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October 3, 2011

NEWPORT – A Perry County man and woman are being treated for injuries received this morning when a black bear followed their dog into their home.  Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser said the man and woman had left their dog out at their Newport Road home in Oliver Township around 4 this morning.  Harrisburg Hospital officials tell the Patriot News, Richard and Angela Moyer were being treated in the emergency room this morning.  Feaser said, when the dog came running back into the house, a bear was right on its tail and followed it inside.  Wildlife Conservation Officer Steve Hower attempted to locate the bear this morning but was not able to.  Feaser said it is unusual for a bear to go into a house but clearly this is a situation where there had been a dog-bear encounter outside.  Feaser said dogs and bears are mortal enemies.
(WGRC)

DONALLY MILLS - A Perry County couple is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of their infant son earlier this year. Police tell the Patriot News, 21-year old James Kauffman of New Bloomfield, and 20-year old Jamie Cassell of Newport, were neglectful and reckless in the care of their 7-month-old son, Jordan Kauffman, who died January 28th.  Kauffman and Cassell were charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. They were arraigned and taken to Perry County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail each.

(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – A police officer in Centre County faces charges for a crash while he was on duty.  After an investigation into the crash that happened while Officer William Muse was in pursuit of another vehicle ended with charges filed against Muse for Stop Signs and Yield Signs.  Muse had his lights flashing by did not have his siren activated when he hit a car driven by Anna Cahn at the intersection of East Foster Avenue and Locust Lane on September 2nd.    An internal investigation continues.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY — The Northumberland County courthouse was closed this morning after a sewer line backed up and sent a strong stench throughout the three-story building, sickening several people. By 10 a.m., the decision was made by Chief Clerk Gary Steffen to evacuate the building and close it for the day after learning that several employees had become physically ill due to the smell.
Sunbury code officer and assistant Fire Chief Mike Rhoads attributed the aging sewer line in the 155-year-old building for causing a backlog of sewage and a small spill in the basement. The Daily Item reports, volunteers from Good Will Hose Company in Sunbury responded to Rhoads’ non-emergency call for fans to dissipate the smell from the courthouse.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - As a finale to Schuylkill County's 200th birthday celebration Sunday afternoon, county officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Courthouse Commons and time capsule projects at the county courthouse. The ceremony, followed by a self-guided tour of the courthouse, marked the third and final event held to make the county's 200th year. Leading up to Sunday, past events included the National Flag Project and parade on Laurel Boulevard on March 1, when five giant American flags were unfurled in front of the courthouse, and a picnic and fireworks at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on July 9. The Republican Herald reports, among the items placed in the time capsule was a draft copy of the book "Always Young and Fair" by Conrad Richter, a native of Pine Grove; a bicentennial plate signed by elected officials and administrators of the City of Pottsville; lists and photos of the officials currently serving in the municipalities; books telling the histories of municipalities in the county; newspaper articles and memorabilia from the bicentennial; and an empty box of Mrs. T's Pierogies. Michael M. McCord, the county register of wills who is co-chairman of the steering committee, said that items will still be accepted for the time capsule from corporate sponsors and municipalities until it is buried next year.
(WGRC)

PITTSBURGH — Unveiling a much-anticipated plan to regulate and harness Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry, Governor Tom Corbett today called for even-handed laws that recognize the competition beyond the state’s borders for an industry that he said is boosting the economy and lowering energy bills. The Associated Press reports, Corbett’s plan would allow counties to impose an impact fee for up 10 years to help pay for the cost to regulate the drilling and fix the damage it causes to the environment. It also would toughen laws that protect the state’s water sources and help the industry find new outlets for its product, such as converting school bus fleets and mass transit systems to natural gas power.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – Today workers will be hauling away flood-related debris stacked along the streets in Bloomsburg, Columbia County.  Residents, of flood-hit areas, were to have had their garbage on the curb last night.  The town is picking up the cost to have crews out this morning with heavy equipment.  Motorists are urged to avoid Route-11 in Bloomsburg while that flood clean-up work gets underway this morning. 
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – PennDOT is beginning work on a project to help lessen the impact of future flooding near Bloomsburg, Columbia County.  A PennDOT spokesman says bids will soon be opened for a project that will remove the Double Track bridge which spans Fishing Creek.  Reports say the bridge catches debris, further backing up water.  According to the Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg officials have been asking for the bridge to be removed for years.  Demolition is slated to begin in the spring.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – Charges of stealing from the local YMCA have been filed against three people including Clinton County Commissioner Chair Adam Coleman.  Coleman contends the charges are politically motivated.  WNEP reports Coleman, his mother and a former director of the Lock Haven YMCA, Jeremiah Clark, misused at least 133-thousand dollars between 2006 and 2010.  All three are free on bail.  Coleman remains in his position as Chairman of the Clinton County Board of Commissioners.
(WGRC)

RYAN TOWNSHIP – A tax collector, accused of theft, is expected to appear in court today in Schuylkill County.  Seventy-one year old William Wildoner allegedly stole more than 170-thousand dollars in 2009 and 2010 while serving as the Ryan Township tax collector.  The Republican Herald reports Wildoner is expected to plead not guilty at his arraignment scheduled for today.  The Barnesville man had held the position for 35-years.
(WGRC)

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – In Schuylkill County, people flee a weekend party when it turns violent.  The incident happened early Sunday morning in Schuylkill Haven.  According to the Republican Herald, charges are pending against at least 10 people.  Penn State Schuylkill students attending the party flooding the communications center with phone calls saying that five fellow students showed up armed with knives.  Borough Police say they have names of the suspects and plan to charge those students with charges including aggravated assault.
(WGRC)

HAINES TOWNSHIP – A car rolled several times down into a ravine in Centre County.  State Police say the early Saturday morning accident happened along Route-45 in Haines Township.  Troopers say speed and alcohol contributed to 26-year old Mark Cardona, of Sunbury, losing control of the S-U-V.  Cardona suffered minor injuries, while 3 passengers were transported with more serious injuries.  Twenty-three year old Antionne Benton, of Sunbury, was flown to Hershey Medical Center and is in critical condition this morning.  Twenty-two year old Brittany Mitchell, of Selinsgrove was flown to Geisinger where she is listed in serious condition.  Twenty-one-year old Brittany Oshetski, of Northumberland was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
(WGRC)

PENN TOWNSHIP – Speed and alcohol are believed to have factored into a fatal crash near the Centre/Mifflin County line.  Authorities have now released the identities of those involved in the deadly accident which happened on the Millheim-Siglerville Pike early Friday morning.  State Police say 24-year old David Culver, of Burnham, was one of four occupants.  Police say he was sitting partially outside the vehicle when it went off the road and struck a tree.  Culver was thrown from the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver, 22-year old Kyle Reigle of Burnham, and another passenger were treated for minor injuries.  The final occupant, 23-year old Jason Baker of McVeytown, was taken to Altoona Medical Center with serious injuries.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE – A Lycoming County accident claims the life of a Jersey Shore man.  Police say 71-year old Alexander Bailey died when his pick-up truck impacted a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Route-287 and Losch Lane in Piatt Township.  Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene of the Friday night crash. 
(WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP – A weekend vigil at the Shamokin High School honored a man killed in a vehicle accident last week in Lycoming County.  Reports say more than 50 people turned out in the rain to participate in the 60-minute candlelight vigil.  Twenty-two year old David Stefanovige was killed Wednesday near South Williamsport.  Three friends coordinated the Saturday night gathering.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – Police in Schuylkill County have recovered guns stolen during the break-in of a Pottsville home last week.  Pottsville Police tell the Republican Herald that three people have been arrested and jailed in connection with the burglary.  They are:  19-year old Marissa Cook, of Forestville, 21-year old Frank Vannicolo, of Minersville and 31-year old Rina Sementilli, of Pottsville.  Last Wednesday the three allegedly stole 8 firearms, ammunition, a video game console and cash from the residence at 757 Walnut Street.  Police say the trio went to Reading to trade a pair of the guns for heroin.  The other stolen items were hidden in a wooded area off Route-183 in Schuylkill County.
(WGRC)

RALSTON – An addition to a Lycoming County fire station was unveiled over the weekend.  A Sunday afternoon parade and ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted the celebration.  Ralston’s fire company station has doubled in size through the half-million dollar project.  Officials tell the Sun-Gazette that fundraisers and donations are paying for the construction work.  The facility now will not only house firefighting equipment, but can also adequately host receptions and other community events.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – Felony drug charges are being filed against two people accused of growing marijuana in Clinton County.  Police say 33-year old Shawn Miller, of Oak Hollow Road in Woodward Township, and 45-year old Robert Nicodemus Junior, of East Valley Road in Loganton, were allegedly growing the drugs at their homes.  Authorities investigated after receiving a tip late last week.
(WGRC)