The words “Everyone is okay....” never sounded so good. That from a runner from Berwick who took part in Monday's tragedy- marred Boston Marathon. Authorities say three people are dead and an estimated 140 injured following two explosions yesterday at the finish line. Doug Alter telling WHLM News from Boston he came across the line about 20 minutes before the explosion took place. To him, everything looked normal... with folks lining the finish line area three to four people deep. Meantime, the woman who co-ordinates the annual “Run for the Diamonds” marathon in Berwick on Thanksgiving Day says the events of yesterday at the finish of the Boston Marathon is unbelievable. Margaret Livsey says she doesn't believe a tragedy such as happened in Boston could happen at the Berwick event. Bill Bull of Berwick took part in the 5K event yesterday in Boston and was on his way home when hearing the news. Bull said he doesn't believe the bombings will change the way running events are held.
Flood Wall Meeting
A $30 – million dollar flood wall project for two of Bloomsburg's biggest employers goes under the microscope Thursday night. Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG is holding the meeting at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in order to explain what the flood walls around Autoneum and Windsor Foods means to people living on the west end of Bloomsburg... so says SEDA – COG's Bill Seigel. The project includes federal and state monies... as well as that chipped in by the two companies. It's designed to save an estimated 900 jobs. Thursday's meeting begins at 7 O'clock at the fire hall in the 900 block of Market Street.
The next stage production for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is described as somewhat sweet... but somewhat heavy.... but it is a comedy. “Superior Donuts” makes it's debut on the stage of the Alvina Krause Theatre May 2nd... and deals with a doughnut shop in present day Chicago with a cross – section of characters... so says the BTE's Richie Cannaday. “Superior Donuts” runs through May 19th at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street in Bloomsburg.
Selinsgrove Home Invasion
Police in Selinsgrove are containing their investigation into a home invasion of an off – campus apartment with involving a dozen Susquehanna University students. Investigators say two men... armed with a shotgun and a hand gun broke into an apartment early Saturday morning in the 100 block of Market Street... making off with wallets and cellphones. One women was injured and taken to a Sunbury hospital... where she was treated and released. Police say they're looking for two black males between the ages of 18 and 28.
Work began Monday on the dismantling of a 130 foot tall smokestack in Hazleton Heights area of the city. City officials condemned the structure at the start of the weekend... fearing the smokestack would come down... and that forced the closures of near – by businesses. A two man crew... on a crane... began taking down the structure after the New Jersey owners of the property secured the property permits. The work will continue Tuesday.
A Hazleton man who was beaten and left for dead in early March has had a medical setback. The father of 33 – year old Andrew Goryl said doctors at an Allentown hospital preformed emergency surgery after fluid built up on his brain... and the discovery of blood clots. Goryl was found on West 5th Street... near Locust... unconscious and unable to talk. Thus far no one is in custody.
The price of unleaded, self – serve regular gasoline continues to drop across all of northeastern Pennsylvania... including in Columbia and Montour Counties. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.50 a gallon... higher at some locations... less at others.
That's down a penny from the weekend... and off six cents for the week. Overall... unleaded regular has dropped an average of 17 cents a gallon during the past month.
In WHLM Sports
In high school baseball Monday... Berwick defeated Hazleton 3 – 1... Central Columbia just getting by Muncy 9 to 8... Columbia Montour Vo Tech downed Benton 9 – 5.... and it was Southern Columbia over Shamokin 13 to 12...
In girls' softball Monday afternoon... It was Berwick over Wyoming Area 10 – 3... and Benton downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech 7 – 2...
In the first of a three game series Monday night in Cincinnati... the Red defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 2. Game two of the Phillies and the Reds is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.
In other games Monday night... the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10 to 6.... and the game between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies in Denver... postponed due to snow.
In the NBA Monday night... the Detroit Pistons defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 109 – 101..
In the NHL... the Philadelphia Flyers got by Montreal 7 to 3.