On a vote of 4 to 2... the Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved the hiring of a police officer to bring the department up to 15 sworn officers. The issue has been on the back burner since late last year... and money has been allocated for the position. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr says the new hire would bring the force up to one officer for every thousand of the town's population. The only dissenting votes came from Fred Trump and Cary Howell. Trump wanted to wait for June revenue figures... while Howell was concerned about the pension and personnel costs.
As we told you on on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... former championship winning football coach... George Curry will be on the sidelines this year for the Berwick Bulldogs. On a vote of 8 to 1... the Berwick School Board voted to hire Curry... until a replacement is found for current coach Gary Campbell. He's expected to be hired later this week in Dalton, Massachusetts. Berwick's football program kicks into high gear with practice set to begin in mid – August.
Testimony continues Tuesday in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. Opening arguments were heard on Monday... then testimony of one of the alleged victims. Victim number 4 testified... at the age of 12... he received Penn State Football sideline passes and other goodies. In return... Sandusky allegedly took advantage of him. The trial is expected to take three weeks to wrap up... and if convicted... Sandusky could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Any time you walk away from a plane crash.... it's your lucky day. That was the case Monday afternoon when a single engine Piper Cherokee went down near the Hazleton Airport. Pilot Thomas Hall of Eagle Rock was getting ready to land at Hazleton after a trip from Burlington, Vermont when he ran out of fuel... ending up in a field close to Sleepy Hollow Road near Drums. Hall was not injured... the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
The Danville Middle School on Route 11 will see a lot of activity Tuesday afternoon... all designed to get first responder trained in what to do in the event of a crisis. Montour County Emergency Management Chief Walt Peters says the exercise begins with a simulated school shooting... and escalates to a car bombing... and there is a school filled with kids in the middle of it all. Peters says it's a good opportunity for police, firemen and emergency medical personnel. The exercise begins at 3 O'clock at the middle school... and lasts for a couple of hours.
Governor Corbett gets out of the office at midday Tuesday... and takes a stroll over to the Department of Labor and Industry Building for a bill signing. The Governor placing pen to paper allowing Senate Bill 1310 to become law. In essence it paves the way to eliminate nearly $4 – billion the state has borrowed from the federal government to keep the state's unemployment trust fund afloat. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick authored the bill. The reason for the insolvency is the fact P-A is third in the nation when it comes to the amount of benefits it pays out to those unemployed.
A West Hazleton woman is in the Luzerne County Correctional facility after she was charged with allegedly stabbing her boyfriend... then tossing a brick at him. 20 – year old Stephanie Torres is facing a long list of charges. The incident occurred during a domestic disturbance at a home in the 100 – block of South Broad Street on Sunday night. Police say 20 – year old Adrian Vega of West Hazleton was treated for the stab wound to his back.
A Danville woman has admitted stealing money from a boy scout troop. Tracey Myers pleaded guilty to making off with $4,000 to pay personal and medical expenses from the treasury of Troop 37. She has since paid back the money. Sentencing will take place at a later date.
The price of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania continues to tumble. The Triple A Fuel Gage report shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded at $3.35 a gallon... down two cents from the weekend. Last week at this time... gas was averaging $3.42 a gallon.
For the first time in the program's history, a Southern Columbia girls softball team has advanced to the state finals. In the Class A semifinals Monday at Bloomsburg University's Hutchinson Field, the Tigers exploded for 5 runs in the first two innings and went on to post a 5-2 win over Greenwood. Southern Columbia coach Al Cihoki said his team's offensive aggressiveness in the early innings really helped.
On Friday.... Southern Columbia will face Fannett Metal for the Class A state Championship. The game starts at 10 O'clock at Beard Field on the Penn State University Campus. You can hear all the action starting with the pregame show at 9:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 and Berwick's 1280... as well as www.whlm.com.
In the NHL's Stanley Cup final last night... the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6 to 1. The kings taking the Stanley Cup for the first time.
The NBA final series between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
The Philadelphia Phillies had last night off.... but they meet the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night at Target Field. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show tonight at 7:35. The first pitch to be tossed at 8:15 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.