2014-01-16 16:25:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Central Columbia Teacher & Coach Passes
Our area lost one of its most prominent sports figures Thursday when long time Central Columbia baseball coach and athletic director, Don Engle, died after a lengthy illness. In 29 seasons as the Bluejays baseball coach, Engle had 555 career wins including the 1991 state championship. He coached two players that made it to the major leagues- Paul Hartzell and Doug Davis.
Hoax Call of Active Shooter
It was all a hoax... a report of an active shooter with police officers from around the region sent racing to the Berwick Offray plant on Susquehanna Avenue Thursday morning. Officers with guns drawn... searched the area... coming up empty handed.
Late this morning... Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish said the call came from within an Offray building at Third and Oak Streets from a cordless phone. When police arrived... the caller and the phone were gone. Folks arriving for work at the Susquehanna Avenue site sat in their cars... for nearly two hours before being allowed into the building.
A fire of undetermined origin extensively damaged a Danville home Thursday afternoon. Firemen were initially called to a two – story home at 109 Spruce Street shortly before 1 O'clock. Now... an investigation is underway to determine what started this afternoon's fire in Danville.
Rental Inspection Meeting
The first in a series of meetings was held at Bloomsburg Town Hall on Wednesday. Several council members and property owners sat down and discussed an ordinance aimed at the inspection of rental apartments. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis says talks were productive. The controversial inspection ordinance went into effect last October... but council has since placed a 45 – day moratorium on enforcing the law... in order to hear concerns from apartment landlords and property managers.
A 42 – year old nurses aide at the VA Hospital in Plains Township has been arrested. Warren Wells of Moscow... in Lackawanna County... is charged with taking a 14 – karat gold crucifix from a woman dying of cancer. The incident happened last month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre. After he was arraigned.... Wells was ordered held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... with bail set at $10,000.
Legislation to require school board to provide no less than 48 – hours public notice prior to voting on proposed collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts has been approved by the PA House. The bill was sponsored by Representative Fred Keller... a republican from Snyder and Union Counties. Keller's House Bill now advances to the state Senate for consideration.
Elderly / Winter
During the winter... we all have a habit of being cooped up inside our homes... especially during times of bad weather. And... Kathy Lynn who runs the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging suggests checking on your elderly neighbors. Checking on your neighbor only takes five minutes... giving them... and you... peace of mind. Questions... call the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging on Sawmill Road.
As Senate Republicans consider a bill to crack down on welfare fraud, some on the other side of the aisle see it simply as "red meat" for the GOP in an election year. Senator Vincent Hughes, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, wonders about the timing of raising the issue during an election year. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County and Senator Dave Argall of neighboring Schuylkill County are drafting a bill that would increase penalties and fines for welfare fraud.
State College – based AccuWeather says it will launch a 24-hour weather channel later this year. AccuWeather Founder and President Joel Myers says creating a 24-hour weather source that will be available on the web, mobile devices and television, was the next natural step for the company. Myers says the advantages include the company's 45-day, hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute forecasts. Right now... the Weather Channel is the only existing 24-hour TV channel dedicated to weather. Myers says AccuWeather's channel will differ in that it will solely offer forecasts.
A Wilkes – Barre murder suspect remains in the Columbia County Prison on a parole violation. 27 – year old Jordan Stevens was initially identified as a person of interest in the shooting death of an 18 – year old teenager at an apartment complex. Stevens is also charged with aggravated assault... reckless endangerment... possessing a firearm as a felon... and carrying an unlicensed weapon. He'll be held at the local prison until extradited back to Luzerne County.
A rash of burglaries are being investigated in Sunbury. Most have taken place since January 9th at a number of locations. Police are now suggesting that businesses should have outdoor lights to deter the burglars... and maybe have a security system to record any suspicious activities
The Aqua Pennsylvania Water Company says crews have repaired nearly a dozen leaks discovered at the Beech Mountain Lakes sub – division near Hazleton... in Butler Township. Residents there began experiencing low water pressure last weekend. Now the water company says the cold weather caused the pipes to leak.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the Bloomsburg women defeated East Stroudsburg 63 to 51... while the men were defeated 74 to 62. The Huskies next games will be Saturday afternoon at West Chester.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County 60 to 21.... Southern Columbia downed Central Columbia 53 – 38... Danville getting by Shamokin in overtime 47 – 43... It was Millville over Montgomery 53 – 39... and Muncy defeated Benton 58 – 31...
Girls HS BB / Thursday night
In in girls basketball Thursday night, Berwick lost to Dallas 42-33. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report: