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April 16, 2013

BOSTON (AP) –No one has yet taken responsibility of the bombs set off at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people including an eight-year-old boy and injuring more than 140, 17 of them critically in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S. A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity tells the Associated Press, the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism. President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will ''feel the full weight of justice.'' As many as two unexploded bombs were also found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed. The investigation into who set the bombs is ongoing.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – Police in State College are investigating the death of a 24-year-old former Penn State student. Around one this morning police were called to the 600 block of East College Avenue for a report of a man lying in the middle of the street. The man was found to have no vital signs and suffered significant trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have video evidence from 616 East College Avenue at the University Gateway apartment shows the victim on the sixth floor running down the hallway and intentionally diving out a hallway window. An autopsy is expected to be performed later today.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE – An 81-year-old Montoursville woman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash near Danville yesterday. Police say Betty Hawley was pulling out from Old Valley School Road onto Route 54 in Valley Township and failed to yield to oncoming traffic and was hit by a vehicle driven by a Loganton man. Hawley was taken to Geisinger. No one else was injured in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

EAST WATERFORD - A Juniata County woman was taken to Hershey Medical Center in a crash Saturday in Juniata County. The crash happened just after noon on Route 35 in Lack Township. Police say 25-year-old Heather Gray of East Waterford was injured when she lost control of her vehicle and went off the roadway hitting a tree. A nursing supervisor at Hershey says Gray has since been discharged from the hospital.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEVILLE – Three Amish teens are ok after stealing a pick-up truck and taking it for a joy-ride and then crashing it near Belleville earlier this month. Mifflin County regional Police say the three boys, ages 16 and 15, did not have a driver’s license. The teens decided to take the truck from the Big Valley Cabinet factory of Bellville and take it for a late night joyride on April seventh. Police say they were speeding when they hit an embankment and rolled the truck. None of the boys were hurt but they are facing charges in Juvenile court.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTGOMERY - Less than four miles away from where crews are working on the Montgomery Pike resurfacing and safety improvement project along Route 15, the state Department of Transportation gathered Monday to honor workers killed in work zones throughout the state and create awareness on work zone safety. The PennDOT traveling memorial with orange and white hard hats atop 84 crosses - one for each state transportation worker killed while working - gave a visual for the event. Officials with PennDOT say there were 1,800 traffic collisions in the state last year, with 77 percent of them coming in long-term work areas, such as Route 15. PennDOT officials ask that motorists stay alert on the roadways and especially in work zones. The memorial will be on display at PennDOT's stockpile along Route 15 in Clinton Township throughout today.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN – A PennDOT maintenance crew in Northumberland County is scheduled to replace a large cross pipe beneath Hollow Road in Shamokin Township starting in two weeks. The work will take place between Route 61 and Schoolhouse Road to replace an older metal pipe with new pipe, which will improve drainage beneath the roadway surface. Hollow Road will be closed daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. starting on Wednesday, April 17th. This work will take two to three days to complete. A detour will be in place.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - PennDOT is planning a bridge maintenance project on the two Interstate 180 bridges over Loyalsock Creek connecting Montoursville Borough and Loyalsock Township this summer. This project will have single-lane restrictions in both directions of I-180. Also the on-ramps will be closed including the Broad Street ramp to westbound I-180 in Montoursville and the East Third Street on-ramp to eastbound I-180 in Loyalsock Township. PennDOT plans two construction phases. The first phase will occur from July eighth through August 15th. The second phase will occur after September third for three weeks. PennDOT is asking the public to share any concerns about the proposed project, in writing, by April 19th to District Bridge Engineer Lloyd Ayres, P.O. Box 218, 715 Jordan Avenue, Montoursville, PA, 17754 or by email at layres@pa.gov.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG - Sparks from a hand grinder used to sharpen a lawn mower’s blades got into the dry wooden walls of a “buggy house” used as a garage at 404 Thompson Street in Mifflinburg, setting off a fire that burned through the roof and engulfed a Jeep parked inside. Members of the Mifflinburg and New Berlin fire companies responded to the alarm, just before one yesterday afternoon. Elmer Howell, who rents the home from Joe Duncan, who lives in Texas, told fire officials that earlier he had used the hand grinder to sharpen lawn mower blades. He had left the home to run errands when he received a call about the fire. Mifflinburg Police spotted smoke from the fire and called in the blaze.
(WGRC)

HARTLETON - The police chief of a community in Union County is now the subject of an investigation all because of what has been happening during some traffic stops. Authorities believe the chief offers violators a choice: either pay the fine or get out of a ticket by making a donation to a fund that helps maintain a park. Investigators are looking into Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe and the way his department has been handling traffic tickets. According to a search warrant, Zerbe has been giving drivers a way out of the ticket that helps a community playground. Zerbe has been chief since 1980 and is now under investigation for alleged theft by extortion. In December, state police searched Zerbe’s home near Hartleton, which doubles as a department office, and took traffic citations between 2008 and 2012. According to a search warrant, at least two people told investigators that Hartleton Police gave them an option after being pulled over for speeding: Either pay the fine or send a check for $150 to the “Hartleton playground fund,” and the ticket would go away. Zerbe tells WNEP TV he was within his rights to do that, chalking it up to what prosecutors do when they make a plea deal with a defendant. Zerbe said he’s ready to go to jail if he has to, and that is a real possibility, as investigators said charges against the Hartleton police chief are likely to be filed. Chief Zerbe is still on the police force in Hartleton.
(WNEP)

