Sandusky Trial Update
As of early Thursday afternoon... the fate of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is in the hands of the jury. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15 – year span. WHLM's Tony Riccardi says the first order of business is to select a foreman... then the jury is pretty much on it's own time schedule as they go over the now 48 counts against Sandusky at the Centre County Courthouse. Right after court began Thursday morning... defense attorney Joe Amendola gave a feisty closing argument... saying the charges against his client do not make sense. He says inconsistency's and testimony … monetary motives and a lack of physical evidence do not add up to his client being guilty. Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan painted a picture of a predatory man who used his status to gain the trust of children only to take away a piece of their souls... pieces they will never get back.
Beating the Heat
It was a hot day Wednesday for Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as the rest of Northeast Pennsylvania. It was 94 degrees at 4 O'clock at the National Weather Service reporting station in Williamsport. And we can expect the same for Thursday. A heat advisory remains in effect through Thursday evening... that's when a cold front will make it's way through the state... dropping temperatures tomorrow in the 80's.
The preliminary hearing for a Sugarloaf Township man... charged with the shooting death of his live – in girlfriend... has been continued. 38 – year old Abraham Kline is accused of killing 35 – year old Jocelyn Romano earlier this year... after she told him she was returning to her husband and kids in western Pennsylvania. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... a hearing in front of District Judge Doug Brewer was postponed until July 2nd... since Kline didn't have legal representation.
Inspectors from the state Department of Environmental Protection spent Wednesday at an oil recycling firm south of Hazleton... along route 309 in Banks Township. Hazleton Oil and Environmental... is the target of a DEP probe... although the agency isn't saying what they're looking for... only acknowledging search warrants were served on the company this week.
Repairing and reinforcing the Wyoming Valley Levee system in Luzerne County will begin next month... so says the flood protection authority. At their meeting this week.. the board said the Army Corps of Engineers will begin repairs of relief wells in South Wilkes – Barre sometime in July. Those wells are used to control water seepage. But until the entire 15 mile system is brought up to snuff... the corps said the entire levee system is strong enough to preform in case of another high water event.
Hazleton Clean up
There will be a clean up of at least one Hazleton street on Saturday. A group of businesses owners known as POWER plan to clean up and remove trash from North Wyoming Street. The group is also partnering with other business owners across the city.... encouraging them to keep the area in front of... and around their shops clear of trash and debris. The clean up gets underway at 8 O'clock Saturday morning.
A water main break in Dushore... in Sullivan County... is forcing water authority subscribers to boil their tap water before using. The authority says water should be brought to a rolling boil three minutes before consuming. The water boil advisory is expected to be in effect through Friday.
As the first notes played for last night's Summer Concert Series at Bloomsburg Town Park... summer arrived with temps in the lower 90's.... a lot cooler in the shade. Seasoned Sounds... directed by Todd Hunter... preformed their 90 – minute set as part of the Wednesday night series. Their specialty is tunes from the early 40's.... and despite generational differences... everyone enjoyed the toe – tapping music. Next Wednesday... the blue grass group Cabin Run will preform at Town Park beginning at 7 O'clock.
Church Break In's
The Snyder County District Attorney says churches in a three county area must protect themselves against burglars. Over the past few months... no fewer than 18 churches have been the target of burglars in Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties. So the DA is holding a community meeting next Monday at the Grace Covenant Church in Middleburg... in the hope of educating residents on how to prevent church burglaries.
The Shamokin Area School board has adopted a 29 – million dollar budget for the 2012 – 2013 school year when they met this week. That means a dozen employees slated for lay – off will be called back.... but an additional nine staffers will probably have to find a new job. The initial $5.6 - million dollar deficit ended through staff furlough... retirements and resignation... as well as not replacing equipment and materials... and find some extra money hidden away. Also closing the gap was the elimination of the Shamokin Area's K-4 program.
The legislature's leading advocate of taking liquor and wine sales private in Pennsylvania has thrown in the towel... at least for the time being. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai has acknowledged that he lacks the votes to get his bill through the House. Turzi says legislators need to focus now on passage of a state budget... which must be signed into law by the end of June.
Agnes / Edwards
It was this week in June of 1972.... 40 – years ago... flood waters of Tropical Storm Agnes changed a lot of lives up and down the Susquehanna Valley... and for many of us in Bloomsburg. Radio then.... as it was last September during the Lee flood... played a huge role in keeping listeners informed and safe. Ed Edwards was a radio reporter in June of '72... working for WHLM when it was owned by the Magee Family. Edwards says listeners were hanging on to every word said. A minimum of a half – dozen reporters kept the folks of Bloomsburg informed of developments as they happened... and of the clean – up which followed.
Now that Gary Campbell's tenure as Berwick's head football coach is over, Campbell has had time to reflect on his six seasons with the Bulldogs. When asked for some of his best memories, he listed the relationships he had with several long time assistant coaches as well as the off-season trips he made with his team including the one to Notre Dame where they were hosted by former Bulldog great Ron Powlus. Campbell had only one losing season at Berwick- that was in his first season in 2006. He fondly remembers a big upset his team pulled off in the final game of that season when Berwick defeated Hazleton. Campbell's record at Berwick was 46-25. His Bulldogs made postseason appearances five times.
The Miami Heat can clinch the NBA championship with a win Thursday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami. The Heat lead the series three games to one.
Philadelphia's Hunter Pence scored the winning run on an error on the part of Colorado.... as the Phil's defeated the Rockies 7 to 6 Wednesday night. It's the second consecutive victory for the Phils... but they're still eight games out of first place in the National League east... playing sub – 500 ball. Philadelphia and Colorado meet once again Thursday night. You can catch the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.