2012-02-22 05:28:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
A former Bloomsburg University professor has decided not to fight extradition to Oklahoma. 65 – year old Gary Doby has been behind prison bars for the past two months unable to raise a half million dollars bond after he was charged with child pornography. Prosecutors say Doby... of Beaver Township.. is accused of working with a third grade teacher in the Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma school district to make kiddie porn. Now... Oklahoma authorities have until the middle of March to transport Doby back to the Sooner State.
The man who was a visionary for Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has died. Dr. Henry Hood passed away over the weekend in Exeter, New Hampshire. The expansion of Geisinger Health System... as we know it... began in the mid – 70s when Dr. Hood became president and CEO. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that the hospital system plans a memorial for Dr. Hood sometime in the future.
Wolfe / Gordner
The son of former State Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolfe... has been sentenced from 8 to 23 months for his conviction of attacking a handyman working at the Wolfe homestead. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition 37 – year old Benjamin Wolfe received the sentence for attacking 55 – year old Keith Gordner last August. Gordner was performing work at the elder Wolfe's Millville – area farm... when he was viciously attacked. In addition to serving time in prison... Wolfe will have to repay Gordner more than $3,000 in medical costs... not covered by insurance.
Time is running out for folks who feel their property needs to be assessed due to the floods of last September. County Commissioner David Kovach says the deadline to ask for a re-assessment request is March 9th. Thus far.. the personnel from the assessors office has visited 175 properties... in 16 Columbia County municipalities... with 95 percent of property owners getting some relief.
State Tax Relief
The deadline to apply for slots – funded property tax relief is fast approaching.
Attorney General Jack Wagner believes that over 90% of qualified homeowners have filed for this property tax relief... but many are still missing out. The deadline to apply for tax relief is March 1st.
Budget / Millard
It was the State Senate Appropriations committee... which last week grilled a parade of department heads appearing before it. This week the House Appropriations Committee started the annual state budget hearing process in Harrisburg. Sitting on the committee is Rep. David Millard of Millville. The committee kicked off this week's session by getting a prospective of the global economy... followed by the state's independent fiscal office... as well as the Department of Revenue. Representative Millard telling us that those particular agencies were brought in first to set the stage for the rest of the hearings.
Barletta / VA
Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton spent some time at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes – Barre on Tuesday... handing out medals to four veterans... which were long overdue. Included in the group was Vietnam vet Jerry Lee Smith of Berwick. He received a half – dozen medals for his service while in the U.S. Navy from 1965 thru '69. Also honored for their service was James Kellum of Huntington Mills... near Shickshinny... Michael Gatcha of Bear Creek Township... as well as Edward Bush of Palmerton.
Wilkes – Barre Bones
Bones discovered earlier this week in a vacant lot in Wilkes – Barre... are not human bones. The discovery on Loomis Street brought police and the Luzerne County coroner to the scene. But coroner Bill Lisman said the bones weren't human... but rather are from pigs and cows from nearly 15 - year ago. It's not known how the bones ended up on that vacant lot on Loomis Street... near Stanton.
Authorities in Shenandoah are trying to figure out if it was a case of arson which sparked a blaze in a duplex... sending a woman to an Allentown hospital for treatment. The woman has been identified as Christine Hanlon. The fire broke out at the rear of the two story building early Monday evening the 300 block of West Center Street. A Shenandoah police officer was slightly injured when he led the landlord to safety. A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine the exact cause of Monday night's fire in Shenandoah.
Jeep / Motor coach
A trip to a Wilkes – Barre area casino for Shamokin – area residents got off to a rocky start Tuesday... when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee rammed into a motor coach in Kulpmont. Police say 23 – year old Andrew Kowaleski apparently fell asleep at the wheel... ramming the King Coal Tours bus on Route 61 in Kulpmont. Several of the 19 passengers on board the bus received minor bumps and bruises... while
Kowaleski was taken to a Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
High School Basketball
The District 4 Class AA high school basketball playoffs began last night. In a boys first round game at Sullivan County, Bloomsburg played Towanda. The game crept into overtime... and that's when Towanda surged ahead... defeating Bloomsburg 52 to 45.
Both the Southern Columbia boys and girls teams played Class AA playoff games Wednesday night at the MCloskey Center in Danville. In the girls semifinal South Williamsport beat Southern 63-48. In the boys first round game Southern beat Central Columbia 50-47.
The Bloomsburg University basketball teams came out on top in their games Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House. The Women beat East Stroudsburg 78-63 to win the PSAC East outright, making the Huskies #1 for the second year in a row. The Men struggled against ESU for much of the game but sent it into overtime and snatched the win on the strength of a last-second shot from Junior Nnamdi Njoku. The final was 80-78. You can hear that winning call with Jim Doye in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
BU is back at the Nelson Field House on Saturday to face Millersville. Coverage on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.