about three years ago by Mark Williams / News Director
Doby Porn Plea
A former Bloomsburg University professor will spend the rest of his life in an Oklahoma prison... after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to child pornography charges. 65 – year old Gary Doby of Beaver Township was to have gone on trial next week... but instead changed his plea... and was immediately sentenced. Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon telling KOKH TV in Oklahoma City he doubts Doby will ever get out of jail. Authorities say Doby conspired with Kimberly Crain... a former third grade teacher in the Mcloud Middle School... who snapped pictures of elementary age children during parties at her home.... then sent those pictures to Doby. Crain pleaded guilty as well. She is expected to be sentenced in March.
An early Thursday morning fire has extensively damaged a popular Sunbury bar. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting the Brass Key in the 200 block of Regan Street went up in flames around 4 O'clock this morning. Now... a state police fire marshal is expected to be on the scene to determine what started that pre – dawn fire at the Brass Key in Sunbury.
Still no word as to what started a fire in a mobile home in Northumberland County early yesterday morning. A state fire marshal was called in... but no determination has been made. No one was at home when the blaze broke out.
Have an old cell phone sitting in a dark drawer.... since you upgraded your wireless service? If you do.... the Women's Center in Bloomsburg would like to have it to be given to their clients. Executive Director Zabrina Finn tells us the phones will have their data cards erased... and their batteries charged before being given to women in need. Cell phones not up to snuff will be recycled through the shelter's alliance. There are a number of places to drop off you old wireless devices such as the Bloomsburg Public Library... at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Lightstreet... and the Berwick YMCA.
It's probably going to be very chilly in Easton next Saturday when a group of special Olympic athletes will take a plunge in the Lehigh River to raise money. It's part of Polar Plunge activities being held around the state... in order to raise donations... so says the organization's Laura Davis. The event is taking place the 19th at Scott Park in Easton... and Special Olympians from around the eastern part of the state will be on hand.
Snow and Ice
A Hazleton City Councilman has asked the city's code enforcement division to start ticketing homeowners who haven't cleared snow and ice from their sidewalks... following the latest storm. Council vice – president Keith Bast says he's getting deluged with complaints. Bast says folks who don't clear sidewalks could be ticketed under Hazleton's quality of life ordinance.
The Hazle Township Municipal Authority should be operating in new digs soon. Their new building in Harleigh should be ready for occupancy next month. The structure is the former Sacred Heart Church hall. Already, contracts have been awarded for painting... as well as cleaning the entire building prior to move in.
A former Wyoming Valley volunteer firefighter has been charged with being a serial arsonist. 23 – year old David Donnora confessed to setting 13 fires from Dupont... to Laflin and Pittston Township since May of last year. Donnora was a member of the Laflin Fire Company. He is charged with multiple counts of arson, reckless burning and criminal mischief.
If you work for Ralpho Township government... you're in line for for a raise this year. Township supervisors voting this week to give raises to eleven employees. That includes police officers and department heads. The raises will cost taxpayers an estimated $6,200 this fiscal year.
Diners in Pennsylvania will soon be able to check out the cleanliness of a restaurant before they eat there. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is working on a system to allow customers to see the results of thousands of restaurant inspections online. The department has already posted more than 40,000 inspections on restaurants that don't have their own inspection programs on their website, yet another 60,000 inspections are reported locally. The state wants all inspections to be archived and available on its website within the next 12 months.
Girls High School Basketball
Plenty of girls high school basketball action Wednesday night... Mount Carmel defeated Southern Columbia 44 – 39.... Benton downed Millville 59 – 38.... Central Columbia getting past Warrior Run 60 – 52... Milton squeezed by Danville 43 to 40... and Bloomsburg defeating Montgomery 28 – 25.
In Boys high school basketball... It was Benton over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 52 – 31. The victory gave head coach Matt Aten his 100th career win.
Girls Thursday Action
In girls basketball Thursday night... Berwick was at home against Wyoming Valley West in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division one match up. The Spartans defeated the Lady Bulldogs 56-45. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:
For the first time since its inception, the Heartland Athletic Conference will hold a post season basketball tournament. The three division winners plus one wild card team will play in the semifinals at Mifflinburg high school with the girls playing on February 13th and the boys the next night. The championship games will be played at Williamsport High School on February 16th .
In the NBA Wednesday night... The Toronto Raptors hammered the The Philadelphia 76ers 90 to 72.