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January 27, 2011

WELLSBORO - A Tioga County man is now charged with criminal homicide after stabbing and killing another man. Police have now released the names of those involved in the incident at 41 Wolf Run Road in Delmar Township just after 10:30 Tuesday night. Police say 26-year old Matthew Priset of Wellsboro came to the residence and confronted the victim, 28-year old Clinton Perry. An argument became physical and Priset stabbed Perry multiple times. Police say 53-year old Rene Perry, armed with a firearm, entered the room where the men were arguing but Priset was able to take the weapon away from her. He fled with the firearm. Priset was later taken into custody at his home. Priset is locked up in lieu of bail charged with criminal homicide and related counts.
Jim Diehl/John Callahan (WGRC)

TAMAQUA - Police investigate a shooting and stabbing in Schuylkill County. Tamaqua police are investigating a shooting and stabbing incident that happened in the midst last night's snowstorm around 9:15. Police tell the Republican Herald this morning that no information is available about the incident in the area of the state liquor store on North Railroad Street. Preliminary reports indicate one person was stabbed, another shot and a car that was parked in the area was stolen.
John Callahan (WGRC)

TAMAQUA - Police in Tamaqua in Schuylkill County are investigating the theft of a car and a shooting last night. Reports say the incident happened in a parking lot off East Union Street beside the Wine and Spirits store at 141 North Railroad Street in Tamaqua. We're told an employee of that store had their vehicle stolen and someone was shot during the theft in Schuylkill County.

WELLSBORO - State Police in Tioga County are investigating the stabbing death of a man. The Tioga County deputy coroner admits a man was stabbed to death Tuesday night in Tioga County, but state police have not released any details. Police were sent to 41 Wolf Run Road, in Delmar Township, to investigate the death of a 28-year-old white man at about 10:30 p.m. Police have declined to release the name of the victim or whether a suspect is in custody.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

CUMBOLA - One person was taken to the hospital following a three vehicle crash in Schuylkill County yesterday afternoon. That crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on Route 209 at Wood Street in Cumbola. Police say 30-year-old Katie Mertz of Tamaqua was unable to get her vehicle stopped and slid out across the intersection slamming into a utility pole. Another vehicle driven by 44-year-old Michelle Drust of Coaldale swerved to avoid hitting Mertz's vehicle and struck a pick-up truck driven by 51-year-old Eugene McCormick of Middleport. Police say Mertz was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center East for treatment. No one else was hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A woman was taken to the hospital following a crash in Bloomsburg. That happened around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Fifth Street and Strawberry Avenue. The Press Enterprise reports, Karisa Figura pulled out onto Fifth Street into the path of a vehicle driven by Desiree Robinson. Figura's vehicle was then partially wedged under a pick-up truck. Robinson was taken to the hospital with head injuries. Neither Figura nor two passengers in Robinson's car were hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HERNDON - In Northumberland County, workers removing scrap metal with a torch sparked the  massive blaze at the former Creative Playthings building along Route 147 in Herndon Tuesday night. About one million board feet of lumber was stored in the 50-foot by 300-foot building, all of it going up in smoke as the building is an entire loss. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the day Wednesday after that fire was first reported around eight Tuesday night. 
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Admitted arsonist 21-year-old Colton Barrett testified Wednesday against ex-lover Kristen Strausser during her trial as to how she helped him pick out farmhouses to burn. The Press Enterprise reports, the defense says Strausser has only admitted to one arson while the two were both involved as firefighters with the Orangeville Fire Company. As trial opened for the 33-year-old Strausser, the story was told of how the two first met as volunteers for the fire department in which Strausser's husband Terry was Chief. On the bench in Columbia County Court Wednesday, Barrett testified he and Strausser scouted locations that would be good places to burn, but where they believed no one would get hurt, so they could get firefighting experience. One of those fires chased an older couple out of their home in the middle of the night during spring 2009. Strausser is charged with conspiracy, and attempted homicide. Barrett, serving a 42-year state prison term, and testified under immunity from further prosecution. The trial continues today.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)
WILKES-BARRE - Jurors will be back this morning in Wilkes-Barre after being sent home last night with no decision after seven hours of deliberations in the case of three former Shenandoah police officers who tried to cover up the fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant. Jurors will try to decide the fate of Matthew Nestor, Jason Hayes and William Moyer who are accused of trying to cover up the beating of 25-year-old Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah in July 2008.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

