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November 5, 2012

MILTON – Milton Borough Police are looking for a man who man have some information into the death of an 80-year-old woman found yesterday at her home. Police conducted an investigation into the death of 80-year-old Vennie Boyles at Eight Park Lane in Milton yesterday afternoon into late last night. Park Lane which ends in a cul-de-sac where Boyles home is located, and was shut down with no one going in or out of the area. Both Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini and Milton Police Chief Craig Lutcher say at this point they are treating the death as suspicious. Police are looking for a person of interest 55-year-old Mark Boyles, Vennie’s son. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Milton Borough Police. District Attorney Rosini says an autopsy on Boyles body will be conducted to determine an exact cause of death and at this time there are no charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)  

MCCLURE – Police in Snyder County are looking for a man who attempted to rob one bank, and did rob a second bank this morning.  Police say a man robbed the Swineford National Bank location in Beaver Springs just after 9 this morning, after not being able to get inside the not yet open Mifflin County Savings Bank in McClure. The suspect is described as a white man wearing a camouflage coat, jeans, and a black vest. He stands about six feet tall and has light brown hair and weighs about 180 pounds. The man walked into the bank in Beaver Springs and demanded money but did not show a weapon before getting away with cash. The man was seen fleeing the bank in Beaver Springs and heading West on Route 522 in a white 1999 Ford Escort that is believed to have been stolen.
Jim Diehl/John Callahan (WGRC)

MILL HALL - Police in Clinton County are continuing their investigation into what appears to be a crash that claimed the life of a Clinton County man. 46-year-old Eugene Bitner, of Lock Haven, died in a crash Friday on Munro Road in Bald Eagle Township, Clinton County. Police say the crash happened between 12:00 a.m. and 5:04 p.m. and the cause of death remains under investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE – A Centre County man died in a crash Friday morning in Lycoming County. That crash happened around 9:30 a.m. on Route 220 in Piatt Township. Police say 62-year-old Larry Casher of Clarence, died at the scene of the crash. Police say Casher was driving a dump truck and went off the highway, hit an embankment and, flipped the dump truck onto its driver’s side. An autopsy on Casher’s body will be conducted to determine what caused his death.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP - Two Danville-area women had to be rescued from the wreckage of a noontime rollover accident Sunday in front of 339 Frosty Valley Road here. Police say Wanda Fuller, and passenger 72-year-old Kate Humbert, of Valley Township were taken away by ambulances. The Press Enterprise reports, the crash happened when their car veered off the road, snapped a utility pole at its base, then rolled onto its driver’s side and got tangled in the lines. The crash left the pole across the road and several homes without power.  Both women had to be cut free of the wreckage and were taken to Geisinger Medical Center where Humbert remains in serious condition. Fuller was treated for minor injuries and released.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Charges have been filed against a Milroy man in connection with the death of 31-year-old Dustin Mountz. At about 10:30 p.m. on July 31, the body of Mountz, who had been reported as a missing person, was found dead in the back seat of a vehicle parked in the Giant parking lot in Lewistown. Lewistown Borough Police said Friday that a three month investigation into Mountz's death led to charges and a warrant being filed Thursday against 42-year-old Bruce Goss, of Milroy. Police said Goss was charged with recklessly endangering another person, unauthorized use of a vehicle and making a false report to law enforcement. On Friday, Lower Allen Township Police Department stopped Goss on a traffic violation and discovered the warrant from Lewistown Police and arrested him. Police said Goss was brought back to Mifflin County and jailed on $50,000 bail.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A murder trial for a State College man is underway today. Police said Tyler Marlatt stabbed Tyler Struble multiple times in January in Lemont. Investigators believe the fight was over $25 worth of marijuana. Marlatt is claiming self-defense. Police said the murder weapon was found in a nearby church parking lot.
(WGRC)

