Sandusky Trial / Wednesday
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer is trying to imply that some of the alleged victims are conspiring to create false accusations of child molestation. As attorney Joe Amendola cross-examined Victim 7 on Wednesday, he noted the man told a grand jury certain things didn't happen with Sandusky. Amendola said Victim 7 changed his story once he hired an attorney. Victim 7's testimony painted a story of sexual abuse by Sandusky that's similar to those of other alleged victims who've taken the witness stand. Amendola noted in court Wednesday that some of Sandusky's accusers stayed in contact with him and accepted Penn State football tickets from him until the first alleged victim came forward in 2009. Sandusky is facing more than 50 charges of child sex abuse against ten boys over a 15-year period.
A federal court has rejected a bid by a coalition of environmental groups to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains region. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled federal energy regulators were right to approve the 39-mile MARC 1 pipeline. The line will go through neighboring Sullivan and Lycoming Counties... as well as Bradford. The company building the pipeline says it's needed in getting gas out of the Marcellus Shale region.
A Danville woman has admitted stealing money from a boy scout troop. Tracey Myers pleaded guilty this week in Montour County Court 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.
Coal Mining Exhibit
There is a newly revamped attraction at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg... and it deals with coal mining.... prevalent in neighboring Luzerne, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties. The museum holding it's grand opening for the display late Tuesday... an on hand was Bryan Dunnigan of the Eckley Miner's Village who gave the exhibit high marks. There are still operating mines in the region.... but not as many as they're were 50 years ago... with most major mining coming to a halt in the early 70's.
Governor Corbett took a stroll over to the Department of Labor and Industry Building for a bill signing at midday Tuesday. The Governor signing Senate Bill 1310 into law. 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....
Former Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak has been freed from a Scranton half way house. The 42 – year old Skrepenak pleaded guilty to accepting a $5,000 bribe from a developer who was the successful bidder on a contract through the county. He had been sentenced to two years in prison... but got out early for good behavior.
A Dallas School District middle school special education teacher is no longer in the classroom. David Shuga resigned earlier this week after he was accused of using a cell phone to photograph a mentally challenged female student. Shuga had been with the district for the past seven years. Meantime his actions are being investigated by the Luzerne County D-A's office... as well as Dallas Township Police.
The federal government has accused a Schuylkill County doctor of abusing alcohol and cocaine and writing prescriptions for people who didn’t need them. Dr. Stephanie Tarapchak has been practicing medicine in Pennsylvania for 14 years. But now her state license has been suspended, her office in Ashland is closed and she’s under scrutiny by the federal government.
Route 147 in Point Township in Northumberland County is back open this morning following a fatal crash between a car and a tractor – trailer Tuesday afternoon. Police say 40 – year old Christopher Renn of Sunbury died when his car was hit by the big rig near Montandon. The road was re-opened last night following an investigation into the crash by State Police.
It is Summer Food Awareness Week in Pennsylvania and the Department of Education is reminding families about the services provided by the Summer Food Service Program. Through the program, more than two-thousand sites statewide will be open this summer to provide children 18 years of age or younger with free meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture created the program to make sure children have access to nutritious meals during the summer break.
The House is debating a bill that could change the way alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania. House Bill 11 would privatize alcohol sales and would let beer distributors sell beer, wine and liquor. Representative Mike Turzai says he is confident the bill will pass the House. If it does, it will then go on to the Senate.
A recent Bloomsburg High School grad will be playing for the Pennsylvania team when they take on the best from Ohio Saturday night in the annual Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey. Quarterback Blake Rankin is practicing this week preparing for the game which kicks off at 7 o'clock at Hershey Park Stadium.
It will be a matchup of two very young, but very talented teams when Southern Columbia plays Fannett Metal of Franklin County Friday in the Class A state championship softball game. Fannett-Metal with a season's record of 23-4, has only three seniors on their roster. Southern Columbia, with a 23-3 mark, has only one senior... starting catcher Mary McGinley. Friday's game at Beard Field at Penn State begins at 10 A.M. You can catch the action starting with the pregame show at 9:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, and www.whlm.com.
In game one of the NBA finals Tuesday night...the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Miami Heat 105 to 94. Game two is tomorrow night in Oklahoma City.
Philadelphia / Minnesota
The Philadelphia Phillies can't catch a break. They were in Minneapolis last night to face the Twins... but instead were defeated 11 to 7. The Twins with 17 hits off of five Phillies pitchers. The two teams meet Wednesday night at Target Field. The action on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10.