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February 4, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT – Traffic in the Williamsport was tied up for a time this morning at the I-180/Route 15/Route 220 Interchange of Interstate-180. A truck hauling hay caught fire and was destroyed. The ramp carrying Route 220 northbound traffic to Route 15 northbound was closed. Traffic was be detoured via the Maynard Street Exit and back. One lane was also closed on the ramp carrying I-180 westbound to Route 15 northbound.
(WGRC)

LAURELTON – A structure in Union County’s Hartley Township was destroyed by fire overnight. Fire crews were called out around 3:45 this morning to fight the fire at Mountain View Lane, off Patty Mountain Road. Crews were hampered in getting to the scene due to a locked entry gate to the drive way. When crews arrived the second floor had already collapsed onto the ground. No injuries were reported.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

YEAGERTOWN – An investigation is underway in Mifflin County after a fire claimed the life of a 63-year-opld man and destroyed the home. The fire, which was reported around ten Friday night at 18 Pretzel Lane in Yeagertown, claimed the life of 63-year-old William Fye. Fye was found by fire fighters and was pronounced dead at the scene due to accidental smoke inhalation. The home was fully involved when crews arrived on the scene with flames leaping nearly 30 feet into the air. A cause of the blaze is being investigated.
(WGRC)

HUMMELS WHARF - A fire damaged a business Saturday morning in Snyder County. The fire started around 5:00 a.m. at EMS Surgical Equipment near Hummels Wharf. The company makes post-surgical garments. According to a fire chief on the scene, flames started in the area of the furnace and water heater. No one was hurt in the fire in Snyder County.
(WNEP)

SHENANDOAH – In Schuylkill County a 28-year-old Shamokin woman was jailed Friday charged by Shenandoah police with lighting a January 19th fire in Shenandoah that destroyed two homes and damaged three others. The investigation determined Chevonne Martinson, was responsible for lighting the blaze. Police have charged Martinson with one felony count each of arson-endangering persons, and related counts. Martinson is jailed on $25,000 bail. Police say Martinson started the fire in the home of her boyfriend, Luis Ramos after having a fight with him.
(WGRC)

UNITYVILLE – A Millville man was killed in a crash in Lycoming County Friday afternoon. 52-year-old Greg Deets, was traveling west on Route 118, just west of Temple Road when he lost control of his car which crossed the roadway slamming into some guard rails. Police say Deets was not seat belted and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lycoming County Coroner.
(WGRC)

SACRAMENTO – Two people were taken to Schuylkill Medical Center South, after their SUV spun out of control and landed on its roof in a creek bed in Hubley Township. The crash happened just before six Sunday morning on Fearnot road. Police say the driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Jessica Yeagley of Gratz and her passenger and 21-year-old Samantha Reynolds of Sacramento were both taken to the hospital following the crash.
(WGRC)

BEAVER SPRINGS – A Millerstown man remains in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Snyder County over the weekend. The crash happened on Route 522 in Spring Township near Beaver Springs. Police say 54-year-old John Walter lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment and utility pole before going into a field.
(WGRC)

ORWIGSBURG – A crash Friday night in Schuylkill County sends one man to the hospital. The crash happened just after ten p.m. on ridge road in North Manheim Township. Police say 46-year-old Joseph Evans of Orwigsburg suffered major injuries and was flown to the Lehigh Valley Medical Center. Troopers say he lost control of his car which struck a culvert and two trees. Police believe alcohol to have been a factor in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A woman was injured in a crash Friday after she was ejected from her car and became pinned beneath it, in Spring Township, Centre County. Police say the crash happened Friday afternoon on Blanchard Street. The woman’s car left the roadway, struck a guardrail and rolled over throwing her underneath the car. She was flown to a hospital by the Lifeflight helicopter, which landed in a farm field a short distance from the crash. Police have not identified the woman.
(WGRC)

BOALSBURG - A head-on collision just after midnight Friday closed Route 322 in Potter Township, Centre County for an hour and sent a Pittsburgh man to the hospital. Police say 19-year-old Adam Janoski was flown to Altoona Regional Medical Center after his car struck a Mack truck driven by a Grove City man. The crash occurred in the 2200 block of General Potter Highway southeast of State College.
(WGRC)

MILTON - A brawl involving 10 people erupted on Rose Street in Milton on Sunday, with a few of those involved wielding knives. The daily item reports, three or four of those involved required medical attention. Police were called out around 4:30 p.m., and the initial report indicated someone had been stabbed. The fight reportedly involved residents of 31 Rose Street as well as others who were outside on the street. Police from Milton, Watsontown, Mifflinburg and Buffalo Valley Regional police were seen placing a boy and a girl, both around high school age, in police cars. Police did not say what they fight was about.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG — A 27-year-old Sunbury man is jailed in the Union County Prison after police say he stalked two female Bucknell University students at 2 a.m. Saturday, asked to go home with them, and then displayed a handgun. Buffalo Valley Regional Police arrested Alexander Nace after the students ran from Nace and called police. Nace is charged with attempted kidnapping, stalking and related counts.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – A Danville man has been arrested for breaking into a Montour County church. Police say the break-in happened around 6:30 Friday night at the First Baptist Church of Danville. Troopers say 29-year-old Scott Buckley had removed portions of the church’s security system and was in the process of removing more when he was confronted by church members. He’s charged with felony burglary and related counts and jailed on $15,000 bail in the Montour County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

