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April 2, 2013

SUNBURY – A three vehicle crash involving two pick-up trucks and a car sent one person to the hospital yesterday afternoon in Northumberland County. The crash happened just after five p.m. on Route 61 in Upper Augusta Township. Police say 65-year-old Katherine Fiori of Sunbury was taken to Geisinger following the crash. Troopers say Fiori was following a truck driven by 56-year-old Lewis Carl of Paxinos man and was stopped to make a turn. That’s when a pick-up driven by 20-year-old Joshua Pickett of Trevorton failed to stop and slammed into the rear of Fiori’s car pushing it into the truck in front of her. Carl suffered minor injuries in the crash, Pickett was not hurt. Fiori remains in serious condition at Geisinger.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BERWICK – A Berwick native who became the CEO of a mobile phone company in New Zealand has been declared lost at sea after a plane crash over the weekend. Reports say Berwick High graduate 58-year-old Eric Hertz, is presumed dead along with his wife 64-year-old Kathy, after their twin-engine plane plunged into the sea off the coast of New Zealand around noon Saturday. Hertz is a 1972 Berwick graduate, and was inducted into the high school’s hall of fame in 2011 in recognition of a distinguished three-decade career in the telecommunications industry.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Two people are homeless after a fire in Lycoming County yesterday morning. Crews were called to the 700 block of Second Street in Williamsport around 8 a.m. One home suffered major damage in that two alarm blaze. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire in Williamsport is under investigation.
(WNEP)

WEST PENN— An arson fire is under investigation in Schuylkill County. Flames consumed a vacant double block home in the village of William Penn near Shenandoah yesterday morning. The fire broke out around four a.m. Firefighters fought the blaze for more than six hours.  The building was vacant and some residents are concerned at the number of vacant building within the small borough.
(WNEP)

SUNBURY - A former volunteer firefighter, already serving time for arsons in Montour and Union Counties, was sentenced Monday for two fires in Northumberland County. Zane Snyder of Milton received up to eight years in prison for setting a barn fire and truck fire near Milton in 2012. He and Charles Jacobs were sentenced last year for arsons in Montour County and Union Counties. Both men were members of the Potts Grove Fire Company.
(WNEP)

LINDEN – Police in Lycoming County are investigating a burglary at a home near Linden. The break-in happened on Sunday sometime between one and 4:30 p.m. at the home along Young’s Road in Woodward Township. Police say the bandits got inside the home and took a safe containing prescription medicines and coins. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call state police, Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LIVERPOOL – A Liverpool man has been charged with burglaries at two homes between December and this past January. Police have charged 26-year-old Robert Nipple with theft after police say he broke into a home in the 300 block of Barners Road and a home in the 2100 block of Route 17 in Liverpool Township, Perry County. Troopers say Nipple stole jewelry and money from the homes.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Forfeited money from an online prostitution enterprise foiled by federal authorities - some of the transactions occurring in Lycoming and Centre counties - has begun to be distributed to state police and Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt's office. More than $3 million was distributed in forfeiture of an award of $4.9 million by the guilty parties, National A-1 Advertising and R.S. Duffy Incorporated, two Philadelphia corporations that were ordered to turn over funds after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Sun Gazette reports, the Department of Justice has begun to distribute $3.2 million to the state police. Linhardt's office will receive $49,000.
(WGRC)

BENNER TOWNSHIP - A ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday marked the official opening of the new Benner state prison, but many employees have been working there for weeks and more are arriving every day. Many of the employees at the new prison come after the closings of the state prisons in Cresson, Cambria County, and Greensburg, Westmoreland County. State Department of Corrections officials have said the decision to close the prisons and open the new, more efficient facility in Benner Township is expected to save the state $23 million. Corrections Department Press Secretary Susan McNaughton says staff will continue to relocate the new the facility over the next few weeks as the inmate populations at those facilities are gradually reduced. Inmates will begin arriving at the new facility later this month. Corrections officials have said the SCI Benner will have 2,000 inmates and more than 500 staff on board by the end of June.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on Thursday, May 2, to discuss a proposed Air Quality plan approval for En-Tire Logistics of Milton for a new tire-derived fuel steam and power generation plant to be constructed in White Deer Township, Union County. The plant would produce 7-megawatts of electricity and provide steam to the adjacent National Gypsum Company facility. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Warrior Run Area Fire Department in Allenwood. En-Tire submitted the Air Quality plan approval application to DEP on March 19, 2012. DEP published a notice of intent to issue the plan approval in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 30, 2013, and asked for public comment. A local environmental group, Organizations United for the Environment, had previously requested that the agency hold a public meeting or public hearing to discuss the application. During the 8 p.m. hearing portion of the evening, the public will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony about the application. Written testimony of any length will also be accepted. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document, and DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony. For anyone unable to attend the public hearing, written comment should be submitted by the close of business on Monday, May 13, to DEP Air Quality Program Manager, 208 W. 3rd St., Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A meeting being held Thursday by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources about natural gas drilling in Loyalsock State Forest is being kept closed to the general public and media. Only certain elected officials and a pair of environmental groups are being invited to participate in a discussion with DCNR about Anadarko Petroleum's proposal to drill for natural gas on nearly 25,000 acres in the Rock Run area of McIntyre Township. Environmental groups say drilling in the forest will spoil pristine forests, wetland and streams inside the Pennsylvania Wilds. The sun Gazette reports on Thursday, as about 30 invited "stakeholders" - including Lycoming County commissioners, a number of township supervisors, the state chapter of the Sierra Club and the Responsible Drilling Alliance will meet at the closed-door session. While DCNR is not subject to the state's Sunshine Law that provides for open access to meetings, a quorum of elected officials from any municipality at the meeting could constitute the need to hold an open meeting, according to the media law counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association in Harrisburg. The DCNR says they will have representatives available to talk after the meeting.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – How much of Clinton County is developable for the natural gas industry? That question was answered by Clinton County’s Geographical Information Systems Director, Jim Watson. The Lock Haven express reports, Watson says about 286 square miles of the County can be considered for development. Clinton County officials say there are 94 wells on 44 well pads in Clinton County, and estimates of production suggest the wells will be producing for between 30 and 40 years. Watson says from those figures, it appears as if Clinton County is only one eighth to one tenth of its way into a "full build-out" using all the natural gas shale reserves in the county.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - About 100 people filled State College Borough Council chambers Monday night to hear presentations and voice opposition to a two-mile, 12-inch natural gas distribution pipeline planned for a route through the borough’s Highlands neighborhood. The high-pressure pipeline is planned to travel from an existing Columbia Gas line near Porter Road, down Bellaire and Prospect avenues and South Burrowes Street, to Penn State’s West Campus steam plant. The university is converting the plant from coal to natural gas to meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air pollution standards that take effect at the beginning of 2016. The Centre Daily Times reports, just after midnight, the council unanimously passed a resolution that opposes the pipeline route, asks for permit denial and calls for negotiations between the involved parties.
(WGRC)

