2014-02-19 09:50:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
** Operation Stormwatch **
Crews in downtown Bloomsburg will continue their snow remvoval efforts tonight beginning at 2 AM. You must move your vehicle if you are parked in:
Zone D - The entire East Pine Ave lot
Zone F - The entire Employee lot near St. Columba
East 4th Street - between Railroad and Market Streets
Jefferson Street - between Main and 6th Streets
Any cars left in these areas overnight will be ticketed and towed. If you have to move from a permit zone you may park on Main Street, but your vehicle must be moved back by Noon on Thursday
With more snow this week in some parts of the Commonwealth and milder temperatures with rain expected the next few day... there is a possibility of some flooding. PA is one of the most flood prone states so it will depend on how much rain and how quickly the snow melts. Pennsylvania Emergency Management Director Glenn Cannon telling lawmakers at a budget hearing in Harrisburg... his agency has addressed issues in some flood prone areas... such as Shickshinny in neighboring Luzerne County. Cannon telling lawmakers the state has purchased home in the flood plain along the Susquehanna River. Because spring flooding is common, communities are encouraged to flood proof as much as possible.
The governor's proposed plan to reduce state payments into the indebted state and public school employees retirement systems met with mixed reaction at a budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. WHLM's B.J. Small reports from Harrisburg Governor Corbett's proposed budget for 2014-15 includes the tapering, or deferring, by more than two percent, the regularly scheduled payments by the commonwealth into the public school employees retirement and state employees retirement systems. Jeffrey Clay, executive director of PSERS, told the House Appropriations Committee that tapering would have a negative, ripple effect in that it harms the cash flow of the system.
Ronald McDonald House
As in years past... the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau... and the Danville High School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America came through with a substantial donation to the Ronald McDonald House on the Geisinger campus. The Farm Bureau's Joanna Rohrer says the effort to raise money and non – perishable foods is spread over a ten county area of central Pennsylvania. Just over $18,000 in cash was raised with an additional thousand dollars worth of non – perishable items for the McDonald's facilities. The Ronald McDonald house allows parents to stay close to their children who are hospitalized at Geisinger being treated for cancer or any other childhood illnesses.
There has been a lot of interest over the past couple of months dealing with information needed to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. A recent seminar in Berwick was standing room only... and now state representative David Millard is offer a Concealed Carry Seminar in Benton... and the 4 – C's Cultural Center on March 20th. The Berwick Republican says he gets a lot of help explaining the rules and regulations from Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain and District Attorney Tom Leipold. Space is limited... and if you want to sign up for the seminar... you can do so by filling out a registration area on Representative Millard's web site.
Wal – Mart Fire
A Hazleton man has been arrested by police in connection with a fire in the lawn and garden section of Wal – Mart in Hometown early Tuesday morning. Authorities say 20 – year old Jonathan Maldanado has confessed to starting the fire. Three other people seen on security video are being sought. The blaze shut down the giant Schuylkill County store for more than 13 – hours while clean up was underway.
Sex Assault Charges
Additional charges have been filed against a Wilkes – Barre woman. Authorities say 32 – year old Misty Machinshok is accused of plotting to get a teenager pregnant... because she was not able to conceive. Machinshok is now charged with rape and sexual assault. Her husband, 28 – year old Gary, is facing similar charges. Both are in the Luzerne County Jail.
Government officials in West Hazleton says they plan to move forward with a project to build a new police stations... but it will be smaller than anticipated. A portion of the Broad Street annex will be converted... but some of the money earmarked for the project didn't come through. The borough says they'll use a quarter million dollars of a gaming grant secured in 2012r... but officials say their request for an additional 200 – thousand dollars didn't come through as expected.
Wednesday was possibly the biggest night of the season for the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams when they met West Chester at the Nelson Field House. The women take over first place after a 66-58 win. The men's team had an all-around bad night, losing 81-68. You can hear the details in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:
Bloomsburg will be on the road at Mansfield this Saturday. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.
District 4 HS Basketball
In District 4 high school basketball playoff action Tuesday night, in a boys' Class A first round game...Millville defeated Sayre 58 – 47. Wednesday night in a District 4 Class AA boys first round game, Southern Columbia is at home against Mount Carmel. Also Wednesday night in a District 2 Class AAA boys' game, Berwick is at Wilkes Barre G.A.R.
The NBA regular season resumed last night following the all star break. In one of the eight games scheduled. At the buzzer... the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 114 to 85.