Sandusky's Preliminary Arraignment
We won't be hearing from the men who claim Jerry Sandusky sexually abused them. The former Penn State assistant football coach suddenly - and unexpectedly - waived his preliminary hearing before a District Court judge in Bellefonte. Hundreds had gathered at the courthouse to hear upwards of 10 alleged sex abuse victims testify about what happened to them. An arraginment for Sandusky is scheduled for January 11th. He remains free on $250,000 bond.
A Danville man will spend the next 15 to 32 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend. 33 – year old Westley Wise was sentenced in Montour County Court on Monday. He recently pleaded guilty to third degree murder in the stabbing death of 26 – year old Jessica Frederick at their Danville home last January. Frederick was stabbed 27 times. President Judge Thomas James could have sentenced Wise to 40 – years in prison... but James decided to take the middle ground in the case.
Without a lot of fanfare.... the Bloomsburg Town Council last night adopted their proposed parking change effective January 1st and running through June. The most important provision is that permit and metered parking is now treated the same... in effect from 9 AM thru 5 PM.... Monday thru Friday. Another provision opening up ten metered spaces along East Street for businesses... as well as parking opened up with meters in Center Street near the BTE Theatre.
Remember Kidsburg... at the Bloomsburg Town Park.... built nearly ten years ago... but is in bad need of repair since September flooding... and overall use. That word Town Park Association president Chuck Wagner who appeared at last night's Town Council meeting. Wagner calling Kidsburg a destination for area youngsters. Wagner telling council members that the association will repair Kidsburg.... trying to get an additional couple of years out of it before major repairs are needed.
Salvation Army Red Kettle
If you were out at the major retail outlets over the weekend... you probably saw Salvation Army Volunteers and their big red kettles. The money dropped in the kettles helps the Salvation Army in their quest to help people during the holiday season and throughout the year. Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army says it takes a special type of person to ring the bell day after day. You can spot bell ringers and their kettles outside major retailers in the Berwick, Bloomsburg and Buckhorn area.
A state police fire marshal has ruled that a fire last Friday on Blue Ridge Trail in Wapwallopen was accidental in nature. The flames killed seven dogs. It also severely damaged the home of Paul and Michelle Nichols. The fire marshal ruled that the blaze started in the living room of the two story home.
On a vote of 4 to 1... a state Legislative Reapportionment commission has approved new borders for the state's 50 senate and 203 house seats. The big change in Luzerne County is the 116th district represented by Tarah Toohill... a republican from Butler Township. Her district will include Hazleton... and the townships surrounding that city... as well as Salem Township... Nescopeck and Conyngham.
Another change finds State Representative Karen Boback of Harveys Lake losing Benton township and the borough of Benton. That area going to State representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township. State senator John Gordner also gains some ground in Luzerne County including his home area of Salem Township in East Berwick.