CATAWISSA – It was a packed meeting room last night as parents, students and staff made a passionate plea to keep full-time teachers positions at Central Columbia’s school board meeting. Administrators are considering teacher lay-offs among other initiatives to cut down a $1 million budget deficit. A librarian position is also on the chopping block. A tentative plan calls for a tax hike, and the elimination of part-time positions in math, art and business in favor of larger class sizes for the remaining educators. Students and parents spoke out last night fearing the changes would mean a stretched staff unable to offer as many elective courses. School administrators backed up their proposals with the facts of falling school enrollment and the increase in pensions for tenured teachers. The Press Enterprise reports, the board will likely vote on a preliminary budget on April 15th.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - The contractor working on the safety improvement project along Route 15 near South Williamsport will be making traffic pattern switches today. Traffic through the work area will be controlled with cones and flaggers while paint lines are removed and repainted in new locations. Travelers are asked to be alert in the construction area and to be prepared for the new, temporary traffic patterns. This will be the first of the traffic pattern changes; temporary concrete barrier is planned to be set over several days next week.   
(WGRC)

MILLHEIM - Work to replace a bridge on Route 45 near the village of Millheim in Centre County will get underway on Tuesday, April 2. Once work is complete, PennDOT will be able to remove the bridge from the list of structurally deficient bridges in Centre County and provide area drivers with safer, more efficient travel across a modern structure. On Thursday, April 4, the eastbound lane will be closed and temporary traffic signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern. Once work in the eastbound lane is complete, the westbound lane will be closed and traffic will take turns on the repaired side. The bridge spans Elk Run, about one mile west of the village of Millheim in Penn Township. Work is expected to last through mid-September and includes replacement of the old bridge with a new reinforced box culvert at a cost of $476,000.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – There were 1,310 people killed in crashes on Pennsylvania roads last year, the third-lowest number on record and 24 more than in 2011. Areas of highway safety, toughened by laws Governor Tom Corbett has signed, also saw reductions in fatalities and crashes. PennDOT data from police reports also show that there were 124,062 crashes on Pennsylvania roadways in 2012, a decrease of 1,260 from 2011. PennDOT has invested $50 million over the last five years for safety improvements at about 4,000 locations. These include low-cost safety measures such as centerline and edge-line rumble strips; curve-related treatments; sight-distance and intersection improvements; and removing frequently hit trees and other fixed objects. PennDOT also invests about $20 million annually in state and federal funds for safety education and enforcement efforts statewide. Also fatalities in crashes involving a drunk driver decreased to 377 in 2012, the lowest number in more than 10 years. Though many fatal crash categories saw fewer fatalities in 2012, there were increases in some areas. Fatalities in crashes involving drivers 65 years-old or older increased from 2011 to 2012. Pedestrian fatalities increased, and motorcyclist fatalities increased during the same time period. Out of the WGRC counties Lycoming County had the most fatalities with 15. Columbia, Northumberland, and Union Counties had nine each, while Snyder had eight, Sullivan had two, and Montour had none.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Pennsylvania’s senior senator Bob Casey Jr., who was born Catholic and raised in Catholic schools has turned his back on the Catholic teaching on marriage. Yesterday Casey made the statement, ”After much deliberation and after reviewing the legal, public policy, and civil rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed.” He went on to say, “As a Senator and as a citizen, I can no longer in good conscience take a position that denies her and her family the full measure of equality and respect. I understand that many Americans of good will have strong feelings on both sides of this issue. I believe elected public officials have an abiding obligation to refrain from demonizing and dividing people for partisan or political gain. Rather, Democrats and Republicans should come together and find areas of agreement to do what’s best for the country, including lesbian and gay Americans.” Meanwhile the Bishop of Scranton, of where Senator Casey is from, Joseph Bambera, has issued this statement regarding Casey’s statement on marriage equality. In so doing, Senator Casey has unfortunately and disappointingly set aside the Catholic belief and teaching that the sacrament of marriage, rooted in the natural law, is a faithful, exclusive, lifelong, loving union of a man and a woman open to the transmission of human life. The dual purpose of marriage: the unity and love of a man and a woman, and procreation has been rooted in human history long before any religion, nation or law was established. Senator Casey’s position is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
(WGRC)