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I drive one hour each way back and forth for work Monday through Friday&sometimes on the weekend. WGRC is always on the radio when I am in the car. The uplifting music and Christian programs are treasured opportunities for me to worship God and help me stay centered throughout the day. A few years ago, my son was killed in a motorcycle accident. I took a week off from work but then had to go back. It was all I could do to keep myself together during the months after his death and the hour drive each way for work was unbearable at times. I always kept WGRC on the radio and would focus on the message in the music&the scriptures that were shared which many times felt like they were directed at me at the time I needed it most. I know this was God’s way of holding me in the palms of his hands to assure me that he was with me. It was a very painful time but I felt His presence and gradually a peace that those without faith in God could never understand. (Williamsport)

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November 21, 2012

NORTHUMBERLAND – Crews from Northumberland and Montour Counties were called out this morning to fight a house fire. The fire was reported right around 4:30 a.m. at 1315 Water Street in Point Township. Reports were that there was fire in the wall of the structure.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LIME RIDGE – A Bloomsburg man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center after he suffered a seizure, his van went off Old Berwick Road near Lime Ridge, hit a utility pole, a tree, and car before slamming into a house. Julie Ezzyk and her two kids were sitting at the kitchen table doing homework Tuesday afternoon when a sudden thump shook her mother’s house. She and her son ran outside to find 48-year-old Nelson Costa convulsing at the wheel of his minivan. Costa was taken to Geisinger Medical Center. The house owned by Seri Briggs was not badly damaged however her Lincoln was. Costa remains in fair condition at the hospital.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - Shamokin Police Chief Edward Griffiths confirmed late Tuesday night that Scott Binsack has been arrested. U.S. marshals apprehended Binsack Tuesday night near Bath, New York. Binsack was wanted for a parole violation by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and had been on the run from authorities since late October, all while taunting law enforcement and city officials.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A Selinsgrove man who led police on a high speed chase through East Buffalo and Lewisburg Borough last Thursday faces felony fleeing police charges among other violations. Police in Mifflinburg first spotted 44-year-old Michael Mullany on a motorcycle heading east on Route 45. Mifflinburg Police alerted Buffalo Valley regional Police who spotted the cycle on Route 45 in East Buffalo Township and attempted to stop him at the Route 15 intersection. While several vehicle pulled over for the police vehicle Mullany didn’t and actually struck two vehicles while fleeing into Lewisburg, failing to stop at several stop signs. He was finally captured when he lost control of the motorcycle at the intersection of North Water Street and Market Street at which time he fled on foot and was tackled by police. He was taken to the Milton State Police barracks where he tested over the legal limit for alcohol. Police say Mullany also was driving while his driver’s license was suspended.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A Lewisburg man has been charged with two counts of felony theft by deception when he opened up a checking account at the West Milton State Bank on a check that was made out from a closed checking account. Police have charged 26-year-old Alex Rice for writing out a check on the closed account from Bank of America in the amount of $4800. He opened a new account at the West Milton State Bank in Lewisburg on November ninth and then the next day went to the West Milton State Bank in Mifflinburg and withdrew $4500 from the account. Court papers say Rice deceived the banks to get money to feed his gambling addiction.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG — A Milton resident living in Georgia was charged Friday in Union County for her alleged role in a nearly two-year-old robbery that netted about $100,000 in cash and valuables. 28-year-old Leann Guisewite appeared before District Judge Leo Armbruster on three counts of felony burglary, and related counts. Guisewite is the third person charged in the December 2010 break-in at the home of Terry Gonzales on Creek Road in White Deer Township. About two days after the burglary was discovered, Brant Zeiber, of Milton, and Jeffrey Adams, of Shamokin, were arrested after they had shot a gun into an occupied home on Myrtle Street in Milton, the home where Guisewhite lived. Police found six more guns and other items in Guisewhite’s home that were stolen from the Gonzales property. Through their investigation, police learned that Guisewite and her husband Christopher Surber had also taken part in the burglary.