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BLOOMSBURG – A Columbia County fire last night leaves some college students homeless. The fire was reported at 239 Iron Street in Bloomsburg just before 8 last night. The building houses several Bloomsburg University students. Fire fighters quickly had the fire under control. The fire is believed to have started in an overhead lamp in one of the apartments. No injuries were reported.
MILTON – A truck full of potato chips is stolen in Northumberland County. State Police say someone drove off with a Martin’s Potato Chip delivery truck that was parked at the Martin’s Warehouse in East Chillisquaque Township. The truck, loaded with boxes of chips, was taken between 3:30 Wednesday afternoon and 5:15 yesterday morning. Police continue to investigate.
John Callahan (WGRC)
HARRISBURG - The Juniata County man recently charged in a string of robberies, will now be prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office. 38-year old Richard Lockett was charged in a federal indictment Wednesday for robberies that happened on October 22nd, at the First National Bank in Thompsontown, October 27th, at the Juniata Valley Bank in Port Royal and on November 5th, at the Swineford National Bank in Beaver Springs. All told, Lockett allegedly stole more than $20,000 from the three different banks over a period of nearly 30 days to support a drug habit. The Sentinel reports, a grand jury in Harrisburg indicted Lockett on three counts of bank robbery. If convicted, Lockett faces a maximum of 60 years imprisonment and fines of up to $750,000. He could still be prosecuted for lesser counts in both Juniata and Snyder Counties.
BURNHAM - A woman that was arrested for retail theft and using a fake ID Thursday afternoon, at the Dollar General on Logan Boulevard in Burnham, also had an active warrant out for her arrest. Mifflin County Regional Police say 32-year old Jessica Wagner of Milroy, was seen by Dollar General employees placing items into her purse. When police spoke with Wagner she identified herself using the personal information of a dead person. Police said they correctly identified Wagner after officers searched her purse and found a photo ID. Police tell the Sentinel, a records check showed an active warrant for Wagner from the Mifflin County Sheriff's Department. Wagner was the get-away driver in a bank robbery near Belleville in 2008 that led to a police chase which ended with her and the robber being apprehended along Routes 11 and 15 near Harrisburg.
BELLEFONTE – A Centre County man pleads no contest to jury tampering in his son’s attempted murder case. Daniel Brooks was sentenced yesterday. His son, Randall Brooks was sentenced in July to serve up to 80 years behind bars for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in December 2009. Randall Brooks asked his father to help bribe and influence a juror in the case to ensure at least one juror would be on his side. An undercover police officer discovered the plot. Daniel Brooks will spend a year on probation for the offense. He later testified against his son at trial. This is believed to be the first instance in Centre County history that a person has been charged and prosecuted for jury tampering.
John Callahan (WGRC)
MOUNT CARMEL - A Northumberland County man is charged in five separated cases. 18-year old Brandon Chapman of Mount Carmel led police on a 25-minute foot pursuit earlier this month. He was arraigned on five separate cases Wednesday, including one involving his flight from police. The News-Item reports, Chapman was placed in Northumberland County Prison following Wednesday's arraignment. His cases are scheduled for a preliminary hearing December 5th. His other charges include theft and drug counts.
(Mount Carmel) – A former sixth-grade teacher in the Shamokin School District will face trial on five counts relative to an accident March 28 in which he was allegedly drunk. 38-year-old Victor Swaboski was in Northumberland County Court yesterday regarding the incident in which Swaboski plowed into five teenagers near the Mount Carmel Elementray School and then fled the scene. Police arrested Swaboski a short time later in a woods. Judge Charles Saylor did drop three less serious charges against Swaboski.
(Harrisburg) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is not happy with the federal government saying it has not answered questions from the state about establishing a health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. As a result, Corbett says he has not made a decision about setting up the plan which is supposed to be up and running by 2014. To date more than a dozen governors of other states have said they will not create an exchange, and the PA State Director of Americans for Prosperity, Jennifer Stafano says Corbett should follow suit. It’s estimated that it would cost Pennsylvania between $30 and $100 million just to set up an exchange program.
(Berwick) -- Operators at PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick reconnected Unit Two to the regional power grid yesterday after repairing a hydraulic system associated with the unit’s main turbine. PPL’s Chief Nuclear Officer, Timothy Rausch said plant operators detected leaks in the system while doing inspections during routine startup procedures. Rausch said the operators followed established procedures and safely shutdown the unit to allow for the repairs.
(Montoursville) – Motorists traveling on Interstate 80 Eastbound in Union County, just east of the Clinton County line, are advised to be alert for a lane closure for maintenance work today. The lane closure will extend from mile marker 194 to 197 and will be in place until late this afternoon.
(Harrisburg) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the recent four day statewide bear season produced a harvest of 2,639 bears down from the 3,145 taken last year. The top bear harvest county in the state remained Lycoming with 262 bear killed. The Game Commission reminds hunters who have an unfulfilled bear license that they may participate in an extended bear season that runs concurrently with the first week of the firearms deer season.
(Danville) – Geisinger Medical Center says a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Health is based on information that is out-dated. The report said Geisinger has a significantly worse than predicted number of surgical site infections of 4.11 per 1,000 patient days. The statewide average is 2.22. Director of Infection Control for the Geisinger Health System, Dr. Lisa Esolen says, “The data upon which this report is based is not current and in the time since those infections occurred and were documented, Geisinger has taken great strides in decreasing the incidence of infections.
(Allentown) – PPL Electric Utilities are reminding people that they should not take safety shortcuts during the Christmas season. PPL Manager of Health and Safety Barry Downes says that even though it’s a busy time of the year, don’t forget to check important things such as electric cords for damage, not over loading outlets, and use space heaters properly.
A full listing of safety tips is at <pplelectric.com/safety>
(Hershey) – To get a flu shot or not. Many get the shot faithfully every year, but others do not because of perhaps misunderstandings. Dr. Cindy Whitener is an Infectious Disease Specialist at the Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center, and recommends that everyone get the flu shop. Whitener says one of the top myths surrounding getting a flu shot is that it will give a person the flu. Dr. Whitener says “Some people will get a local reaction where the shot is given, and some may feel achy and feverish for a day or two, but this isn’t actually the flu, but a reaction to the components in the vaccine.”