It began as a fund raiser back in 1993... and now it's a spring staple in Bloomsburg. The planning of how to deal with the annual Block Party has been in the works since last spring. That word from Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. One thing... according to the chief... Block Party won't get out of hand as had been the case back in 2007... when at least a hundred people were cited.
Proposed PPL Reactor
Allentown-based Pennsylvania Power and Light says it's not sure if it will ever build a third nuclear reactor... next to its Susquehanna steam – electric station in Salem Township. The Wilkes – Barre Times – Leader is reporting that the company is asking permission from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to take water from the river during construction. However, a spokesman for the utility says there are many issues to look at... even if the NRC gives permission... as late as 2014. At the earliest... and if everything falls into place... the first electricity could be generated by the year 2020.
Sex Assault Allegations
A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested Thursday after being accused of molesting a youngster. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 42 – year old Glenn Teichberg of Railroad Street... is accused of fondling a boy younger than 13 in a Berwick home during 2004 and 2005. Teichberg is charged by police with criminal attempt to commit rape of a child and indecent assault. He's being held at the prison on $50,000 cash bail.
Wilkes - Barre Shooting
Wilkes – Barre police say a 14 – year old boy was shot and killed last night... and they're looking for a suspect. The shooting taking place shortly before 7:30 on Hill Street. Police say they're looking for a burgundy Ford Taurus... one of the people inside the car is believed to have fired the fatal shot.
Authorities say two 16 – year old boys are responsible for dumping 83, 22 – caliber bullets into a trash can at the Hazel ton School District's Ninth Grade Center this week. State police at Hazleton say the pair was not part of a plot to create mayhem. The two kids have not been identified, but will face charges in Luzerne County Juvenile Court.
It's been a busy week in Harrisburg. The house approving legislation this week on landmark legislation designed to reduce the size of the PA General Assembly. Rep. Tarah Toohill... a Hazleton Republican... says significant cost savings and greater efficiency could result from the reduction in the size of the state house. A constitutional amendment process requires the proposal be passed by two consecutive sessions of the legislature... and approved in a statewide referendum. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Luzerne County police departments are getting behind a move to crack down on aggressive drivers. Officers from Hazleton to the back mountain area of Dallas are targeting specific roads in order to catch drivers speeding... tailgating... improperly passing or running red lights. The effort is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project which runs through April 29th.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was back in a Centre County courtroom on Thursday. The attorney for Sandusky withdrawing several defense motions. The judge is expected to rule on other motions dealing with the Sandusky case next week. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing ten boys over 15 – years. His trial is now set to begin in June.
Mitt Romney's campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination made a stop near Tunkhannock Thursday. Romney spent less than an hour at Mountain Energy Services... a company that provides water to the Marcellus Shale industry. In his speech to a couple of hundred people... Romney spoke about energy production.... and how the shale fields help Pennsylvania. His visit to Tunkhannock comes a few weeks before Pennsylvania's April 24th primary election.
Community college presidents, trustees and students descended on the state capitol this week to voice their budget season concerns. PA's 14-community colleges face a roughly 4% budget cut next year. Dr Alex Johnson of the PA Commission for Community Colleges says the proposed budget cuts would have adverse effects. Dr. Johnson says community colleges have a list of shovel-ready projects that exceeds $100-million dollars.
The Bloomsburg University baseball and softball teams both play doubleheaders Friday afternoon. The baseball team will take a 16-14 record into their games against East Stroudsburg at Litwhiler Field. The first game starts at 1 o'clock. The softball team has a record of 21-7 going into their doubleheader at Lock Haven. The first game begins at 2:30.
High School Basketball
Two local high school basketball players received all state honors this week. Danville senior Andrew Andreychick, who led the Ironmen to a league and district championship, was a second team selection in Class AAA. Benton junior Justine Seeley was named all state for the second straight season. She was a second team selection in Class A.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was nearly flawless for eight innings Thursday on the opening day of the 2012 Major league Baseball series. The Philadelphia edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 1 to nothing. Both teams have the day off... they'll do battle Saturday. Catch all the action with the pre – game show on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 beginning at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05.