NEW COLUMBIA – A man is behind bars following a fight where he pulled out a knife and stabbed another man in the back. The incident happened around four o’clock Sunday morning along the White Deer Pike near New Columbia. Police say 44-year-old William Bardole of Milton and 18-year-old Michael Sharpnack of New Columbia became involved in a fight and Bardole stabbed Sharpnack in the back with a knife. Sharpnack was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment. Bardole faces aggravated assault and related charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BERWICK  - A late-Sunday night fire destroyed a large, unoccupied home in the 300 block of North Vine Street in Berwick. The blaze sent firefighters scrambling to hook up water lines. Berwick Criminal Investigator Greg Martin says it’s the second condemned building in the same block in two weeks that’s been on fire and he considers it suspicious. Flames ripped through the front of the two-story house shortly after the fire was discovered about 8 p.m., reaching through the roof and sending clouds of smoke throughout the borough. A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate. The Press Enterprise reports,  the property at 347 North Vine Street had been empty for years and is only two doors away from where another big empty house was gutted by fire last Monday night.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A midmorning fire Sunday caused severe damage to a mobile home and closed state Route 144 between Bellefonte and Milesburg for about two hours. No injuries were reported at the mobile home on Armor Run Road in the area known as Red Roost. One person lived in the home. The fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. By 11:30 a.m., firefighters were spreading foam inside the home to make sure the fire did not rekindle and were stretching caution tape around the blackened structure. The cause of the blaze had not yet determined and a state police fire marshal was to investigate.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - Fire officials in Clinton County are looking for what sparked a fire at a building in Lock Haven on Sunday. Firefighters were called to Fallon House on East Water Street around 2:30 a.m. Officials said dozens of people lived in the building. Everyone got out safely. The fire was contained to a kitchen area. Everyone was allowed to return to their homes around four a.m.
(WNEP)

SELINSGROVE - Two people were hurt and taken to Evangelical Community Hospital in a crash near Selinsgrove in Snyder County. The crash happened around six Saturday evening on Route 522 in Penn Township. Police say 38-year-old, Walter Long of Middleburg rear-ended a car driven by 74-year-old, Leon Wagner of Middleburg. The impact pushed Wagner's vehicle into another driven by 57-year-old Noreen Fry, of Lewisburg. Wagner and Fry were both taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Long wasn't hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

RICHFIELD - Two people hurt in a crash in West Perry Township, Snyder County, on Friday. The crash happened around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Seven Stars Road and Route 35. Police say 77-year-old, Joanne Shrader of Richfield, pull out onto Route 35 into the path of a car driven by 46-year-old, Brent Snyder of Richfield. Shrader was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital with moderate injuries. Snyder was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A man crashed a stolen vehicle into a police car early Saturday morning after breaking into more than 10 cars in the College Heights section of State College. Police say a black man was reported rummaging through a vehicle in the area just before five a.m., and while searching the area police saw a black man driving a stolen vehicle from the Harrisburg area. The man abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot before stealing a truck from a driveway on Clarence Avenue. The truck ended up crashing into a Penn State police car on Hillcrest Avenue before crashing into a residence near the intersection of North Hills Place and North Allen Street. State College police said they fielded more than 10 calls about vehicles being broken into and they think they are connected to this incident. Police arrested Daniel Zenaghbriel, of Harrisburg, at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The arrest may be in connection with the stolen Harrisburg vehicle. Police said he will not be charged in connection with any of the crimes as of now but listed him as a “person of interest.” He's jailed in the Centre County Jail.
(WGRC)

TOWER CITY – In Schuylkill County, a man leaves his home for 15 minutes and comes back to find another man stealing copper pipe. That happened at the home of 23-year-old Corey Umberger of Tower City around 12:30 Sunday afternoon. When Umberger came back home he saw the man peeking from the window blinds of his home. The thief then took off out the front door of Umberger’s home. The thief is described as being in his late teens or early 20’s, a white man with black hair, with a heavy build and a beard. The thief got away with about 20 pounds of copper pipe. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Schuylkill Haven.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PORT TREVORTON – Police in Snyder County are looking for the thief that broke into a business and stole money. That happened sometime between nine Friday night and eight Saturday morning at Palace Creek Enterprises, along Routes 11 and 15 in Chapman Township. Police say the bandit got into the business through a window and tried to break open a cash register and rummaged throughout the building finding cash before taking off. Police did not say how much money was stolen.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL – In Northumberland County, Mount Carmel Police were involved in a foot pursuit that ended in a suspect's capture Friday afternoon. 18-year-old Brandon Chapman, of Mount Carmel, led officers on a 25-minute chase through several properties in the northeast section of the borough after Mount Carmel Police tried to arrest him on a warrant issued earlier that day for violating parole. Chapman was caught on a culm bank north of Midway Field about 4:45 p.m. after police surrounded the area. He's now jailed in the Northumberland County Jail.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Following a high-speed car chase that lead Williamsport and state police through Loyalsock Township Thursday afternoon, three men suspected of dealing heroin have been placed behind bars. 19-year-old Montez Moore, and 23-year-old Dominique Kennedy, both of Philadelpha; and 20-year-old Akmed Greene, of Williamsport, have each been charged with two felony charges of possession with intent to deliver, and related counts. The Sun Gazette reports, all three are locked up in the Lycoming County Prison. State Police noticed their car speeding on I-180 and that's where the chase began, the three were finally caught in the Aldi's parking lot in Loyalsock Township after nearly striking several pedestrians and after someone in the car tossed 125 packets of heroin out the window of the vehicle.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A 19-year-old man is jailed after trying to rob someone he knew in Lycoming County. Police say Taylon Hamilton, has been charged with attempting to rob another man in the area of West Fourth and Poplar streets just after eight p.m. October 9th. Police say Hamilton approached the other man and demanded he empty his pockets. The other man had no cash on him at the time. Hamilton is jailed on $25,000 bail.
(WGRC)

