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October 4, 2012

LIGHTSTREET - Traffic in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 between the Lime Ridge and Lightstreet exits was a slow go as rescue crews had to cut a truck driver free from a crash around 5:40 this morning. The crash was located at mile marker 240 westbound on Interstate 80. They found the driver trapped with multiple leg fractures. The driver was taken from the cab of his truck and rushed to Geisinger Medical Center.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A Lewisburg family is mourning the loss of a 4-year-old boy, allegedly at the hands of his mother, the son of a prominent Manhattan orthopedic surgeon originally from Lewisburg. Jason Reish, son of Dr. Timothy Reish, of Briarcliff Manor, New York, was found dead Monday, cradled in the arms of his mother, 46-year-old Manuela Morgado, who was in a semi-conscious state when police found her in the bedroom of her condominium after responding to a 911 call. It’s believed the mother tried to take her own life. The boy’s death allegedly is a result of an ongoing bitter custody battle. Reish, a 1986 graduate of Lewisburg Area High School, is an attending physician at Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in New York. He specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and shoulder, elbow and knee reconstruction. Reish is part of a family of orthopedic doctors. His brother is Dr. Matthew Reish, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist practicing in Lewisburg. He also works with SUN Orthopedic Group. Their father, Dr. Gale Reish, of Lewisburg, is a retired physician, well known for his work with the SUN Orthopedic Group and Evangelical Community Hospital. The funeral for Jason will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Scarborough Presbyterian Church, Briarcliff Manor. Morgado is charged with second-degree murder, and is jailed in the Westchester County Jail.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE – A Milesburg man sent charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI and related charges against him on to Centre County Court yesterday. David Bartley was released from the Centre County Prison on $50,000 bail to await a court date yesterday. Bartley is charged with the July 3rd crash which claimed the life of his wife. Bartley told police the woman was driving at the time of the crash, but witnesses reported differently and Bartley allegedly later admitted to driving the vehicle. Blood tests revealed Bartley was under the influence of Xanax and Oxycontin to a degree that made him unable to operate a vehicle.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A young man who risked his life to save his best friend is being honored for his heroism. "There is no greater love to lay down one's life for one's friends," and that's exactly what 14 year-old Kyle Austin did on a summer day in July 2011. Kyle his friend Dakota and three other friends were swimming in the Juniata River near McVeytown, Mifflin County. Dakota jumped into a swimming hole and didn't resurface. That's when Kyle jumped in to help, but he didn't resurface either. Trooper Michael Elder of the State Police, says "When they were pulled out, they were literally together." It's important to me that that's recognized." And Wednesday, their community came together to do that. Trooper Elder presented Kyle Austin’s family with the Carnegie Medal to Kyle’s family. The Carnegie Hero Medal is a national honor given to someone who voluntarily risks his or her life to save, or attempt to save, another person. Kyle was nominated last year.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A Lewisburg resident with ties to a Sunbury murder suspect has been arrested for selling cocaine to undercover drug agents. Forty-year-old Ryan Mills was caught selling crack and heroin. Mills worked for Herbert Tiebout who last month was charged with the murder of Randy Sampsell in a burglary at Sampsells Buffalo Creek Road home near Cowan in Union County. Mills would pick up the drugs in New Jersey and then bring them to Tiebout for distribution in Northumberland County.  Last November Police caught up with Mills near Montandon and found nearly $3000 dollars following a drug transaction. He’s jailed in state Prison at Camp Hill on $80,000 bail.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – A Montoursville man was taken to the hospital after hitting a deer with his motorcycle, Monday morning. Police say the crash happened just before six a.m. on Kehrer Hill Road in Upper Fairfield Township. Forty-three-year-old James Baker was taken to Williamsport Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Police say Baker was wearing a helmet.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEW PHILADELPHIA – A New Philadelphia man wanted on aggravated assault charges was arrested last Thursday at his home in Schuylkill County. Police say 44-year-old Willis Fredericks Jr. was wanted by state police for an assault on his former girlfriend and her mother which critically injured the older woman, and another assault charge in 2006 for which he failed to report for sentencing. Fredericks evaded police capture until last Thursday when he was spotted at his home and taken into custody after a struggle with police. He’s now jailed on $50,000 bail in the Schuylkill County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – A Lycoming County man will spend 90 days on electronic monitoring and have to pay $600 dollars in restitution to a Cogan Station family for shooting their dog and then throwing it into the Susquehanna River. A white German shepherd owned by the Richard Boehart family was found in the river in January of 2011 with a cinderblock tied around its neck. 22-year-old Kevin Neff was eventually arrested and entered into a plea agreement in the case. He told the court he shot the dog because it was interfering with his hunting.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – A Lycoming County woman has been charged with theft of nearly $400 from the K-Mart store in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County. Police have charged 58-year-old Donna Fry, of Trout Run, with theft by unlawful taking of disposition. Police say Fry worked as a waitress at the store’s restaurant when she stole the cash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

