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Bloomsburg Fair canceled

BLOOMSBURG — Noting the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bloomsburg Fair Association Board of Directors announced on Tuesday that the 165th edition of the fair will not be held in 2020. The fair was scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 3.

“In these uncertain and ever-changing times, the board members of the Bloomsburg Fair Association found it necessary to gather and interpret vast amounts of information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” a release issued by the fair said. “Any decision that will ultimately affect thousands of people and an entire region should not be made casually. Each year the fair is responsible to our 1,100 vendors, thousands of exhibitors, many local artists, our generous sponsors, and the families that enter our gates in search of education, fun and memories that last a lifetime.”

The release said “much deliberation” went into making the decision.

“This was a very difficult decision, but our concern for the health and safety of our community outweighs our desire to host this year’s fair,” the release said. “The Bloomsburg Fair Association is committed to the overall well being of the entire region, and we do not wish to put anyone in jeopardy in order to open our gates. We will, instead, take this time to make improvements, train staff and look to the future.”

Planning for the next edition of the fair, scheduled for Sept. 24 through Oct. 2, 2021, is already underway.

“Many entertainers have already agreed to perform on our grandstand stage in 2021, new and impressive free entertainment is planned, many innovative surprises will delight families, and, of course, all of our traditional food, livestock, and educational opportunities will be available for all to experience,” the release said. “Although many in our community will miss the fair, we look forward to providing a safe, secure and healthy event next year.”

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Police: Shamokin man stalks, threatens ex-girlfriend

RALPHO TOWNSHIP — A 41-year-old Shamokin man has been charged with stalking and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend several times in Ralpho Township on June 19.

Jason Carl James, of 812 Hemlock St., is charged by Patrolman Matthew Filarski with stalking, terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police reported James is accused of yelling obscenities at Coleen Lowry as she exited the Knights Inn along Route 487 at about 12:45 a.m. James also allegedly threatened to kill Lowry and harm Timothy Smith, who was with Lowry.

Police said Lowry was able to leave the area in a vehicle on her way to report the incident at Ralpho Township Police Station, but was followed north on Route 487 by James, whose vehicle came within a few feet of striking the rear bumper of Lowry’s vehicle.

James followed Lowry to the police station’s parking lot and confronted her again while screaming profanities and threatening to kill her.

James then fled the area at a high rate of speed while squealing his tires.

Police reported the victim encountered James a third time in the Sheetz parking lot before following Lowry out of the lot south on Route 487. Police said James was tailgating Lowry’s vehicle and flashing his headlights until he spotted police at the intersection of Routes 487 and 61.

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Police officer, two others injured in Ralpho Township accident

RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Ralpho Township Patrolman Glen R. Wonsock was among three people who suffered minor injuries late Sunday night in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of West Valley Avenue (Route 487) and Horvath Drive.

Trooper Dominic Picerno, of state police at Stonington, who investigated the 10:45 p.m. accident, reported Austin M. Keiser, 22, of Elysburg, was driving a 2019 Jeep Renegade north on West Valley Avenue when he attempted to turn left onto Horvath Drive. As Keiser was attempting the turn, the right front section of a 2018 Ford Explorer driven south on West Valley Avenue by Wonsock struck the right rear section of the Renegade, Picerno said.

Keiser’s vehicle then spun clockwise before coming to rest. The police sport utility vehicle continued south on West Valley Avenue before coming to rest.

Wonsock, Keiser and a passenger in his vehicle, Michael D. Luke, 49, of Elysburg, who were all wearing seat belts, suffered minor injuries. Keiser was transported by AREA Services ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and Keiser was cited for a turning violation.

Also assisting at the scene were firefighters from Elysburg and Tire Ranch Auto Service personnel.

Workers hang up a new backstop on the east side of the basketball court.