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December 7, 2012

LEWISTOWN – A store is robbed earlier this week in Mifflin County.  Lewistown Police are looking for the person responsible for breaking into Glick’s Shoe Fly on Market Street in Lewistown.  The burglary happened on Monday.  The culprit got inside the business through a roof hatch.  Once inside the bandit made off with clothing, sneakers and boots.  Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Lewistown Police.
John Callahan (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – A man is charged for stealing copper pipe in Mifflin County.  Lewistown Police arrested 36-year old Kurtis Pershau of Lewistown.  Pershau is accused of breaking into a vacant house twice and taking about $3,000 in copper piping and wire last month.  Pershau is locked up on $50,000 bail.
John Callahan (WGRC)

HARRISBURG – In tribute to the fallen and those that still remain seventy-one years after Pearl Harbor, Governor Tom Corbett has ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities statewide to fly at half-staff today. Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 Americans and led the United States to enter World War II.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Fire crews were called out late last night to battle a fire in South Williamsport. Crews were called out just after eleven p.m. to 411 East Central Avenue for a fire in the roof of the structure. Crews had that fire out and returned to service around 12:30 this morning.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - One woman was injured in a two-vehicle, rear-end crash on Route 220 northbound in Piatt Township Lycoming County. The crash happened just after two p.m. Thursday afternoon about a mile past the Main Street exit for Jersey Shore. Police say Penny Wenger of Jersey Shore hit the rear of a car driven by Jane Gallagher of Williamsport with her minivan. Gallagher and her 4-year-old daughter were not injured in the crash. Wenger was taken to Williamsport Hospital with what was thought to be non-life threatening injuries. Route 220 was reduced to a single lane in both directions as crews from Jersey Shore worked at the scene.
(WGRC)

DEER LAKE – A crash in Schuylkill County sends a Berks County woman to the hospital. The crash happened just before two p.m. Thursday on route 61 near Deer Lake Borough. Troopers say 25-year-old Tiffany Reinhart of Hamburg was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center South following the crash. Police say Reinhart lost control of her car struck some guardrails rolling the car over onto its roof. Police suspect alcohol to have played a part in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LIVERPOOL – Police are looking for the bandits that broke into several vehicles in Perry County stealing nearly $500 in items from those vehicles. That happened sometime between nine p.m. Wednesday and four a.m. Thursday on North Market and South Front Streets in Liverpool. GOS units, a car stereo amplifier and Christmas ornaments were taken from those vehicles. Police remind people to take valuable items out of vehicles before locking them up and leaving them unattended.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE – Police are still trying to identify a man who was found dead in a burning car early Wednesday in Liberty Township, Montour County. The car was found fully involved in flames about 4:45 a.m. in a parking area near the state game lands entrance off Baldtop Road. Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn says an autopsy to try to determine the person’s identity is scheduled for today in Lehigh County. If dental records are unable to confirm who was in the car, then DNA samples will be used. Lynn said troopers were tracking a cellphone for a wanted person and coordinates led them to the location where they found the burning car. The remains of what appeared to be a cellphone were found in the charred debris. Police say the death does not seem suspicious.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - State College police expect multiple people will be charged stemming from a party in October during which a 19-year-old Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque fell from a fifth-floor window and suffered serious injuries. Police Chief Tom King said on Thursday that officers are pursuing misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcohol to minors against “more than one or two” suspects in the case. Raque, a freshman at Penn State, suffered serious brain and hip injuries October 15th after falling nearly 40 feet out of a window in a downtown State College apartment building. While police have said foul play is not suspected, alcohol was apparently being served to minors at the party. Police hope the investigation will be complete by the end of the year and think charges will be filed by mid-January. Meanwhile Raque has been released from a re-hab center in Kentucky and has returned to her home in Kentucky to continue to recover.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - Convicted child abuser Adonica Sipe-Dixon will not get a new Clinton County-level trial on charges she abused her two boys in 1998. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has issued an opinion affirming last April's decision by Clinton County Judge Craig Miller turning away Dixon's request for a new trial? Dixon had claimed that new evidence - one of her son's recanted testimony seven years after her conviction - justified a new trial. Judge Miller ruled the son's second-round testimony was just not credible, and the Commonwealth Court agreed.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Arrest warrants have been filed for two men who were in a rented car which was stopped on the city on Monday, impounded, searched and the passenger arrested on drug charges. Police are looking for Timothy Eiland, the driver, and Durward Allen, another passenger, both of Philadelphia who were in the car stopped on Interstate 180 near Maynard Street on Monday afternoon.  Passenger, David Collins Jr. of Philadelphia was taken into custody on an assault charge out of Philadelphia. The car was searched and more than a ¼ pound of heroin was seized, with a street value of more than $114,000 dollars, the largest such seizure in city history. Two stolen weapons were also found. Collins is jailed in lieu of $750,000 dollars bail.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - Police looking for a missing infant in Berwick in Columbia County instead found one apartment with meth ingredients and another home where a bubbling bottle of the drug was stashed Thursday. Police were trying to find known meth maker 27-year-old Jason Musselman’s 3-month-old daughter when they knocked on the door at 911 Norht Mulberry Street around 4 p.m. Police suspect Musselman climbed out a window before he was spotted scurrying through an alley with a bag in his hand. Officers caught up to him a block away where they found him sitting on a couch in an enclosed porch with a 1-liter bottle of methamphetamine still cooking. Also charged in connection with the meth lab was 33-year-old Michael Mitchell who will also be charged with cooking meth. The Press Enterprise reports, family members called Children and Youth on Wednesday after they discovered Musselman and 31-year-old Diane Fink’s daughter, Emyrsyn, hadn’t seen a doctor in months. The child and Fink, 31, still have not been located.
(WGRC)

