BLoomsburg Mayor Responds to Charges
Police say the mayor of Bloomsburg showed up at a woman's door with $200 to pay her for sex. Bloomsburg Mayor Eric Bower tells media partner Newswatch 16 the woman he visited when he was arrested is not a prostitute but a friend. He also says he is being targeted because of he's the mayor.
Bower calls it a "Very embarrassing incident.” Bower is ready to fight the charges. The official charge is patronizing prostitutes. Bower says the woman in question is not a stranger walking the streets or advertising services online.
Bower tells Newswatch 16 he believes he is being set up just because he is the mayor. He adds he's had what he calls a "casual relationship" with the woman involved for several months. Mayor Bower is due in court May 2. He tells Newswatch 16 he will fight the charges. He also says he will not step down as mayor and plans to be at the Bloomsburg town council meeting Monday night.
Block Party Weekend
Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg, Town/Gown Relations Committee, will again implement initiatives to increase security related to the annual spring event known as “Block Party.” Those initiatives are:
** Parking Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily close the Lightstreet Road Parking Lot and the ATM Parking Lot to all vehicles and temporarily restrict access to the First Street (Green) Parking Lot to permit-holders only from 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, through 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018.
** Residence Hall Visitation Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily restrict overnight guests in the residence halls to one visitor per student for the evenings of Friday, April 20, Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, 2018. A professional security company firm will assist in managing guest registrations and enhance front door security.
The Town/Gown Relations Committee also asks all participants to keep in mind:
** Neither the Town of Bloomsburg nor Bloomsburg University endorse the Block Party Event, and a large police contingency of both uniformed and plainclothes officers will be present.
** Parking Enforcement officers will be on duty, strictly enforcing all parking regulations.
** Town and University Police both have a “zero tolerance” policy for all violations during Block Party weekend. Parents and Bloomsburg University will be notified of all arrests, and university students will be subject to discipline for violations under BU’s Code of Conduct.
** The Town of Bloomsburg requires permits for “social gatherings” of 150 or more individuals. Students are reminded that they can be held responsible for ordinance and crimes code violations that occur on property they lease or control.
** The Town of Bloomsburg prohibits open containers of alcohol in public rights-of-way.
** Hosts are responsible for what takes place on the property and risk fines and university sanctions for any violations. Control how many individuals are permitted at your housing unit. If a DJ is present, anticipate large numbers of people to be attracted to your location.
** Bloomsburg University students and visitors to town are reminded that your actions and decisions can affect your safety, your future, and the safety of others around you.