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March 15, 2013

ASUNBURY - A 53-year-old city man who used a wheelchair became the first Sunbury resident to die in a house fire since 2008 when an electrical fire tore through his home Tuesday night. Sunbury firefighters returned to the scene early Thursday morning when a broken gas line sparked a new fire spreading to 1003 Penn Street causing heavy damaging and leaving two people homeless.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The body of woman was discovered Thursday at a former manufacturing plant in Lycoming County, according to police. Emergency crews were called to the Pajama Factory on Memorial Avenue in Williamsport just before 10 a.m. Thursday.  When they got there, officials said responders found the body of 22-year-old Regina Lapp, of South Williamsport in a bed in a second floor art studio. Williamsport fire and codes officials had planned to inspect the building anyway after being tipped off that people were living in the former Raytowne complex illegally. The discovery at the Pajama Factory has raised the issue of whether or not tenants are living in the building. Fire and codes officials say owners of the complex could face possible violations and fines. As for the young woman found dead inside, the coroner said an autopsy could be done as soon as today to find out what led to Regina Lapp’s death.
(WNEP)

SHENANDOAH - A 36-year-old Sheppton woman charged with trying to hire someone to kill two people last month had charges against her held for court during a preliminary hearing Thursday. Jamielynn Reilly appeared before District Judge Anthony Kilker on charges of solicitation to commit criminal homicide, and related charges. After the hearing, Reilly was returned to Schuylkill County Prison, where she is being held on $500,000 straight cash bail. Police charged Reilly with a February 19th incident in which she asked Rafael Lopez, Shenandoah, if he knew anyone who could kill Brian Treco and Kelly Feeko, both of Sheppton, and saying that she would pay to have it done. Treco and Feeko were Reilly’s landlords at the time of the incident.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - An elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was missing for several hours Wednesday after she wandered away from a nursing home, drove off in a car and crashed the vehicle. State College police said the woman was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. by staff at The Fairways at Brookline and was found around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Mount Nittany Medical Center, where she had crashed the vehicle. Police said the woman found an unlocked car with keys inside and took the vehicle. The woman eventually made her way to the hospital, where she drove the vehicle over an embankment. She was taken to the facility for treatment.
(WGRC)

NEWPORT – A Newport woman was called Thursday morning, and told her brother was in a vehicle crash in Harrisburg and that if he did not pay for damages he would be shot. However the woman noticed the phone number was from Ohio and immediately called police. Police found out the call was a scam. A similar call was received in State College this week. On Wednesday State College Police say they investigated a kidnapping scam targeting a cell phone user. This involved a ransom demand from a fictional kidnapping. The scammers appeared to work off a basic script adding details as the victim provide information about the relative. The basic script involves a motor vehicle accident in which an outraged owner abducts beats and threatens to kill the hostage if cash for repairs is not wired immediately. In the State College case, the alleged kidnappers demanded $1500.00 ransom. The State College Police were able to locate the relative of the victim and confirmed his safety. In addition, The State College Police were able to determine that the suspect was calling from Puerto Rico utilizing a prepaid cell phone. Both State and local police warn residents of such scams. If anyone receives such a call they should not panic and immediately call 9-1-1 to have the police confirm the safety of their relatives. Police say this scam has been in existence for several years in other parts of the country.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Two from Williamsport have pleaded guilty to bilking the federal government out over a million dollars. 28-year-old Cheryl Cobia, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty Thursday to overseeing a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service out of more than $1 million. Cobia and a co-conspirator in the case, 35-year-old Sharrieff Wilkins, pleaded guilty in the conspiracy that took place between 2009 and 2011. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson described the scam as an "extensive income tax scheme operated on her laptop from her home." The maximum penalty under the federal statute for each defendant is 10 years' imprisonment, a term of up to three years' supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A Bloomsburg man is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl. 35-year-old Mark Cramer is charged with the misconduct with a child under age 13 about five or six years ago in Bloomsburg. The girl reported the abuse to Children and Youth last August. The Press Enterprise reports, Cramer was released Wednesday without having to post bail to await a hearing March 27th  in district court.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Police in Sunbury plan to charge at least four teenagers with assault after the teens posted clips of a fight on social networking sites. Investigators said the teens beat up a 16 year old, taped the attack and posted it on Facebook. Sunbury Police said some teenagers are scared to go to school because of the attacks. Police believe social media sites like Facebook play a big role because teens are taping the fights, and posting them for the world to see. Corporal Jamie Quinn of the Sunbury Police Department is investigating several cases of bullying. She says parents with children under the age of 18 should always know their kid’s passwords to every online account, so they can log in at any time and know what their kids are doing. Police ask if you see any assault videos posted to Facebook or other social media sites, you are asked to save them and send them to police.
(WNEP)

