broke out Thursday morning... with firemen attacking flames from the exterior of the building. Also... water has to be trucked to the scene and transferred to portable ponds.  No one was injured in that spectacular fire near McAdoo.

 

Flag Desecration

Police patrols of the Odd Fellows Cemetery near Danville will be stepped up... now that 40 flags on the graves of veterans were desecrated. It's the second time in a month the flags have been damaged... so says Montour County Veterans Affairs Director Doug Resseguie. He told our media partner... Newswatch 16... that in the latest case of vandalism... an estimated 26 flag poles were destroyed and the flags missing.

 

DUI Checkpoints

It is expected to be a busy weekend for a team of cops who check for suspected DUI drivers in Columbia and Montour Counties. Checkpoint Coordinator... Sgt. Leonard Rogutski from the Bloomsburg Police Department says weekend dates are selected at random. If you plan on using Route 11, 487 and 42 in Columbia County... as well as Route 54 in Montour County after sunset... you might run into a DUI checkpoint.

 

David Millard

When the legislature ended it's session at the end of June... there were still a lot of issues to be decided upon.... such as legislation dealing with transportation. However, don't fret... according to State Representative David Millard of Berwick. It could be taken care of in short order. Right now, lawmakers are working behind the scenes to find funding for any of the transportation bill versions which may spring up this fall.

 

United Water

The early Thursday morning work to replace a valve on an 8 inch in diameter water main at the corner of East and Main Streets went off without a hitch. The work began before dawn Thursday... and by 9 O'clock the job to replace the several hundred pound valve had been completed more smoothly than their first valve replacement earlier this week. It was Tuesday morning... Manbeck said the crew had a pipe break in the trench. Before proceeding with the work... the area had to be cleared of water.

 

Hotel Sterling

It won't be long until the Hotel Sterling on Market Street in Wilkes – Barre will just be a memory. Crews began demolishing the massive building on Thursday. It's expected to take a demolition company an estimated 2 months to tear down the building... and make the site level... for the next development. The City of Wilkes – Barre is paying $419,000 for the demolition project.

 

PA Cities
Pennsylvania policymakers may want to pick up some tips from a new report looking into the ways states deal with cities on the brink of financial collapse. A new Pew Charitable Trust report on state intervention programs for distressed cities suggests proactive programs would have success where Pennsylvania's reactive program hasn't. The commonwealth's Act 47 program has been likened to a type of Roach Motel - 27 cities and municipalities have checked in, only six have checked out. A spokesman with The Pew Charitable Trusts, says Pennsylvania could follow the example of other states with commissions to keep an eye on their cities before they're in crisis.

 

WHLM Sports

BU

The Bloomsburg University Athletic Department will hold a retirement dinner for former head football coach Danny Hale on Saturday September 7th at the Caldwell Consistory. The event will begin with a social at 6 O'clock followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets will cost $50 with a portion of the proceeds going to athletic scholarships. Tickets will be on sale August 1st on the Huskies website. Fans will also have the option of purchasing both a dinner and discount ticket to the Huskies game against Stonehill that afternoon at Redman Stadium.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their three game series in Saint Louis Thursday night... the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 1. The Phils begin a weekend series against the Tigers Friday night in Detroit. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:40.

 

Other Games

In games played Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates losing to the Washington Nationals 9-7... the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4... and the New York Yankees blanked the Texas Rangers 2-0.

Thursday / July 25, 2013


 

United Water

The overnight work to replace a valve on an 8 inch in diameter water main at the corner of East and Main Streets went off without a hitch. The work began before dawn Thursday... and by 9 O'clock the job to replace the several hundred pound valve had been completed more smoothly than their first valve replacement earlier this week. It was Tuesday morning... Manbeck said the crew had a pipe break in the trench. Before proceeding with the work... the area had to be cleared of water.

 

David Millard

When the legislature ended it's session at the end of June... there was still a lot of times to be decided upon.... such as legislation dealing with transportation issues. However, don't fret... according to State Representative David Millard of Berwick. It could be taken care of in short order. Right now, lawmakers are working behind the scenes to find funding for any of the transportation bill versions which may spring up this fall.

 

DUI Checkpoints

It is expected to be a busy weekend for a team of cops who check for suspected DUI drivers in Columbia and Montour Counties. Checkpoint Coordinator... Sgt. Leonard Rogutski from the Bloomsburg Police Department says weekend dates are selected at random. If you plan on using Route 11, 487 and 42 in Columbia County... as well as Route 54 in Montour County after sunset... you might run into a DUI checkpoint.

 

Hunlock Creek Fire

A Hunlock Creek man is dead... after a fire broke out at his home on Hartman Road in Hunlock Township Thursday afternoon. The victim is being identified by family members as Kent Brace. The fire was first spotted when it broke through the back of the two story home. There is a published report that Mr. Brace was suffering from terminal cancer. Now... a state police fire marshal will try and figure out what caused Thursday's fire in Hunlock Township.

 

Hayes Hotel

History was auctioned off in Berwick late Wednesday afternoon. An auctioneer from D. Owen Grove Auctions selling the contents which used to be part of the now – closed Hayes Hotel in the 500 block of LaSalle Street. Columbia County Redevelopment Authority director Rich Kisner says an asbestos abatement project gets underway... with the building eventually to be leveled. The lot to be filled with compacted dirt and grass seed planted until a decision is made what to build on the site.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

The Bloomsburg Nationals are headed to town... powered by Carlisle Events... and it take place the weekend of August 9th. The company's Mike Garland says they expect a large turnout of classic car owners strutting their stuff. Last year, an estimated 800 cars were on the show field... and this time Garland said up to a thousand cars are expected. No bull riding this year... just pure automotive events at this year's Bloomsburg Nationals getting underway August 9th.

 

Go Joe

Bloomsburg made Channel 16's video clips last night... when morning meteorologist Joe Snedeker peddled through the area Wednesday in his journey to raise money for the St. Joseph's Center in Scranton. During a quick stop at the Caldwell Consistory... Joe says he trains for the long haul by riding about a hundred miles a week. Snedeker spent last night in Mifflinburg... and will wrap his Thursday in Dushore... in Sullivan County. He'll peddle into the St. Joseph's Center Friday.... concluding his five day fund raising effort.

 

Union Twp Fire

Volunteer firemen from six different companies were called out late Wednesday night to battle a two alarm garage fire. The first alarm was sounded around 10 O'clock for the fire in Union Township... along Trailing Pine Road near Shickshinny. It quickly escalated into a two alarm blaze. One fire chief said the blaze doesn't appear to be suspicions.

 

Shickshinny Fire Folo

Still no cause of a blaze that ripped through a Shickshinny home early Wednesday morning. Kimberly and Derek Smith lost just about everything they had... including 11 Chihuahuas... when fire swept through their double block home on West Butler Street. The Smith's live on one side... while Kimberly’s mother, Linda Huffman, lives on the other... and that's where the fire is believed to have started. Ms. Huffman was on vacation... and many of the dogs that died belonged to her. No one was injured in that stubborn early Wednesday Morning fire.

 

Hotel Sterling

After years of trying to save it... crews will begin demolishing the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes – Barre. The fate of the building has been tossed around for years with the city paying 419 – thousand dollars to get rid of it. It won't come down overnight... it will take about two months for the building to be demolished... and the site it sits on.... leveled.

 

 

Wednesday / July 24, 2013


Millville's Top Cop

Millville Police Chief Ted Stout is being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police after his girlfriend filed a protection of abuse order against him. Thus far no charges have been filed against Stout... but he has been placed on paid administrative desk duty. Court papers show girlfriend Tori Harrison lived with Stout and says she has been the target of the Chief's alleged abuse. Harrison is a Millville police officer and also works part time for Madison Township. A hearing on the P-F-A is scheduled for next Wednesday in Columbia County Court in Bloomsburg... and until the situation is resolved... one officer is taking care of patrol duties in Millville.

 

Coach Death

The head varsity girls basketball coach at the Southern Columbia Area school district is dead. Published report says Kevin Collins died Tuesday after being stung by a bee on his foot at his Coal Township home... while getting golf clubs out of his car. Collins had just wrapped up his first season as girls head basketball coach during the 2012 – 13 school year. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Orangeville Carnival

Like clockwork.... residents of Orangeville lined the streets last night to take in the annual Fire Company Pet and Toy parade. It's an event that takes place every year... and is held in conjunction with the Orangeville Fire Company carnival. One of the judges was Columbia County Commission chairman Chris Young.  Young says parades of this type are a part of Americana. The annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs through Saturday night.

 

Bloomsburg Water Main

It took crews from United Water an estimated 5 1/2 hours to open Main Street of Bloomsburg... near Iron Street... and replace a valve on an eight inch in diameter water main... buried underground. That led to some pre – dawn heavy equipment noise... and the lack of water. But for United Water's Bob Manbeck... it was nothing more the preventative maintenance. Now... crews will go through the same process early Thursday morning as they open another section of the street to replace a second valve. Apartment dwellers from Iron to Market Street... along Main could be faced without water service for a couple of hours.

 

Berwick Auction

If you always wanted a piece of Berwick's LaSalle Street history... you'll have an opportunity to do so late this afternoon. There will be an auction at the former Hayes Hotel at 539 LaSalle Street. According to D. Owen Groves Auctions web site.... kitchen equipment... booths... and assorted memorabilia will be on the block. The hotel will soon be leveled by a demolition crew to make way for a new project. The auction begins Wednesday afternoon at the site in the 500 block of LaSalle Street.

 

Cancer Research

The Geisinger Medical Center is just one of several hospitals around the state recently given money to continue medical research. In GMC's case... it's to study brain cancer with the help of $110,000 provided by the state. Pennsylvania State Health Secretary, Michael Wolf, says Geisinger is a leader in cancer research. They money for Geisinger research coming from the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program.

 

Coal Twp. Fire

A state fire marshal will be at an apartment building Wednesday in the 1400 block of West Arch Street in Coal Township. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon. The lone tenant. 35 – year old Billie Jo Elliott... had not paid rent for some time... and was in the process of moving after being evicted. Fire officials say the blaze broke out near a bathroom window of Elliott's apartment.

 

Electricity Stolen

A Mountain Top man has been charged with stealing electricity from Pennsylvania Power and Light. 45 – year old Freddy Reyes of Coplay Place in Wright Township is already in the Luzerne County Jail on a million dollars bail after being charged as an associate of a Wilkes – Barre drug trafficking organization. A wire circumventing his PPL meter was found during the course of the investigation.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phils

In the first game of a three game series in Saint Louis last night... the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 1. The second game of that series will be tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:40.

 

Other Games

The New York Mets downed the Atlanta Braves 4 to 1.... it was the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Washington Nationals 5 to 1.... and the New York Yankees just getting by the Texas Rangers 5 to 4.

