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March 20, 2013

POINT TOWNSHIP - Route 147 just north of Route 405 in Northumberland County was closed for about an hour-and-a-half this morning after a car and a tractor trailer truck collided. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Union County 9-1-1 officials tell us one person in the car was injured and trapped in the crash and had to be freed and taken to an area hospital. State Police tell us the highway was reopened to traffic around five this morning.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

CANTON – Route 14 in Tioga County just over the Lycoming County line was closed for several hours yesterday due to a fatal vehicle crash and the clean-up of several thousand gallons of raw sewerage. The crash happened just after nine Tuesday morning. State Police say 51-year-old Gary Jackson of Roaring Branch lost control of the sewage truck he was driving on a curve in the roadway. The tanker truck spun and landed on its roof slamming into a telephone pole spilling its load of raw sewerage. Troopers say Jackson was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck during the crash and died at the scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEW RINGGOLD - One person died Tuesday in a head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and car on Summer Valley Road, in Schuylkill County. The crash happened around nine last night. The driver of the car died and their car was ablaze when crews arrived on the scene. The driver of the rig was not hurt. State police are continuing the investigation. State Police at Frackville are investigating the crash and remained on the scene until around five this morning.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NUMIDIA – A 13-year-old Numidia boy remains in critical condition after being flown to Geisinger Medical Center following an incident involving an ATV on his family’s property in Columbia County. The incident happened around five yesterday afternoon at the property along Mill Road, near Numidia. Police say Jeffery Cox and a friend was riding an ATV when for some reason Cox was thrown from the vehicle down over hill.  
(WGRC)

