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December 21, 2012

BELLEFONTE – A woman who was partly responsible in the death of a Centre County man was sentenced today.  20-year old Fatima Ghoul was sentenced to 9 to 19 years in State Prison this morning for her involvement in the death of Tyler Struble.  Ghoul and 21-year old Tyler Marlatt went to Struble’s home in Lemont and attacked him.  Marlatt fatally stabbed Struble in the neck during the incident.  Ghoul believed she had been short changed after selling marijuana to Struble leading to the attack on January 16th.  Marlatt was sentenced to life in prison without parole after his murder conviction on November 21st.
John Callahan (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – A fire was reported this afternoon in Columbia County.  Fire crews were called to a structure fire at 250 West Street in Bloomsburg just before 2:30 this afternoon.  Main Street at West Street, which is also Route 11, was closed for a time as fire crews worked but has since re-opened.  There’s no word on how the fire started or if there were any injuries.
John Callahan (WGRC)

NORTHUMBERLAND – Less than a week after the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, parents of the Priestly Elementary School on 16th Street  in Northumberland were rushing to the school after a man threatened to “do worse“ than what happened in Connecticut at that school. Now 37-year-old Jeremy Church of Middleburg is locked up in the Northumberland County Jail on $125,000 bail on making threats of mass causality and threats of violence against the school. The incident happened just after 11:00 Thursday morning when Church made threats against the mother of his child. Both the child and mother were at the school at the time. Police swarmed the school and placed it on lockdown and parents and relatives arrived at the school after hearing of the threats. Children inside the school were guided to an area where there were no windows. Church was eventually caught in Middleburg and taken into custody.
(WGRC)

NORTHUMBERLAND - Safety protocol was put into action Thursday after the Shikellamy School District was locked down on threats made against Priestley Elementary School. Superintendent Patrick Kelly says the schools emergency plan worked as planned and that teachers and students practice drills in regards to safety plans. An Alert Now message was sent to district parents after the lockdown had ended. Many parents of the 452 students at Priestley Elementary signed their children out of school after the incident. Kelly thanked law enforcement for their almost instantaneous response. District administrators already planned to meet with law enforcement after the holiday break to review safety protocol. Kelley said some notes were made in review of Thursday's district response, but he was pleased with how the safety plan was put into action. The students are expected to return to school today.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – Another lock-down at a school took place Thursday as well. Children at the Mifflinburg Area School District were place on lockdown around eight yesterday morning after a bomb threat was found inside a restroom of one of the schools. The schools were searched using dogs, but nothing was found. Police and school officials are continuing their investigation there in Mifflinburg.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - A crash this morning on Interstate 180 in Lycoming County shut down traffic for a time for clean-up of the westbound lanes. The crash involving a Wal-Mart tractor trailer happened just after five a.m. on the westbound lanes of the Interstate between Route 87 and Third Street, Montoursville. Reports say the rig crash and then burst into flames in the median of the highway. The fire was quickly put out. No word if anyone was hurt in that crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – A 78-year-old Middleburg woman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash near Middleburg in Snyder County. The crash happened around five Thursday afternoon on Route 522 at Manor Drive in Middlecreek Township. Police say Jean Kreighbaum failed to see a pick-up truck stopped to make a turn off Route 522 and slammed into the rear of the truck before going off the roadway over an embankment. The driver of the pick-up, 74-year-old Merrill Kratzer of Lewisburg was not hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - In Centre County, two people were injured Thursday when their SUV drove off an Interstate 99 overpass in Worth Township, tumbled then slid several hundred feet before landing. The driver, 54-year-old Ann Connell of Rockville, Maryland, suffered moderate injuries, and her passenger, 22-year-old Alison Connell, a minor injury. Both women were wearing seatbelts. They were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.
(WGRC)

MUNCY VALLEY – A Lycoming County man is jailed in the County Prison on attempted homicide charges after he entered his estranged wife’s home, fired several shots from a shotgun and assaulted the woman and another man in the home. That happened last night around eight o’clock at the home on Beaver Run Lane in Muncy Valley. Police have charged 60-year-old William Hellenthal with the incident in which the woman had to be taken to Williamsport Hospital with bruised eyes and broken nose and rib.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – State Police are continuing their investigation into a man they believe stalked and robbed two women and possibly more in Lycoming County. Police have charged 55-year-old Ruben McDowell of Williamsport with burglary, robbery and related counts. Police say McDowell would follow his victim’s home from the Giant Plaza in Williamsport and then force his way into the home when the women would enter and force them to the floor taking their money. Police say on December 12th he did that to an 85-year-old woman in her Loyalsock Township home and stole $400. McDowell was arrested yesterday at the Giant Plaza as he was stalking another victim. Police say they received numerous other incidents of the same nature from other victims.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

