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April 1, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT – Fire crews were called out to battle a two-alarm structure fire in downtown Williamsport this morning. The fire was reported around eight a.m. at 734 Second Street. The fire reportedly started on the second floor of the two story wood-frame home. Fire was reported coming from the second floor when crews arrived on scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAM PENN – Fire crews were called out around four this morning to battle a fire in Schuylkill County. The fire was reported at 17 Chelton Street in the William Penn Section of West Mahanoy Township. The vacant two-story home was heavily damaged. No word as to a cause.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SWENGEL- A family of five was displaced by a fire at their home yesterday near Swengel in Lewis Township, Union County.  The fire started around noon at the home of Stan and Margaret Mowery at 3585 Swengel Road. Fire Chief John Heiges says the fire started in a wood stove pipe and spread into the walls of the home. Stan Mowery's son noticed smoke in his room and notified his father and the family got out safely. The home was heavily damaged and one firefighter was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment of a minor electrical shock. Crews remained on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours.
Ali Stevens (WKOK)

HOWARD - No one was hurt in a fire that completely destroyed a home Saturday afternoon in Centre County. The home at 228 Mountain Top Road near Howard was reported around two p.m. Fire crews arriving on the scene reported the home fully involved in flames when they arrived. Nothing but a chimney and a few charred standing timbers was left to the one- story ranch-style home. A fire marshal has been called in to investigate a cause.
(WGRC)

HERNDON - A fire destroyed a home in Northumberland County Saturday morning. The double-wide Herndon area home owned by Carol Rickert at Hooflander and Slutter Valley roads broke out around 7:30 a.m. The Daily item reports the fire destroyed everything but three Bibles, found placed in different parts of the home and her mother jewelry.
(WGRC)

HUNTERSVILLE – Crews from Lycoming County were called out to battle a fire in the basement of a home. That fire was reported around 5:30 Saturday morning at 329 Biddle Road in Mill Creek Township, near Huntersville. Crews remained on the scene of that fire for a little over six hours battling the fire.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ASHLAND - A fire broke out at a vacant home in Schuylkill County on Saturday night. Firefighters said it happened on Brock Street in Ashland around 10:30. The fire chief says firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to a building next door. No injuries were reported, and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
(WNEP)

LEWISBURG – A Turbotville woman was killed in a five vehicle pile-up in Union County last night. The crash happened around nine p.m. at the intersection of AJK Boulevard and Route 15 in front of the Sheetz station in Kelly Township. Police say an 81-year-old man from Gorham New York turned and headed south in the northbound lanes of Route 15 and struck a vehicle driven by another New York State man before slamming head-on into a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Ellen Kear. Kear’s vehicle was then pushed into a vehicle driven by a Wellsboro woman and a fifth vehicle driven by a Milton man. Police say during the crash Kear was thrown from her vehicle and landed underneath the vehicle. She died at the scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

EAST SALEM – A crash in Juniata County yesterday morning sends a Mifflintown woman to Hershey Medical Center. The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on route 235 near East Salem in Delaware Township. Police say 22-year-old Karena Mast lost control of her vehicle and went off the roadway slamming into an embankment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A South Williamsport man was taken to Williamsport Hospital following a motorcycle crash Saturday. The crash happened just after three p.m. on South Shaffer Hill Road in Old Lycoming Township. Police say 46-year-old Thomas Davenport, was not wearing a helmet, lost control on a turn in the road, and was thrown off his motorcycle. Police say he suffered head injuries.
(WGRC)

TROUT RUN – A crash in Lycoming County sends a Williamsport teen to Geisinger Medical Center. That crash happened around 6:30 Friday evening on Route 15 in Lewis Township. Police say 18-year-old Timothy Johns lost control on a curve and rolled several times in the median and then down over an embankment. Police say Johns was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his vehicle. He remains in serious condition at the hospital.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

TOWER CITY – A Williamstown man was taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center East after his ATV and a pick-up truck collided in Schuylkill County. The crash happened Friday afternoon just before one p.m. on East Wisconisco Street in Tower City. Police say 28-year-old Darin Morgan tried to pass some others on ATV’s and struck the pick-up operated by 65-year-old Clarence Gibson of Tower city. Police say Morgan suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Gibson was not hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILTON – A Perry County man is locked up in the Union County jail on $50,000 bail after leading state police on a high speed chase which began on Route 15 Friday afternoon. Police say 41-year-old Joseph Carew of Newport was clocked speeding on Route 15 going nearly 80 miles-per-hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. The chase began on Route 15 about a mile north of Interstate 80 near New Columbia reaching speeds of up to 90 miles-per-hour. The crash ended on JPM Road in Kelly Township after Troopers used their vehicles to box Carew in causing him to crash his pick-up truck. They also had to taser Carew before placing him in custody. He was taken to Evangelical Hospital then flown to Geisinger where he was treated and released.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - A stretch of Mill Street in Danville was closed as crews respond to an incident involving a garbage truck fire this morning in Montour County. There were concerns that chemicals were involved and a hazmat crew has been summoned. The incident happened along Rooney Avenue directly behind the Danville police station.
(WPGM)

