2011-12-14 05:33:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
An issue dealing with drivers stopping when a person is in a crosswalk surfaced at the Bloomsburg Town Council meeting this week. Oren Helbok who runs the Moose Exchange on Main Street at Jefferson and says it's a dangerous situation when drivers don't stop to let people cross Main Street... as called for in the state's driver – pedestrian law. So Mr. Helbok and I strolled across Main Street... not one driver stopped for us... in essence in violation of state law. Helbok says he brought the issue up due to the safety of customers of the Moose Exchange after nightfall.
There was a stunned courtroom in Bellefonte... in Centre County on Tuesday when Jerry Sandusky and his attorneys decided to waive a preliminary hearing moments before it was to begin. Sandusky is the former Penn State football coach... charged with 52 counts of child sex abuse... involving ten boys. It's a charge Sandusky has denied. Several of the alleged victims were ready to testify. He will be formally arraigned January 11th.
There is a shake up in Congressman Lou Barletta’s district according to a redistricting proposal released Tuesday in Harrisburg. Barletta... of Hazleton and who represents Columbia County... would no longer have the Wyoming Valley in his district following the 2012 election. Instead... that area would be shifted to the district currently represented by Tim Holden... a Democrat from St. Clair. Barletta will assume the representation of the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County... and all of Wyoming County.
A day in Northumberland County Court for a Mt. Carmel high school football player accused of underage drinking. 18 – year old Meyrick Lamb of Marion Heights was found not guilty stemming from his arrest in October. Lamb... as well as 18 – year old Jacob Kleman and 18 – year old Jeffrey Cooney were charged with underage drinking after the trio was found in a parked car along Route 54 in September.
A demolition project on Market Street in Bloomsburg is just about wrapped. For the past couple of days... crews have been tearing down the building and drive thru of the flood ravaged First Columbia Bank building. It hasn't been used since flooding three months ago... and since that time the building has sat there... unused. Crews spending Tuesday placing the building's remains in a dumpster for the trip to the landfill. A new facility will go up in its place.
School of Excellence
The students and staff at the Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary school are still basking in the glow of being named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education. Memorial being only one of five elementary schools in the state to receive the award. Principal Ryan Moran says it all comes down to respect. Only 14 schools across the state received the US Department of Education award.
Investigators say a cigarette may have been the cause of a Hazleton apartment fire on Tuesday leaving two people homeless. Firemen were called to 359 W. Broad St at midday. Once there... they found a couch on fire. Now... the Hazleton chapter of the American Red Cross are helping Lois and Richard Hall get their lives back together.
A state house committee calling for people to buy beer and wine from private retailers.... while keeping state – controlled liquor stores open. Republicans supported the bill along a party line vote... saying it is the only privatization legislation that has won a committee vote since Prohibition. Governor Corbett is pushing to get out of the liquor store business... and calls for the auctioning of wine and liquor store licenses.
High School Basketball
In girls' High School Basketball Wednesday night, Central Columbia beat backyard rivals Bloomsburg by a score of 39-26. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Post Game Report: