Bloomsburg Police are looking for a suspect wanted in the attempted armed robbery of a woman Monday night. Police say the incident happened on First Street... near Penn around 8 O'clock. That's when a man... wearing a ski mask and holding a pocketknife... attempted to take the purse of a woman... but instead... cut her leg with the knife. The man fled the scene... and despite a search of the area... police came up empty handed. The person being sought is described as 6 feet tall... wearing a black hoodie and gloves. If you have information about the attempted armed robbery... call Bloomsburg Police.
Mifflin Man Jailed
A 28 – year old Mifflin Township man is in the Columbia County Prison on a million dollars bail after he was arrested and charged with holding a Briar Creek Township couple at gunpoint ... and allegedly robbing them of cash. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition Harrison Karns the Third is accused of holding Cynthia and Ralph Gitz against their will the day after Christmas. Karns was picked – up on Monday after leaving his mother's home. He was taken before a district justice Richard Knecht. A preliminary hearing is set for next week.
Super Bowl / Drunk Driving
It's a big weekend in the sports world... with the NFL Super Bowl kicking off Sunday in Indianapolis. But here at home... the Super Bowl means party time and drinking. That's a concern of Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski... who says there will be more cops on the road watching for impaired drivers. In addition, DUI checkpoints will be established on highways based on crash data.
Governor Corbett takes the wraps off his proposed 2012 – 2013 budget during a joint session of the State House and Senate next Tuesday. Two weeks later... according to State Representative David Millard... budget hearings begin. First up... a look at how the state's treasury is connected to the global economy. The House and Senate must concur on a budget proposal before the end of June... so it can be signed into law by July 1st.
Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has called on President Obama to increase or at least continue at the current level the funding for home heating assistance for veterans and seniors through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Barletta's letter requests the president to place least $4.7 - billion for the program in Fiscal Year 2013. The LIHEAP helps low-income families to pay their heating bills through a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or as a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
Butler Twp. Manager
Butler Township... north of Hazleton in Luzerne County... has a new manager. As expected former Luzerne County Commissioner Maryann Pretrilla returns to a job she held for eleven years before seeking the office of County controller back in 2005. Supervisors voting two to nothing for Pretrilla's hiring. Losing out on the job was Ransom Young and Charles Altmiller.
Luzerne County Budget
Luzerne County's newly – installed county council may soon have a new leaner budget in front of them to vote on. Interim County Manager Tom Pribula says council may get an estimated $118,7 - million proposed revised budget by as early as Thursday. Under the plan... up to 106 Luzerne County employees could lose their jobs in order to make ends meet.
The Danville Area School District's Board of Education has approved a preliminary budget for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The proposal checks in at an estimated $32 – million... just about the same as this year. But the board is waiting to see how much money is earmarked for education in Governor Corbett's proposed budget. Those numbers should be revealed when the governor unveils his proposal February 7th.
Two of the biggest grocery store chains in Bloomsburg have removed several varieties of Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes from store shelves. Weis Markets and Giant Food removed the products from the shelves after a recall due to a possible cross – contamination with soy products. There have been no reports of illness and the products are safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy.
A big night on the hardwood last night....
In boys high school basketball action... Central Columbia defeated Midd West 67 to 31.... and Montgomery got by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 60 to 53.
Dallas over Berwick 41 to 35..
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are both tied for first place in the PSAC East. The men's team is tied with Kutztown and the women's team shares first with West Chester. The Huskies have two road games this week... Wednesday night at Millersville and Saturday afternoon at Cheyney. Wednesday's games start with the women's contest at 6 O'clock. You can hear all the action starting with the pregame show at 5:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.