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January 17, 2013

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Police are continuing their investigation into a pedestrian crash that claimed the life of a Lewistown woman yesterday. The crash happened just after five a.m. on South Main Street in Lewistown. The crash closed down South Main Street for several hours. Police say 50-year-old Parveen Mahajan was walking along the roadway south of Flemington Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Kevin Walter of Milroy. Mahajan died at the scene of the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LINDEN – State Police are continuing their investigation into a crash yesterday afternoon that injured five people in Lycoming County. The crash happened just before five p.m. on Route 220 at Northway Road near Linden. Police say a vehicle pulled out from Lewis Vet Clinic into the path of another vehicle and was hit broadside. A woman in the vehicle that was hit was thrown from the vehicle. All were taken to Williamsport Hospital. The woman who was thrown from her vehicle was then flown to Geisinger for further treatment. Police have not released the names of those involved in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SALONA - There are still a lot of unknowns about Tuesday afternoon's horrific crash that killed a Loganton mother and seriously injured her two children and another child in Clinton County. Courtney Rebuck was killed in the head-on crash along with Thomas Zierenberg of Allison Park, near Pittsburgh. Rebuck’s children 13-year-old Charotte, eight-year-old Sam and their friend four-year-old Cheyenne Weaver all remain in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center. The four p.m. crash Tuesday closed down Route 220 in Lamar Township.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEW PHILADELPHIA – In Schuylkill County a New Philadelphia woman was sent to Schuylkill regional Medical Center South after a crash Wednesday. The crash happened just before six a.m. on Valley Street in New Philadelphia. Police say 29-year-old Krystal Stanton suffered moderate injuries when her vehicle went off the roadway, struck and bridge and rolled down over an embankment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A Loyalsock Township man awaits sentencing in Lycoming County Prison for killing a city man while driving under the influence this past May. 34-year-old Scott Treese pleaded no contest to a charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence and guilty to related DUI charges before Judge Marc Lovecchio on Monday. Treese will serve a minimum of three years in state prison for the hit-and-run homicide. Treese struck and killed 46-year-old Mark Jeirls, at the intersection of High Street and Sixth Avenue late at night on May 2. Police say Treese was drunk and high on cocaine. He left the scene of the crash, then admitted to investigators who questioned him the next day that he had felt his car hit something.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A masked gunman held up a clerk at Puff's cigarette store on Washington Boulevard around 8:30 last night in Williamsport. The bandit was described as black with a thin build, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s. Police say the robbery took cash from the cash register and then took off on foot. Officers were reviewing the store's video tape to see if they could get any additional tips about the suspect.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Police have now identified the two men whose tracks led police to an arrest following a burglary in Lewisburg. Police have charged 18-year-old Damon Marciniak of Lewisburg and 20-year-old Damon Snead of Bloomsburg with felony burglary and related counts for the break-in of a home on South Seventh Street in Lewisburg. Police say the two stole items including a television, DVD’s, and jewelry from the home on December 26th. Police caught up to the thieves following their footprints to a home on Market Street in the Borough where police found the stolen goods.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A Lewisburg man is arrested for stealing a debit card and two checks from his ex-girlfriend and signing her name to them in return getting over $450 from her bank account. Buffalo Valley Regional Police have charged 23-year-old Jerome Todd with felony forgery for the incidents which happened in early December.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – A home health nurse is being charged with felony theft after stealing over $2,300 from a patient she cared for in Union County. Mifflinburg Police have filed charges against 19-year-old Alyssa Kahle of Mifflinburg with the theft of money using a bank debit card of a Mifflinburg woman she was caring for. Kahle worked as a nurse for BAYDA home health care out of Lewisburg when she stole the money between December 17, 2012 and January 9th 2013.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEW BERLIN – A Mifflinburg man is facing game law violations as well as DUI charges from both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and State Police for an incident December 1st in Union County. Officials say 46-year-old David Kreider was spotted by a passing motorist shooting across New Berlin Mountain Road at several deer. The motorist called the Game Commission who stopped Kreider along Rusty Run Road in Buffalo Township. A search of Kreider found him carrying several beers in his pocket and state police had to hand-cuff Kreider after he became unruly. A search of the area also turned up four dead deer that Kreider shot, and spent ammunition was found in Kreider’s vehicle. Police also say Kreider’s blood alcohol was over twice the legal limit to be driving when he was picked-up.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PENNS CREEK – A Snyder County man has been arrested for stealing a gun from a 69-year-old man and then selling it for $75.00. 20-year-old Tyler Saylor of Penns Creek is charged for the incident sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Saylor faces theft and receiving stolen property charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LINDEN – Police in Lycoming County are continuing their investigation into several burglaries lately. One happened last Friday at a home in Linden. There thieves took $300 dollars in cash, electronics and jewelry from the home at 1383 Quenenshukney Road. Another break-in in Wolf Township netted thieves numerous electronic gaming devices and a laptop computer. That happened sometime Monday at a home on Elm Drive near Hughesville. Previous break-ins were reported in Hughesville on January Fifth at a home along Perterman Lane where gold rings were taken and a break-in at a home on Laubacher Road in Upper Fairfield Township on January Third where thieves got away with numerous items including jewelry and guns. Anyone with information should call state police, Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HERNDON – Around 1,200 PPL Electric Utilities customers in the Herndon area lost power for approximately three hours Wednesday morning because of a transformer explosion. The transformer was located at the intersection of Routes 147 and route 225 and knocked out power around one a.m. Power was back in service just before five a.m.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – Sunbury Mayor and the Police union are at odds over 13 items in a contract both have been working on since the current Police Contract expired December 31st. Persing says he wouldn’t make any comment on the specifics of the contract he proposes until the police union has looked at his proposal. One of the major sticking points however is the length on the contract. The Police union is looking for a five year term while the Mayor and others on City Council say they would prefer a two year contract..
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - Geisinger Medical Center recently earned the Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation Hospital Award. Geisinger was a silver medal winner in the program that honors hospitals and organ procurement organizations that sustain national goals for organ and tissue donation. A total of 404 hospitals and 38 organ procurement organizations were honored nationwide. Geisinger is one of 237 hospitals in the country to earn the silver medal and one of 17 in Pennsylvania. To qualify for a silver medal, a facility must achieve a donation rate of 75 percent or greater of eligible donors and a donation rate of 10 percent or greater of eligible donors suffering cardiac death.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Hospital has placed further restrictions on who can visit the hospital in an effort to stave off the flu. No children under the age of 18, no siblings of newborns in maternity under the age of 18; and all visitors to maternity must check in at nurses station and wear a mask. The Hospital also asks that if you are experiencing any cold and flu symptoms and need to be at the hospital, wear a mask; and if you are experiencing any cold and flu symptoms and don’t need to be at the hospital, please do not visit.
(WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health will be making a visit to Coal Township in Northumberland County today. Michael Wolf will attend a free flu vaccination clinic for the public at Our Lady of Hope Church. In addition to the free flu vaccines, the health department will be distributing adult pneumonia and Tdap vaccines to those who are uninsured or underinsured. The clinic will be open from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church along Chestnut Street in Coal Township.
(WGRC)

