It was adopted two weeks ago by Bloomsburg Town Council.... an ordinance calling for the inspection of non – student and rental housing. But since that time... the actions of town council have come under fire both around the water cooler and in print and on the airwaves. Councilman Bill Kreischer... who authored the ordinance... said the town is prepared to challenge possible lawsuits by property owners. Meantime... Jim Davis who has five rental properties on the town's west side says he plans to fight the ordinance by hiring a lawyer and supporting candidates that would overturn the ordinance. The newly enacted law goes into effect October 1st.
It's another week for American Red Cross blood drives in Columbia and Montour counties. The big one is always held Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. The Bloomsburg Chapter's Sue Norton says fulfilling 350 units of blood on a daily basis for it's regional center is no easy task. Want to find out where there's a blood drive in your area... just go to our website... www.whlm.com.
Greenwood Drug Bust
Two area residents are in the Columbia County Prison... facing a long list of drug charges stemming from an incident over the weekend. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us they were called to a domestic disturbance at 2 Boyer Bottom Road in Greenwood Township. But when troopers arrived... 24 – year old Michelle Kreski of Danville... and 27 – year old Karl Greenburgh of Millville... fled the home. They were captured following a foot pursuit. That's when police discovered illegal drugs and money. The pair were arraigned and sent to the prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Rittenhouse Mill Road Accident
A Nescopeck man is facing charges after his car ran off Rittenhouse Mill Road... in Briar Creek Borough... on Saturday... and ended up inside a house. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us that Seth Yoder apparently lost control of his car... and it ended up slamming into the side of a house owned by Steven Kratzer. Neither Yoder or Kratzer were injured... but a wrecker had to be called to pull the car out of the home.
A Hazleton man is in the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown... after he was found Sunday morning severely beaten. Police have not identified the man... but he was found unresponsive on Fifth Street... between Lafayette Court and Locust Street. Investigators spent most of Sunday searching for clues between Locust and Alter Streets... as well as Fourth and Fifth Streets.
A 41 – year old Schuylkill County man is dead... after apparently being crushed by a car he was working on. Authorities say Ricky Dye of Ringtown was pronounced dead at the scene behind his home on Pattersonville Road home. Apparently Dye was working on a car when it slipped off the supports it was resting on.
It appears sewer bills will be going up in Hazleton and West Hazleton. Now that the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority will soon take over the sanitary systems... customers will pay an average of $120 a year. That's an increase of $36 for each customer in Hazleton and $48 more a year for property owners in West Hazleton.
A 27 – year old McAdoo man is dead after he was hit by a car on Interstate 83 near Harrisburg over the weekend. Pennsylvania State Police have not identified the man... yet... but there are reports the man was walking on the shoulder of the southbound lane... when he darted into traffic and was struck by a car. The impact tossed him into the northbound lane. There is no word as to why the unidentified man stepped into traffic near Harrisburg on Saturday.
Unionized faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities... including staffers at Bloomsburg University.... have overwhelmingly endorsed a new four-year contract. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said vote totals show 95% of the faculty members who voted supported the pact. The board of the State System of Higher Education is scheduled to consider ratifying the contract on March 20th.
For just the second time in school history and the first time since 1992, a Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is a PSAC Champion. The Huskies won the title with a convincing 74-57 win over Gannon in the conference final Saturday night at Nelson Field. Next up for the Huskies- a first round NCAA playoff game. They will play IUP Friday at Gannon University in Erie
Six area high school wrestlers won medals at the Class AA state championships, which concluded Saturday at the Giant Center In Hershey. Leading the way was Benton's Zain Retherford who won a gold medal at 138 pounds. Three of his teammates also won medals... Colt Cotten finished second at 145 pounds; Matt Welliver took third at 120; and Jeric Kusinic finished 6th at 160. Two Southern Columbia wrestlers also won state medals... Kent Lane finished 6th at 126 pounds and freshman Blake Marks finished 8th at 152 pounds.
The Bloomsburg University wrestling team had two first place finishers and the Huskies finished 3rd as a team in the Eastern Wrestling League Championships at Edinboro on Saturday. Frank Hickman finished first at 157 pounds and Josh Veltre was first at 165. Hickman, Veltre and four other Huskies qualified for the Division I national championships which will be held in Des Moine, Iowa March 21-23.
In the NBA Sunday... the Orlando Magic downed the Philadelphia 76er's 99 to 91.
In the NHL The Philadelphia Flyers snapped a three game losing streak as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3 to 2.
Matt Kenseth won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.