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December 11, 2012

BOALSBURG – The driver of a tractor trailer truck from Ohio remains in stable condition after being trapped in a crash on Route 322 in Centre County, yesterday. The crash happened right around three p.m. in the 3900 block of the Mount Nittany Expressway. State College police say the rig owned by Special Service Transportation of Brunswick, Ohio lost control and went off the roadway slamming into a bridge abutment. The rig overturned spilling its load onto the highway closing Route 322 for about an hour and a half. Police are still continuing their investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - An 84-year-old woman was injured after being dragged by her vehicle and pinned underneath the vehicle Monday morning in the parking lot of Walmart on North Atherton Street in State College. The woman, an employee of Confer’s Transportation was driving a school mini-van. The van began to move as the woman was getting back inside the vehicle around nine a.m. The vehicle’s open door hit a parked vehicle knocking the4 woman to the ground and pinning her down. She was taken to Mount Nittany medical Center. No condition report was made available.
(WGRC)

DALMATIA – In Northumberland County a Dalmatia-area man was injured on the first day of rifled deer season when he was accidentally shot in the arm by a fellow hunter. Game Commission officials say Jamie Gasiewski was in a hunting party participating in a deer drive on November 26th when he "got ahead of the drive." When a buck ran back through the line, another hunter fired a round and hit Gasiewski in his right arm. The shooter, Charles Erdman, of Herndon was charged with a summary offense of shooting at or causing injury to human beings. Erdman could potentially lose his hunting license, the decision will be made by the law enforcement division of the game commission in Harrisburg. Gasiewski is expected to make a full recovery.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – A Schuylkill County woman admits to killing her infant son. Trembling and weeping, 29-year-old Jennifer Bossler of Pottsville admitted Monday to a Schuylkill County judge that prosecutors could prove she killed her 1-year-old son in April in Pottsville, although she could not recall doing it. Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin accepted the plea and sentenced Bossler to spend 7 1/2 to 15 years in a state prison. Pottsville police charged Bossler with suffocating her son on April 1 at her home in Pottsville because he would not stop crying.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – State Police are looking for a bandit caught in the act Friday in Loyalsock Township. Police were called to the home along Freedom Road around 10:30 a.m. Police say the home owner returned home and found a heavy set, white man inside his home. When discovered the bandit took off with a box containing about $100 in coins. The home owner chased the thief but stopped when the thief showed a sharp object and a black car then picked the bandit up. Anyone with information on that burglary is asked to call state police, Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Legal bills and crisis communications in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal have cost Penn State more than $23.5 million, the university reported Monday. That means the scandal has Penn State on the hook for more than $86 million, adding the $60 million fine from the NCAA and the $2.5 million in severance pay to former President Graham Spanier that was triggered when he was let go last year. The price tag is sure to increase as former university leaders Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz can send their legal bills to the university for the attorneys’ work defending them against the charges they lied to the grand jury investigating Sandusky and that they covered up allegations in 1998 and 2001.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - State College police have obtained a search warrant as they investigate a woman’s fall from a Penn State University fraternity house earlier this month. The Associated Press reports, the warrant shows police have seized blood evidence to determine whether the 19-year-old woman fell or was pushed from the Sigma Alpha Mu frat house early December 1st. Police say the woman was treated at a hospital after falling eight feet from the window after having six shots of tequila. Nobody has been charged in the incident. The woman’s fall is the second involving Penn State in recent months.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State students are organizing a peaceful march through campus Thursday in solidarity after a photo mocking Mexican stereotypes from a party ignited a firestorm of criticism and raised concerns over intolerance at the university. Penn State’s chapter of Chi Omega was put on probation by its parent organization over the photo, which was from a Mexican-themed Halloween party and surfaced online last week. The group, called PSU For All Student Equality, will gather at Pennypacker Hall at noon. PSU For All Student Equality includes students from multicultural groups, advocacy groups and students concerned about diversity issues at the university. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said university officials encourage the show of support by the students and hope their actions rub off on others.
(WGRC)

WALLER - For a second time in five months, a team of dog-law officers and State Police descended Monday on a rural Benton home for suspected animal hoarding. But they didn’t find nearly 200 chihuahuas like they did in July. In fact, 60-year-old Tom and his brother 55-year-old Albert Ambrosia were keeping just 30 dogs, only five more than they’re allowed. The brothers already have plans to give away some pups to comply with an order. The brothers tell the Press Enterprise they feel like they’re being harassed. Both have claimed they rescue sick and abused dogs. For several hours, authorities spent time photographing and assessing the dogs and the portion of the two-story home where they are kept. But not one of them was removed from the property along Ridge Road. The brothers were served with a “cease and desist” order.
(WGRC)