MILTON - A man from Northumberland County faces child porn charges. 21-year-old Brian Kelson, of Milton was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury. Court Papers say Kelson is charged with having inappropriate pictures of children. Kelson faces at least 15 years in prison if found guilty.
(WNEP)

LEWISTOWN – A Derry Township couple are jailed in the Mifflin County Jail after a disturbance around 10:30 Saturday night in Lewistown. Lewistown Police say 55-year-old Barry Snyder and his 51-year-old wife Abby were involved in a domestic dispute. When police arrived both became combative with police. Officers say they arrested Abby first and when they tried to hand cuff her Barry jumped on the officer’s back and began punching the officer about the head. The officer was able to subdue Barry and cuffed him, and that’s when Abby threw a beer can at the officer and became unruly having to be tased. Barry is now jailed on $100,000 bail on aggravated assault on a police officer. Abby is jailed on $30,000 bail on similar charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LIME RIDGE - A beautiful Saturday afternoon found police in Columbia County dealing with a boat thief who needed to be rescued.  24-year-old Jamie Zandarski of Berwick was sent to the Columbia County Jail Saturday night after firefighters rescued her from a fishing boat drifting down the Susquehanna River. The Press Enterprise reports, Zandarski stole the boat which was located under the Interstate 80 Bridge and lost its oars in the strong currant and called to near-by fishermen for help.  South Centre Township Police charged her with theft, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – A man was caught rummaging through a refrigerator of a home in Lewistown and is now jailed on trespass and related charges. Police have charged 25-year-old Jerimy Shughart of Carlisle. Police say the break-in happened around one Saturday morning at a home on Forsythe Street. Police say a woman was awaked to find Shughart going through her kitchen and demanded him to get out of her house. Police found him near-by.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - Three men were indicted in federal court Thursday on charges they used houses in Shamokin and Mount Carmel to store drugs and proceeds from drug dealings. Renard Durant, of Bloomsburg, Shelton Cochrane II and Gilberto Lanzot Jr. are ranking members of a Bloods chapter called almighty renegade gangstas. Charges in U.S. Middle District Court say the three are ranking members of that Bloods chapter. Federal prosecutors says the three sold heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana in Northumberland, Columbia and Luzerne counties that was brought in from New York and Hazleton. Area law enforcement agencies say that gang crime is becoming more prevalent in central Pennsylvania than ever before.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, renowned voice of healthcare reform, will deliver this year's Fasano Memorial lecture entitled, The Affordable Care Act and the Future of the American Healthcare System. This Fourth Annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building on the campus of Bucknell University. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Emanuel will be discussing the pressing need for healthcare reform, the key innovations in the Affordable Care Act and how they are likely to impact the actual delivery of care. From February 2009 to January 2011, Dr. Emanuel was a special advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. As one of the most prominent voices advising the White House about healthcare, he had a significant impact on federal healthcare budgets and the Affordable Care Act.  
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Those who used the telephone in the 570 area code will soon need to dial the area code for their call to go through. The state Public Utility Commission has announced that dialing local numbers will require entering the 570 area code starting in September. The required dialing method is because the PUC has added a new area code, 272, which will be given to customers receiving a new phone number starting in October. Anyone who applies for a new number will receive the new 272 area code. The PUC says the new area code was needed because all the telephone numbers in the 570 area code were used up.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Electric utilities, the biggest water users in the commonwealth, are not happy at the suggestion that they will be asked to pay a fee to the cash-strapped Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The daily item reports, Electric companies already pay fees to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the Delaware River Basin Commission. Those fees add up to about $500,000 a year for PPL which provides power to about 1.4 million customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway has proposed levying a fee on large water users as a means of closing a budget gap after the commission backed away from a plan to close two trout hatcheries in a bid to save $2 million. The Fish and Boat Commission has estimated that electric companies use more than 6 billion gallons of water a day to generate power.  Electric companies say it would be like getting billed twice for the same water used. If it goes through with its plan, those fees created by the Fish and Boat Commission would likely be passed down to electric customers.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - A state lawmaker wants to make pre-employment drug screenings mandatory for teachers and others who work in schools. Criminal background and child abuse checks are already required for potential school employees. Representative Tony DeLuca says many private employers make applicants submit to drug screenings. The Allegheny County Democrat says people involved with drugs should not be allowed to have daily contact with school children. The bill would apply to all prospective employees of public and private schools, intermediate units and area vocational technical schools. The measure has been referred to the education committee.
(WGRC)