LIGHTSTREET - A team of three men and a woman recently broke into a house on Main Street in Lightstreet in Columbia County and stole an estimated $8,000 in musical equipment, loaded it into a car and drove it to Wilkes-Barre to sell. The Press Enterprise reports, the burglars used $1,200 they got from the sale of the gear to get heroin, and pay off a drug debt. Police Friday arrested 23-year-old James Clarke, of Rupert, and his girlfriend 21-year-old Josephina Lear. Those arrests came a few days after police charged their partner in crime, 20-year-old Kyle Knittle, of Bloomsburg. Charges are also pending against Alberto Caban. A warrant has been issued for Caban's arrest.
(WGRC)

ALLENTOWN- PPL Electric Utilities have restored 99 percent of its customers left without power by Hurricane Sandy by late Sunday night. The extent of the destruction will require some repairs involving a few thousand customers to extend into Monday. It expects to complete restoration work Monday in communities where power outages remain and continues to move workers into those communities as crews complete work elsewhere. Everyone in the WGRC listening area should have had their power restored as the utility deals with only about 5200 outages most of them in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County.
(WGRC)

ORWIGSBURG - One of the last U.S. apparel manufacturers of its kind is losing its shirt. FesslerUSA had survived war and depression, free trade and foreign imports, producing millions of knitted garments. Now the Orwigsburg facility in Schuylkill County will shut down this month, tossing 130 employees out of work and ending a run of nearly 113 years. Owner Walter Meck tells the Assoicated Press,”…weak consumer spending, fresh competition from Asia, and tighter credit standards prevented Fessler from getting a desperately needed loan, and a lack of interest from private investors and potential buyers.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - U.S. Middle District Judge Malcolm Muir and Donald Stabler were remembered Sunday by family members and others as hardworking men of high intellect and upright principles. During a formal dedication of the new Susquehanna Health emergency department in the name of Muir, some recounted how the two were linked throughout their lives. A $3 million donation from the Donald and Dorothy Stabler Foundation has made possible a new and improved ER department at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. As part of the health system's Project 2012 expansion project, the unit can accommodate the hospital's increasing emergency patient load. The emergency department last was updated in 1972. Hospital officials say the new unit provides much better access as well as privacy for patients.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A union representing thousands of faculty members and coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has scheduled a strike authorization vote. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said Friday it has scheduled the vote for November 12, 13 and 14th. President Steve Hicks says chapters will determine the exact place and hours of voting locally. The Associated Press reports, the union says a committee will meet in Harrisburg on November 16th to begin counting ballots and will then announce the results of the vote in the coming days. The move comes amid stalled contract talks. The union represents more than 6,000 faculty and coaches at the universities.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Northumberland County will celebrate its third annual “Adoption Day” on Wednesday. The children will enjoy arts and crafts, snacks and entertainment at 10:00 a.m.in the courthouse. Then, in the afternoon, some of these children will have their adoptions finalized by Judge William Wiest. November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The event is designed to increase the number of families willing to consider foster care, and adoption and celebrate the unique joys of creating families through such adoptions.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport City Council has approved a $998,000 community development budget, with its eye on improving East End Pool at Shaw Place Park. But whether the city has a community pool open next year might depend on whether the city can get enough grant money. Because of budgetary concerns and the high cost to make repairs, the city intends to close Memorial Pool and Brandon Park Pool for good. City engineer John Grado, director of community and economic development, on Friday confirmed the city has $250,000 reserved for the pool and will be requesting another $250,000 in a matching grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE – Friday was a reunion of sorts for some families of the former Hotel Do De in Centre County. The Bellefonte community rallied around the people who were displaced after the massive fire in September. A benefit was held Friday night in Lambert Hall. All the proceeds went to the 21 fire victims. A silent auction consisting of donated items from businesses and locals provided the bulk of the fundraising for the tenants. Many of those displaced by the fire say they are incredibly grateful for everything that has been done for them.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - The burial of the time capsules in honor of the 150th anniversary celebration of the borough of Mount Carmel in Northumberland County is all about community. State Senator John Gordner along with State Representative Kurt Masser and other borough officials buried the time capsules Saturday afternoon at a ceremony in the borough Town Park. The 2012 time capsule holds various books, photographs, pamphlets and business cards from churches, organizations and individuals across the borough. Also included were football statistics from the 2012 season of the Mount Carmel Area Red Tornadoes, several letters from various organizations and other items.
(WGRC)

