2012-02-03 05:12:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Super Bowl / Domestic Violence
A big sports weekend is on the horizon. Super Bowl 46 kicks off Sunday night in Indianapolis. But there has always been a notion that the Big Game leads to domestic violence. Not so says Berwick's Beyond Violence executive director Cheryl Cerosoli. However, Ms Cerosoli says domestic violence DOES increase every year around the holiday season... as well as at the end of the school year.
A state police fire marshal is expected Friday to probe a burned out home in the 300 block of East Second Street in Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... the blaze was discovered around 7:45 Thursday night. Damage was contained to the first floor. The house had been vacant the past year... so last night's fire in Berwick is considered suspicious in nature.
Lehman Township Fire
Benton Firemen found themselves in neighboring Luzerne County Thursday night... battling a huge barn fire along Moretown Road... just off State Route 118... in Lehman Township. Initially... Sweet Valley and Fairmont Township firemen were called to the scene, but they quickly found out they needed lots of help. The barn contained livestock... but they were led to safety. The investigation continues as to what sparked that blaze in Lehman Township.
A man and his two twin children escaped from the family home near Shavertown... in the back mountain area of Luzerne County last night. The fire was discovered in the home in the 100 – block of Summit Street around 6:30. By the time firemen arrived flames and smoke were pouring out of the rear of the structure. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire near Shavertown is under investigation.
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia County... says the Benton Volunteer Fire Company is in line to receive a $76,000 grant for operations and safety. A spokesman for Mr. Barletta says the money come from the FEMAs Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. A second agency in East Stroudsburg will be getting 695 – thousand dollars for emergency vehicle acquisition... as well as money for operations and safety.
The Student Accounting Association at Bloomsburg University are sharpening their number 2 pencils in order to help low income and folks over 60 prepare their simplified IRS forms. Their free service begins February 13th at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. The association's Brian Kutz says tax code changes keeps preparers on their toes. The service runs each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through April 11th.
Members of the Nanticoke Housing Authority say they want an audit of the authorities finances dating back to 2009. One published report said the request came during a special meeting of the authority on Thursday after finding questionable purchases on the authorities credit card. The purchase which triggered the yet – to – be done probe was from a TV shopping network.
Stick Up Suspects
Two men have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a Union County convenience store we told you about earlier this week. Jeffrey Stahl was arraigned this week after being charged with two felony counts of robbery... theft... receiving stolen property and simple assault during a robbery at the Forest Hill store on Route 192. State Police say 44 – year old Michael Gulli of West Milton was also taken into custody. Gulli was the alleged stick up artist... while Stahl was the get-a-way driver following the hold up.
Two insurance agents in neighboring Luzerne County are in trouble with the state Insurance Department for allegedly mishandling clients account. The Department taking the way the license of Susan Kamowski of Wapwallopen after she allegedly created false documents... and didn't handle account in an appropriate manner. The second agent... from the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County... in Shavertown... is on five years supervision and fined for after failing to submit forms for a policy he handled.
Mt. Carmel Folo
That weekend fire at a Mt. Carmel home we told you about earlier this week... forcing a hearing impaired man to flee... has been ruled accidental. That word from a state police fire marshal who said arcing inside an electrical box ignited combustible material. 30 – year old Paul Ventelli was able to escape... but the blaze caused an estimated $230,000 in damage.
In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Crestwood rolled over Berwick 46 to 33.
Boys HS Basketball
Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their boys high school basketball rivalry Friday night at Central's Elementary School Gymnasium. In a game heard on the WHLM stations it was Central Columbia that took the 48-34 win. Listen to all the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Fridat Night Sports update:
The Bloomsburg University wrestling team has their final two home matches of the season this weekend. Friday night at 7 O'clock... the Huskies take on Clarion at the Nelson Field House. Saturday afternoon at 1... they face Cleveland State.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play at Cheyney Saturday starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. You can hear that hardwood action on the WHLM stations beginning with the pregame show at 12:40.