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January 4, 2013

LOCK HAVEN - Two vehicles were extensively damaged by fire Wednesday night along Strawberry Alley in Lock Haven. Investigators say circumstances surrounding the blazes are suspicious. The alley runs between East and West Park streets, and the incident took place near Myrtle Street. The fires were reported just before eleven p.m. The vehicles were a total loss. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call city police at 570-893-5911.
(WGRC)

MILLVILLE - Fire struck a wood business in Columbia County Thursday night. Crews responded to Columbia Wood Industries on Route 42 in Millville around 11:30 p.m. Fire authorities say the fire started in a break room at the business which makes wood pallets. What sparked the fire remains under investigation, but firefighters do not think it is suspicious.
(WNEP)

BLOOMSBURG - A Berwick teen who set fire to two homes in his neighborhood thought one was a “meth house” and considered the other an eyesore. The Press Enterprise reports, 17-year-old Kyle Schell, was ordered Thursday into a teen boot camp for 60 days followed by indefinite placement in a “life skills” program operated by Northwestern Academy, a juvenile center near Shamokin. That sentence was handed down Thursday by Columbia/Montour County President Judge Thomas James. Schell was found guilty on two felony arson counts. The fires this fall destroyed vacant homes at 341 North Vine Street and 349 North Vine Street in Berwick.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A Danville-area man ran a red light, hit another vehicle and then slammed into two houses along Bloom Road in Mahoning Township in Montour County, Thursday. Police say Mike Mills of Danville ended up wedging his Subaru Forester under a porch support at 706 Bloom Road at the home of Lois Gass. The crash happened just before two yesterday afternoon. Neither the Kulpmont couple in the vehicle Mills struck first, nor Mills, or anyone in the homes were hurt.
(WGRC)

BERWICK – Officers geared in protective outfits gathered up itmes from another meth lab operation in Berwick yesterday morning. Police have charged 49-year-old Barry Zwalkuski and his cousin 41-year-old Tracie Jo Zwalkuski, with making meth. Police dressed in white HazMat suits dismantled the alleged lab at their 405 East Sixth Street home Thursday morning in Berwick. The Press Enterprise reports, both were jailed in the Columbia County Jail.
(WGRC)

DANVILE – Police in Montour County are investigating the theft of a chainsaw and about 50 pounds of copper wiring from a property in Danville. That happened Sometime late Wednesday night at the property at 214 Hilkert Road in Liberty Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Milton.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Drug charges have been withdrawn against one of two men accused in a recent drug bust in State College. Police said charges against Daniel Dade, of Duryea, were dropped. Nathan Banks, of Williamsport, is scheduled to be in court on drug-related counts at the end of January. Police said they found the men in mid-December with more than 75 bags of heroin, synthetic marijuana, cell phones and cash in a room at the Imperial 400 Motel. Authorities say both men have prior federal arrests for drug distribution.
(WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - A 23-year-old Coal Township woman has been charged with multiple offenses after allegedly assaulting two police officers, pulling a clump of hair from another woman's head and smashing two windows at her home New Year's Day. Meri Delia Bones-Vega, is jailed in the Northumberland County Prison after failing to post $20,000 cash bail.  Police say they were called out shortly after 6:30 a.m. to a home, where they encountered Bones-Vega on the front porch yelling. She then charged into the house and attacked the other woman. Police ran inside the home and pulled Bones-Vega off the other woman and that’s when she kicked the officers who had to subdue her.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - The defense attorney representing a man charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, was in court on Thursday with his client to address several outstanding pre-trial motions. In November, Centre County attorney Joseph Amendola filed the motions on behalf of his client, 42-year-old Carl Briggs who is also facing several other related charges pertaining to the death of 64 year-old Bruce Kauffman Jr. and his 63-year-old wife Judy Kauffman. Briggs was allegedly involved in the fatal accident on October 8th, 2011, along U.S. Route 22/522 near Jacks Mountain Road. Briggs is accused of hitting the motorcycle operated by Kauffman nearly head on. Kauffman and his wife both died at the scene of the crash. Amendola, Thursday claimed Briggs’ diabetic condition impaired Briggs' ability to understand what was transpiring after the crash. Prosecutors say the trial could be one involving medical experts if Amendola’s motions are accepted. Judge Rick Williams did not immediately rule on any of the outstanding motions. Briggs remains free on $150,000 bail. No trial date has been set.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - Jerry Sandusky is returning to Centre County next week. Sandusky will make the trip from the state prison in Waynesburg to the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte for a court hearing January 10th. The hearing is over Sandusky’s defense attorneys’ claims that they did not have enough time to prepare for the trial. They want Judge John Cleland to throw out the verdict and the 30- to 60-year sentence Sandusky is serving in Greene County. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse but has maintained his innocence despite the trial testimony from eight young men who said the former coach molested them when they were children.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's attorney general said she granted Gov. Tom Corbett the authority to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA because the litigation could present a conflict of interest as her office prosecutes three Penn State administrators. Attorney General Linda Kelly says her office is prosecuting Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley on charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury. Prosecutors claim they illegally covered up complaints and suspicions about Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator who was convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including attacks inside campus facilities. Corbett sued the NCAA in federal court on Wednesday, saying a set of penalties imposed against Penn State over its handling of the matter should be thrown out on antitrust grounds. Kelly says, "Given the serious nature of both these cases, keeping these matters separate is the best course of action for the people of Pennsylvania." The NCAA has called Corbett's lawsuit meritless and an affront to the victims of Sandusky.
(WGRC)

