Sandusky Trial Update
The jury in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case have had their dinner and continue to deliberate the fate of the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with 48 counts of abusing boys over a fifteen year period of time. Court was back in session a little before 9:30 Friday morning as the jury was brought back in to go over the testimony of Mike McQueary and Dr. Jonathan Drainoff. WHLM's Tony Riccardi reports from the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte the McQueary testimony was re-enacted. A prosecution attorney playing the role of Mike McQueary.. then attorney Joe Amendola played the role of Dr. Drainoff. The jury took notes throughout the entire proceedings... with Dottie Sandusky in attendance and hearing Mike McQueary's testimony for the first time.
Most of us were awakened from a sound sleep around 2 O'clock this morning when a thunderstorm rumbled across Columbia County. It's all in association with a cold front making its way from west to east across the Commonwealth. That will bring with it somewhat cooler temperatures. Instead of being in the mid – 90's has it has been the past two days... the temperature will be in the upper 80's today.... cooling off even more over the weekend.
Bloomsburg's newest Town Administrator has a check list of goals to accomplish in the long term.... as he wraps up his second week at his new job. Bill Lowthart says he's meeting with everyone he can in order to make his transition from SEDA – COG in Lewisburg.... to the top job in Bloomsburg as smooth as it can be. But one thing he's likely to do is getting town government involved with Bloomsburg's Main Street business district. Lowthart applied for the job the third time it was advertised... and was the successful candidate. He replaces Ron Mull who resigned earlier this year after being on the job for two months.
PennDOT says some road work will be taking place next week in Roaring Creek Township... near Catawissa. The agency's Rick Mason says a maintenance crew will remove an aging box culvert along Old Reading Road... and replace it with a new 6 – foot diameter metal pipe which will improve drainage. The work will take place... starting next Tuesday... near the intersection with Mensch and Creek Roads. Detours will be in place.
What a beautiful evening in Berwick last night.... temps falling into the upper 80's... and the folk rock group Gift, Troutman and Gift performing on the lawn of the Jackson Mansion on Market Street. Folks in lawn chairs or on their blankets taking in the sounds of the Selinsgrove – based group. Gift, Troutman and Gift are making the rounds.... they're scheduled to preform in July for the Bloomsburg Town Park Association's Summer Concert Series.
A couple of carnivals begin around the area this weekend. The Benton Fireman's carnival began Thursday night. The big event is Saturday night's Fireman parade which marches down Main Street.... featuring the annual water fight at the end of the event. The Benton Fireman's Carnival runs through Saturday night. In Beach Haven... the annual fireman's carnival kicks off there Friday night... and runs through Saturday, June 30th.
A 29 – year old Mt. Carmel man is in the Northumberland County Prison on $100,000 bail after he was accused of sexually assaulting a Marion Heights woman. Authorities say Johnathan Mazak was arraigned this week by an on – call magistrate. Mazak is accused of assaulting the woman as she slept at her friend's parents' home in Mt. Carmel in late April.
Where were you 40 years ago this week.... for many of us living in the Bloomsburg area... we were trying to combat the effects of Tropical Storm Agnes which destroyed the Wyoming Valley and caused havoc on Bloomsburg's west end... similar to what we experienced last fall. Alan Remley had just been appointed the town's Civil Defense director... during a 2011 interview... Mr. Remley remembers Martial Law being imposed. Mr. Remley went on to serve two terms as Mayor of Bloomsburg.
The Hazleton board of education is trying to figure out how to close a million dollar budget gap from their proposed 2012 – 2013 budget. They have less than two weeks to come up with a solution... since the budget must be put in place by the end of the month. The board is looking at least four options. The main thought is letting go an unknown number of district employees through furloughs and retirements.
Hazleton School Pools
It appears that swimming pool operated by the Hazleton Area School District will not re – open this summer. The pools at four schools were closed a year ago... saving the district about $180,000 annually... and no money was allocated in the 2012 – 2013 proposed spending plan. The board saying this week... there doesn't appear to be enough community financial support to open the pools for the swimming season.
There is now new air service out of the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport.
Allegiant Airlines debuted their non – stop service from Avoca to the Orlando – Sanford International Airport in Central Florida ever Sunday and Thursday. Allegiant says you can grab some one – way flights as low as $99.
Berwick / Curry
As a head coach, George Curry has won more games than any other coach in the history of high school football in Pennsylvania. Back as the coach at Berwick, Curry spent the past three seasons doing radio for WHLM and television for WNEP / Channel -16. Curry telling WHLM's Jim Doyle it felt great to get back to Crispin Field.
LeBron James had a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to win his first N.B.A. championship as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. The final... the Heat over Oklahoma 121 to 106.
The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't clinch the series sweep against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. The Phil's losing to the Rockies 4-1. Vance Worley giving up two earned runs off of four hits in seven innings. Philadelphia begins a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch the action starting at 6:30 with the pre – game show... the first pitch is expected at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.