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November 12, 2012

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett today ceremonially signed seven pieces of legislation that will benefit Pennsylvania's military veterans and Pennsylvania National Guard. The ceremony was held this morning, nationally observed as Veterans Day, at the Pennsylvania National Guard's Keystone Conference Center at Fort Indiantown Gap.  Joining Corbett at the signing today were members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, including The Adjutant General Major General Wesley Craig, as well as representatives of several veterans' groups, lawmakers, state and local leaders. 
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Many places along the East Coast are struggling to clean up and return to life as normal in the wake of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. With its mission in mind, “to extend God’s healing love by improving the health of those we serve,” Susquehanna Health is collecting non-perishable items today through Friday, November 16th, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center tower entrance.  Non-perishable items such as laundry detergent, bath soap, tissues, toothpaste, contractor bags, toothbrushes, shampoo, foam cups and bowls, paper plates, plastic cutlery, snacks, dry goods, baby wipes and diapers are in greatest need. On Friday, a tractor trailer will be onsite to transport these items to Mendham, NJ.
(WGRC)

ALLENTOWN - PPL Electric Utilities reports an increasing number of its customers have now chosen to receive their power from alternate suppliers.  Through October, electric generation suppliers provided more than 81 percent of all electricity delivered by PPL, and more than 605,000 customers have chosen a supplier in the competitive market in Pennsylvania. That’s more than 43 percent of PPL Electric Utilities’ 1.4 million customers, including even greater shares of small businesses and virtually all large commercial and industrial accounts.  PPL makes no money on the generation portion of its customers’ bills. Instead, it buys power from many different suppliers for customers who don’t choose their own. Customer payments for that generation are passed by the utility directly to those suppliers.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – A subsidence closes a road in a Schuylkill County city this morning.  The wheel of a Kreitzer Santiation trash truck fell into a subsidence this morning in front of the Necho Allen building on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville closing a portion of the road.  Dan Kelly, superintendent of streets for Pottsville, said a stone arch collapsed around 7:45 a.m.  Barricades are put up from the Schuylkill VISION headquarters to the light at Centre street on the road.  Kelly tells the Republican Herald,  that area of the  road might be closed to the end of the week.  A contractor will fix the hole which is 8-feet deep, and 12- to 15-feet in length.  Barricades and metal plates cover the area.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINTOWN – Several residents of a personal care home in Juniata County were evacuated early this morning when fire broke out in a section of the facility. Crews were called out Just before four this morning to Berry’s Personal Care Center at 68 Lexi Street in Mifflintown. Reports say fire started in a dryer in a laundry room of Unit Tow of the facility filling the room with smoke. Residents in that unit were evacuated for their safety. No word at this time on how much damage the fire caused.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LLEWELLYN - A late Sunday night fire destroyed a building along Route 209 in the village of Llewellyn. We’ve learned that the call came in after 11pm that heavy smoke and fire were reported at the former China Inn on Bunting Street.  Firefighters from the Minersville area and other communities battled the fire for several hours.  
(WPPA)

ROHRSBURG - Fire leveled a garage and then spread to a house Sunday, in Columbia County, leaving a family of three homeless. Anne Nemchick said her husband, Chris, and their 3-year-old son had just left to go grocery shopping about 1:30 p.m. when she heard a crackling noise outside. She said she saw the garage near the house at 703 Zaners Rohrsburg Road was on fire, so she called 9-1-1 before scrambling to save what she could from her home. They watched as firefighters cut holes in the roof and tore through the second-story ceiling to reach fire in the attic. Millville Fire Chief Rob Bower said a State Police Fire Marshal was called in to see if a cause could be determined. The garage was reduced to a pile of smoldering rubble which also housed a riding lawn mower and Mr. Nemchick’s tools for his painting business.
(WGRC)