MONTGOMERY - Numerous people Thursday night expressed their opposition to Moxie Energy's plans to build a power plant in Clinton Township. The state Department of Environmental Protection hearing was held to allow public comment on the project, and many people made it clear they oppose it for environmental reasons. The energy company wants to build a plant along the Route 405 corridor between Muncy and Montgomery. Noise, traffic and health problems, were some of the main concerns brought by citizens at the meeting. DEP officials must approve an air quality plan prior to clearing the way for plant construction. Moxie is developing an 800-megawatt combined cycle power plant fueled by natural gas. Moxie President Aaron Samson told the audience that the availability of local natural gas deposits made it feasible for the company to locate in the township. The company is hoping to start construction this year. Jason Fink, of the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, said his organization supported the project as well which is expected to bring new jobs to the area. DEP will continue to accept written testimony from the public until Monday, January 14th. The testimony can be sent to: Department of Environmental Resources, Air Quality Program Manager, 208 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - First Energy Area Manager Thomas Kearney presented the Clinton County commissioners with a $5,000 check Thursday, to be applied to the ongoing efforts to create a new 911 emergency communications center out of the former Flemington Elementary School. The commissioners are hoping this first corporate donation will spark a few more financial assists down the road in connection with the project expected to cost about $2.4 million. FirstEnergy, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, purchased West Penn Allegheny last year, and the company has over 3,000 customers in Clinton County and 58,000 customers in Centre County. Kearney said the utility company has been a long-time partner with Clinton County Emergency Services and described the move as a much needed improvement.
(WGRC)

