It appears the Town of Bloomsburg is in line to get a half – million dollar grant from PennDOT's Aviation division. The Town council approving securing the windfall. It was first believed that the town had to take the money all at once... and match it dollar – for – dollar with local funds. But, that's not the case according to Mayor Dan Knorr. When the town is allocated the money... council can use it a bit at a time... along with matching local dollars.
Sex Assault Alleged
A 35 – year old Danville area man is in the Montour County Jail... charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in 2003 and 2004. James McNaughton denied the charge during an arraignment in front of District Judge Craig Long in Catawissa on Wednesday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.. McNaughton believes it's nothing more than revenge on the part of the now 13 – year old child's mother. After hearing testimony... Judge Long set McNaughton's bail at $10,000... with a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week.
A Locust Gap man is in custody after he allegedly robbed a Shamokin – area convenience store Wednesday night. There are published reports that Nicholas Birster entered the store on Sunbury Street... telling the clerk on duty that he would stab her if she didn't open the cash register. She did what she was asked to do... and Birster allegedly scooped up the cash. He was captured a short time later... arraigned... and sent to the Northumberland County Jail.
So... what has your local library done for you lately... specifically the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street? A lot... so says library director Hal Pratt.... telling me that landscape has changed dramatically since he rolled into town back in 1984. Pratt says... circulation is up to an estimated 225,000 items a year. There are computers... and the library is branching into the e – book phase. To celebrate “Library Week...” the Friends of the Library are hosting a Coffee House this Saturday starting at 10 O'clock.
Luzerne County has fired its Director of Elections... just two weeks before the Pennsylvania Primary. Leonard Piazza was given the boot in a letter delivered to his home... and comes a couple of weeks after he was suspended without pay following a disciplinary hearing. No word from Luzerne County officials as to why Piazza was fired. The office is now being run by former county commissioner Tom Pizano.
He won't be going to Philadelphia after all. Instead, former State Senator Bob Mellow... will be arraigned on corruption charges in federal court in Scranton. The announcement made by the U-S Justice Department. The decision to move the arraignment from Philadelphia to Scranton came following some internal bickering among lawyers. Mellow is expected in court April 27th at 10 AM.
A Hazleton man accused of kidnapping a pregnant woman was in court on Wednesday. Carlos Cortes allegedly grabbed the woman from a Hazleton ally... with the 22 – year old victim making her escape near Elbervale... jumping from the car and rolling down an embankment. The victim telling a district magistrate Cortes allegedly fondled her before she escaped. The district magistrate ruled there is enough evidence to send the Cortes case to trial in Luzerne County Court.
That Wilkes – Bare police officer accused of shooting a home invasion suspect earlier this week is now back on patrol. The Luzerne County District Attorney's office says the shooting was justified. James Rankin was shot after he allegedly robbed and assaulted a couple in their Kidder Street home. The shooting took place when it appeared Rankin was reaching for a weapon. He's recovering from his wound.
High School Baseball
In high school baseball Wednesday... Loyalsock defeated Bloomsburg 19 to 3... Milton downed Danville 6 to 3... Saint John Neuman edged Benton 9 to 8... South Williamsport defeated Millville 10 to 6... Montgomery getting by Southern Columbia 7 to 6.
High School Softball
In girls softball on Wednesday.... Southern Columbia downed Bloomsburg 8 to 6... Central Columbia defeated Hughesville 14 to 1.
The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Playoffs began last night highlighted by the battle of Pennsylvania. In the first game of best of seven...the Philadelphia Flyers just getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 to 3. Game two is tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
The Philadelphia Phillies came out of their three game slump last night... as they defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 1. Roy Hallady allowed one run and five hits, striking out three to collect his second victory of the season. The Phil's and Marlins wrap up their series Thursday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.