Bloomsburg Mayor Reflects
Now that Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr will resign... to take a position of Administrator of Governmental Affairs in the Borough of Danville... he's had an opportunity to reflect on his tenure. During an interview at Town Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Knorr said he's disappointed he wasn't able to get flood protection for the town... but in the same breath... happy he was part of the team that got money for flood walls at Autoneum and Windsor Foods.... two of Columbia County's largest employers. Mayor Knorr will leave his position within the next two weeks... with council expected to make a decision as to who will fill out his unexpired term when they meet the 24th.
A lot of questions... but not many answers... into the shooting of a 17 – year old teenager by a Sunbury Police officer. The incident began around 1 O'clock Wednesday morning when an officer asked the teen to move his car... but authorities say as he drove off he nearly hit an officer... and slammed into two police cars. A pursuit began... and it ended minutes later on Front Street with police opening fire... hitting the teen. The name of the teenager has not been released... but our media partner, Newswatch 16 is reporting he's listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
ACF / Milton
It's dark, dirty and noisy.... but the ACF Plant in Milton is back in business and producing railroad tank cars for the domestic oil industry. Governor Corbett was in Milton Wednesday to get a first hand look at the production line... and talked about the company's return from economic struggles since the plant was left for dead back in 2009... laying off 300 people. Many of those employees are back on the job... and soon another 100 people will be at ACF earning a good paycheck... and producing a product used to transport oil from the Dakota's to refineries in the Philadelphia area... making the country less dependent on middle east oil.
The state Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that spends more than Governor Corbett's plan. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau... the $1.8 - billion transportation funding bill proposed by Governor Tom Corbett would have relied on increasing the wholesale gas tax. The state senate's $2.5 - billion plan adds a surcharge to traffic violations and hikes license and registration fees. It passed on a 45 to 5 vote. The bill faces an uncertain future in the state house.
Town Park Concert
A perfect night to be in Town Park Wednesday night.... as the Park Improvement Association kicked off their summer concert series at the band shell. First up... the ever – popular Shoreliners playing hits from the 50's to the 80's.... with an occasional polka tossed in. The concert series runs every Wednesday through the end of July.
A day after a fire extensively damaged a 160 – year old home at Eckley Miners' Village near Freeland this week... a team of architects from the PA Historical and Museum Commission were at the scene getting a first hand look. It's hoped a part of the home can be saved. A state police fire marshal says an electrical problem started the blaze.
Susquehanna Steam Electric
Unit 2 at PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township, north of Berwick, has resumed generating electricity for the regional electric grid. The unit coming back on line Wednesday morning... following a refueling and maintenance outage that included extensive inspections and plant improvements. The utility says PPL employees and more than 1,000 supplemental workers replaced about 40 percent of the Unit 2 reactor fuel during the outage. Crews also inspected and replaced several pieces of the unit’s turbine assembly, making improvements that address turbine blade issues.
Held for Court
A 53 – year old guest of Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly has been held for court proceedings. Carl Smith is accused of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and reckless endangerment in the death of 85 – year old Margaret Lechleitner earlier this year. She was also a guest at the facility. Smith remains in custody on $150,000 bail.
High School Baseball
Seventeen area high school baseball players have been named to the Heartland Conference all star team including ten first team selections. In Division 2, Central Columbia had three first team picks- outfielder Jordan Thivirege, catcher Cody Brown and designated hitter Jake Coombe. In Division 3, Southern Columbia had four first team selections- infielder Garrett Sosnoskie, outfielders Mason Peter and Tyler Behrent, as well as catcher Taylor Young. Bloomsburg had three Division 3 first team picks- Infielder Zach Martz, outfielder Colby Klingerman, and pitcher Colton Hock.
The Philadelphia Phillies completed a three game sweep of Miami Wednesday afternoon with a 6-1 win over the Marlins. Tonight the Phils open a series in Milwaukee with the Brewers. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 7:35.
Other MLB Games
In other games Wednesday... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to nothing... the New York Mets downed the Washington Nationals 10 to 1... and the New York Yankees got the best of the Cleveland Indians 6 to 4.
Wednesday night in game three of the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference final series … the Boston Bruins getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1. The victory gives the Bruins a three to nothing edge in the series.