Bloomsburg Police are looking for information dealing with a robbery which took place early Sunday morning on the lower campus of Bloomsburg University. BU's web site says the incident took place... just before dawn near a BU parking lot on First Street. Police say a woman asked a passing man for help in finding her wireless phone in a wooded area... but when he went into the woods... he was mugged by several other men... robbing him of $20. If you have information dealing with the robbery... call Bloomsburg Police at 784-6779.
Country Club Drive Vandalism
Mail boxes knocked off their posts.... outside rear view mirrors twisted off cars... gardens being trampled. That was the complaint aired during a recent Bloomsburg Town Council meeting from a resident of Country Club Drive. Corey Kreischer says it's an ongoing problem... and it appears to be caused by Bloomsburg University students making their way to their dorms. Thus far, Town police have arrested one person in connection with the vandalism... with a promise from authorities to keep a closer eye on Country Club Drive.
The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is opening a new donation center. It will be in the Columbia Mall at Buckhorn. The location will be open on Tuesdays.... starting at 8 O'clock in the morning. The chapter's Rita Inklovich says ribbon cutting for the new location... near Sears at the mall... takes place Tuesday morning at 10 O'clock.
Remember Pennsylvania State Trooper David Lynch.... found dead 13 months ago in a wooded area of the Weiser State Forest in Southern Columbia County? Now... there are published reports which say the 34 – year old Lynch died from hypothermia... in which bath salts were a contributing factor in his death. Bath Salts are a designer drug no long sold over the counter. Columbia County Coroner Lori Masteller ruled there were other contributing factors... but there was no foul play invoked with trooper Lynch's death.
A traffic trouble spot throughout the week on Interstate 80... between the Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT says the contractor building the new I-80 westbound bridge will continue setting beams Monday. The project began last week... and the beam setting will require rolling roadblocks stretching from Lightstreet to Mifflinville... in the eastbound lane so the contractor can use heavy equipment. The work will continue through Thursday.
Gordner / Legislation
Legislation that will provide a multi – year funding stream for the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program has been introduced in the state senate by Senator John Gordner of Berwick. Senate Bill 14-33 utilizes funds from a recent settlement with the nations lenders to re-institute the effective mortgage assistance program in Pennsylvania. Gordner says the bill creates a trust fund with settlement dollars for the purposes of funding consumer protection programs.
Penn State's agricultural research and extension programs are in line for level funding in the Corbett administrations proposed 2012 – 2013 budget. The $44.7million budget is separate from the academic budget. Last year it was funded by the ag budget... but this year it would come from the Race Horse Development Fund. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Bruce McFareon says they've been paring down in recent years. The numbers include both faculty and staff at the University Park campus... and cooperative extension staff in all 67 – counties.
The State House Appropriations committee has learned more about Governor Corbett's Keystone Works jobs program. It will provide up to eight weeks of job training...24 hours a week... so those in the program can continue to keep their unemployment benefits. Julia Hearthway of the state department of Labor and Industry says safeguards are being built in to keep employers from using the program as a free labor pool. Hearthway says the new work search requirement that people receiving benefits must register with Career Link will help them match workers with businesses.
Two Luzerne County men will soon stand trial in the death of a Hazleton man more than a year ago. 25 – year old Rodolfo Hiraldo – Perez and 21 – year old Angel Sanchez are accused in the January 2011 death of 21 – year old Vladimir Ruiz of Hazleton. Although both men has been bound over... no trial date has been set.
If you live in the Beech Mountain Lakes subdivision of Drums... and you're a water customer of Total Environmental Systems, Incorporated.... you're under a boil water advisory. It seems the system lost its pressure in a booster pump... and that is forcing subscribers to bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before using. If you don't want to do that... bottled water is one solution high on the list. The advisory will be in effect for the next few days.
A state police fire marshal is expected to be at a Nanticoke church after their services were brought to a standstill after the church rectory caught fire. It took place during the 11 O'clock mass at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. No one knows how the blaze began.
BU Women's Basketball
The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years. The Huskies will be the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Region and will face No. 5 seed Indiana University of Pennsylvania Friday at Edinboro. Bloomsburg defeated the IUP, 75-67, this past Friday in the PSAC semifinals to advance to the conference championship game, where they fell to Edinboro, 74-58, on Saturday. The NCAA bid is the seventh in school history.
High School Basketball
In high school basketball, three local teams will enter the state playoffs this weekend. The Danville boys, champions of District 4, will play Scranton Prep Friday at Shamokin. The Southern Columbia boys, District 4 runner-up in Class AA, will play Holy Cross Saturday at Marywod University in Scranton... and the Danville girls, District 4 Class AAA runner-up, will play Allentown Central Catholic Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem.
High School Wrestling
Eight local high school wrestlers qualified for the state championships with their performances in the Northeast Regionals at Williamsport over the weekend. Among the eight were three regional champions- Benton's Colt Cotten finished first at 132 pounds; Central Columbia's Kurt Meske won the gold medal at 160 pounds, and Benton's Jake Mankey finished first at 182 pounds.