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March 29, 2013

DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Clearfield County — Two people are dead after a shooting Thursday morning at the County Market grocery store on the outskirts of Philipsburg near the Centre/Clearfield county line. State Police at Clearfield say retired state trooper, Mark Miscavish shot and killed his estranged wife 47-year-old Traci Miscavish before turning the gun on himself. Investigators say just last Friday Traci filed for divorce. Centre County District Attorney Staci Parks-Miller tells us Traci had filed a protection from abuse order following a violent incident in January where Mark held a gun to her and tried to tie her up with duct tape during a domestic dispute. Parks-Miller says she tried to have Miscavish’s bail revoked due to a gun being involved, but Miscavish was left go on bail. Parks-Miller says the system failed in this case and her, “apology is woefully inadequate and she is praying for this family.”
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BEAVER SPRINGS – A McClure man was taken to evangelical Community Hospital following a crash early this morning in Snyder County. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. on Stull road at Steely Road in west beaver Township. Police say 23-year-old Michael Maloyed lost control of his vehicle and went off the roadway slamming into a tree. Police say Maloyed suffered moderate injuries and an investigation is ongoing into the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Maynard Street Bridge, in Lycoming County, was closed for at least three hours last evening after a flatbed tractor-trailer truck loaded with lumber overturned on the bridge, nearly going over. That happened just after seven last evening on the Williamsport side of the bridge as the truck exited Interstate 180. Williamsport police tell the Sun Gazette the driver, 27-year-old Fritson Pierre-Louis, of Lantana, Florida, climbed out of the wreck, and refused treatment for minor injuries.
(WGRC)

PAXINOS – For a second day in a row, Route 61 in Northumberland County was shut down due to a crash. The two vehicle crash happened just before eleven a.m. and involved a dump truck and an SUV in the southbound lanes of route 61 near Paxinos. Police say the SUV driven by 28-year-old Jonathan Morgante drifted into the path of the dump truck driven by 61-year-old Terry Shade of Milton. Police say Morgante suffered moderate injuries in the head-on crash and was taken to Shamokin/Geisinger Hospital. Shade was not hurt. The wreck closed down Route 61 for nearly five hours.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LINDEN – Route 220 southbound lanes were shut down yesterday for about four hours as crews cleared the sight of a garbage truck fire. The truck pulled over on Route 220 near Pine Run road in Woodward Township and fire crews were called to the scene to put out the fire. Crews remained on the scene until just before two p.m. cleaning up the scene of that truck fire and the roadway was reopened.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Route 15 near South Williamsport in Lycoming County was also closed yesterday around noon due to a multi-vehicle crash in a construction zone. PennDOT flaggers had to direct traffic but the roadway was closed for about an hour as the scene was cleared. It’s not know how the crash happened or if there were any injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WASHINGTONVILLE - A Danville man remains in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center following a crash at the intersection of Routes 254 and 54 in Washingtonville yesterday. The crash happened just before noon when police say 66-year-old Carl Flora, of Danville, ran a red light at the intersection and hit another vehicle driven by 59-year-old Kevin Mains, of Shamokin. Mains wasn’t hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SIGLERVILLE - A home in Mifflin County was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. Fire crews were sent to 188 Orchard Drive, near Siglerville, in Armagh Township. When crews arrived they found the ranch-style home fully engulfed in flames. The home is a total loss. The Sentinel reports, crews had a rough time fining water to battle the blaze and had to truck water from about a half-mile away. A state police fire marshal will investigate a cause.
(WGRC)

MILDRED – Fire chases an elderly man from his home Wednesday in Sullivan County. The fire was reported just before six p.m. on Third Street in the borough of Mildred. When fire crews arrived on the scene heavy black smoke was pouring from the two-story home and flames were shooting from windows. The man was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. The Sun Gazette reports, the fire remains under investigation but is not thought to be suspicious.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – A Tioga County man is facing theft charges in Northumberland County after police say he stole several pieces of jewelry, coins and knives from a 63-year-old Sunbury man. Police have charged 31-year-old Michael Curran Jr. of Wellsboro with theft of the items from the man who lives along route 61 in Upper Augusta Township. Police say after Curran stole the goods he pawned them off at the Jasmine Aire Boutique in Sunbury in February and earlier this month.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A State College business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to selling bath salts out of his downtown shop. District Attorney Stacy Parks-Miller says 48-year-old John O’Keefe, who owned the former Dragon Chasers Emporium on South Fraser Street, pleaded guilty to three felony charges of possession with intent to distribute the drug. He was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville. O’Keefe will begin serving his sentence April 15th. O’Keefe owned three stores that sold the drugs one in State College and the others in Schuylkill and Berks counties.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – The streets of Williamsport will get some tender loving care if Mayor Gabriel Campana gets his way. Yesterday Campana said he wants to see $1 million go towards street paving and repairs, beginning this fall. The Mayor says currently the city has about $500,000 available for 14 streets, but he is going to Council to ask them for more money to take care of 11 more streets. Reports say the city will likely have to go into some short term debt to do that. The Mayors plan includes natural gas-impact fees as well as state and federal grant funding to pay for the street paving. To refinance debt, the city will likely drop interest rates from 4.8 percent to 3 percent.
(WGRC)

BEAVER SPRINGS – Men of Christ Church in Beaver Springs will be displaying a message for those in Snyder County to hear today on this Good Friday. Nearly two dozen men from the church will take turns carrying a replica cross; much like Jesus did on the day of his crucifixion. One of those taking part in the cross walk is Chris Harvey who explains the purpose and route of the cross walk. The route the men will be taking is about 20 to 22 miles. Harvey says with those walking will be vehicle escorts with folks handing out hand cut nail crosses with a poem attached to them. Harvey’s hopes is that they will get the chance to talk with many about the purpose of this Easter season and what Christ did for us all.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - Geisinger Medical Center has been designated a Partner in MS Care for neurological care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Partner in MS Care award is a national recognition given to medical centers that provide comprehensive multiple sclerosis care and are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of multiple sclerosis. To obtain the neurological care distinction, centers must establish a collaborative nature and physicians and medical professionals must offer demonstrated knowledge and experience when caring for patients in need. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society represents a country-wide network of medical centers, independent physicians and researchers dedicated to addressing the challenges of the patient diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
(WGRC)

BELLEFOTNE - Representative Scott Conklin is seriously considering running for governor. A representative from his office tells the Centre Daily Times, Conklin’s office has been flooded with social media requests asking him to think about the prospect. His potential platform would focus on restoring education funding at the university level and getting early childhood education funding back up to the numbers of former Governor Ed Rendell’s administration. Conklin would also champion transportation improvements and move to help fix some of the structurally deficient roads and bridges throughout the state. Conklin, a democrat, was first elected to the state House in 2006 and before served as a Centre County commissioner. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2010 with gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato. Conklin is one of a number of democrats expected to run in the race for governor.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The state Insurance Department says a workers' compensation insurance rate reduction will go into effect next week for employers. The department said that the overall four percent decrease that takes effect Monday could mean as much as $110 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers. It says the estimate may vary according to claims experience, payroll and other factors, and not all employers will see a decrease. Workers' compensation insurance provides for the cost of medical care and rehabilitation for injured workers, and lost wages and death benefits for the dependents of people who are killed in work-related accidents. The department says employers should contact their insurance agent before their next renewal date to find out how their premium will change.
(WGRC)