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February 18, 2013

MIDDLEBURG - An active homicide investigation is ongoing in Snyder County after a stabbing incident that claimed one life and left another person injured early Sunday morning. Police were called to the home of Dale and Bonnie Snook along Creek Road in Beaver Township, near Middleburg around four Sunday morning. Police say 71-year-old Bonnie Snook was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband Dale was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he remains in serious condition. Troopers say one person of interest has been placed in the Snyder County Jail on a state parole violation. State Police also say there is a second person in custody - the wife of the first suspect - who is being held on burglary, theft and other charges related to the incident. Police did not release the identities of the two individuals in custody, but they emphasized the public is not in jeopardy.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

RICHFIELD – State Police are investigating an armed robbery in Snyder County. That happened around 10:30 last night at the P&P Pit Stop in Richfield. Police say two men entered the gas station. While one man jumped over the counter and held a knife to the clerk, another man grabbed cash from the cash register. The female employee was not hurt. The two then fled the gas station. Police ask anyone with information on the robbery to call state police, Selinsgrove.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILL HALL - A 17-year-old boy will be charged with false reports to police after he told police an intruder entered his home on Homestead Drive and, after trying to grab his 1-year-old sister, shot him in the arm. The incident happened Saturday just after eight 8:15 p.m. in Mill Hall. After police interviewed the boy, he then told police no one had entered the home. He also told police he had the handgun and it accidentally went off, shooting him in the arm. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
(WGRC)

HUGHESVILLE – A 17-year-old boy shot himself in the finger in Lycoming County. State Police say the boy was hunting raccoon on his family’s farm near Hughesville just before eleven Friday night. Police say the boy shot his right index finger accidentally while hunting.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DELANO - One man was killed Sunday night when he was thrown from a van and subsequently run over by other vehicles on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County’s Delano Township. The man and another person were in the van that went off the road near mile marker 135 and rolled over, coming to a stop on its passenger side. The other person - who also was possibly ejected from the vehicle - was found on an embankment behind the van, suffering from life-threatening injuries, and was flown to Reading Hospital. State police at Frackville are heading the investigation.
(WGRC)

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – State Police in Schuylkill County are continuing their investigation into a pedestrian crash that sent on person to the hospital. The crash happened around 5:30 Sunday morning near the intersection of Route 161 and University drive on the Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Police say 19-year-old Joshua Rivera of Philadelphia was hit by a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Richard Mattes of Frackville. Rivera was flown to the Lehigh Valley Medical Center.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG — A 22-year-old Hartleton man was found guilty Friday in Union County Court on five felony charges in a drunk driving car crash on Route 235 in Hartley Township last year that left his girlfriend, the mother of his child, dead and himself and their companion seriously injured. Christopher Wirth, was found guilty of homicide by vehicle and related counts in the January 2012 crash which killed Allison Voneida and injured Dedriee Cronin. Wirth could face 27 years in prison and $65,000 in fines, when he’s sentenced.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTONVILLE - Fire forced a Washingtonville man out of his home as firefighters from six companies fought the blaze in bitter cold and high wind. The Daily Item reports, 27-year-old Jeff Reichenbach’s double-wide trailer home was destroyed in the fire which was called out around 6:30 last night. The home was located along Bleehill road in Derry Township, Montour County. Crews had the fire out around nine last night. There’s no word as to a cause and the fire is under investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A restaurant just north of Bloomsburg was destroyed in a Sunday morning fire. The fire was reported around 3:00 a.m. at Creekside Family Restaurant.  It’s along Norpole Road in Orange Township.  The first crews on the scene say flames were shooting through the roof. The restaurant is believed to be a total loss. A state police fire marshal was on the scene but could not immediately determine what caused the fire.
(WNEP)

KULPMONT - A Kulpmont man and his 14-year-old dog escaped injury when a grease fire broke out in the kitchen of their North Fifth Street home shortly after 5 p.m. Friday. 61-year-old John Slodysko, says he was ready to cook on his stove when grease in a pan ignited, causing moderate damage to the kitchen of the home. Slodysko, was in another part of the home when he heard smoke alarms activate. He attempted to douse the grease fire with a fire extinguisher, but it didn't work. The Kulpmont man and his dog, which is blind, were able to safely exit the home. The News item reports, Kulpmont firefighters quickly contained the fire to the kitchen area.
(WGRC)

BEAVER SPRINGS – A fire gutted a home Friday afternoon in Snyder County. The fire was reported around one p.m. at 457 Snyder Avenue in Beaver Springs. The fire left the family of five homeless and was difficult for firefighters to fight as the flames were crawling up inside the walls of the home and were difficult to reach. Several firefighters at the scene were treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
(WGRC)

DUSHORE – A Dushore man is jailed in the Montour County Prison after police say he assaulted a woman with a knife and fire poker in a home in Sullivan County. The incident happened between February 9th and the 11th at a home on Connell’s Lane in Dushore. The woman told police 33-year-old Arthur Everly would not let the 44-year-old victim leave the home for two days and assaulted her. Everly is jailed on $25,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - Police are continuing their search today for a badly injured man in his 30s who allegedly stole a car from the 200 block of South Shamokin Street early Saturday afternoon and wrecked it in a wooded area between Coal Run and Sagon before being picked up in a vehicle that was last seen traveling toward Marion Heights. The bizarre sequence of events began just before one p.m. when the man allegedly stole a vehicle on Shamokin Street in Shamokin. Only minutes later the car was reported to have crashed along Route 2026. Police say the car thief is described as standing five-feet ten-inches tall, bald, weighing around 170 pounds. Police say the car sheared off a utility pole and crashed into several trees. A passing motorist who reported the accident, told police, the man involved in the crash was bleeding from the head, and was picked up along the highway by an older man operating a gray sport utility vehicle that fled toward Marion Heights. Anyone with information involving the theft of the vehicle, accident or whereabouts of the suspect or the man who picked him up is asked to call Shamokin police.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Several illegal guns were discovered in a South Williamsport man’s home after police say he made threats against the Lycoming County Sheriff’s office. 46-year-old Mark Fay, faces eight counts of illegally possessing a collection of firearms, including one gas-powered "riot gun," which exclusively is sold to law enforcement officers. Police say earlier this month Fay applied for a gun permit at the Lycoming County Sheriff’s office but was denied due to a protection from abuse order against him. Fay became irate and then threatened to blow-up the Sheriff’s office. Fay is jailed on $100,000 bail.
(WGRC)

