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March 13, 2013

SUNBURY – The Northumberland County Coroner was called to the smoldering ruins of a home in Sunbury last night after fire destroyed the structure. Firefighters battled a blaze that engulfed the house at 1005 Penn Street but could not save 53-year-old Keith Border who was wheel chair bound. The fire was reported around nine last night. The Daily Item reports, neighboring residents were evacuated from their homes and stood on sidewalks nearby as crews battled the raging flames. A state police fire marshal will investigate a casue.

PORT TREVORTON – A Chimney fire that spread into the walls of a home, displaced a family of five in Snyder County this morning. The fire was reported around four a.m. at that home at 594 Grubbs Church Road near Port Trevorton. Port Trevorton fire Chief Randy Good tells WGRC the fire started in the chimney of the home and then spread into the walls. Fire crews tore apart some of the structure to extinguish the blaze. The fire caused minor damage. Good says the family should be able to return to their home once repairs are made.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

THOMPSONTOWN – A woman was killed and two children were taken to Lewistown Hospital after a box truck struck their horse and buggy yesterday in Juniata County. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on Old Route 22 in Walker Township. Police say 42-year-old David Brubaker of Thompsontown was attempting to pass the horse and buggy with his box truck when it clipped the rear of the buggy operated by a 25-year-old man from Mifflintown. A 24-year-old Mifflintown woman was killed in the crash. Her two boys, ages one and two, were taken to the hospital with injuries. The driver of the buggy suffered injury but declined treatment. Police say after the box truck struck the horse and buggy it rolled over onto its roof. Police say Brubaker was not hurt in the crash. Police are continuing their investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTGOMERY – A Scranton man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash Saturday in Lycoming County. The crash happened around one Saturday afternoon on Brouse Road in Clinton Township. Police say 24-year-old Matthew Bierman was going too fast when he lost control of his car and lost control and slid across the roadway and hit an embankment and three fence posts launching his car into the air for about 75 feet. The car then landed and rolled several times, throwing Bierman from the vehicle. He was flown to the hospital from the scene. Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Police in Williamsport are reporting another shooting in the city. The incident took place just after five yesterday afternoon on Stinson Alley behind the 600 block of Seventh Avenue. Williamsport Police say a 39-year-old man was shot and taken to Williamsport Hospital then flown to Geisinger for treatment. Police do not believe the shooting to be a random act and they are still interviewing witnesses. Several people called 9-1-1 to report hearing several shots in the area. Police say the shooting happened during an argument between the man and another group of people. Police do not yet have a suspect in the case as they continue their investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY – A Sunbury man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child over a four-year period in Sunbury. Police have charged 37-year-old Adam Vigo of Northumberland with rape of a child. Police say the 11-year-old girl in the case was assaulted at two homes one at a home on Haas Avenue and the other on North Eighth Street in Sunbury. Vigo could face 121 years in prison if convicted on all charges filed against him. He’s locked up in the Northumberland County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SHUNK – A domestic fight drew state police to find a meth lab in Sullivan County. Police say they were called to the home along Route 506 in Shunk Saturday afternoon to find the meth lab in operation. A state Police drug lab dismantling team came and took the drug lab away. Police have charged 34-year-old Kent Hartford with a probation violation and making terroristic threats against a woman in the home. Police are still investigating the meth lab operation and charges against Hartford are pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - Police believe a man killed his friend and then buried him under his home. Now, he’s charged with homicide and strange details are coming out about how the alleged killer may have tried to cover it up. It has been five days since a man’s body was found buried in the crawl space of the home of Glenn Jackson in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County. Yesterday, police charged Jacksonr with criminal homicide. Jackson is now locked up without bail, accused of killing his friend Michael Krauser during a fight the two had last month at Jackson’s home. District Attorney Eric Linhardt says, “Krauser’s body was recovered from a hole in Mr. Jackson’s basement fully intact.” Jackson told a judge both he and Krauser were drinking on February 11th and Krauser grabbed him by the throat, threatening to kill him. Jackson says he was in a fight for his life and eventually hit Krauser over the head with an ash tray and then stabbed him with a sword, and buried his body in the basement. Jackson told the judge yesterday that he made a mistake and panicked after the fight instead of calling police.

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Police have arrested an 18-year0-old and a 15-year-old both of Lewistown who were caught breaking out windows by throwing rocks through them. Police have charged 18-year-old Caylon Winter and the 15-year-old boy with criminal mischief and related counts. The two were caught shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday throwing rocks through windows of Homes on South Main Street and South Brown Street. Both were caught after a foot chase by police and one suspect being tackled. Police say the investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The State College Police Department is investigating over a dozen car break-ins which happened overnight between Saturday and Monday in Harris Acres, Dalevue neighborhood, and Greentree neighborhood. Vehicles entered were reportedly unlocked and items taken included tools, cash/change, wallets and CD’s. Residents and students are reminded to lock vehicles and to remove all valuables, from vehicles when they are not attended. The State College Police are also asking that suspicious persons or vehicles observed be promptly reported to the police. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State College Police at 814-234-7150.  