MILTON – Interstate 80 in Northumberland County is free flowing this morning following a crash involving two trucks last evening. The crash was reported just after six p.m. on the interstate’s eastbound lanes in Turbot Township. Police say a rig was stopped for traffic due to another crash and the backlog of traffic it caused. That’s when another rig slammed into the rear of the first rig. It took crews about an hour to free 43-year-old John Bisel of Waterford Michigan who police say suffered non-life threatening injuries. The Interstate was eventually cleared of the wreck just before ten last night.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BARBOURS - A 17-year-old Montoursville Area High School student was killed Saturday afternoon when he lost control of an SUV that crashed on Route 87 in Plunketts Creek Township. The crash happened around one p.m. Police say Samuel Snell was going to fast while rounding a curve in the roadway and went off the road slamming into a retaining wall and then went airborne and hitting a tree with its driver's side about 10 to 12 feet above the ground before landing on its roof. Snell died at the scene.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG - Two people were taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Union County Saturday night. The crash happened just after eleven p.m. on Baker Hollow road in Buffalo Township. Police say 19-year-old Cheyenne Moll of Mifflinburg lost control her vehicle on a curve. The vehicle went off the road and struck a farm tractor pushing it into a barn. Both Moll and her passenger 19-year-old Hesley Griffis of Florida had to be cut free of the wreckage. Griffis was flown to Geisinger where she remains in critical condition. Moll was taken there by ambulance and was released from Geisinger last night.
 Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE – A Williamsport man remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center after a crash on Interstate 80 Saturday afternoon. The crash happened just after four p.m. in Montour County. Police say 49-year-old Jerome Green went off the road overturning his vehicle several times. Police say his passenger, 25-year-old Khalil Bell of Newark, New Jersey suffered moderate injuries. Green remains in serious condition at Geisinger while Bell was released Saturday night.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – Police say one person suffered major injuries in a crash Saturday morning in Schuylkill County. The crash happened on Route 183 in Wayne Township just before ten a.m. Police say 53-year-old Michael Aimone suffered major injuries in the crash. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Anita Kozlowski of Ringtown. Police say Kozlowski suffered minor injuries in the crash when Kozlowski lost control of her vehicle on the wet roadway causing the vehicle to rollover numerous times across the roadway onto a hilly embankment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WATERVILLE - A 42-year-old man was arrested Friday on assault and drunk-driving-related charges that stem from crash in July in which a passenger suffered "traumatic brain injuries." State Troopers arrested Dustin Hoffman, of Waterville who had a blood-alcohol level of three times the legal limit when his pickup truck overturned several times in a field on Little Pine Creek Road, in Cummings Township. As the truck rolled, both Hoffman and passenger Joshua Laubscher were thrown from the vehicle. Laubscher suffered traumatic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, and multiple fractures. Hoffman faces aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence of intoxicants, and related charges and is free on bail.
(WGRC)

MILROY – A Milroy woman is jailed in the Mifflin County Prison on felony trespass and simple assault charges. Police say 41-year-old Amy Jo Bubb showed up at her former boyfriend home and assaulted him. That took place around 1:30 Saturday morning at the boyfriend’s home along Manor Drive in Milroy.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LAMAR – A business was broken into late Thursday night or early Friday morning in Clinton County. State Police say the Cottage Restaurant in Porter Township was broken into. Police say the bandits forced their way into the restaurant and took an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call state police, Lamar.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Police in Lycoming County are looking for the bandits that burglarized a cigarette store in Old Lycoming Township. That happened just before three a.m. Saturday at the Cigarette Outlet located along Lycoming Creek Road. Police say someone smashed a window to get inside. Once inside the bandits took the cash register containing a small amount of cash and cigarettes. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call Old Lycoming Township Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - An intense police manhunt took place Friday afternoon for a fugitive who was believed to be hiding in woods near Colvin and Deckman Hollow roads in Old Lycoming Township. Police are looking for 18-year-old Gage Wood, of Williamsport. Numerous police officers, along with a state police helicopter, searched for Wood. It is believed Wood and an accomplice broke into a home near the end of Deckman Hollow Road sometime Friday afternoon. Firearms were taken in the burglary. Police have recovered some of them. An abandoned motorcycle also was recovered in the woods, not far from the scene of the burglary. While Wood remained at large, police took one man into custody, but his identity was not released. That suspect is jailed on a probation violation. Police have an arrest warrant for Wood, charging him with felony drug offenses.
(WGRC)

NUMEDIA - The father of 20-month-old quadruplets abducted his 7-year-old daughter in a drunken rage November 6th after breaking into his own home. 26-year-old Joseph Sharkuski, is accused of using his car to push his wife Heather Sharkuski to the ground as she tried to block him from leaving their Mill Road house near Numedia. Police caught up to him soon after, driving in the middle of Duke Road with the young girl unrestrained in the passenger seat. Police say Mr. Sharkuski says he wanted to take his daughter to see her grandfather, which started a heated argument between the couple. The woman threw her husband to the ground and locked him out of the house because she said he was drunk. Joseph Sharkuski is in Columbia County Prison where he faces endangerment, assault and dui charges.
(WGRC)