 

NASCAR on TV

ESPN's 8 year run of broadcasting NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races will end after the 2014 season. NASCAR announced Tuesday that NBC has signed a ten year deal to televise the final 20 Cup races and the final 19 Nationwide events beginning in 2015.

Tuesday / July 2013


Millville Police Chief on Desk Duty

The man who has been Millville's police since the late 80's isn't behind the wheel of his Dodge Charger police cruiser... but rather flying a desk these days. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition Ted Stout is being investigated by the State Police after a tussle with his gal – pal earlier this month. Tori Harrison went to court asking for a temporary protection of abuse order. Harrison... who is an officer in the Millville and Madison Township police department... said she and Stout had problems at a Bloomsburg bar earlier this month... then went to his home on Center Street in Millville, where she's living. Stout allegedly punched Harrison with so much force she flew into some furniture... and end up on the floor bleeding. Stout has given up his weapons... and has been removed from the County's SWAT team and Drug Task Force pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

Orangeville Carnival

Like clockwork.... residents of Orangeville lined the streets last night to take in the annual Fire Company Pet and Toy parade. It's an event that takes place every year... and is held in conjunction with the Orangeville Fire Company carnival. One of the judges was Columbia County Commission chairman Chris Young says parades of this type are a part of Americana. The annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs through Saturday night.

 

Bloomsburg Water Main

It took crews from United Water an estimated 5-and-a-half hours to open Main Street of Bloomsburg... near Iron Street... and replace a valve on an eight inch diameter water main... buried underground. That led to some pre – dawn heavy equipment noise... and the lack of water. But for United Water's Bob Manbeck... it was nothing more the preventative maintenance. Now... crews will go through the same process early Thursday morning as they open another section of the street to replace a second valve. Apartment dwellers from Iron to Market Street... along Main could be faced without water service for a couple of hours.

 

Berwick Auction

If you always wanted a piece of LaSalle Street history... you'll have an opportunity late this afternoon. There will be an auction at the former Hayes Hotel at 539 LaSalle Street. According to D. Owen Groves Auctions web site.... kitchen equipment... booths... and assorted memorabilia will be on the block. The hotel will soon be leveled by a demolition crew to make way for a new project. The auction begins Wednesday afternoon at the site in the 500 block of LaSalle Street.

 

Bloomsburg CDBG

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved a list of projects that could be funded through Community Development Block Grants. The town is in line to get about $165,000 with the help of Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG. One of the paramount projects... according to the organization's Bill Seigel... is removing architectural barriers at a number of intersections. Seigel said the curb cuts are estimated at $110,000. Now... Public Works Director John Barton says he's working to identify where the architectural barriers are located.

 

Voter ID Trial

The trial in state Commonwealth Court dealing with whether we need to show identification when we vote continues this week in Harrisburg. For the most part... ID's are not necessary... only when one is voting the first time. Columbia Country chief registrar Matt Repasky is keeping an eye on the developments in the court. A group has brought a lawsuit against the state... not wanting voters to show ID's... but the Commonwealth says an ID is necessary to eliminate any fraud which may be in the system. The trial is expected to be wrapped up this week.

 

Jo Ellen Litz

It's becoming a crowded field of candidates who want the honor of upsetting Governor Corbett. At least six people have announced their intentions... including Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. She made a recent tour of Columbia County shaking hands and introducing herself to voters. Ms. Litz says Governor Corbett is vulnerable. A couple of areas stick out according to Ms. Litz... not being able to get a transportation funding bill approved... and the failure of the legislature to reach a pension reform bill. Whatever the case... she expects to stump the state between now and primary day in the spring of 2014.

 

PPL Power Plant

Unit 1 of the Susquehanna Steam Electric station... north of Berwick... has been re – connected to the regional power grid. It happened Sunday.... only a day after it was taken off – line to repair one of four valves that control the amount of steam going into the turbine. Unit two was not affected... and is chugging along at full power.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Prices continue to climb for self – serve, unleaded gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania. A check of retailers by the Triple – A Fuel Gauge report... gasoline is averaging $3.63 a gallon.... the same as it was over the weekend... but up 11 cents during the past week. The reason... crude oil prices... and the day to day action of commodities traders.

 

ATV Fatal

A 49 – year old Gordon man is dead.... killed in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash at the top of Burnside Mountain. Coal Township police say John Nemeth crashed in a wooded area... just off of Route 125... when he flipped the ATV after leaving the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Northumberland County Deputy Coroner.

 

Exposure Investigation

State Police are keeping their eye out for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 14 – year old girl. It happened in a wooded area... at Clay Avenue and Wayne Street... next to Route 924 in Hazle Township over the weekend. The teen described the man as either white or Hispanic.... overweight... with short, dark hair. If you have any information about the incident... call State Police in Hazleton.

 

Camp Cadet

An estimated 100 kids are spending the week at Camp Cadet on the Penn State Hazleton campus. The camp is for kids 12 to 14 years of age and is designed to give them a beginning to either the military or to join law enforcement. It's operated by the Pennsylvania State Police at various locations around the commonwealth.

 

 

Monday / July 22, 2013


Bloomsburg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved a list of project that could be funded through Community Development Block Grants. The town is in line to get about $165,000 with the help of Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG. One of the paramount project... according to the organization's Bill Seigel... is removing architectural barriers at a number of intersections. Seigel said the curb cuts are estimated at $110,000. Now... Public Works Director John Barton says he's working to identify where the architectural barriers are located.

 

Voter ID Trial

The trial in state Commonwealth Court dealing with whether we need to show identification when we vote continues this week in Harrisburg. For the most part... ID's are not necessary... only when one is voting the first time. Columbia Country chief registrar Matt Repasky is keeping an eye on the developments in the court. A group has brought a lawsuit against the state... not wanting voters to show ID's... but the Commonwealth says an ID is necessary to eliminate any fraud which may be in the system. The trial is expected to be wrapped up this week.

 

Jo Ellen Litz

It's becoming a crowed field of candidates who want the honor of upsetting Governor Corbett. At least six people have announced their intentions... including Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. She made a recent tour of Columbia County shaking hands and introducing herself to voters. Ms. Litz says Governor Corbett is vulnerable. A couple of areas stick out according to Ms. Litz... not being able to get a transportation funding bill approved... and the failure of the legislature to reach a pension reform bill. Whatever the case... she expects to stump the state between now and primary day in the spring of 2014.

 

It's a Boy!!!

Buckingham Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. Officials said the baby was born at 4:24 p.m. Monday afternoon... and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William. Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London early Monday morning. William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple's first child.

 

Almedia Homicide

A 24 – year old Selinsgrove man is dead as the result of a stabbing late Saturday night at an Almedia home. State police say Brandon Burns was allegedly stabbed by childhood friend... 26 – year old Brett Woodside... at his mother's home in the 39 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road shortly before midnight Saturday. Burns... Woodside and two women were having a get together at the home. Burns was rushed to Bloomsburg – Geisinger Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A question still to be answered is what sparked the tussle between the two men. Woodside is jailed... and has a preliminary hearing set for July 31st.

 

PennDOT

A couple of traffic trouble spots to contend with over the next few weeks. PennDOT says New York State – based Vestal Asphalt, Incorporated will begin micro – surfacing Old Berwick Road from Route 487 in the town of Bloomsburg... to the Mifflinville River Bridge in South Center Township. Once that job is completed... the company will begin micro – surfacing Route 11 from Shaffer Road in Scott township to the Berwick Borough line. At times there will be single laning through the construction zones. The two projects are expected to take three weeks to complete.

 

Blueprint Community

The east side of the BIDA Complex... between Oak and LaSalle Street in Berwick has been targeted to be improved. That plan unveiled by the Berwick Blueprint Community late last week. Community organizer Jay Jarrett says the area encompassing Oak to Mulberry... and from Third to Ninth Streets will be targeted. Jarrett says it comes down to relationships and knowing your neighbors. Students and staff at Bloomsburg University are helping Jarrett survey the neighborhood... going door to door... asking questions as to how to improve the area.

 

Drug Bust

That drug bust made last week is still the talk of the south side of Columbia County. If you recall 53 – year old Richard Zambor was arrested following a three year investigation... into his alleged marijuana distribution operation out of his rural Numidia home. Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach says he believes Zambor's distribution network effected a lot of people. Seized in the bust were 132 full grown marijuana plants... a number of rifles... a pistol... and $47,000 in cash.

 

Hazleton Gunfire

Hazleton police say they're looking into gunshots fired early Sunday morning in the area of West Diamond Avenue and Lincoln Street. Police say apparently no one was reported injured, but there were spent shell casings in the area. Have information about the gunfire... call Hazleton Police.

 

Shenandoah

Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. has received a donation. How about $100,000 from an anonymous donor to help the organization plan for the state's Main Street program. The money is earmarked for the Borough's capitol projects program to raise a quarter – million dollars to help beautify Shenandoah.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday July 21, 2013


It’s a big weekend in Danville for the annual Iron Heritage Festival.  There are plenty of events all weekend long, something for everyone, get a full schedule of details by linking up to the Iron Heritage Festival under “Our Partners” at WHLM dot com.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their annual summer family show “The Enchanted Pig” now through July 28th.  Show time today is this afternoon at 3:00 PM.  They have more show times throughout the coming week and next weekend.

 

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

 

Mountain Aviation is hosting a car show, antique tractor show and fly-in as part of Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  It’s happening at the Danville Airport.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church of Danville will host another summer evening experience tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 PM…with food, a Dr. Seuss reading, family activities, music, scripture, and worship.

What's Happening Saturday July 20, 2013


It’s a big weekend in Danville for the annual Iron Heritage Festival.  There are plenty of events all weekend long, something for everyone, get a full schedule of details by linking up to the Iron Heritage Festival under “Our Partners” at WHLM dot com.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their annual summer family show “The Enchanted Pig” now through July 28th.  This weekend’s show times are tonight at 6:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.  They have weekday shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

 

Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Catawissa is hosting their monthly breakfast for a donation from 7:00 to 9:30 AM today.  This month’s donation support Volunteers in Mission and Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute.

 

The 143rd Lycoming County Fair wraps up today.  There’s entertainment, rides, and more.  Entry fee is $6.00.  The fairgrounds are located in Hughesville.

 

There is an open house today from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the Children’s Library at the Bloomsburg Public Library.  There will be a scavenger hunt and refreshments.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

The handicapped accessible model train layout at the Columbia Mall is open today from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open for extended hours today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the Iron Heritage Festival.  They’ll have special videos running with footage of steam engines of the 30s and 40s.

