Most the school districts in the area are closed Monday due to the inclement weather. They include...
** Kings College - Closing at 3 PM, all Classes Cancelled
** Luzerne County Community College closing at 12 Noon
** Penn State, Hazleton - campus is closed
** McCann School of Business, Hazleton – Classes Canceled, Staff reports at 10 AM
** MMI Prep – Closed
** The Catherine Treon School of Dance, Danville - No Classes Monday
** Bloomsburg YMCA Monday night Gymnastics - Cancelled
** Compassionate Friends of the Susquhanna Valley - Meeting Cancelled
** CM Vo-Tech Boys Basketball vs Montgomery - Postponed Thursday, 2/6
** Central Columbia Boys Basketball @ Danville - Postponed
** Bloomsburg Public Library - Closed after 6 PM
It's the start... of what could be... a rough weather week. A fast moving storm is dumping snow Monday along the East Coast from West Virginia to southern New England. In Columbia and Montour Counties... we're in store for up to two inches of accumulation. PennDOT crews have been out overnight... pre-treating the roads and pre – positioning themselves at places they may be needed. Wednesday could be a challenging day... since a wintery of snow and ice are expected.
It's 6 more weeks of winter. Pennsylvania's world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow Sunday morning at Gobblers Knob near Punxsutawney. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2nd... winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.
A structural engineer is expected to be at the Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center in the 200 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. A fire swept through the building last Thursday... extensively damaging the three story structure. Manager Oren Helbok said the destruction was unbelievable... with the grill area on the second floor completely blacked by the fire and it's associated smoke. Authorities now believe the fire started with faulty wiring... and not a space heater as previously thought.
With temperatures expected to fall into the mid teens Monday night... the extended hours at AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will continue... as they take in folks who are seeking shelter from the cold.
During the past couple of years... the LIHEAP program has been able to tide folks over with heating fuel... but AGAPE's Kathy Lowe says the program has run out of money. Application for other supplemental heating grants have been... or will be made... but that money won't be available until next year at this time. To bridge the gap... AGAPE will extend it's hours overnight... whenever the temperature dips below 25 degrees
Public schools and pensions will top the agenda when Gov. Corbett delivers his fourth budget address Tuesday. And overall, the news is expected to be good. That word from Budget Secretary Charles Zogby... saying the governor... in his words... will be making "substantial new investments" in education, health care, and jobs programs.
Drug Suspect Jailed
A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was busted Friday on a variety of drug related charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says officers executed a search warrant on an apartment at 139 West Second Street. They seized a little more than $300.00 in cash... 31 bags of Heroin... and drug paraphernalia. Taken into custody was Kevin Jose DeJesus. He's charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance... and possession of drug paraphernalia. DeJesus was arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer... who set bail at $75,000 straight cash.
Since he didn't have that... DeJesus was hustled off to the Columbia County Prison.
Authorities in Hazleton are investigating the shooting of a man early Sunday morning. Police say 45 – year old Garey Cox was shot in the parking lot of a bar in the 700 block of West Broad Street. Cox was rushed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where he later died. In custody is the alleged shooter... Terrence Clarke. The death of Cox is being ruled as a homicide.
A McAdoo man remains locked up at the Schuylkill County jail after he allegedly stabbed his sister over the weekend. Police say Ralph Lucherra is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. The stabbing taking place at his sister's South Cleveland Street apartment late Saturday night. Authorities say the victim is being treated for wounds at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.
State Police have a murder mystery on their hands... that after firefighters found human remains while fighting a bush fire over the weekend near Jim Thorpe. Police say they believe the body is that of Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua. She was last seen heading for work in Lehigh County.
It was a great weekend for the Bloomsburg University wrestling team. Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies beat Clarion 28-8. On Friday night, they defeated Cleveland State. Their next match will be next Sunday afternoon at home against George Mason.
Bloomsburg University's point guard John Riles did not start Saturday afternoon's game at Nelson Field House, but Riles was on the court at the end of the game against Lock Haven... shooting one of the most critical shots of the game. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us after Riles shot, Lock Haven made one of two foul shots as the Huskies won 77-76. In the women's game, the Huskies won their 10th straight 69-57. Both Bloomsburg basketball teams play at Cheyney Wednesday night.
High School Basketball
It will be a match-up of two boys high school basketball teams with identical 12 and 5 records when Central Columbia plays at Danville Monday night. You can hear that game on the whlm stations beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.
Former Kutztown University and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed is the first player in PSAC history to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed played 15 seasons for the Bills and played in 4 Super Bowls.
Concerns about the weather for Sunday's Super Bowl at the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey were unwarranted. t was 49 degrees at game time. That was supposed to help Denver, but it didn't. The final Seattle 43... Denver 8.