CC Bread & Granola
A fledgling Bloomsburg business received a visit on Thursday from a top official of the U-S Department of Commerce. Dileep Thatte sat down with Douglas Michael and his crew at Columbia County Bread & Granola in the Moose Exchange Building on Main Street. Michael's business has grown substantially thanks to the syndicated TV show Dr. Oz... and the Commerce Department's Thatte says he's not surprised. Mr. Thatte and his entourage... and the Northeast Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Council help small businessmen get their footing and suggest ways for small businessmen to grow.
Tests are expected to be conducted Friday on a tri – axle dump truck which went out of control Thursday afternoon in Orangeville. 22 – year old German Barajas of Delaware telling Orangeville Police Chief Steve Rothermel that his brakes went out while descending Route 93... on it's approach to Route 487. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... Chief Rothermel is skeptical of the driver's story... and that's the reason for the pending test. The driver was not injured when the truck went through some “Jersey Barriers”... careening into a back yard... slamming into a car... coming to rest against a tree.
We're in the middle of summer... and that means folks with the American Red Cross are having a tough time trying to collect blood for the needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. So that's why the agency has scheduled a series a blood drives up and down the Susquehanna Valley. The Bloomsburg Chapter's Sue Norton says it's tough to find the usual donors. To help alleviate any spot shortages which may occur... the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive this afternoon at their usual location at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. That drive gets underway Friday afternoon at 1:30.
A Berwick man remains in the Columbia County Prison on theft charges. John Antonelli broke into a home along West Second Street earlier in the week. A neighbor calling cops saying a man removed a window air conditioner to gain entry. When they arrived... Antonelli confessed he broke into the apartment to steal things... so he could support his drug habit.
Hazleton's Alter Street
Residents who live on Alter Street in Hazleton may get their wish granted. They had been asking the city for security cameras... and now a request for proposals for the system will soon be advertised. Alter Street has been the scene of a lot of crime over the past couple of years. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says an estimated $53,000 is earmarked for the project.
St. Joseph's Future
The Claremont Group says work on the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Hazleton could begin as early as next month. But first... the firm is looking for a developer who can turn the former hospital into a senior living center. The building with house an estimated 250 bed assisted-living center... with the first rooms available later this year.
Ag Progress Days
The final touches are being placed on the 2013 edition of Ag Progress Days.... held just south of State College next month. Bob Oberheim is the guy in charge... telling us one of the big changes this year is a new field demonstration area. The three – day event gets underway August 13th at the Larson Agricultural Research Center... on Route 45... south of State College.
Wilkes - Barre Suspect Captured
A 19 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is in custody... wanted in connection with the shooting of a man last weekend. Joshua Ovalles was arrested and charged in the shooting of 24 – year old Vaughn Kemp last weekend in the 100 block of South Grant Street in Wilkes – Barre. This is not the first time Orvalles has tangled with the law... he was out on bail on attempted homicide charges stemming from an incident earlier this year.
An inmate who is confined to the state prison in Coal Township is charged with attacking a corrections officer. The incident happened Wednesday when inmate Michael Lassiter and a prison guard got into a tussle in the dining hall. The guard was treated at Geisinger – Shamokin General Hospital.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed notice Thursday he intends to bring a defamation lawsuit against Louis Freeh, the former FBI director. Freeh was hired by the university to investigate an alleged decade-long coverup of child sex abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky, Spanier, who served as president of Penn State from 1995 to 2011 is seeking unspecified monetary damages and is demanding a jury trial.
7 on 7
The air will be filled with footballs, and there will be weightlifting and other events Saturday at Crispin Field in Berwick. That... as the Berwick High School football team hosts their annual 7 on 7 and big man/strong man competition. In the 7 on 7 competition Berwick will be joined by Delaware Valley, Manheim Central, and Mount Carmel in Group one. Group two includes Danville, Southern Columbia, Northwest, and Wyalusing. Linemen from all 8 of those schools will compete in the big man/strong man competition. Linemen from Loyalsock High School will also compete. The activities get underway Saturday at 10 O'clock.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night to take the series two games to one. Friday night.. the Phils continue their home stand by taking on the Chicago White Sox in the first of a three game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
Shortstop Derek Jeter played in his first game of the season for the New York Yankees Thursday. He got an infield hit in his first at bat. The Yanks beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4.
Pirates / Mets
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets both had Thursday off. They will begin a weekend series in Pittsburgh Friday night.