United Way Roundtable
What's good about Berwick.... and what's not so great about the Borough was the focus of a community roundtable held Wednesday night and presented by the Berwick Area United Way. But discussion also focused on objectives such as being a safe place... prosperity... having a hometown feel... and being a good citizen. Berwick Mayor Jim Timbrell was on hand for the discussion and he expected to hear what was discussed. And Mayor Timbrell said the Borough Council could also get involved to reach the objectives outline during last night's meeting in Berwick.
A house fire that killed a Sunbury man Tuesday night... rekindled early Thursday morning destroying an adjoining home. Authorities say Kriss Berry's home at 1003 Penn Street escaped damage initially... but an apparent flare – up at 1005 Penn... sparked the fire at the Berry home around 1:30 Thursday morning. Three alarms were eventually called to squelch the flames. Authorities say Tuesday's fire claimed the life of 53 – year old Keith Bordner... who was confined to a wheel chair. It's believed a faulty power cord sparked Tuesday night's initial blaze.
PA Turnpike Commission
A former state senator has been named in what state attorney general Kathleen Kane says was a “pay to play” scheme dealing with the Pennsylvania turnpike commission. Robert Mellow and five officials or workers with the commission... as well as two businessmen have been charged with corruption. Mellow getting the word as he sat at a federal prison camp in South Carolina where he's doing time after being found guilty on similar charges.
Games of Chance
We all volunteer our time to either non – profit agencies... or fraternal organizations.... and doing so... raising money through small games of chance. But last year... the state changed some of the laws... and that has created some concern. So tonight at the Bloomsburg Fire Department... the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is holding a seminar to explain the changes... so says Chamber President Fred Gaffney. Mr. Gaffney says the Pennsylvania State Police has put together a program explaining those changes... and that's the crux of Thursday night's seminar. It gets underway at 6:30 at the Bloomsburg Fire Department in the 900 block of Market Street.
Flood Stories, Too
The second weekend of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's “Flood Stories, Too” is on tap starting Thursday night. BTE's emeritus member Jerry Stropnicky is directing the production.... literally the play springing from visiting friends in the west end of Bloomsburg... and in Fernville following the Lee flooding of September 2011. There are performances at 7:30 Thursday... Friday and Saturday evening... with Saturday matinee at 2 O'clock... and a Sunday show at 3.
Bloomsburg Police are searching for a person seen in the vicinity of a fight, which resulted in the assault of a person last week. Police telling us the incident took place near the corner of Main and Iron Streets last Friday morning. The person cops want to talk to left the area traveling east on Main Street and last seen in a black passenger car.
An estimated 11-hundred Bloomsburg University students will fan out across town on April 6th to say “thanks” to residents in the so – called “Big Event.” It's an opportunity for young adults to help residents kick off spring by picking up trash or raking leaves... or doing some odd jobs around the house. BU Students have until Friday to sign up to take part in the “Big Event.”
The death of a 48-year-old Mount Carmel woman over the weekend is not considered suspicious. Police say ATV riders found the body of Rochelle Stief lying near her car in a wooded area along Route 901... outside of Locust Gap. Police arrived at the scene and examined her vehicle while Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley pronounced Steif dead at the scene. Kelley said a cause of death has not been determined.
A wild pursuit through the streets of Hazleton... and cops getting the man they were looking for. They say 27 – year old Jesus Delgado collided with a police cruiser at North Laurel and 10th Streets. He was wanted for prole violation stemming from a past robbery. The pursuit ending following a 15 block chase.
A Hazleton man remains in critical condition at a trauma center at an Allentown hospital after he was beaten over the weekend. Andrew Goryl, Jr. was identified as the man found on West Fifth Street... between Lafayette Court and Locust Street early Sunday morning. Anyone with information about the beating is asked to call Hazleton Police.
The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 23rd in the country in the latest USA Today Division II Coaches Poll. Friday night the Huskies play IUP in the NCAA Atlantic Regional in Erie. You can hear all the action on the WHLM Stations.
The Bucknell University men's basketball team will be part of the NCAA tournament that begins next week. Wednesday night in Lewisburg, the Bison beat Lafayette 64-56 in the Patriot League Championship game.
Loyalsock High School boys basketball coach Ron Insinger tied a state record Wednesday night. His Lancers beat Communications Tech 51-48 in a second round Class AA state playoff game. The win was the 801st of his career. That ties him with Don Graham, the former coach of North Catholic in the Pittsburgh area. Loyalsock advances to the state quarterfinals. Meantime, the Lourdes Regional girls advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals with a 51-48 win over Girard College.
In the NBA Wednesday night, the Miami Heat won their 20th straight game, defeating the 76ers in Philadelphia 98-94.
In the NHL... the New Jersey Devils getting by the Philadelphia Flyers 5 to 2.