2013-11-01 16:30:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Police Car Involved in Crash
A Bloomsburg police officer is okay after slamming his cruiser into a utility poll at midday Friday. WHLM's Joe Reilly says Patrolman Lewis Carl was heading towards Main Street and swerved as a called pulled out of Fourth Street in front of of him. Instead of hitting the car.... he slammed the left front from the marked Ford Crown Victoria into the poll. His air bag deployed and the left front fender and suspension of the car was damaged. Patrolman Lewis was slightly injured at taken to Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital for a check up. The driver of the second car will be cited... according to Police Chief Roger Van Loan.
A big night for trick or treaters in Bloomsburg. At the home of Mark Gardner at 5th and Market Streets.... a steady stream of kids dressed in a variety of costumes. Mr, Gardner is a banker by day.... and a vampire... at least on Halloween night. Gardner and company giving out an estimated 600 pieces of candy during the 2 and a half hours of greeting trick or treaters....
We should know early next week... how much tax revenue came into the state during October. But, whatever the case, State Representative David Millard said the Commonwealth is able to pay their bills... and other ongoing obligations. The Berwick Republican says the true test comes during December... and the holiday shopping period. And to some extent the 2014 – 2015 state budget will be crafted on the numbers coming into the state treasury.... as well as to determine if the state has come out of the recession.
Columbia County Voting
It's going to bet busier the next few days in the Columbia County Voter Registration and Elections office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg. This Tuesday is general election day... and all 42 precincts will be up and running. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says an estimated 40,000 people are registered to vote. However, voter turnout is expected to be light. And Repasky says other than a borough council race in Berwick.... and a Town Council race in Bloomsburg... there isn't too much on the ballot this year. BTW... the polls open at 7 O'clock Tuesday morning... closing 13 – hours later.
Counselors will be at the Line Mountain High School near Herndon after one of their seniors died in a one car crash this week. 18 – year old Kayla Miller was on her way to her grandmother's funeral when she lost control of her car on Route 225 in Lower Mahanoy Township... near Shamokin. She had recently transferred to Line Mountain from the Shikellamy School District. Ms. Miller was planning to attend Bloomsburg University next year.
Wilkes – Barre Robber
A would – be deli robber has been snagged by Wilkes – Barre police. Scott Kosek was arrested for the failed robbery attempt of Peter's Deli along North Main Street last Friday. Kosek's plans were foiled when an employee grabbed a metal baseball bat... chasing the robber into the street. He's now being held in the Luzerne County lockup.
An abrupt about face by Penn State officials. They've canceled a Friday meeting to name a university president... but that won't be the case. The cancellation triggered more complaints from critics who say the university's culture of secrecy erodes public trust. Current interim president Rodney Erickson says he wants to retire by the middle of next year. No word yet when the board will make it's announcement.
Corbett / Poll
Governor Tom Corbett still has a lot of work ahead to win approval of the voters according to a new poll. The Franklin and Marshall College poll shows only very slight improvement in Governor Corbett's approval rating, with just one in five voters saying he's doing an excellent or good job. Poll director Terry Madonna says the Governor is not without possibilities to improve his standing, but his current numbers are the worst of any governor in modern history seeking re-election.
BU / Shippensburg
Harlon Hill trophy winning quarterback Zach Zulli threw five touchdown passes and Shippensburg's defense held Franklyn Quiteh to just 82 yards rushing. That, as the Red Raiders handed the Huskies their first defeat of the season 34-18 last night at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The next game for the Huskies will be Saturday November 9th at West Chester.
High School Football
The high school football regular season ended Friday night with Bloomsburg renewing its rivalry with Central Columbia in our game of the week. The teams were at each others throats as Bloomsburg came out on top with a 29-26 win.
Two area teams, Berwick and Southern Columbia, completed unbeaten regular seasons Friday night. Berwick soundly defeated Hazleton Area 43-7 . Southern Columbia beat Warrior Run 47-13.
You can hear all the details from Friday's games in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:
In high school soccer... the District 4 Class A boys final between Bloomsburg and Wellsboro has been postponed. The teams will play tomorrow night at 7 O'clock in Williamsport.
In the NFL Thursday night... the Miami Dolphins getting by the Cincinnati Bengals 22 to 20.