Bloomsburg Police Chief
The wheels are turning among Bloomsburg Town Council members to find someone to lead the police department upon the departure of current chief Leo Sokoloski. He plans to retire at the end of the month. Council Vice Chairperson Diane Levan telling WHLM News whoever fills his shoes won't be an interim chief.... but rather an “Officer in Charge...” due to the current union contract between the town and rank and file police officers. Ms. Levan says selection will be made due on a seniority basis. Chief Sokoloski's retirement is effective June 28th.
We now know the name of that 17 – year old teenager shot earlier this week by Sunbury police following a pursuit. Our media partner, Newswatch 16, says Naheem Reams of Sunbury is in a medically induced coma after being shot. Police says they were ticketing cars due to street sweeper activity... and Reams was asked to move his vehicle... and he drove away recklessly. A pursuit began... and moments later on Front Street... Reams was shot and critically wounded. The three officers involved are on administrative leave.
State Police were busy last night in Shickshinny... as they took suspected meth making materials from a home on Glenn Avenue. Authorities say it was a small amount. No one is in custody in connection with the incident. This is the second time this week cops have busted a suspected meth lab in Shickshinny.
Tamaqua Drug Bust
More than a dozen people were arrested in Tamaqua Thursday... all having drug charges lodged against them. The neighboring Schuylkill County D.A. says it's the third drug sweep in as many weeks. Police Chief Rick Weaver says the investigation leading up to the arrests have been on – going for the past seven months.
Trash to Treasure
Saturday is the day a lot of folks have been waiting for... it's the semi – annual Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure sale at the Kehr Union on the Bloomsburg University campus. It's all in an effort to raise money... so the United Way can fund their member agencies. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz on Thursday, the agency's John Thomas says one of the most popular items are the lap and desktop computers. You can still get early bird tickets to get in at 8 O'clock Saturday morning by stopping by the United Way off on Penn Street.
The department of Labor and Industry wants people to know the amnesty period to pay back money owed to the unemployment compensation trust fund is a limited time offer. State Secretary of Labor... Julia Hearthway... says some people owe the unemployment compensation fund money because they provided false information... or withheld facts to receive benefits they were not entitled to and they will have to pay it all back to make things right. However, they will get a break on interest and penalties. The amnesty program runs through August 31st.
Philly Building Collapse
It's now a clean up operation at 22nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia... that after a building being demolished collapsed on a Salvation Army Thrift Store this week. The death toll stands at six... with more than a dozen injured. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter promises the city will get to the bottom of what happened.
Man with Gun
A 26 – year old Hazleton man is free after he walked into his step – daughter's school on Thursday with a holstered gun. Steven Rivera of North Popular Street was arrested at the Height – Terrace Elementary Middle School with a loaded 9 – millimeter semi – automatic pistol. The school has signs prohibiting weapons. Rivera now has a preliminary hearing on June 19th.
A Hunlock Creek man faces arraignment later this month after he allegedly used a weapon to blast bird shot towards a neighbor. 44 – year old Bobby Anderson of Village Drive is facing a host of charges after pointing a weapon and fired it twice at neighbor Henry Kulp... who is confined to an electric wheelchair. Anderson eventually surrendered to state police... and he was hustled off to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Bail is set at $25,000.
Hugo Selenski Trial
It appears the trial of alleged killer Hugo Selenski won't be taking place later this month as scheduled. A judge in Wilkes – Barre decided to postpone the cast until early August. Selenski is accused of the 2002 killings Tammy Fassett and Michael Kerkowski. Their bodies were found behind Selenski's home
In WHLM Sports
In major league baseball Thursday night... in the first game of a four game series... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5 to 1. Game two is Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:35 PM.
Other MLB Games
In other games last night... the New York Yankees downed the Seattle Mariners 6 to 1. The game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals was postponed due to rain.
In the opening game of the NBA's final series in South Florida... the San Antonio Spurs held tough beating LeBron James and the Miami Heat 92 to 88.
In game four of the National Hockey League's Western Conference Final Series... the Los Angeles Kings skating by the Chicago Blackhawks 2 to 1. Friday night in Boston, the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to stay alive in their Eastern Conference final series with the Bruins. Boston leads that series three games to none.