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - After allegedly committing three armed robberies in the region during a six-day period last month, admitted heroin addict Jess Keck slipped up during his fourth robbery by leaving his cellphone at the crime scene. Jailed since October 15th when he was charged with robbing the Uni-Mart at 1944 West Fourth Street in Williamsport, Keck, of Wellsboro, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of committing the other holdups. Keck is also accused of robbing the Nittany Mini Mart on East Third Street, the Cigarettes Outlet on Lycoming Creek Road, the Uni-Mart in Newberry, and the Cigarettes Outlet on East Third Street in Williamsport. When Keck robbed the Cigarettes Outlet on East Thuird Street he left his cellphone behind leading police to his arrest. Heck remains in the Lycoming County Jail on $750,000 bail.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A 21-year-old man convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a young man in Lemont was back in Centre County court Tuesday. Tyler Marlatt pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug charges and was sentenced to serve two years and seven months to five years in prison. The sentence will run concurrent to his life sentence in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Tyler Struble in January. A Centre County jury found Marlatt guilty of second- and third- degree murder, robbery and other charges at trial earlier this month. The second-degree murder charge carried a mandatory life sentence. His girlfriend, Fatima Ghoul, previously pleaded guilty to robbery and drug charges in relation to the stabbing incident and is awaiting her sentencing.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A 37-year-old Lewistown man was arrested and charged with raping a child repeatedly over a number of years. Gregory Trutt Jr., has been charged with multiple counts in the abuse of the now 12-year-old girl for a period of more than six years. Trutt remains jailed in the Mifflin County Prison Facility on $300,000 bail.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - An Orwigsburg man will likely spend the rest of his life behind state prison bars after admitting Tuesday in Schuylkill County Court that he sexually assaulted a boy six times over five years. The Republican Herald reports, 41-year-old David Noll, who is in a state prison for a similar incident, pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes accepted Noll's plea but did not immediately sentence him, instead ordering the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to prepare an evaluation of the defendant to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator. He said he would schedule the sentencing after the board finished its evaluation, which is required under state law.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - In order to save money, Northumberland County commissioners will no longer use state constables to transport inmates to and from arraignments and hearings. On a split vote Tuesday, the commissioners placed the responsibility of paying constable fees and transporting prisoners on the municipalities that arrest them. Voting in favor of the move were Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy. Commissioner Richard Shoch opposed the motion, claiming shifting the fees and transportation responsibility to already financial-strapped municipalities will end up costing taxpayers more money. The change takes effect January 1st. Commissioner Clausi said only four of the 67 counties in the state use constables for transporting prisoners, a move he claims will save the county $150,000.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi, who is undergoing surgery today, has relinquished his chairmanship duties to vice chairman Stephen Bridy until he recuperates. Clausi is expected to be laid up for three to five days and will then resume his duties only by phone for a period of six to eight weeks. Clausi said he did not want to offer any specifics on the operation.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Three Lycoming County municipalities and one in Union County looking to introduce or upgrade recreation offerings will receive a share of Community Conservation Partnership Program grant funding. Williamsport's $250,000 grant allotment will be used to rehabilitate Shaw Park Place and the community pool while Jersey Shore is to receive $205,000 toward development of a Susquehanna River boat launch. Loyalsock Township will receive over $18,000 for a greenway study related to extension of the Susquehanna Bikeway. And the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority will receive $10,000  to hire a peer consultant to update an existing multi-municipal agreement, evaluate the current organizational structure, management/staffing operations, revenue generation and provide recommendations for improvement. The grants, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are part of the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, and were announced yesterday by Senator Eugene Yaw.
