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March 19, 2013

STATE COLLEGE – A late winter storm dumped snow and sleet across much of the region Monday and the winter like weather will continue even though the official first day of Spring is tomorrow. The slippery conditions yesterday caused numerous crashes along roadways throughout the area, most of them minor. And most schools reported early dismissals due to the storm. Snow totals varied throughout the region with anywhere from three to five inches forecasted. In Williamsport three-and-a-half inches of snow was recorded. Driving conditions will remain questionable this morning as freezing rain is forecasted for our region. But the roadways should clear off by mid-afternoon as temperatures jump into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

RANSHAW –The fire that heavily damaged a three-story double home in Ranshaw in Northumberland County started from an unattended candle. The two-alarm fire was reported right around 8:30 Monday morning at 516-518 Webster Street. No injuries were reported. The fire was reported in a vacant side of the home, while an 80-year-old woman living in the other side had to be helped to safety.
(WGRC)

SHENANDOAH - A woman who jumped from a third-floor window to escape a fire in her home back in February, has died. The Republican Herald reports, 48-year-old Lisa Goiga, who lived at 36 West Coal Street, died earlier this month at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, from injuries she suffered in the fall. Goiga jumped from the window as firefighters were arriving at the scene of the early morning fire that damaged buildings on West Coal and North Jardin streets.
(WGRC)

BERWICK – Police in Columbia County are looking for a man who stabbed a woman Sunday night in Berwick. Police say the woman was stabbed in an alley near LaSalle Street. The Press enterprise reports, police are looking for the suspect, described as a white man in his early 20s between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches, with a thin build. He possibly has dark brown hair. Police believe the stabbing was during a robbery attempt. The 51-year-old woman was taken to Berwick Hospital and treated for a non-life threatening stab wound.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – State Police in Lycoming County have arrested a man after a raid on the man’s motel room where they found a large amount of heroin, marijuana and PCP. Police made two controlled buys from 22-year-old Brandon Stevenson of Montoursville, and then searched the motel room on Broad Street finding the drugs. In addition to the drugs, police also found a loaded handgun. Stevenson is now jailed on $500,000 dollars in the Lycoming County prison.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A Bloomsburg University student begged not to be shot as he was robbed at gunpoint on the street behind Elwell Hall on Sunday night. The victim tells the Press Enterprise, he was pistol-whipped and repeatedly pummeled after he crumpled to the ground on East Third Street. But he managed to get to his feet, running to a backyard in the 400 block so he could call 9-1-1. The assault happened just after nine p.m. Sunday. Bloomsburg police tell us 24-year-old Carlin Edwards, a former Bloomsburg University student, was picked up and in custody. But Police are still looking for 22-year-old Samuel Jeannot, a university senior studying biology. Police say Jeannot is believed to be armed and dangerous. Police have warned that anyone who sees Jeannot should call 9-1-1 and not approach the suspect.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A Bloomsburg man was sentenced to up to five years in state prison for his role as the gunman in an armed robbery of two brothers in Columbia County. 20-year-old Theodore Thomas pleaded guilty to robbing Brandon and Tyler Burns at gunpoint back in December 2011 at their apartment on East Fourth Street in Bloomsburg. The second man who entered the apartment with Thomas was identified by the press Enterprise as 23-year-old Adam Kaiser, of Berwick, who’s in state prison for other thefts.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A deal for probation fell through Monday for former motorcycle shop owner 62-year-old Damyon Corradini after he failed to pay back $88,000 as promised to several investors. Corradini is now looking at prison time. Corradini, who once owned the North East Iron Horse dealership on Main Street in Bloomsburg, was to be sentenced for deceptive business practices for shares he sold in what he said was to be a “revolutionary” braking system he invented for motorcycles. But, when a patent never materialized and investors never got their money back, State Police launched an investigation leading to fraud charges. Corradini hoped to avoid jail time and get probation by coming up with full restitution at time of sentencing but failed to do so. Senior Judge Richard Saxton postponed sentencing Monday. The Press Enterprise reports, Corradini has been in trouble before, serving six months in county prison in 2010 after he was convicted of theft in running an illegal raffle for a new motorcycle. The motorcycle raffle was billed as a “charity” effort to benefit Sept. 11 victims and their families.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - The wait for a judge’s ruling on Penn State’s request to throw out a whistle-blower and defamation lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary will drag on for another month. Senior Judge Thomas Gavin, of Chester County, heard arguments from attorneys for McQueary and Penn State during a hearing Monday morning in Centre County court. The judge said it might take until mid-April to make a ruling. McQueary did not attend the hearing, which lasted about a half-hour. McQueary is seeking $4 million in lost wages and other damages on the grounds that he was let go from Penn State because he cooperated with authorities investigating child sex abuse claims against convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. McQueary’s contract was not renewed when it expired last summer.
(WGRC)

