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November 20, 2012

LEWISBURG - In Union County, Bucknell University will perform a test of its outdoor emergency notification systems at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  During the test, a message will be broadcast over the campus-wide public address system.  University officials said the message will likely be heard by neighbors in residential areas around campus, including both sides of Route 15.
(WGRC)

MILTON – The son of an 80-year-old woman found dead in her home earlier this month has been found dead. Milton Police say around 4:30 Monday afternoon the body of 55-year-old Mark Boyles was found in his car in the parking lot of the Kuhn’s Brothers outlet store on Hepburn Street. Police say the death does not appear suspicious in nature except for the ongoing investigation into the death of 80-year-old Vinnie Boyels. Mark Boyles was questioned in the death of his mother whose body was found November 4th in the home she shared with her son. Police had no evidence at the time that Mark Boyles committed any crime and released him. An autopsy has been ordered by the Northumberland County Coroner’s office.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Security at the Lycoming County Courthouse was tight Monday as Braheem Connelly, the brother of the man who was shot and killed the evening of July 9th at Flanigan Park, pointed out the two men who allegedly did the shooting. Connelly testified Monday during a preliminary hearing before District Judge Allen Page.  Shooting suspects 18-year-old Raymarr Alford, and 22-year-old Qu Mar Moore, were caught by Philadelphia police September 19th after allegedly fleeing the city following the shooting. The two were identified by Connelly as the pair who pulled handguns from their waistbands on the park's basketball court and allegedly fired shots at him and his brother, Kevan Connelly, who died from gunshot wounds to the chest. Connelly said he and his brother got into an argument with Alford, Moore and a few other people on High Street two days before the shooting. He said the disagreement centered around a girl that he and Alford both knew. Both were then held for court and returned to the Lycoming County jail without bail.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Nearly two years after the initial investigation into the death of 1-year-old Aneela Loner, the father stood in front of a Northumberland County judge on Monday and pleaded guilty to two charges. Lopaka Loner made no statement to President Judge Robert Sacavage before he was sentenced to up to 2 years for two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. Aneela Loner died from 20 hours of heat exposure after she was left alone in a small room warmed with an electrical device in October 2010. The child’s mother, father and grandmother were charged with involuntary manslaughter 10 months after an investigation into the death began. Sunbury police arrested mother Heidi Yocum, of Lewisburg, and grandmother Bertha Dreese, of Selinsgrove, in relation to the death. Both are awaiting court dates.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – Twenty-year-old Patrick Dillon the man accused of a DUI crash that paralyzed his girlfriend pleaded guilty Monday in Columbia County Court.     Dillon, of Bloomsburg, pleaded guilty to the most serious charge of aggravated assault while under the influence. Under the plea Dillon will spend time in County jail instead of a state prison. Dillon and his girlfriend had just left a party when they started to argue June 19, 2011, when Dillion crash his vehicle throwing the woman, severing her spine. He would later tell police he didn't remember the crash, including whether or not he had a passenger.
(WGRC)

BEAVER SPRINGS - The suspect in three recent bank robberies, allegedly confessed to committing the crimes to support a $1,000-a-day drug habit. An anonymous tip from a family member led state police to 38-year-old Richard Lockett, of McAlisterville, who was arrested Friday and charged with robbing three banks of more than $20,000 between October 22nd and November 5th. The banks include The First National Bank in Thompsontown, the Juniata Valley Bank in Port Royal, the attempted bank robbery at the Mifflin County Savings Bank in McClure, and the Swineford National Bank in Beaver Springs. Lockett was taken before Juniata County District Judge Barbara Lyter yesterday on three counts of felony robbery; and related counts and jailed on $300,000 bail in the Mifflin County Prison.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Ryan Township's former tax collector changed his mind about admitting his theft of public money, and decided Monday in Schuylkill County Court to go to trial on charges of stealing more than $300,000 in county, township and school district tax receipts. 72-year-old William Wildoner, of Barnesville, now will be tried on three counts each of theft, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition. Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell scheduled Wildoner to be tried during the February 2013 criminal court term. Wildoner, who had pleaded guilty October 17th to three counts of theft, remains free on $40,000 unsecured bail pending further court proceedings.
(WGRC)

