All of us heard the sounds of a snow shovel hitting the cement or pavement on Monday... people clearing snow from their property. Also the order of the day.... snow blowers and plow trucks. The estimated 3 to 4 inches of snow first produced two hour delays for area schools... but they later changed to outright closings. Meantime... old man winter continues to slap us around.... and we'll be bracing for another round of snow and freezing rain Wednesday. Already... the National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning beginning Tuesday night.
The so-called nuisance storms which have pounded the area the last two months... dropping anywhere from one to three inches of snow... continues to play havoc with PennDOT's budget. That word from District Three spokesperson Rick Mason. But... will the winter weather have a crunch on summer construction. Not so... according to Mason... reminding us that a lot of the summer construction will be financed through the newly adopted transportation bill. Mason says the agency has plenty of anti – skid and salt to spread on the roads... as well as equipment and personnel to get the job done.
Gov. Tom Corbett rolls out a proposed $29.4 billion state budget that increases spending by 3.3 percent... and counts on new revenue from legalization of keno, a fast-paced game typically played in bars and restaurants. That word from Budget secretary Charles Zogby. Keno revenue would fortify programs for seniors under the state Department of Aging through the Pennsylvania Lottery, freeing up other revenue for general purposes. It's not clear how Corbett proposes to address an expected $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion deficit.
Snyder Co. Fire
A 16 – year old Snyder County girl is locked up this morning... charged with trying to kill her aunt and uncle by allegedly setting their house on fire. Teasia Long is accused of starting a fire which destroyed the home of Nancy and Gerald Bickhart of Port Trevorton Monday morning. Police say they believe Long got into an argument Sunday night with the Bickhart's over the music she was listening to. Both of the Bickhart's were treated for injuries.
With the Moose Exchange heavily damaged by fire last week... events scheduled to take place there have been moved to other venues. Case in point... the Destination Blues Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been moved around the corner to the Caldwell Consistory.. so says Downtown Bloomsburg Manager Adrienne Mael. The Destination Blues Festival consists of four venues in Columbia and Montour Counties. For more information give Ms. Mael a call at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce in Bloomsburg.
Carbon Co. Murder
The car belonging to a Carbon County murder victim has been found in North Carolina. State police aren't saying much... but 35 – year old Angelia Stegerwalt's car was discovered around the same time her body was found in a wooded area near Jim Thorpe. Firemen discovered the body Saturday while battling a brush fire near Flagstaff Road. What's not known by investigators is who killed Ms. Stigerwalt... why and when did the murder take place.
Kiddie Sex Charges
A 22 – year old Kingston man is in jail after he admitted to police of having sexual contact with a 14 – year old girl. Edgar Coulter surrendered to police... telling them he met the girl through Facebook. He is also accused of offering the girl drugs at his Kingston home.
Despite his lawyers appeal... former state Senator Ray Musto has reported to a federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. The trip to the Carolina's is an end result of a competency hearing last month in Wilkes – Barre to see if the 84 – year old former politician could stand trial on corruption charges. Musto's lawyers pleaded for an emergency stay of incarceration... but that motion was denied late last week. No word how long Musto will stay in federal custody.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams swept PSAC player of the week honors. Senior Donthe Jordan won the men's award. He scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in Saturday's win over Lock Haven. Last Wednesday at Millersville he scored 19 points and had a season high 14 rebounds. Senior Cat Noack led the women's team to wins over Millersville and Lock Haven. Her three point shot with 3.4 seconds to play beat Millersville, and she had a game high 26 points in Saturday's win over Lock Haven. The Bloomsburg University basketball teams will play Wednesday night at Cheyney. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 5:40 with the pregame show.
High School BB
The big winner in high school sports last night was the weather with all games postponed. In boys basketball Tuesday night, Selinsgrove is at Southern Columbia. Between the Jayvee and varsity games, the Southern Columbia gymnasium will be named for former athletic director Charlie Nesbitt. The 90 - year old Nesbitt was Southern Columbia's first athletic director.
In college basketball Monday night, Syracuse, the number one ranked team in the nation was at home against Notre Dame. At the buzzer... Syracuse defeated Notre Dame 61 – 55...
In the NBA Monday night... Brooklyn getting by the Philadelphia 76er's 108 to 102.
In the NHL... the Philadelphia Flyers chalked up another win by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5 to 2.