MILTON –The ACF plant is planning on opening operation once again in Milton in Northumberland County. Those looking for a job at the facility will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Central PA Chamber of Commerce, 30 Lawton Lane in Milton, and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pennsylvania CareerLink, 225 Market Street in Sunbury. The Daily Item reports, the company, which has been shut down since 2009, is seeking experienced welders, painters, forklift operators, laborers, planers, millwrights, electricians and general laborers. The events are only to accept applications and no interviews will take place. ACF Industries shut down operations at its Milton manufacturing plant in February 2009, citing a lack of work. More than 320 workers were furloughed. The plant, which covers several blocks along Route 405, previously made railroad tank cars, most recently to transport ethanol and biodiesel.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – Geisinger Medical Center is breaking ground this week on a new Laboratory Medicine Building. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The new Laboratory Medicine Building will be located just north of the Hospital for Advanced Medicine and west of the parking deck. The new 115,000 square-foot, five-level Laboratory Medicine Building will replace the interim lab building, which was built in 1984. The $52.7 million dollar facility will provide space for Geisinger laboratory medicine’s clinical, research and teaching programs.
(WGRC)

MILTON - Father’s Hope, a Milton based orphan outreach project, has announced its first Christmas card design contest for local youth. The winning design will be reproduced on Christmas postcards, which will be available later this year as a fundraiser for Father’s Hope. The theme for the contest is “Merry Christmas In Any Language: Jesus Loves The Orphan Children Of The World.” The contest is open to youth entered in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2012-2013 school year. The winning card design will be selected by a panel of judges, with the creator of the winning design being awarded $50 from a Father’s Hope donor. Entries must be in color, created by hand, oriented horizontally and submitted on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper. The winning entry will become the property of Father’s Hope. Entries must include, on the back of the sheet of paper, the entrant’s name, age, address, phone number, school and grade level, and the name of the entrant’s parents or guardians. Submissions should not be folded, wrinkled or bent. Entries must be submitted by May 31. The winner will be notified by June 30. The individual to create the winning entry must agree to be photographed for the newspaper and other promotional uses. Entries may be dropped off at 21 N. Arch St., Milton. The office building is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. After hours, entries may be placed in a drop slot, located to the right of the front door. Other arrangements to submit entries may be made by emailing fathers.hope@gmail.com.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN - Susquehanna Valley Center of Hope announces the opening of a satellite counseling office at the Miller/Donmoyer Family Health Center, in Shamokin. The Shamokin satellite office will be available for appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Center of Hope is a nonprofit Christian organization offering "real answers for people with real problems," and covers a five-county area. Its mission is to "rebuild lives and restore hope." Various techniques are provided in a Christian atmosphere with the utmost respect to clients' confidentiality. Established in 2011, the center has provided more than 500 hours of counseling to numerous individuals dealing with various issues, including abuse, depression, anxiety, anger, addictions and marital problems. The News item reports, counseling sessions are based on a sliding scale and target those who do not have insurance. More information is available at the Center of Hope at 275-2280.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, will be the featured speaker Wednesday at a town hall meeting on a bill he authored designed to nullify any federal laws to register, restrict or ban a firearm or to limit the size of a magazine or firearm in Pennsylvania. The Williamsport Tea Party is sponsoring the event at 7 p.m. at the Genetti Hotel grand ballroom. Metcalfe's legislation, which was introduced on January 25th, is among proposals in more than 25 states to limit the federal government's role in imposing new gun control laws. The legislator said he modeled his bill similar to those recently introduced in Wyoming and Texas. Metcalfe was also a recent guest at the American Legion in Bloomsburg and the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives meeting where he discussed the gun measure at the Country Cupboard Inn and Restaurant in Lewisburg.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission along with the National Wildlife Federation will be hosting the Susquehanna Summit this week. The summit will be held on Wednesday beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Best Western Country Cupboard in Lewisburg. The focus of the summit will be on the people who use the Susquehanna River for recreation and those who make a living off the river. Those who attend will hear the latest river research, learn about the economic importance of the river and get an overview of water quality improvement and restoration and recreation projects along with feedback from anglers and outfitters. Among the scheduled speakers are Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway and the Commission's Susquehanna River biologist, Geoff Smith.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - A minister with no previous political experience is the newest Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor in 2014. Max Myers held a news conference Monday at the state Capitol in Harrisburg as part of a three-day tour to publicize his candidacy. Myers is an Illinois native and Army veteran who served as pastor at several Assembly of God churches in the Midwest region. He now lives in suburban Harrisburg. Until last year, he worked with an evangelical group called Global Awakening. The former Republican switched political affiliation three years ago and says the Democratic Party better reflects his principles. As governor, he says he'd work to eradicate poverty and ensure that all children receive a world-class education.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's new chief executive officer says he is directing a review of every professional services contract that was cited in a grand jury report that alleged a long-running "pay to play'' scheme at the agency. CEO Mark Compton says the grand jury report was alarming and he wants to make sure the agency's contracts were awarded appropriately. The review will be conducted by the agency's compliance officer. Compton says employees and professional services contractors will be encouraged to contact the compliance officer about inappropriate conduct. The Associated press reports, Compton and other Turnpike officials also stress that the agency has improved its contracting procedures in the past two years and that the grand jury cited the actions of a few, not the vast majority of Turnpike Commission employees.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – On Monday the house liquor control committee in Harrisburg voted in favor of a bill that reforms how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania, leading to privatization of the state’s liquor control. The committee passed house bill 790 on to the full house. The bill allows grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores to sell beer and wine, it allows beer distributers to sell liquor and wine, and allows private wine wholesalers to sell to residents here. The state liquor control board would still operate state stores until there are about 1200 retail stores and outlets available.
(WGRC)