CARSONTOWN – Police say someone stole $26,000 in seismic equipment from a natural gas exploration company in Lycoming County. The equipment was taken some time back in August from the CGG Veritas Company of Williamsport. The equipment was located on land in a wooded area along English Run Road in Pine Township. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MCVEYTOWN – Police are investigating a burglary at a home in Mifflin County. The break-in happened sometime between nine a.m. and four p.m. Monday at the home along North Water Street in McVeytown. Police say several high end electronic items were taken from the home. Police say the bandit kicked in a locked to gain access to the home. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call state police, Lewistown.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Last week someone broke into some concession stands at a ball park in Lycoming County. State Police say the break-in happened sometime between September 25th and the 26th at the Bruce Henry ballpark in Loyalsock Township. Police say thieves damaged both the Major and Minor League concession stands smashing windows and doors and a safe.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A man arrested for selling marijuana and painkillers while free on bail in an earlier drug bust was returned to the Columbia County Jail Wednesday after sending his charges to court. The Press Enterprise reports, 22-year-old Anselm Tevis, of Scott Township, is in plea negotiations with prosecutors to resolve all pending charges. Tevis was arrested in late August for allegedly selling a small amount of pot and four OxyContin tablets to an informant in Scott Township. Police also seized more pills and marijuana along with over $200 in cash Tevis was holding when apprehended outside Bloomsburg Tractor Supply after the drug deal. Tevis was also busted in May for having drugs in his former apartment at 825 Lightstreet Road following an arrest for assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
(WGRC)

MOUNT UNION - A Centre County woman was arrested for possession of LSD in Huntingdon Couty. Mount Union Police say a traffic stop just before midnight Tuesday at the intersection of Wrangletown Road and East Shirley Street turned up the drug. Twenty-four-year-old Elaina Orner, of Fleming, is charged with possession of around $1,300 worth of LSD, and an undisclosed amount of money. Orner is jailed in the Huntingdon County Jail on $35,000 bail.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - There was little said about the inmate escape on Friday during the Northumberland County Prison Board meeting yesterday morning. Commissioner Vinny Clausi asked Warden Roy Johnson how 23-year-old Sterling Feldges, of Shamokin, escaped last Friday. Johnson said the escape happened outside the prison, making it the sheriff department's issue, and nothing more was said about the incident. Feldges was apprehended in less than 20 minutes about a mile away at the public reservoir at the Sunbury Municipal Authority's water filtration plant behind Sunbury Community Hospital. He was being taken back to the prison following a hearing on his arrest warrant after being committed to the prison Thursday on a probation violation. The escape prompted Sheriff Chad Reiner Friday to suggest he'll change his prisoner transport policy. Reiner, a member of the prison board, did not comment at Wednesday's meeting.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor Gabriel Campana has asked the 30-member city firefighters' union to "help out city taxpayers" by agreeing to a $500 deductible for their health insurance coverage. Campana tells the Sun Gazette, "The city firefighters have generous benefits and pensions and don't contribute to a deductible for their health insurance coverage." Campana said he informed the union that the cost of their health care and pensions are not sustainable for the taxpayers and are not realistic when compared with private-sector employers. Meanwhile, Platoon Chief Vince Rundio, president of the Williamsport International Association of Firefighters Local 736 says he’s "disappointed the mayor wants to put this out in the public while the union continues to talk." The fire union's contract expires December 31, 2014.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport City Council meets tonight and will hear from a Camp Hill based consulting group hired to help put together and economic development strategy for the city. That plan will constitute a number of projects that city officials would like to undertake over the next few years, including at the soon to be vacated YMCA complex. In addition tonight, council will decide whether or not to authorize an engineering agreement in order to make repairs to the city’s flood levee system. That project could cost $100,000 dollars or more.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - It was a sad day for Bellefonte Wednesday as the cupola was removed from atop the Do De Hotel. The hotel was destroyed last month by a fire that has been ruled arson. The entire process took only a little over an hour, and there were many people who stopped to watch. The cupola was brought down because it was deemed structurally unsafe and there was fear it would fall onto the street below. The rest of the demolition of the former Do De will start in a couple of weeks.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The borough of State College is the 3rd best college destination.  That's according to the American Institute for Economic Research - college destinations index. The index separates towns into certain categories: Major metros, Mid-size metros, Small metros, and College towns. For the 2012-2013 school year, State College not only placed number three in the ranking of the best college towns in the country for college students, but also ranked as third overall college destination. The index evaluates more than two hundred metropolitan areas.
(WGRC)

