2011-12-16 05:20:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Former BU Prof Charged
Authorities from Oklahoma are expected to be in Columbia County within days to pick up a former Bloomsburg University professor... charged conspiring to make child pornography. 65 – year old Gary Doby is in the Columbia County Prison on a half million dollars bail after an arraignment in Catawissa Thursday. Oklahoma court documents show that a teacher in the Shawnee School District... identified as Kimberly Crain... took pictures and shot video of underage girls in nothing more than bras and panties... then allegedly e-mail the pictures to Doby. Once in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma... Doby will be arraigned on the kiddie porn charges.
Two of Penn State's most powerful officials will fight perjury charges and allegations they did not respond properly nine years ago after getting a report a young boy had been sodomized in the football team's showers. It's all part of the Sandusky sex scandal. Gary Schultz and Tim Curley will hear more of the alleged evidence against them later today during a preliminary hearing to determine if their cases should go to trial.
With Christmas a little more than a week away... the folks with the Salvation Army in Berwick say Red Kettle donations are about 15% off than they were a year ago. Lt. Kevin Polito says the floods of September and current economic times has placed a pinch on his organization. Lt. Polito says bell ringers and their big, red kettles are found in front of retail outlets in Berwick and Bloomsburg... as well as at the Columbia Mall and Wal – Mart in Buckhorn.
Mt. Carmel Project
An estimated 14 – dollar million flood control project is slated for Mt. Carmel... in Northumberland County... once the final piece of the financing is secured. That word from SEDA – COG's Steve Kusheloff who says when it rains... Shamokin Creek can become nasty... damaging an estimated 230 homes adjacent to the waterway several times over the past 14 months. Kusheloff says 13- million dollars has already been secured from the state... the Mt. Carmel Borough Council has raised a half million dollars... and SEDA – COG has submitted an application for another half – million from the Community Development Block Grant program.
A Luzerne County court jury has found Izel and Isiah Garrett guilty of murder in the death of a Hazleton man last year. It took the jury just over two hours to find the Garrett Brothers guilty in the death of 30 – year old Abdul Hakeem Shabazz. He was shot and killed while delivering marijuana to the Garrett's West Third Street home in West Hazleton. No word as to when the Garrett's will be sentenced.
YMCA / Ice Rink
There will be a new activity this winter at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street. The organization taking delivery of a 48 – hundred square foot ice rink this week... just in time for the winter skating season... so say's the “Y's” Roger Brown. He says the “Y” purchased the 92 by 52 foot rink after a survey determined that folks wanted a safe place to ice skate during the winter.
Within the not too distant future... the snow will be falling and the folks from PennDOT will be out... trying to make the roads passable. The agency's Rick Mason says you should give those big, yellow trucks with plows plenty of room. In addition to plowing the roads... the trucks are simultaneously spreading salt and anti – skid in order to make the roads passable.
The state's unemployment rate continues to fall. Unemployment was 7.9 % in November... down from 8.1 % in October. That moved the rate below the current national level of 8.6 % percent. The big reason for the downturn in the monthly numbers.... employment was up 12,000 jobs... while the number of unemployed residents fell.
State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating a burglary which occurred at midday yesterday at a home at 2889, Route 42... in Iola... in Greenwood Township. Investigators tell us someone broke into the storage shed of 50 – year old Robert Ferguson. Someone smashing a window then forcing opening a door latch. The thieves made with two, five gallon cans of gasoline. If you have information about the burglary call state police at 387-4261.
A High School wrestler cannot compete this season now that he's transferred from the Line Mountain to the Benton school district. Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage refused to grant an injunction to 16 – year old Zain Retherford which would have allowed him to wrestle. His family moved from Dorensife to the Benton District to be closer to employment opportunities. And although not allowed to compete this season... Retherford will be allowed to wrestle with the Benton during the 2012 – 2013 school year.
A 1.5 - million dollar state grant has been earmarked for the proposed Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in Northumberland County. The park designed for All Terrain Vehicles will be developed on 6,000 acres of land in Coal... Zerbe... Mt. Carmel... as well as East and West Cameron Townships. Planning by Northumberland County goes back to earlier in the year when it requested the money... on top of the 2 - million dollars in grants already received. It's believed that once the ATV park opens... it will eliminate illegal use of the machines in abandoned strip mines.
Southern Columbia faced Clairton in the 2011 State Football Championships Friday afternoon. Southern pulled it to within 2 in the 3rd quarter but were unable to topple Clairton's now record-setting winning streak. The final was Clairton 35 - Southern Columbia 19. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update: