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March 18, 2013

STATE COLLEGE - After the area sloshed through anywhere from two to four inches of snow on Saturday, the National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Storm Warning and Winter weather Advisories for the WGRC listening area for an accumulation of heavy snow and ice beginning this morning into tomorrow morning. For much of the WGRC listening area will be under a Winter Weather Advisory from eight this morning till eight Tuesday morning. Most of our region may experience heavy snow of one to three inches and then a mix of sleet and freezing rain on top of that creating slippery and icy conditions. Travel will become hazardous, and power outages can be expected from this late winter storm. Many locations will see the precipitation change over to plain rain this evening into late tonight, although the wintry mix may hang on across parts of northern Pennsylvania, as colder air moves back behind the system.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Police in Columbia County are looking for a man from Philadelphia after an armed robbery Sunday night. Bloomsburg police said Samuel Jeannot robbed someone along East Fourth Street just after 8:00 p.m. Police say a handgun was used in the robbery. Officers have another man in custody for his role in the armed robbery.  Anyone with information on Jeannot’s whereabouts is asked to call police.
(WNEP)

BRIAR CREEK — Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash in Columbia County on Friday. Police say 23-year-old Curtis Tyrrell of the Briar Creek area died in the fiery crash when the car he was driving veered off the road and hit a tree. The Press Enterprise reports, the crash happened just before six a.m. on Summerhill Road in Briar Creek Township. Columbia County Deputy Coroner Linda Kessler said Tyrrell died on impact. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on the scene with Tyrrell inside.
(WGRC)

RINGTOWN – Two Ringtown men were taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Schuylkill County. The crash happened just before six p.m. on Ringtown road just outside the borough of Ringtown. Police say Paul Maurer lost control of his pick-up truck on the snow covered roadway and slid into the path of a pick-up driven by 54-year-old Peter Pengrin. Police say both men suffered moderate injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLANCHARD – A 17-year-old boy, who was a senior at Central Mountain High School, was found dead at the home of a friend in Centre County. Devin Stacey was found unresponsive Thursday night at the home of a friend in Blanchard. State Police at Rockview are investigating the death along with Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - An autopsy conducted Friday morning on the woman whose body was found in a second-floor studio at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport on Thursday morning was inconclusive. The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office says there were no signs of trauma to the body and it will take several weeks before the results of toxicology tests done on 21-year-old Regina Lapp, of South Williamsport, will be known.
(WGRC)

