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April 25, 2012

SUNBURY – A business broken into and robbed in Northumberland County.  State Police are investigating a burglary at Shipman Enterprises along Mill Road in Upper Augusta Township.  The theft happened between 6 last night and 7:30 this morning.  Police say someone using a blue tire iron pried open a window to get inside.  They then pried open a cash box stealing $30.  The culprit also made off with six Little Debbie snack cakes.  Anyone with information should call State Police at Stonington.
John Callahan (WGRC) 

MANNSVILLE – A car is hit by gunfire during a road rage incident in Perry County.  Troopers continue to investigate a road rage incident that happened yesterday afternoon around 3.  23-year old Matthew McNaughton and passenger, 19-year old Harold Agneta, both of Elliottsburg, were in a vehicle driving along Foose Ridge Road in Saville Township when another driver fired a shot into McNaughton’s vehicle.  Police say they could clearly see a bullet hole in the rear bumper of the vehicle.
John Callahan (WGRC) 

TURBOTVILLE – A man is seriously hurt in a Northumberland County crash.  State Police say 49-year old Daniel Michael of Muncy was driving along Gearhart Road in Lewis Township just after 12:30 Sunday morning, when his car went off the roadway and slammed into a tree head on.  Michael suffered what police say was a major injury.  He was taken to Geisinger Medical Center.
John Callahan (WGRC)

SUNBURY – Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini commemorated National Crime Victim’s Rights Week saying that not only should this time be used to commemorate the ongoing efforts to promote victim justice in Pennsylvania, but to advocate against potential budget cuts that would put victims and their rights at risk.  Rosini is concerned that the rights of victim’s could be endangered if the current budget proposal remains.  Money for victim’s rights in crimes committed by juveniles has been zeroed out of the current budget proposal for the second year in a row. A stopgap measure was available to help last year, but is unlikely to be available this year. Rosini calls for legislators to go to Harrisburg and fight to restore the funding.
(WGRC)

UNDATED – The votes are in and Pennsylvania has decided who will run in the general election in November. Across the state Mitt Romney has taken the GOP Presidential Primary race. Romney took 58 percent of the vote among Republican voters. Rick Santorum, who pulled himself from the race earlier his month, still garnered 18 percent of the vote. While Ron Paul had 13 percent and Newt Gingrich totaled 11 percent of GOP voters.
In the U.S. Senate Primary it appears Democrat Bob Casey will be running against Republican Tom Smith who gathered 40 percent of the vote from Republicans. Smith was among five vying for the Republican nod for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat.
The Democratic candidate running for Pennsylvania Attorney General appears to be Kathleen Kane who grabbed 53 percent of the Democratic vote. She beat out opponent Patrick Murphy and will be running against David Freed in November.
For Auditor General Republican John Maher won against challenger Frank Pinto and will face Democrat Jack Wagner in the fall.
Two U.S. House races were the focus of much publicity in the 11th District Democrat Gene Stilp came up with 55 percent of the vote beating challenger Bill Vinsko and will face Lou Barletta in the general election. And in the 17th District, 57 percent of Democrats selected Matthew Cartwright over longstanding Congressman Tim Holden. Holden a ten term Congressman only garnered 43 percent of votes from Democrats.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – For a second time this week Police and fire crews were called out to battle arson flames in the Newberry section of Williamsport. The call came in just after three this morning for a porch fire extending into a vacant home at 2513 Dove Street. About a block away a dumpster was set on fire in an alley between Dove and West Fourth Street. Witnesses say several people were seen running from the area of those fires and police were searching for suspects. The fires follow a string of three arson fires early Monday morning in the same area of Williamsport. Police ask anyone with information on those blazes to call the Williamsport arson hot-line.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - Eight people from three families were left homeless Tuesday night when fire extensively damaged a four-unit apartment house at 1122 Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore. One of the tenants, Joseph Rose, reportedly was pulled to safety out of his burning second-floor apartment by 26-year-old Doug Bertin, who lived next door in the same building. The daring rescue, which occurred about 7:30 p.m., happened on a second-floor back porch that extended the entire length of the building. From the porch, the two men safely went through Bertin's apartment to safety. Two people were taken to Jersey shore Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Flames were shooting out of the front window of the Rose family apartment when crews arrived. A cause is under investigation.
(WGRC)