BEAVERTOWN – A Lancaster County Company that has factories in Snyder County has received a preliminary injunction in a federal lawsuit filed against the U.S. Health and Human Services Department that required the company provide insurance that would cover abortion inducing drugs to their employees, against the company’s founder’s religious beliefs. Conestoga filed the lawsuit December 4th in the United States District Court and received notice December 28th that a preliminary injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services for forcing Conestoga to provide the contraceptive measures through their insurance plan. An evidentiary hearing and oral arguments on Conestoga’s “Motion for Preliminary Injunction” will be held today in Harrisburg. Conestoga has two plants which makes cabinet components in Beavertown and Beaver Springs.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - Shamokin officials are considering mandating that all residential rental properties be inspected when tenants move in and move out. Rick Bozza, city code officer, is proposing inspections occur only with residency turnover and not on an annually scheduled basis. If a tenant lives in an apartment for 10 months or 10 years and decides to move, under Bozza's proposal, an inspection - and a passing grade - would be required before the property is rented again. City council and the mayor are discussing the proposal, but no formal adoption has yet taken place 0on the proposal. There are 210 landlords registered with the city who rent out approximately 760 units.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - As their February eviction date approaches, residents still living in Hilltop Mobile Home Park in State College are continuing their search for alternative affordable housing. Folks living in the mobile home park were told in September they have until February 23, 2013 to move out. Several mobile homes have already been moved from the area, but there are still several homes still there. Affordable housing continues to be an issue for several folks living in State College and throughout the Centre region.
(WGRC)

HEPBURNVILLE - It is the first week a 10-year-old girl in Lycoming County is able to ride home from school in her car. Carlee Weber was headed home from school near Williamsport and thanks to a generous gift from her church community she had a new ride. Carlee has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair to get around. So her church family from Fairlawn Community Church raised more than $54,000 to buy “Carlee’s Car.” The van has an automatic ramp and lots of space for the 10-year-old and her family. Church members spent 8 weeks raising money for Carlee’s Car and said they were just short of the goal until Sunday services. That’s when they decided all the money donated would go towards the specialized van for Carlee. Carlee and her mom were surprised Sunday at the church service with the new van.
(WNEP)

HARRISBURG - A former executive vice president at Harrisburg Area Community College has been charged with stealing about $228,000 from the college. Nancy Rockey had served as executive vice president at the community college. Prosecutors say the alleged improper expenditures, including some on her college-issued credit card, took place between 2007 and 2012. They included purchases for gift cards, an iPad, and other items. She's been charged with a third-degree felony count of theft by unlawful taking.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania State Police say car crashes killed one person and injured 86 others over the short New Year's holiday period. State police investigated 377 crashes on Monday and Tuesday. Of those, 55 were alcohol-related. Troopers made 184 arrests for driving under the influence and issued nearly 1,900 speeding citations. During the four-day New Year's driving period last year, 10 people were killed and 172 were injured in 552 crashes investigated by troopers.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State police have announced 18 new troopers have been assigned to Troop F, which represents Northumberland, Snyder, Union and Lycoming Counties. On December 21st, 98 men and women graduated to join the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police. The graduates completed 25 weeks of physical and classroom training and were assigned to nine different troop areas across the state.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The number of Pennsylvania's unemployed decreased by 16,000 in November, the largest decline since 1983 and the second largest decline on record. The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate of 8.1 percent. This was the lowest rate for Pennsylvania since June. Fueling the job growth was a gain of 7,200 private sector jobs. Pennsylvania's job total has risen in each of the past four months. Leisure&hospitality, education & health services, and manufacturing experienced the largest gains in jobs in November. Since January 2011 the state has added 109,400 private sector jobs with 51,000 of those being added this year.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Another year, another Pennsylvania Farm Show: the butter sculpture has been unveiled at the 97th annual agricultural extravaganza. The 2013 butter sculpture is an array of Pennsylvania-produced agricultural products – among them, chicken, wood, honey, and mushrooms. Dairy Princess Maria Jo Noble of Bradford County was on-hand for the unveiling, but she didn’t get an early look at what one presenter called the “buttery masterpiece.” Montgomery County-based sculptor Jim Victor said the state Department of Agriculture instructed him to fashion a piece showcasing Pennsylvania’s top home-grown products. “So there’s Pennsylvania Christmas trees in there, and there’s maple syrup and there’s wine and there’s poultry and hard woods.” After the Farm Show, the butter will be converted into electricity by a Juniata County dairy farm. The Pennsylvania Farm Show officially opens tomorrow in Harrisburg.
(WGRC)