We may have an answer by Monday's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting as to why newly – hired administrator Ron Mull is off the job... and on paid leave. Mull was hired at $75,000 a year... but was escorted out of town hall nearly two weeks ago. Now... the Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the town has hired a high – priced Philadelphia labor attorney to see if Mull violated policy. Town taxpayers are now paying attorney Pat Harvey $300 an hour to investigate Mull.
It's tax preparation time of the year for all of us... and in particular... small businesses. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... tax preparer Kim Schooley says now there's a deduction aimed at small businesses who provide health insurance for their employees. Schooley... who is a small business person running a tax preparation service on the Bloomsburg – Danville Highway... says more and more business owners are taking advantage of the little – known credit.
A simulated emergency drill at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville last night. The Danville Fire Department's Station 60 and Ladder 19 taking part in the exercise at the rear of the hospital... eventually raising the 100 foot aerial ladder to the roof top helipad... where a Life Flight helicopter landed earlier in the day. In the scenario... rescuers had to get to the helicopter which made a hard landing. The exercise was designed to train crews on what to do in the event of the unthinkable happening. All those involved in the simulation... as well as emergency managers will go over the data collected to see what when right... and where they can improve their rescue efforts.
Want to know about the safety of the PPL nuclear plant is in Salem Township... in Luzerne County... north of Berwick. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting Wednesday afternoon dealing with the agency's annual assessment of 2011 safety performance for the Susquehanna Steam Electric station. The session is scheduled to begin at 4 O'clock at the Eagle's Building in the 100 – block of South Market Street in Berwick. A second session begins at 7 O'clock. That meeting deals with the results of a February inspection at the plant.
Sentence / Richards
The Former Luzerne County Human Resources Director will begin serving prison time starting next month. 48 – year old Douglas Richards pleaded guilty in December of 2010 of establishing a dummy company designed to preform payroll work for the county. Richards appealed the 15 – month prison sentence... his lawyer saying it should have been a lot shorter... but a three judge panel affairmed the Judge James Munley's sentencing. He will report to prison April 25th.
There will be a traffic trouble spot the next two days in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80... between South Centre and Mifflin Township. It all deals with work on that $50 - million dollar project to provide a series of new or rehabilitated bridges. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed during the day from the Lime Ridge / Berwick interchange to Mifflinville. On Thursday... the eastbound left lane will be closed by the contractor in order to move equipment through the area.
Masser Satellite Office
State Representative Kurt Masser will greet his constituents twice this week when he visits his satellite offices. His office in Harrisburg telling us... Representative Masser will be at the Anthony Township building in Turbotville starting at noon time Wednesday. On Friday... he'll spend a couple of hours at the Zerbe Township Municipal building in the 800 block of Mahanoy Street in Treverton... starting at 10 O'clock. Masser represents Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties.
A pre – trial win for Jerry Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola. Judge John Cleland ruling in Centre County Court that prosecutors must turn over the phone numbers and addresses of those who say they were molested by Sandusky. The 68 – year old Sandusky is accused of allegedly sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year period of time. The ruling also clears the way for the prosecution to turn over any psychological evaluations preformed on the accusers. Sandusky goes on trial on 52 counts May 14th.
Bloomsburg University sophomore Donthe Jordan has been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All District Atlantic first team. He becomes the first Husky to receive that honor since 1997. Earlier this year, Jordan was named the PSAC East player of the year.
In a second round game in the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament last night Penn State defeated No. 5 seed LSU 90 to 80.
A tearful Hines Ward announced yesterday that he is retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Three weeks ago, the 36 year old wide receiver was released by the Steelers in a salary cap decision. He decided not to play for any other team. Ward holds every significant receiving record in team history... including receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He won two Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh and was the game's MVP in 2006.