MILTON — State police filed additional charges Tuesday against two former Potts Grove firefighters, including arson and burglary counts involving a barn, an unoccupied tractor-trailer and an unoccupied home. Thirty-five-year-old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg, and 19-year-old Zane Snyder of Milton, now face those charges stemming from a January 2nd barn fire at the Clewell property, along Creek Road in East Chillisquaque Township; a February 12th Peterbilt Truck fire at Central Penn Directional Drilling in East Chillisquaque; and an attempted arson around March 18 at an unoccupied home along Mount Zion Road in West Chillisquaque Township.
(WGRC)

KELLY CROSSROADS – For a second time in less than a week a church was stripped of musical equipment in Union County. State Police Milton say the latest incident happened sometime between one p.m. Sunday and 7:30 Monday night at the United in Christ Lutheran Church located along Churches Road in Kelly Township. Police say the bandits entered the church and took around $2500 in musical equipment. The latest church break-in comes after last week’s break-in at the Buffalo Mennonite Church along Colonel John Kelly Road also in Kelly Township. There thieves got away with around $10,000 in music and sound equipment. Now police are also investigating two church entries where nothing was stolen. The Sunrise Methodist Church near Kelly Crossroads was entered between Sunday and Tuesday but nothing was taken and the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church along Mahoning Street in Turbot Township Northumberland County was entered as well, there two teenagers or men possibly in their early 20’s entered the church but took nothing. They were caught on the church’s surveillance cameras. Anyone with information on any of the break-ins are asked to call state police Milton.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HOMETOWN - Two men are free on bail after they were arrested by Rush Township police for trying to steal copper from a cellular telephone tower Monday afternoon in Schuylkill County. Police said the incident occurred in a wooded area off Progress Avenue at a tower owned by SBA Towers. Police arrested 22-year-old Justin Boyer of New Ringgold, and 21-year-old Thomas Kehl of Mahanoy City. Police said Boyer was also found with synthetic marijuana in his possession.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A former Berks County resident must join his brother behind federal prison bars, a judge ruled Monday in sentencing him for his role in a drug-trafficking ring that operated in Schuylkill County for four years. 36-year-old Hector Rivera, formerly of Reading, will serve 12 years in a federal prison under the terms of Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik's sentence. Rivera pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. A grand jury indicted Rivera and his brother, Juan Rivera, alleging the two got methamphetamine from Los Vegas and brought it to Schuylkill County for distribution between January 2004 and April 2008. Juan Rivera is serving a 188 month federal prison term for his involvement.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE — Centre County officials continue to make plans to continue county court proceedings as the trial for Jerry Sandusky continues to draw near. Leaders in Centre County are continuing to develop plans to move some county court cases unrelated to the Sandusky trial out of Bellefonte and to the Penn State University campus. Centre County commissioners said moving the cases would ease some congestion in the Bellefonte area, which has been swarmed by the media for previous Sandusky hearings. WJAC-TV reports, Penn State officials have approved using Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law as an alternative court site. Courtroom one at the courthouse in Bellefonte will be the site for a Sandusky trial. County officials said the reason the law school site is not being considered for the Sandusky trial is the belief the law school building is not big enough. The Sandusky trial is scheduled to begin June 5.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG — Two Columbia County prison guards were fired recently after they allegedly showed up smelling like booze before traveling with co-workers to gun training in western Pennsylvania. Ted DelVecchio and James Hartzell were terminated April 12 because they violated the county's drug and alcohol policy. The Press Enterprise reports, DelVecchio plans to fight his firing under the county's employee grievance policy. Hartzell apparently is not appealing.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - A planned follow-up inspection of the Unit 1 main turbine at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania revealed indications of cracks in blades that are similar to, but less extensive than, damage discovered and repaired in 2011. Based on the inspection, PPL will replace one row of blades on the Unit 1 turbine during the current refueling and maintenance outage, and has decided as a precaution to shut down the Unit 2 reactor and inspect its main turbine after the Unit 1 outage is completed. The Unit 2 outage will be scheduled after Unit 1 resumes generating electricity. The turbine blade replacement on Unit 1 will have a minimal effect on the duration of the current outage, which began March 31 and is expected to continue into mid-May.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY — Even though Penn Wind CEO Justin Dunkelberger informed the Northumberland County commissioners weeks ago that his company wouldn’t be pursuing a $30 million wind turbine project, the county is giving him another 60 days to pay a $50,000 land lease payment. Penn Wind signed a 29-year lease with the county in 2010 for 75 acres in Coal and Cameron townships to build three wind turbines and pay the county 6 percent of the profits from electricity generated.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Board members of the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation met Tuesday morning for their annual meeting and in addition to electing new officers and executive committee members, they discussed a handful of ongoing issues. The board discussed the GE expansion project currently under way in the industrial park. The 53,000-square foot, $10 million expansion project is expected to generate an additional 50 jobs, to go along with 50 jobs added in the past year. The expansion project includes a Customer Collaboration Center, as well as a Non-destructive Testing Academy. The project is expected to be completed by the end of year, with everything fully operational by 2013. Another hot topic up for discussion during the meeting was a proposal to have the Industrial Plaza designated a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which would alleviate the state tax burden on a company/business that relocated to the plaza. Three local taxing authorities would have to sign off on the proposal before the June first deadline.
(WGRC)