DUSHORE – State Police say they are conducting a death investigation after a man was found dead in his home in Sullivan County. Police say the body of 46-year-old George Knoff the Third, of Dushore, was found just after eleven Tuesday morning at the Sullivan Terrace Apartments in Dushore. An autopsy on Knoff’s body will be conducted by the Sullivan County Coroner to determine a cause of death.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – Police in Lewistown have arrested three men in connection with an armed robbery of the Sunoco Gas Station, on South Main Street in Lewistown. Police have arrested 17-year-old Akzavier Carrington, 18-year-old Andrew Hoy, both of Lewistown, and 18-year-old Charles Zeiders of Derry Township.  Police say the three were involved in the early morning robbery on July, 26th, 2012. Police say a handgun was used in the crime and the three got away with less than $100 in cash and food items. All three are jailed in the Mifflin County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG –Police in Lewisburg have filed charges against two men accused of breaking into five homes near Bucknell University back in December. Police have charged 18-year-old Damon Marciniak and Damon Snead with felony burglary for break-ins at two homes on South Seventh, a home on South Sixth, and two homes on Saint Catherine Streets in Lewisburg on December 26th, while students were away on Christmas break. Police say the two stole television’s video games and numerous other items from the homes.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - A Danville man who went missing for months after he skipped out on sentencing for thefts was taken into custody Friday after sheriff deputies got a tip he was back in town. 33-year-old Gary Shoemaker was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending sentencing on charges in both Columbia and Montour counties. The Press enterprise reports, Shoemaker ran-off to New Mexico last July shortly before he was to be sentenced in Danville for thefts from parked vehicles as well as felony trespassing and forgery. He is also facing court action on drug-delivery charges in Columbia.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - A 31-year-old woman faces charges of child endangerment after Lycoming County officials declared her home unfit for human habitation. Police have filed charges against Ila Newton of Mani Street in Jersey Shore. Police say they found her two young children living in a home strewn with garbage. The home came to police attention in February when they found Newton living with convicted child sex offender Steven Scott who is not allowed to be anywhere near children. The Sun Gazette reports, Police say Newton has had a continuous problem of providing a safe environment for her children dating back to 2009. The children now are in their father's custody.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE -A South Carolina man pleaded guilty for stabbing another man at a State College hotel in December. 22-year-old William Dixon, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault during a pre-trial conference, yesterday. Police said Dixon stabbed another South Carolina man after an argument at the Autoport restaurant. Dixon could serve 9 months to 3 and-a-half years in prison when he is sentenced in May.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Mayor Deb Bargo says she has organized an Amtrak rally at the Lewistown Train Station. A change in federal law starting this October could result in the cancellation of the rail route from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, which Bargo said would inevitably close the Lewistown station. Bargo said she has been in contact with state representatives and other Pennsylvania political figures, which are scheduled to be in attendance. The rally is set to take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow, March 21.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority will change its name to the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority to alter the organization’s identity and demonstrate its appeal to a larger community. Widening the organization’s reach is one of the main motivations for the name change. The main reason for the name change is to include municipalities that lie along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail which now stretches from Lewisburg to Mifflinburg. The Daily Item reports, the organization is also in the process of altering its financial agreement. It has a formula to determine financial support based on a combination of real estate evaluation, population and earned income tax. To date East Buffalo Township and Lewisburg Borough contribute $140,000 to the organization.  The $140,000 that comes from the township and the borough comprises a quarter of the authority’s overall budget. The rest comes from admission to the pool and other public facilities. Tax dollars are also instrumental in maintaining spaces such as the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail and the organization hopes municipalities west of East Buffalo Township will get on board to support the organization.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT -  Williamsport Mayor, Gabriel Campana says the city of Williamsport is floating the possibility of a downtown graduate school which would offer Master’s and Doctorate’s degrees.  Mayor Campana says that with Williamsport being a college town, that there are many college educated individuals living within our region who would enhance employment opportunities with further education.  The mayor says the city has had productive discussions with several accredited universities about establishing such a school.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Residents and business owners along Bellaire and Prospect avenues and South Burrowes Street in State College are fired up about a project that will place a high-pressure natural gas line past their homes, leading to Penn State’s West Campus steam plant. More than a dozen attended Monday’s Borough Council meeting and spent an hour of public comment time expressing concerns about the project, which will bury a 12-inch diameter coated-steel pipe, with pressure at 400 pounds per square inch. They’ll get another chance to comment and learn more during the council’s April 1 meeting, at which time Penn State and Columbia Gas will present information on the project. The pipeline will be the largest of the nearly 50 miles of natural gas piping Columbia Gas owns in the borough, and residents are concerned about safety and the potential violation of the environmental bill of rights added to the borough’s home rule charter by referendum in 2011. In part, it bans pipelines and other distribution methods of fossil fuels. The Centre Daily Times reports, Penn State is converting the west plant from coal to natural gas to meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air pollution standards by the beginning of 2016. When university officials decided on natural gas, they sought gas service through Columbia.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Union County comes in a second place for the healthiest County in the state of Pennsylvania. The study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, evaluated Pennsylvania's 67 counties on more than two dozen factors the researchers believe influence a person's health. Chester County was ranked first, while Centre County came in at third. Other counties in the WGRC listening area included Clinton County at 15th, Columbia County at 45th, Juniata County at 7th, Lycoming at 16th, Mifflin at 39th, Montour at 22nd, Northumberland at 43rd, and Snyder County at 5th. The parameters that were taken into consideration for the rankings included obesity and smoking, as well as social and economic factors like education, violent crime, health care access, family support, education and unemployment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - Three armed security guards were hired Tuesday to patrol Shamokin Area School District. Coupled with recent purchases of four metal detectors, the moves are preventative measures taken in response to December's deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The News item reports, Jerry Cavanaugh and Daniel Fanella, former corrections officers, and James Yost, a retired state police officer, were unanimously hired at a $15 hourly rate for 180 school days. They'll each be assigned to one of three district school buildings. The three will carry Glock .40-caliber handguns, in school, but they will not have the authority to make arrests. The metal detectors at the schools could be in use as early as next month, and parents will be notified ahead of time when the detectors are planned to be put in use.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State will continue its push to eclipse $2 million in total funds raised Friday when the CVC-Penn State student organization hosts the 14th Annual CVC 5K Run/Walk on the Penn State campus. The event, which annually draws hundreds of participants, will start at 6:00 p.m. Friday from Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park baseball complex. Registration is open online at cvc5k.webconnex.com/race and in person the morning of the race. Registration is $15 per person for team registration or $18 for individuals and includes a t-shirt for the first 200 participants on race day. All proceeds benefit Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State, which in its 18th year has raised more than $900,000 to help support the American Cancer Society and provide direct aid to those affected by the disease in the Centre region.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – Anglers from 18 southeastern Pennsylvania counties are gearing up for the March 30th opening of trout, which marks the unofficial start of the 2013 fishing season. The 18 counties open March 30 include: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York. April 13 is the traditional opening day for the rest of the state. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s "great white fleet" of stocking trucks has been busy since mid-February replenishing Pennsylvania's waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout. Every year the Commission stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state.
(WGRC)