MILTON - A Northumberland County trucking company filed notice with the state that its Milton location could close by January, but company officials say they are confident a deal with Ryder will save most if not all of the nearly 65 jobs. The Daily Item reports, a notice was filed stating that Con-Agra Foods is canceling its business contract with Milton Logistics, and as a consequence, Ryder Logistics will take over all Milton facility operations for the logistics company. Milton Logistics is owned by C&S Wholesale Groceries, based in New Hampshire. It is expected that Ryder will “employ virtually all current Milton facility employees.” Sixty-four people work for the company, says Gerry Runyan, general manager of Milton Logistics. “And it will be 64 when Ryder comes in,” assuming all employees meet the qualifications for employment with Ryder, Runyan said.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – It looks like taxes will be going up more than the Northumberland County Commissioner had expected. Commissioner say due to rising health care costs taxes could go up by 2.5 mills or more. Commissioner Vinny Clausi says health care costs are likely to go up as much as $1.8 million. The Commissioner also say 9-1-1 upgrades, pension funding and cost of living adjustments have all contributed to Northumberland County’s spiraling debt. The County’s budget is expected to be voted on December 5th.
(WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - The planned layoff of 23 housekeeping and laundry service employees at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northumberland County came as a shock to many of the workers. A news release from the 271-bed nursing center Monday revealed that declining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements have caused officials to look for new ways to cut expenses without impacting resident care. It's a trend among nursing facilities nationwide, the release states. None of the employees had any idea the center was facing financial difficulty, and there were no discussions with the union to negotiate lower benefit packages. Most of the employees were told during a meeting last Thursday, that they would be losing their jobs.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – With smell of pine wafting through the air, more than 80,000 Christmas tree will be auctioned off today and tomorrow at the annual Buffalo Valley Produce Auction near Mifflinburg. Billed as the world’s largest Christmas tree auction wholesale and retail buyers from across the east coast and mid-west converge on the auction looking for deals on trees, both cut and live, wreaths, garland and swags for holiday decorating at the sale. Auctioneer Neil Courtney who started the sale, laid down the buyers and sellers agreements before the huge auction started this morning just after eight a.m. The annual auction also has an economic impact on the area as the produce auction annually hires on over 100 employees for the week to handle the busy tree sales.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MAHANOY CITY - Blaschak Coal Corporation has temporarily laid off workers at its three mining operations in order to reduce its inventory of coal, with workers to return in early December. Blaschak President/CEO Greg Driscoll said employees will return to work on December 3rd. The three mining operations affected are at Centralia, Primrose (north of Mahanoy City) and Lattimer near Hazleton. Driscoll said the layoffs were because of slower coal sales than expected and an increase in the amount of coal mined and in inventory.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant Unit 2 disconnected Monday from the regional power grid shortly after returning to service because of a hydraulic oil leak on a system that controls the flow of steam into the turbine. Operators manually shut down the reactor and plant systems are responding as designed. Susquehanna employees are investigating the cause of the oil leak. The oil leak is not affecting employee or public safety and is contained within the Turbine Building. Unit 1 is operating safely at full power.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – The Lycoming College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Kent Trachte as the College’s 15th president, effective July 1, 2013. He is dean of the College at Franklin&Marshall College in Lancaster. Trachte succeeds Dr. James E. Douthat, who will retire in June after nearly a quarter-century at the helm of the College. Trachte says, “I am humbled and honored by my selection as the 15th president of Lycoming College and look forward to building upon the leadership of President Douthat and his many accomplishments during the past 24 years.“
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Two Centre County hotels have been recognized for being green. The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn State Conference Centre Hotel won the Pennsylvania Waste Watchers Award. The award sponsored by Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania is given to businesses and schools that go above and beyond in their commitment to recycling and waste reduction. The hotels try to use as much local produce in their kitchens as possible and recycle more than 250 pounds of organic water every year.
(WGRC)

