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April 15, 2013

ELIMSPORT – An Allenwood man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Lycoming County. The crash happened around 5:30 Friday morning on Elimsport Road in Brady Township. Police say 25-year-old Brett Diehl lost control of his pick-up truck went off the road and hit a tree head-on.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – Two teenage boys were hurt in a utility vehicle crash in West Buffalo Township, Union County around 3:30 Friday afternoon. State police say a 16-year-old boy from Mifflinburg lost control of the vehicle on Lohr Road and slammed into a tree, head-on.  The boy and his passenger, 18-year-old Dalton Hoffmaster of Maryland, were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. The 16-year-old driver was not identified. due to his age, so his condition is not known. State police say neither teen was wearing a seatbelt. Hoffmaster remains in serious condition at Geisinger.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN – Well today, April 15th is unofficially known as Tax-Day. It’s the deadline for those of us in the United States to have filed our personal income taxes. A tax business in Northumberland County is open for business despite damage from a car that hit it early Friday morning. The vehicle plowed right through the front door of H&R Block in Shamokin. But no one in the office was hurt and the driver wasn’t seriously hurt either after their vehicle lost its brakes and slammed into the building. The tax office built a temporary wall to shut out the cold so that office workers could continue their jobs until the outside wall could be fixed.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – A woman is facing charges after police say she was driving while intoxicated and hit over a dozen parked cars in Mifflinburg Friday night. Charges are pending against 49-year-old Theresa Stauss, following the incidents on Walnut and North Fifth Streets in Mifflinburg.  Mifflinburg Police say many of the vehicles that were struck were sideswiped, and had minor damage while others had damage that covered the full side of the car.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE- About half-a-dozen Susquehanna University students were robbed at gunpoint in Selinsgrove early Saturday morning. Selinsgrove Borough Police are continuing their investigation into the robbery which happened at a student house at the corner of Market Street and University Avenue around 12:20 a.m. The robbers got away with cell phones, wallets and money. The robbers had a shotgun and a handgun during the break-in. One female student was struck with the butt of the shotgun. The suspects are being described as two black males between the ages of 18 and 28-years-old, and around 6-feet-tall.  Both men were wearing masks at the time of the crime. The campus was placed on lockdown but has since been lifted. Anyone with information should call police at 374-8655.
(WGRC)

TOWER CITY – A man has been arrested for a smash and grab burglary in Tower City in Schuylkill County early Sunday morning. State Police say 49-year-old Herbert Seifrit used a crow bar to smash a glass door at the front of the Topstar service station. Once inside troopers say Seifrit tried to pry open the cash register but couldn’t. Police say he did make off with several packs of cigarettes which he carted away in a trash bag. He was later caught and jailed on $25,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - A Lewistown man has been arrested on multiple felony charges for the alleged sexual assault on a boy in Clinton County over a period of two years. 36-year-old Wayne Adkins was taken before a judge Friday for the incidents which State Police say happened between 2010 and 2012 at various homes in Lock Haven. Adkins is jailed in the Clinton County Prison on $250,000 bail.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A suspect in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident surrendered to authorities Thursday after consulting with a lawyer. 20-year-old Randall Francis, of the Bloomsburg area, was released on unsecured bail to await a hearing. He failed to stop or help 35-year-old Paula Brooking after striking her with his car at Main and Iron streets, last week. Witnesses at the scene got his license plate number. Brooking suffered a badly bruised right hip and cuts to her right elbow. But she was able to walk away from the crash after rolling over the hood of the car. 4:30 p.m. April 5. She was treated in the emergency room at Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital and later released. The Press Enterprise reports, Francis is expected to face misdemeanor charges.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Double murder 44-year-old Michael Harrell’s 2010 life sentence in Northumberland County has been upheld in a 2-1 decision by the state Superior Court, with one member concluding President Judge Robert Sacavage “abused” his discretion in denying the defense request to permit expert testimony on false confessions. The Daily item reports, Harrell was convicted in a non-jury trial presided over by Judge William Wiest on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Crystal Scholl-Gordon and David Moore in a Fourth Street Sunbury apartment in January 2008. The convictions carried a mandatory life sentence.
(WGRC)

