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March 12, 2013

JERSEY SHORE - It is 47-year-old Michael Krauser’s body found underneath a crawl space in the basement of the home of Glen Jackson in Jersey Shore. And the autopsy has proven that his death was a homicide.  Lycoming county Coroner Charles Kiessling says Krauser appeared to have died from multiple blunt- and sharp-force wounds which he could not have inflicted upon himself. State Police have not said what weapon could have been used. Krauser's remains were found in the basement of Jackson's 317 S. Lincoln Avenue home in Jersey Shore last Thursday after a search by forensic investigators. Investigators are expected to file more serious charges against Jackson who is now jailed on charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. In early February, Krauser's family and friends became suspicious after they hadn't heard from him for several days. His estranged wife, Carolyn Krauser, reported his absence to authorities on February 11th. Police say Jackson had told several neighbors he buried Krauser's body in a 4-foot deep crawl space in his basement.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - The death of a 48-year-old Mount Carmel woman Sunday is not considered suspicious. Police say ATV riders found the body of Rochelle Stief lying near her car in a wooded area along Route 901, outside of Locust Gap, around 5 p.m. Sunday.  Police arrived at the scene and examined her vehicle while Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley pronounced Steif dead at the scene. Kelley said a cause of death has not been determined. Police say the death does not appear suspicious, but that police are continuing to work on the case.
(WGRC)

NEWPORT – State Police in Perry County are investigating a fatal head-on crash this morning. The crash happened just after one a.m. on Route 322 about two miles west of Newport. Police say the crash involved two vehicles, one of which rolled into the median and catching on fire with the driver still inside the vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was thrown from their vehicle upon impact. Police say both drivers died at the scene. Police have not released the names of those involved, pending notification of their families.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WEST MILTON – A 22-year-old Carisle woman suffered what police called major injuries in a crash on Route 15 just south of West Milton in Union County, Saturday. The crash happened just before one Saturday afternoon on Route 15 near its intersection with Colonel John Kelly Road. Police say Rebekah Vanzandt had a vehicle suddenly cross into her lane of travel. Police say a vehicle had changed lanes in front of her causing her to veer out of the path of the other vehicle. Troopers says she lost control and went off the roadway, crossed the median and the southbound lanes before rolling down an embankment. Police say Vanzandt was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown through the sunroof of her vehicle during the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTGOMERY – A Muncy man was taken to Williamsport Hospital following a two vehicle crash Saturday in Lycoming County. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on Route 405 in Clinton Township. Police say 81-year-old James Morehart of Montgomery hit the rear of a pick-up truck driven by 57-year-old Gregory Kuhns of Muncy in the rear. The impact lifted the pick-up truck and rolled it onto its driver’s side. Police say Kuhns suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital. Morehart suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WHITE DEER – Police are still continuing their investigation into a tractor trailer crash in which the rig jumped off Interstate 80 and then landed on the white Deer Pike in Union County. The crash happened just after four Sunday afternoon. Police say  the rig was headed east on the highway and jumped the guardrail on the over pass of the White Deer Pike The rig then went over an embankment hitting a culvert and several trees before coming to rest on the roadway underneath the overpass. Police say the driver from Ohio may have been experiencing a medical condition at the time of the crash. He was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE – A Danville woman is jailed on $50,000 bail on aggravated assault charges after stabbing a man early Monday morning. That happened between one and two a.m. at the red Roof Inn near Danville. Police say 36-year-old Betty Jo Gross stabbed 37-year-old Ricky Huber of Bloomsburg with a knife after the two had an argument over their relationship. Huber was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound to his abdomen. Gross is locked up in the Columbia County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – Police are looking for the bandits that stole $175 worth of flower arraignments from a Mifflinburg business. That happened sometime between Noon Saturday and ten Monday morning at Morning Glories Flower and Gift Shop at the Country Farm and Home Center just east of Mifflinburg along Route 45. Police say the bandits entered a storage shed behind the gift shop and stole the arraignments.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - Attorneys for Jerry Sandusky outlined plans for future appeals of his child sex abuse conviction in a court document filed Monday. The statement filed in Centre County court lists seven grounds for appeal that the former Penn State assistant coach will pursue through appellate courts. Defense attorney Norris Gelman wrote that trial Judge John Cleland erred in not allowing Sandusky’s attorneys more time to prepare his defense, violating due process by interfering with Sandusky’s right to counsel. Gelman also will argue that the co-worker of a janitor who saw Sandusky showering with a young boy in 2000 should not have been allowed to testify at the trial. The janitor couldn’t testify, and defense attorneys contended the co-worker’s testimony was hearsay. They are essentially the same arguments Sandusky’s defense team made in January when they asked Cleland to toss out the verdict and grant a new trial. Sandusky’s attorneys focused that appeal on the claim they didn’t have enough time to prepare for trial because Cleland would not grant a continuance.