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January 11,2013

 
AVIS - Fire crews from Clinton and Lycoming Counties rushed out to fight a fire in the borough of Avis this morning. The fire was reported just after four a.m. at Six East Ridge Street in Avis. Fire fighters had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ORANGEVILLE - An Orangeville-area man battled a smoldering wood-stove fire with his garden hose for two hours Thursday until neighbors convinced him to call the fire department. The Press Enterprise reports, fire at the home of 70-year-old Art Sassani, caused extensive damage to the roof of his home and smoke and water damage inside. Fire officials say Sassani's work with the garden hose helped stop the fire from engulfing the home.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Causes of two fires in Northumberland County have been released. An early morning fire Thursday sparked by an electrical malfunction gutted the bar room and kitchen at the Brass Key bar on Regan Street in Sunbury. Sunbury Fire Chief Mike Rhoads said the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit within a lighting fixture in the basement of the building. In Northumberland it's believed a space heater caused the fire in the mobile home of David Pope on Wednesday morning. That fire destroyed the trailer and its contents.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Authorities have released the name of the man shot to death in an alley off of the 300 block of Susquehanna Street in Williamsport late Wednesday afternoon. Police say 21-year-old Terell Littles, of Williamsport, died from a single gunshot wound in an alley next to the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. City police detectives are working around-the-clock trying to track down the gunman who killed Littles but they say they have few details about the homicide. Police encouraged those with information to contact city police. Meanwhile some residents and landlords are upset that police left a pile of absorbent material on the spot where the victim was slain. The Sun Gazette reports, police however say they did everything they could to clean up the scene properly.
(WGRC)

DEER LAKE - Police have released the names and details of those involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in Schuylkill County. The crash happened just after six a.m. on Route 61 at Route 895 in Deer Lake. Troopers say a car driven by 44-year-old David Schatz Jr. of Schuylkill Haven pulled into the intersection and hit another car driven by 33-year-old Scott Bennett of Frackville. The impact pushed Bennett's car into an oncoming mail truck driven by 44-year-old John Hoover of Reading. Police say Bennett was killed in the crash. Hoover suffered minor injuries and Schatz suffered moderate injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A woman was struck by a vehicle and taken to the hospital yesterday in Lewisburg. The accident happened just after eleven a.m. at the intersection of North 15th Street and Industrial Boulevard in Lewisburg. Buffalo Valley Regional Police say 72-year-old Nancy Stickley of North 15th Street was crossing the roadway across the intersection when she was struck by a vehicle driven by 76-year-old Nancy Neuman of Lewisburg. Stickley was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital then transferred to Geisinger where she continues to be treated.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HEGINS - A Dalmatia woman was flown to Geisinger Medical Center following a two car crash in Hubley Township, Schuylkill County. The crash happened just after seven p.m. Thursday on Schwenks Road. Police say the 17-year-old driver of Sacramento crossed the center of the roadway on a curve and hit a car driven by 31-year-old Amy Stoneroad of Dalmatia. Police say the teen suffered minor injuries. Stoneroad had to be cut free of her vehicle and was flown to Geisinger.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PENNS VALLEY - Two Lewistown women were injured around 9:30 Thursday morning when their car veered off state Route 45 near Gordon’s Lane, in Penn Township, Centre County and slammed into a tree and utility pole. Police say the 39-year-old driver had been distracted while driving east on Penns Valley Road and went off the roadway. Police say both women — a mother and daughter — were transported by Penns Valley ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center with what police say were non-life threatening injuries. Traffic in both lanes was backed up until about 11 a.m., as both lanes of Route 45 were closed.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINVILLE - Two tires came loose from a rig headed west on Interstate 80 Thursday in Columbia County, rolling all the way down an exit ramp and smashing into a control panel for a sewer-pump station at the Mifflin Township Sewer Authority. The dual tires and their assembly were thought to have weighed about a half ton and ruined the control panel which regulates electricity to the sewer pumps. The Press Enterprise reports, sewer workers hooked up a generator to power the pumps and repairs to the control panel are expected to be made today. Police say the driver of the rig probably never even knew what happened.
(WGRC)

