91.3 Lewisburg - 90.7 & 107.1 Williamsport - 90.9 Lewistown - 91.9 Kulpmont - 101.7 State College -104.7 Pottsville - 107.7 Bloomsburg
PENN VIEW – A fire reported at a state park office in Centre County. Fire crews were called to 276 Poe Valley Park Circle for a reported a well involved building fire just after 12:30 this afternoon. Reports said it was an office at Poe Valley State Park in Penn Township. The building was already destroyed by the time fire fighters could get to the remote structure used as an office for nearby camp site rentals and storage. There’s no word on how the fire started.
John Callahan (WGRC/CDT)
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – A passenger is seriously hurt in a two car crash this morning in Schuylkill County. State Police say 31-year old Shantel Schwartz of Pottsville was driving along Route 61 in North Manheim Township just before 7 this morning when she turned into the path of another car driven by 42-year old Joseph Koch of New Ringgold. Police say Schwartz and Koch suffered minor injuries in the collision, while a passenger in Schwartz’s car, 40-year old William Weikel of Pottsville, suffered a major injury and was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center.
John Callahan (WGRC)
SUNBURY - A Northumberland County woman is hurt in a one car crash last night. 76-year old Helen Sharp of Sunbury is reported in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center following a crash last night just before 7 along Mile Post Road in Upper Augusta Township. State Police say Sharp was wearing a seat belt when her car went off the roadway and struck an embankment.
POTTSVILLE - A teen is locked up on robbery charges in Schuylkill County. Officers said the 17-year old boy walked into the Dollar General store along Arch Street in Pottsville around 11 yesterday morning with bandages on his face. Police say he threatened the clerk with a knife and got away with money. Witnesses described the suspect, and officers said they found him at his home in possession of clothing that matched the description, a knife and the cash. He faces robbery, assault, and receiving stolen property charges.
MONTANDON – A highly intoxicated Bucknell University student breaks into a Northumberland County home and passes out on the couch. State Police say 18-year old Bucknell freshman Theodore Doremus of Vermont told them he was at a house party but remembers nothing else about his Saturday morning, including how he lost his shoes and socks. Doremus broke into Timothy Witter’s home along Old Route 45 in West Chillisquaque Township by breaking a window on the back door with a vacuum cleaner around 8 am. Witter immediately called police after hearing the commotion. He later found Doremus asleep on the couch. He stood over Doremus with a shot gun while he waited for police. Police woke Doremus up and found him to still be highly intoxicated. He told them he could remember nothing about how he came to be inside Witter’s home. Doremus was turned over to Bucknell University Police.
John Callahan (WGRC)
(Harrisburg) – Pennsylvania senior citizens are being reminded that the deadline for applying for a rebate on their property taxes or rent is December 31st. The rebate program benefits eligible state residents age 65 and older, widows and widowers 50 and older and people with disabilities 18 and older. For information to apply for the rebates go online to <revenue.state.pa.us> or call toll free at 1-888-222-9190.
(State College) -- A 19-year-old woman who police say was intoxicated fell from a window at a fraternity house in State College over the weekend. The woman who was not identified was taken to the Centre Regional Medical Center for treatment. It is the second such incident involving Penn State students in two months. On October 13, a Penn State Cheerleader fell from an apartment window during an off-campus party breaking her pelvis and suffering brain trauma.
(Harrisburg) – This week is National Influenza Week and 60 state health centers, many Area Agencies on Aging and other public and private partners throughout Pennsylvania are offering free flu clinics through Saturday, December 8th. PA Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf says it’s not too late to get vaccinated, and that by increasing vaccination rates we can fight the spread of the flu. Secretary of Aging Brian Duke says prevention is the key to keeping older Pennsylvanians healthy. Duke says that through the Prime Time Health program many Area Agencies on Aging are able to offer flu shots for older adults in their areas.
(Danville) – The Geisinger Health System has established a Learning Collaborative with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Through the partnership of Geisinger and UCF, and in cooperation with other local and national entities, they hope to develop and model new approaches to health care and clinical education. Chief Executive Officer of the Geisinger Health System, Glenn Steele says Geisinger will provide advice and expertise on ways to create seamless health care delivery options. Steele says Geisinger and the UCF College of Medicine share a common commitment to transforming healthcare in the United States.
(Williamsport) – The Pennsylvania College of Technology is taking part in a new after-school initiative begun by the Williamsport Area School District. Through a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, the district launched an after-school program for middle school students during which the schools offer mini-courses, time, help for homework completion, structured physical activities and snacks and dinner. For four weeks each quarter, up to 80 students each from two middle schools in Williamsport travel to Penn College for the hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.
(Harrisburg) – The administering of wave one of the new Keystone Exams will begin in many Pennsylvania Public School Districts today and continue over the next two weeks. Some 11th graders will begin by taking the algebra 1, biology or literature components in December with others in January. Many school officials are a bit ambivalent about the new tests which replace the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests.
(Berwick) – Berwick Hospital CEO Ronald Beer says security involving patient accounts at a facility owned by the hospital has been improved. An employee at the Berwick Retirement Village is accused of stealing over $24,000 although the exact amount is not known yet. According to published reports Sarah Pineda Scott could have more charges filed against her as the investigation continues. Pineda Scott was responsible for handling patient account, but is accused of falsifying statements that were to be sent to patient families. The scheme was not detected until the family of a patient who died requested the money remaining to help pay for funeral expenses.
(Undated) – The Salvation Army continues to need bell-ringers through December 24th. Church groups, families, organizations, businesses and individuals can support the Salvation Army’s annual fund-raiser that makes a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, brightens a child’s life and brings joy to the elderly. All money raised stays in the community in which it was raised. For more information and to schedule a bell ringing time call the Salvation Army office located in your community.
(Reedsville) – Now through December 17th the Juniata Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America is collecting money in order to send Boy Scout Popcorn to military service personnel and their families both at home and abroad. The Juniata Valley Council has set a goal of raising enough money to send 330 containers of the popcorn to the military. For more information visit j-v-c-b-s-a-dot-org or call 717-667-9367.