BERWICK — There is a Grinch in Columbia County this holiday season. Organizers of the Berwick Christmas Boulevard said someone broke into the display where money was kept and may have gotten away with cash. Organizers of the Berwick Christmas Boulevard said since the popular attraction opened on Saturday the building has been broken into twice. Organizers said this has never happened in the event’s 66 years. The one mile stretch of Christmas decorations make up the Berwick Christmas Boulevard. Driving down Market Street to see the decorations is a tradition for many families. Christmas Boulevard is put together by the Berwick Jaycees. Event organizers said the Berwick Christmas Boulevard brings in an average of $200 in donations each night, but it is not known how much money was taken.
(WNEP)

STATE COLLEGE - State Senator Jake Corman thinks it would be a mistake for the NCAA to send any money from Penn State’s $60 million fine outside the state, the senator penned in a letter to the NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday. Corman asked the NCAA to keep the $60 million fine (and not just a portion) in state to fund Pennsylvania organizations and programs aimed at the detected, prevention, and treatment of child abuse. Corman, a Penn State graduate, said the fine is the NCAA’s judgment that the university should be held accountable for the abuse against victims. The victims in the Jerry Sandusky case were from Centre, Clinton, Clearfield and Mifflin counties. Corman said he would travel to Indianapolis, where the NCAA is based, to meet with Emmert and discuss how he thinks the money should be distributed.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State sorority whose members posed in a photo that surfaced this week mocking ethnic stereotypes has been put on probation by its parent organization. Chi Omega leveled the sanctions against its Nu Gamma chapter at Penn State on Thursday and made the punishment effective Monday, when the photo showed up on a student blog. The photo, taken at a Mexican-themed party around Halloween, shows more than 20 of the women posing for the picture, but two of them, with fake mustaches, are holding up the signs that have been widely criticized.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - The City of Shamokin is permitted to raise its property taxes to 30 mills for the fifth year running, 5 mills higher than that allowed by law. Robert Sacavage, Northumberland County president judge, again permitted the exception, issuing an order Thursday afternoon after presiding over an hour-long hearing that morning at the county courthouse. The additional millage will allow the city to collect up to an estimated $175,000 in property tax above what's allowed under Third Class City Code. No one showed up at the meeting to oppose the tax increase, which city officials say is necessary to balance its $2.5 million budget and maintain its emergency and civic services.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Williamsport City Council proposed a 1-mill real estate tax hike Thursday night and passed the first reading of the 2013, $21 million budget. Council President Bill Hall tells the Sun Gazette, "We started with a fear of 3- or 4-mill increases, so getting down to a 1-mill increase, I think we did a good job." That's $100 more per year for a property assessed at $100,000. The hike is subject to change by next Thursday's second reading of the proposed budget. The budget, as proposed, reduces the police force by three officers and the Streets and Parks Department by two employees. Mayor Gabriel Campana and City Council are still hoping the state and federal government will change the structure of costs associated with health care and pensions of city employees.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg Town Council is expected to vote on a proposed $4 – million plus 2013 budget later this month. If approved, the town will start the year with a $99,000 deficit and will have to use $164,000 of cash reserves. What could affect the budget are lease negotiations with Columbia Aircraft at the airport. Also pending is whether the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will come through with money promised for flood recovery.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Following a one-hour, closed-door meeting Thursday night, members of Pottsville Fraternal Order of Police and the city council have come up with a few concepts that might save jobs. FOP President Brian Kotzmoyer tells the Republican Herald, "Both sides realized we're doing our best to try to avoid layoffs. The officers put forth some ideas about cost-savings initiatives and some things they can do to generate more revenue on our end." The council members have agreed to continue discussions with FOP members at another executive session at 4:30 p.m. December 13th at City Hall. On November 29th, city council presented its tentative 2013 spending plan. To avoid a tax increase, it announced it was planning to lay off five full-time workers - three police officers, a street worker and a tax office employee.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Northumberland County commissioners adopted an $82.3 million preliminary budget for 2013 Thursday morning on a split vote, but not before more dissension arose, despite a plea by Vinny Clausi to make peace and move forward. Clausi was joined by Stephen Bridy in voting in favor of the spending plan, which is projected to include a 2.5-mill increase. Commissioner Richard Shoch opposed it, and later voted against adopting next year's schedule of county meetings because he believes four meetings rather than two should be held in the evening to better accommodate the public. The schedule of meetings was approved by Bridy and Clausi.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - For the first time in six years, the Mifflin County Commissioners have passed a tentative budget for 2013 that calls for a tax increase. On Thursday, the commissioners voted on the tentative 2013 spending plan, which totals $23 million, with a 1.63 mill tax increase. The budget plan will be on public display for 21 days with final adoption scheduled for December 27th. The millage increase would mean a property owner with an assessed value of $50,000, would pay just over $81.00 more per year.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - Montour County Commissioner Trevor Finn says that being stingy over the past few years has apparently paid off. The board says there will be no tax increase next year for residents of Montour County. Helping to balance the 7.5 million dollar 2013 spending plan was a bit more tax money coming in thanks to new construction and improvements on existing properties, along with the fact the county workers agreed to forgo raises.
(WPGM)