LIVERPOOL - Guns and coins were taken from a home in Perry County Thursday. Police say the break-in happened at a home in the 400 block of South Front Street in Liverpool sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Anyone who may have seen some suspicious activity in the area of the home are asked to give State Police, Newport a call.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BRANDONVILLE - Police in Schuylkill County are looking the thief that stole several items from the Citizen's Fire Company in Brandonville. That happened sometime between nine a.m. and two p.m. Tuesday. State Police say the thief got into the engine room and stole two sets of turn-out gear, helmets, fire radios, and a chain saw among other items.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

 MILTON - A Millmont woman charged with trying to pay someone to beat up a teen boy in Milton that harassed her daughter is headed to court. Thursday 35-year-old Veronica Ulrich sent her charges onto Northumberland County Court. Ulrich allegedly tried to hire some men to beat up the 15-year-old boy in September after the boy allegedly did the same to her daughter.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE — Joe Amendola, the lawyer representing Jerry Sandusky, had a mission in the months leading up to the trial — get the prosecutors in the case to turn over as much information in their case as possible in the hope of raising doubt about the victims’ accusations. As it turns out, Amendola testified Thursday during a court hearing for Sandusky, many of the documents the attorney labored to get were irrelevant to the trial he tried to have delayed multiple times on the grounds he needed more time to prepare a defense. Amendola took the stand Thursday in Centre County Court as part of a hearing for Sandusky’s defense to try to persuade Senior Judge John Cleland to overturn the conviction and grant a new trial because the attorneys were deluged with paperwork that kept them from building their case. Cleland did not immediately rule from the bench after the 90 minute hearing. Sandusky attended the hearing but did not testify. Prosecutor Frank Fina does not think the defense will prevail and he went as far as telling the judge that Amendola did a “very professional” job of cross-examining witnesses. If Cleland denies Sandusky’s request, the attorneys could appeal to the state’s Superior Court.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett suggested that incoming state Attorney General Kathleen Kane can turn to outside attorneys for help in investigating how the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case was handled because of the extent of work possibly involved. Corbett answered questions about the prosecution of Sandusky that he started as attorney general, along with his recent filing of a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA. Kane, who takes office Tuesday, plans an in-house investigation to determine why it took state prosecutors nearly three years to charge Sandusky. She made the pace of the Sandusky investigation handled through a state grand jury a major issue in her successful campaign for attorney general in the fall.
(WGRC)

DALMATIA - Nine property owners are celebrating the state Public Utility Commission’s rejection of PPL Electric Utilities’ plan to string nearly 12 miles of power lines over scenic farmland in Northumberland, Snyder and Juniata counties. Two PUC administrative law judges, David Salapa and Joel Cheskis, ultimately made the decision. PPL had requested to the PUC that it wanted to exercise eminent domain over several properties for a proposed Dalmatia to Richfield 69-kilovolt transmission line project. The Judges said the need for the transmission line was not proven by PPL and rejected the utilities application for the project.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - First Quality Enterprises, the largest private employer in Clinton County, continues to expand its local operations. First Quality has announced it will add an additional high-speed manufacturing line at its Lock Haven facility this year. First Quality Enterprises and its several subsidiaries employ about 1,500 at its plants in Lock Haven and McElhattan.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - The Lewisburg Area School District is looking at a $303,000 deficit in their upcoming budget for 2013-2014. School officials say with a stagnant enrollment, at least one teacher position could be cut. The Daily Item reports, the coming year's school budget is $29.3 million dollar budget and raised $197,000 since its last update in November. School officials attribute the costs of retirement for school employees and health insurance costs for the rise in budget figures.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Obama Thursday signed the Pennsylvania disaster declaration from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The President declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ordered Federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy during the period of October 26 to November 8, 2012. Federal funding is available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The counties in the WGRC listening area that applied for federal funding are Juniata, and Sullivan counties.
(WGRC)