2014-01-22 19:11:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
I-80 Roadwork on Tap
PennDOT says motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County are advised to be alert for a lane closure around mile 234 starting Thursday. Northridge Group, a hazmat company, will perform cleanup work at the scene of a truck crash that occurred there two weeks ago. This area is about half-way between the Buckhorn and Lightstreet exits.The eastbound right lane will be closed during daylight hours for the cleanup activities, which may require three to four days to complete.
Bloomsburg firemen were out Wednesday morning. They were called to a reported structure fire at 123 Millville Road shortly after 4:30. Police and firemen found heavy smoke coming from the building. Everyone got out safely. The problem was not a fire... but rather a boiler which exploded in the building's basement.
Neighboring Lycoming County has become a hot bed of activity for the Marcellus Shale industry... and that's where Governor Corbett was Tuesday afternoon... unveiling a new program called Energy equals Jobs. The governor visiting the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Montgomery... telling a select group of students... school officials and area political leaders that jobs in energy have a ripple effect on the state's economy. Corbett's program also features a 73 – page guide chock – full of information about state resources and programs... aimed at businesses and local government officials.
Point Twp Project
A $7.4 – million dollar sewer project for Point township has been okayed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Development Authority... also known as Pennvest. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury says the Point Township Sewer Authority will get a grant of $2.7 – million... and an equal sum in the form of a loan. The money will be used to undertake a sewage project in Lithia Springs... as well as the Ridge and Bulk Road areas of the township.
State Police at Laporte are investigating a break – in that happened early Tuesday morning at the Nittany Minit Mart On Route 220 in Sonestown. Investigators say someone entered the closed store through a back door... making off with cash... then fleeing the scene. If y you have information about the burglary... call state police at Laporte.
The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is at it again... this time it's opening night for Late Night Catechism on the stage of the Alvina Krause Theater. BTE's Jon White – Sprunner appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz said the play consists of only one person. There are seven performances starting Wednesday night... and running through Sunday. Evening performances are at 7 PM... with weekend matinees at 3 O'clock.
A Drifton man on the run for several months has been captured by Freeland police... and all it took was an entry on the social media site Facebook. Anthony Lescowitch is now off the street... captured by police... after his mug shot was posted on Freeland P-D's Facebook page. Lescowitch even re – posted his own picture. He's facing numerous charges stemming from a bar fight last summer.
A Luzerne County district judge has tossed out theft charges brought against three Harveys Lake municipal authority officials. Richard and Jason Boice... and Denise Sult were charged with making personal purchases between 2008 and 09... with the money repaid before charges were filed. A district judge finding there wasn't enough evidence against the trio to send the case to trial.
There is a busy road shut down in Wright Township near Mountain Top. Route 437 was closed Tuesday by PennDOT when it began to buckle... causing problems for drivers. Drivers will have to find another way to get from Mt. Top to White Haven.
More legal wrangling in the case of former state Senator Ray Musto. Federal prosecutors want him to report to a federal medical prison early next month... but lawyers for Musto says they plan to appeal. Earlier this month... a judge ruled the 84 – year old Musto was not mentally competent to stand trial on corruption charges. No word when a decision will be made on the appeal.
Bloomsburg University's Men's & Women's teams played a pair of home games Wednesday night against Mansfield. BU won both by a sizeable margin. The Women won 84-53. The Men won 86-70. Listen to the details from the night's games in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:
BU will be on the road when they play at Kutztown this Saturday. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.