 

The Center Street Café and Gallery in Downtown Bloomsburg is hosting Hemmingway Days today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  There will be a children’s puppet show and face paintings.  Following that it’ll be short story readings and a discussion on Hemmingway’s life.

 

Moyer’s Grove Campground in Wapwallopen is hosting their second annual Christmas in July craft and vendor show from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM today.  The free event is open to the public and benefits the Make A Wish foundation.

 

Taylor’s Bar and Grill, located in Unityville, invites you to Summer’s Peak music festival today.  There will be food, vendors and live music all day long.  Cost is $15 for an all day pass, the event supports the American Cancer Society.

 

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

 

Mountain Aviation is hosting a car show, antique tractor show and fly-in as part of Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  It’s happening at the Danville Airport.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church of Danville will host another summer evening experience tomorrow night from 5:30 to 7:30 PM…with food, a Dr. Seuss reading, family activities, music, scripture, and worship.

Friday / July 19, 2013


The Heat Goes On

It appears we're in for one more day of hot weather. Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as the northeast will have only one more day of temperatures in the 90's. National Weather Service forecaster Bob Oravec says relief is in sight thanks to a cold front sweeping through the region. That means temperatures dropping from the 90s to the 80s across the region... and there are showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.

 

Berwick Meth Busts

Berwick Police are happy they're slowly shutting down meth labs across the borough. The latest taking place earlier this week when four people were busted. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says the recent arrests have potential meth makers looking over their shoulder. Fred Smith... Melissa Waldron... Jaide Benninger and Samuel Konrad were arrested and are all facing a long list of drug charges. All are lodged in the Columbia County Prison.

 

Meth Bill

Governor Corbett has signed legislation that should make it harder to cook up a batch of meth. You already have to show an ID to buy certain cold medicines because they are ingredients for the drug. Now... the sponsor of the bill... State Representative Marguerite Quinn... says the new law will target those sales even more directly. It will keep a real – time tracking system to prevent anyone from purchasing more than 9 grams a month of certain drugs. Representative Quinn says the law will help prevent the manufacturing of meth while still allowing law – abiding citizens access to their medicines.

 

Stanley Funeral

Funeral services will be held Friday in Elysburg for a Ralpho Township volunteer firemen who died in a two vehicle crash last weekend along Route 54. 27 – year old Brian Stanley died when his pick – up was hit head on by a second truck driven by a Shamokin man. Assistant Chief Al Knerr telling our media partner... NewsWatch 16 that Stanley will be missed. Friday's service begin at 11 O'clock at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Elysburg.

 

Steam Electric Station

The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... has made the list of 38 plants in 23 states at risk of early retirement. That word coming from the Vermont – based Institute of Energy and the Environment. The institute reviewing eleven risk factors which checks several benchmarks. In response... Pennsylvania Power and Light says the plant is thirty years old... and it's not closing.

 

Hazleton Police

Hazleton City Council has decided to hire a full – time police officer... the third one since April. Now... Councilman Vice President Keith Bast is raising a red flag... wanting to know who will continue paying the salary of Richard Hutnick when temporary revenue sources run out. Right now... the city is paying the new hires with $157,000 received when Luzerne County's former tax collection agency shut down.

 

Pedestrian Hit

The investigation is continuing into the death of a Port Carbon man... in neighboring Schuylkill County... early Thursday morning. Police say 40 – year old Sean Malone was struck and killed by a tractor – trailer on Route 209 near North Anderson Street. The driver of the 18 – wheeler telling investigators Malone was crouched over in the middle of the road and unable to avoid him.

 

Kulpmont Police

You won't find a Kulpmont Police officer on the street's until a problem... dealing with insurance... is worked out. The borough council shutting down the department Thursday... parking their cruisers and cops out of a job temporarily. Now... the borough will received law enforcement protection from Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Prison Sentence

A Hazleton man will spend the next 18 months in prison. 57 – year old Joseph Yesvetz was found guilty of filing a false claim meant to help those dealing with work – related health injuries. He filed the claim for his father who died in 2001... then collected the money. In addition to the jail time... he must pay 150 – thousand dollars in restitution.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Baseball Friday Night

Major League baseball returns Friday night with a full schedule of games following the All Star break. The Phillies are in New York for the start of a three game weekend series against the Mets. Coverage of the game on the WHLM Stations will follow our live coverage of Danville's Iron Heritage Festival parade.

 

Other MLB

In other major league games Friday night, the Pirates play at Cincinnati... and the Yankees renew their rivalry with the Red Sox in Boston.

 

Alex Rodrigez

Alex Rodrigez was 1-4 in his debut with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders Thursday night. That one hit was a two run homer that helped the Railriders beat the Louisville Bats 8-0 at PNC Field. Rodriguez, who is rehabbing from hip surgery, hopes to rejoin the Yankees as soon as Monday.

 

British Open

Round two of the British Open Golf Championship is underway in Muirfield, Scotland. Zach Johnson shot a 66 for the first round lead.

Thursday / July 18, 2013


Berwick Stabbing

A Berwick woman will be arraigned today... after she allegedly stabbed her roommate Wednesday. Berwick police tell us the incident happened in an apartment in the 700 block of Green Street. 28 – year old Siesha Lane allegedly stabbed 27 – year old Jamillah Hutt with a big butcher knife. Police weren't told of the stabbing until Hutt was airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Lane was arrested and charged with aggravated assault... and reckless endangerment.

 

Berwick Blueprint

Spiffing up areas of Berwick is part of the quest of the Berwick Blue Print Committee, which met Wednesday night at the Reliance Fire Hall on Third Street. Since 2009... they've been helping LaSalle Street residents reclaim their neighborhood.... now it's time for folks living east of the BIDA Complex to do the same. Community organizer Jay Jarrett says they're getting much needed help from Bloomsburg University. Their task is to survey area residents running from Third Street... north on Mulberry to Ninth Street... west to Oak.... then south to Front Street.

 

Geisinger Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has given Geisinger Health Systems a $110,000 grant for brain cancer research. The money earmarked into the research of targeted treatment with Human Glioblastoma... so says Dr. Nikolaos Tapinos. One of the criteria in awarding the grants... the research must focus on specific research priorities established by the PA Department of Health and a panel made up of university and research institutes.

 

Iron Heritage

This weekend in Danville... the Borough's annual Iron Heritage Festival... celebrating the area as the first producer of iron rails used by the railroads to build the nation. The event begins Friday afternoon... with the annual parade stepping off at 7 O'clock on Mill Street. There will be plenty of things to do Saturday... with train and buggy rides... plus hundreds of vendors. The event continues Sunday with a variety of activities... including a fly – in at the airport in Riverside. One program note... the WHLM Stations will have live coverage of Friday night's parade... anchored by WHLM's Mark Williams and former Bloomsburg Mayor and now Danville Borough Official Dan Knorr.

 

Benton Man

A Benton man is dead after his car collided with a logging truck in the back mountain area of Dallas Township... in Luzerne County. Authorities say 76 – year old Galen Waltman of Benton apparently went through a stop sign at the intersection of Lake Street and Carpenter Road... slamming into the truck. Funeral services have not been announced for the one – time bookbinder at the former Haddon Craftsman plant in South Center Township.

 

Northumberland Co. Fatal

Police are still trying to figure out what led to a Northumberland County teenage girl to lose control of her car on Snydertown Road. 18 – year old Marcelle Barber died... and three of her friends were injured. Police say Barber lost control of her car early Tuesday morning... and it flipped over. Barber graduated from Mt. Carmel High School last month. She was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

Hazleton Crime

Hazleton Police are asking your help in solving more than a dozen crimes which remain open so far this year. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea say they include stabbings... beatings... robberies and shootings. DeAndrea cites the beating of A.J. Goryl... left for dead on a city street... as well as shootings on West Diamond Avenue... and a stabbing at Alter and 15th Streets.

 

Hazleton Robbery

The string of convenience store stick – ups continues in Hazleton. Police say a knife – wielding man strolled into the Pantry Quick on East Diamond Avenue Tuesday night. He pulled the knife on the clerk... and ran out the door with a wad of cash. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Rail Riders

Fans of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders will get to see New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in uniform Thursday night as the RailRiders take on the Louisville Bats at PNC Field. The Yankees third baseman is rehabbing, trying to return to the major leagues after a second hip operation. Rodriguez, who will turn 38 in less than two weeks, will likely play for Scranton-Wilkes Barre this entire weekend. He could return to the Yankees on Monday.

 

MLB

Major League baseball's regular season starts back up Friday following the All Star break. The Philadelphia Phillies open a series against the Mets in New York. At the break, the Phils are 48 and 48 and in third place in the National League East. They trail the second place Washington Nationals by one-half game and the first place Atlanta Braves by six and a half games.

 

British Open

The 142nd British Open Golf Tournament began this morning in Muirfield, Scotland. Ernie Els is the defending champ. Tiger Woods is hoping for his first major tournament victory since 2008.

Wednesday / July 17, 2013


Berwick Blueprint

Spiffing up area's of Berwick is part of the quest of the Berwick Blue Print Committee which met Wednesday night at the Reliance Fire Hall on Third Street. Since 2009... they've been helping LaSalle Street residents reclaim their neighborhood.... now it's time for folks living east of the BIDA Complex to do the same. Community organizer Jay Jarrett says they're getting much needed help from Bloomsburg University. Their task is to survey area residents running from Third Street... north on Mulberry to Ninth Street... west to Oak.... then south to Front Street.

 

Geisinger Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has given Geisinger Health Systems a $110,000 grant for brain cancer research. The money earmarked into the research of targeted treatment with Human Glioblastoma... so says Dr. Nikolaos Tapinos. One of the criteria in awarding the grants... the research must focus on specific research priorities established by the PA Department of Health and a panel made up of university and research institutes.

 

Iron Heritage Festival

This weekend in Danville... the Borough's annual Iron Heritage Festival... celebrating the area as the first producer of iron rails used by the railroads to build the nation. The event begins Friday afternoon... with the annual parade stepping off at 7 O'clock on Mill Street. There will be plenty of things to do Saturday... with train and buggy rides... plus hundreds of vendors. The event continues Sunday with a variety of activities... including a fly – in at the airport in Riverside. One program note... the WHLM Stations will have live coverage of Friday night's parade... anchored by WHLM's Mark Williams and former Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr.

 

Northumberland Co. Fatal

Police are still trying to figure out what led to a Northumberland County teenage girl to lose control of her car on Snydertown Road. 18 – year old Marcelle Barber died... and three of her friends were injured. Police say Barber lost control of her car early Tuesday morning... and it flipped over. Barber graduated from Mt. Carmel High School last month. She was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

Hazleton Robbery

The string of convenience store stick – ups continues in Hazleton. Police say a knife – wielding man strolled into the Pantry Quick on East Diamond Avenue Tuesday night. He pulled the knife on the clerk... and ran out the door with a wad of cash. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

South Side Pot Probe

A bad guy is in prison on felony drug charges... now police on Columbia County's south side are trying to inventory all the items they found earlier this week at the home of 53 – year old Richard Zambor.  Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach said Zambor didn't put up a fight when arrested at his Mill Road home near Numidia on Monday.... as they shut down his marijuana drug distribution operation. Chief Breach says the arrest sends a message to folks in the drug community. Cops spending the early part of Tuesday afternoon showing off some of the 132 pot plants confiscated... $47,000 in cash... as well as several rifles... a pistol... and a bow. Zambor remains in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Berwick Meth Bust

The battle against meth continues in Berwick. Police telling us that four people were busted Monday night in a home in the 900 block of West Front Street. Fred Smith... Melissa Waldron... Jaide Benninger and Samuel Konrad... all of Berwick... were arrested on a long list of drug charges. All are in the Columbia County Prison... and face preliminary hearings in a couple of weeks.

 

Danville Man's Trial

A 34 – year old Danville man.... who was a former Bloomsburg University and Sunbury police officer... is now on trial in Northumberland County Court. Christopher Chilcote is accused of assisting in the transportation of drugs from Maryland to Northumberland County. Chilcote was arrested two years ago... following a 17-month investigation started by Point Township Police... as they sought another man in the case.

 

Beat the Heat

The sultry heat building over the Northeast will stay with us the next couple of days... so the Town of Bloomsburg is becoming pro – active. They're opening up the air – conditioned Council Chambers during business hours through Friday.... and now... Mayor Carey Howell says they've gone one step further by having a free swim at the Town Park pool on Thursday starting at 2 O'clock.

 

Berwick Flowers

The planting of flowers on the Christmas Boulevard plots in Berwick began years ago thanks to retiree John Zadaraka.... but since his passing... the Berwick Beautification Committee has taken up his work. As a matter of fact... the Committee's Kay Todd has expanded it to flowers not only on the plots on market street... but at the Test Track and Ber – Vaughn Park. Ms. Todd believes the planting of flowers gives Berwick residents a better outlook on their borough and on life. The Beautification Committee holds a meeting Thursday at Borough Hall starting at 5:30. New members... and those thinking of joining are invited.

 

Hazleton Gunfire

A 22 – year old Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. Franklin Zorilla – Gil was arrested by police for gunshots aimed at a man at a fight earlier this month. The incident taking place at South Wyoming and Birch Street. No one was hit... but Zorilla – Gill remains in the Luzerne County Correctional facility unable to post $50,000 bond.

 

Superior Court

State Superior Court has upheld the conviction of a Harrisburg man... in the 2010 shooting death of a Hazleton resident. The court ruling that Isaiah Jesse Garrett said the conviction was proper. Garrett was convicted of shooting 30 – year old Abdul Hakeem Shabazz in a drug deal that went bad.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday / July 16, 2013


Counselor Charged

A former counselor for a Millville – area camp is facing sex assault charges after allegedly forcing a hearing – impaired 16 – year old girl to preform sex acts... then sexually assaulting her. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition. 20 – year old Karisa Zapotocky pulled the Camp Hero guest from her bed in the middle of the night two years ago and led the teen to a shower where the alleged attack occurred. Camp Hero is a part of Camp Victory. A police report said Zapotocky initially denied the accusations. She's free... not having to post the $25,000 bail... and faces a hearing this week.

 

Locust Twp. Bust

A rural Catawissa man is behind bars after he was busted for having a marijuana growing operation at his home. Locust Township police say 53 – year old Richard Zambor was arrested following a three year investigation. When authorities entered the home on Mill Road near Numidia Monday... there was the unmistakable smell of marijuana... with the plants growing indoors and outdoors. Police seizing 132 plants... $47,000 in cash... and a number of weapons. Zambor was taken into custody... and made an appearance before Magistrate Craig Long. He's currently in the Columbia County prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Geisinger Fire

If you live in Bloomsburg... you heard the fire siren go off at midday Monday. The reason... the Danville Fire Department calling for Bloomsburg's ladder truck after a blaze broke out in a fifth floor in the Bush Pavilion on the Geisinger Medical Center campus in Danville. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... workers accidentally started a fire when sparks from welding went into the wall of the room. No one was hurt and damage was minimal.

 

Suspected Thieves Identified

The one university – aged student is making the rounds on video tape... accused of taking money from a Bloomsburg business has been identified. Police ID'ed the one suspect as Connor Gavin... a BU Student from East Stroudsburg. Gavin and a 17 – year old juvenile... allegedly took an estimated $600 in cash from Franks Pizzeria on East Main Street earlier this month. Both were caught on surveillance video opening the cash register and snagging the money.

 

Voter ID Trial

Trial got underway Monday in the state's Commonwealth Court on the constitutionally of Pennsylvania's voter ID Law. The final ruling could come down as to whether or not we need to show identification at the polls when voting. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky is closely watching the case. 9 days have been blocked out for the trial... but whatever decision is made... the entire issue is expected to end up in the hands of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

Blood Drive

The National American Red Cross is putting on a push for all type of blood products. That request is being felt at the local level... so says Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter. There are at least a dozen blood drives scheduled for the next two weeks in our area. Ms. Norton says donating is quite simple and takes an hour of your time. One very important drive is scheduled for Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That drive begins at 8 AM and runs through 1 O'clock.

 

Hazle Twp Accident

There is an on-going investigation into a three – vehicle crash in Hazle Township late Monday afternoon. State Police say one of the cars involved flipped onto it's roof after the collision on Church Street near a mall. 21 – year old Marlenne Ramirez Perez of Hazleton was transported to Hazleton General Hospital for evaluation. No word on who will be charged in the accident.

 

West Hazleton Upgrades

Council members in West Hazleton Borough say they'll apply for a $100,000 grant designed at spiffing up the Fifth Street Playground. The grant applications will be sent to the state Department of Community Affairs... and requires a 20% matching grant from the borough. Items to be upgraded include playground equipment... lighting and electrical... and the installation of a security camera system.

 

Hotel Sterling

The calendar has been circled... and it appears July 25th is the day the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes – Barre will meet the wrecking ball. Luzerne – based Brdaric Excavating won the demolition contract at $419,000. Still to be determined... what streets are going to have to be closed for the project.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU HOF

Bloomsburg University has announced its 2013 athletic Hall Of Fame Class. The five individuals that will be inducted are Amy Linn, an outstanding soccer goalkeeper from the class of 1996... men's soccer standout Neil Stoddart from the class of 1999... Patty Burns, an All American swimmer who graduated in 1995... basketball star Mike Ellzy, A 2000 grad who is the school's all time leading scorer... and Evan Rosen, a three time tennis All American who graduated in 1997. The Hall of Fame dinner will be Friday, November 1st in the Kehr Union Ballroom on campus.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies are going to be without two key starting players until September. Center fielder Ben Revere has a broken foot. He and first baseman Ryan Howard are out 6-8 weeks.

 

All – Star Game

Pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder Dominic Brown will represent the Phils at tonight's All Star game at Citi Field In New York. The Mets Matt Harvey will be the starting pitcher for the National League. The American League starter will be the Tigers' Max Scherzer.

 

HR Derby

And the winner of the annual Home Run Derby last night is Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics. He slammed 32 home runs in the long ball competition.

 

Penn State / UCF

Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the University of Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland. It is the first international game for either team. Officials from both schools along with the Gaelic Athletic Association says the game will be played August 30th, 2014.

Monday / July 15, 2013


 

 

 

Geisinger Fire

If you live in Bloomsburg... you heard the fire siren go off at midday Monday. The reason... the Danville Fire Department calling for Bloomsburg's ladder truck after a blaze broke out in a fifth floor in the Bush Pavilion on the Geisinger Medical Center campus in Danville. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in it's on – line edition... workers accidentally started a fire when sparks from welding went into the wall of the room. No one was hurt and damage was minimal.

 

Suspected Thieves Identified

The one university – aged students making the rounds on video tape... accused of taking money from a Bloomsburg business cash has been identified. Police ID'ed the one suspect as Connor Gavin... a BU Student from East Stroudsburg. Gavin and a 17 – year old juvenile... allegedly took an estimated $600 in cash from Franks Pizzeria on East Main Street earlier this month. Both were caught on surveillance video opening the cash register and snagging the money.

 

Voter ID Trial

Trial got underway Monday in the state's Commonwealth Court on the constitutionally of Pennsylvania's voter ID Law. The final ruling could come down as to weather or not we need to show identification at the polls when voting. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky is closely watching the case. 9 days have been blocked out for the trial... but whatever decision is made... the entire issue is expected to end up in the hands of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

Blood Drive

The National American Red Cross is putting on a push for all type of blood products. That request is being felt at the local level... so says Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter. There are at least a dozen blood drives scheduled for the next two weeks in our area. Ms. Norton says donating is quite simple and takes an hour of your time. One very important drive is scheduled for Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That drive begins at 8 AM and runs through 1 O'clock.

 

Hotel Sterling

The calendar has been circled... and it appears July 25th is the day the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes – Barre will meet the wrecking ball. Luzerne – based Brdaric Excavating won the demolition contract at $419,000. Still to be determined... what streets are going to have to be closed for the project.

 

Heat Wave

The National Weather Service in State College says it's going to be a long, hot week with triple digit heat indicies. Their official forecast is calling for temps in the 90's until Friday... when clouds and thunderstorms move in to cool things off a bit. Saturday's temperatures are expected to be in the mid – 80's. If you're headed for the big city this week... be careful. The City of Philadelphia has already posted an excessive heat warning which runs through Tuesday.

 

Elysburg Crash

State Police are continuing their investigation into a grinding two vehicle crash on Route 54 near Elysburg on Sunday. 27 – year old fire fighter Brian Stanley of Elysburg died at the scene. His vehicle was hit head on by a pick up truck driven by 49 – year old Christopher Long of Shamokin. Long and his son were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Police say neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

 

Car Thefts

The Triple – A says that an estimated 15,500 cars thefts took place last year across Pennsylvania... creating heartaches for the owners. But the biggest reason for thefts... folks not locking their cars... so says the organization's Jenny Robinson. The Triple – A also suggesting chemically engraving the car's VIN number, which will deter thieves or assist in getting it back quicker.

 

Freeland Fire Truck

The Borough of Freeland will soon have a new... but somewhat used... fire truck in one of their bays. The Borough Council voting over the weekend to spend $120,000 for a 1998 Seagraves aerial truck to be purchased from a Lancaster firm. The truck will replace the current aerial truck which has been in service since 1980.

