Bloomsburg Town Park
There is a lot of work to bring the Bloomsburg Town Park back into shape following September flooding. That word from Chuck Wagner of the Town Park Association. There are a couple of work days now established... and Wagner said one area to be tackled is the band shell covered with ten feet of water during flooding. Wagner says those Town Park work days are scheduled for April 15th and the 21st.
The owner of the building which houses a former shoe repair shop in Danville has 40 days to tear down the structure. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting Michael Barsh has been told to demolish the building. Borough officials condemned the building last summer... and since that time the building has deteriorated. The borough says the building has become a liability.
The state house has voted 104 to 88 to require Pennsylvanians to show an ID to vote, starting with the November election. Opponents call it voter suppression in an election year....supporters say it will protect the sanctity of elections and help prevent fraud. The bill will require people to show an approved photo ID in order to vote in Pennsylvania. It will be one of the toughest in the country and it's expected to be challenged in court.
Marcellus Shale Programs
A series of lectures, films and a panel discussion on the Marcellus Shale industry are scheduled on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The series starts next Tuesday... and runs through the following Thursday... on campus and at various venues around Bloomsburg. The lectures and films will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale fields. If you want more information... just go to the University's web site.
The man accused of using a machete during a fight which nearly severed a teen's hand is back in Luzerne County. 20 – year old Juan Borbon was extradited from Passaic County, New Jersey... and arraigned in front of a District Judge in Wilkes – Barre on Wednesday. Borbon is accused of slashing the teen during a fight outside GAR High School last month. He's jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Hazleton Police are looking for whoever is responsible for firing a weapon late Tuesday night in the 600 block of James Street. Police say someone fired a weapon... the bullet going through the rear passenger side door of an SUV... passing through a rear drivers side door... the slug ending up in a house. No one was injured. But authorities say if you have information dealing with the incident... please call Hazleton Police.
A Hazleton man has been arrested after police pulled over his truck... and executing a search warrant. 50 – year old Ron Shepard of Carson Street was busted after police allegedly found 80 packets of heroin hidden on his body. The street value of the drugs are worth an estimated $800. Shepard was remanded to the Luzerne County Jail.
Four Bloomsburg University athletes will be competing in the NCAA Division one Wrestling championships which begin Thursday in St. Louis. Wrestling for the Huskies will be Bryce Busler at 149 pounds... Frank Hickman at 157... Mike Dessino at 174 pounds... and Richard Perry at 197.
Three area high school basketball coaches have been honored by the Heartland Athletic Conference. In the boys' Division one, Danville's Lenny Smith was named coach of the year. In Division 2, Southern Columbia's Dave Yost received that honor. The coach of the year in Girls' Division 3 was Southern Columbia's JoEllen Gallinot.
In men's college basketball Wednesday night, in a first round game in the National Invitational Tournament... Bucknell topped Arizona 65 to 54.
In two “play-in” games in the NCAA tournament Vermont downed Lamar 71 to 59.... and South Florida defeated California 65 to 54.