ASHLAND - Members of American Legion Bernard J. Dolan Post 434, of Ashland, dedicated its new post home Saturday nearly five years after a deadly fire destroyed the original structure. The Legionnaires held the ceremony in front of the new home at Centre and Fifth streets at the mini-park. Despite the chilly weather, the post members were greeted by more than 125 people, who filled all the chairs and stood in the street to watch the event.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Young Pennsylvania students are invited to learn about aviation and express their creativity through the PennDOT Bureau of Aviation's annual art contest. This year's contest theme, "50 Years of American Space Flight," encourages students to learn more about aviation, from airplane development to flights into space. Entries will be judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades. Entries must be postmarked by November 29th. There will be 22 statewide winners, with one winner from each division selected from each of PennDOT’s 11 district offices. For more information, call 717-783-8800.
(WGRC)

ALLENTOWN - As part of its continuing relationship with the communities it serves, PPL Corporation is once again offering grants to teachers to help their students learn more about energy, the environment and resource conservation. Through the competitive “Empowering Educators” grants, teachers can receive up to $2,000 for educational projects that focus on energy issues like renewable energy demonstrations, energy efficiency and the greening of schools. The program focuses on science, technology, engineering and math projects to encourage action in schools. Grant applications must be postmarked or received on or before 4 p.m. November 9th. Grant awards will be announced December 10th.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - In an attempt to monitor the spread of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania's deer population, the State Game Commission has formed a 600-mile, disease-management area in Adams and York Counties. Lycoming County remains outside of any disease management area, despite the fact that the infected deer was born at a farm in Williamsport. That farm and 10 others in the state have been placed under quarantine, as they are all locations where the infected deer, or deer exposed to the infected deer, have visited. Within the disease-management area, hunters have been urged to take any deer harvested between November 26 and December 8th to a state-run check station. There, tissue samples will be removed and tested for the disease, at no charge. One expert said hunters within Lycoming County may wish to get their deer tested as well. "The infected deer was born in Lycoming County, where it lived for about four months. Even though it was more likely infected in Adams County, I cannot rule out the option that it may have been infected in Lycoming," said David Wolfgang, veterinarian at Penn State and a member of the state's CWD task force. Wolfgang said if he were hunting in Lycoming County, particularly near Williamsport, he would want to have his deer tested. Hunters outside the management area who wish to have their deer tested by contacting the state Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Laboratory will be charged a $75 fee.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - In early October, a captive deer in Adams County became the first case of chronic wasting disease confirmed in Pennsylvania. In response, the state Department of Agriculture quarantined 10 other deer on the farm. One of those animals, which had not yet been tested for the illness, managed to escape the quarantine. Experts worry that the animal could spread the illness to the wild deer population, resulting in a potentially devastating impact on the deer hunting industry. According to David Wolfgang, veterinarian at Penn State and a member of the state's CWD Task Force, highly trained sharp shooters employed by the game commission are currently searching for the wayward animal, which is somewhat of an escape artist.
(WGRC)