Moose Exchange Fire
A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine what started a blaze which extensively damaged the Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center on Main Street in Bloomsburg on Thursday. Dozens of volunteer firefighters fought the smoke and flames which began in the rear of the 60 – year old building. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp was glad to have the help from area departments... not only for their apparatus, but their manpower. During the 4 – hour fire fight... hundreds of people came by to watch the operation... including Ken Miscannon of Bloomsburg... who spent years as a Moose member. Also standing at the corner of West Main and Jefferson Streets was Diane Warren of Buckhorn... who schedules events at the exchange... and her friend Mary Clapp. Moose Exchange Manager Oren Helbok says he believes the fire began in a custodial office due to a space heater. Meantime... the Destination Blues Festival scheduled for next week will go on as planned. It will now be held at the Caldwell Consistory.
Traffic if flowing smoothly Friday morning on Interstate 80 in Black Creek Township in lower Luzerne County. That wasn't the case Thursday when a tractor – trailer and a pick up truck collided shutting down both lanes of the interstate. The wreck happened near the Conyngham / Nescopeck exit... and westbound traffic was forced to exit on Route 93... sending traffic into the Berwick / Nescopeck area... making the commute a nightmare. Both drivers involved in the wreck were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Heroin / Fentanyl
Federal, state and local drug investigators are working together on multiple fronts to combat the spread of a deadly batch of heroin in the Pittsburgh area that has killed as many as 22 people since January 19th. That concerns Max Furek... of the Berwick Drug Alliance... who says the drug is laced with Fentanyl. Mr. Furek says Fentanyl is used for patients with chronic pain and for heart surgery. Authorities in western PA don't know if the spiked herione has run it's course... or it's just the tip of the iceberg... getting ready to spread to other areas.
Poll / Millard
Poll numbers out this week show Governor Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to convince voters to re-elect him in November. A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows only one in four voters believes Mr. Corbett has performed well enough to deserve re-election. State Representative David Millard of Berwick says he's listened to the pros and cons of professor Terry Madonna's poll results. Despite the poll numbers... eight democrats are seeking the nomination from their party to face Mr. Corbett.... a move many believee will leave the dems indisarray.....
Ex – State Senator Ray Musto doesn't want to go to report to a medical prison in North Carolina next week. Attorney for Musto are seeking a so – called “emergency order” to the third circuit court of appeals to keep him out of prison. His attorney says the drive to the federal medical center at Butner could prove fatal... since Musto suffered from liver cirrhosis and an aneurysm. Musto is charged with corruption and still faces trial.
A proposal to expand the Pennsylvania Lottery is under consideration in the state Senate. The plan would add games, such as the fast-paced Keno, to the Lottery's offerings. Republicans in the Senate say they hope to vote on the plan before the end of the current session. State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says he's on board, adding he'd like to expand the number regular players, especially 20 and 30-somethings, as well as middle and upper income Pennsylvanians. He would not say, however, if Legislative approval is needed to expand the Lottery.
Four Bloomsburg University football players have been named first team All American by D2Football.com. Running back Franklyn Quiteh, offensive linemen Brian Clarke and Matt Feiler along with defensive end Larry Webster all gained that honor making Bloomsburg the only PSAC team with multiple players on the first team. Quiteh was named the offensive player of the year.
Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House will be very busy this weekend. Friday night... the Husky wrestling team takes on Cleveland State in a match that starts at 7 O'clock. Saturday afternoon the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play Lock Haven starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.
And Sunday afternoon, the wrestling team will be back in action taking on Clarion in a match that begins at 2 o'clock.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys high school basketball Thursday night... Southern Columbia defeated Warrior Run 69 – 64... It was Danville over Midd West 60 – 54... and Hazleton Area routed Berwick 93 – 42.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls basketball... Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 42 – 38..