LEWISBURG – A sickness is sweeping a part of Union County. Bison Fever is becoming an epidemic and includes symptoms that range from euphoria for Bucknell University men’s basketball fans to acute pain for Lafayette supporters. The orange and blue balloons trailing orange and blue streamers around Lewisburg celebrated Bucknell’s 64-56 win over Lafayette at Sojka Pavilion on Wednesday night in the Patriot League Championship. With the victory, Bucknell earned its sixth berth to the NCAA Tournament. Discussions are ongoing about celebrations for the Bison, Lewisburg Mayor Judith Wagner says, if the Bison win one or two games, she will have a fire-truck parade for the team through the downtown and a great welcome home for Bucknell. The NCAA tournament schedules will be handed out Sunday evening. Here in Lewisburg Bucknell students and fans are invited to join the Bison men’s basketball team for the NCAA Tournament selection show at the Campus Theater on Market Street in downtown Lewisburg on Sunday evening. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the selection show begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Bucknell’s opening game will be either March 21st or 22nd.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - For the second time in as many school years, parents and taxpayers asked the Jersey Shore Area School Board to spare one of its elementary schools Thursday during a public hearing. Nippenose Valley Elementary School was at the center of discussions because the board recently selected the school to potentially close. Some of those who spoke during the hearing mentioned the many activities and services the school provides for the community. Some said that if Nippenose does close, the district should expect to see a rising number of students transferring to other educational opportunities. During a presentation, Superintendent Richard Emery noted a cost-savings estimate of nearly $461,000 for the first year and $514,000 during following years. Emery cited rising costs in health care and retirement, along with flat funding in special education and no funding for charter schools, as some of the reasons cuts are needed. The district has an $820,000 budget deficit for the 2013-14 school year, but, as of yet, no tax increase. Many members of the public wanted more answers on the construction and addition project under way at Jersey Shore Elementary School. Residents have 30 days to submit a written comment to the district to be added to the meeting's public record and a vote to close the school must wait 90 days before a vote to close the facility.
(WGRC)

