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October 1, 2012

LEWISBURG – Four people involved in two robberies and a murder in Union County were in Union County Court today for preliminary hearings. Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Richard of Mifflinburg, 37-year-old Herbert Tiebout of Sunbury, 26-year-old Amanda Kratzer of Lewisburg, and 24-year-old Michael Shettery the Second appeared before District Judge Jeff Mensch at the Union County Courthouse. The four are charged in varying degrees with the June 12th robbery at the home of Scott Vonneida near Laurelton and the robbery and murder of Randy Sampsell of Cowan. Prior to testify for the prosecution in an attempt for a plea agreement at reduced charges, Justin Richard said, “An innocent man was killed, there is no reason he should have been shot,” referring to Sampsell. Richard then sent his charges of second and third degree murder and related charges on to Union County Court. Following his testimony, Judge Mensch held charges of receiving stolen property to court against Michael Shetterly. For Amanda Kratzer the judge dismissed one count of receiving stolen property, but held another count of receiving stolen property and conspiracy to Union County Court. For Herbert Tiebout, his charges of second and third degree murder were held to court as well. The formal arraignment for the four will be held November 5th in Union County.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – A man is taken into custody in Mifflin County after he was found to be in possession of marijuana while sleeping in his car.  Lewistown Police investigated a suspicious vehicle at 100 Franklin Avenue in Lewistown just before 4 yesterday morning.  27-year old Roman Simmons of Lewistown, was found to be in possession of more than 80 grams of marijuana when officers found him sleeping in his vehicle. Simmons was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and other related charges and transported to the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.
(WGRC)

MILESBURG - A man was assaulted in Centre County while walking along a roadway.  State Police say an unidentified 30-year old man was assaulted late Friday night while walking along Route 144 near Gum Stump Road in Boggs Township around 11:30. The man encountered a person walking north. That person grabbed him and threw him over the guardrail.  He rolled down a hillside and into a creek. No description of the alleged assailant was provided. There was also no word on how badly hurt the victim might have been.
(WGRC)

ALLENWOOD -A Lewisburg man was killed and another seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in Union County early Sunday morning. State Police in Milton say 21-year old, Jacob Parkes, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash along Route 15 in Union County’s Gregg Township. Police say Parkes was traveling south on Route 15 when he failed to make a turn in the roadway, traveled up an embankment and struck a utility pole. His passenger, 22-year old Andrew Renner of Winfield, was taken to Geisinger and remains in serious condition.
(WGRC)

LEWIBURG - An Avis man was killed in a two-vehicle crash along Route 45 in Union County Saturday evening. State Police in Milton say 24-year old, Rodney Merrifield Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene near Johnson Mill Road in Union County’s Buffalo Township. Police say Merrifield was pulled off along the side of Route 45 when another vehicle driven by 67-year old, Ross Jarrett of Mifflinburg, tried to make a U-turn and struck Merrifield’s vehicle. The crash happened around 11:15 p.m. A passenger in Merrifield’s vehicle, 24-year old Michael Bowes of Jersey Shore, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Passengers in Jarrett’s vehicle: 31-year old, Qaisha Narveaz and 18-year old Deja Jacobs, both of Lewisburg, suffered moderate injuries. A 10-year old in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and a 1 year-old was not hurt. All others involved in the crash were treated and released from area hospitals. Police say the investigation into that crash continues.
(WGRC)

MILL HALL – State Police say one person suffered major injuries in a four vehicle pile-up in Clinton County, yesterday. The crash happened on Hogan Boulevard near the intersection of King Arthur Drive, in Bald Eagle Township. Police say 75-year-old Harry Heverly of Lock Haven never tried to stopped and plowed into another vehicle operated by 33-year-old Sabrina Blanco-Bello of Lock Haven who stopped at a red light at the intersection. Blanco-Bello’s vehicle was then pushed into a vehicle in front of hers and that vehicle was pushed into a fourth. Police say Blanco-Bello was taken to Lock Haven Hospital with minor injuries. Heverly was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. No one else in the crash suffered injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILESBURG - A tractor-trailer driver from Canada was taken by helicopter to the Altoona hospital after a crash Friday on Interstate 80 near Milesburg that briefly closed the eastbound lanes of the highway. The crash happened just before noon. Police say John Avery, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, drifted off the left side of the interstate, damaged about 100 feet of guardrails and then hit the bridge over old U.S. Route 220.Police do not know what caused Avery to drift off the road. The truck cab’s rear wheels were seen hanging over the edge of the bridge before it was towed away.
(WGRC)

