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November 27, 2012

MCVEYTOWN – Nine escape serious injury in a school bus crash this morning in Mifflin County.  State Police say 56-year old Sheila Umbenhour of McVeytown was driving a school bus along River Road in Bratton Township just before 7:30 this morning when she lost control on the slick snow covered roadway.  The bus went off the roadway, into an embankment and then rolled onto its right side.  Police say five boys and three girls were on the bus but did not need medical attention.  Umbenhour was taken to Lewistown Hospital with minor injuries.
John Callahan (WGRC)

SUNBURY – A Northumberland County man is sentenced for a list of crimes.  52-year old Gene Lambert of Mount Carmel is accused of punching a borough policeman, driving drunk twice, stealing a car, and laptop computer during the past two years.  The News Item reports, he was sentenced yesterday afternoon to 2 1/2 to 5 years in a state correctional institution. 
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - A Northumberland County man arrested on felony drug offenses relating was sentenced Monday afternoon to serve 1 to 2 years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance last summer.  23-year old Joseph P. Rubendall Junior of Sunbury who is already incarcerated at SCI-Mahanoy on a state parole detainer, was sentenced via video after he agreed to plead guilty to possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin, Clonazepam and Suboxone. Rubendall also must serve one year probation after his prison sentence.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – A Schuylkill County woman who stole more than $200,000 while treasurer of an outdoor association will spend time behind bars.  38-year old Stacy Kassab of Pine Grove stole just over $211,500 from the Pine Grove Fish&Game Protective Association from January 2008 to October 2011 while treasurer of the group.  The Republican Herald reports, Kassab has been sentenced to serve 11 1/2 to 23 months in Schuylkill County Prison and an additional seven years on probation, which will give her time to make restitution.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Columbia Montour Home Health Services has been named to the Top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.  Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of home health agencies across the nation using an analysis of publicly available performance measures, including quality outcomes, patient experience, quality improvement data and financial performance, to rank the winners. Columbia Montour Home Health Services was established in 1967 to deliver a full spectrum of homecare services to restore the health and independent functioning of acutely ill or convalescing persons. It merged into Geisinger Health System last summer.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - On Friday, December 7th, Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport will host its annual chocolate house auction to benefit Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.  Each year, students taking the course Principles of Chocolate Works spend the final weeks of the fall semester building chocolate structures that will be sold in silent auction at the School of Hospitality’s Food Show. This year, the theme for the chocolate houses is “For Greater Williamsport” with students’ creations modeled after local landmarks.  The chocolate house auction is part of the School of Hospitality’s annual Food Show which runs from 10 am to 1 pm.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – In Lycoming County, PennDOT's Montoursville-based district office is inviting area residents to participate in the office's annual friendly "food fight" benefitting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Food or cash donations can be dropped off in the district office lobby at 715 Jordan Avenue in Montoursville, during weekday business hours from 7 am to 4:30 pm. The "food fight" will continue through Thursday, December 13th, with the collected donations being picked up December 14th.  As part of the charitable contest, the district's construction, design and maintenance units, with the administration and human resources offices, compete to see which group of employees donates the most non-perishable food items and cash contributions.  During last year's "food fight," the regional PennDOT employees donated more than 4 tons of food to the food bank.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania should enact sweeping changes to state child abuse laws, a legislative commission concluded today after a year of study prompted by Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child molestation charges.  The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection's recommendations include rewriting state law, redefining what constitutes child abuse and expanding the list of people who are required to report suspected abuse. The Associated Press reports, the recommendations are nonbinding and will probably require a set of as-yet-unwritten bills for the Legislature to consider when it convenes for a new two-year session in January.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The public pension crisis was on the mind of PA Governor Tom Corbett yesterday.  In addressing the issue, the Governor said in the Keystone Pension Report the state must consider all options to get control of the pension program which is $41 billion in debt, and continues to consume state revenues that are needed for the state government core programs.  The Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary says the current crisis was caused by short-sightedness, benefit enhancements in 2001, a decade of underfunding and a less than expected return on investments.  Possible changes outlined by Governor Corbett included raising the retirement age, increasing the contribution rate paid by employees and the adoption of a pension plan that would replace the defined benefits plan currently used by public sector unions.
(WGRC)
      
