PPL / NRC
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they'll continue to keep their eye on PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.... just north of Berwick. The Commission holding a recent public meeting saying the company had 22 non – safety violations at the plant from late 2010 through 2011. The NRC's Paul Krohn says the violations had to do with procedures and practices but PPL needs to improve what they do.
If you want to vote in the April 24th primary election... and you're not registered.... Monday is the final day to sign up. That word from Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. He says you have until the close of business Monday afternoon to register... or change your address if you've moved in the past six months.
Bloomsburg Police are investigating an assault of a woman early Sunday morning... and are looking for a suspect. Police say the incident happened in the 100 – block of W. Main Street when the man... in his mid – 20's asked the woman for directions.
The man then pushed the woman up against the stairwell of the apartment building an fondled her. Police are looking for a man of Indian descent.. about 5-10... speaking broken English... and last seen wearing a long sleeve maroon and gold rugby polo shirt. Call Bloomsburg Police if you have any information about the incident at 784-6779.
Flood Control Legislation
A number of bills dealing with flood control legislation will make their way through the State House in Harrisburg. The proposed legislation ranges from flood control and hazard mitigation from Rep. David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township... to local abatement of Real Estate taxes by Rep. Lynda Culver... and flood relief for small businesses authored by Rep. Kurt Masser who represents the southern portion of Columbia County. Since the measures are just being introduced... there's no word on when action will take place.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration will be in Mehoopany... after a Wilkes – Barre man died in an industrial accident over the weekend at the Procter & Gamble plant. Company officials aren't saying how 36 – year old Jason Slavish died.... but they say the accident happened while production was shut down for maintenance. Slavish had worked at the company since the late '90s.
Hit & Run
Police in Hazle Township are investigating a hit and run which took place last night near the Red Buzzard Pub. Authorities had to shut down the intersection of Route 940 and Hillside drive for nearly an hour while an investigation was underway. Investigators were trying to find a white Ford diesel crew cab in connection with the incident. The person hit... was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.
Shamokin police are investigating an early Sunday morning incident in which a prank didn't turn out as planned. They say 59 – year old David Latsha of Third Avenue in Shamokin was wrestled to the ground in front of his home shortly after police arrived. That's when he confessed to shooting his friend... Paul Kinsey with a 357 caliber handgun. Latsha telling authorities he jumped out of a closet to scare Kinsey... after allegedly hiding from his girlfriend... who never appeared... and after snorting a powdery substance. Kinsey was taken to Geisinger in Danville. Latsha was taken into custody by police.
Multi - sport college athletes are rare, but Bloomsburg University has a very good one in sophomore Justin Shirk. Last fall, as a linebacker on the Husky football team, Shirk was a second team all conference selection. This spring he's doing great things for the track & field team. On Saturday in the Early Bird Invitational at Lock Haven, Shirk placed first in the javelin with a winning throw of 187 feet, two inches. He was one of 12 Bloomsburg athletes who achieved PSAC qualifying marks in that invitational.
The NCAA Division one men's basketball tournament is down to the final four. Kentucky and Kansas advanced over the weekend. Kentucky defeated Baylor 82-70 while Kansas getting by North Carolina 80-67. This Saturday Kentucky will play Louisville and Kansas will take on Ohio State.
In the women's tournament Sunday, the final team from Pennsylvania was eliminated when Penn State lost to Connecticut 77-59.