FRACKVILLE - Three charged in connection with two Schuylkill County robberies. State Police say 30-year old Edward Reeves of Mahanoy City, 25-year old Christopher Buck and 24-year old Kristen Kranch, both of Shenandoah are charged with burglary and several related counts in the two incidents. Late December 10th or early December 11th the three went to Auto Diesel Electric on Starter Drive in West Mahanoy Township. Kranch served as the driver while Reeves and Buck entered the business and stole more than $10,000 worth of items and did just over $1,000 in damage. They also stole $42 in food from a vehicle at nearby Canteen Vending Services. Reeves and Buck are jailed unable to post bail. Kranch is free after posting bail.
John Callahan (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - An inmate faces an additional 25 years for a brutal assault on corrections officers in Centre County. Roland Kittrell was an inmate at S-C-I Rockview when he brutally attacked several corrections officers seriously injuring them. One officer suffered a nasal fracture and a concussion from the attack. Kittrell is now housed at Huntington State Correctional Institute. He faces 25 years for this incident and will be sentenced in March.
John Callahan (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A 54-year-old Williamsport man surrendered Wednesday to police on charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a boy under age 15 in his Academy Street apartment on three occasions. Warren Locke is accused of those assaults between mid-December and January 9th. Police say Locke had been mentoring the victim, who does not have a father-figure in his life. Locke is jailed on $15,000 bail in the Lycoming County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A Shenandoah man charged in October 2010 with photographing and sexually assaulting two preteen girls was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for producing, receiving and distributing child pornography. The grand jury alleges 36-year-old Jonathan Binns, produced images of child pornography and used a computer to download and distribute images between February and October 2010. If convicted, Binns faces a mandatory 15-year prison sentence.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ORWIGSBURG - Wood stoves and firewood stolen from a Schuylkill County cabin. Troopers are investigating the theft of two wood stoves, accessories and about a cord of firewood from a cabin on Dreshersville Road in West Brunswick Township between Saturday and Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at Schuylkill Haven.
John Callahan (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A fraternity that provided alcohol to Penn State freshman Joseph Dado hours before his death was sentenced to 70 days of community service and ordered to pay a $500 fine. In December, Judge Thomas King Kistler ruled that Alpha Tau Omega was responsible for giving alcohol to the 18-year-old the night of September 19th, 2009. Dado was reported missing the next day. He was found dead more than 30 hours later at the bottom of an exterior stairwell. The Centre Daily Times reports, Kistler convicted the fraternity, saying it was clear it provided beer to its guests without any effort to restrict access to it.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MT. PLEASANT MILLS - Parents presented two petitions at the Midd-West School District Board Meeting in an attempt to push school officials to set clearer anti-harassment policies, and more consistent enforcement. Over 500 signatures on the petitions were presented Monday night to School officials. The petitions come on the heels of recent bullying activity at the school that led to the suicide death of a high school student back in November and a demonstration outside the school by parents and students.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - Progress continues on the Sunbury Riverfront project. Sunbury's new 500-seat amphitheater along the Susquehanna River is expected to be completed in August. The Daily Item reports, the large stage, which is part of $4.2 million stabilization and enhancement project designed to attract people to the Susquehanna River, isn't expected to be finished until the end of summer. The amphitheater seats about 500 and is the main focus of the riverfront enhancement, which also includes a walking trail, boat dock and fishing pier.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - Evangelical Community Hospital will be hosting the 22nd Annual Children's Health Fair at the Susquehanna Valley Mall on Saturday, January 29th from 10 am-2 pm. This year's health fair is presented by Swineford National Bank, and is one of the Hospital's biggest events. The health fair is also co-presented by VNA Health System. This year's fair will feature fun health and wellness activities from more than 110 vendors. Last year's Children's Health Fair attracted more than 1,200 families.

WILLIAMSPORT - This is the eighth year for the "Money In Your Pocket" Campaign at The Salvation Army Williamsport in partnership, for the fifth year, with Pennsylvania College of Technology.  Money In Your Pocket is sponsored by the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Earned Income Tax Credit is for families and individuals who work but don't make a lot of money. Trained volunteers from Penn College as well as the community provide free tax preparation. Families and individuals can call The Salvation Army at 326-9187 to schedule an appointment at one of the 5 locations; The Salvation Army, Penn College Roger Madigan Library, Muncy Public Library, The Salvation Army Clinton County, or Valley United Methodist Church Muncy Valley.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A jam-packed Genetti Ballroom, in downtown Williamsport Monday night raised nearly $3,800 dollars for the North Central Sight Services as the Williamsport Crosscutters 5th Annual Hot Stove Dinner&Auction was held with great success. Former Phillie Mickey Morandini, TV broadcaster Tom McCarthy, Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross and others, entertained attendees with stories and answered audience questions.  Morandini, who will manage the Crosscutters in 2011 spoke about his years with the Phillies and the 1993 NL Champion team that eventually lost in to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. He also discussed his excitement about getting back on the field this summer in Williamsport and helping young players advance through the Phillies farm system. The Crosscutters and the New York-Penn League Foundation also presented a $2,500 college scholarship to Nathan Weber of Williamsport who was chosen as one of three scholarship recipients from throughout the New York-Penn League in 2010.  Weber is a freshman at Penn State main campus and will be attending West Point this summer. Meanwhile a portion of the proceeds from the evening were donated to North Central Sight Services who provide programs, services and employment to the blind and visually impaired in Lycoming and surrounding counties.  
Jim Diehl (WGRC)