Kiddie Porn Alleged
A Wapwallopen man is locked up in the Luzerne County jail after authorities arrested him on child pornography charges. 52 – year old Jeffery Hess of Overlook Road was busted by cops. He has admitted that he has downloaded “thousands” of pictures and videos of children. Bond is set at $150,000.
Residents of Nescopeck... with help from friends from Berwick... took the the streets Wednesday night in the tiny one square mile borough... showing their desire to cut down on crime. Nescopeck Mayor Larry Massina says that despite a population of only 1,500... there are some small town problems.. such as identity theft and some bar fights. Crime is held to a minimum with a police force of four part – time officers working a total of 55 to 75 hours a week.
It's National Police Week... time to tip our cap to the men and women of law enforcement... with a constant remainder to “stay safe.” In Bloomsburg.... safety is always top of mind among officers... so says Police Chief Roger Van Loan. Meantime.... the 33rd Annual National Peace officer's memorial service will take place later today at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Trash to Treasure
If you're looking to replace your current worn out computer... a new, gently used computer may be around the corner at Saturday's semi – annual United Way Trash to Treasure sale. The event to be held at the Kehr Union on the Bloomsburg University campus. United Way Executive Director John Thomas says the sale begins at 9 O'clock Saturday morning... but you can get in a bit earlier by purchasing an “early bird” ticket from the United Way office on Penn Avenue near the hospital.
A Hazleton City Councilwoman says she wants the city to take a hard line when it comes to littering and drug dealing at playgrounds. Councilperson Jean Mope is calling for fencing and gating of playgrounds... as well as the removal of basketball back boards at outdoor recreational facilities. A particular target... the James Street playground where disturbances keeps the neighborhood on edge.
No word if there will be an actual ordinance introduced in city council to curb the problems.
Harveys Lake Fire
A fire marshal is due in Harveys Lake Thursday to determine what sparked a blaze which chased a woman and her two dogs from their home. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon on Northview Avenue. The home was extensively damaged.
The man who has headed the Northwest Area School District since 2011 is headed elsewhere in two months. Superintendent Ronald Grevera will become the head educator in the Nanticoke Area School District in July. He was hired by the board at a meeting held this week. His new salary... $120,000 – a - year... somewhat of a bump from his current $100,000 a year salary at Northwest.
The primary is less than a week away and Tom Wolf still holds a large lead over his three opponents. Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord gained ground on Tom Wolf but the latest Franklin and Marshall college poll still shows the York County businessman with a double digit lead in the Democratic race for Governor. Poll Director Terry Madonna says McCord has union backing and Schwartz a good ground game but they'd likely need the majority of undecided votes along with a collapse of the Wolf campaign, to overtake Wolf.
There are more and more drivers on the road who are age 65 and up and their habits are different than their parents according to new research. The AAA Foundation for Traffic safety shows more older drivers are working and commuting compared to 20 years ago. The research also notes an increase in traveling by vehicle and miles traveled. 90% use prescription medications and two-thirds of drivers age 65 and older take multiple medications. AAA says its important for older drivers to regulate their own behavior if medications could affect their safety.
Boys HS Baseball
In high school baseball Wednesday... Central Columbia downed South Williamsport 2 to 1... Troy defeated Danville 9 to 1... it was Southern Columbia over Montgomery 7 to 4... and Millville downed Bucktail 7 to 2.
Girls HS Softball
In girls softball... Central Columbia routed Lewisburg 17-2... Montgomery got the best of Benton 7 to 3... and Hughesville defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 7 to 4.
The Phillies lost their third game in a row Wednesday afternoon falling to the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. The Phils have Thursday off. Friday they open a three game weekend home series against the Cincinnati Reads.
In other games...
After two games at Yankee Stadium, the New York Mets and New York Yankees played Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Mets blanking the Yankees 4 to nothing.... and the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Milwaukee Brewers 4 to 1.
In the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night... Lebron James scored 29 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 96 – 94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets The Heat now clinch the series with their win last night. In the NBA Western Conference semifinals...the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trailblazers 104 to 82. The Spurs clinch that series as well.