Governor Corbett's Medical Procedure
Governor Tom Corbett underwent a successful surgical procedure to repair an abdominal hernia Thursday morning at Allegheny General Outpatient Surgical Center in Pittsburgh. The procedure, performed by general surgeon, Dr. John J. Raves, was considered to be routine for the treatment of an abdominal hernia. Raves described the procedure as successful and said Corbett was resting comfortably. First Lady Susan Corbett was with her husband at the surgical center during the procedure. While undergoing the procedure Lt. Governor Jim Cawley was acting governor for 90 minutes while Mr. Corbett was under general anesthesia. The governor was cleared to resume his duties around 8:35 AM.
Iron Street Fight
Charges may be filed before the weekend against several people wanted in connection with a fight which sent two Bloomsburg University students to the hospital. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting several suspects have been identified stemming from the incident on North Iron Street last weekend. Those sent to the hospital include 19 – year old Jackie Lithgow of Carlisle... and Donald Hoover of Berks County. The pair being treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
PennDOT / Salt Use
Governor Corbett is ordering trucks to the docks in Wilmington, Delaware to get highway salt... taking it to areas such as Philadelphia, Allentown and Harrisburg... before the next storm. But, PennDOT's District Three... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties... is in pretty good shape... so says the agency's Rick Mason with an estimated 12 tons of the product either stockpiled or on order. Some of that road salt is expected to be used early next week... as forecasters are looking at a model of a storm which could dump up to a foot of snow on the area... starting Sunday evening.
The House Appropriations Committee heard about ways local municipalities can benefit from a myriad programs the comprise Pennsylvania's new transportation bill. WHLM's B.J. Small is reporting from our Harrisburg News Bureau... Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch telling the committee how local governments can benefit from the new $2.4 billion transportation law that passed last year. Secretary Schoch said taxpayers will appreciate the liquid fuels payments, which can preclude raising property taxes. The Secretary detailed how municipalities can take advantage of signal, and dirt and gravel road subsidies, a prevailing wage change, and bridge bundling aspects of Act 89.
A mother and daughter are doing okay Thursday morning... despite the fact they had to escape their flaming home in Danville Wednesday morning. Julie Albertson and her daughter... Kari... were forced out into the street when flames were discovered at the rear of their two story home on DL & W Avenue. They weren't hurt. And although the origin of the blaze remains under investigation... authorities say it's not suspicious in nature.
Red Cross / Blood Donations
It might be a pretty tough week in the blood collection business. Donations may be off now that another round of cold weather is here... and the possibility of more snow and sleet may fall Sunday night into Monday. That word from Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross. Despite the cold and snow... the local ARC chapter continues to hold their blood drives... the biggest one every Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn starting at 8 AM.
Hazleton police are looking for a man who robbed a woman cab driver Wednesday night. The driver telling police her fare got into the cab at Seventh and Church Streets... pulled a knife... and made off with her money and cell phone. Police say the cabbie wasn't hurt.
Police continue to look into a crash between an SUV and a garbage truck Wednesday morning in Hazleton. Police say it happened at the corner of East Diamond Avenue and Pardee Street... when the SUV slammed into the truck. The driver of the SUV was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
NEPA Gas Prices
If you're headed out somewhere this week... you'll be paying more to gas up the family car... mini – van or SUV. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report out for northeastern Pennsylvania shows we're paying an average of $3,63 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. That's the same as it was earlier in the week... but gas 15 cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago... and five cents a gallon higher than a week ago at this time. The reason... political unrest in several oil producing countries.
In the regular season finale for both teams, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Kutztown on senior night at Nelson Field House last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports... Kutztown defeated BU 73 – 64. Bloomsburg finishing the season with a record of 15 and 11. The Husky women went on a tear... defeating Kutztown 88 to 68. The victory was BU's 16th consecutive win... wrapping up the season with a record of 23 and 3.
The Bloomsburg University women's team, ranked 14th in the country this week, earned a first round bye for the PSAC playoffs which begin Saturday. The men's team will play Kutztown again Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Nelson Field House in a first round game.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball playoff action Wednesday night, there was a triple header at the MCloskey Center in Danville. In the first game, a District 4 Class A semfinal... Millville down St. John Neumann 70 – 53. The other two games were Class AA semfinals. It was Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35 – 31.... and Mount Carmel defeated Montoursville 42 to 40.