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Thursday / March 29, 2012


Hit & Run

An elementary teacher for the Shamokin Area School District is facing a long list of charges... after he allegedly struck three people walking on the Locust Gap Highway near Mt. Carmel... and failed to stop. Authorities finding 39 – year old Victor Swaboski hiding in a wooded area near 7th and Poplar Streets after he allegedly struck the trio near the elementary school around 8:20 Wednesday night. Two of the teens were life – flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... while a third was transported to the Shamokin Hospital for treatment.

 

Geisinger Expansion

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has expansion plans on the horizon. They plan to build a new 115,000 square foot laboratory at a cost of nearly 53 – million dollars starting in early 2013. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... they should be open for business in 2015. The new building will be located between the Hospital for Advanced Medicine and a parking garage.

 

Harassment Charge

State Police at Bloomsburg continue to investigate an incident which happened in the 7 – hundred block of Rohrsburg Road in Greenwood Township late Thursday afternoon. A police – issued news release says 19 – year old Cody Wormuth of Berwick is accused of injuring a 16 – year old girl... as well as a 17 – year old boy. No reason is given for the incident... but Wormuth is expected to be facing harassment charges once they're filed through a District Magistrate's office.

 

Fire Scare

Volunteer firemen from across northern Columbia County... as well as Bloomsburg, Espy and Buckhorn were called to the apartment complex in the 600 block of South State Street in Millville Wednesday night. Initial radio reports said a tenant on the second floor believed an electrical fire had broken out and the building was evacuated. But upon further check... that was not the case. Bloomsburg's ladder truck and an engine responded to the scene... as well as Espy's Rapid Intervention team.

 

PPL Inspections

Now that PPL and contractor crews have wrapped up a survey of overhead distribution lines due to the mild winter... also on the agenda is taking a look at utility poles holding up those lines. PPL's Terri McBride from her Bloomsburg office says checking on poles and cross arms is a labor intensive task... but it must be done.

 

Mega Millions

The Mega Millions lottery game is getting a lot of attention this week. No one hit the jackpot Tuesday night... pushing the big money to at least $500 - million for Friday's drawing....

 

Hazleton / YouTube

Police have filed charges against a Hazleton mother after she allegedly instigated a fight between her 14 – year old daughter and a second girl last November. What makes it worse... there is video tape of the fight... and it's gone viral on YouTube. 35 - year old Elisa Henchenski is charged with corruption of minors... and endangering the welfare of children. On the video... Henchenski is heard in the background egging on the fight. Still to be determined when Henchenski will appear at a preliminary hearing.

 

Juvenile Justice

Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill dealing with the protection of juveniles in PA courtrooms. The one headed to the governor's desk was created after the corruption scandal involving two Luzerne County Judges. Former Judge Mark Ciavarella... for instance... sent juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by friends... and in the process... boxes of cash crossed his desk. Two other pieces of legislation are also expected to be signed by the governor.

 

PPL Chairman

Allentown – based PPL Corporation's board of directors has elected 55 – year old William Spence chairman of the company. The promotion becomes effective the first of the month. Spence will replace chairman James Miller who plans to retire at the end of the month.

 

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Dixon Trophy

Bloomsburg University has moved up to second place in the race to claim the 20011-2012 Dixon Trophy. That award goes to the top overall sports program in the PSAC. The Huskies trail only California going into the spring sports season. The winner will be announced May 15 at the PSAC Awards Luncheon in Harrisburg.

 

Blake Rankin

Bloomsburg high school senior Blake Rankin will play one more high school game before heading to Rutgers. The record setting quarterback for the Panthers has been added to the Pennsylvania squad for the Big 33 Classic. Pennsylvania plays Ohio June 16 at Hershey Park Stadium.

 

MLB

Major League Baseball's regular season got an early start Wednesday. In a game played in Tokyo, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in 11 innings.

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