The proposed $5.3 - million 2014 budget for the Town of Bloomsburg comes up for a vote Monday evening. But, Town Administration Bill Lowthert says the proposal contains a 1 - mil tax hike which equates to $1 - dollar per thousand of assessed valuation... meaning an owner of a home assessed at $100,000 you'll see a hike of $100 dollars on your annual bill. You can see a copy of the proposed spending plan at town hall during business hours.
Speeders / Toys for Tots
They're called “Speeders...” and you'll be able to get a close up look at these former railroad rail cars when they make an appearance along the North Shore Railroad.. as folks collect gifts for Toys for Tots. Larry Maynard will bring out his “speeder” decorated in the holiday spirit. Maynard says the “speeders” are expected in Danville around 9 O'clock Saturday morning... then on to Rupert in Montour Township... Bloomsburg... then it's to Berwick... collecting toys along the way.
Despite a jump in late November, gas prices ended the month about where they started it and AAA says we should see some improvement for the Christmas holiday. The spike in prices heading into Thanksgiving was not due to the holiday. Jenny Robinson of AAA Mid-Atlantic says unexpected refinery problems and tightening supplies, mainly coming out of the Gulf Coast area lead to the uptick in prices. She adds prices are likely to drop 10 to 15 cents a gallon by the end of the year if supplies build as expected due to lower crude oil prices.
Bloomsburg Police say they've questioned a “person of interest” in the theft of a cash bag from the Arcus Brothers store at the corner of East and Third Streets... but no charges have been filed. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the bag contained cash, jewelery, coins and a watch... swiped from behind the counter this week. However, several of the items have been recovered. If you have information about the theft... call Bloomsburg Police.
Still no suspect in the murder of a 97 – year old Nanticoke woman over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now... Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers will be offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of the death of Gertrude Price. Already... an estimated $3,000 has been pledged to a reward fund at PNC Bank. Ms. Price was found Thanksgiving night inside her home on East Grand Street.
An 18 – year old woman has been charged with murder in the death of a man whose body was found last month in Sunbury. Miranda Barbour is in the Northumberland County Jail... charged in the death of Troy LaFerrara. His body was found behind a Catawissa Avenue home. LaFerrara stabbed at least twenty times. Police say Barbour... who is married... would often search for men seeking women on Craig's List... getting money in return for companionship. A preliminary hearing will be held December 10th in Sunbury.
Mt. Carmel Neglect
A Northumberland County man is accused of neglecting his own 86 – year old mother. Authorities say the mother of 56 – year old Joseph Campbell was malnourished... unattended and covered in waste. Campbell is also charged with forging his mother's name to withdraw money from her bank account. He is in the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of 150 – thousand dollars bail.
More troubles for a beleaguered housing project in Wilkes – Barre. A stray bullet nearly hit a sleeping girl at the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex. Authorities say the weapon accidentally went off early Wednesday morning... the bullet going through a floor... coming within feet of the sleep child. Over the past year... Sherman Hills has become the center of crime in Wilkes – Barre due to numerous shootings and a lack of security.
Hazleton Break In
Hazleton Police are continuing their probe into the break in of a Dollar General store on West Walnut Street this week. Authorities say a man broke a glass door... strolled in... and made off with several cartons of cigarettes. If you have information about this week's break in.... call Hazleton Police.
House / Education
Three bills before the state house would give school districts more leeway for economic furloughs. Currently, schools can't furlough teachers solely for economic reasons- there must be other driving factors. But the bills would allow economic furloughs and remove seniority as the main factor for determining which teachers are laid off. Supporters say it would keep the best teachers in the classroom in tough times. Opponents fear teachers with seniority-- and higher salaries-- would be the first to go.
A state senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill would ban the sale of the e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18 - just like regular cigarettes. Although the electronic devices emit a vapor rather than smoke, the bill's sponsor says nicotine addiction is a major concern. Senator Tim Solobay says the product should be in adult hands only. He says the bill has bipartisan support and over two dozen other states have taken similar action.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Cheyney last night at the Nelson Field House. The men defeating Cheney 72 – 57... while the women cruised to a 78 – 35 victory. The Husky basketball teams return to action Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.
In Division I men's college basketball last night, in the ACC/Big Ten challenge... North Carolina knocked off Number one Michigan State 79 – 65.
In the National Hockey League Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Flyers outskated the Detroit Redwings 6 to 3.
Thursday night in the NFL, The Houston Texans take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.