SHENANDOAH - While the Tamaqua Area school board on Tuesday discussed allowing some staff members to carry guns, Shenandoah Valley is also considering the possibility of upgrading security with firearms. In February, the Shenandoah Valley school board will consider a proposal that suggests having "armed, trained security when school is in session." The proposal, developed by the district's safety committee, will be discussed at the school board's next workshop February 18th.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - The Shamokin Area School District is beefing up security. The school board voted unanimously to install metal detectors in all three of the district’s schools. Shamokin Area School Board members recently took a trip to the Hazleton Area School District, where metal detectors have been in place since August. Board President Brian Persing says Shamokin will model its new security system after Hazleton’s. The metal detectors cost $16,000. That money will come from the district’s capital reserve fund. In addition to the metal detectors, the Shamokin Area School District will also implement the School Gate Guardian system. That means all visitors to the schools will have to swipe their driver’s licenses as soon as they get inside the building. The Shamokin Area School District hopes to have law enforcement officers or a security company monitor the metal detectors. The new security system could be installed in as early as two months.
(WNEP)    

DANVILLE – Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry has approved a third party fact-finder for negotiations between the Danville School Board and its teacher’s union. School Board officials and teachers met Tuesday, but both were at odds over negotiations of a contract between the two. The fct-finder will listen to both sides and will then submit a recommendation to reach a resolution. Teachers have been working without a contract at the Danville School District since June 2011.
(WGRC)

NEW BERLIN - There is a new lathe in the future of SUN Area Career and Technology Center, to be bought with nearly $24,000 received through the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant program. SUN Tech is one of 25 vocational education schools in the state sharing a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Sun Tech officials say students studying precision machining will use the lathe, which will replace an obsolete one in the machine shop. The state Department of Education received 63 applications requesting almost $3 million in grants. The equipment grant aims to help schools buy state-of-the-art equipment that students would use in the workplace. Each school must match the grant dollar-for-dollar to purchase equipment that meets industry standards.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A benefit concert tonight in memory of Central Columbia’s Eileen Hower will raise money for a new scholarship in her name. Hower was an inspiration to many students in and out of the classroom, pushing the underdog and encouraging and mentoring young talent. She passed away December second after a long and hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Whether it was spending extra time at rehearsal to fix what seemed like a minor imperfection or giving advice after class, the Press Enterprise reports, several former students credit Hower with having a remarkable impact on their lives. The concert is tonight at 7 in the Central Columbia Middle School cafeteria. Donations will be collected at the door to help fund the Eileen Hower Scholarship. The scholarship will go to a student who possesses similar characteristics to Hower and will be pursing a degree in music.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - For the ninth consecutive year, PennDOT has been presented with the national Partner Award for its continued support of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. The Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. Department of Transportation Partner Award recognizes states for their support of litter-cleanup programs and emphasizes the importance of anti-litter programs through public/private partnerships. This year’s event collected more than 6.7 million tons of unsightly litter from Pennsylvania roadways and other areas including school yards, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, shorelines, as well as parks and wetlands. Volunteers through PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program contributed to more than 88 percent of the 6.7 million tons of litter collected.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett is about to unveil a transportation plan funded primarily by nearly $2 billion a year in new taxes on gas stations. The Associated Press reports, the governor will announce the fine points of the long-awaited initiative next week. The proposal would remove a statutory cap on the oil company franchise tax. The per-gallon tax is applied up to an average wholesale price of $1.25, and the administration says lifting the cap could produce $1.9 billion a year.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTON D.C. - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama issued an extensive, nationwide proposal in hopes of curbing gun violence. The president signed 23 executive measures that aim to change the process of obtaining, possessing and selling firearms. U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. and U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson agreed that President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence should be considered, but to varying degrees. Casey said after reviewing the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six teachers in December, he supports reinstating a military-style assault weapon ban. Thompson, of Howard in Centre County, thinks the focus should be more on mental health issues.  In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden earlier this month, Casey said he, too, thinks mental illness is an issue that must be looked at, as well as gun control, but more federal funding to increase police enforcement is needed. Thompson, who has maintained his support for the Second Amendment, said in a statement he would look closely at the president’s plan. However, Thompson continued his stance that a ban wouldn’t remedy the issue. He says, “I do not believe that additional gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens will serve to prevent future acts of mass violence.”
(WGRC)