TAMAQUA – In Schuylkill County a Tamaqua man is in jailed on child sex abuse charges. State Police say 44-year-old Robert Raeder Jr. assaulted a four and five year-old girl at multiple locations in Tamaqua Borough during the summer of 2001. Raeder is locked up on $100,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s $4 million defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against the university will not be stayed, a judge ruled Thursday. Senior Judge Thomas Gavin’s decision is a blow to Penn State and a victory for McQueary, whose suit seeks to recover lost wages and other monetary damages from Penn State after the university did not renew his contract this summer. McQueary claims the university let him go because he cooperated with prosecutors who indicted ex-administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. The Judge ruled the criminal cases are irrelevant to McQueary’s civil suit. His decision comes more than a month after the attorneys for McQueary and Penn State made oral arguments in front of him in a Bellefonte courtroom. A Penn State spokesman declined to comment.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The Clinton County commissioners approved a final budget Thursday, showing $33.6 million in expenses, and a .7-mill real estate tax increase for 2013. The tax hike represents a $60.00-per-year jump on the average household property assessed at $100,000. Approval was unanimous by board members Jeff Snyder, Pete Smeltz and Joel Long, and followed a month's worth of re-examination of the numbers associated with the preliminary budget they approved in late November.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The Clinton County commissioners are looking to bolster security at the county courthouse and Garden Building. The board approved a contract with Tri-M Group Thursday, to retrofit the decade-old card access system and upgrade some aspects of the software and hardware. Commissioner Jeff Snyder declined to go into specifics of the improvements, saying some issues surrounding protection and safety of employees were better left not described.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Every Christmas season there are stories about all the donations that go to the less fortunate in our area. We rarely see how all those toys and food really help families in need. The gym floor was covered with bags and the bags were filled with toys for kids of all ages. It was the annual Christmas distribution for the American Rescue Workers of Williamsport. Organizers said more than 600 families will go home with a bag of toys and a Christmas dinner. Hundreds came to the Salvation Army in Williamsport for a similar Christmas gift of toys and food.
(WNEP)

LEWISTOWN - In the wake of a shooting that claimed 26 innocent lives last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, school districts across the country are reviewing and updating emergency plans and procedures. At Juniata County schools, administrators are making every effort to reduce or totally eliminate any risk to students, said Juniata County School District Superintendent Richard Musselman. Musselman says the district is committed to keeping schools safe long into the future. Recent physical changes to school buildings include entry bells that must be buzzed to gain entrance to the building. Musselman said the bells alert secretaries to visitors who can be viewed on security cameras in the office before the door is unlocked. The same precautions are taken in Mifflin County, where school district Superintendent James Estep says administrators recently revised and updated the school-wide emergency management plan.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – In the Lewisburg Area School District, a greater police presence has dominated the schools over the past week. Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco says the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and Pennsylvania State Police are making a more visible presence at the schools following last week’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. DiRocco says state police cover Kelly Elementary School and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police cover the other buildings in the district.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Area School Board unanimously agreed Thursday night to retain a school resource officer in the district on a month-to-month basis. After the special meeting, board president Donna James said the decision to keep Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Brian Carnuccio as the district's school resource officer was influenced by last week's shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Funding for the position comes from the school district and Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. A three-year grant from the commission runs out December 31st.
(WGRC)