HOMETOWN – In Schuylkill County, an elderly Rush Township couple were found dead Sunday morning apparently overcome by carbon monoxide from their car that was left running inside their garage, filling their home with exhaust fumes. 88-year-old Anna Mae and 87-year-old Nicholas Young were found dead in their home at 2 Welsh Road, in West Penn Township. Police say it appears the couple were out Saturday, retuned home, put their car in the garage and forgot to turn the engine off. Police say the cause of death was determined as accidental and there were no signs of foul play or indications to make investigators think otherwise.
(WGRC)

BUCKHORN — A 75-year-old man and his son suffered burns when their trailer went up in flames along Millville Road early Saturday, in Columbia County. Fire officials said Robert Cameron was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Center with extensive burns to his arms and face. His 47-year-old son, Paul Cameron Sr., was taken to Geisinger with what a neighbor described as burns to his feet. Both men and the elder Cameron's wife, Patricia, fled as their mobile home burned. The fire was reported around three a.m. Saturday at the small trailer park at 1348 Millville Road, about 2 miles north of Bloomsburg. Faulty electrical wiring was later determined as the cause of the accidental fire that destroyed the residence and the family's belongings. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. The Press Enterprise reports, the fire closed down a section of Route 42 for several hours as crews shuttled water from Fishing Creek, located across the highway.
(WGRC)

NEWTOWN - A ranch-style home in Reilly Township, Schuylkill County was destroyed by fire about 2 p.m. Friday. Fire officials say the fire at 23 Church Street had fully engulfed the home by the time fire crews arrived. The property owners are safe and no one was hurt fighting the blaze. A state police fire marshal is investigating the fire.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - A 24-year-old Shamokin man has been charged with intentionally setting four separate fires inside a vacant house at 224 West Arch Street on August 12th in an alleged attempt to cover up his theft of wiring from the property. A city firefighter broke his leg attempting to extinguish the fire. Marc Benjamin Jr., is charged with felony arson and related counts. After leaving the house, Benjamin said he went home and told his wife, who confirmed police suspicions about Benjamin.
(WGRC)

PINE GROVE – A woman was hurt during a crash early this morning in Schuylkill County. The crash happened just before one a.m. on South Front Street at Luckenbill Road in Pottsville. Police say 23-year-old Crystal Cortez of Pine Grove fell asleep at the wheel went off the roadway and slammed into several trees. Police say Cortez was thrown through the sunroof of her vehicle and was found lying near her vehicle which burst into flames. Passer-buys pulled Cortez to safety. She was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital with what police called moderate injuries. Police suspect alcohol to have been a factor in that crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POINT TOWNSHIP – Alcohol is suspected after a head-on crash early Saturday morning on Route 11 in Point Township. Police say a Sunbury man swerved into oncoming traffic on Route 11 and struck a car head-on. The driver of the car, a woman from Mount Carmel, was taken to Geisinger Medical Center along with the Sunbury man. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The accident happened near Epler Road just before 1 a.m. and southbound Route 11 was closed until about 2 a.m., while the wreckage was cleared. Point Township police say the Sunbury man is facing charges pending blood alcohol test results.
(WGRC)