(WGRC)

SPRING MILLS - The Juniata Valley Boy Scouts of America have been awarded a $250,000 state grant to make improvements to the Seven Mountains Scout Camp.             The grant was provided through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnership Program. Syaye Senator Jake Corman announced the funds today and says the grant will be used for the construction of a comfort station/shower house building, installation of utilities, landscaping and other related site improvements. The facility will also be made handicapped-accessible.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Downtown Lewistown Incorporated is in the process of transitioning into a new program through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The board is optimistic about the partnership with the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation and the cooperative economic development strategy under what will be known as the Improvement Corporation of Mifflin County. Downtown Lewistown Incorporated is looking to be the "poster child" for the new Keystone Communities program, which replaces Elm Street and Main Street funding revenue for revitalization projects. If awarded Keystone Communities status, significant revenue would be available to continue with revitalization projects, more than was available under the Elm Street program. In past discussions among board members, the consensus seems to be leaning toward a more regional approach for Keystone Communities designation, essentially looking at development opportunities throughout the county. As the board sets out to refocus their efforts and gain Keystone Communities status, they are also continuing with the continued development of ongoing projects.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Bucknell University will be testing their outdoor emergency notification systems today and those living near the campus may hear the address. University officials said the message will likely be heard around 9 a.m. by neighbors in residential areas around the campus, including on both sides of Route 15. During the test, a message will be broadcast over the campus-wide public address system. It is only a test.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Northumberland County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to close three of 12 senior action centers. Patricia Rumberger, Area Agency on Aging administrator addressed the Commissioners and with a heavy heart asked that centers in Elysburg, Dewart and Riverside be closed by January 31st. Rumberger says “This is pure fiscal,” and that center members are not showing up.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Renovations will begin mid-December at The Family Place, Evangelical Community Hospital’s obstetrics unit here in Lewisburg. The Family Place renovations will include upgrades to patient rooms, the nursery, labor and delivery suite, family waiting room, as well as throughout the common areas. The 14 post-partum and four labor and delivery rooms at The Family Place are slated to undergo a facelift that will be completed in nine phases so as not to interrupt the family-centered care environment of the unit or anticipated deliveries. A redesign of one labor and delivery room and two post-partum rooms for patients with special needs is in the works. This renovation will ensure the Hospital’s continued compliance with the American Disabilities Act and that patients needing these types of rooms will have everything they need to have an exceptional birth experience. Hospital officials say the renovations come at a time when The Family Place has seen a noted increase in mothers seeing the unit as a premiere choice for their birthing experience. In July of 2012, the unit saw a record number of births welcoming 113 “Evan babies” in one month – the most since August 1984. On average The Family Place delivers and cares for 1,000 babies each year.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - A better, stronger rail bridge that crosses Loyalsock Creek and serves industries along the Lycoming Valley Railroad near Montoursville and Muncy will be in place by the end of next year. That's the message the SEDA-Council of Government's Joint Rail Authority's board of directors told a group Tuesday evening at a meeting held at the Montoursville Borough Council offices. A new $14 million rail bridge connecting the borough and Loyalsock Township will take the place of a 1927 span that was devastated during Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. Since then, rail traffic has been rerouted on neighboring Norfolk Southern lines to continue serving customers at a price of nearly $30,000 a month. Rail authority and county planning officials discussed details for the new structure and, at the same time, reaffirmed the state's interest in completing a flood protection system for Montoursville. Mark Murawski, county transportation planner, says the borough is on a waiting list but should receive notification early next year from the state Department of Environmental Protection that a levee system will be constructed in 2015 or 2016. For more than 15 years, county and local officials have looked at ways to protect Montoursville from floods while creating a direct access road to the Williamsport Regional Airport and replacing the aging rail bridge.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The American Red Cross is looking to make the upcoming holidays better for veterans, deployed military and their families. A Holiday Mail for Heroes program is underway in which residents can walk into area banks and select blank holiday cards, write a message of gratitude or good wishes for the holidays and then drop them into a collection box. The cards will be sorted and distributed to veterans in hospitals and nursing homes and well as being sent to deployed military personnel and their families. The boxes are located at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, as well as Jersey Shore State Bank, Woodlands Bank, First National Bank, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, First Citizens Community Bank, West Milton State Bank and Northumberland National Bank locations.
