New Pope Selected
76 year – old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina was elected as the Catholic Church's new pope. Thousands of Catholics gathered under umbrellas outside St. Peter's Basilica as they eagerly heard from the church's 266th pontiff to address the faithful from the balcony. The new pope will replace Benedict XVI, whose surprise resignation last month prompted the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals to initiate a conclave, a Latin phrase meaning "with a key," to pick a new leader for the world's almost 2 billion Catholics. Bergoglio will become the first pope from Latin America, a region of the world with 480 million Catholics. He won the necessary two-thirds vote after only two days of the conclave. Several other candidates were considered front runners, including Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who would have become the first African pope in modern times.
Bloomsburg Town Council went to school this week..... getting an update dealing with the transferring of liquor licenses in a community. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says the training was conducted by state officers assigned to the liquor control board. At the last unofficial count... at least two liquor licenses were not being used due to businesses being closed... a third now in use could hang in limbo later this year.... and could be transferred to others seeking to open a new restaurant or bar business.
At least one person is believed dead following a Tuesday night Sunbury house fire. Firemen were called to 1005 Penn Street around 9 O'clock... with flames consuming the two – story structure in a matter of minutes. There was a report that a man was trapped in the house... and Northumberland County Corner James Kelley was called to the scene. A state fire marshal will be called in to determine what started last night's blaze on Penn Street in Sunbury.
Berwick Community Roundtable
Berwick... at one time... was a great place to live, work and play.... with plenty of recreation... as well as major industry... such as American Car and Foundry.... but over the generations that has changed to a much different image. Now... the Berwick Area United Way wants find out what it would take to bring the borough up to snuff. United Way Executive Director Ginny Crake says it not only comes down to fixing houses and keeping streets clean, but side programs as well... such as community gardens and block parties. Wednesday's roundtable gets underway at 5:30 at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation building in the 700 block of West Front Street.
Happen to listen to Columbia County Emergency dispatch over the weekend? They were busy dispatching fire department's to numerous brush fires around the county. WHLM's Cathy Clark says it's a gentle reminder that spring is a busy time of year for wildfires... and firefighters.
A Northumberland County man is locked up in jail... with bail set at a quarter million dollars. Police charging 37 – year old Adam Vigo of Northumberland with allegedly sexually abusing at 11 – year old girl. It's alleged Vigo abused the child several time starting in 2007.
Hanover Twp Man
A Hanover man is in the Luzerne County Jail after he allegedly took money for a construction job and failed to come through with the repairs. Kenneth Wolfe is charged with theft. Police say Wolfe allegedly took $2,500 from a client in Sugar Notch for roof repairs, but didn't come through with the fix as planned.
A Freeland man has been busted after police pulled him over... finally charging him after he allegedly drove drunk with kids aged 2 and 4 in the car. Daniel Scholl was arrested in Hanover Township. Police say he appeared drunk and smelled of alcohol. Scholl faces DUI... and reckless endangerment charges.
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is slimming a bit. An estimated 12 jobs have been cut... mostly among management and salaried positions... impacting less than one percent of the work force. The job cuts come after slot machine revenue at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs dropped nearly 14% from nearly $20.2 million in February 2012 to about $17.4 million last month. Slot machine revenue at casinos throughout Pennsylvania was down 9.2 percent in February from a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
A league championship and a trip to the NCAA basketball tournament will be on the line tonight in Lewisburg. Bucknell takes on Lafayette in the Patriot League championship game. The teams split a pair of regular season games.
Girls HS Basketball
In a girls High School Class AA second round state playoff game last night... Pine Grove defeated Mt. Carmel 50 to 43.
Boys HS Basketball
A regional boys high school basketball coach could tie a state record Wednesday night. Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger has 800 career wins going into his team's game against Communications Tech in a second round Class AA game. If Loyalsock wins, Insinger would tie former North Catholic Coach Don Graham for the state record of 801 career victories.