WHLM News Archives for 2018-04

Thursday / April 26, 2018


?Bill Cosby Trial 

The Associated Press is reporting that entertainer Bill Cosby has been found guilty as charged of Aggravated Indecent Assault on all three counts. CBS News will have more at the top of the hour...


Block Party Folo

Unofficial figures are in stemming from the arrests made during last weekend's Block Party in Bloomsburg. Chief Roger Van Loan... in a news release... telling us that between late Friday afternoon and early Sunday morning... 23 criminal charges were filed. 13 of those for drugs... four DUI and a half – dozen miscelanenous charges. There were 222 non – traffic citations handed out.. as well as 11 traffic tickets. Of those cited or arrested... 65 were identified as Bloomsburg University students. Meantime... the P-D is still compiling arrest information from assisting agencies.


Concealed Carry

In Berwick Wednesday night... at the Reliance Fire Hall.. a concealed carry seminar for about 90 folks who wanted to know more about the law. Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlin says the seminar couldn't have come along at a better time. Also on hand was Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. He talked about the legal aspects of Conceal Carry. The seminar was hosted by State Representative David Millard.


School Threats
A student who hears about a threat to his or her school would have a safer and more secure way to report it, under legislation introduced in the state Senate. The Safe-2-Say Program is modeled after a warning system created following the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. It would allow anonymous reporting of safety threats, but also for such issues as bullying, drug use or depression. The state Attorney General's office would administer the program and send any information gathered to the appropriate law enforcement agency.


State Universities
A report by the Rand Corporation on the sustainability and viability of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is receiving mixed reviews. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interim Chancellor Dr. Karen Whitney says options in the report which call for consolidating or merging system universities are incompatible with the Board of Governors commitment to all of the schools continuing. Whitney says the board has been moving in the direction of what the report recommends, including becoming less bureaucratic and more focused on students. In many ways she says the system has been transforming itself.


Voting Machines

Could there be some changes to Columbia County's voting booth by the year 2019... If Governor Wolf had his way.. there would be new, paper verifiable, machines. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky is questioning the unfunded mandate. Mr. Repasky says his machines that are used in 42 precincts across the county are good for another ten years... and right now... there is no way the county commissioners will spring for the money when there are more pressing issues to deal with.


Women Vets
A survey by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Women Veterans Committee of the Governor's Council of Veterans Services is seeking to identify the unique needs of female veterans and the challenges they face. State military officials are hoping as many of Pennsylvania's approximately 60,000 female veterans will respond to the survey which can be accessed at www.dmva.pa.gov. While female veterans face many of the same challenges male veterans do, the survey is designed to determine the unique problems they face and how they might be helped. The survey is available through midnight June 18th.


Pittston Mom

Pittston police say four young boys were left alone last week in Pittston’s Riverview Manor, in filthy conditions, without food. Their mother, Alissa Searles, is charged with endangering them. According to court papers, cops were called to the apartment in Riverview Manor in Pittston last Friday. The children's father told them Alissa Searles often leaves the young boys alone while she smokes meth. Officers say they found no sign she was on drugs. Searles is free on bail until her next court appearance.


Alleged Drug Dealer

An alleged drug dealer led police on a chase right in the middle of the day near Montoursville. Police pursing 38 – year old Antone Larke near K-Mart on East Third Street. Police followed the driver for a few blocks before their cruiser purposely crashed into the van just a few blocks away. Larke was arraigned on 20 charges... including drug delivery and fleeing cops. Bail was set at a half – million dollars.


Hazle Twp Jobs

A company called IRIS USA will be opening a manufacturing and distribution facility in Hazle Township. It is expected to add about 100 jobs. IRIS USA makes plastic organizational products, including storage bins. The company plans to build a 500,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility. It's partnering with the state and with CAN DO, Hazleton's economic development agency.


Hospital Rallies

Nurses at two hospitals in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties spent the day on the streets instead of a hospital room. Rallies took place Wednesday at Moses Taylor in Scranton and First Hospital in Kingston where nurses organized the one-day strike. Nurses and some medical staff at both Commonwealth Health facilities were part of the strike. They've been without a contract for a year, battling over staffing, safety pay, and health care.





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