(WGRC)

MILESBURG - After last year’s successful debut, Milesburg Hometown Christmas returns November 24th with a day of crafts, music, food, hot chocolate and good cheer all around. Running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will include Bald Eagle Area High School’s annual holiday craft show. At the school in Wingate, Boy Scouts from Milesburg’s Troop 45 will hand out candy canes and festival maps. Down the street, Eagle Valley Personal Care Home will offer craft vendors and, for $8 each, chicken barbecue dinners. Meal proceeds will support the Hope Fund of Penns Valley, a Christian charity. Visitors entering downtown Milesburg will encounter the Red Hats, the Near Haven gospel group and the BEA brass band serenading the town with carols. Since it’s the start of the season for giving, donation jars and boxes for canned goods will be scattered throughout town in support of the Milesburg Food Pantry at the Milesburg Presbyterian Church.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG -A Renovo man bagged the third-largest bear of the year on Saturday in Noyes Township, as Lycoming and Clinton counties continue to lead the number of bear harvested during the first two days of the statewide four-day bear season, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A 598-pound male was taken by Michael Intallura of Renovo in Noyes Township on Saturday. After two days of the four-day season, the top bear harvest county in the state remained Lycoming with 192. The rest of the line-up of the top five counties for bear harvests so far, are Clinton, 182; Tioga, 117; Potter 88; and Centre, 85. Statewide, 2,086 bears have been harvested, so far. Timothy Moffett of Barto harvested the largest bear so far this season. It was a 652-pound male taken in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County on Saturday. Today is the last official day of the black bear season expect for a special season including November 29th through December first for Wildlife Management Units 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E which cover a large part of the WGRC listening area.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday - the Monday after Thanksgiving – marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season, and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange throughout Penn’s Woods. Antler restrictions in place this year mirror those from the previous year.  For those hunters in 11 WMUs, there is a split-season structure, in which the first five days, November 26th – 30th, are open for antlered deer only and the remaining seven days, December 1st – 8th are open for antlered and antlerless deer.  To find out which Wildlife Management Units fall under the split season go to pgc.state.pa.us.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - With the early onset of nightfall at this time of year, motorists are reminded to be on the lookout and be prepared to encounter white-tailed deer on roads. Deer are most active during their breeding season and particularly between sunset and sunrise. Hunting season also increases the movement of deer. PennDOT statistics show more than half of all reportable der related crashes happen in the months of October, November and December. More than 85 percent of those crashes occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Since 2007, there have been more than 960 hit-deer crashes in District Three alone. Those crashes resulted in nearly 240 injuries and three fatalities. To reduce the risk of a deer-related crash, motorists should slow down and be especially cautious during morning and evening hours. Deer often travel in small herds, so if you see one deer crossing the road, there is a strong chance others will follow.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – PennDOT and police statewide are joining forces for "Operation Safe Holiday," an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement aimed at keeping roadways safe this holiday season. The operation is under way, beginning with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement. Through the New Year, police will also use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. PennDOT reports that the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. There were over 4,200 crashes and 49 fatalities last year during the Thanksgiving travel period, which includes the weekends before and after the holiday. During the Christmas and New Year travel periods, there were a combined 1,994 crashes and 19 fatalities. PennDOT encourages motorists to make sure they are well-rested and alert before traveling, allow extra time for travel and expect to encounter traffic delays.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania’s state lawmakers, judges and top executive-branch officials are in line to receive automatic pay raises of 2.2 percent, thanks to a state law that gives them a cost-of-living pay boost every year. As a result, Governor Tom Corbett will be eligible for over $187,000 in salary. The Associated Press reports, Corbett will refuse the pay increase and continue to accept a salary of $175,000, which is what it was when he was elected in 2010. Each year, a 1995 state law adjusts the salaries to reflect changes over the last 12 months in the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers in Pennsylvania. Rank-and-file lawmakers’ salaries will increase from $82,000 to nearly $84,000, while 14 members of leadership in each chamber will make more than that, topping out at $121,000 for the party floor leaders.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania came in at number 8 for cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving, according to 2007-2011 data from State Farm Insurance. Across the country, Thanksgiving is what that National Fire Protection Association calls a peak day for house fires. Often, it's deep-fryers that cause a lot of the unexpected fires as many choose to fry their turkey for the first time. It's estimated that deep-fryer accidents cause approximately $15 million dollars’ worth of damage each year. Officials recommend that if people choose to fry their turkey, they should make sure they're using it away from buildings, on a solid and flat concrete surface and don’t leave it unattended.
(WGRC)