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January 31, 2013

UNDATED – High winds are expected through this morning and the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect until noon today. With the wind comes the possibility of power outages due to downed trees and limbs on electrical wires. As of 4:30 this morning PPL has reported over 1500 power outages throughout the WGRC listening region. The hardest hit area is Northumberland County where over 1300 customers are without power.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEWPORT – A Newport man was injured and flown to Hershey Medical Center after his ATV crashed into a Jeep in Perry County Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened on Meadow Grove Road and Bucks Church Road in Buffalo Township. Police say Hunter Smith failed to stop at the intersection and was hit by the Jeep driven by Robert Heimbach of Mount Pleasant Mills. Police say Smith suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Heimbach wasn’t hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MUNCY – A Montoursville woman was taken to Williamsport Hospital with what police called major injuries in a crash Tuesday in Lycoming County. The crash happened around 4:30 at the intersection of Lycoming Mall Drive and Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township. Police say 44-year-old Tracy Moyer failed to stop at the intersection and was hit broadside on the driver’s side of her car by a pick-up truck driven by 59-year-old Charles Gatz of Pennsdale. Gatz was not hurt. Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash and Moyer is likely facing charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Buffalo Valley Regional Police are investigating a burglary that took place in the 2400 block of Smoketown Road in East Buffalo Township. Police say the break-in happened between ten Tuesday night and seven Wednesday morning. Police say the bandit loaded stolen items onto a child’s wagon, walked around other homes in the neighborhood, and then pulled the wagon through a farm field to an area on Old School House Road. Police ask anyone if they saw any suspicious vehicles parked along Old School House Road or and suspicious activity in that area of Smoketown Road to call police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

COGAN STATION – Police in Lycoming County are investigating several break-ins. One of the break-ins happened sometime between January 14th and the 28th at the home located at 1602 Clark Hill Road in Anthony Township. Police say the bandits stole two shotguns and two acoustic guitars from the home and then smashed 19 windows on the home. Another break-in happened sometime between January 10th and the 25th at a home at 1920 Sylvan Dell Road in Armstrong Township. There thieves got away with jewelry. Another happened January 17th during daylight hours at a home along Rose Valley Road in Gamble Township. Police say in that burglary it appears there were two people involved and the thieves took jewelry and loose change from the home. That same day someone broke into a home at 1921 Warrensville Road in Loyalsock Township and again took jewelry and watches. Police ask anyone with information on any of the break-ins to call state police Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE – A man accused of plotting to blow up a convenience store and hold a shoot-out with police in Lycoming County is headed to court. 24-year-old Matthew Bachman sent his charges onto court during a hearing yesterday in Jersey Shore. Bachman was turned into police by his roommate for allegedly plotting to blow up the Minit Mart on Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore and then barricading himself inside the nearby Tiadaghton Mall with an arsenal of guns.  Bachman remains jailed on $400,000 bail.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – In Montour County 57-year-old Suzanne Thomas of Derry Township was hoping Wednesday to get no more than a fine and maybe probation for fatally shooting a neighbor’s dog after tying it to a tree. But Thomas wound up with a 45-day prison sentence for animal cruelty. The Press Enterprise reports, President Judge Thomas James Jr. called her actions “downright mean” and deserving of an aggravated sentence. Thomas told the judge she was only protecting her rabbit pen when a yellow Labrador retriever belonging to James White, “terrorized her rabbits” and “shook the living daylights” out of one of them after scaling a 4-foot-high fence in January of last year.
(WGRC)

BURNHAM – Fire Crews were called out around five this morning to battle a fire at a home in Mifflin County. The fire located at 2523 Back Maitland Road sent residents out into the wind and rain. Mifflin County 9-1-1 tells us all occupants got out safely and no injuries have been reported. Gusty winds challenged fire fighters from Mifflin and Snyder Counties at the scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - A faulty electrical outlet is being blamed for a fire that gutted a Coal Township home and killed several animals Monday evening. A state police fire marshal says the fire at 1479 Wabash Street was accidental. The New Item reports, the investigation showed that an outlet on the first floor of the structure malfunctioned and sparked the blaze.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A fire started in the basement of a two-story brick home in Lewistown yesterday afternoon. Quick work by fire fighters kept the damage minimal. The fire call was sent out around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon at the home on North Grand Street. A cause is not known and a fire marshal is investigating.  
(WGRC)

ELYSBURG - An Elysburg woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her 7-year-old son who was found three times walking barefoot by himself on Route 487 and Spruce Street. 38-year-old Debbie Lisiewicz, was taken before District Judge Hugh Jones on a felony of endangering the welfare of children, and related counts. The New Item reports, charges were filed by Ralpho Township Police related to incidents that happened October 7th and 20th, and December 8th. Lisiewicz is free on bail.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - A 5-year-old kindergarten student at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School was scheduled to return to classes this morning after an agreement was reached Wednesday afternoon between her attorney and school district officials involving her suspension earlier this month for allegedly telling two classmates that she was going to shoot them and herself with a pink Hello Kitty Bubbles Gun. Both the girl’s mother and attorney say they are satisfied with the resolution reached during a meeting in the district office at the high school. The agreement calls for the little girl to return to school today and reportedly expunges her suspension from her scholastic record.
(WGRC)

BLOOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg Police want you to know if you have a parking ticket from the town dated 2012 or older you can now pay the fee of the ticket without all the added fees for late payment. It’s Parking Ticket Amnesty month in Bloomsburg. Between this Friday and February 28th, anyone with an old parking ticket can come and pay the face value of the ticket without penalty and any outstanding warrant will be expunged. Police Department hours are from eight a.m. till four p.m. Monday through Friday. The Parking Ticket Amnesty does not apply to tickets handed out in 2013.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project with the help of the Pennsylvania State Police and Lycoming County Safe Kids will hold a child passenger safety seat check from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February  1st, at the Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall, 1600 Dewey Avenue, Williamsport. Parents are encouraged to stop by the free car seat check to make certain their car seat is installed and fits their child properly.  
(WGRC)

MILTON – ACF Industries in Milton is looking to hire around 250 workers for the factory which is expected to reopen by March. The Daily item reports, the railcar manufacturing plant is looking to build tank cars that will be able to transport natural gas from wells in Pennsylvania and other state in the Marcellus Shale region. ACF Industries shut down in 2009 citing a lack of work. More than 320 workers were laid off at the time of the closing.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – If you plan to fill up your gas tank this week expect to pay a little more at the pumps. Triple A says Susquehanna Valley gas prices have gone up four cents per gallon since last week. The average for a gallon of gas is $3.57 this week. Prices have risen mostly because of higher oil prices from positive economic news and recent regional refinery issues. Across the nation over the last week average gasoline prices have increased in every state with exception of Montana and Washington, D.C. At a quick glance the lowest gas prices in the Susquehanna Valley are in Lewisburg at $3.52 a gallon and the highest gas prices in the Valley are in Selinsgrove and Sunbury at $3.59 a gallon.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A commissioner said Wednesday that Northumberland County can save up to $200,000 a year by moving administrative offices out of Sunbury and into Shamokin. Vinny Clausi and fellow commissioner Steve Bridy said they are going to research savings and determine whether other parties are interested in the two-story building near Shikellamy High School. Commissioner Rick Shoch said Wednesday he was in the dark over the idea. Clausi tells the Daily Item, “I have been evaluating selling the administration building because it is a waste of money to the taxpayers.” Clausi says he’s been looking into the idea for three years. The Commissioners are looking at the County owned former Careeer Link Building on Eighth Street in Shamokin as a possible home for administrative offices.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly $240,000 in grants to help 32 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in pollution-prevention or energy-related costs. Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines. Of the 32 businesses receiving grant monies in the WGRC listening area are Ken Bergren Incorporated of Lycoming County which will receive $8,900. And in Schuylkill County Losch Boiler Sales and Service and Rubright Domalakes&Troy will both receive $9,500 each.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial, Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict. Judge John Cleland’s 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy. He also rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and other matters. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. The Associated Press reports, he has maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court within the next 30 days.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The state Senate Wednesday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Jake Corman which would ensure that all proceeds from Penn State’s $60 million fine are used to fund programs within Pennsylvania. The fine - which will go into an endowment for programs to prevent child sex abuse or help abuse victims – is one of a number of sanctions imposed on Penn State by the NCAA. Penn State paid its first $12 million installment into an escrow fund in December but the NCAA has agreed not to disperse the money while a lawsuit filed by Corman is pending. Senate Bill 187 would require Penn State and any other higher-education institutions that are required by a governing association to pay a penalty in installments of $10 million or more to deposit those fines into an endowment set up through the state Treasurer. Under the measure, the funds will be used for child sexual abuse prevention efforts, training of mandated reporters and other victim assistance efforts based in Pennsylvania. The fine money would be held in trust by the state Treasurer and distributed through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
(WGRC)

PITTSBURGH - Governor Tom Corbett Wednesday unveiled an ambitious proposal to get Pennsylvania out of the liquor and wine business by replacing hundreds of state-owned stores with twice as many private outlets and allowing beer and wine to be sold at a wide range of stores. Corbett said the plan would generate an additional $1 billion in revenue over several years. He said the money would be used to create a proposed block grant program to help finance certain public school projects. Most of the revenue, a projected $575 million, would come from the sale of wholesale liquor licenses. An additional $224 million is anticipated from the auctioning of 1,200 wine and liquor licenses by the state's 67 counties. Those licensees would be required to set up separate stores to sell wine and liquor. Other revenue would flow from the sale of beer and wine licenses to retailers including big-box stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. Beer distributors, which currently only sell beer by the case, could obtain an enhanced license that allows them to sell in smaller quantities. The plan calls for shutting down the 620 existing state stores, a move strongly opposed by employee unions. The Associated Press reports, the transition to a fully privatized system could take as long as four years. However, the closing of the state stores would begin within six months and to be completed in the second year of the plan.
(WGRC)