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Friday / March 30, 2012


Mullgate

The two month era of Ron Mull as Bloomsburg Administrator is over... really before it started. He resigned Thursday prior to last night's special Town Council meeting. If you recall... Mull was escorted out of Town Hall three weeks ago... and an investigation was launched into possible violation of town policy. Mayor Dan Knorr says the investigation by a Philadelphia Labor Attorney was not able to be fully completed before Mull resigned by letter. Now... council will start their search as soon as next week when the issue of a new administrator is raised by members of the Council's administrative and finance committee.

 

Sex Assault Alleged

A Bloomsburg man has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman early Wednesday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 22 – year old Douglas May of West 5th Street is accused of assaulting an acquaintance at a mobile home on Frosty Valley Road after a night of drinking. May was arraigned on the rape charge... and is in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Sandusky Trial

The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial will begin June 5th... instead of May 14th as originally scheduled. That change coming from Centre County Judge John Cleland... in order to accommodate various logistical contingencies. 68 – year old Sandusky, the former PSU football defensive coordinator, is charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.

 

Caregiver Forum

You may be one of the hundreds of people in Columbia County who may be providing care for an elderly relative. And there are times when you're looking for answers which may not be easily found. Now... State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township a caregiver support forum will be held April 18th... starting at 6:30... at Rep. Millard's office at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Aggressive Driving

Cops across the state... as well as in Columbia and Montour Counties are keeping an extra sharp eye on the roads these days. There is a campaign underway to sack aggressive drivers... and to keep PennDOT work zones safe. The aggressive driving campaign will continue through April 29th.

 

Storm Repairs

The State House has voted overwhelmingly to authorize millions of dollars to fix bridges damaged in last year's back-to-back storms. The measure now requires Senate approval. The House voted 193 to 3 for a bill that covers dozens of projects in 14 counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The list of projects would be paid for with $50 - million from the state's Motor License Fund, which would bolster federal money.

 

Attorney Charged

A Wilkes – Barre attorney has been charged by the federal government with one count of mail fraud. Attorney Anthony Lupas is named in a separate lawsuit... accused of a “ponzi” scheme in which he allegedly bilked people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for investments. No word if there is a correlation between the federal charge and a lawsuit filed by attorney Ernie Preate... representing some of the folks allegedly swindled. While the 77 – year old Lupas was in federal court in Scranton... federal agents served search warrants on his home and law office.

 

Alleged Abduction

A 26 – year old Hazleton man is jailed... and faces a long list of charges... after he allegedly abducted a pregnant woman on Diamond Avenue this week. Carlos Cortes is jailed on $150,000 cash bail after he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted the woman. Authorities say she was able to escape by jumping out the window of the car as it cruised along Route 940 near Ebervale. Now... police Say Cortes may be involved with the kidnapping of a woman near Mine Shaft Road.

 

Hit & Run

A Shamokin Area School District teacher remains locked up on $100,000 bail... after allegedly striking five people either walking or biking along the Locust Gap Highway near Mt. Carmel last night. 38 – year old Victor Swaboski the Third failed to stop... and was captured a short time later hiding in a wooded area near a former lumber yard. Police say alcohol may have played a factor. Two of the teens were taken by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... the third rushed to a Shamokin Hospital. Swaboski was arraigned and remanded to the Northumberland County Jail.

 

Juvenile Protection

Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill dealing with the protection of juveniles in PA courtrooms. The one headed to the governor 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 is 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.

 

Hazleton Hit & Run

A Hazleton youngster remains hospitalized after being run over by a hit and run driver Wednesday night. Police say the 11 – year old boy was struck by a pick up at the intersection of South Vine and Chestnut Streets. He was critically injured and flown to the hospital. If you have information on the hit and run... call Hazleton Police.

 

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BU Action

It will be a busy day for sports Friday on Bloomsburg University's upper campus. The Husky baseball team plays Shippensburg in a doubleheader with the first game starting at 1 o'clock. The softball team also plays a doubleheader against Philadelphia University starting at 2:30. Also... the Husky men's and women's tennis teams go against Millersville starting at 3:30.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team begins spring drills tomorrow morning. Head Coach Danny Hale says he's looking for a strong quarterback. Starting Saturday morning, the Huskies will have 15 practices culminating in the annual spring game on April 28th.

 

NCAA Basketball

New Orleans is the venue for the men's college basketball final four. Saturday night Kentucky faces Louisville at 6 o'clock followed by Ohio State against Kansas.

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