Police Chief to Retire
Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski has made his intentions known. He plans to retire from the department at the end of June... to become head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. Mayor Dan Knorr says Sokoloski's retirement is top of mind when the Administrative and Finance Committee meets June 5th. Knorr says there is expected to be discussion as to who to name in the interim until a new chief is found... and whether the candidate will be from outside the town... or from within the ranks of the department.
Write In Votes
Columbia County election officials spent Tuesday going over ballots cast during last week's primary election... counting the write in votes. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says there was one eye opener in the race for the last position on the Bloomsburg School Board. That tie involves write in's on the Democratic side between Norman Mael and Josh Klingerman... each getting 25 write in votes each. The drawing to determine the fourth spot on the November ballot takes place noon time on Friday, June 7th in Rapasky's office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg.
The American Red Cross is doing it's part to make sure blood supplies in the region remain up to snuff... through various drives. For example... a blood drive is being held Wednesday at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Towers Club facility. Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says getting donated units of blood is important this time of year due to the possibility of accidents. Wednesday's blood drive is open to PPL employes as well as friends and families. It begins at 9 AM in the Tower Club at 255 Confer's Lane.
Kidsburg / Celebrate Bloomsburg
The folks who want to construct Kidsburg 2.0 will remain out and about this summer... looking for donations and telling the Kidsburg story. Organizer Deb Huckens says committee members will be at the first Celebrate Friday on June 7th. A portion of the event features a kids theme along Centre Street... with other organizations on hand... as well as an appearance of Pickles the Clown.
A district magistrate in Mifflinburg has sent the case of the Harleton police chief to court for trial. Chief Donald Zerbe is accused of stopping speeders... who then are faced with either paying a traffic fine or donating $150 to the fund to keep up a Harleton park. Now... Zerbe is facing a long list of charges... including extortion. Meantime... Zerbe is suspended from the job... with his next court appearance in August.
The average price of self – serve unleaded regular gasoline in the Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville area is holding somewhat steady. The latest check by www.gasbuddy.com shows the lowest price of $3.39 a gallon at Laubach's at 8th and Fowler Avenue in Berwick.... with Danville retailers holding steady at right around $3.41 a gallon... to the Uni-Mart at 7th and Market in Bloomsburg at $3.43 a gallon.
Former Police Officer Dead
A former police officer wanted in Northumberland County for the shooting of a man is dead. 31 – year old Anthony Galla of Lebanon County died in a shoot out with Federal Marshals at a hotel in Upper Darby Township near Philadelphia Tuesday night. The search for Galla began early Tuesday when he shot his ex – girlfriend’s boyfriend in the foot while the pair slept in her Mt. Carmel home. At one time Galla worked for a number of coal region police departments.
An estimated 500 people showed up at the Wyoming monument on Tuesday to hear a speech delivered by former President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter and his wife were in the “Valley with a Heart” for a fundraiser last night in Wilkes – Barre. The former president spokes about the work he's done over the past thirty years... after leaving office... and about the future of the US.
Authorities in Shenandoah say they believe someone set fire to some trash outside a vacant home over the weekend. The blaze damaged the rear of the home at 111 – 113 Chestnut Street. The fire marshal called out to investigate says there was no power running to the home... and it appeared that someone set fire to a barrel of trash and it spread to the building.
Tuesday's rain wiped out the playoff schedule for area high school baseball and softball teams. Wednesday afternoon at Marywood, Berwick will play Valley View in the District 2 Class AAA championship softball game.
In District 4 girls softball, in the Class AA semifinals at Elm Park in Williamsport Central Columbia plays Loyalsock today at 4 followed by Southern Columbia against Warrior Run. In a Class A semifinal Bloomsburg plays Muncy at 5 o'clock.
In high school baseball, the District 4 Class AA semifinal between Southern Columbia and Hughesville will be played at Bowman Field In Williamsport Thursday afternoon at 4:30.
At Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Boston Red Sox 3 to 1. Wednesday night that series shifts to Philadelphia. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre – game show at 6:30.
Other MLB Games
In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the the Detroit Tigers 1 to nothing...
and... the New York Mets just got by the New York Yankees 2 to 1.
In game four of the NBA Eastern Conference series... Indiana defeated Miami 88 – 92. The series is now tied at two games apiece.