MCVEYTOWN – A 17-year-old McVeytown boy suffered moderate injuries in a DUI crash in Mifflin County. The crash happened around 8:30 Saturday night on Route 103 in Wayne Township. Police say the teen lost control of his vehicle on a curve and went off the road slamming into a tree. The boy was taken to Lewistown Hospital. Police say the teen will be charged with DUI and other traffic related charges. Meanwhile a Mount Union woman has been charged with furnishing the teen with alcohol. Police have charged 21-year-old Rachel Rhodes. Police say Rhodes has allegedly admitted to supplying the teen with alcohol.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A 23-year-old inmate escaped as he was being escorted outside the Northumberland County Prison Friday afternoon, sparking an intense manhunt which ended about 10 minutes later when he was recaptured by state police. The suspect, Sterling Feldges of Shamokin, took off his prison-issued orange jump suit in the area of North Center Street. Sunbury, Northumberland and Shamokin Dam police along with state police troopers from Stonington converged in the city in search of the inmate. The inmate was recaptured by state police in the area of the Sunbury Water Company just before two p.m. and returned to the county prison a few minutes later.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man accused of setting up a portable meth lab in his South Beech Street home has waived his charges to Northumberland County Court. 33-yer-old Jason Huntsinger, of Mount Carmel sent felony drug charges onto Northumberland County Court last week. Mount Carmel Borough Police say Huntsinger along with his live-in girlfriend, 30-year-old Kim Metcalf, were arrested after a raid at their home August 28th that led to the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab, which prompted police to evacuate neighbors, cordon off a square block area around the home and request a decontamination zone. Both remain jailed in the Northumberland County Jail.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - A Shamokin woman employed as a visiting nurse was charged with identity theft and related charges after using a Mount Carmel man's credit card to make more than $1,200 in purchases.22-year-old Keisha Castle, was taken before District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel, on felony charges of identity theft and related counts.  Mount Carmel Police charged Castle with the thefts that happened between June and August as she cared for a Mount Carmel man. Castle is jailed in the Northumberland County Prison.
(WGRC)

CLEVELAND TOWNSHIP - In Columbia County, a former Cleveland Township woman took about $17,000 of her mother-in-law's money from a gun safe, wiring half to a friend in Arizona. Then 51-year-old Priscilla Bilinski followed the money west, moving to Chandler, Arizona, earlier this year and filing for divorce from her husband of 30 years. Husband Robert Bilinski discovered the cash was missing after he and his wife had a fight in January of this year and he went to retrieve the money to return to his mother, Linda, the Cleveland Township tax collector. Police say the cash was Linda Bilinski's personal savings, not taxpayer money, and she'd given it to her son for safekeeping. Priscilla is accused of theft and receiving stolen property. The Press Enterprise reports, she is free on bail.
(WGRC)