 

McAdoo

Two McAdoo part – time workers were let go over their weekend... their services no longer needed. In their place... a zoning and code enforcement officer. The action taking place at a special meeting of the council over the weekend. Michael Bowman of McAdoo... the new codes officer will make $8.25 an hour.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday July 14, 2013


The Lycoming County Fair is going on this weekend…there’s plenty to do including free entertainment and grandstand entertainment.  It’s happening in Hughesville until next Saturday.

 

The 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals are happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club’s huge display of trains at the Columbia Mall is open today from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

Saint Mary’s Church annual Picnic and Cruise-In is happening today from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  They’ll have antique hot rod and custom cars, all kinds of ethnic food, and music by Stanky and the Coal Miners.  The church is located on Fowler Ave in Berwick.

 

The Benton British Cars Club will meet today at 3:00 PM at Strevig’s Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton.  If you own a British car, they welcome you to join.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church presents another Sunday Evening experience from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The evening will be filled with food, a Dr. Seuss reading, family activities, music, scripture, and worship.

What's Happening Saturday July 13, 2013


The Lycoming County Fair is going on this weekend…there’s plenty to do including free entertainment and grandstand entertainment.  It’s happening in Hughesville until next Saturday.

 

The 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals are happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.  Events go through Sunday.

 

The Lightstreet Fire Company Carnival is open for their final day today.  They have food, entertainment and lots more.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church invites you to their all you can eat breakfast at Indian Head Campground in Bloomsburg this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.

 

The Bloomsburg YMCA is hosting a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s in Bloomsburg today from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  All proceeds support the YMCA Summer Camp.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge in Columbia County are sponsoring a motorcycle poker run today.  The ride starts at the Bloomsburg Fire Department and will travel through Columbia and neighboring counties ending at Knoebels.

 

The Columbia County Traveling Library is hosting Worm-A-Palooza today from 10:00 AM to Noon at their location on Sawmill Road.  It’s a reading event for kids.

 

The Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg invites your kids to the “Dog Days of Summer” today…your kids can learn about dogs, make dog puppets, and read a story to a dog.

 

It’s a day of golf for your kids at the Links at Hemlock Creek today…with a Ball Fore Obstacle Course and E-Z Golf Course from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The event was created by the famous “Flood Festival” creators Arrick and Alex Beagle.  Proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Area Little League.

 

The Men’s Ministry of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene invites you to a chicken bar-be-que today from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  They’re located at the intersections of Routes 45 and 147 in Montandon.

 

Strawberry Ridge Trinity United Church of Christ is hosting a festival today from 4:00 to 7:30 PM.  They’ll have homemade food including soups, sandwiches, pies, and ice cream.  The church is on Diehl Road in Danville.

 

A weekend for train lovers…the free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open from 10:00 AM to Noon today.  The handicapped accessible model train layout at the Columbia Mall will be open from Noon to 4:00 PM today at the Columbia Mall.  Also open is the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club’s huge display of trains at the Columbia Mall…today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

Saint Mary’s Church annual Picnic and Cruise-In is happening tomorrow from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  They’ll have antique hot rod and custom cars, all kinds of ethnic food, and music by Stanky and the Coal Miners.  The church is located on Fowler Ave in Berwick.

 

The Benton British Cars Club will meet tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Strevig’s Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton.  If you own a British car, they welcome you to join.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church presents another Sunday Evening experience from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The evening will be filled with food, a Dr. Seuss reading, family activities, music, scripture, and worship.

Friday / July 12, 2013


CC Bread & Granola

A fledgling Bloomsburg business received a visit on Thursday from a top official of the U-S Department of Commerce. Dileep Thatte sat down with Douglas Michael and his crew at Columbia County Bread & Granola in the Moose Exchange Building on Main Street. Michael's business has grown substantially thanks to the syndicated TV show Dr. Oz... and the Commerce Department's Thatte says he's not surprised. Mr. Thatte and his entourage... and the Northeast Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Council help small businessmen get their footing and suggest ways for small businessmen to grow.

 

Orangeville Wreck

Tests are expected to be conducted Friday on a tri – axle dump truck which went out of control Thursday afternoon in Orangeville. 22 – year old German Barajas of Delaware telling Orangeville Police Chief Steve Rothermel that his brakes went out while descending Route 93... on it's approach to Route 487. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... Chief Rothermel is skeptical of the driver's story... and that's the reason for the pending test. The driver was not injured when the truck went through some “Jersey Barriers”... careening into a back yard... slamming into a car... coming to rest against a tree.

 

Blood Drives

We're in the middle of summer... and that means folks with the American Red Cross are having a tough time trying to collect blood for the needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. So that's why the agency has scheduled a series a blood drives up and down the Susquehanna Valley. The Bloomsburg Chapter's Sue Norton says it's tough to find the usual donors. To help alleviate any spot shortages which may occur... the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive this afternoon at their usual location at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That drive gets underway Friday afternoon at 1:30.

 

Berwick Theft

A Berwick man remains in the Columbia County Prison on theft charges. John Antonelli broke into a home along West Second Street earlier in the week. A neighbor calling cops saying a man removed a window air conditioner to gain entry. When they arrived... Antonelli confessed he broke into the apartment to steal things... so he could support his drug habit.

 

Hazleton's Alter Street

Residents who live on Alter Street in Hazleton may get their wish granted. They had been asking the city for security cameras... and now a request for proposals for the system will soon be advertised. Alter Street has been the scene of a lot of crime over the past couple of years. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says an estimated $53,000 is earmarked for the project.

 

St. Joseph's Future

The Claremont Group says work on the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Hazleton could begin as early as next month. But first... the firm is looking for a developer who can turn the former hospital into a senior living center. The building with house an estimated 250 bed assisted-living center... with the first rooms available later this year.

 

Ag Progress Days

The final touches are being placed on the 2013 edition of Ag Progress Days.... held just south of State College next month. Bob Oberheim is the guy in charge... telling us one of the big changes this year is a new field demonstration area. The three – day event gets underway August 13th at the Larson Agricultural Research Center... on Route 45... south of State College.

 

Wilkes - Barre Suspect Captured

A 19 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is in custody... wanted in connection with the shooting of a man last weekend. Joshua Ovalles was arrested and charged in the shooting of 24 – year old Vaughn Kemp last weekend in the 100 block of South Grant Street in Wilkes – Barre. This is not the first time Orvalles has tangled with the law... he was out on bail on attempted homicide charges stemming from an incident earlier this year.

 

Inmate Attack

An inmate who is confined to the state prison in Coal Township is charged with attacking a corrections officer. The incident happened Wednesday when inmate Michael Lassiter and a prison guard got into a tussle in the dining hall. The guard was treated at Geisinger – Shamokin General Hospital.

 

Graham Spanier

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed notice Thursday he intends to bring a defamation lawsuit against Louis Freeh, the former FBI director. Freeh was hired by the university to investigate an alleged decade-long coverup of child sex abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky, Spanier, who served as president of Penn State from 1995 to 2011 is seeking unspecified monetary damages and is demanding a jury trial.

 

WHLM Sports

 

7 on 7

The air will be filled with footballs, and there will be weightlifting and other events Saturday at Crispin Field in Berwick. That... as the Berwick High School football team hosts their annual 7 on 7 and big man/strong man competition. In the 7 on 7 competition Berwick will be joined by Delaware Valley, Manheim Central, and Mount Carmel in Group one. Group two includes Danville, Southern Columbia, Northwest, and Wyalusing. Linemen from all 8 of those schools will compete in the big man/strong man competition. Linemen from Loyalsock High School will also compete. The activities get underway Saturday at 10 O'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night to take the series two games to one. Friday night.. the Phils continue their home stand by taking on the Chicago White Sox in the first of a three game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Derek Jeter

Shortstop Derek Jeter played in his first game of the season for the New York Yankees Thursday. He got an infield hit in his first at bat. The Yanks beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4.

 

Pirates / Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets both had Thursday off. They will begin a weekend series in Pittsburgh Friday night.

Thursday / July 11, 2013


Berwick Drug Raid

Berwick Police raided an apartment at 120 Raseley Street late Tuesday night and broke up what appeared to be a heroine distribution ring. News of the raid was released Wednesday afternoon by Police Chief Kenneth Strish. The chief telling WHLM News that following a two month investigation... officers executed a search warrant... and found Heroin... drug paraphernalia... money and two rifles.

 

Facing a long list of charges are Amy Humphries... Kristen O'Connor... Gene Hartrum and Crystal Humphries. Three out of the four are now in the Columbia County prison on $25,000 bail each. If that wasn't enough action for one night.... police returned to the apartment shortly before midnight Tuesday... discovering Kenneth McCollum inside. He was arrested and charged with burglary... criminal trespass and theft. McCollum was arraigned with bail set at $5,000. He is also lodged in the Columbia County Prison. A preliminary hearing is set for July 18th.

 

DiAugustine Remembered

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for 88 – year old Vincent DiAugustine... a long – time Berwick businessman who died earlier this week. One of his many shops was one dealing with Berwick memorabilia... and fellow businessman Arden Oliver described Mr. DiAugustine as a very hard worker. Mr. DiAugustine also ran Vincent's Men's Shop and the Berwick Theater... all of which are expected to continue... operated by his family.

 

BIDA / SEDA-COG

The Berwick Industrial Development Association and Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG join forces Friday for a 90 – minute seminar dealing with contracting and exporting products produced in the area. BIDA's Steve Phillips says the seminar has been in the works for some time. And thus retain employment... and help create jobs. There is still space available for you to take part in the seminar Friday morning at 9 O'clock at the former Eagle's building on South Market Street.

 

Park Concert

If you were at Bloomsburg's Town Park last night... you couldn't have beaten the entertainment. The Clickard Consortium provided the toe – tapping big band sound music. The play list... their own compositions... as well as standard favorites. Next week... Memory Lane with music of the 50's, 60's and 70's. One addendum to this year's schedule... on July 31st... Gift – Troutman and Gift... with the following night being the 56th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival.

 

Kovach Buzzed

It's the end of an era... or at least a couple of months of growth... as Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach said “good bye” to iconic beard he's been wearing since late last year. The sound of clippers reverberated in the WHLM control room as the beard came off during the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. Kovach first grew the beard since he headed up the County's Bicentennial Committee.... and just last week... portrayed “Uncle Sam” at the Millville Fire Company Independence Day Parade. You can view pictures of the “great clip” on our website... www.whlm.com.

 

Shickshinny Boat Launch / Park

Shickshinny borough has opened a new boat launch and park along the Susquehanna River. The $340,000 in funds for the project came from the state and federal government. It's hoped the park and boat launch will draw tourists to the area... and will help the fire department when they're called out for a river rescue.