HARRISBURG - With yesterday being Cyber Monday, attention was placed on sales tax on purchases made online.  This year Pennsylvania strengthened its long-standing law requiring businesses with a physical presence in the state to collect sales taxes from online purchases meaning that online shoppers will pay the six percent state sales tax.  PA Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser says one of the issues is fairness to the brick and mortar businesses that are being undercut by online businesses who can offer lower prices because the six percent sales tax was not included.  The Department of Revenue estimates that it does not receive $225 million in sales tax because of online purchases and hopes enforcement of the sales tax law will recover at least $50 million.
(WGRC)
  
DANVILLE - Dr. Peter Berger, chairman of cardiology for the Geisinger Health System recently presented a study at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions that outlined a safe treatment alternative to patients who may be allergic to the medicine Plavix used to prevent harmful blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Berger said the study showed that the use of Effient in patients allergic to Plavix proved to be 100 percent safe.
(WGRC)

UNDATED - Weather forecasters say a storm system coming out of the south could spread some snow and rain over the WGRC listening area today accumulating perhaps an inch.  The heaviest snow from this current system will be to the south and east of Central PA.  Areas such as Harrisburg, Reading and Allentown could receive up to three inches of snow.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual chocolate house auction on    December 7.  The annual event benefits the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.  Each year, students at the college taking the Principles of Chocolate Works course spend the final weeks of the Fall Semester building chocolate structures that are sold at a silent auction at the School of Hospitality Food Show.  Habitat’s Executive Director, Bob Hickox says all monies raised will go into building three new homes for qualified families in Lycoming County.   The Food Show is open to the public from 10 AM to 1 PM on December 7th during which time silent bids for the chocolate houses will be taken.  Winning bids are announced at 1 PM.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A New Jersey man travelling through the area this past weekend has been charged with felony forgery after he tried to use a fake $100 bill at a Danville convenience store.  A clerk at the store noticed that the bill 20-year-old Ansumana Kamara of Newark tried to use had the picture of Abraham Lincoln on it instead of Benjamin Franklin.  Danville Police were tipped of the counterfeit money and when they arrived they discovered that Kamara had another fake $100 bill in his pocket. 
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A Danville woman who worked as a registered nurse at Geisinger Medical Center faces a preliminary hearing today in Montour County after being charged with taking Oxycodone intended for patients under her care.  Police say 22-year-old Nichole B. Cosgrove admitted that she began diverting the pain-killing drug to herself starting in September.  After various charges were filed, Cosgrove was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - The City of Pottsville in Schuylkill County hopes to avoid a tax increase in 2013, but to do so city officials must cut $375,000 out of its proposed budget, and they will need to act soon.  Pottsville City Council meets in a special meeting this Thursday at 4 PM to hopefully adopt its budget.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport City Council continues its work on the city’s 2013 budget. Last night the council met in the first of two working sessions to deal with Mayor Gabriel Campana’s proposed $21.1 million budget.  The mayor’s budget would include an increase in real estate taxes of .85 mills meaning an increase of $85 for every $100,000 a property is assessed.  The Williamsport 2013 spending plan would also cut three positions from the police department and two from the Department of Streets and Parks.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - According to the Patriot-News, attorneys for former Penn State president Graham Spanier have asked the judge presiding over the grand jury investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal to toss out all charges against Spanier.  Spanier faces obstruction of justice, perjury, endangering the welfare of children and other counts for his role in what prosecutors have called a "conspiracy of silence aimed at keeping allegations against Sandusky outside of the public eye.  In a motion filed yesterday with Judge Barry Feudale, Spanier's lawyers said prosecutors improperly relied on testimony of former University Counsel Cynthia Baldwin in making their case against him this month.  Spanier believed, when he testified before the Sandusky grand jury in April 2011, Baldwin was representing him, and he has never waived his attorney-client privilege. Therefore, Spanier’s attorneys argue her testimony can not be allowed to be used against him. 
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - On this day that’s been dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” members of the PA Pro-Life Federation are encouraging people to get involved and support the efforts to save preborn children and their mothers from abortion.  Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo says “Giving Tuesday” is an opportunity for the community to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by celebrating every birth and every life.
(WGRC)