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's bill to pay costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has topped $41 million, including $8.1 million to pay for the internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh. The Associated press reports, the latest disclosure posted this week on a university website offered more itemization for certain costs including the bill for the Freeh probe. The bill also for the first time includes the $12 million payment to the NCAA — the first of five annual installments of the $60 million fine that's part of the sanctions. Penn State also released a copy of its engagement letter with Freeh in December 2011 that details the scope of his responsibilities. Some critics of the way trustees have handled the scandal had asked for a public release of the document.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Today is the day you can help you favorite non-profit by making a donation toward their cause. Until midnight tonight folks from across the area are being asked to take part in the Raise the Region campaign organized by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. President of the organization, Jennifer Wilson says money donated will be matched by a $125,000 donation from the Blaise Alexander Family car dealerships. Wilson says it’s an opportunity for everyone to be involved in philanthropy. WGRC is one of the non-profits you can donate to through the campaign. For more information or to donate go to raisetheregion.org.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature event, the Evangelical Gala, was held on Saturday, March 9 and raised $90,000 which will be used to provide seed money for the Hospital to establish a comprehensive diabetes care program. The event, held at Larison Hall on the Bucknell University campus, was sold out nearly two weeks prior, with nearly 300 people attending. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, and that number continues to rise. The Gala committee selected the diabetes care program as the recipient of the event proceeds because of the prevalence of the disease in our immediate area.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Make your voice heard on health concerns in Lycoming County through Susquehanna Health’s health needs survey. Susquehanna Health is currently conducting a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment to identify and prioritize health needs in Lycoming County. Information obtained from the survey will be used to improve health and wellness programs in Lycoming County, including the expansion of health screenings, events and educational opportunities. Susquehanna Health will use the assessment to identify the most pressing health issues in the community and inform discussion on how to best meet those needs. Once the survey is completed, the assessment report will be available to the public on SusquehannaHealth.org To take the survey, visit SusquehannaHealth.org/CommunitySurvey.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - The City of Pottsville's Office of Code Enforcement recently approved a $1.5 million plan to establish a Geisinger Medical Group cancer treatment center at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. According to the design plans approved Friday, the new facility will be called the "Geisinger Medical Group Pottsville Cancer Center at Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian." Michael Ferlazzo, a public relations specialist with Geisinger says, “the name is not yet finalized." On Monday, Schuylkill Health, the owner of the building, acquired a building permit for the project. It will be a 5,500-square-foot cancer center on the third floor of the south wing of the East Norwegian Street hospital. The project's price tag is will be $1.5 million. While Geisinger has been doing more work with Schuylkill Health in recent times, Ferlazzo said he does not foresee the sale of Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street to Geisinger.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - A pilot program sponsored by UGI Penn Natural Gas and the borough of South Williamsport could help some property owners connect to gas lines at a reduced rate. Under the agreement approved Monday evening by borough council, municipal crews would dig trenches for a main gas line, while UGI would install the gas lines along yet-to-be determined streets. In addition, property owners could be eligible for allowances from UGI that would lower hook-up fees. The allowances would be earned by purchasing natural gas appliances. Borough officials say surveys of interested property owners will be collected by UGI in the near future.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - The Route 15 safety improvement project along the Montgomery Pike in Lycoming County resumes construction today with drainage pipe replacements. The work will take place under daylight signing conditions, with lane restrictions, and delays can be expected. Motorists are advised to stay alert for work-zone activities on Route 15 between the northern intersection with Montgomery Pike Road near South Williamsport and the roadside rest area on Bald Eagle Mountain. In April, temporary concrete barrier will be placed to accommodate the next phase of construction. This is the second year of a two-year project that includes installing center concrete median barrier, intersection improvements, embankment work, drainage improvements and resurfacing. The construction cost is $10.7 million.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett's administration has terminated three top employees of the Department of Public Welfare, several weeks after the agency's secretary left. A department spokeswoman declined Monday to say why the men lost their jobs, calling it a personnel matter. The men’s termination comes after former Secretary Gary Alexander left February 15th. The Associated press reports, the three other men were fired without notice and had been closely associated either with Alexander or the policies he had advanced.
(WGRC)