Bloomsburg Attempted Robbery
Bloomsburg Police are investigating a attempted armed robbery which occurred overnight. The robbery took place shortly before 4 O'clock in the 200 block of Iron Street when two people were approached by a man wearing a red ski mask. The would – be bandit brandished a knife... demanding money.... but he eventually walked away empty handed. The person was last seen heading south on Center Street. If you have information about the attempted armed robbery... call Bloomsburg Police.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 6 PM for 55 – year old Kirk Williams... a popular Eyers Grove auctioneer. He died this week in a motorcycle accident at the corner of Route 11 and Cross Road in Montour Township. The family to receive friends at Col. Kirk's Auction House on Route 42 in Eyers Grove starting at 3 PM Saturday.
New Jobs for Area
The economic future of Columbia County is looking a lot brighter now that Long Island – based Modular Steel Systems will set up shop in South Centre Township. The firm will create nearly 60 well – paying jobs over the next three years. The deal was brokered by the Berwick Industrial Development Association so says executive director Steve Phillips. BIDA purchasing the building from a bank, but when an initial deal with a company fell through... Modular Steel Systems was ready to step in. The company's website shows the firm is a leading manufacturer of upscale one and two story modular homes.
Radar / Roger Van Loan
Pennsylvania is a bit behind the times. The commonwealth is only state out of 50 that does not allow local police to use radar as a deterrent to speeding. Now... a state representative from Monroe County would like to change that. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan is all for House Bill 38. In the past... it had been believe local cop shops couldn't be trusted... using the detection device as revenue enhancement. No word if House Bill 38 will gain traction.
BTE / The 39 Steps
If you're looking for a great stage play... check out the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's production of the Hitchcock thriller... The 39 Steps. Director Jim Goode says the audience meets the main character.. back in England after many years of being away... and he's bored... and goes to a show. That's where the play takes off. The production runs now through the 23rd with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 with a 3 O'clock Sunday Matinee.
A bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton sparing fire companies and other emergency services from providing health insurance to volunteers passed unanimously during a vote this week. A total of 410 representatives voted for the bill that exempts volunteer fire companies from the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare requires companies with 50 or more employees to insure employees or pay fines, and the Internal Revenue Service once regarded volunteer firefighters as employees.
Prescription painkiller abuse is also growing among teens according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us Dr. James Williams of the American College of Emergency Physicians says they're seeing a significant number of teens in emergency rooms who have abused prescription drugs. In some cases, they attended parties where drugs were dumped into a jar and kids just grabbed a handful. He says parents need to be alert to the symptoms of prescription drug abuse and must dispose of unused pills properly.
A new report on the State of Cancer Care in America says the country may be facing a shortage of cancer doctors as demand for services grows. There's growing demand for cancer prevention, screening and treatment in the U S as the population ages, but the first ever report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology finds access to care remains uneven, especially in rural areas. The situation is expected to get worse due to financial pressures on smaller and medium practices and the report recommends new delivery and payment models to address access and costs.
The city of Hazleton has a new acting city administrator. Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi says Thomas Pribula will begin his new duties Thursday. Pribula replaces Steven Hahn who was fired this week. Pribula served as interim Luzerne County manager from January through March of 2012.
A 42 – year old Clarks Summit man... in Lackawanna County... has pleaded guilty to posting a threat to kill President Obama. Nicholas Savino admitted sending the threat to the President last August. Under the terms of the plea deal... Savino will give up three firearms... and an estimated 11,000 rounds of ammunition. All were seized by the feds during a raid of his apartment and car during the investigation.
You just never know what's in a basement. That was the case Wednesday when Hazleton firemen were called to a double block home in the 700 block of North Vine Street. They found an estimated 100 chickens living in the home's basement. Now... the city will contract with two farmers to remove the birds.
Hunters had a healthy harvest during Pennsylvania's 2013-14 deer seasons. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports the State Game Commission estimates hunters took almost 353 thousand deer, an increase of 3% over the previous season. That's despite hunters getting 50 thousand fewer antlerless licenses. The numbers are estimates, because only about one-third of hunters report their deer to the commission. Officials would like to see more report to get a more complete count.
High School Basketball
The Millville High School girls basketball team played Phil-Mont Christian Academy Wednesday night in a second round Class A state playoff game. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports Millville's spectacular run came to an end as they lost 59 – 38. In other girls Class A state playoff games Wednesday night... Old Forge defeated Marian Catholic 43 – 39... it was Jenkintown over St. John Newmann 49 to 41... and Halifax downed Shade 62 -55. The four games scheduled for the western part of the state were all postponed until Thursday night
In a boys Class AA playoff game, it was Loyalsock losing to Delaware Valley Charter School 46-45 and in a Quad A boys game, Hazleton Area lost to Chester 79-71.
In the NBA last night... the Philadelphia 76er's lost their 18th straight game... as they were downed by the Sacramento Kings 115 to 98.