STATE COLLEGE - The Freeh report should not be substituted for the testimony of the three former Penn State officials in a civil lawsuit brought by a Jerry Sandusky abuse victim, a university lawyer is arguing in court papers asking to have the suit put on hold. The argument was part of the latest legal back-and-forth over Penn State’s and The Second Mile’s request to stay the federal lawsuit filed by the attorneys for the young man known as Victim 6, whom Sandusky took to a workout in May 1998 and showered with him. The crux of Penn State’s and The Second Mile’s arguments is that the important witnesses — Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz — will not cooperate because they face criminal prosecutions that arose from the accusation that the men covered up the abuse suffered by Victim 6 in May 1998. The lawsuit has seen a flurry of activity since the young man’s lawyers sued Penn State, The Second Mile and Sandusky in January. Penn State and The Second Mile asked the judge to stay the suit, saying the criminal cases against former Penn State administrators would prejudice their defense of the civil suit if it proceeded at the same time as the criminal case proceeded. In the latest pleading, Penn State’s lawyers said the university could not defend itself if Spanier, Curley and Schultz were unavailable. The lawyers for Penn State and The Second Mile said all the cases brought on by Sandusky victims have been stayed.

COAL TOWNSHIP - The newly hired security manager for Reading Anthracite says the coal company may be interested in using its land to expand the developing Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area. Security manager Richard Morgan made that announcement before Tuesday's workshop meeting of Coal Township Commissioners. Morgan also extended a company offer to make purchases of emergency services equipment on behalf of Coal Township to offset the burden of providing police, fire and medical coverage on its land. That same offer was made to Zerbe Township on Monday. Reading Anthracite is one of 13 property owners adjoined to AOAA land who were contacted and to whom the authority proposed managing recreational activities on their land. The News item reports, coal company representatives met in executive session with the authority on March 5 to discuss a potential land use arrangement, for which terms are still being negotiated. Two other land owners have also pledged to move forward with negotiations on land use. Coal Hill in Trevorton wouldn't be included and the coal company is considering fully restricting access to that site.

WILLIAMSPORT - What lies beneath the former Airmen Pond at Bowman Field and how much will it cost the city when the damage, if any, is assessed? That is what the Bowman Field Commission and Williamsport Crosscutters anxiously waiting to see after discussing the issue at the commission meeting Tuesday. Employees with Rink Specialists, of Naples, Maine, began to take apart the outdoor ice rink Monday at the historic stadium and it’s expected to be gone by the end of this week. The city has deposited a $20,000 surety bond it received in installments from the Williamsport Outlaws to be used for the restoration of the field. The city, meanwhile, is preparing litigation against the Outlaws organization. The vision of bringing the team and organization into the stadium and city was Mayor Campana's, who is being asked to review the draft of the lawsuit to recover $52,000 in unpaid utility bills and rent from the Outlaws.

DANVILLE – Danville Borough Council will not appeal a ruling that found 15 landlords not guilty of failing to register apartments. And citations against another 16 landlords will be dropped. The Press Enterprise reports, continuing to fight in court over registration for 2012 will cost the borough more money. The recent ruling does not hinder the borough’s ability to charge fees or cite people for failing to register in 2013 and beyond. Council voted 5-3 to withdraw the citations and let the court decision stand.

LEWISBURG - Michael Krancer, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Tuesday that the Susquehanna River is not impaired and he “will eat anything that comes out of the river with anyone who would eat with me.” Krancer spoke at the League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area lunch at La Primavera Restaurant, where a league-record audience of nearly 70 showed up to hear what had been billed as Krancer’s address on the condition of the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Krancer tells the Daily Item, “Technically, legally, the river doesn’t meet the criteria to be an impaired waterway.” Krancer says that doesn’t mean state agencies will not work to improve the Susquehanna River’s health and specifically to find what may be causing lesions in its smallmouth bass population. Krancer has maintained for almost a year that a 98-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River, including the West Branch, cannot be declared impaired without proper testing and data identifying the problems with the fish. This is despite a May 23, 2012, report by the state Fish and Boat Commission making a case for an impairment label. Krancer says recent data from the Fish and Boat Commission and field personnel observations show the river has improved. Ensuring the river’s health will be “a matter of intense study, by DEP and others.” DEP in conjunction with other groups, including the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, will launch a website within a few weeks that will keep the public up-to-date of testing on the Susquehanna River and the results.

LEWISBURG – Evangelical Community Hospital will be holding three Medication Reviews at local Senior Centers in Union and Snyder Counties. It is recommended that individuals, especially those with multiple conditions requiring numerous medications, get a “medication check-up” at least once a year. Alan Griswold, Registered Pharmacist of Evangelical Community Hospital, will be holding several brown bag medication reviews at local senior centers to meet one-on-one with individuals to look closely at their current medications. The session will evaluate prescribed medications along with over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies to determine whether all are needed, if there is the potential for drug interactions, or if dosage adjustments are required. Individuals taking part in the review should bring all prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications taken on a regular basis, vitamins, and supplements and be prepared to talk about medication taking habits or concerns. No appointment is needed. The medication reviews are being held at the following locations in April from 9:30 am until noon:
•    Thursday, April 11th at the West End Senior Center on Route 235 in Laurelton.
•    Thursday, April 18th at the Beaver Springs Senior Center, 5 Elm Street, Beaver Springs.
•    Friday, April 19th at the Penns Creek Adult Resource Center, 3559 Richard Road, Penns Creek.
This event, done in partnership with the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, includes a general question and answer session to talk about the various drug interactions people live with every day.

HARRISBURG - The deadline to apply for heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, better known as LIHEAP is fast approaching.  The federally funded program gives financial assistance to low income families struggling to pay their heating bills or who may have emergencies as far as needing repairs to their heating systems. The deadline for application is March 29th and applications can be picked up at your county office of public welfare.  Or apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us. There are eligibility guidelines which applicants must follow.