NEW PHILADELPHIA – State Police are looking for the thieves that not only got away with items from a coal company but also set a truck on fire after they couldn’t steal its radiator. That happened sometime April fifth or sixth at the Kuperavage Coal Property near New Philadelphia. Police say the thieves got away with a coal crusher, copper wire and one-quarter ton of steel from the property but couldn’t get the radiator out of an International truck so they set the vehicle on fire. Police say the total cost due to theft and fire damage is set at $15,000.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A man has been charged in connection with a knife attack in the Woodycrest area in Patton Township, Sunday night in Centre County. Roy Lloyd was charged with felony aggravated assault, and related counts after swinging a knife twice at a man’s torso and punching two other people in the head during an altercation near Mary Ellen Lane and 5th Avenue. Police say Lloyd was “extremely intoxicated.” He remains jailed on $50,000 bail.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – A parole violator is back behind bars after lying to police about his identity and leading troopers on a brief foot chase in Lycoming County Friday night. Around ten Friday night troopers pulled over a vehicle on Northway road in Loyalsock Township. Troopers say 26-year-old Lamont Cradle gave police a false name and then tried to outrun police who caught up with him and took him into custody. Police say Lamont was on State parole at the time of the incident.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SHAMOKIN DAM – Residents living in Shamokin Dam and surrounding communities are being asked to be on the lookout for a black man and white woman who were going door-to-door representing a window replacement company. Police say they are not sure if the couple is legitimate or if they are scam artists. Police ask residents to not provide any personal information to anyone in these types of situations. Police say the couple did not apply for a permit to go about their business if indeed they are legitimate. Anyone seeing anything suspicious or come into contact with a suspected scam are asked to immediately call police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SELINSGROVE — Extra security will remain at Susquehanna University until the end of the semester following Saturday’s off-campus armed robbery of 12 students by two masked men. The university beefed up security, and Selinsgrove police added more patrols as they continued to search for two suspects, believed to be black men between the ages of 18 and 28 armed with a pump-action shotgun and suspected semi-automatic handgun, who entered an apartment in the 100 block of South Market Street in Selinsgrove just before 12:20 a.m. and robbed the students at gunpoint of their wallets and cell phones. A woman was injured by one of the robbers, who struck her with the butt of the shotgun. She was treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and released. Anyone with information about the robbery suspects is asked to call Selinsgrove borough Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A Selinsgrove man who allegedly made threats toward the Priestley Elementary School less than a week after the Newtown Connecticut shootings, appeared in Northumberland County Court on Monday and asked to be released from prison. The Daily Item reports, 37-year-old Jeremy Church, appeared before Judge Charles Saylor in connection with the December 20th incident in which Church allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and their child, a student at the Priestley school in Northumberland. The Judge denied bail and Church remains locked up on $125,000.
(WGRC)

MONTANDON - There's plenty of debris along the Susquehanna River and whether flooding or rude human beings are responsible, an effort takes place in early May to get rid of some of that waste. Zach Stotter founded the Susquehanna River cleanup project after he and some friends started noticing a disturbing truth and that is they filled an entire dump truck with trash in just a one-mile area. They cleaned up last year and are planning to gather concerned citizens again on May 4th to do it again. Stotter says that while they're doing actual cleanup, they have a second goal as well and that’s to make people realize what damage they do when they litter. To get on board with the May 4th cleanup between Montandon and Northumberland, go to susquehannacleanup.com or follow them on Facebook.
(WPGM)

DANVILLE –The Geisinger Sustainability Program will team up with JAWS Recycling, Inc. of Danville to host a Community Shred Day on Thursday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the JAWS recycling facility on 401 Railroad Street.  Members of the community are invited to bring confidential personal and business documents, such as bank statements, credit card bills and tax forms, to be securely shredded on-site and recycled. From drop-off to destruction, all documents will be continuously monitored and protected. Limit three boxes of documents per person.
(WGRC)

MIDDLETOWN - The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County is set to conduct its first "hostile action" emergency drill under a new federal requirement. The drill is set to begin at the plant this evening and last from three to six hours. It's part of new federal requirements that the operators of U.S. nuclear power plants be prepared to handle a radiation leak emergency caused by an armed attack by terrorists, airplane strike or other scenarios. Until now, emergency preparedness exercises involved scenarios in which equipment failed. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it found that too often those scenarios were predictable. The partial meltdown of a Three Mile Island reactor in 1979 is considered the worst commercial nuclear power plant accident in U.S. history.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's state government websites are back online after being dark for nearly three hours, Monday, but there's no word on the cause. The Monday afternoon outage affected many of the departments under the governor's jurisdiction, including the Revenue Department on the last day to file taxes. Due to that outage Pennsylvanian’s will be allowed a one day extension to file their state taxes today. But that’s state taxes only. Office of Administration spokesman Dan Egan says it's possible there may be lingering issues, but most elements appear to be functioning properly today. The outage began around 1:30 p.m. and was resolved at about 4 p.m.
(WGRC)