Bloomsburg Power Outage
Power outages are reported on the Bloomsburg University campus... as well as the Bloomsburg Hospital Thursday afternoon. The power initially went down around 12:30 when there was an apparent power line failure on campus. That placed offices in the dark... and for a while... trapped some people riding elevators in several dormitories. The Bloomsburg Fire Department was called in order to rescue several people. No one was hurt. Power is also reported out at the Bloomsburg Hospital. A call in to PPL has not been returned.
Fatal Berwick Fire
That fire on Green Street in Berwick has claimed the life of a 62 – year old man. Samuel Lopresti has died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Lopresti was taken there earlier this week after a fire broke out in his second floor apartment in the 600 block of Green Street. He was severely burned... with officials ruling the fire an accident due to cooking.
Several Bloomsburg High School students... are headed to Indianapolis to take part in this weekend's National Robotics Championships. They will be defending their 2011 win as a battle bot team. Club adviser Kirk Marshall says conceiving and building robots today.... could lead to designing new manufacturing techniques a couple of years down the road. The competition is Saturday and Sunday in Indianapolis.
Healthy Living Expo
Hundreds of people taking advantage of the perfect weather inside the Columbia Mall on Wednesday to take in the annual Healthy Living Expo for senior citizens. Folks from the Columbia – Montour Aging Office were on hand to answer questions... and promoting one of their senior centers located around the county... so says director Kathy Lynn. Those centers are located in Benton, Bloomsburg, Berwick, Catawissa and Millville... as well as Wilburton... and Danville.
Opening night for the annual Bloomsburg Fireman Carnival Wednesday night. It all started with a fireman's parade on Market Street.... then the opening of the rides... games of chance and food stands. Live bands will be featured all week on the carnival grounds behind the fire station in the 900 block of Market Street. The carnival runs through Saturday night.
Police in Shickshinny are looking for the individuals responsible for a home burglary... in which two handguns and a rifle were taken. The break – in occurring in the Parker Hill area. If you have information about the burglary... call Shickshinny Police.
Hazleton fire officials say arson is the cause of an early Wednesday morning fire that caused damage to an apartment building on South Broad Street. Someone setting a mattress on fire... which eventually spread to the eight unit apartment complex. The nine people who live there got out safely... and were able to return to their apartments in a matter of hours. Right now... authorities are tracking down leads in an attempt to catch a firebug on the loose.
A Hazleton teenager is doing well... after she was injured when she lost control of her car on her way to high school Wednesday morning. The accident happened at the intersection of 15th and McNair Streets when the teen lost control of her car... crashing into a floral and gift shop. The teen was treated at Hazleton General for a leg injury.
Columbia County veterans will have help coming their way this Friday. State Representative David Millard of Millville says the Department of Veterans Affairs' mobile vets center will be set up Friday morning in the parking lot of TPC Power Share at Tenny Street and Route 11. A representative will be on hand to talk about a variety of services... such as marital and family and bereavement counseling... assistance for applying for VA benefits... as well as employment counseling. The van will be there until mid afternoon.
PennDOT / Peppermill
Construction work is set to begin next Monday along Peppermill Road in Hemlock Township... 1 and a quarter miles west of Route 44... starting at 7 AM. PennDOT's Rick Mason says crews are scheduled to replace a large cross pipe to aid draining during heavy rain events. The road will be closed all day.
PennDOT / Ideal Park Road
PennDOT in Columbia County is preparing to rehabilitate an old bridge on the Ideal Park Road in Locust Township. An agency spokesman says the existing bridge over Roaring Creek, a timber deck structure, will be replaced by a new channel-beam deck placed on rehabilitated abutments. The project begins with the removal of the existing bridge deck on starting May 14th. A detour will be in place during construction, which is expected to last through early July.
Voting for three alumni-elected seats on Penn State's Board of Trustees will come to an end Thursday. A university spokesman says more than 34,000 alumni have cast ballots. It's nearly three times as many votes cast last year. It's the first election since the board ousted the late Joe Paterno as head football coach in the aftermath of the Sandusky sex scandal. Some alumni say they aren't happy with the board's actions and view the election as a way to instill change.
The Shamokin Area School Board will consider cutting its athletic budget by 28%. The board's athletic committee this week recommended the school board approve cutting nearly $157,000 from the $550,000 budget. The proposed cuts include eliminating 13 coaching positions, reducing coaching salaries across the board by 35 percent and requiring district athletes to purchase their own uniforms.
In WHLM sports...
High School Baseball
In high school baseball Wednesday... Pius X defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 11 to 4... Muncy defeated Benton 19 to 3... Bloomsburg blanked Lewisburg 11 to nothing... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 8 to 2.... Mifflinburg beat Danville 8 to nothing... South Williamsport defeated Southern Columbia 7 to 2.
For the second time this season, Bloomsburg University sophomore Justin Shirk is the PSAC Field Event athlete of the week. He threw the javelin 216 feet to win Friday's Maroon & Gold Invitational. Justin Shirk is also an outstanding linebacker on the Bloomsburg University Football team.
The Philadelphia Flyers play the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in New Jersey. The best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal series is tied at one game apiece.
The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Roy Halladay were taken to the woodshed Wednesday night by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Phil's blowing a six run lead in a 15 to 13 loss to the Braves in 11 innings. The two teams will slug it out later today with a Thursday matinee. You can catch all the action at 11:35 Thursday morning on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280. The first pitch to be thrown at 12:10.