The federal Drug Enforcement Agency... and local police departments want your unused or unwanted prescription drugs Saturday. It's all part of an ongoing program to get those drugs out of the medicine cabinet and off the streets. Danville police Chief Eric Gill says all you have to do to get rid of what you don't want.... box 'em up... and bring them into his police station... or any other police station in the area so they can be packaged and picked up later in the day by the DEA.
If you try and drive down Main Street in Bloomsburg this Saturday.... it's not going to happen. The street will be closed for Saturday's 34th annual Renaissance Jamboree. The event gets underway Saturday at 10 O'clock.... with vendors and entertainment stretching from Iron Street... west to Jefferson.
Bloomsburg firemen called out shortly before 4:45 Thursday morning... when an automatic fire alarm went off at the Bloomsburg Health Care Center on East First Street. First due firemen found light haze and smoke in the facilities elevator room. No patients were ever in danger or evacuated.
A Stillwater man faces a preliminary hearing next month after he was charged in the death of a friend. 28 – year old Kyle Shaffer is charged with homicide by vehicle and DUI in the death of Russell Hack last December. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Shaffer telling police it was Hack behind the wheel of a 2008 GMC Sierra that crashed on Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township. But, State police investigators aren't buying his story. Now.. Shaffer will face a preliminary hearing May 29th in front of District Judge Doug Brewer.
A problem with plumbing at the Columbia County Courthouse has caused at least $10,000 worth of damage after a urinal valve in a restroom stuck in the “on” position... flooding the basement with at least a half – inch of water. The problem happening late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The problem was discovered Wednesday when employees started showing up for work. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the water took out a computer server and knocked out internet service for a while. Repairs are expected to be covered by the county's insurance policy.
State Police say they're investigating a series of break – in's at churches in Northumberland and Union Counties. In one burglary... an estimated $2,500 worth of music equipment was taken from the United in Christ Lutheran Church near West Milton. Other break – in's taking place at the Sunrise Methodist church in White Deer Township... and the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Turbot Township. Nothing was taken in those break – ins. Police do have some surveillance video of two men inside one of the church's.
Alcohol and a scavenger hunt don't mix. State police arresting two Penn State Hazleton students this week along Airport Road carrying several stolen items. The pair... one from Wayne... and the second from Philadelphia... saying they were taking part in a scavenger hunt... and had been drinking. Both were arraigned... and released on 5 – thousand dollars bail.
The FBI has now stepped into the case of two of three bank robberies in the Hazleton area. The Bureau now handling the robbery of the PNC Bank on Susquehanna Boulevard in Hazle Township... as well as the heist at Citizens Bank on West Broad Street in West Hazleton. 33 – year old Shawn Luther Kelly is in custody for the stick – ups. Now faced with federal charges... and if convicted... Kelly could be facing a stricter sentence.
A 52 – year old Plymouth man... in Luzerne County... has been found guilty on all 13 counts stemming from the molestation of two girls. Robert Caravella is alleged with sexually assaulting the two girls starting in 2002. The kids are now 16 and 11. Caravella will be sentenced July 19th in Luzerne County Court.
State Police at Milton have filed additional charges against two former Potts Grove firefighters. 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg... and 19 – year old Zane Snyder are accused of torching a barn... a unoccupied tractor – trailer and a vacant home... all in Northumberland County. The pair have already been charged with arson in several other cases in the Potts Grove area. Jacobs and Snyder remain in the Montour County Jail in Danville.
Former Cop Sentencing
A retired Mount Carmel cop will be sentenced June 5th after pleading guilty to a count of possession of child pornography. 56 – year old Blaine Handerhan pleaded guilty last October. Handerhan faces a maximum of ten years in prison... and a quarter – million dollar fine.
The Bloomsburg University softball team exploded for 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat Gannon Wednesday 7-1 on the opening day of the PSAC Championships at the Drifton Complex near Hazleton. The Huskies play Kutztown Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock.
High School Baseball
In high school baseball yesterday Central Columbia downed Shamokin 9 to 7, Southern Columbia defeated Millville 15 to 3... South Williamsport blanked Benton 15 to nothing... Danville outscored Montoursville 3 to nothing.
High School Girls Softball
In Wednesday action on the softball fields in the region... Warrior Run defeating Millville 18 to nothing... Milton getting by Danville 1 to nothing.
The winningest head coach in the history of Bloomsburg University football, Danny Hale will be honored Saturday by having the field at Redman Stadium named Danny Hale Field. The ceremony that starts at noon, will precede The Annual Maroon & Gold game which begins at 2 o'clock.
Philadelphia's Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings on Wednesday in the Phillies 7 to 2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hamel's allowed four hits overall... and striking out seven. The Phil's have the day off... but are back home Friday to start a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch to be tossed at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.