BELLVILLE – Some school students in Mifflin County are in the Christmas giving spirit. The Belleville Mennonite School middle school senate sponsored the 2012 Christmas project for grades six through eight. The middle school students donated wrapped Christmas presents and clothing to needy families in the community.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Following an executive session to discuss personnel issues, the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors on Thursday approved a new administrative compensation plan that calls for a 2.23 percent salary increase for the next budget year. The vote came on the heels of a contract agreement approved November 15th that saw teachers receive an average 2.4 percent salary increase over the life of their new deal.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County School Board was presented with two concept sketches on the possibility of re-using the former Highland Park Area Elementary School building as a new location for the county's Career and Technology Center at last night’s board meeting. Architect Vern McKissick, of McKissick Associates of Harrisburg, was on hand to present the board with the two options. Preliminary costs to get the building in shape to house the tech center, option 1 would be $8.8 million. A second option, that would keep the building plans the same, would run approximately $10.2 million. McKissick also gave figures to build a new 48,000-square foot building for the tech center would run around $13.8 million in total project costs. The engineer recommended the board to make a decision sometime in March as to whether to go forward with a plan so that construction could begin next fall.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Lycoming College formally introduced president-elect Dr. Kent Trachte to faculty, staff, trustees and the public at an open house Thursday afternoon. Trachte, dean of the college at Franklin&Marshall College in Lancaster since 2003, will become Lycoming College's 15th president on July 1, 2013. Outgoing President Dr. James Douthat said in his introductory remarks. "We think he's the person best prepared to lead Lycoming College into its future." In his address Trachte said the college's current combination of stable finances - it has a $165 million endowment - and national standing - it is recognized as a Tier One Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report - leaves its leadership "free to exercise our imaginations and think boldly about the Lycoming College of the future and ensure the college's place in a new territory, its standing as a national liberal arts college.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – There were no bids placed for Sunbury’s newest home, last weekend when the city put the home up on public auction, so now the house is for sale privately by the city. Sunbury Mayor David Persing says, “…anyone can walk into the mayor’s office and say, I’d like to look at that house. We’ll take them for the tour. We’ll give them the contract agreement. If they want to buy the house, we’re going to sell it.” The asking price for the home is $165,000. Persing says there are no extra or hidden fees. It is located at 202 Washington Avenue in Sunbury. It cost about $200,000 to complete the project using a Redevelopment Authority grant.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg Town Council unanimously passed a 2013 budget Thursday that calls for $4.7 million in spending and contains a roughly $99,000 deficit. For town residents there will not be a tax hike. The budget includes an additional employee in public works at a roughly $37,000 salary. It also pulls $164,000 from the town’s roughly $900,000 in reserves to pay for one-time expenses. Those include repairs to Town Hall; a new dump truck for public works; and a new generator to replace the one ruined by the Lee flood. The Press Enterprise reports, Council had previously rejected a request to add a 17th officer to the police department, which accounts for $1.96 million of the budget. But the plan does include provisions to hire a third code officer for $38,000 if council decides to move ahead with inspecting all rental units, student and non-student.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Lycoming County officials provided more details yesterday for a housing project within the city of Williamsport which is expected to either create or revitalize more than 200 residential units. The former Brodart warehouse on Memorial Avenue will be torn down and a 74 unit complex of apartments, townhouses and single family homes will be built. Another 150 or so existing homes in the Memorial Avenue neighborhood will see improvements done to them. Also a 32 unit apartment complex for senior citizens is expected to be construction in the area of Grove and Almond Streets. About 85% of funding will come from private investors. Over $1 million dollars has also been provided by the state for the projects.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - After sitting dormant and empty for over six years, the former Horizon House, in Lock Haven, is nearly ready to re-open its doors to the county's homeless. The Life Center of Clinton County held ribbon-cutting ceremonies yesterday, officially opening the three-story house at 330 East Main Street to those who need help. However, the center will not be officially opened until some minor work is completed on its second and third floors. The timing for the ribbon cutting couldn't have been better, only a few days away from Christmas, said many of the two dozen or so dignitaries who attended. Many who spoke also noted not only the temporary help available to the homeless, but the innovative programs available to "build stable and self-sufficient families and individuals."
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett has recently disclosed that he took trips in 2011 worth more than $2,300 that were paid for by a local businessman who gave generously to Corbett's campaign and serves on Corbett's privatization council. Corbett says John Moran Jr., who heads Watsontown-based Moran Industries, is a friend of Corbett’s. The state’s Ethics Commission reports, Moran paid for a five-day trip in July 2011 for Corbett and his wife Susan to Rhode Island valued at $1,400. It also reported trips for Corbett valued at $900 on Moran's private plane and helicopter to events in Williamsport and Pittsburgh on September 30, 2011. The Associated Press reports, Moran and his wife, Ann, gave Corbett's campaign more than $100,000 since 2009. Corbett last year appointed Moran to an unpaid position on his Governor's Advisory Council on Privatization and Innovation. He also appointed Ann Moran last year to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Corbett is inviting Pennsylvanians to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of last week's school shooting in Connecticut. Corbett's office said he is asking for the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. this morning, a week after the shootings. Corbett says he'll join members of his staff and cabinet in a moment of silence. He says "we mourn the loss of these innocent lives and pray for their heartbroken families and friends who are coping with their grief."
(WGRC)

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey says that after the Connecticut school shootings, he would now support bills to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. The Democrat has long opposed new gun laws, but he now feels differently, following the tragic shooting. Casey says the hunting tradition in our state is still strong and should remain strong and individuals have the right to have a weapon to protect themselves and their families. Casey says that should not change. But if a bill to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips come before the Senate, he says he will vote for both.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - More Pennsylvanians are expected to make holiday trips this year. Triple A’s Mid Atlantic's latest survey predicts a two percent spike in travel across the commonwealth over last year. Spokeswoman Jenny Robinson says the poll also asks travelers what they plan to do while they're away. She says eating tops the list. Triple A predicts drivers will pay more to fill gas tanks this year than they did last Christmas, but the price of gas is still about 50 cents lower than this year's peak gas prices in April.
(WGRC)