2014-03-14 05:27:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Still no suspect in custody in the attempted armed robbery of two Bloomsburg University students in the 200 block of Iron Street early Thursday morning. Bloomsburg Police say the pair was 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.
We're getting closer to the date when the reconstruction of Kidburg begins. Starting April 30th... and running through May 4th... hundreds of volunteers will donate their time to build the play area in Bloomsburg Town Park. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz on Thursday... Park Association President Chuck Wagner says prior to the build... the area will be prepped before the actual construction begins. If you want to help build Kidsburg 2.0 just go to their website at Kidsburg.org and sign up to volunteer your time.
State Senate Democrats say they have a plan that could save taxpayers billions on Pennsylvania's growing public pension debt. Senate Democrats want to float a nine billion dollar bond issue to pay down PA's public pension debt, taking advantage of the current low interest rate environment. They says the plan would save money and not leave 5 billion more in unfunded pension liabilities like Governor Tom Corbett's plan would do. But many Republicans and the Corbett administration say floating pension obligation bonds is risky.
Those 97 chickens are no longer in the basement of a half – double home in the 700 block of North Vine Street in Hazleton. Firemen had been called there this week to squelch a small blaze. That's when the chickens were discovered. Now... the roosters, hens, chicks and eggs have been taken to the Lands at Hillside Farms in the back mountain area of Luzerne County. The homeowner telling police he didn't know the chickens were there... and is facing citations and fines.
The troubled Sherman Hills housing project in Wilkes – Barre is expected to be sold next month. The complex has been the scene of shootings and other crimes over the past few years. Now... a New Jersey company says it plans to purchase the low – incoming housing project from a New York City firm. The sale price has not been disclosed.
And now there are five seeking the Democratic nomination for governor this spring in the statewide primary. The latest causality is John Hanger.. the state's former environmental protection secretary... who was one of the first candidates to enter the race back in 2012. The bottom line turned out to be a lack of cash for items such as television ads... and failing to gain traction on the issue of legalizing marijuana.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 6 O'clock 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 Auctions by Kirk on Route 42 in Eyers Grove starting at 3 O'clock.
It was a match-up of two of the nation's top ranked Division II women's college basketball teams Friday night when Bloomsburg University faced Virginia State in the Atlantic Regional quarterfinals at Glenville State in West Virginia. The Huskies led from the start, ending in a 75-57 BU win to move on in the playoffs. You can hear the details in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report with Larry White:
The tournament semifinals will be played Saturday night when BU meets with Glennville State at 7:30. Our coverage starts with the pregame at 7:10 PM. The championship game will be Monday night.
There are two District 4 high school basketball teams still alive in the state playoffs and both will play quarterfinal games Friday night at Hazleton Area High School. In the first game at 6 O'clock... the Saint John Neumann boys team plays New Hope Academy in a Class A quarterfinal. That will be followed by a girls AA game with Mount Carmel playing Dunmore.
According to ESPN's Adam Shefter, former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski has agreed to return to the New York Giants on a one year deal worth one million dollars. As a free agent, Hynoski had visited the Detroit Lions but chose to come back to New York where he has played for the first three seasons of his NFL career.
In men's college basketball Thursday, third ranked Villanova was upset by Seton Hall 64-63 in the Big East Tournament. The loss could cost the Wildcats a shot at a number one seed for the upcoming NCAA playoffs.