 

Avoca Construction Project

It will take two years to complete... but ground was broken Wednesday designed to relieve traffic congestion around the Wilkes - Barre / Scranton International Airport. PennDOT says the $42 – million dollar project will spiff up the on and off ramps from Interstate 81 to the airport... and includes three traffic circles... or roundabouts... to east traffic going to and from NEPA's most prominent transportation hub.

 

Dogs Left Behind

A Butler Township man is in the Luzerne County Prison after he was busted on drug charges last month. But the twist to the story is 31 – year old Dixon Francisco allegedly left several dogs in his apartment after he was arrested. Authorities also finding three other dogs in a vacant apartment in the 400 – block of South Hunter Highway... apparently left behind by squatters. The ASPCA has been called in to help the animals.

 

Bedding Business

Two mattress manufacturers have merged their operations at the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton... and that could mean more employees punching the time clock. Vi – Spring has purchased controlling interest in the E-S Kluft & Company... and now becomes the largest provider of luxury beds. A spokeswoman for the company says an additional 25 people will soon be hired.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phils

The Washington Nationals hit four home runs off Phillies starter Cliff Lee and beat the Phils Wednesday night 5-1. The final game of the series is Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets swept a series against the Giants in San Francisco for the first time in 19 years. The final was the Mets 7 and the Giants 2. In a game that was delayed by rain and didn't start until close to 10 o'clock, the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Oakland A's 5 to nothing... and it was the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 8-1.

 

Andrew Bynam

Center Andrew Bynam, who missed the entire 2012-2013 season with the Philadelphia 76ers because of a knee injury, has decided to move on to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bynam signed an incentive-laden two year contract on Wednesday.

Wednesday / July 10, 2013


Drug Bust Nets Four

Berwick Police raided an apartment at 120 Raseley Street late Tuesday night and broke up what appeared to be a heroine distribution ring. News of the raid was released Wednesday afternoon by Police Chief Kenneth Strish. The chief telling WHLM News that following a two month investigation... officers executed a search warrant... and found Heroin... drug paraphernalia... money and two rifles. Facing a long list of charges are Amy Humphries... Kristen O'Connor... Gene Hartrum and Crystal Humphries. All are now in the Columbia County prison on $25,000 bail each. If that wasn't enough action for one night.... police returned to the apartment shortly before midnight Tuesday... discovering Kenneth McCollum inside. He was arrested and charged with burglary... criminal trespass and theft. McCollum was arraigned with bail set at $5,000. He is also lodged in the Columbia County Prison. A preliminary hearing is set for July 18th.

 

ATM Theft

It's a story of greed and trying to make ends meet.  A Danville woman is accused of keeping an estimated $84,000... over a five year period... from an ATM machine she was supposed to fill each day. 51 – year old Tracy Truesell allegedly took the cash while working at a Leighow Oil convenience store along Route 54 near Danville... next to Interstate 80. Truesell is facing a host of charges including forgery and theft. She is expected in court later this month.

 

University Tuition

It's going to cost mom and dad more if they want to send their kids to a state – run university... such as Bloomsburg. The board of governors giving the thumbs up to a three percent tuition increase. That comes out to a little less than $200 more per year. Yearly tuition now runs an estimated $6,600.

 

Lightstreet Pet & Toy

It was crowded Tuesday night up and down Main Street in Lightstreet as the fire company produced their annual Pet and Toy Parade in association with their yearly carnival. The procession was lead by the Catawissa Military Band... a musical group which has been around since the 1870's. There was a little bit of everything in the parade... from kids and their floats... to ATV's... and the ever – popular fire equipment from area departments. The annual carnival... continues through Saturday night... and helps support the Lightstreet Fire Company.

 

PPL / Heat

You think the recent spate of hot weather has been rough on us.... just think about what Pennsylvania Power and Light is going through. The Utility's Joe Nixon says the company takes preventative measures to prepare for the heat... and keep the juice flowing to your home. Thus far PPL has been able to keep to keeping the electricity flowing... without any brownouts or blackouts.... and without hitting peak demands.

 

Rural America

Close to one in three Pennsylvanians lives in an area considered to be rural. After a federal Farm Bill died in the US House of Representatives last month for the second time in two years... a new survey shows discontent in rural areas of the nation. Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook says rural communities want and need economic help from the government.

 

Property Taxes
Liquor privatization, pension reform and transportation funding... all big issues... but there's something else the people want that lawmakers continue to hedge on... property taxes. Governor Tom Corbett says property taxes are still a top concern even though Harrisburg has been focused on the state's other issues. It's not known when the property tax issue will be taken up.

 

Safe Theft

Authorities with the Hazleton Area School District are trying to figure out how an estimated $700 in cash disappeared from a safe. The safe is located in the Ninth Grade Center on the District campus. The money was taken sometime between June 13th and July 7th. State Police have been called an and they're checking surveillance video.

 

Luzerne County 911

It appears Hazleton City officials... and the folks who operate Luzerne County's 911 emergency dispatch center will sit down and talk about getting emergency calls to police quicker. It follows a shooting late last week on East Diamond Avenue. Someone calling 911 said they couldn't get through. But, County Manager Robert Lawton said he couldn't find a delay in dispatching police to the scene.

 

Mahanoy City Buildings

In Mahanoy City... the borough is spending about $9,000 to take down a building which partially collapsed last month. It's on Railroad Street... and that collapse had residents concerned. Up next to be demolished are some buildings on Mahanoy City's Main Street which have been condemned.

 

New Website

Governor Corbett took the wraps off a new website created by the Department of Labor and Industry. During an appearance at the Hershey Medical Center on Tuesday... Mr. Corbett said www.JobGateway.pa.gov is designed to connect job seekers and employers. The Governor says the medical center is a big user of the new site.

 

 

Tuesday / July 9, 2013


Bloomsburg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council is up to full – strength as of Monday night... following the resignation last month of long – time Mayor Dan Knorr. Now... Carey Howell has taken his place... and apparent Mayor – elect Sandy Davis is taking over Howell's council seat. Ms. Davis won the Democratic primary for mayor in a three way race earlier this year... and was the top write - in vote – getter on the Republican ticket. She will take over the top spot on Town Council early next year.

 

Vincent DiAugustine

The long – time owner of the Berwick Theatre on Front Street has passed. Vincent DiAugustine purchased the theater... then known as “The Strand...” back in 1957. That's 56 – years in the local movie business... keeping folks happy and not raising admission prices since the late 80's. His other business was running a formal wear shop next to the theater... as well as selling memorabilia.

 

County Consolidation

A way to save money in the long – run. As we first told you late last week... the Columbia and Montour County Commissioner's will soon look at ways to consolidate services of local government agencies. Consolidation first became top of mind when the Commissioners toured the Columbia County Jail... so says Commission Chairman Chris Young. Also to be studied under a consolidation plan would be 911 dispatch services and transportation. Columbia County Comissioners have already okayed a plan for a study... with Montour County lawmakers expected to take up the issue when they meet this week.

 

Bridge Stand-off

As we first told you Monday... a man apparently determined to take his own life... shut down the Market Street Bridge linking South Center Township and Mifflinville for two hours. 47 – year old Wayne Shiffer was first discovered with his legs dangling over the bridge... and it took police a couple of hours to get him off the span. The Press – Enterprise is reporting when Shiffer was just about to enter his home near Old Berwick Road and Market when he was tackled by South Center Township Police Chief Bill Reichendrfer. Shiffer was hustled off to the township police station then to the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital for evaluation.

 

Father / Infant

A 19 – year old Berwick man admitted in Columbia County Court on Monday... he broke the leg of his 2 – month old daughter when she wouldn't stop crying. Andrew Hess now could face up to 7 years in prison on charges for assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition the incident happened at a mobile home park in North Center Township. Hess has already served eight months in the Columbia County Prison. No date has been set for Hess' sentencing.

 

Fuel Gauge

If you're headed out on the highway this week... you'll be paying less for gasoline. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.39 – a - gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania. More in some locations.... less at others. That's down a penny from the weekend.... and the same price as it was a week ago.

 

Theft Investigation

Still no suspect in custody in connection with the theft of money raised for the family of a McAdoo girl who died in a fire last month. 6 – year old Madison Arner died in the fire... her family lost everything... but during a fund raiser over the weekend... someone walked away with a bag containing an estimated $1,000 in cash. At one time... cops believed they had a possible suspect... but that person has been cleared in the theft.

 

Pottsville Fire

Fire investigators are still not quite sure what caused an early Monday morning fire in Pottsville... in neighboring Schuylkill County. Firemen were called out around midnight Sunday... when smoke was seen pouring out of the home on West Fairview Street It's not believed anyone was living in the structure.

 

Natural Gas

If you're a UGI Penn Natural Gas customer... you're monthly bill is about a third lower than it was five years ago. It's due to gas being extracted in the Marcellus Shale fields. That's despite a small bump in the rate June 1st. And even with another increase expected later this year.... natural gas prices remain competitive.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of their four game home series against the Washington Nationals last night... the Phils defeated the Nat's 3 to 2. The second game of the series is tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games...

The Oakland Athletics downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 to 1.... the Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees 5 to 1... and it took 16 innings... but the New York Mets finally got by the San Francisco Giants 4 to 3.

 

Ryan Howard

Phillies' slugger Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least 6 to 8 weeks. An MRI Monday confirmed the tear in his knee. A date for surgery has not been set.

Monday / July 8, 2013


Blbg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council is up to full – strength as of Monday night... following the resignation last month of long – time Mayor Dan Knorr. Now... Carey Howell has taken his place... and apparent Mayor – elect Sandy Davis is taking over Howell's council seat. Ms. Davis won the Democratic primary for mayor in a three way race earlier this year... and was the top write - in vote – getter on the Republican ticket. She will take over the top spot on Town Council early next year.

 

Vincent DiAugustine

The long – time owner of the Berwick Theatre on Front Street has passed. Vincent DiAugustine purchased the theater... then known as “The Strand...” back in 1957. That's 56 – years in the local movie business... keeping folks happy and not raising admission prices since the late 80's. His other business was running a formal wear shop next to the theater... as well as selling memorabilia.

 

Consolidation

A way to save money in the long – run. As we first told you late last week... the Columbia and Montour County Commissioner's will soon look at ways to consolidate services of local government agencies. Consolidation first became top of mind when the commissioner's toured the Columbia County Jail... so says Commission Chairman Chris Young. Also to be studies under a consolidation plan would be 911 dispatch services and transportation. Columbia County Comissioner's have already okayed a plan for a study... with Montour County lawmakers expected to take up the issue when they meet this week.

 

Fuel Gauge

If you're headed out on the highway this week... you'll be paying less for gasoline. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging 3-39 a gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania. More in some locations.... less at others. That's down a penny from the weekend.... and the same price as it was a week ago.

