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March 4, 2013

DAGGETT - A Williamsport couple died in a head-on crash Friday, the third and fourth fatalities to occur in Bradford County car crashes in one day. Police say 35-year-old Ryan English and 32-year-old passenger Karen English were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 328 in Wells Township around five Friday afternoon. Police say their vehicle crashed head-on with a pick-up truck driven by a 45-year-old Tioga County man; who along with three children in his truck, were taken to Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, in Elmira, New York.
(WGRC)

CANTON – Counselors will be available this week for any students needing it in the Canton area school district after a one of their students died in a two vehicle car crash Friday morning. Police say 17-year-old Brandon McNett died in the two-car crash along Route 14 near Canton. State police say a woman and two children in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital. School officials say the school will continue to provide counseling for students and staff through the grieving process for as long as it is needed. State police say McNett lost control and crossed the roadway hitting the other vehicle head-on operated by a 44-year old woman and carrying two passengers, aged nine and seven. McNett died at the scene. The other three were taken to Williamsport Hospital.
(WGRC)

TROUT RUN – Two people were taken to Williamsport Hospital following a crash in Lycoming County on Thursday. The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on Slacks Run Road near Trout Run. Police say both 48-year-old Emerson McCarty, the driver, and his passenger 20-year-old Nynda Hayes were both taken to the hospital after they lost control of their minivan which went off the roadway slamming into a tree and then spinning back onto the roadway. Police say not long after the crash, a second vehicle came upon the crash and could not get stopped due to icy conditions on the roadway. That vehicle, an SUV, went off the road and struck a utility pole. The driver of that vehicle was not hurt.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - An accidental fire that started in the attic of a home at 144 North Walnut Street in Mount Carmel, Saturday afternoon left a family of four temporarily homeless. The 3 p.m. blaze at the home of 47-year-old Scott Lubinski, his wife 40-year-old Nicole, 40, and their two children, caused moderate fire, water and smoke damage to the attic area of the three-story structure. Fire crews knocked down the blaze in about 20 minutes, by cutting a hole in the roof of the home. A state police fire marshal has been called to inspect the building today to determine an exact cause.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTONVILLE - A hot stove pipe from a wood burner caught a shed on fire Sunday afternoon in Montour County. Fire crews were able to keep the damage contained to the rafters. The call for help went out around two p.m. at the 40-by-60-foot shed along Strick Road, in Limestone Township. Crews had the blaze out in about two hours.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE — A Danville woman was arrested for her alleged involvement in making homemade methamphetamine. The Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force charged 25-year-old Peggy Reider. Reider was brought before a judge and jailed in the Columbia County prison Friday. She was charged with several drug counts involving the manufacturing of methamphetamine. She is being held on $250,000 bail.
(WGRC)

LOGANTON – State Police in Clinton County are investigating a couple burglaries at home s along Fourth Gap Road in the Loganton area on Friday. The first happened sometime between nine a.m. and five p.m. There the thieves took two rings and a necklace. The second break-in happened sometime between eleven a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In the second burglary thieves also took jewelry. Anyone with information on either break-in is asked to call state police, Lamar.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE — Police are searching for two men who broke into a west end apartment Thursday armed with air pistols and robbed a 21-year-old man at gunpoint. State College police say the armed robbery, which happened just before seven p.m. on the 400 block of West College Avenue, apparently was drug related. Two white men wearing ski masks entered the apartment and forced one man to the ground. They stole $25 and a cellphone. Police said they determined the robbery was drug-related and said that charges are pending against the resident who was robbed. The two robbery suspects have not been identified.
(WGRC)

WILBURTON - A teen escaped from a man trying to abduct him Thursday as the boy walked along Midvalley Road between Wilburton No. 1 and No. 2. Police say the 17-year-old ran to a friend’s house around 6:30 p.m. and was able to call family to pick him up. Now they’re looking for the would-be abductor. Police describe him as a clean-shaven 50-year-old wearing a hat. He was behind the wheel of a newer maroon Ford or Chevy, full-size 4x4 pickup. Anyone with information should call Conyngham Township Police at 554-4349.
(WGRC)