ALLENWOOD – Railroad track rehabilitation that will reintroduce rail service to Allenwood is nearing completion and the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority is now looking forward to the next phase of the project ─ restoration of the railroad bridge across White Deer Creek. The two-part project will result in rail service to Great Stream Commons, the business park in northern Union County. According to Jeff Stover, Executive Director of the Joint Rail Authority says “Track improvements in the Allenwood area are about 70% complete.  All but some grade crossing work will be done by the end of the construction season.” A contract for the bridge work will be awarded at the November or December meeting of the Authority. The cost is estimated at $900,000. Weather permitting the contractor will begin early next year and construction will last approximately four months.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Twenty days and counting - that's how long it will be before the first professional hockey team in Williamsport’s history plays at an ice rink outdoors. It's an eagerly anticipated opening night for the Williamsport Outlaws, formerly of Wayne, New Jersey, current champions of the six-city Federal Hockey League. The team welcomes the Dayton Devils, of Dayton, Ohio., at 7:05 p.m. October 24th at Airmen Pond at Bowman Field. Ground-breaking and construction of the ice rink began this week. Training camp begins October 14th, enabling hockey fans or the curious to see the players for free. Tractor trailers containing equipment are arriving at Bowman Field and crews have started a 12-day process to erect the first ice arena in the city's history. Hopes remain for the ice events to be held in a permanent facilities next year, with the city hoping to convert the Pickelner Arena into a civic arena with ice. Open skating at Bowman Field begins October 16th and will be held each night from 7 to 9 p.m. during the week and twice on both Saturdays and Sundays, with extended holiday hours.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - An official groundbreaking for a sewage treatment plant was greeted Wednesday by community leaders and others who helped make it happen as a big day for Jersey Shore, in Lycoming County, and surrounding municipalities. Tiadaghton Valley Municipal Authority Chairwoman Cheryl Brungard, surrounded by colleagues, project engineers and public officials near the site of the plant in Antes Fort, turned up the first shovels full of earth for the plant Wednesday. Chesapeake Bay initiatives for upgrading the municipal sewage treatment systems pushed the need to form an authority and build a new plant to serve the borough as well as Porter and Nippenose townships. The new project is being funded through a PennVest grant of $3.7 million grant and a $14.1 million low-interest loan.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Hundreds of area soldiers attached to the National Guard will leave our area Sunday to begin the first part of a nine-month security operation in Kuwait. A formal ceremony is planned at 1 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 1307 Grove Street in Williamsport. The mission for 250 soldiers attached to the 3rd Battalion of the 103rd Armor Battalion, who will join others with the 55th Heavy Brigade, has been described by the Guard as a "security operation." It is not a mission to Afghanistan. Similar send-offs are occurring in Scranton, Philadelphia and Fort Indiantown Gap. Afterward, the soldiers will travel to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for mobilization training for up to three months before leaving for their overseas mission.
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG - This Thursday, Middleburg resident George Weller will be using his bicycle to help others, too. Weller is a drug and alcohol counselor and clinical supervisor with Gaudenzia in Sunbury and Middleburg. He is also an avid cyclist ever since a friend got him involved in the outdoors activity several years ago. That point includes a 100-mile awareness ride Weller has planned later this week.  This morning, he’ll begin at the Gaudenzia outpatient facility in Harrisburg, riding north to the Middleburg Gaudenzia location and then east to the Sunbury and eventually the Berwick offices. The total trip will eclipse the 100-mile mark. According to Weller, what are measurable are the benefits of quality treatment. Statistics show that every $1 invested in addiction treatment saves $7 in reduced crime and criminal justice costs. Factoring in health care costs, the ratio is closer to 1-to-12 in savings. The 100-mile ride is geared towards awareness this year, with hopes that it will become an annual benefit ride that will grow in size. Those interested in helping the cause can get involved via Gaudenzia’s website: www.gaudenzia.org.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State has paid out nearly $20 million for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to the most recent university numbers. As of July 31, the university has shelled out $19.2 million. Some of the costs are expected to be recouped under the university’s insurance policy. The university releases an update of costs from the case each month. The $19.2 million total is up from $16.7 million in June.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The state house of representatives yesterday fell six votes short of an amendment to the state’s fiscal code, which would return the state police aviation unit to the Williamsport Regional Airport. 83rd District State Representative Rick Mirabito has been in a fight to return the unit ever since the unit was moved to Hazelton without explanation. Mirabito says yesterday’s vote, though falling short was encouraging and says he will continue his fight to bring back the unit which he says is important not only in fighting crime in the area, but also helping with rescue and support operations in response to disasters.
(WGRC)

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's top court has denied prosecutors' emergency petition in a death penalty appeal, meaning an inmate who claims the church deacon he killed had molested him will not be executed next Wednesday. The state Supreme Court has asked for more briefings in the case of Terrance “Terry” Williams, of Philadelphia. A Philadelphia judge on Friday vacated Williams' death sentence, finding that prosecutors hid evidence of possible sexual abuse at his 1986 murder trial and granting him a new sentencing hearing. But Philadelphia's district attorney appealed her stay and wanted the 46-year-old Williams executed before his death warrant expires at midnight Wednesday. The Associated Press reports, Williams would have been the first person executed in Pennsylvania in 50 years who had not abandoned his appeals.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - A bill to crack down on criminal gang activity in Pennsylvania was approved 45-3 Wednesday in the Senate. The measure would create a new criminal offense of recruiting gang members which can involve such actions as causing physical harm or using threats and intimidation to force an individual to join or remain in a gang. The offense would carry a tougher penalty if that person is under 16. The measure directs the state Commission on Sentencing to establish tougher sentences for a crime of violence or drug trafficking that benefits a gang. The Senate has now added broader amendments to a House-approved bill dealing with aspects of gang activity. The measure goes back to the House. The Legislature has one final voting session week scheduled for the year during the third week of this month.
(WGRC)