A Bloomsburg woman has pleaded guilty to bank larceny charges after stealing from her employer. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 56 – year old Mary Ann Gillespie could get up to 18 months in federal prison. She was the person that handled the money at Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty... and was “kiting” checks between two banks. Not only is she facing a federal prison sentence... but she must pay back $130,000 to the company... the first $50,000 before she's sentenced... which is expected late this year.
Several thousand people were on hand last night in Bloomsburg's Town Park for the 57th annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival. The Catawissa Military band presented some of the entertainment... the other coming from the Covered Bridge Cloggers. There was plenty of cake provided by bakers across the community... as well as Brennan's Big Chill providing the ice cream. Overall... a great way to wrap up town sponsored activities at the park.
Alternate traffic plans will be in effect this afternoon... if you're trying to get through Bloomsburg. The reason... the annual gridlock of Main Street by several hundred classic cars. It's all part of the Bloomsburg National's... powered by Carlisle Event. This weekend's Bloomsburg National's are expected to draw an estimated 1- thousand classic cars, trucks and motorcycles to the fairgrounds.
Stuff the Bus
The Berwick Area United Way is helping kids get back to school with a fashion statement. Right now... the United Way is gathering material to collect and stuff 500 backpacks filled with back to school supplies. Berwick United Way CEO Ginny Crake says you can drop off backpacks and supplies at the Berwick Area YMCA.. area churches... as well as at the McBride Public Library. All to be distributed to area schools on the 18th.
Pennsylvania is number two in the nation in the number of sexual abuse cases involving teachers. The state Department of Education reports that since January, 450 complaints have been lodged against teachers, compared to 482 in all of last year. That's due in part to increased awareness, mainly in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. New laws have been put into place requiring suspected abuse to be reported directly to the state's child abuse hotline, and also providing greater protections for teachers, doctors, and others mandated to do the reporting.
Legislation being considered by the state Senate would change the way local police departments monitor speed. The bill would allow local departments the use of Radar, which is currently limited to State Police. Supporters say radar would be less expensive than the tools local departments currently use. A number of statewide organizations are calling for passage of this bill, including the PA Chiefs of Police Association, the Association of Township Commissioners, the State Association of Boroughs, and the PA Municipal League.
Police in Fairview Township... in Luzerne County... are charging a 26 – year old man in connection with a number of daylight burglaries. Eugene Adams, Junior is charged with six burglaries in his neighborhood. He was first questioned by police in mid – July for a burglary... and since that time has been charged with five others.
Hit & Run
Hazleton police are looking for the driver of an SUV which hit a man late Wednesday night... then fled the scene. The 53 – year old victim was walking on North Poplar Street when he was hit. He was then flown to an Allentown Hospital trauma center for treatment. If you have information about the hit and run... call Hazleton Police.
If you live in Luzerne County... and you see the numbers 9-1-1 pop up on your caller I-D... don't be fooled. The county communication center in Wilkes – Barre is now warning about a scam. It seems someone is harassing people are getting calls... saying a family member will go to jail if you don't cough up a certain amount of money. It's not true... and if you get call... be sure to notify police.
A 16 – year old Wilkes – Barre teenager is behind bars after he allegedly stabbed... then sexually assaulted a girl last month. Police say Christopher Molinaro was charged in the attack. Molinaro telling investigators he stabbed the girl... who was supposed to be his friend.
The owner of an environmental clean up and wreck removal company... Minuteman Towing... is being held over for court proceedings. Brian Bolus began his business in Mifflinville... then moved it to the Milton Industrial Park... and at one time was honored by Governor Corbett. The state is accusing Bolus of inflating billing to Marcellus Shale gas companies... as well as breaking the state's environmental laws. During a preliminary hearing this week in Lewisburg... a judge determined there was enough evidence to send the Bolus case to trial.
Milton Meth Lab
Another day... another meth lab raid in the area. This time... police raided a suspected lab in a home on Broadway Street in Milton on Wednesday. Cops initially were trying to serve warrants when they discovered the lab. Right now... Angel Prokop... Ace Elmore and Clifton Elmore are behind bars in the Northumberland County jail in Sunbury.
The Philadelphia Phillies got out their brooms last night in a come from behind victory to defeat the Houston Astros 6 to 5. The Phil's winning all three games against the Astros this week. Friday night.. the Phil's take on the New York Mets starting at 7-05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations...
In other games
The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Miami Marlins 7 to 2... the Washington National defeated the New York Mets in 13 innings 5 to 3... and it was the New York Yankees blanking the Detroit Tigers 1 to nothing.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies for two players to be named later, the teams announced Thursday. ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Phillies will receive two "lower-level minor leaguers." The Dodgers acquired Roberto Hernandez, who is 6 and 8 this season with a 3.87 ERA in 23 appearances, from the Phillies for the playoff stretch.
Penn State Football
Things are coming together for Penn State Head Football coach James Franklin. That's the case, as well, for quarterback Christian Hackenberg. He likes the way the team has come together as a unit. Penn State takes on the University of Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland later this month.