Bloomsburg Football Coach
Phone calls are being made Tuesday and a possible job offer extended to one of the three finalists who want to be the next head football coach in the Bloomsburg Area School District. Superintendent Cos Curry confirmed to WHLM News it's been a long process to select the strongest possible candidate... a person he hopes to have ready for board approval next Tuesday. And once all the hiring is done... Curry hopes that the new coach and his assistants will have four months to get the Panthers into shape for the opening game.
Officials at Kawneer in Bloomsburg officially cut the ribbon Monday on an $8.5 - million dollar flood wall that surrounds the plant near the airport. Six million dollars came in the form of a state grant... with the remaining paid by Kawneer's parent company Alcoa. Until the flood wall was built... many of the 400 or so employees feared the company would move elsewhere. The plant suffered substantial damage during the Lee flood of 2011... with 5 – and – a – half feet of muddy river water on the production floor. Meantime... Windsor Foods and Autoneum on Bloomsburg's west side will soon break ground on flood walls around their plants.
Second Suspect Arrested
A second person wanted in connection with the robbery of a student on the Bloomsburg University campus has surrendered to police. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 22 – year old Samuel Jeannot was wanted for the robbery and the assault of Jeffrey Rush. Jeannot's alleged partner 24 – year old Carlin Edwards was picked up moments after the incident. Jeannot was arraigned with bail set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is set for April 3rd.
Senate / Liquor
It will be another two weeks or so until the State Senate takes up the issue of privatizing State Stores. That... after the State House adopted their version of the measure... sending it on to the Senate. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says it's one of the most important decisions facing government. Senator Gordner says the fate of the proposal is up in the air.... but it's one of Governor Corbett's pet issues being pushed through the halls of state government.
After spending the last two business days collecting clothing for those in need... faith – based AGAPE is ready to distribute the items. The organization's Kathy Lowe telling us the clothing distribution begins at 5 O'clock Tuesday afternoon... and will run through the early evening. The items are for those folks who need a little help to stay spiffy... either at their place of employment... or simply finding a job. No infant or children's items will be available at the distribution.
West Hazleton Donation
Thanks to a $43,000 check from an anonymous donor... the West Hazleton Police Department is getting a new cruiser... and four bulletproof vests. The donation came after the unnamed donor met with Mayor Frank Schmidt and police Chief Brian Buglio. By the way... the cost of a new cruiser, alone, with a computer checks in at $39,000.
Who do those remains belong to... They were found in a wooded area of Newport Township... near Nanticoke late last year... but they do not belong to Phylicia Thomas. She's the Lake Township woman missing since early 2004. Now... authorities don't know the identity of the remains... and Thomas remains missing... placing two unsolved murders on the plates of Luzerne County detectives.
A second child has died as the result of a grinding two – car collision near Orwigsburg over the weekend. 3 – year old Catrina Williams of Minersville died Monday at an Allentown hospital. On Sunday, 6 – year old Carianna Kroh died hours after the crash. Police say a car driven by 27 – year old Victoria Place pulled out of a church parking lot into the path of a car driven by a 17 – year old teen. Both are in the hospital. Police are continuing their investigation into the West Brunswick Township crash.
Girl Friend Beaten
Police in St. Clair... in Schuylkill County... have arrested a Pawn Shop owner... charging him with beating his girlfriend because she voted for President Obama. 52 – year old George Prutzman allegedly also threatened to kill his gal pal. Police say the attack happened at a home on South Second Street. After his arrest... Prutzman was hustled off to the Schuylkill County jail where he faces a long list of charges.
Chrissy Belko of the Bloomsburg University softball team has been named the PSAC Central Division Player of the Week. Belko, a junior from Old Forge, batted 346 and hit three home runs in leading the Huskies to 6 wins.
The Husky baseball team was scheduled to play Lock Haven Tuesday afternoon, but that game has been postponed. The Huskies' next action will be a home doubleheader against Millersville Friday afternoon.
The NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament resumed Monday night. Connecticut was the only top seed in action. Connecticut defeating Vanderbilt 77 to 44.
In the NBA last night, the Miami heat extended their winning streak to 27 with a 108-94 win over the Orlando Magic. Also, the Utah Jazz downed the the Philadelphia 76ers 107 – 91.