 

Theft Investigation

Still no suspect in custody in connection with the theft of money raised for the family of a McAdoo girl who died in a fire last month. 6 – year old Madison Arner died in the fire... her family lost everything... but during a fund raiser over the weekend... someone walked away with a bag containing an estimated $1,000 in cash. At one time... cops believed they had a possible suspect... but that person has been cleared in the theft.

 

Heat Relief

With temperatures expected to be in the mid to upper 80's this week... if you 're over 55... you might want to consider heading for one of the senior centers operated by the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging. The Office's David Reeder says it's a pretty good place to get out of the heat... and do some networking. There are seven senior centers stretching from Benton to Wilburton to Berwick to Danville that are open on a daily basis.

 

Beat the Heat

The Milton – based Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce is attempting to “beat the heat” with a circuit training – style event the 27th of the month. The Chamber's Jeff Shaffer says the event is a competition among all age groups at the Milton YMCA on Bound Avenue. Shaffer says registration is taking place now... and medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each category. Give the Central PA Chamber of Commerce in Milton a call.

 

Hazleton Man Jailed

A Hazleton man is jailed after he allegedly chased two women through the streets with a gun. Francis Lara is facing multiple charges of assault and threats. Hazleton police say Lara allegedly chased a 16 and 18 – year old teenagers in the 500 block of West Maple.... and then on North Locust early Sunday morning.

 

Fatal Wilkes-Barre Shooting

A 24 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is dead after he was shot early Sunday morning in a backyard in the 100 Block of South Grant Street. Police say Vaughn Kemp was chased.... ending up at a party... where his attackers fired shots. No arrests have been made.

 

Hazleton Park

For the past month the McKinley Street Park in Hazleton has been open for business, but there isn't too much foot traffic. A little less than $500,000 in federal stimulus money was used to build the park by the Hazleton City Authority. Now... the authority will meet soon to see if the green space can be spiffed up a bit to attract traffic.

 

 

 

Sunday / July 7, 2013


Heat Relief

With temperatures expected to be in the mid to upper 80's this week... if you 're over 55... you might want to consider heading for one of the senior centers operated by the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging. The Office's David Reeder says it's a pretty good place to get out of the heat... and do some networking. There are seven senior centers stretching from Benton to Wilburton to Berwick to Danville that are open on a daily basis.

 

Beat the Heat

The Milton – based Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce is attempting to “beat the heat” with a circuit training – style event the 27th of the month. The Chamber's Jeff Shaffer says the event is a competition among all age groups at the Milton YMCA on Bound Avenue. Shaffer says registration is taking place now... and medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each category. Give the Central PA Chamber of Commerce in Milton a call.

 

Hazleton Man Jailed

A Hazleton man is jailed after he allegedly chased two women through the streets with a gun. Francis Lara is facing multiple charges of assault and threats. Hazleton police say Lara allegedly chased a 16 and 18 – year old teenagers in the 500 block of West Maple.... and then on North Locust early Sunday morning.

 

Fatal Wilkes-Barre Shooting

A 24 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is dead after he was shot early Sunday morning in a backyard in the 100 Block of South Grant Street. Police say Vaughn Kemp was chased.... ending up at a party... where his attackers fired shots. No arrests have been made.

 

 

 

What's Happening Sunday July 7, 2013


The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving an all you can eat breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Cost is $8.00 for you, $4.00 for your kids. All proceeds benefit the Liberty Township Fire Company.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville presents a summer evening experience tonight with food, a Dr. Seuss reading, family activities, music, scripture, and worship. From 5:30 to 7:30 PM it's “Living Together in God” and the “Butter Battle Book.”

 

Tomorrow the American Cancer Society presents another “Look Good Feel Better” session Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Get more information at lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

 

For summer concerts this week it's Rusty Foulke at Memorial Park in Danville, The Loons in Catawissa on Tuesday, The Clickard Consortium Wednesday in Bloomsburg Town Park, and Thursday in Berwick it's the Legends oldies band at the Jackson Mansion.

What's Happening Saturday July 6, 2013


Today is your final day to enjoy the Millville Carnival. At midnight tonight it's the annual gigantic fireworks display.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley wraps up their yard sale today with $1.00 a bag day. They're located on Route 11 in Northumberland next to the Surplus Store.

 

The handicapped accessible model train layout at the Columbia Mall is open today from Noon to 4:00 PM...the layout is located at the Sears end of the Columbia Mall.

 

The Free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville will be open as usual today.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving an all you can eat breakfast and brunch tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Cost is $8.00 for you, $4.00 for your kids. All proceeds benefit the Liberty Township Fire Company.

 

The Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville presents a summer evening experience tomorrow night with food, a Dr. Seuss reading, family activities, music, scripture, and worship. Tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 PM it's “Living Together in God” and the “Butter Battle Book.”

 

On Monday the American Cancer Society presents another “Look Good Feel Better” session Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Get more information at lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

 

For summer concerts next week it's Rusty Foulke at Memorial Park in Danville, The Loons in Catawissa on Tuesday, The Clickard Consortium Wednesday in Bloomsburg Town Park, and Thursday in Berwick it's the Legends oldies band at the Jackson Mansion.

Friday July 5, 2013


Commissioner's

Columbia and Montour County Commissioners are looking at ways to combine some services... such as in the areas of 911 dispatch.... prisons and transportation. For both governing bodies.... it's somewhat a fight for survival as services are expanded... and dollars become short. During their meeting this week... Columbia County Commissioners says they'll seek out a firm, which will look into area's of concern... with a first report due back to the counties in the first quarter of next year.

 

Millville Fourth

The Fourth of July on the square in Millville. There is no other place to be. Bands... folks on floats and thousands of people lining the street for the 84th annual Millville Fire Company Independence Day parade. The parade lasted more than two hours with folks migrating towards the carnival grounds for a fun – filled day of entertainment.

 

Bloomsburg Fourth

The Catawissa Military Band entertained the folks who came to celebrate the Fourth of July. With temperatures in the 80's... it was a perfect night for thousands of people to remember the nation's 237th birthday. Then.... attention turned to the soccer field for the annual fireworks display. A thirty minute show pleased the crowd... not only in the park... but lined up along South Market Street where folks watched the display by sitting in their lawn chairs. This year's display financed with a $10,000 donation by the Press – Enterprise... when it appeared the town... or the town park improvement association couldn't come up with the money for a show.

 

Hazleton Attack

A Hazleton woman is facing a host of charges after she allegedly attacked an emergency room nurse. Police say Terri Krouse was arrested after the attack at Hazleton General Hospital. Krouse is alleged to have bit and scratched the nurse... as well as pulling out some hair in the hospital's emergency room early Thursday morning.

 

Hazleton Fire

It is not a good holiday weekend for six people. They were burned out of their Hazleton home when a fire destroyed a double house on West Fifth Street Thursday. The incident happened midday. When firemen arriving within minutes of the alarm.. but they couldn't find enough water to squelch the flames. All the residents of the home... including a mother and her three kids made it out... but it appears a cat died in the flames.

 

Mt. Top Shooting

Two people were treated for gunshot wounds following a shootout this week in Rice Township... north of Hazleton. It all began with a trespassing complaint when Nicholas Drust and his father, Robert, were questioned by property owners. That's when Robert Drust punched 75 – year old Larry Papach in the face... leading to a shoot out. Nicholas Drust fired more than a dozen rounds... hitting Papach in the shoulder and hand. Papach returned fire... hitting Robert Drust once. Now... Nicholas Drust is in the Luzerne County Correctional Center on $100,000 bond.

 

Held Over

An 18 – year old Crestwood High School graduate will appear soon in Luzerne County Court. Richard Seiwell is accused of writing threats... leading to two evacuations of Crestwood high school earlier this year. He remains free on $25,000 bail while awaiting a formal arraignment scheduled for September.

 

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Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg University athletic teams are now part of the largest NCAA conference in the country. Pitt-Johnstown and Seton Hill recently joined the PSAC which now has 18 member schools. In football, Seton Hill joins the PSAC's Western Division while Lock Haven moves to the East. Pitt-Johnstown does not have football. In men's and women's basketball, Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown join the Western Division with Lock Haven moving to the East.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies beat the Pirates Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh taking the weekend series two games to one. Friday night, the Phils begin a ten game homestand leading up to the All Star break. They will play the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other results yesterday,in a game that took almost 6 hours to play... the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 5-4 in 15 innings and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 9-5.

Thursday . July 4, 2013


Columbia / Montour Counties

Columbia and Montour County Commissioners are looking at ways to combine some services... such as in the areas of 911 dispatch.... prisons and transportation. For both governing bodies.... it's somewhat a fight for survival as services are expanded... and dollars become short. During their meeting this week... Columbia County Commissioners says they'll seek out a firm which will look into area's of concern... with a first report due back to the county's in the first quarter of next year.

 

Millville Fourth

The Fourth of July in on the square in Millville. There is no other place to be. Bands... folks on floats and thousands of people lining the street for the 84th annual Millville Fire Company Independence Day parade. The parade lasted more than two hours with folks migrating towards the carnival grounds for a fun – filled day of entertainment.

 

Bloomsburg Activities

The Catawissa Military Band entertained the folks who came to celebrate the Fourth of July. With temperatures in the 80's... it was a perfect night for thousands of people to remember the nation's 237th birthday. Then.... attention turned to the soccer field for the annual fireworks display. A thirty minute show pleased the crowd... not only in the park... but lined up along South Market Street where folks watched the display by sitting in their lawn chairs. This year's display financed with a $10,000 donation by the Press – Enterprise... when it appeared the town... or the town park improvement association couldn't come up with the money for a show.

Thursday July 4, 2013


Wednesday / July 3, 2013


Columbia County Commission

The Columbia County Commissioners are expected to talk about consolidation of some services with Montour County lawmakers when they meet Wednesday afternoon. First up... according to Commissioner Dave Kovach... the possible merging of Columbia and Montour County emergency dispatch. Other area's to be looked at for consolidation include prison operations and transportation.  Wednesday's meeting begins at 2 O'clock in the Commissioner's meeting room on First Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Sobriety Checkpoints

It's going to be a busy holiday weekend for area police officers. They'll be establishing sobriety checkpoints over the next few days in an effort to snag folks driving under the influence. David Everly.. a regional DUI enforcement coordinator out of Pottsville... says the checkpoints are usually set up on some of the area's busiest highways... such as Routes 11 and 487 in Columbia County.... and Route 54 near Danville.

 

Bear in the Park

Police in Benton are confronted with something they don't see everyday. A bear wandered into the Benton Town Park adjacent to Fishing Creek. Radio reports from the scene indicated the bear's appearance Tuesday afternoon drew first responders to the scene... as well as hundred's of spectators.

