The Big Event
It's called “The Big Event....” and it takes place on Saturday, March 31st. That's the day when several hundred Bloomsburg University students come out... hit the streets and do various tasks to say “thank you” to the town. The main corridor this year is from the square... south on Market Street to the town park. The University's Community Government Association is running this year's “Big Event.” Give them a call if you have some work to be preformed.
A licensed practical nurse is facing a host of citations after allegedly shoving a patient at a health care facility... then shouting at him. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 63 – year old Marjorie Wolfe of Danville is accused of shoving Millville Health Care Center patient Clayton Hess last month. Two employees coming forward to give statements. Millville police chief Ted Stout telling the paper that Wolfe has been fired from her job... and the State Department of Health is investigating.
A Milton man has admitted he sexually assaulted a 3 – year old girl he was babysitting. 33 – year old Bryan Robbins of Milton... surrendered to police Tuesday after the child's parents called authorities. Robbins is facing a long list of charges. He is in the Northumberland County jail on $25,000 bail.
We're about five weeks out from the Pennsylvania Primary. Registered GOP voters have presidential candidates to select during the April 24th primary.... while Democrats have a primary to decide who will face incumbent Republican David Millard for his 109th state house seat in November. Also... now is time to apply for your absentee ballot if you don't plan to be here on primary election day.
More construction on the bridge rehabilitation project over the Susquehanna River between South Centre and Mifflin townships will take place Wednesday. A PennDOT spokesman says the eastbound passing lane will be closed from the Lime Ridge to the Mifflinville interchange Wednesday and Thursday. The lane blockage runs from 7 AM until 5 PM. It will allow the contractor doing the job to haul dirt and rocks in order to provide fill to the area. The $50 – million dollar project is expected to be wrapped up in 2015.
L&K Mills Theft
An ex-employee of a feed store in Benton was sentenced to probation for 18 months after pleading guilty this week to stealing nearly $11,000 from L&K Mills. The Press Enterprise reports, 37-year-old Joanne Fox of Orangeville, has already paid full restitution for what she pilfered over seven months which started in June 2010 and ending in January 2011. When questioned by police, Fox admitted taking money from the register every week.
The price of a gallon of gasoline across Northeastern Pennsylvania is hovering in the mid – $3.70 cent range. According to the latest Triple A's fuel gauge report out Wednesday morning... it shows that self – serve, unleaded gasoline is averaging $3.77-cents a gallon ... up two cents from Tuesday. A week ago we were paying $3.76 a gallon.
Casino gambling apparently pays off in the long run. State Senator John Yudichak... and State Representative Tarah Toohill says $900,000 from from casino gambling revenue will be used to fund projects in the Hazleton area. Money has been earmarked to convert a former catholic school into a community center... additional money... a quarter million dollars... will be used to fix up a police annex in West Hazleton.
Luzerne County Murder Trial
Testimony got underway Tuesday morning at the Luzerne County courthouse in the murder trial of 49 – year old Arthur Stoss of Pittston Township. He's accused of killing 48 – year old Lillian Calabro. Her body was found nearly a year ago on the Susquehanna River bank near Kirby Park in Wilkes – Barre.
The trial is expected to last all week.
We won't know until later this year if Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke gets full accreditation. Three evaluators from other schools were on the campus this week to evaluate the school's performance... and asking a lot of questions of both students and faculty. Whatever the case... the college won't know its fate until late June at the earliest.
The judge in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case says the request by the defense for more information regarding where and when the alleged attacks took place is moot. Judge John Cleland says that due to prosecutors not being able to produce additional details. Tuesday's ruling comes after the two sides debate the issue in a Centre County Courtroom. Sandusky is due to go on trial May 14th in Bellefonte.
Boys HS Basketball
Trying to advance to the Class Triple A quarterfinals, the Danville boys basketball team played Holy Ghost Prep last night in a second round state playoff game. But they didn't get far despite a valiant effort. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the final score was Holy Ghost Prep 45... Danville 36.
Girls HS Basketball
In a girls' Class AA second round state playoff game last night... Mount Carmel defeated Minersville 67 to 52.
“Play – in” NCCA Games
In Dayton, Ohio last night, in two NCAA men's basketball "play-in" games... Western Kentucky squeaking by Mississippi Valley State 59 to 58... and Brig-ham Young defeated Iona 78 to 72.
Additional “Play – in Games”
Two more "play-in" games will be played tonight with Lamar going against Vermont and California playing South Florida. The first round of the NCAA Tournament begins Thursday.