FRACKVILLE - A group of forensic anthropology students from Erie spent Saturday morning lending their support to an effort to bring the case of a missing Gordon man to an end. The 12-plus graduate students from Mercyhurst College joined members of the Schuylkill County Coroner's Office and state police to systematically search a wooded area of Blythe Township looking for remains of 33-year-old Kevin Lucas who was last seen on March 7, 2011. The more than four hours of searching, however, yielded no new evidence. On November 2, 2011, a human tibia was found on a ridge on State Game Lands 326, to the east of Route 61 and across Route 61 from where Lucas' vehicle was found on March 18, 2011. The bone was discovered by a person walking his dog in the area. Cuttitta said that bone was sent to the University of North Texas and tested for DNA and proved to be that of Lucas. It is still unknown how Lucas died as no other remains have yet been found. The Schuylkill County Coroner's office is also considering toxicology tests on the tibia leading to a better insight or cause of the man's death.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today for two former Penn State administrators facing additional criminal charges in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Tim Curley and Gary Schultz face additional charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, and conspiracy. Both men were each released on additional $50,000 unsecured bail. The preliminary hearings have been set for today in Harrisburg. Schultz and Curley each already faced charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – Geisinger Medical Center in Danville will be holding a Veteran’s Day Flag Raising ceremony today. The ceremony with be held at eleven a.m. The public is invited to come as local dignitaries and community leaders hold the celebration honoring Veterans. Following comments from hospital and community representatives, a color guard will present the nation’s colors in honor of past and present military and raise the stars and stripes high above the hospital.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport City Council members indicated they will keep open minds as they review Mayor Gabriel Campana's proposal to operate a reduced-staff fire department, supplemented by volunteers. They also indicated public safety must remain at the forefront. Campana said he wants to give council time to discuss the prospect of a referendum question. Firefighters whose jobs are eliminated would be replaced by volunteers who are given pay for responses and training. Councilman N. Clifford Smith, chairman of the city public safety committee, said whatever is done needs to be thoroughly reviewed and done without bias. Smith says with the costs of city pension and health care benefits driving tax increases each year, this has become a constant complaint among city residents.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - In Northumberland County, one of Mount Carmel Borough's biggest problems is landlords' failure to obtain license and occupancy permits. According to borough officials, that is about to change. Mount Carmel Mayor J. Kevin Jones and Robin Williams, code enforcement officer, said the borough plans to crack down on landlords who don't follow the rules. Williams hopes tenants will come forward with any problems they are having with renters. Mount Carmel Borough passed an ordinance in 2008 requiring a landlord to get a license. The fee for a license is $100, whether the landlord rents out one unit or 30, but there is also a fee for inspections, which is required to obtain the license. The license also requires landlords to purchase fire insurance, but Jones says some landlords purchase policies and then cancel them after three months, just to stay legal. Williams says "We are not trying to come down on the landlords, that's not what this is about, we want to give residents who rent in Mount Carmel Borough safe places to live."
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - Richard Allan, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural resources was wowed after his first visit to the proposed Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area. Allan toured the site Friday in Northumberland County. Allan was quoted as saying,"I've never done anything like this before and it was very exciting. I can see why it's going to be a draw for people to enjoy. This is a tourist destination." Allan was in the area with state Sen. John Gordner and Rep. Kurt Masser. Allan said he is impressed with the way that Northumberland County has planned out the Outdoor Adventure Area, an off-road and recreational park being developed on 6,500 acres of county-owned forest and coal lands in Coal, East Cameron, Mount Carmel, West Cameron and Zerbe townships. Citing the example of Rock Run Recreational Area in Clearfield and Cambria counties, Allan feels that just such a park can succeed in Northumberland County. The secretary acknowledged there has been opposition to the park. Many complaints involve those who have ridden on the land for free for decades, and will now have to pay for access. Others are concerned about hunting being restricted. He declined to comment about accusations that trails have been cut illegally, or about the issue of hunting on the land. He said those matters are for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Allan laughed and said "no comment" when asked if there was another "Christmas surprise" on the way for the park, after Northumberland County received $1.5 million in grant money from DCNR in December 2011.
(WGRC)

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - In Schuylkill County, Schuylkill Haven officials said the water in the borough is safe to drink despite reports of it having a strange taste and odor. On Friday some reported of taste and odor in the drinking water. Meanwhile borough officials say the water is safe. According to the borough's website, www.schuylkillhaven.org, the water is thoroughly tested and cleaned to meet Department of Environmental Protection regulations and is distributed to the residents of Schuylkill Haven, Cressona and North Manheim Township. Borough Mayor Mike Devlin said his understanding of the situation is that excess runoff from superstorm Sandy got into the system, resulting in a different taste and odor for the water. However, he said the borough tests the water regularly and the quality is fine and does not require boiling. Delvin says "It's just a matter of time before it works itself out of the system."
(WGRC)