RANSHAW - A double-home was destroyed and two other homes damaged in a two-alarm fire this morning on a narrow street in Ranshaw in Coal Township. Firefighters were sent to the three-story double-home of 80-year-old Janet Millard at 516-518 Webster Street around 8:30 a.m.  Fire officials say the fire started in a vacant side of the home. A neighbor got Millard to safety as flames began to shoot through the roof. No injuries were reported. A cause is under investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BERWICK - Smoke alarms roused sleeping family members as flames raced through their mobile home early Sunday, in Columbia County. The fire which was reported around 5:30 a.m. destroyed the trailer at 1633 Franklin Street in Berwick. The Press Enterprise reports, the blaze started around an electrical outlet in the bedroom and has been ruled accidental. Owner, 42-year-old Missy Long, 42, her 19-year-old son Larry Long III, and Missy’s brother, David Bankes, were asleep when the fire erupted in Missy’s bedroom.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - Seven people were left homeless following a fire Saturday evening in Lycoming County. A Montoursville couple grabbed their 1-year-old son and safely fled their burning home on Broad Street on Saturday night, moments after a propane tank is believed to have exploded on their back porch. Fire officials say Brandin Shafer was cooking on a grill on the porch "when something happened. The fire at the back of 511 Broad Street erupted about 6 p.m. and quickly spread to the other half of the double home at 509 Broad Street the home of William and Michelle Dincher and their two daughters. The Dincher’s were not home at the time of the fire. At least one vehicle at the back of the property also was on fire. Although the Shafer’s got out, Tanya suffered smoke inhalation and was being treated at the scene in the back of an ambulance. After fire fighters had the fire out the Shafer’s dog was found alive and unharmed in a portion of the house. The American Red Cross is assisting as the fire was declared a total loss.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Flames ripped through a trailer during heavy snow Saturday and caught a nearby workshop on fire in Columbia County. Fire in the mobile home at 228 Wirt Street in Bloomsburg was reported around noon. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Hugh Gross tells the Press Enterprise, resident 20-year-old Carrie Millington, and her 4-year-old daughter were not home when blaze broke out. The center of the mobile home suffered the heaviest damage, with everything but the frame burning away. Something exploded in the trailer, launching a fireball as crews battled the flames. A State Police fire marshal investigated Saturday afternoon and ruled the blaze “undetermined” because the trailer was so badly damaged.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL - A 13-year-old Mount Carmel boy faces arson charges in connection with a fire Sunday that heavily damaged the basement of a vacant property at 207 North Chestnut Street in Mount Carmel. The property is connected to a former apartment building on East Avenue that was gutted by fire in 2010. Police say the teen, who was taken into custody at the scene, admitted setting a blanket or curtain on fire in the basement with a lighter that he later buried along a railroad bed near the borough baseball complex. Police used a metal detector to find the lighter. Police say a 12-year-old boy, who was with the other teen and has cooperated with police, also will be charged. The police chief said the boys set the fire because they wanted to stay warm. The News Item reports, both boys were seen by witnesses fleeing the scene of the fire shortly after heavy smoke was reported coming from the structure at about 5:30 p.m. The fire caused about $2,000 in damage to the basement
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - After 30-minutes, a Centre County jury found a Bellefonte man guilty on all four felony counts of arson for torching a storage building and a delivery truck behind Mattress World and the Dollar General in Bellefonte on September 24th. Jeffrey Karg now faces between three and 10 years in prison after he was convicted Friday. The blaze caused over $135,000 in damage to the building and delivery truck, which were completely destroyed. Karg will be sentenced in April.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A 42-year-old Lewistown man is behind bars in the Mifflin County Jail after he stole a car on Thursday. Police have charged Thomas Bender the Third with theft of a motor vehicle. He is jailed on those charges and on an active warrant. Police believe Bender stole the car from a home on Princeton Street in Lewistown and drove it to Harrisburg to get drugs. The car has not yet been found and Bender is believed to have left the car in Harrisburg before returning back to Lewistown.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - After weeks of back-and-forth court filings and legal responses, attorneys for Penn State and former assistant football coach Mike McQueary will have their day in Centre County court today. McQueary’s lawyers want an out-of-county judge to overrule Penn State lawyers’ objections to his whistle-blower lawsuit against the university. Attorneys for Penn State filed yet another legal document Friday in Centre County Court, contending that arguments made in a filing last week by McQueary “fail.” Penn State’s lawyers said in court papers last month that McQueary’s lawsuit was “devoid” of legal merit, and they asked the judge to dismiss the suit. McQueary’s contract was not renewed when it expired last summer, and the former assistant sued in October, seeking $4 million in lost wages and other damages, on the grounds he was defamed and let go because he cooperated with authorities investigating Sandusky.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - The Northumberland County Salary Board approved approximately $35,000 in raises at a special meeting Wednesday morning. While every motion was passed by the four-member board, it was Commissioner Stephen Bridy who cast the lone dissenting vote on increasing the salaries of non-union personnel from human services, but voted in favor of the other raises. Bridy says human services employees care about their clients and deserve to have pay increases, but the county is not in a financial position do it. Human services departments received a total of $13,000 in pay increases, but only $1,700 comes from county money. The rest is paid through state and federal allocations.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - A Catawissa man who says his wife died as a result of a poorly managed 911 Center is suing Northumberland County, Rush Township and various current and former county officials for at least $150,000 in federal court. The 63-page complaint was filed in the Middle District of Pennsylvania last month on behalf of John Lamey. In the complaint, Lamey, of Elysburg Road, Catawissa, said 911 was called when his 50-year-old wife lost consciousness in February 2011. The call was routed to Montour County 911, despite Lamey's home being in Northumberland County, and an ambulance from Danville was dispatched. The suit claims Elysburg ambulance was only one-and-a-half miles from Lamey’s home whereas Danville ambulance was about eight miles away, and it took Danville ambulance crews 14 minutes to get there. The complaint states, due to the delay in emergency care at the scene, Mrs. Lamey passed away due to respiratory failure, anoxic brain injury and cardiac arrest.
(WGRC)

SPRING MILLS - The Penns Valley school district is inviting residents to join in on a county-wide discussion in April focusing on school safety. Penns Valley has partnered with the Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, State College and Philipsburg-Osceola area school districts and Penn State on a forum that will be steamed live online and in each of the communities. Experts will discuss how community advocates and researchers can collaborate to prevent tragedies in schools – like the one in Newtown, Connecticut. The forum will take place April first at 7:30 p.m. at the Outreach Building on the University Park campus. Residents in Penns Valley can do so by attending the live streaming at the high school auditorium, watching online, or registering to watch the event in person on the Penn State campus. The deadline to register is March 27th.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Twenty-two students from across the state have been selected as division winners in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's aviation art contest. The contest theme was "50 Years of American Space Flight." Entries were judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades. One winner was chosen from each division in each of PennDOT's 11 district offices. Winners will receive an enlarged copy of their entry and a certificate signed by Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch. Winners from the WGRC listening area include:
District 2 - Grades one through three: Drais Parrillo, Ferguson Elementary, Centre County Grades four and five: Paige Smith, Thompsontown-Delaware Elementary, Juniata County
District 3 - Grades one through three: Lillian Wertz, Turbotville Elementary, Northumberland County Grades four and five: Brandon deManincor, Meadowview Christian Academy, Northumberland County
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Corbett said Friday his administration will revise a contract with a British company to manage the $3.5 billion state Lottery in an effort to win approval from Attorney General Kathleen Kane, an avenue that for now avoids a court battle. Corbett's office, in a statement said revising the contract with Camelot Global Services will provide legal clarity to Kane and her office, which rejected it last month over concerns that parts of it contravene the state constitution or violate state law. The Associated Press reports, the Department of Revenue will submit a revised contract to Kane's office in the "upcoming months." The governor's office did not provide any details on how it would revise the contract with Camelot, the United Kingdom's official lottery operator.
(WGRC)