HERSHEY - Penn State trustee Ken Frazier is fed up with the criticism of the Freeh report and the board of trustees. The fiery Frazier exploded with a verbal assault Thursday at a man running for a spot on the board who called into question the board’s use of the Freeh report and the report’s conclusions. The intense exchange came during a board committee meeting on legal matters in a Hershey-area hotel. The man who posed the question was Bill Cluck, a Harrisburg lawyer, who said some of the questions over university leaders’ knowledge of Jerry Sandusky’s shower incidents in 1998 and 2001 might be answered at trial. The Freeh report turned up emails that suggest university leaders, including the late head coach Joe Paterno, knew in 1998 but did not report another incident in 2001. Trustee Keith Eckel, the legal committee chairman, tried to smooth over the tone and asked that folks work together. The tirade came after a much calmer — though equally incendiary to Paterno sympathizers — speech from Frazier that dismissed the Paterno family’s rebuttal to the Freeh report. Frazier said the Paterno report was not an independent investigation, it did not introduce new facts, and it did not provide the full historical record of what happened.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County Board of Elections has forwarded a possible Campaign Finance Law violation to the district attorney's office. The board, comprised of Mifflin County Commissioners Mark Sunderland, Otis Riden and Kevin Kodish, voted unanimously on Thursday morning to request District Attorney Dave Molek review a possible campaign advertisement sent with tax bills to Derry Township residents by Tax Collector Bret Treaster. The note stated, "Derry Township Tax Office will be closed May 21st due to the election. I hope that I can count on your vote !!!!" The board determined the statement could appear to be a campaign advertisement in violation of the Campaign Finance Law. Treaster has said the note was placed in the envelopes with the tax bills by his wife without his knowledge. The board found there were no other possible violations, since Treaster did not request reimbursement from the county or the township for postage costs. However if the note is found to be a campaign advertisement, Treaster would be required to report the cost on a Campaign Finance Report. Treaster faces one Republican challenger and three Democratic are also seeking the position in the primary election.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – The State Board of Education Thursday voted to adopt final-form regulations to amend the Pennsylvania Education Code, putting into place the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards that requires students to demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam or comparable exam in order to graduate high school. The new regulations require the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English language, arts and mathematics must be implemented in all public schools across the state by July 1st. Similar to the nationwide Common Core State Standards initiative, which is under way in 45 states, Pennsylvania tailored these standards to meet the needs of its students and adopted its own assessments. The board also adopted the final implementation schedule for the Keystone Exams, which are rigorous, end-of-course assessments designed to ensure a student’s mastery of specific academic content.  These exams are required to graduate from a Pennsylvania high school. The Common Core Standards test will be implemented beginning with the class of 2017 and students will be required to pass three Keystone Exams  – algebra I, biology and literature or a comparable assessment to obtain a high school diploma. In 2019 students will be required to pass four Keystone Exams including composition. And in 2020 students will be required to pass five Keystone Exams including civics and government.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord, Thursday, asked a federal court to refrain from considering the National Collegiate Athletic Association's lawsuit challenging control of Penn State University sanction funds until related pending state and federal court proceedings are resolved. McCord also signaled his intention to defend vigorously the state legislature's attempt to spend those funds on sex abuse victim and prevention programs within Pennsylvania. McCord is among several defendants in the NCAA's suit, due to his role as custodian of an endowment fund created by state legislation enacted last month. The law, sponsored by state Senator Jake Corman, required all payments from a consent decree between Penn State and the NCAA to be deposited into a special fund under the Treasurer's control. The penalties resulted from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. The NCAA claims the legislation, by directing all consent decree payments into a fund under the custodial control of the Treasurer, violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The NCAA claims the consent decree is a private contract between itself and one of its member schools. The Corman legislation and the consent decree both direct sanction funds to be spent for sexual abuse victims and prevention programs. The legislation stipulates that the spending be on programs within the state.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Federal Highway Safety Funds totaling almost a half million dollars will be dedicated to improvements at Route 54 in conjunction with the Danville Flood Control Project. State Senator John Gordner and State Representative Kurt Masser worked with elected officials in Danville and the state Department of Transportation to secure funding, which will provide needed safety improvements to Route 54 near the Danville Middle School. Last year, Senator Gordner and Representative Masser helped secure $3.8 million in state funds to complete the Danville Flood Control System. The project completes Danville’s flood protection system and provides protection to the Middle School, which is being re-built following devastating flooding in 2011. In addition to the rail crossing improvement, the funding will provide for a new signal system at Route 54, including signals to protect the middle school pedestrian crossing and middle school entrance. It is estimated bids could be let for the project in May, with work tentatively scheduled to begin in June.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – We’ve already heard of numerous wildfires this season, most of them during last weekend’s mild weather. With that in mind, Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 17-23 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting warming temperatures and drying March winds have combined to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania's forests and brush lands. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources statistics show nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania's wildfires occur in March, April and May, before the greening of state woodlands and brush lands. Named for rapid spread through dormant dry vegetation, under windy conditions, wildfires annually scorch nearly 10,000 acres of state and private woodlands.
(WGRC)