KASKA – A man was caught stealing an automobile and automobile parts from another man’s estate in Schuylkill County. State Police say late Saturday night 49-year-old Duane Maurer of Ashland was spotted taking the car from the property along New Philadelphia road in Blythe Township. He was caught by Pottsville Police early Sunday morning, with the stolen car and car parts. He’s now jailed in the Schuylkill County prison on $20,000 bail. Police say they are looking for another person involved with Maurer in the theft of the car.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - A nurse stole a credit card from a co-worker’s purse, and then went on a $3,000 shopping spree. Police say 40-year-old Stacy Rivera bought a television, a laptop, plus hundreds of dollars in clothing, a week before Christmas, stopping only when the card maxed out. The Press Enterprise reports, Rivera admitted to the theft of the card and the purchases. The card was stolen from a co-worker at Grandview Health Homes December 18th. Her one day shopping spree included stores in Hummels Wharf, Selinsgrove, and Mifflinburg. The majority of Rivera’s loot was in gift cards. Rivera, faces felony identity theft and other charges. She is free on bail.
(WGRC)

TREVORTON – Police in part of Northumberland County are looking for the thieves that broke into nearly two dozen vehicles. Zerbe Township police reported someone ransacked 22 vehicles and removed various items and loose change Wednesday and Thursday nights. Police remind residents to keep their vehicles locked and remove any valuables when the vehicles are unattended. Anyone with information about the break-ins is urged to call police at 797-4637.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Three men were robbed at gunpoint early Thursday morning at their apartment on Blue Course Drive in State College. The Centre Daily Times reports, two men entered the apartment around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and robbed the three of cash and other small items. No one was injured in the armed robbery. The suspects wore dark clothing and covered their faces police said. One is described as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. Police said the other is a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build. Anyone with information can contact Ferguson Township police.  
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE- The judge overseeing the Mike McQueary whistle-blower lawsuit against Penn State has set a hearing in March for arguments over the university’s objections to the suit. Senior Judge Thomas Gavin ordered the hearing Friday afternoon, hours after McQueary’s attorney filed a separate motion in Centre County court asking that Penn State’s preliminary objections be thrown out. McQueary has filed a $4 million whistle-blower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State for allegedly ruining his reputation and branding him as part of a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The date set for the hearing is March 18th at the Centre County Courthouse.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a state investigation that examined his role as an auctioneer at county tax claim sales in recent years. In a statement Friday, Clausi said an anonymous complaint was filed with the Department of State, apparently regarding him conducting an auction without a license. Clausi says, "I'm pleased to announce that the investigation has been closed and no wrongdoing was found." Clausi says he assumes that the complaint was lodged by another commissioner.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - For the second time in less than four months, Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi has been sued for allegedly violating the Sunshine Law. The daily item reports, William Knapick Sr., of Coal Township, claims Clausi imposed a two-minute limit on public comment at the January 22nd commissioners’ meeting. Knapick claims no motion was made, seconded or approved by a majority of the commissioners to limit the public’s input to two minutes. Knapick took the floor and began speaking and claims he was cut off before the two minutes he was granted had elapsed. The lawsuit claims Clausi violated the Sunshine Law by unilaterally imposing limitations on comments without proper motion, second and approval by a majority of the commissioners and without an opportunity for public comment on the new rule.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A consultant's recommendations to alleviate Lycoming County's increasing prison population will be unveiled at the next county Prison Board meeting scheduled at 8 a.m. Friday. The proposals, which include an option for a new prison, according to commissioners, could cost tens of millions of dollars in response to a climbing average number of people being sent to county prison. Lycoming County commissioners have increased their budget from just two years ago for housing overflow inmates in other counties. About 15 to 20 county inmates have been housed in other nearby institutions, causing commissioners to increase a line item for that expense to $600,000 for this year.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The landscape of downtown Williamsport is forever changing, and with the opening this past week of the Residence Inn Marriott, the city will be able to accommodate more visitors. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the new facility at 150 West Church Street. Business leaders say the hotel is a much-needed, modern facility that will lodge people coming to Williamsport for Little League and other purposes. The $11.4 million, 97-room, four-floor hotel located next to Kohl's will employee about two dozen hospitality personnel .
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A leading manufacturer of non-powered lawn and garden tools announced Friday that it plans to close its Lewistown facility by the end of the year. Ames True Temper will be closing its facility in the Mifflin County Industrial Park over the next several months, and plans to consolidate operations into its other facilities in Carlisle and Camp Hill. Company officials said Ames True Temper is down-sizing and expects the Lewistown facility to completely close by December.  Ames True Temper has operated its Lewistown facility since 2005 and employs about 135 full-time employees at that location. According to the press release, affected employees will be offered severance assistance based on years of service and may have potential opportunities to transfer to the company's Carlisle, Camp Hill and McClure facilities.  
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A State College developer has reached sales agreements on three burned-out buildings in Bellefonte and has plans to turn them into workforce housing with commercial space. The Centre daily Times reports, the Hotel Do De and Garman Theatre have sat vacant since a September blaze badly damaged them. The Cadillac Building burned in December 2009. Ara Kervandjian, managing member of Progress Development Group, recently reached an agreement on the Garman, completing the trio and rounding out the future home of the housing project he’s calling Bellefonte Mews. The plan is to build two housing projects, one called the Cadillac House and the other called the Garman House. The latter will be a new building that combines both the Garman and the Do De, which both will be demolished. It will also include two commercial retail spaces, which combine to about 6,000 square feet.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - After nine musical competitions, seven DJs, three dance lessons, one guest speaker and 24 hours of dancing, the Dance Your Heart Out marathon, sponsored by the Friends of Lewistown Hospital, raised more than $4,000 for the congestive heart failure department. The Sentinel reports, the money will go toward educational materials and necessary resources for people living with heart failure. The 24-hour marathon began at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A high and fast-running Susquehanna River prompted Union County and borough officials to cancel the 8th annual Polar Plunge scheduled Saturday as part of the annual Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival. The decision was made as officials Friday viewed the river from the St. George Street landing. About 180 people pre-registered for the event. The Daily Item reports, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership will contact people to refund them the $20 entrance fee.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County Board of Elections will hold a seminar for anyone interested in becoming a candidate for any elected office in Mifflin County. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 13th, at six p.m. in the Annex across from the Courthouse. For more information, call the Voter Registration and Elections Office at 717-248-6571.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A representative from state Senator Gene Yaw’s office will be holding an outreach at the Union County Government Center from 10:30 until 11:30 am on Wednesday, February 6th . The Senator encourages anyone with a state-related inquiry or problem to stop by; no appointments are necessary. Constituents unable to meet with Yaw’s staff that day may also call the senator’s toll-free number at 1-800-443-5772 with questions and concerns.  
(WGRC)

