Bloomsburg Town Council
A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.
Berwick Man Jailed
A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly beat his girlfriend... then threatened Berwick police officers with a knife... eventually damaging a holding cell at the police Station. Police chief Ken Strish says the incident happened Sunday which began with a domestic dispute between Chad Anewall and his girlfriend... who he allegedly beat up in a house in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Police later found Anewalt at his apartment in the 800 block of LaSalle Street. That's where he threatened officers with a knife... eventually taking him to a holding cell at the police station. That's when he allegedly kicked a hole in the drywall... getting his hands on an electrical outlet where he threatened officers with a sharp edge. He was subdued and arraigned... and taken to the prison. Anewalt faces a February 18th preliminary hearing.
Still no suspect in custody in... what appears to be... the attempted hold up of a woman Sunday night near the Bloomsburg University Campus. Bloomsburg Police tell us the woman was walking near Green and Rose Avenues around 9:30 Sunday night... when she was approached by a white male between 30 and 40 – years of age. The man pulled a hand gun on the woman... asking the victim to put her hands up. Instead... she ran from the scene... but not before the man got into an older, gold colored sedan parked near the intersection. The unidentified woman was not hurt.
Bloomsburg Flood Wall
Crews are expected to install the first of the flood wall panels near the Autoneum plant Monday on Bloomsburg's West Side. It's all part of the $30 – million project which got underway last spring. Mr. Seigel says all the panels will be installed.... and ready for any flooding in June... with the project to be wrapped in November.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hoping this is the year the price of a hunting license will finally be raised. An adult resident hunting license in Pennsylvania has been about 20 dollars for over a decade... and the Game Commission says that's contributed to it's current fiscal crisis. An increase must be approved by the general assembly...and though there's been legislative support, there's no clear time frame on when it could happen. In the meantime, the agency has eliminated positions and postponed recruitment of a new class of officers.
Cooperative Extension / Farm Bureau
One of the causalities of not having a 2016 – 17 state budget is the lack of money for the Penn State Extension Service. That line item was zeroed by Governor Wolf last month as he tries to put pressure on lawmakers to deliver what he wants... such as higher taxes. But, in a recent interview... John Bell with the PA Farm Bureau says the folks who work for the extension will tough it out. The Extension Service serves Columbia County through the 4 – H and the Master Gardner programs from offices on Sawmill Road.
The Kathleen Kane Saga has drawn out far too long according to most observers, but as the state attorney General refuses to resign and the state senate is poised to vote on her ouster. But how much damage is being done to her office. Kathleen Kane is facing serious criminal charges including felony perjury; she has comported herself - according to many observers - in bizarre fashion during news conferences and other public events. Now that the state Supreme Court has rejected her appeal of her law license suspension, the wheels should start turning quickly to attempt to remove her from office. Kane remains suspended from practicing law in Pennsylvania.
Women Military Veterans
The state Senate has unanimously approved a resolution creating a task force to study issues related to women military veterans. Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the country in population of female veterans. This task force would be made up of eight lawmakers, four women veterans, and five additional experts. These members would look at laws, policies, and practices that surround women veterans and mental health, substance abuse, and military sexual trauma...and come up with recommendations.
Stolen Lottery Tickets
Police in neighboring Luzerne County are investigating a robbery of a gas station in Kingston over the weekend. Surveillance video show the man taking lottery tickets from a Sunoco station on Wyoming Avenue. Cops have yet to identify the man in the video.
An investigation is underway into the shooting of a man over the weekend in a Hazleton parking lot. Authorities say the incident went down at Puffs and Pics on 15th Street. Witnesses tell our media partner Newswatch 16 that the shooter was the owner of the store. The unidentified man was rushed to a Hazleton hospital with non – life threatening injuries.
High school basketball’s regular season ends this week with the District playoffs to begin next week. Monday night Danville will try to become the first girls basketball team in school history to finish an unbeaten regular season when they play at Mifflinburg. Danville is 21 and 0 while Mifflinburg is 15 and 6.
Girls HS Basketball
The Bloomsburg and Central Columbia girls basketball teams renewed their neighborhood rivalry Monday night at the Bloomsburg Middle School Gymnasium. Central Columbia beat Bloomsburg 44-34. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.
Hoping to advance to the state wrestling duels championships, Southern Columbia faces District 11 runner - up Northwestern Lehigh Monday night in a pig tail round at Whitehall High School. That match begins at 6 O'clock.
In Top 25 men’s college basketball yesterday, 5th ranked Iowa beat Illinois 77-65... 12th ranked SMU routed South Florida 92-58... and 17th ranked Miami got by Georgia Tech 75-68.
In Super Bowl 50... the Denver Bronco's out – lasted the Carolina Panthers 24 to 10.