TURBOTVILLE - A proposed teacher strike at the start of the 2013-14 school year and no progress in reaching a contract deal are among reasons the Warrior Run school board has sought a state-appointed fact finder to resolve the matter. The Daily Item reports, parents are planning to protest outside the district office this morning and voice concern at tonight’s school board meeting. The Daily item reports, the Labor Relations Board assigned a fact finder to Warrior Run on April 10 and a report is due by May 20th. The last teachers’ contract expired in June 2011. Negotiations have stumbled over wages, benefits and conditions of employment.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - Operators safely shut down the Unit 2 reactor at PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear power plant Saturday to begin a planned refueling and maintenance outage. While the reactor is shut down, workers will replace about 40 percent of the uranium fuel and complete a large number of equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades. Workers also will inspect the unit's turbines and replace several pieces of the unit's turbine assembly. Unit 1 at the plant continues to operate at full power. Operators expect to shut down that unit later this spring to make the same modifications to its turbine assembly.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The project to run a natural gas pipeline about two miles through State College remains in legal limbo, as the borough has formally stated it will not issue a right-of-way construction permit and the affected utility and residents have yet to file suit. The Centre Daily Times reports, Columbia Gas planned the new pipeline to connect to an existing line near Porter Road and travel along Bellaire and Prospect avenues and South Burrowes Street to connect to Penn State’s West Campus steam plant. The university will convert the plant from coal to natural gas over the next few years to meet 2016 federal air pollution standards. While Columbia, as a state-regulated utility, has the right to place new gas lines in municipalities where it already operates, residents have heartily opposed the project, citing safety concerns and the voter-approved environmental bill of rights that, in part, bans natural gas drilling and facilities. Penn State also is reviewing its options, said Office of Physical Plant spokesman Paul Ruskin. He said the university is “evaluating possible alternatives to the original proposal.”
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – About 1,000 people took part yesterday in the “Out Of The Darkness,” suicide prevention walk yesterday in Sidney Friedman Park in State College. Some walked in remembrance of a loved one and others walked to raise awareness, but all the participants in the seventh annual Centre County Out of the Darkness Community Walk shared a common goal of preventing suicide. The Centre Daily Times reports, that 19 people in Centre County committed suicide in 2012, according to the coroner’s office. The local efforts have currently raised $27,000 for suicide prevention before the end of the year. Half of that money will stay in the county and the rest will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for prevention research. About 300 walks around the country are expected to bring in about $7.5 million.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A Special Olympics swimming competition was held Sunday at Bucknell University. Dozens of athletes from all over Pennsylvania participated in the event sponsored by two of the university’s fraternities and sororities. Athletes from all over Union, Snyder, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties took part in this year’s Special Olympics swimming competition. The event helps athletes gain confidence and strength. Organizers said, the smiles and laughter and fun, make the event all worthwhile. Organizers said it’s one of their biggest fundraisers for the Special Olympics and one of the greatest events for their athletes. The event raised $3,500 this year, $1,500 more than they had hoped for. All of the proceeds go to the PA Special Olympics.
(WNEP)

LEWISTOWN - In the wake of a decision by the Mifflin County Library board of directors to close Allensville and Milroy branches of the Mifflin County Library, Executive Director Molly Kinney said the library is in a better financial state than it was at the beginning of 2013. However, she said the need for financial support is still dire, and the organization is kicking off National Library Week with a direct mail campaign to raise support within the community. The Sentinel reports, the mail campaign will encourage residents of Mifflin County to make tax-deductible contributions to the library. Kinney said every contribution will help. Despite its struggle to avoid financial crises after facing a decrease of more than $87,000 in state funding in 2010, Kinney said the library is still a valuable resource to the community.
(WGRC)

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP - By the end of June, a state transportation bill could be passed that would help move along construction on U.S. Route 322 from Lewistown to State College. State Senator Jake Corman made the announcement at a town meeting Friday morning. The Centre Daily Times reports, about 100 residents were in attendance Friday morning at Celebration Hall to hear the senator discuss the state budget and how that would impact Centre County. Corman said the state budget is $28.4 billion with a $100 million increase to education, but residents said their top concerns included gun control and transportation improvements to help ease traffic concerns in the area. Those include future improvements to the Interstate 99 Waddle Road bridge and interchange, where I-99 meets I-80, and improvements to Route 322 entering the county from the south. The plan additionally would make the stretch of Route 322 into a four-lane highway to improve the flow of traffic.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – The Union county Farm Bureau Celebrates Rural Roads Safety Week this week, April 15th -21st. With spring's arrival, warmer temperatures and longer days, farmers are heading to the fields to plant their crop across Pennsylvania. As a result, residents in rural areas will be seeing more tractors and large planting equipment on local roads. The Union county Farm Bureau is encouraging all motorists to be aware of farm equipment as they travel in rural areas this spring, and all year long.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – PennDOT will be featuring the traveling Worker Memorial this week in Lycoming County. The memorial will begin this afternoon, in the parking lot of PennDOT’s Clinton Township stockpile, located on Route 15 just south of South Williamsport in Lycoming County, to raise public awareness for work zone safety. The news conference will be held with the PennDOT traveling Worker Memorial as a backdrop. The memorial pays tribute to the more than 80 PennDOT workers killed in the line of duty since 1970. It was created to raise public awareness among motorists regarding safe driving within work zones. The memorial, which includes posts topped by hard hats and draped in safety vests, will be displayed at the stockpile until the following afternoon.
(WGRC)

DUBOISTOWN – A Lycoming County soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan was memorialized Saturday with the dedication of the new DuBoistown Bridge in his name. Marine Lance Corporal Abram Howard died in July 2010 when the vehicle in which he was travelling was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His death came just weeks before he was due to return from his tour of duty. The Sun Gazette reports, the new bridge spanning the Susquehanna River in Lycoming County was dedicated in his memory at a ceremony at ten a.m. Saturday.
(WGRC)

MONTANDON – A $3.6 million bridge replacement project on Route 405 in Northumberland County is set to start this week. Route 405 will be closed at the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks just west of Housels Run Road. A detour will be in place. Work on the two-span bridge over Chillisquaque Creek is expected to be completed before December. Additional work will include drainage improvements, guiderail upgrades, new pavement, paved shoulders and new pavement markings. The final roadway resurfacing is scheduled for completion by May 2014.
(WGRC)

MILLMONT – Beginning today a PennDOT maintenance crew in Union County will begin preliminary work of staging and construction at the bridge carrying Millmont Road just north of the Creek Road intersection in Lewis Township. The old under-road pipes will be replaced with a cement box culvert type of bridge, paving and guard rails. A four-mile detour will be implemented on April 15 using Creek and Davis Roads, and will be in effect until approximately May 24th.
(WGRC)