NORTHUMBERLAND - The former Northumberland Police Chief Larry Redington is entering the race for district justice. Redington says he hopes to be the magistrate to fill the post once held by William Kear in Milton. Redington  is a former police chief in Northumberland and is a former police officer in Point Township. He hopes to replace the interim magistrate who is serving since Kear’s retirement. Redington says he will devote his full attention to the office and will be a full time magistrate.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett says he's "surprised and concerned" to hear reports about an investigation of his son-in-law, a Philadelphia narcotics police officer. The Associated Press reports, Corbett's son-in-law is under investigation by the FBI and internal police investigators. Corbett says in a statement: "I was surprised and concerned to learn about the allegations regarding my son-in-law Gerold Gibson. Susan and I continue to give our family our love and support." A message left Friday for Corbett's daughter was not immediately returned. She works as a deputy attorney general in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Police Department said an officer was placed on administration leave as a result of an investigation but gave no details.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Leaders of Pennsylvania's two largest public employee unions on Friday vowed a court fight if Governor Tom Corbett and lawmakers approve reductions in future benefits for current state workers and school employees. The officials from the Pennsylvania State Education Association and Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said case law makes it clear that any benefit rollbacks for active employees would violate the state constitution. The Associated Press reports, the unions say they hope to avoid a legal showdown by convincing legislators that neither benefit changes nor the creation of a defined-contribution option, as an alternative to the current defined-benefit plan, is likely to have much effect on the $41 billion unfunded liability of the State Employees' Retirement System and the Public School Employees' Retirement System. The taxpayer tab for the fiscal year that starts July 1 is expected to total $2.2 billion. Pension reform is among the major themes that Corbett is expected to cover in his budget address to the Legislature on Tuesday.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Corbett says he won't seek another funding cut for state-supported universities, but also says he has a commitment from them to keep tuition growth as low as possible. Corbett's comments came Friday just days before he unveils his budget plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1st. He appeared at a news conference with leaders of Temple, Pitt, Penn State, Lincoln and the 14 state-owned universities. The state remains under significant cost pressures, however, and early projections for tax collections suggest that spending cuts in some programs may be necessary. Including aid to community colleges and student tuition grants through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, the state provides more than $1.5 billion for higher education. The Associated Press reports, that's down from almost $1.9 billion two years ago.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Negotiators for Pennsylvania's state-owned university system and the union representing about 5,500 faculty members say they have reached "framework" for a new contract to resolve a prolonged dispute. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the accord with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education was reached early Sunday after two full days of negotiating. The union says "the general framework largely mirrors" agreements with other statewide unions, and offered no details pending a vote tonight by its negotiations committee. Members have been working without a contract at the 14 state-owned universities since June 2011.
(WGRC)