MCALISTERVILLE – Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at the Juniata Mennonite School in McAlisterville Monday made blankets to be shipped with Operation Blessing to aid Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey. Deamer Trucking is taking a number of items like the blankets to New Jersey in December. South Juniata Baptist Church donated the kits for the blankets which had originally been used for a vacation Bible school program. A total of 60 blankets were made, 28 of which were made by Juniata Mennonite School students for this particular Thanksgiving project. Additional donations such as clothing, bedding, household goods can be dropped off at the Old Hit and Run in East Waterford.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - Parishioners and volunteers from area churches did their part Sunday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, on South Broad Street in Jersey Shore, to help feed the hungry in Lycoming County and beyond. Children and adults alike worked in shifts of about 50 at a time throughout the afternoon to prepare 20,000 macaroni and cheese meals that will be distributed to local food banks in Williamsport, Mill Hall and Jersey Shore. One out of every six people in America goes hungry, said the Rev. Matthew Martin, a regional director at Kids Care, an Iowa-based relief program that helps people get food, water, medical care and education. The number of hungry includes 2 million in Pennsylvania - 16,000 of which live in Lycoming County. Of those, 5,000 are children. About 25 area churches from Jersey Shore, Antes Fort, Quiggleville, Sugar Valley and Montgomery sent volunteers to help package meals.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE – In Lycoming County, the Nippenose Elementary students of bus 231 hosted their third annual Thanksgiving food drive this week. School bus driver, Skip Ferrara, started the activity three years ago as a way to involve young children in giving back to their community. Parent Teacher Organization President, Amy Liddick, assisted Ferrara in the program's preparations as they invited the entire student body to participate by donating non-perishable food items. Ferrara says, "Back in September the kids started asking if we were going to do this again this year, they couldn't wait to get started; they look forward to it.” The bus was stuffed with 75 bags of groceries and all was taken to the Love Center in Jersey Shore again this year. Last year the Love Center served over 600 meals on Thanksgiving Day.
(WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - Because of a greater-than-usual need, the Salvation Army will conduct an area-wide collection for "specific" food items this year to help local families enjoy a Christmas dinner. Brian Persing and Chris Venna, board members for the Coal Township chapter and project coordinators, said more than 600 needy families with more than 2,000 children from throughout the Shamokin, Mount Carmel and surrounding areas have requested assistance with food and toys. That's what prompted the idea for the special drive. Specific items needed are instant potatoes, boxed stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, gravy, cake mixes and frosting, hams, turkeys, chickens, pasta and sauce. The drive starts Monday and will continue through December 10th. Drop-off locations are Shamokin Police station, Rob's Good Time Grille, James Pizza, Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Northwestern Academy ,Lincoln Towers High Rise and Coal Township High Rise. Monetary donations are also being accepted and can be sent to the Salvation Army, 1300 West Spruce Street, Coal Township 17866.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to ring the Christmas bells at are businesses and retailers starting November 23th through December 24th. Church groups, families, organizations and businesses can help us make a brighter Christmas for area children, families and adults who are unable to provide for themselves or their family due to loss of a job, illness, or other crisis.  Your group can take a day 10am- 8pm, half day or 2 hour shifts.  Benefits include the blessing of making a difference in the life of the less fortunate, knowing that you have brightened a child’s life on Christmas morning, or bringing joy to the elderly. For more information or to schedule your time please call The Salvation Army 748-2951. All monies raised stay in our community to provide Christmas for over 300 families and assist the needy throughout the winter months.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - For sixteen hours, the end of the parking lot of Alexander Toyota, in Selinsgrove will become the new home for the youth of Wesley United Methodist Church as they sleep out in cardboard boxes. Each year the event is designed to raise money for those who are homeless. The event also allows teens to experience for a few hours what it might be like to have no home or place to celebrate the holidays. The youth and their leaders, as well as other church volunteers, will be collecting donations and food items from passing motorists.  This is the 11th annual Thanksgiving Eve sleep out and last year’s event raised nearly $6,000.  The youth of Wesley United Methodist Church will be in Alexander Toyota’s parking lot from 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21st until 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd.  
(WGRC)

MILTON – It doesn’t get much easier if you’re looking to give someone a personable gift with good taste this Christmas. The Central PA Chamber of Commerce’s Business&Education Association is holding a holiday fundraiser to help continue programs supporting area students. Fun Pasta Fundraising is going on now, just in time for the gift-giving season! The pasta shapes and recipes are bountiful, nutritious and reasonably priced. There is pasta for the upcoming season, future holidays, colligate teams, hobbies, lifestyles, themes and more. There are gift sets, pasta meals, soup and chili, gluten-free varieties, nests and meringues for dessert! For more information visit funpastafundraising.com/shop/central-pa-chamber-of-commerce-business--education-association, order pasta for a gift, yourself or for an upcoming party and proceeds with benefit the Chamber’s Business & Education programs.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Folks in State College flocked to Penn State's Poultry Research Center on Penn State Campus to snatch up the perfect Thanksgiving turkey Monday. For the past 12 weeks, members of the Penn State Poultry Science Club raised nearly 1,100 turkeys to find new ways to grow the birds without any use of antibiotics. 450 of the turkeys were sold out in just two hours Monday, the fastest they have ever sold. Proceeds from the turkey sales will go toward the Poultry Science Club to help students fund a trip to Poultry Science headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and for future research.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Closing the door on conventional fueling. Some Centre County groups say natural gas is the way to go when it comes to filling up your tank. Some of those so-called pioneers met Monday night in State College to talk about the benefits of natural gas. Many local municipalities, like Patton Township, have already made the switch in their work cars. And they aren't alone, one of the most notable vehicles on the road here in Centre County, CATA buses, are also run by natural gas. But big business isn't the only one switching over from conventional fuel. Some individuals are joining the movement too. Ken Sagan of Bellefonte has two pick-up trucks--both fueled by natural gas. He even set-up his own fueling station in his home. Sagan says his gas bill is four to five times cheaper than it was with gasoline. Sagan, says, their natural gas bill is “…running about 30 dollars a month.”
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters started the 2012 black bear season by taking a preliminary harvest of 1,530 black bears in 51 counties on Saturday, November 17, the first day of the four-day statewide bear season. Archery and other early bear season harvest data still is being entered into the Game Commission’s database, and is not available at this time. The 2012 first-day preliminary harvest compares with 1,936 in 2011, which is when hunters harvested a season record of 4,350 bears.  
(WGRC)