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Burglary suspect arrested

WGRC News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:08pm

Police have arrested a man suspected of burglary. On Wednesday, a Williamsport police officer took Kyle Andrews into custody. Andrews is accused of entering a vacant home and cutting out all the electrical wire, then cashing it in as scrap. A search of the man’s vehicle turned up empty bags suspected of having had heroin in them, as well as Hydrochloride pills. Andrews is locked up in Lycoming County Prison.

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Accused murderer caught in PA sent back to New York

WGRC News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:08pm

Big trouble for a Brooklyn New York man. 20 year old Tysahwn Waddy was captured in Northumberland County last week. He is wanted for murder in New York City. Waddy has decided not to fight extradition and will be returned to Brooklyn to face the murder charges. He was captured in Coal Township and is wanted in the June 29th shooting in which three persons were injured, one of them eventually dying. He was considered extremely dangerous and a Northumberland County District Judge set his bail at $15 million dollars, the highest ever levied by that judge.

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Obama doesn’t have stradegy for ISIS

WGRC News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:06pm

President Obama has taken quite a lot of heat from talk shows and Republicans since he used an unfortunate phrase in a press conference yesterday saying he doesn’t have a strategy with regard to ISIS, with the crisis in Iraq. However, others in his administration have been vocal about the need to move into the country. Even Democratic lawmakers are calling on the administration to take action.
Current and former U.S. intelligence officials say jihadi chatter has picked up among overseas terrorists organizations on phone lines and the Internet ahead this year’s 9/11 anniversary.

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Mississippi school district stops prayer after athiest group threatens to sue

WGRC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:35pm

The Jackson County Mississippi school district has agreed to stop having prayers and sermons at mandatory faculty convocations after an atheist group threatened to sue them.
The lawsuit threat came in response to a mandatory teacher convocation held by the school earlier this month.
Teachers present heard a Christian pastor deliver a prayer, as well as other speakers frequently invoke “God” and “the Lord” during their remarks.
Some took to the defense of the school district, including attorney Steve Crampton of the American Center for Constitutional Rights. He said, “I hope that the community will stand up and this school board will stand up against this kind of intimidation tactic.”

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Man charged with defrauding Medicaid

WGRC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:33pm

Trouble for a Williamsport man. 57 year old Ronald McAdams faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 dollars if found guilty of Medicaid fraud. He’s been indicted with felony health care fraud based on submitting false claims to the Medicaid waiver program. The indictment alleged that he billed for and received reimbursement of about $9,900 dollars’ worth for attendant care services which were never performed.

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Follow up on condition of motorcyclist who hit a deer

WGRC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:32pm

Here’s a follow up to a story we told you. The man driving the motorcycle which crashed in Woodward Township on Tuesday evening after striking a deer is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center. 42 year old Steve Reeser who is also an assistant fire chief with the Woodward Township Volunteer Department was driving on Route 220 when a deer ran onto the road and into the side of the cycle causing the bike to flip over and Reeser to be thrown from it.

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Watsontown Police Chief Retiring

WGRC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:32am

The man who has led the Watsontown Police Department for nearly nine years is retiring. Dennis Derr’s resignation is effective on Sunday. The Daily Item said Derr said he’d been considering retiretment for the last year. He first became a police officer in August of 1976 and spent 33 years with the Watsontown Police Department. He spent 16 years on the drug task force. He says he’s had a great career, and the community has been good to him.

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Local man dies in motorcycle crash

WGRC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:31am

A 38 year old Barnesville man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Schuykill County Wednesday night. WNEP says Brian Bittner was driving his motorcycle on Route 309 near Tamaqua just after 7 p.m. Wednesday. He lost control of his motorcycle and hit the back of a passing car, then he slammed into a parked vehicle. He died at the scene.

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Road construction in Hughesville

WGRC News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm

Some road construction to warn you about. Over the next two to three months, traffic on Route 220 between the I-180 underpass and the intersection of Route 405 in Hughesville can expect some heavy traffic delays. PennDOT is in the midst of a $2.6 million dollar resurfacing project in Muncy Township which includes that section of 220 and motorists in that area are advised to seek alternate routes or plan extra time for their travels as that work continues.

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Motorcyclist seriously injured after hitting a deer

WGRC News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:40pm

An unidentified motorcyclist was seriously injured last night after colliding with a deer along Route 220 in Woodward Township. It happened around 8:30 when the deer ran out in front of him in front of the Woodwart Township municipal building. The man was reported as being seriously injured and was flown to Geisinger Medical Center. His condition has not yet been released and the crash is under investigation.

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Why are Americans so unhappy?

WGRC News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:30pm

Every recent poll agrees, American optimism is dying.
When asked if “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us. 76 percent said they do not have such confidence. Only 21 percent did. That was the worst ever recorded in the poll; in 2001, 49 percent were confident and 43 percent not.
And it’s not confined to one group either. The rich are as down as the poor, women are as down as men, blacks are as down as whites. Young people are only slightly less depressed than the old.
The gloom goes beyond wealth, gender, race, region, age and ideology. This fractious nation is united by one thing: lost faith in the United States. The Wall Street Journal says, the torrent of bad news the media is feeding us 24/7 producing a widespread sense that the world is falling apart.

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Police still investigating a home invasion

WGRC News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:29pm

Police are still investigating a home invasion over the weekend in Williamsport.The unamned couple was sleeping on downstairs couches when two men broke in carrying guns and demanding cash and other items from the two. They were tied up and the men got away with money and cellphones. Williamsport police are not saying whether or not they believe the robbery was random or not. No one arrests have been made.

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No end in sight for Millville’s teacher strike

WGRC News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:29pm

There appears to be no end in sight to a teacher strike in Columbia County.
Teachers in the Millville Area School District held a rally last night.
The teachers joined concerned parents and students at a school board meeting that took over the entire high school library. WBRE says, The school board president told the crowd that extra curricular activities will continue during the strike. Some parents are furious that the teachers can strike until October 1st, calling on both sides to come together and reach an agreement in the best interest of the students.

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South Korea the Little League World Series Champs

WGRC News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:46am

The Little League World Series wrapped up at the complex in South Williamsport yesterday with Seoul South Korea taking an 8–4 win over the Jackie Robinson Little League of Chicago. The South Korea team went through the 10 day series with a 5–0 record while Chicago finished with a 5–2 record. The series wrapped up with close to 28,000 announced attending the championship game and brought in millions of dollars to our area over the ten days. Very few problems were reported over the length of the event and a good time was had by all.

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2 injured in 3 vehicle crash

WGRC News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:45am

A couple riding a motorcycle were injured in a three vehicle crash on Route 15 in Clinton Township early last evening. The crash occurred four miles south of South Williamsport as a car and pick-up truck and the cycle collided. The couple who were riding the bike was not identified and were taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. No one else was injured and state police are investigating that Lycoming County crash.

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