TAMAQUA - A piece of Schuylkill County history locked away for 50 years has been restored and returned to its original location. The clock hung on the First National Bank building in Tamaqua for 50 years. It was taken down and put into storage for another 50. The Tamaqua Historical Society paid to have it brought back to life. Thursday the clock was then hoisted in the air to take its place where it is hoped it will hang for another 50 years and longer.
(WNEP)

MUNCY - A land development plan for a new Blaise Alexander Chevrolet-Buick car dealership near the Lycoming Mall was approved by the Lycoming County Planning Commission Thursday evening. The new facility, which is planned to be a 47,000-square-foot structure with office space, a car showroom, parts, storage and garage space, will be situated along the Muncy Township and Fairfield Township border. The almost 20-acre site is just off the Interstate 180 exit near the mall, west of the Alexander Nissan dealership. Access to the new dealership will be off of Alexander Drive in Muncy Township.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE – A business in Snyder County has contributed to Evangelical Community Hospital’s Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breat Health. Ultimate Express Car Wash, of Selinsgrove, recently presented a check for $982 to Evangelical Community Hospital's Andrea Bertram, Director of the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health. The funds came from a customer appreciation day held in October. Ultimate Express donated 50% of the sales for the day to breast cancer awareness. In addition to the sales, many customers gave additional donations to support the cause. The funds will be used at the Center for Breast Health to promote mammograms for all women age 40 and over and to help fund free mammograms for the uninsured and underinsured.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - As many people on the East Coast are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, a restaurant in Snyder County wants to help. Red Robin in Selinsgrove invites everyone to eat out for a good cause tonight. They will be donating 10% of each check received to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.  Red Robin’s relief event is tonight, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Red Robin in Selinsgrove.

HARRISBURG - Coal mine owners in Pennsylvania will have three months to install automated external defibrillators on the surface near mine entrances and underground in each working mine section. The Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday that the requirement will be published Friday and take effect March 8. It was written by the Board of Coal Mine Safety, which includes representatives from the United Mine Workers of America and mine owners. The equipment is used to restore a stable heart rhythm in the event of a heart attack. Pennsylvania is the nation's fourth-largest coal-mining state.
(WGRC)