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - A vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting in Shenandoah was tracked down by a Schuylkill Haven police officer finishing his last shift early Sunday morning. A Reading man was subsequently jailed in connection with the incident. No one was injured. Police say a gun was fired from a white car driving by the Oyster Bar, on Main Street in Shenandoah, around one a.m. There was a group of people standing outside the bar, but no one was hit. Police were waiting for the vehicle on route 61 and were able to arrest 24-year-old Manuel Arryo the alleged shooter and 21-year-old Vanessa Najunas the driver of the vehicle. Najunas was released and faced no charges. Arroyo was jailed in the Schuylkill County Prison, as police continue their investigation.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Six men and six women will decide the fate of a Mahanoy City man charged with killing 48-year-old Gene Slavinsky in April in the borough. Lawyers prosecuting and defending 19-year-old Jarvin Huggins took less than two hours Friday to select those jurors, plus two female alternates, for the trial, which Judge John Domalakes will preside over beginning this morning. If convicted of either first- or second-degree murder, Huggins will be sentenced to life in prison. State police at Frackville allege that Huggins entered the basement of Slavinsky's 408 West Centre Street home and, when the man came down the steps, beat him with a metal window weight. Police say after beating Slavinsky, Huggins took coins, a laptop computer and a car.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - A Selinsgrove woman charged in connection with the death of her granddaughter has withdrawn her guilty plea and plans to take her case to trial. 65-year-old Bertha Dreese changed her mind on the plea because of the 12 to 60 month sentence her daughter received in the case. 30-year-old Heidi Yocum, of Lewisburg, the mother of the 1-year-old girl, was expecting to be placed on probation after her guilty plea. Dreese was scheduled to be sentenced January 28th on a charge of involuntary manslaughter involving the death of Anela Loner, but is seeking to have a trial during the July term of criminal court.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - The man who threatened his former girlfriend and claimed he would do "worse than what happened in Connecticut" causing a lock-down at the Priestley Elementary School near Northumberland in December has been offered a plea agreement by the county district attorney's office, but he rejected the deal. At Friday afternoon's pre-trial conference for 37-year-old Jeremy Church before Judge Charles Saylor, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Norton said the commonwealth has offered the defendant an opportunity to plead guilty to two felony counts of terroristic threats and one misdemeanor of terroristic threats in connection with the December 20th incidents. The defense attorney, who did not accept the plea agreement Friday, said his client did not possess any weapons when he made the alleged threats and never got close to Priestley Elementary School on the day of the alleged offenses. Saylor said if Church doesn't accept the plea agreement, the case will proceed to trial.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell says Penn State is making steady progress in implementing the requirements outlined by the NCAA following sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Associates Press reports, Mitchell, the independent athletics integrity monitor, also said in a statement Friday that the university is making progress in implementing recommendations from Louis Freeh following the former FBI director’s internal investigation into the scandal.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The Second Mile’s insurer is not liable for Jerry Sandusky’s legal bills, a federal judge ruled Friday. The Second Mile, a nonprofit organization for at-risk children created by Sandusky in 1977, was thrust into a legal battle when it was found the former Penn State assistant coach had sexually abused boys whom he met through the program. Federal Insurance Company brought the civil action, claiming it has no duty to defend Sandusky, who is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for molesting 10 boys, because Pennsylvania does not permit insurance coverage of a perpetrator on intentional sexual molestation of a minor. However, U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane, who previously sided with Federal, ruled Friday that the insurer is not responsible for the Sandusky’s legal costs stemming from criminal or civil cases because the sexual molestation of the boys neither occurred during his employment, volunteering or executive post with The Second Mile. “The fact that Sandusky met his victims through The Second Mile — or even sexually abused victims ‘during the course of activities of Second Mile’ — does not change the fact that his sexual abuse of children was personal in nature, and performed in his individual capacity,” the judge’s ruling said.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - Senior Clinton County Judge J. Michael Williamson took a look at a line of numbers representing the costs of housing local inmates, housing out-of-county inmates and the expense of operating the prison. The Judge told the Lock haven Express, "If we don't close it down we need to fill it up." Closing the prison down or selling it outright was only briefly discussed at the special meeting of the Clinton County Prison Board on Friday. After rejecting Judge Michael Williamson’s motion to examine the possibility of selling the jail to Lycoming County, the majority of the Clinton County Prison Board agreed with the judge's sentiment to fill it up. The board voted Friday to enter into negotiation to participate in a new state parole program that could place state inmates in the local jail - and continue to offset some of the local costs of running a correctional facility.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – March is National Nutrition Month and Geisinger’s clinical nutrition department has teamed up with Weis Markets in Danville to host an “Eat Right Your Way Every Day” tour on Wednesday, March 13th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The supermarket tour will incorporate the theme “Eat Right Your Way Every Day,” by using MyPlate to walk attendees through each food group that should be represented in their meals. The tour includes teaching shopping strategies, pointing out healthy food items, introducing new/unfamiliar food items and answering questions about puzzling foods. Before walking through the aisles, an instructor will classify what a “healthy” meal/snack consists of as well as identifying useful tools to use when meal planning. A review of healthy diet components, the major food groups and MyPlate will also be discussed. To join the “Eat Right Your Way Every Day,” tour, contact Cory Williams at 570.271.6468 or cvwilliams@geisinger.edu.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz says she'll set up a state fundraising committee as the first step toward a likely 2014 campaign for Pennsylvania governor. The fifth-term Democratic congresswoman stopped short of declaring her candidacy, but told The Associated Press Friday that she intends to run for governor and will file papers to create a political-action committee in the next few weeks. Schwartz says her federal campaign committee has about $3 million that can be transferred to a state committee. She would face competition for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Former state Environmental Protection secretary John Hanger declared his candidacy in November. Other prospective candidates include former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and state Treasurer Rob McCord, who like Schwartz hail from the heavily Democratic Philadelphia region.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Chronic Wasting disease has officially been reported now in Pennsylvania. A new report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission says three deer have tested positive for the disease. Two came from Blair County and the third came from Bedford County. Chronic Wasting Disease is a degenerative brain disease that passes from animal to animal. So the game commission is eager to find out just where the deer were killed. So far there is no evidence the disease can be spread to humans. There is no known treatment or vaccine.
(WGRC)