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Tuesday / April 23, 2013


Block Partly Folo

Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr said police took appropriate action when they clashed with student party – goers during Saturday's Block Party on Fetterman Avenue. That's the area where police and students clashed with bottles and rocks being thrown at an assault vehicle used to clear the area when the kids tried to block access. No one was injured in the confrontation... but the so – called “Bearcat” assault vehicle sustained minor damage to windows... tires and body.

 

Renaissance Jamboree

Now that block party is behind us..... many are looking forward to this weekend's special event in Bloomsburg. Renaissance Jamboree kicks off Saturday morning... a street party filled with crafters... artisans and non – profit groups. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael says showcasing Main Street is important. The event begins at 10 O'clock Saturday morning... and although no parking will be allowed on Main Street... there is plenty of off – street parking close to the festival.

 

License Denial

The Bloomsburg Town Council has decided to deny the transfer of a liquor license from the Berwick area to a local businesswoman. The action happened Monday night when the lawmakers met at town hall. Marlene Butters has a ten percent stake in the Capitol Restaurant in Bloomsburg... but wants to open her own shop in a store front now occupied by Marley's Brewery and Grille at 18 West Main Street. But Councilman Fred Trump set the wheels in motion to deny Ms. Butters the transfer citing the number of licenses already in town... and public safety concerns. The final vote was 4 to 3 to deny the license. Within the next few months... Marley's is expected to move into the former Bennigan's restaurant on Route 11 in Scott Township.

 

Take Back Day

This Saturday is designated “National Prescription Drug Take – Back Day...” a day you clean out your medicine cabinet... and bring unwanted or unneeded drugs to your local police department. On Columbia County's Southside.... the Locust Township Police Department is taking part of the programing. Chief Allan Breach says it's pretty simple for folks to participate. Chief Breach says he'll have an extra officer on duty to meet the people and take their old prescription drugs. They will eventually be turned over to drug enforcement agents for disposal.

 

Hazleton Fire

The cause of that early Sunday morning fire in the 500 – block of McKinley Street in Hazleton remains undetermined. The flames spread to four other homes.... making 16 people homeless. Now... the city says it hopes to have the burned out property demolished by the end of the week. Neighbor's believe that won't happen... but police chief Frank DeAndrea... who is also the code enforcement officer... says estimates are being received as to the cost of demolition.

 

Foreclosures

RealtyTrac says northeastern PA's decline in foreclosure activity made a sharp reversal the first quarter of the year.... rocketing upwards. The company is a national real estate monitor. Repossessions... mortgage default notices... as well as auction notices in the Scranton / Wilkes – Barre / Hazleton metro area soared by 55% during the first quarter... compared to the same period in 2012.

 

Pottsville Man

A Pottsville man was taken into custody Sunday afternoon... after he was spotted on the roof of a building with a weapon in his hand. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting 40 – year old Anthony Iacovetti was taken into custody by Pottsville police when found on a roof of a building around Third and Norwegian Streets. It was determined he was carrying a pellet gun. Police say charges are pending.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas continues to drop... down 7 cents from a week ago... and 23 – cents over the last month. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows that across northeastern Pennsylvania... a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.43 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... and seven cents from a week ago. During the past month the average price has dropped 23 cents a gallon. It's all due to the complete change over to a summer blend of gas... and plummeting crude oil prices.

 

Feral Cat Program

The borough of Conyngham is seeking donations to continue it's feral cat program. Last summer... a little more than two dozen cats were trapped neutered or spayed and released back into the community. The program was a success... and those involved want to make sure it continues. Donations can be dropped off at the borough building in the 200 block of Main Street.

 

Black Fly Program

The Luzerne County Council is expected to take up the issue of joining the State's black – fly program. Those black flies are pesky gnats which hang around us during the summer months. County Manager Robert Lawton says Luzerne could save up to $70,000 to opt out, but several council members say they need to be included in the eradication program. The discussion is expected to surface during Tuesday's Council meeting in Wilkes – Barre.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

A real strength of the Bloomsburg University football team this fall should be the offensive line which has four starters returning. Two of those returners- guard Brian Clark and tackle Matt Feiler are on the radar of NFL teams. Huskies' offensive coordinator Bryan McBryan says Feiler is 6 – foot, 7 – inches tall and weighs 315 pounds. Tuesday night the Huskies have the 10th of their allotted 15 spring practices.

 

BU Baseball

After being swept by East Stroudsburg in a home doubleheader on Sunday, the Bloomsburg University baseball team returned the favor yesterday sweeping two games at East Stroudsburg 5-2 and 10-7.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball on Monday... Dallas gets by Berwick 10 to 9.... Bucktail downs Benton 5 – 2... It was Central Columbia over Shikellamy 6 – 5... Loyalsock defeats Danville 2 – 1 and: Southern Columbia outscores Selinsgrove 7 – 5.

 

MLB

In the majors Monday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 – 2. The second game of that four game series will be played Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

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