LOGANTON – Police are looking for the thief that broke into the Sugar Valley Charter School last week. The break-in happened sometime between eleven p.m. Thursday and six a.m. Friday at the school in Loganton in Clinton County. The bandit broke a window to get inside the school and then took bathroom supplies, welding roads and $44.00 in cash and a wallet. Police are continuing their investigation anyone with information is asked to call state police, Lamar.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY – A vacant home of a Sunbury area man was stripped of copper pluming over the weekend. Police say sometime between Wednesday and Sunday someone entered the home of the 77-year-old man at 3117 Snydertown Road in Shamokin Township and stripped the home of its copper pipe. The bandits also took copper and aluminum radiators from the home and damaged a garage door. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Stonington.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE — A 19- year-old Mifflin County man caught with child pornography on his computer will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Jesse Byler, of Belleville, was sentenced Friday in Centre County Court. State police found the video and picture files on his computer while he was staying with friends in Bellefonte on December 29th.As part of a plea agreement, Byler will spend six to 231/ 2 months in the county jail.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE — A Benner Township man will spend four years behind bars in a state prison for separate burglary and prescription forgery offenses. 24-year-old Travis Snedden, 24, had pleaded guilty to trespassing and theft in connection with going into a man’s home in Lemont and taking electronics items after a drug deal gone bad. Judge Bradley P. Lunsford gave him one to two years in prison for that case. Snedden was also indicted in a string of fraudulent prescriptions that were passed around local pharmacies. For that offense, Snedden received three to six years in prison.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE — A man was given county jail time on Friday for the strong-armed robbery of a woman and a separate DUI. 33-year-old Travis Stahlman, was sentenced by Judge Bradley Lunsford to spend a year in prison, for knocking down a woman and taking her work apron on October 12, 2011, on Martin Street in Ferguson Township. The woman told police Stahlman was a patron at her work the night before the robbery. Months later, Stahlman was driving on old U.S. Route 220 near Port Matilda when he crashed while swerving to avoid a farm tractor. Police found Stahlman to be driving drunk. For the DUI, Lunsford gave Stahlman credit for the 101 days he has already been in jail plus 60 days in jail for driving with a suspended license.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A Mill Hall woman was sentenced to one year of probation in Centre County Court Friday for deliberately wrecking her boyfriend's car with his 2-year-old son in it. Alaina Straub was a passenger in a car being driven by her boyfriend from Mill Hall toward State College at around 8:30 a.m., when her boyfriend's 2-year-old son was in the back seat. During the drive, the two began arguing, which escalated into a physical confrontation in the car. Straub ended the confrontation by grabbing the steering wheel and jerking the car, traveling at 50 mph, into the guide rail. The car scraped along the rail for about 40 feet before stopping, popping the tires. Judge Bradley Lunsford sentenced her to one year of probation.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - A retired Mount Carmel police officer sentenced in August to serve eight years in federal prison for possession of child pornography claims his attorneys failed to properly represent him and the federal government didn't treat him with compassion and understanding. In a five-page letter written September 18th to Chief Judge Yvette Kane of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 56-year-old Blaine Handerhan accuses Attorneys Matt Gover and Brian Perry of Harrisburg of "pressuring" him and failing to provide proper legal counsel. Perry represented Handerhan at his sentencing after taking over the case a couple months before from Gover, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and forced to retire. Handerhan is an inmate at a federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey. The former Mount Carmel lieutenant and one-time acting chief told the judge he takes full responsibility for the content he was charged with possessing, but claims the "whole picture" of his case wasn't taken into account prior to being sentenced. Handerhan claims he was pressured into singing a plea agreement in his case and is asking for a new trial.
(WGRC)

LOST CREEK - A Lost Creek woman faces up to $3000 in fines and 360 days in jail on four counts of cruelty to animals. West Mahanoy Township Police were called to the home of Denise Turkavage last Saturday for a welfare check and found three dead horses and a deceased goat. The SPCA also responded to the scene and removed four dogs from the home but also found three others that were also deceased. The Republican Herald reports the horses and goat had been dead for an extended amount of time. In addition, the home was littered with animal feces which posed a danger to health. Turkalavage reportedly works in the Poconos and infrequently lives in the house.      
(WPPA)

HARRISBURG - The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it has signed a $1.3 million dollar joint consent decree with GSP Management Company, Frank Perano and related companies, due to drinking water and wastewater issues at 73 mobile home parks, 70 of which are in Pennsylvania. The consent decree addresses specific violations at 32 of the Pennsylvania mobile home parks. At the agencies’ direction, the company has agreed to take various corrective measures. DEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspectors discovered violations at the mobile home parks during five consecutive years. The wastewater violations include illegal discharge of partially treated or untreated sewage into nearby streams and failure to properly operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities. The drinking water violations include exceeding federal drinking water standards for certain pollutants and failing to notify residents about drinking water problems. The consent decree also requires GSP to ensure park residents have access to clean water. The mobile home parks in WGRC’s listening area include:
Lycoming County - Tiadaghton View, Montoursville (drinking water),Twin Hills Village, Montoursville (drinking water)
Mifflin County - North Hills, Lewistown (drinking water)
Northumberland County - Bucknell View, Montandon, D&H Court, Milton (drinking water)
Perry County - Orchard Hills, Shermans Dale (drinking water)
Schuylkill County - The Pines at West Penn, New Ringgold
(WGRC)

ALLENWOOD – Railway construction will get underway today through Thursday on Route 44 and Bridge Street in Allenwood, in Union County. A detour will be set up. Then on Monday October eighth through Wednesday October tenth work on the railway at Columbia Avenue in Allenwood will be underway. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes around the railway construction sites.
(WGRC)