RALSTON - Any possible drilling for natural gas in the Rock Run area of McIntyre Township in Lycoming County remains on hold as discussions between officials from Anadarko Petroleum and the state continue. Township supervisors have been eager to receive answers about the issue and invited Anadarko officials to their meeting last night in Ralston to share their plans about drilling. However, no company officials attended, and just a handful of citizens showed up for the evening session. In September, a rally in Ralston reportedly drew hundreds of people who expressed concerns about gas development occurring around Rock Run in Loyalsock State Forest, a popular recreation and fishing area noted for its scenic beauty. Meanwhile, Anadarko spokesman Matt Carmichael said Monday the company has not been given the go-ahead by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to drill there.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – If you live in Lycoming County and would like to be involved in community service, the Lycoming County Commissioners are seeking candidate applications for citizens to serve on the Lycoming County Planning Commission and the Lycoming County Zoning Hearing Board. Anyone willing to serve on either group should contact the Commissioners’ office at 570-320-2124 to obtain an application. Candidates are encouraged to make application within the next three weeks. The Planning Commission is a 9-member group takes appropriate action on sub-division requests, land development plans and such other matters that are brought before it at the request of the Commissioners. The Zoning Hearing Board is an 8-member group that reviews zoning matters brought before the Board by the County Zoning Administrator.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - As many as 35 state prison inmates in the Centre County Correctional Facility soon could be on the move. Centre County officials expect the state Department of Corrections to pull its inmates out of the county facility by next year and place them back into the state prison system. The move would cost Centre County as much as $700,000 and as many as eight part-time positions at the county jail. And it’s giving headaches to county officials tasked with balancing an already tight 2013 budget. The county has housed state inmates since 2009, which brought in about $642,000 annually. Meanwhile Centre County Commissioners have approved a tentative $87 million budget which freezes eight positions at the county prison. Officials are moving ahead as if they will no longer receive the state funding.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - A final version of Shamokin’s $2.5 million operating budget and a preliminary version of a tax levy for 2013 were each approved by council last night. The 2013 budget is balanced with a modest decrease of a little more than $12,000 from the current year's budget. It is the second year running that the budget has decreased from the year prior. Also approved by unanimous vote was the final version of a new city ordinance to monitor the trade of used goods by antiques and second-hand dealers, along with details for a proposed contract with Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. The News Item reports, the chamber contract, if approved and ratified by both the city and Chamber, would net the city 300 man-hours for the city at a cost not to exceed $8,100.
(WGRC)

HUMMELS WHARF – About 50 people turned out last night at the Monroe Township Zoning board meeting in Snyder County to oppose a proposed $15-million, 100-unit affordable housing complex between the Susquehanna Valley Mall and Mill Road. Home Leasing Two of Rochester, New York is purchasing the 22-acre property and plans to build one to three bedroom apartments for income eligible residents, including seniors and the handicapped. The Zoning board decided to send the proposed Mill Road Garden Apartments on to the township planning commission. Resident’s objections included a decrease in property values, increased traffic and crime and an already taxed township sewer system.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - Monthly sewer rates in South Williamsport Borough will go up to $50 a month for homeowners following the adoption of an ordinance council adopted last night. The change represents a $5 monthly increase from the previous rate. Matt Peleschak, a contracted engineer from Larson Design Group, said the borough's sewer upgrade project is about 70-percent complete. He said the system is expected to be fully operational by April or May.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - A tax increase for the City of Lock Haven seems unavoidable. The city's general fund budget for 2013 was revised again this past week, but it still doesn't balance. The deficit is not as high as previously expected, but it is still projected to be over $142,000, a significant amount in a budget of $3.9 million. City Council saw the revised numbers last night and a projection of how high the real estate taxes would have to go to cover the deficit and still allow for a little in reserve. The 2013 budget as it now stands shows it ending next year not just with no reserve, but in the red.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - With a little more than $33,000 in special natural gas drilling impact fee money left, the Clinton County commissioners are looking to use that cash as seed money for local outdoor recreation projects. Discussions this week by City Council focused on a little noted segment of the state regulations establishing a per-well fee on Marcellus Shale drilling operations, called the Marcellus Legacy Fund. Clinton County received $706,000 from the impact fees, but also received $33,000 in Legacy funds.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Borough Council President James Felmlee resigned at the end of a contentious Monday meeting that included the rejection of a sewage rate increase, the failure to adopt a 2013 budget as a result and council member Lee Bollinger walking out mid-meeting. The council said the sewage rates are based on usage. Because the ordinance to raise sewage rates was rejected, overall taxes might have to be raised for everyone in the borough instead. The board approved a temporary budget, with adjustments to be made before the end of the year. The board has until December 31st to officially adopt a 2013 budget. Currently the budget has no tax increases scheduled, but that seems likely to change.
(WGRC)

CATAWISSA - Six years ago, current Southern Columbia Area Superintendent Charlie Reh replaced Paul Caputo as high school principal on what was supposed to be a temporary basis. On Monday night, Caputo was chosen to replace Reh as superintendent. The school board approved Caputo, as Reh's successor at an initial annual salary of $103,000 Monday night at a special board meeting. Caputo, the current superintendent at Upper Dauphin Area School District, will start at Southern in early February.  
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett will meet with the General Assembly over the next several weeks to hammer out potential solutions to the looming pension crisis that Pennsylvania, like other states, faces. The state faces a $41 billion unfunded liability that it has incurred through a series of what could be characterized as fiscally unwise legislative choices through various acts, and the unfortunate downturn of the stock market over the past decade since the pension systems are significantly funded - 71 percent - by investment earnings. What that boils down to, if nothing is done to fix the pension problem, is each household's share of the unfunded liability will be $8,000. Even though the market was one of the driving factors in derailing pension funding, Pete Tartline, deputy secretary of the governor's office budget says the market cannot be the sole mode of recovery, even if it was in a healthy upswing for the next 20 years. It must be fixed legislatively. Corbett said that while there is no agreement at this point on what the structural changes will be, it is conceivable to change the benefits structure for new and current employees, effecting short- and long-term budgetary relief.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The sponsor of a new law increasing maximum fines for underage drinking says he'll seek an additional financial penalty in the legislative session that starts next month. Senator Jake Corman says he will resubmit his bill to allow municipalities that include all or part of a university or college to impose a $100 fee for alcohol-related offenses to help finance local prevention programs. The Centre County Republican sponsored a new law that will boost the maximum fine for underage drinking from $300 to $500 and double the fine for subsequent offenses to $1,000. The law takes effect December 24th. Corman says the new law is designed to help college communities pay for the cost of prosecuting drinking-related crime and to discourage underage drinking.
(WGRC)