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Thursday / January 30, 2014


* Breaking News *

Moose Exchange Fire

Fire companies from around the area were called to downtown Bloomsburg just before Noon on Thursday to battle a blaze at the Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center on Main Street. Everyone in the building got out safely. Early reports indicate the fire may have been sparked by a space heater. Traffic remains blocked between Market Street and West Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Drivers are advised to avoid Route 11 through town while fire crews are in operation.

 

Click to view more pictures of Thursday's fire:

 

Photos by WHLM's Larry Hopper

 

Autoneum Noise

One more complaint aired this week at Bloomsburg Town Council meeting over noise... produced at night... from the Autoneum factory on West Fifth Street. This time from David Rutkowski of the 100 block of West Fourth Street... taking a shot at the Code Enforcement office. Meantime... the folks at Autoneum have pinpointed the problem to three production lines... and Mayor Sandy Davis says they temporarily installed a muffler... and it seemed to work. Autoneum will now install mufflers over three production areas in order to reduce the noise coming from the plant.

 

Ship Sickness

What was to have been a ten day cruise to the Caribbean aboard the “Explorer of the Seas” was cut short his week due to a stomach bug. Two Bloomsburg are residents were on-board when the vessel pulled into Bayonne, New Jersey. Sue Rogutski and her husband... Leonard... a Bloomsburg Police officer were happy to get back to port. Overall... more than six hundred passengers and crew fell ill. Royal Caribbean says passengers will get some of their money back... and a discount voucher for their next trip.

 

Flu Season

Although the nation... as a whole... is experiencing less flu cases.... the season is far from over in Pennsylvania. That word from the person heading up the infection control department at Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg. Michelle Lincoln says the best advice if you catch the flu... is to stay home... and stay hydrated. Flu shots are still available from Evan's Community Wellness Clinic in an effect to prevent from getting sick this winter.

 

Education Funding

A lawmaker wants to give a 250 million dollar boost to public schools and he's looking at the horse racing industry. Representative Todd Stephens proposes taking the funding from the Race Horse Development Fund, which receives money from gaming, and distributing it among districts that currently receive less than 35% of their funding from the state. He says that's 211 of the state's 500 districts. Stephens says it's about prioritizing spending and there are constitutional and moral obligations to fund schools.

 

Toomey / State of Union

He may agree with a few points the President made in his State of the Union address, but Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey assails the suggested use of executive order to raise the minimum wage. Assessing Tuesday's speech, Senator Toomey was in step with President Obama on the needs for tax reform and worker training. But the Republican senator calls the use of executive order troubling, and raising the minimum wage a bad idea that puts people out of work. He said the President should be governing by persuasion, not executive order. Senator Toomey also characterized Obamacare as having a chilling effect on the economy.

 

Murder Suspect Captured

The man wanted in the 2012 death of his girlfriend in Hazleton... has been captured by federal marshals. 36 – year old Oscar Lozano Garcia was picked up in Mexico. He's charged with homicide in the death of 32 – year old Maria Brea. She disappeared on December 14th, 2012... her body was found days later in the attic of her Hazleton apartment. By that time... Garcia was long gone... entering Mexico. Authorities have yet to tell us when he'll be brought back to the area.

 

House Fire

Investigators now say arson was the cause of a fire which destroyed a home on Goss Road near Rickets Glen State Park early Wednesday morning. The two story structure was mainly used for storage... and no one lived there. The house was leveled by the flames.

 

Student Abducted

A Penn State student was grabbed off a campus sidewalk early Saturday morning in State College and forced into a car during what university police are investigating as a kidnapping. The female student escaped sometime later as the abductors were trying to sexually assault her. University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said police will review video footage from security cameras in the vicinity of the incident, which happened on Shortlidge Road near Simmons Hall around 1 a.m.

 

Shamokin School Board

The Shamokin Area School Board is trying to fill a $3 – million budget gap in next year's spending plan without raising property taxes. The board adopting a resolution this week preventing a tax hike. Board members say the gap must be closed before the budget is adoped by June 30th.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played key PSAC East games Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women avenged an earlier loss with a last-second 79-77 win. The Men's team lost 88-77, bringing their streak to 13 straight losses at Millersville. You can her the details and the winning call from the Women's match with Jim Doyle and Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

 

BU will play a pair of games on Saturday, when they face Lock Haven at home.

- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/news-archive/87185#sthash.OvU7Bs5c.dpuf

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Millersville last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the women's team defeated Millersville 79 – 77... while in the men's contest... Millersville downed Bloomsburg 88 – 77. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams are back in action Saturday afternoon against Lock Haven at the Nelson Field House.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Wednesday night... Shamokin defeated Danville 45 – 33.

 

College Basketball

In top ten college basketball Wednesday night... Arizona just getting by Stanford 60 to 57... and Kansas defeated Iowa State 92 – 81.

 

In the NBA:

The Philadelphia 76er's got by the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. The final 95 – 94.

 

 

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played key PSAC East games Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women avenged an earlier loss with a last-second 79-77 win. The Men's team lost 88-77, bringing their streak to 13 straight losses at Millersville. You can her the details and the winning call from the Women's match with Jim Doyle and Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

 

BU will play a pair of games on Saturday, when they face Lock Haven at home.

- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/news-archive/87185#sthash.OvU7Bs5c.dpuf

 

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