The man who led the Bloomsburg Police Department for two decades has died. Former Chief Larry Smith died Thursday morning at his Montour Township home while shoveling snow. The Press – Enterprise is reporting Smith was a fixture on the police force for 35 – years... retiring in 2001. In his retirement... he worked part time as a security officer at the entrance of the Columbia County Courthouse. Former chief Larry Smith was 80.
It is expected to be a busy day at the return desks of the big box stores in the region. The reason... the person returning the Christmas gift they received Wednesday... isn't what they wanted... or if it's clothing... it doesn't fit. The mad dash always happens the day after Christmas. Retailers are expected to have extra personnel on the return desk.
In the Columbia County Prison for the holiday... That's what happened to 34 - year old James Hopper... charged with one county of robbery on Christmas Eve. Hopper and a partner... 36 - year old Jason Adamo allegedly barged into a home in the 600 block of Mulberry Street. They forced three people to disrobe.. taking their money and cell phones. However, the owner of the home fired a round from a shot gun as the duo tried to flee. Later... Hopper returning to the scene to tell Berwick cops about his damaged car. He was identified as one of the alleged robbers... and was cuffed and jailed. Adamo remains on the loose with a warrant out for his arrest.
This is not only the holiday season.... but it's a season for accidents at home and on the highways... and the need for blood is the greatest. That's the case for the American Red Cross and it's northeast region. The word coming from the Bloomsburg Chapter's Rita Inklovich. Even though it's the holiday season... there are blood drive on a daily basis up and down the Susquehanna Valley. The biggest one is held each Tuesday at Buckhorn... at the Columbia Mall.
Sullivan Co Fire
A Christmas day fire destroyed a home in Forks Township... in Sullivan County... killing the man who lived there. The fire started around 7 O'clock in a two story structure on Academy Terrace. Firemen found the man's body near a wood burning stove which was being used to warm the two story structure.
The identity of the man has not been released.
United Way / Tax Returns
If you need help with your income tax return... the Berwick Area United Way is doing it's part to help. The organizations CEO Ginny Crake says they had 314 families pass through their Berwick site in 2013... each getting an average of $1,200 back from the federal government. The preparation site is at the McBride Library in Berwick... and they plan to partner with the Columbia County United Way and Bloomsburg University to prepare returns at the Wesley United Methodist Church at Third and Market Streets.
Sherman Hills Shooting
More troubles at the beleaguered Sherman Hills Apartment Complex in Wilkes – Barre Tuesday night. Police say one man was shot... and a second is in custody. Tyrone Scott is accused of shooting a man in the leg. The incident happened as Christmas eve turned into Christmas Day.
Police in Kingston are still looking for the man who held up the First National Community Bank on Wyoming Avenue. The robbery going down Christmas Eve. The robber getting getting a couple of hundred dollars in cash... some of it found near the bank.
It's a yearly rite for many, a resolution to quit smoking for the new year, but not everyone succeeds in kicking the habit. WHLM's Pete Primak telling us you have to buy into it, and believe you can indeed quit smoking. The American Lung Association says if you've tried and failed before, learn from the experience, remember what you did right to stop for as long as you did. FDA-approved medications such as nicotine patches and gum can help smokers quit, and you don't have to go it alone... if you have friends or family members who smoke, tell them about it... maybe they will try to quit as well.
Students Over Holiday's
During the holidays, parents may want to review progress or lack of it that their students have made so far - and maintain at least a minimal schedule of studying. Consider it a "reboot" for the second half to the school year. WHLM's B.J. Small tells us studying may be a four-letter word to students during the holidays, but it can be an opportunity to brush-up on subjects they are struggling with. Education consultant and author Marc Lapointe says parents should at least think of the long-term benefits of an educational reset during the break in classes. Lapointe says prioritizing and time management skills are also good lessons to learn over the holidays.