2012-11-01 15:31:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Former PSU President Charged
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has been charged with several counts in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal at the university, including obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse. Additional charges were also files Thursday against former PSU Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex – Vice President Gary Schultz. The three men now faces the same five charges. The scandal erupted a year ago when former PSU assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of abusing ten boys over a fifteen year period. Sandusky was convicted in June and is now serving his time in a state prison in Somerset County. Spanier, Curley and Schultz... as well as ex football coach Joe Paterno... are accused of covering up Sandusky's actions. Paterno died last January at 84.
PPL Outage Update
Pennsylvania Power and Light says more and more people continue to have power restored in their 29 county service area as the result of Sandy. In Columbia County... there are only 323 homes and businesses without power late Thursday, down from an original 2,500 at the height of this week's storm. 102 power subscribers In neighboring Montour County are without juice. System wide, 179,000 customers remain in the dark in the 29 county service area.... down from the initial 400,000 plus from late Monday night into Tuesday morning. PPL's Bloomsburg spokesperson Terri McBride says there are an estimated 1,600 crews working across the system trying to restore power.Water & Ice
PPL has made arrangements with a number of stores in Columbia and Montour... and other counties to provide free ice and water to customers without electricity. Most Weis Markets... as well as Boyer's Markets in Berwick and Ashland are participating in the program. Also included are Sheetz convenience stores and Red Rock Corners on State Route 118 near Benton.
Governor Corbett has extended the deadline for county election officials to receive applications for absentee ballots to accepted. Columbia is one of those counties.... according to spokesman John Thomas. If you still want to vote by absentee... you have until 5 O'clock Friday afternoon to do so. The elections office is located in the courthouse annex on West Main Street in Bloomsburg.
Six people have died in Pennsylvania as the result of Superstorm Sandy. The latest death is in near – by Carbon County where three adults and a child were taken to a hospital this week. One of those adults became the latest statistic. Authorities say exhaust fumes from a generator used to provide power to a home without electricity is being blames for the death.
After having the last three days off due to Superstorm Sandy.... teachers and students in the Hazleton Area School District are returning to school Thursday. A regular schedule will be followed. However, the 9th grade center took the biggest hit during the storm... with it's roof peeled back... damaging at least a dozen rooms. Students who are assigned to those particular areas will be re-assigned to the high school.
United Water / Luzerne
It's looking a lot better for United Water subscribers in neighboring Luzerne County. The utilities Bob Manbeck says a water conservation request has been lifted for Dallas Borough... Dallas Township... Shavertown... Harvey's Lake and Noxen. Power to United's pumping station was cut off late Monday night or early Tuesday when trees fell across electrical lines... forcing the company to deploy generators in order to keep the pumps running.
How to formulate a budget for 2013 is one of the toughest jobs Bloomsburg town administrator and the finance director have to do. For Administrator Bill Lowthart... it's a fine balancing act between anticipating incoming revenue and a number of funding sources. Lowthart says the preliminary budget is $5.1 – million dollars... with projected revenues estimated at $4.1 – million.
About six weeks into it's annual fund raising program... the United Way of Columbia County continues to roll along. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... co – chair Al Luschas said money raised goes to one of fifteen member agencies... which keep kids out of trouble. The United Way of Columbia County hopes to raise an estimated $525,000.
The State Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment in the Hazleton, Wilkes – Barre and Scranton area is up two – tenths of a percent in September. It's now at 9.6%. The metro area continuing a two year run of having the highest seasonally – adjusted unemployment rate among the state's 14 metro areas.
Seventeen seniors will be playing their final regular season home game when the Bloomsburg University football team plays West Chester Saturday. Huskies coach Danny Hale is concerned with running back Rondell White one of the big time starters for West Chester. West Chester at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11 with The Husky Tailgate Show.
The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played an exhibition game tonight at Towson University located near Baltimore. The game ended in an 87-65 win for the Towson Tigers. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
In the NBA Wednesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers opened the season at home against the Denver Nuggets. At the final buzzer... Philadelphia defeated Denver 84 to 75.
In the NFL Thursday night... Kansas City is at San Diego.