It doesn't happen that often on Main Street in Bloomsburg... but a man... armed with a knife robbed a store which caters to young adults around 7 O'clock last night at Main and Iron Streets. Police say 31 – year old Alexander Zaldiar used the knife to simply cut through the ties that held a tip jar to the counter. Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says when leaving the shop.... Zaldivar dropped the jar... spilling the contents along Iron Street. He was captured overnight and taken to the police station for questioning.
With word that Kidsburg at the Bloomsburg Town Park will be demolished this spring... that has left the driving force of the project... sad. Karen Heaps headed the Town Park Association when the idea of Kidsburg was first proposed in the early 90's and hates to see it dismantled. Kidsburg was severely damaged during September flooding... but once the place is dismantled... the current association board plans a major fundraiser with money earmarked for the construction of a replacement park.
The Department of Public Welfare in Harrisburg has initiated a program entitled Project Keystone. It's a federally funded program the state initiated in September during flooding and is designed for crisis counseling and disaster support. The Department's Amy Boya says Project Keystone will pair flood victims with support and connect them with resources that can help with recovery... as well as help them get their affairs taken care of. Project Recovery's number is toll free 1-855-789-7890.
PennDOT has opened another flood – ravaged bridge after it was damaged by waters produced by Hurricane Irene earlier this year. The agency's Rick Mason says the Route 487 bridge at Lopez... in Sullivan County is now open to traffic. Hurricane Irene's flood waters in late August washed out its predecessor, a 79-year old, single-span, steel I-beam bridge over Loyalsock Creek just off Main Street in the village. Mason says PennDOT developed an emergency contract to fast-track the bridge's replacement on the heavily traveled route.
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble says it's getting closed to raising the $22,000 it needed to bring productions to elementary and middle school students throughout the area. They were recently informed by the National Endowments for the Arts... there would be a cutback in their funding. According to a news release... 120 donors have stepped up to the plate... contributing more than $17,000 to bridge the budget gap... and are hoping to raise the entire amount before the end of the year.
A Hazleton man is in trouble with the feds as he tried to get through security at Dulles Airport near Washington. 29 – year old Elias Casiano, Jr. is charged with attempting to smuggle $300,000 in heroin to the country following a flight from Bolivia. Federal agents say he had an estimated 10 pounds of the white powder sewn into the lining of soccer pants and a banner. Casiano is now jailed on those drug charges.
Police in Lansford... near Hazleton... are looking for the people responsible for running a meth lab out of an East Ridge Street home. The lab was discovered by a contractor doing work on the building. Police are continuing the investigation.
Another tenant will soon be lost at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton. Published reports say The Downs... an off – track wagering facility for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will close at the end of the year.
Pennsylvania is one of seven states to share $200 – million in federal “Race to the Top” money. The state will receive $41.3 million dollars to improve K- thru – 12 education program. The so – called “race to the top” was started by the Department of Education.
Southern Columbia lineman Tom Schetorma missed his entire junior season with an injury, but came back strong this season and, for his efforts, has been named to the Pennsylvania Sportswriters All State Football team. He is joined by teammate Matt Moore. Also making the All – State team is Bloomsburg's Blake Rankin... as well as Mt. Carmel's Eric Joraski and Cody Shustack.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys' high school basketball last night, Berwick played at Central Columbia. The Blue Jays defeating the Bulldogs 50 to 34. In other boys' games last night Muncy downs Columbia Montour Vo Tech 91 to 64... Bucktail defeats Benton 72 to 51...
Girls HS Basketball
In girls games last night Lourdes Regional got by Columbia Montour VO Tech 79 to 27.
Thursday Night Football
In the NFL last night... Indianapolis just getting by Houston 19 to 16.