HERNDON — As the sun set Sunday evening, the 600 luminaries emblazoned with gold stars at the Alvin E. Long American Legion Post 504 in Herndon glowed softly. The luminaries were part of a ceremony at the Northumberland County facility honoring members of the military “who have fallen, but also those who are left behind.” The crowd of about 50 people gathered to reflect and mourn with the Gold Star families and to keep the memories of their loved ones alive.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The first major deployment of U.S. service members from central Pennsylvania this year is about to get underway. Service members are finishing up their training in central Pennsylvania before heading off to Kuwait in October. About 1,500 soldiers will be sent. The 55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team includes service members from the Centre Region to Scranton. The service members at the armory in Lock Haven, are part of the brigade. When they arrive in Kuwait in October, they'll transfer equipment from weapons to clothing to troops in action. The brigade will be the largest deployment from the guard in Pennsylvania in three years. Their presence is greatly needed to transition the U.S. military from Iraq to Afghanistan. The service members should return to central Pennsylvania in the fall of 2013.
(WGRC)

NEW BERLIN – For a tiny town in Union County the Borough of Community members in New Berlin are known as a group of fighters. Last July they fought for a July 4th turtle derby, recently they fought for school property and are pursuing a charter school for the Borough. And now, the latest, the town is in a fight to keep the Borough’s Post office. The U.S. Postal Service is looking at ways to cut costs including closing small village and rural post offices across the country. Several of those post offices including New Berlin are being looked at for closure. So says retired New Berlin Post Master Kathy Brady. She says the U.S. Postal service is now looking to cut hours and eventually close small post offices and combine them with larger municipal post offices throughout the region. The Postal Service is sending out a survey to postal customers detailing four options customers would like to have other than a complete shut down. Brady says it’s important for residents to fill out the survey and check the first option of cutting hours if residents want to save their post office. The three other options on the survey involves offering a discontinuance study which would eventually mean closing the community mailing center. Brady says a town meeting with the Postal Regulatory Commission will be held to go over the survey and for the community to show their support of the local post office.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Area Transportation Study approved a long-range funding plan for road and bridge projects at its meeting Friday. Lycoming County Transportation Director Mark Murawski said the $235 million plan is based on anticipated funding streams. Every county must approve such plans to be eligible for the federal dollars that would fund a myriad of local projects.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Lycoming County Commissioners on Thursday agreed to open an $8 million account with the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust that is expected to produce revenue for expansion of the county landfill's waste fields. The money comes from bond proceeds that were issued earlier this year by the county. Beth Johnston, county director of fiscal services, said the investment will be held in short-term accounts that will enable money to be taken out at six months, one year and two years as the landfill expansion continues. Commissioners also gave approval for application of a $193,002 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for the city YWCA emergency shelter and rapid rehousing program. The YWCA will provide $186,000 for the program.
(WGRC)

MAHANOY CITY - As anthracite coal continues to be in high demand, a local mining company has set a new production record for the second straight year. Blaschak Coal Corporation based in Mahanoy City, announced last week it has surpassed last year's record in less than nine months. Greg Driscoll, chairman and CEO, said Friday. "This level of production is a tribute to the way our entire team works." In 2011, the 75-year-old coal company's "run-of-mine" coal production, or that delivered from the mine to the preparation plant, exceeded 642,000 tons. Through the third quarter of 2012, Blaschak's run-of-mine coal production has surpassed 680,000 tons. The company expects that level to increase beyond 800,000 tons by the end of the year. Officials say production is up 6.8 percent this year. Officials say while the coal market has its ups and downs, the long-term trend is upward for anthracite coal.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – The fourth annual Rainbows of Remembrance ceremony will be held at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research at the Geisinger Medical Center campus in Danville. The Rainbows of Remembrance ceremony honors the lives of all babies who passed away in the past year. All community members and families who have experienced the untimely loss of a baby are invited to attend this free event, which begins with a light supper at 6 p.m. before the memorial service at 7 p.m. The event will be held Friday, October 12th. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 570-214-4621 before Wednesday, October 3rd.
(WGRC)