2013-12-17 14:22:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Closings and Cancellations:
* Luzerne County Community College - Closed today. Tuesday exams will be held Friday.
* St. Matthews pre school - Closed for the day
* The Bloomsburg YMCA pre - school canceling morning class. The afternoon class will be held.
* The Columbia County Traveling Library will not be making any stops this afternoon.
Bloomsburg Police are investigating the report of a robbery which went down early Tuesday afternoon along Lightstreet Road. It happened at the Uni – Mart at the corner of Lightstreet Road and Penn Avenue. We're awaiting a police report, but radio traffic indicated a man wearing a tan jacket with a gray ski mask walked in and demanded money from the clerk. He left moments later either on foot or by car. No word if he got anything. No one is in custody for the robbery of the Uni – Mart on Lightstreet Road.
It is a make it or break it week for Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers stationed outside area stores. That had Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick chapter wringing this hands trying to determine what sort of assistance he's handing out to families in need later this week. The big problem is a compressed shopping season... thus less time for the bell ringers. In addition to gift cards and turkeys... the kids will be getting their fair share of toys.
That body found in the Susquehanna River... near Fishing Creek Sunday night has been identified as a Bloomsburg University Junior from the Philadelphia area. The Press - Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition 21 - year old Timothy Robinson of Willow Grove parked his car along Ft. McClure Boulevard... climbed down the embankment... and shot himself with a handgun and slid into the water.
A Tobyhanna woman escaped injury last week when ice flew off a box truck and hit the driver's side window of her car. Now... State Senator Sen Lisa Boscola of Northampton County is proposing a bill to require that ice and snow be removed from trucks weighing over 48,000 pounds. Senator Boscola says police would be able to stop a driver if they felt the vehicle was creating a risk and the driver could be fined.
The commute to work was a bit tricky Tuesday morning. A dusting of overnight snow left the roads slick... and secondary road treacherous. PennDOT crews were out all night applying anti - skid material and salting to the roadways. This snow moved in from the Great Lakes... and should be out of the area by Tuesday afternoon.
The first meeting of the so - called Sherman Hills task force was held Monday in Wilkes - Barre. The beleaguered housing project has been the scene of numerous crimes... including shootings and robberies.
The task force was formed a few weeks ago. One of the many items discussed was beefing up security at the complex.
The man accused of shooting and killing three people at a Ross Township Supervisors meeting in Monroe County last August has pleaded not guilty. Rockne Newell's plea came during a video conference in Stroudsburg. He's accused of killing three and wounding two others because the township condemned his property... then bought it back at a sheriff's sale. The judge did not set a date for Newell's trial.
The supervisors of Banks Township... near Hazleton... say a death threat means they have to move their regular township meeting to the Harrisburg Hilton. The meeting is scheduled for Friday due to specific threats. The shooting deaths of three Ross Township officials in August have officials worried.
But an attorney for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says the move of the meeting presents serious public access issues and may run afoul of the Sunshine Act.
Table games at Pennsylvania’s casinos are seeing an increase in revenue compared to a year ago. The state Gaming Control Board said Monday the games brought in nearly $64 - million last month, up 14% from November 2012. The agency says the record monthly total is $67.4 - million, which was collected in March.
Pay Pal Shopping
Time is ticking for holiday shoppers and with a compressed season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more are looking to technology to save time. Pay Pal has found that people are looking for ways to avoid crowds and long lines and are not just shopping on line and doing price comparison with mobile devices... they're also using them to interact with brick and mortar stores. That can include using devices to order of in store pick up or using the Pay Pal app to make a purchase in store.
The Huskies Men's and Women's teams are on the road in the Erie area this week. On Tuesday night they played at Edinboro. The Women beat the Scots in their game 84-71. The Men lost their game 70-61. You can hear the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the Husky Post Game Report:
The Huskies play again Wednesday night at Mercyhurst. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball Monday night... Danville defeated Central Columbia 52 – 43... Mifflinburg getting by Bloomsburg 52 – 47... and Southern Columbia downed South Williamsport 32 – 25.
In Monday Night Football... the Baltimore Ravens squeaked by the Detroit Lions 18 to 16.