 

Boy Hit by Car

A 7 – year old Berwick youngster was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville late Tuesday afternoon... after he was struck by a car at the corner of Market and 9th Streets. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that Owen Wright of Mulberry Street was running with a companion when the child stopped... but little Owen continued into Market... struck by a car driven by Lisa Angell of Berwick. The youngster was initially treated at the scene by EMT's... and taken to Geisinger for further treatment.

 

Scott Twp. Wreck

A late model Pontiac was substantially damaged... and a utility poll snapped in half due to a one car crash Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Route 11 and Tenny Street in Scott Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the unidentified man apparently fell asleep at the wheel while eastbound on Route 11. The driver was initially treated by medics... then rushed to a local hospital.

 

Dog Fighting

Hazleton Police... as well as the Luzerne County District Attorney's office are investigating reports of dog fighting. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says dead or injured dogs have been showing up on city streets. It's believed the dog fighting is somehow associated with illegal gambling.

 

Wilkes – Barre Drugs

An abandoned warehouse in Wilkes – Barre was the target of State and local drug agents Tuesday afternoon. The Blackman Street building was searched for items dealing with drug manufacturing... and drug distribution. Right now... authorities are looking for the people who used the abandoned building in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Martin's Wallet

The Wyoming Valley is known as the Valley with the Heart. That became apparent Tuesday for entertainer Steve Martin. He was in Wilkes – Barre for a performance Tuesday night. Earlier in the day he lost his wallet while riding his bicycle, but it was discovered by an unnamed man who returned it to Martin through the Kirby Center box office.

 

Shamokin Building

Demolition could begin this week to tear down an abandoned double home in the 6 – hundred block of West Spruce Street in Shamokin. The home partially collapsed earlier this week... many believe due to heavy rain. More damage occurred to the structure Tuesday. Authorities say at least one person had to be evacuated from her home.

 

Mortar Round

Cops were crawling all over a home in the 600 block of Sunbury Street in Shamokin this week. The reason... State Police and a special operations squad trying to defuse a World War Two Japanese mortar round and fuses in the apartment at 619 East Sunbury St. Authorities say they did not x-ray the round to see if it was live, but placed it into a containment unit and transported it to a safe place for disposal.

 

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PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were able to snap the Pirates nine game winning streak in Pittsburgh Tuesday night. The final... Philadelphia 3 and Pittsburgh 1. It was the first of a three game series. The Phils and Pirates tangle Wednesday night. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show on the WHLM Stations starting at 6:30.

 

In other games Tuesday night... the New York Mets downed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9 to 1... and the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 7 to 3.

 

No Hitter

Lightning strikes twice for Homer Bailey. The Cincinnati Reds pitcher tossed a no-hitter for the second time in 10 months last night.

 

Wimbledon

And then there were none! The last U.S. player at Wimbledon was eliminated Tuesday in the women's quarterfinals. 20 – year old Sloan Stephens lost to Marion Bartoli of Germany 6-4, 7-1.

Tuesday / July 2, 2013


Columbia County Commission

The Columbia County Commissioners are expected to talk about consolidation of some services with Montour County lawmakers when they meet Wednesday afternoon. First up... according to Commissioner Dave Kovach... the possible merging of Columbia and Montour County emergency dispatch. Other area's to be looked at for consolidation include prison operations and transportation. Wednesday's meeting begins at 2 O'clock in the Commissioner's meeting room on First Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Sobriety Checkpoints

It's going to be a busy holiday weekend for area police officers. They'll be establishing sobriety checkpoints over the next few days in an effort to snag folks driving under the influence. David Everly.. a regional DUI enforcement coordinator out of Pottsville... says the checkpoints are usually set up on some of the area's busiest highways... such as Route 11 and 487 in Columbia County.... and Route 54 near Danville.

 

Bear in the Park

Police in Benton are confronted with something they don't see everyday. A bear wandered into the Benton Town Park adjacent to Fishing Creek. The bear's appearance Tuesday afternoon drew first responders to the scene... as well as hundred's of spectators.

 

Scott Twp. Accident

Police are investigating an accident which took place around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. It happened at Route 11 and Tenny Street in Scott Township. There was radio report of a person being injured.

 

Proposed TV Deal

The landscape of local television may soon change. The Chicago – based Tribune Company wants to acquire the 16 television stations owned by a group known as Local TV. Included in the deal is our media partner... WNEP / Channel 16. Tribune says it's willing to pay $2.7 – billion dollars in cash for the properties in 16 key markets across the country. Tribune currently has 23 TV stations... including WGN in Chicago. The proposed deal could close by the end of the year, but first must pass regulatory checks and balances.

 

Stream Gauges

We're still under that flash flood watch issued over the weekend by the National Weather Service. Now... Folks at Columbia County Emergency Management continue to keep an eye on the levels of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek. But the EMA's Michelle Frye says the elimination of federal funding for rain gauges in northern PA and southern New York State really doesn't give the agency a good, overall view of what we can expect from the Susquehanna. Meantime... showers and thunderstorms continue to be a main part of the weather forecast for the remainder of the week... with the Susquehanna expected to crest just above 14.9 feet late Thursday.

 

Holiday Drinking & Boating

A big 4th of July holiday this week... means officers will be out looking for alleged drunk drivers... not only on the highways... but on the water as well. State conservation officer Steven Boughter says he'll be out on the Susquehanna River this weekend.... conducting safety checks... and checking for drunk boaters. Officer Boughter says BUI isn't as prevalent as it was a couple of years ago... but it does exist.

 

Wilkes – Barre Drugs

That drug sting in Wilkes – Barre centered in a barber shop and a furniture store... has netted 17 arrests. Nine people were originally arrested last week... now word of others arrested. All or some of the 17 people would allegedly purchase drugs in the New York City area and bring them to the Wyoming Valley for distribution. Authorities say the 20 kilos and 200 pounds of marijuana brought into the area have a street value of $2.5 - million dollars.

 

Hazleton Crash

A 35 – year old West Hazleton man is dead following a two - car crash Monday afternoon in Luzerne County. State Police at Hazleton says Carlos Taveras – Martes... died when he lost control of his car... slamming into a second vehicle. 43 – year old Christopher Jones of Drums was hospitalized. Police say Taveras – Martes was not wearing a set belt at the time of the crash.

 

State Revenue

State revenue figures are in for June... and Pennsylvania collected $2.7 – billion dollars in general fund revenue... which was 1.7% less than anticipated. However, overall... the state rounded out the fiscal year with $28.6 – billion dollars... or two – tenths of a percent above estimates. That number was able to fund the 2012 – 2013 budget year which just ended.

 

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PHL Phillies

After a day off the Phillies begin a three game series in Pittsburgh Tuesday night. They will be facing the hottest team in baseball. The Pirates have a record of 51-30 and they have won nine straight games. Tuesday night's first pitch will be at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Station begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In major league baseball Monday night.... the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5 to 4... and the New York Yankees downed the Minnesota Twins 10 to 4.

 

Wimbledon

Another big upset yesterday at the Wimbledon Tennis championships. Women's favorite Serena Williams lost to Sabine Lasicki of Germany 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the round of 16. Williams had won 34 matches in a row. Sloane Stephens, who advanced to the women's quarterfinals with a win Monday is the only American left in the tournament.

 

Monday / July 1, 2013


Stream Gauges

Even though that flash flood watch for rivers and streams expired Monday night... the folks at Columbia County Emergency Management continue to keep an eye on the stream levels. But the County's Michelle Frye says that's harder to do these days... since funding for some rain gauges has been eliminated upstream along the Susquehanna and Fishing Creek. Meantime... the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is forecasting the Susquehanna at Bloomsburg to reach a height of 14.2 feet Thursday afternoon... well below flood stage.

 

Holiday Drinking & Boating

A big 4th of July holiday this week... means officers will be out looking for alleged drunk drivers... not only on the highways... but on the water as well. State conservation officer Steven Boughter says he'll be out on the Susquehanna River this weekend.... conducting safety checks... and checking for drunk boaters. Officer Boughter says BUI isn't as prevalent as it was a couple of years ago... but it does exist.

 

State Budget

Governor Corbett has placed pen to paper... and has signed into law... the states $28.4 billion dollar 2013 – 2014 budget. It was a long struggle for lawmakers over the past few months. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township... a member of the house appropriations committee is happy with the spending plan since it does not contain a tax increase. Representative Millard said the budget meets the core needs of Pennsylvanian's.

 

Rail Crossing

Work on replacing a railroad grade crossing on the west side of the Susquehanna River at Route 42 and Legion Road in Montour Township is well underway. Work began Saturday morning... and by the time the project is wrapped up Wednesday... crews will have replaced the hard rubber crossing for the North Shore Railroad... to a state – of – the – art concrete surface. If you're headed to the county's south side... you will need to take an alternate route... such as the Bloomsburg Bridge on State Route 487.... or if headed to Knoebles.... south on Route 11 to Danville.... then Route 54 to Elysburg.

 

Stevens Confirmed

The State Senate has confirmed Judge Correale Stevens to fill a position on the state Supreme Court. Stevens... of Sugarloaf Township... near Hazleton is the current president judge of the state Superior Court. He was initially nominated to the position by Governor Corbett... and will serve two and a half years until he faces re-election.

 

Shot Fired

Police in Salem Township... north of Berwick... want to know who was firing shots from a gun late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Police were called to the area of Route 11 and Thomas Road... even closing the highway for a period of time. Thus far... whoever fired the shots remains on the loose.

 

Fresh Air

Getting out of a hot and steamy New York City... and into places such as Columbia and Montour Counties.... and staying with host families. That's the experience of 19 Fresh Air Fund kids who arrived in Bloomsburg at the start of the weekend. Rebecca Shappell... and her husband Fred... have been a fresh air family the past eight years. The Fresh Air Fund kids range in age from 6 to 18... and will spend up to two weeks in the area... experiencing things that you can't find in the big city.

 

Gettysburg

If you're the Secretary for Scott Township... and a member of the school board at Southern Columbia... what do you do in your spare time. In the case of Eric Stahley... you become a reenactor at Civil War battles... such as the one coming up in Gettysburg this week. Stahley portrays a member of an independent artillery battalion based in Pittsburgh. Thousands of reenactors will be in Gettysburg this week... with reenactments viewed by thousands of people.

 

Hazleton Man Injured

A Hazleton man is in the hospital after he received head injuries while walking in the rear of the 6 – hundred block of Grant Street. The incident happened Sunday morning. The name of the victim... or what happened has not been released. Right now... Hazleton police are receiving help in their investigation from Pennsylvania State Police and their forensics unit.

 

 

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