2012-02-28 05:23:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
More information is coming out dealing with a former Danville cop who took his own life over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 68 – year old Richard Lewis of Danville allegedly sexually assaulted a 16 – year old teenage girl more than two dozen times over a ten month period of time. The assaults taking place at a hunting cabin in the Turbotville area... as well as as his Danville home. Lewis was on his way to surrender to State Police on the pending charges when he ended his life in an Interstate 80 rest area near Limestoneville.
Council / United Water
A two page letter... and not much else from United Water at last night's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting. If you recall... at a council meeting two weeks ago... folks who live along West Third Street from Market to Railroad complained about the shoddy performance by a United Water contractor. At last night's meeting... a letter from United Water documenting what they've done. Meantime... council okayed a plan to hire the Larson Design Group to come up with a plan to re-construct the curbs and sidewalks after the construction is complete.
Council / Hospital Merger
The Bloomsburg Town Council will be soon sending a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly... throwing their support behind the merger of the Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Health Systems. It follows a meeting Mayor Dan Knorr and councilperson Diane LeVan had recently with hospital officials... trying to get the approval process off dead center. The letter to be sent goes on to say that town council sees the merger as a way to save an estimated 800 jobs... and grow with Geisinger.
Pending bank financing... it appears the vacant corner of Main and Jefferson Streets in Bloomsburg may see some new construction. It's an area where an October 2009 fire destroyed the original building. Mike and Susan Zarrett... the owners of Town Camera... received approval from Council to build on vacant property next to their current site. The proposed building would house two businesses on the ground floor with apartments on the second and third floors.
A Millville woman is now facing a cruelty to animals charge after remains of a horse was found on her property earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg telling us 50 – year old Bonnie Elaine Heddings of Pine Tree Road in Millville is facing the cruelty charges filed with Magisterial District Judge Doug Brewer. Police say the charges were filed after a horse carcass remained on her property for more than a week... and a second horse was discovered to be underweight... and after examined by a vet... had to be put down.
The price of a gallon of gas has shot upward in the past week... how about ten cents a gallon across Northeastern Pennsylvania.... including Columbia and Montour Countys. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report out Tuesday morning shows... self – serve, unleaded regular is now averaging $3.77 – a – gallon... up a penny from Monday. But last week at this time we were paying $3.67- a - gallon... and a month ago $3.52. The reason for the increase... market demand and unrest in the middle east.
It appears the Bloomsburg Airport is in line to receive $500,000 from PennDOT... thanks to Governor Corbett's $10 – million reinvestment fund for airport projects. The money to be earmarked for the rehabilitation on the airport hanger... its back wall taken out by September flooding. It also calls for replacing electrical wiring and installing a heating system.
Governor Corbett is chugging along... awarding $ – million for rail projects across the state. Under the plan announced... neighboring Luzerne... and two other counties will be getting $3 – million to construct and rehabilitate track related to infrastructure development. Also on the list is the Interstate Distribution Center in Pittston... in Luzerne County. That company to get $700,000 to construct and rehab track for expanded rail access in the center.
Wilkes - Barre Twp Chief
A Wilkes – Barre Township Volunteer fire chief is headed to Luzerne County Court. Chief John Yuknavich is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly mishandled $11,000 earmarked for the fire department. Not only was he the fire chief... Yuknavich was also the treasurer for the firemen's relief association. A district judge ruled Monday there is enough evidence to send the case to court. Yuknavich's attorney says the charges are false.
An autopsy is scheduled for today for 30 – year old Greg Demage of Jim Thorpe. He took his own life along Route 61 in Coal Township over the weekend after police spotted him in a Cadillac belonging to an elderly couple found dead in their Split Rock resort home in Carbon County over the weekend. Demage is the grandson of 77 – year old John Carnochan and his 75 – year old wife, Mildred. He is the only suspect in the crime. An autopsy on the couple yesterday revealed they died of blunt force trauma.
Bloomsburg University's Chamber Orchestra is tuning up for the annual spring concert. The concert will be presented this Sunday at 2 PM at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in the 100 block of Market Street. The performance is open to the public.... and is free.
The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team reached the postseason for the first time in a decade this year, but the Huskies were denied an extension to their season as they lost to West Chester 83-70 on Tuesday night. The Women's team will move on in the playoffs - they beat Shippensburg in their match 69-61. They'll face IUP in the PSAC semifinals at Edinboro on Friday.You can hear all the details from Tuesday night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
District 4 Basketball
In the District 4 high school basketball playoffs Tuesday night, the Danville girls and Southern Columbia boys both played Athens at Williamsport High School. Danville won their game 29-24. Southern won as well, beating Athens 44-42.
Matt Kenseth wins Monday night's rain – delayed... season – opening NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500.