A Berwick man... living in an apartment in Bloomsburg... is out on bail after he was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman roommate. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's s edition... 23 – year old Joshua Walsh allegedly sexually assaulted the roommate early Wednesday morning at their West Anthony Avenue apartment. Walsh was arraigned before a district justice... transported to the Columbia County Prison... but was freed after his father posted $1,000 bail.
With no last minute issues facing them... the Bloomsburg Town Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a $4.3 – million dollar operating budget for 2012. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr said they got a late start on preparing the spending plan due to September flooding. The property tax rate remains the same. And despite an estimated $97,000 deficit...the plan calls for the hiring of a police officer at mid-year... and an additional person in the Code Enforcement office as well as a third police clerk.
Kidsburg in Bloomsburg's Town Park is going to have to be demolished. That word from Chuck Wagner at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting. Wagner is the president of the Town Park Association... telling council memebers major problems were created due to September flooding. A second problem is the water destroying Kidsburg's foundation... and that would force the Association to spend thousands of dollars to replace it. So Council gave the go – ahead to have the 10 – year old kids park demolished in the spring... so a second Kidsburg can be built.
A Luzerne County man will be serving the next 20 to 40 years of his life behind bars. That... after Lamont Cherry of Wilkes – Barre was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 12 – month old Zalayia McCloe. In October, a jury found Cherry guilty of third degree murder. During the trial, prosecutors said that Cherry shook the girl so much she received massive head trauma.
The home of a Dorrance Township family went up in flames this week... for the second time since September. Renovations were being performed on the home... but this time it burned to the ground. The Medvetz family home on Blue Ridge Trail is now considered a total loss. The first fire in September was ruled accidental... but this time a state police fire marshal has been called into the determine the cause of the latest blaze.
Pennsylvania's application for the State Small Business Credit Initiative has been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. The commonwealth is now eligible to receive over 29 – million dollars. At a Harrisburg news conference.... State Senator John Gordner of Berwick.. chairman of the Senate's Labor and Industry committee... said 150 new jobs will be created... with a salary range of at least $60,000 a year. Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation is receiving the funds and dispersing a portion of them to local economic development agencies.
When home rule takes effect in neighboring Luzerne County January 2nd... whoever is named County Manager will have some resumes to sift through. As it stands now... there are eight new division head positions to be filled under Home Rule... and thus far roughly 175 applicants have applied for the positions. They range from Administrative Services Director to Public Defender. Once the final selection is made... it will be up to the 11 member county commission to confirm the manager's choice.
In WHLM Sports
Bloomsburg played at Southern Columbia last night in girls high school basketball. In a game you heard on the WHLM Stations Southern defeated Bloomsburg 67 to 37. In other girls' basketball last night, it was Benton over Sullivan County 42 to 32... and Danville getting by Midd West 60 to 27.
In boys basketball last night Lake Lehman defeated Berwick 58 to 44.
On The Air
Tonight in boys basketball.... Berwick is at Central Columbia. You can catch all the action with the pregame show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.
National Football League
In the NFL tonight.... Houston is at Indianapolis.