TURBOTVILLE – Residents in the Warrior Run Area School District will likely see a tax increase after School Board members passed a $19.7 million dollars proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Residents in Northumberland County will see a 4.5 percent increase, in Montour County residents of the district will see a 5.19 percent increase in taxes, and those living in Union County will see a 5.64 increase in property taxes. The budget includes a nearly $72,000 deficit.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - PennDOT's safety partners will host a free child safety seat check from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27th, at the Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall, just off the Foy Avenue Exit of Route 15, north of Williamsport. The event will be held rain or shine and is sponsored by Safe Kids Lycoming County and the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company. Each check will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants should bring their child, child safety seat with instructions as well as their vehicle manuals to the check.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – The public is invited to attend an open house and job fair this Thursday evening at the PennDOT District 3 headquarters in Montoursville. Between five and seven p.m. visitors will be able to inspect a plow truck, bridge inspection crane, and other pieces of equipment used each day by PennDOT workers afield. District employees will be on-hand to answer questions on important bridge work, job opportunities, safety programs, ongoing road projects, the latest maintenance techniques and much more. Displays and demonstrations will also take place. PennDOT District 3 offices are located at 715 Jordan Avenue in Montoursville.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN- If you live in Clinton and Lycoming Counties and have any expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can get rid of them safely. The Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition, Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow, local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration are providing the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. People can bring medications for disposal to several locations in Clinton and Lycoming County. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The service will be offered at: Bucktail Community Center,Renovo; Lock Haven Hospital; Pennsylvania State Police at Lamar; and Tiadaghton Valley Police Department, Jersey Shore.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK — A grassroots group of about a dozen Penn State students has set up drop-boxes and are collecting emails to be distributed to the eight known alleged victims of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Voices For Victims initiative is collecting cards, letters, Facebook posts and emails, screening the messages and distributing to the victims, a plan already approved by their legal counsel. The program is different from other initiatives, which focused more on the university’s image then the alleged victims of ongoing child sex abuse on and off the University Park campus. Cards and letters can be left at dropboxes located at buildings across campus. The dropbox campaign ends this Friday. Organizers said mailed cards will be accepted through the summer at Victims For Voices, 1637-B North Atherton Street, PO Box 181, State College Pa, 16803. Digital messages can be emailed to Voices4VictimsProject@gmail.com or posted at www.facebook.com/Voices4Victims.
(WGRC)