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — In State College residents of the Hilltop Mobile Home Park  are looking into a community cooperative where residents could form a cooperative and, with financing, purchase the park themselves. Such an agreement has never been made in Pennsylvania, but Hilltop resident Matt Rooke researched the idea and has been rounding up support. Residents hope to gain support from the greater township community and beyond, ahead of the Township Council meeting. At that meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building, 1481 E. College Ave., Indiana-based developer Trinitas Ventures will request that the township rezone the Hilltop land to allow multifamily residential uses. Trinitas builds and manages commercial and student housing properties. Currently, the Hilltop site is zoned only for use by a mobile home park. And residents want to keep it that way. Residents of the mobile home park are looking to partner with PathStone Corporation, a Rochester, N.Y.-based nonprofit, which provides community development services, including manufactured home cooperatives. The group gives residents technical assistance and training to help them buy their parks, signing agreements to do so for 10 years for, on average, 2.5 to 4 percent of the purchase price as a fee.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG — Rehab on a Union County railroad is getting a boost thanks to an over $87,000 state investment. The Lewisburg and Buffalo Creek Railroad joins 23 rail projects across the state that will share $18.6 million in rail infrastructure upgrades. The $87,880 will rehabilitate the railroad’s Buffalo Creek Bridge and St. George Street overpass in Lewisburg.
(WGRC)

VALLEY VIEW - The possibility of erecting windmills in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County has surfaced again. Township zoning officer Allan Swab said during a recent supervisors meeting BP Wind Energy is applying for permits to erect windmills during the first quarter of next year. A variance hearing is being planned for the near future on applications from the firm's Massachusetts office. Township officials say they are also facing public outcry from residents that don’t want windmills in the township.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The celebration may have confused some of the people driving through the Williamsport Regional Airport parking lot, but for one local school counselor, it showed the support of her family and friends, plus teachers, parents and students who she has positively affected. Alice Weiler, a counselor at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, knew something was suspicious when she found out a Montoursville fire truck would take her to the airport so she could fly to Washington, D.C., Sunday afternoon, instead of having to drive herself. Weiler is a finalist for the 2013 School Counselor of the Year. She first was nominated as the Pennsylvania Elementary School Counselor of the Year because of her dedication to her students and staff, but also for her help during last year's flooding. School principal Darrin Feerrar says after the flooding, she was one of the first on the scene to help people get over their fears from the aftermath. The 2013 School Counselor of the Year winner will be announced February 1st.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Evangelical Community Hospital will be hosting the 25th Annual Lights of Love Ceremony on Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm in the Hospital’s Dining Room, with entertainment by the Buffalo Valley Singers, and concluding with the lighting of the Lights of Love tree outside of the main entrance. The event is being sponsored this year by A+ Office Outlet, Mifflinburg. Lights of Love offers an opportunity to honor and remember family, friends and loved ones by placing a light on a holiday tree which will continue to shine throughout the month of December. Each honoree will be inscribed in a special book located in the Jay P. Mathias Lobby of the Hospital and a card will be sent to honorees or their families telling them of the special gift. All proceeds benefit Evangelical Hospice, a service that provides care and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Monetary donations will be accepted until December 31. To make a monetary gift to support Evangelical Hospice through the 25th Annual Lights of Love Event and to place a light on the living tree, visit evanhospital.com to print off a donation form.  
(WGRC)

SOUTH RENOVO - Western Clinton County residents are 35 minutes from the closest movie theatre, more than an hour from the closest mall and about 25 minutes away from anything resembling a cell phone signal. But thanks to the newest technology at Bucktail Medical Center in Renovo, those living in these remote parts are now only minutes away from the world's best burn doctors. Bucktail Medical Center is excited to announce the arrival of their new "Tele-Burn" system. Tele-Burn is a technological advanced system that allows remote Emergency Rooms to take pictures and video of burn patients, send these images to Lehigh Valley Regional Burn Center, have them examined by the country's best burn physicians and be in contact with that physician within minutes. Evaluations are done, orders are received and consultations can take place. Tele-Burn is a local service provided in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Health network that allows caregivers at remote hospitals to interact with Lehigh's Regional Burn Center specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State Athletics is teaming with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to conduct a canned food drive the week of the Indiana football game. Centre County residents, Penn State students, staff and fans are encouraged to “Stuff a Blue Bus,” starting today, and throughout the week leading up to the November 17th home game with the Hoosiers. A Penn State blue bus, similar to the ones that transport Coach Bill O’Brien’s team to Beaver Stadium on gameday, will be parked in front of the Bryce Jordan Center from November 12th-16th to accept canned goods. The goal of “Stuff a Blue Bus” is to collect enough cans to fill the bus. Approximately 1.2 million Pennsylvanians are at risk of going hungry. “Stuff a Blue Bus” is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Weis Markets, PepsiCo, Penn State Athletics and the Nittany Lion football coaches’ wives.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Hunters using bows or crossbows get the first shot at a bear this year, as archery season begins today and runs through Friday. Rifle season starts next Saturday, breaks for Sunday that weekend and resumes November 19 to 21. In addition, the state Game Commission has established extended hunting seasons for certain wildlife management units. Last year was a record season in Pennsylvania for bear hunters, who took 4,350 bruins in 54 of the state's 67 counties. The second-highest harvest was in 2005, when 4,164 bears were taken. Game Commission officials say the woods are full of food for bears this fall, and the hunting outlook for the north-central region is looking good.
(WGRC)