LIGHTSTREET — A 53-year-old military veteran in Columbia County admitted Friday in court he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl. Alan Osborn, of Lightstreet, allegedly abused the girl over a 13 month period before the girl reported the abuse. The Press enterprise reports, Osborn is in jail, facing more than 20 years if convicted.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - Eleven Susquehanna University athletes have been suspended from their teams indefinitely after posting a suggestive sexual video online. A joint statement from the school’s athletic director, football and track and field coach says, “We met with the student-athletes involved and removed them from their intercollegiate athletics teams. At the same time, the students were given a plan of action outlining the pathway to reinstatement to their teams.” The statement went on to say, “Susquehanna University promotes a culture of respect and personal responsibility. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a great privilege. The student-athlete handbook calls upon student-athletes to be exemplary role models by demonstrating respect for others and acting in a first-class manner.”
(WGRC)

BERWICK - Police arrested two East Fifth Street residents with nearly $5,000 worth of heroin Saturday night, calling it one of the largest heroin busts in the past year. After a four-month investigation, Berwick Police and the Columbia County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the home of 19-year-old Zachariah Babb and 20-year-old Shalyn Blankenship around 9 p.m. Saturday. During the raid police found more than 27 bundles of heroin worth more than $5,000 on the street, $425 in suspected drug money, thousands of empty heroin packets, prescription drugs, and other drug items. The Press Enterprise reports, both are jailed on $75,000 bail.
(WGRC)

WATSONTOWN – A Northumberland County business was broken into and an electric motor and 50 feet of electrical wire taken. That happened sometime between February first and the 14th at Watsontown Brick Company on Clemen’s road in Delaware Township. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Milton.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

CRESSONA – Police are investigating a burglary at the Cressona Fire Company in Schuylkill County. The break-in happened sometime Thursday night or early Friday at the fire company on South Second Street in Cressona. Police say the bandits broke a widow and gained access to the building through the basement. The bandit then tried to pry open several doors damaging them and stole soda and cash form one of the rooms.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County regional Police say someone broke into a home and stole a saw in Mifflin County. That happened Friday at a home along Columbia Alley in Lewistown. Police say the bandits broke through a basement door to enter the home. Police also say they are investigating a random shooting that hit a sliding glass door of a home in Reedsville. That was also reported Friday at the home on Prince Street.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - Northumberland County has received official notification of a month-long extension to provide additional information to address the payback of state grant money for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Commissioner Richard Shoch provided The News-Item with a copy of a letter from the state Department of Community and Economic Development that states the February 7th deadline has been extended to March 11th. The letter surrounds DCED concerns due to the lack of documentation to support costs under the program. Up through November 2012, the county continued to provide and DCED continued to accept for review additional documentation to support case files.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Oral arguments are slated to take place on March 5, in Mifflin County Court to address a lawsuit in which the fate of the Mifflin-Juniata Career Technology Center hangs in the balance. Mifflin County School District terminated a long standing agreement with Juniata County during a school board meeting in July. Shortly thereafter the Mifflin County School District, filed a lawsuit asking the court to award the district ownership of the land. The possibility of Juniata County School District filing a petition with the court requesting an injunction to stop the CTC closure still remains. At present, Mifflin County School District owns roughly 71 percent of the land, while Juniata County School District owns roughly 29 percent of the land. In addition, 75 percent of the approximately 400 students attending the CTC are from Mifflin County School District, which also incurs 75 percent of the costs. Since July 2012, both parties have attempted to resolve their differences but cannot come to an agreement and as such the CTC will not be able to operate beyond June 30, 2013.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A large crane lowered a damaged Life Flight helicopter from its rooftop helipad Friday so it could be repaired. The medical helicopter was not flown off the roof due to damage to one of its rotor blades. The helicopter “clipped” a flagpole on top of a large crane above Geisinger’s Emergency Room Thursday afternoon as the aircraft was inbound with a patient. The helicopter landed safely, and the patient was delivered. Contact with the flagpole splintered the end of one of four rotor blades, so Geisinger decided to lower the aircraft from the roof with a crane so it could be taken for repairs. Hospital officials say the incident could have been a lot worse.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's bill for legal fees, consultants and other costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal stands at more than $27.6 million. The Associated Press reports, an updated figure as of November 2012 was provided on a university website. It includes a $13 million price tag for board of trustees’ communications and the internal investigation into the scandal by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - The 41st Penn State Dance Marathon concluded Sunday at four p.m. with 710 dancers on their feet for 46 hours in the Bryce Jordan Center. A record total of over $12.3 million was raised for pediatric cancer research and families. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - On Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine and U.S. Representative Lou Barletta will be in Bloomsburg to announce a major investment to support local disaster recovery efforts following the 2011 flood and foster job and economic growth. Erskine and Barletta will join local elected officials and business and community leaders for a tour of Bloomsburg’s flood-impacted business district, and then will make their announcement. The announcement will be made at the Autoneum plant on West Fifth Street in Bloomsburg.
(WGRC)