2013-01-24 06:11:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Cold Weather / Elderly
Another cold night in Columbia and Montour Counties... with temperatures dipping into the single digits. And it will be that way for the next few mornings... forcing all of us... especially the elderly... to take precautions. But Kathy Lynn with the Area Aging Office says the most important thing to do is check on people you know. Another good piece of advice is to dress in layers... and wear a hat and warm shoes if you have to go outside.
Officer Fires Weapon
A South Center Township police officer had to fire a shot from his service revolver Tuesday night in order to stop a driver with outstanding warrants. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 31 – year old Franklin Snyder was eluding officers in his SUV. That's when Officer Dallas Herbert caught up with him on Smith Hollow Road. Snyder crashed... and that's when the officer ordered him out of the SUV. When Snyder kept inching toward Herbert... the officer pulled his revolver and fired a shot. No one was hit but it sent a message. Snyder is in the Columbia County prison on $250,000. He will have a preliminary hearing later this month in Catawissa.
Former BU Students Guilty
Two ex – BU field hockey players were found guilty Wednesday in connection with a street flight with a third woman. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 22 – year old Laura McGinley of Wilkes – Barre... and 21 – year old Nicole Bruce of Susquehanna County were found guilty by a Columbia County court jury. Both are guilty of assaulting 25 – year old Ashley Ann Carsia of Drums... in Luzerne County. The incident happened in October of 2011... after Carsia danced with one of their boyfriends.
Next time you tour the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C.... look down... and your likely standing on floor covering produced by Bloomsburg Carpet Industries on the New Berwick Highway. The federal government ordered an estimated 500 – square yards from the company late last year for this week's inauguration. But, Executive Vice – President Marty Bowman says it's not the only location you'll find Columbia County – produced carpet. You'll also find it on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House. And Bowman says he believes the reason Bloomsburg Carpet was selected is due to the fact it's woven wool carpet... a high end product... rather than being tufted... as most carpets are today.
Columbia County Bicentennial
How do you celebrate Columbia County's 200th birthday? You start with a reenactment of breaking away from Northumberland County on March 22nd... followed the next day by a 5K run / walk through downtown Bloomsburg. The event will be followed by a parade which begins in the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot... and makes it's way down Main Street to festivities at the fairgrounds.
Friends / Library
Raising money for the Bloomsburg Library.... that's what the Friends of the Library are doing this weekend with their Winter Book Sale. The Friends Bob Weber says there are some high quality, hard cover books for the taking. It's not just books... there are also gently used CD's and DVD's. The winter book sale runs through Monday afternoon at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.
Flu cases are on the increase in Northeastern Pennsylvania... up 27% last week to an estimated 1,300. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says there were nearly three hundred confirmed cases from January 13th through this past Saturday. One Luzerne County death from the flu has been confirmed by the department.
A Harveys Lake man is dead after a fire broke out in his home. 81 – year old Robert Hart was found near his recliner by his daughter who was doing a well – being check. She found Hart and his dog dead. The state fire marshal is trying to determine how the blaze began.
One sweet deal. A Philadelphia newspaper is reporting that the four appointed members of the PA Turnpike Commission are enjoying the perks of only attending two meetings a month. They receive salaries of $26,000 year.. a no – limit expense account... free tolls and free cars... all at the state's expense. The commission's acting chief executive... Craig Shuey... called the perks and the cars... “appropriate and necessary for the job.”
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mansfield Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the women's team defeated Mansfield 93 to 73. Later in the evening the men just getting by Mansfield 82 to 81. The Huskies play West Chester Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg downed Millville 58 – 43... Saint John Neuman defeated Benton 61 – 20. It was Danville over Midd- West 80 – 46... Southern Columbia got by Warrior Run 49 – 41... and Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 69 – 34.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Berwick fell to Pittston at home 49-43. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update: