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April 17, 2013

BOSTON(AP) — Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are continuing to ask the public to come forward with photos, videos or anything suspicious they might have seen or heard. President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism but said officials don’t know “whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of one individual.”
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – A Millersburg man has been found guilty in the death of a 19-year-old Dalmatia woman who feared for her life as the man drove recklessly in April of 2010. The Patriot News reports Judge Charles Saylor handed down the guilty verdict Monday following a non-jury trial. 32-year-old Thomas Schorr remains jailed on revoked bail. Schorr was found guilty of reckless endangerment in the incident involving the death of Bethany Harris, who jumped from his vehicle and hit her head after pleading with Schorr to slow down. Harris died hours after jumping from Schorr’s vehicle.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A whistleblower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State will go forward, a judge ruled Tuesday, denying the university’s request to have it dismissed. Former assistant football coach Mike McQueary sued the school in October, claiming he was portrayed as untruthful in statements made in 2011 by the university’s president after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest. Judge Thomas Gavin said McQueary’s lawsuit makes sufficient claims of “outrageous conduct” on the part of the school to keep the case alive. He gave the school 20 days to respond to the lawsuit filed in October. Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre declined to comment to the Associated Press.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State University officials are ramping up security this week and throughout Blue-White Weekend, much like other venues across the nation in the wake of the bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Fans visiting Beaver Stadium on Saturday will not be allowed to bring any bags, backpacks or purses into the facility. In addition, these items have been banned from all other venues on campus that are hosting events this week and through Sunday. In collaboration with local police, the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police, Penn State officers and personnel will have a heavier staffing presence and higher visibility at all events. Officials also will be monitoring activities through the use of technology and will do a security sweep of the stadium and surrounding grounds with officers and police dogs. The stadium will be secured early and police will be stationed strategically throughout the area, adding an additional layer of surveillance. Anyone with a medical need or parents with very young children needing diapers and such will be asked to place their medical supplies or hygiene supplies in a clear, 1 gallon, zip-close style plastic bag. Other noticeable changes for this week will be the nighttime lighting of Beaver Stadium beginning on Wednesday and additional check points for those traveling onto campus to various events.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The Clinton County Planning Commission gave generally favorable comments to a proposal for an expansion project at the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School complex in Loganton Tuesday evening.  The commission has no actual regulatory power in connection with the plan but provides "review and comment" for local governments wanting further input in planning and zoning matters. The Sugar Valley Rural Charter School is proposing an addition to its facility, reportedly for general use and classroom space to accommodate an increase in student population. Sugar Valley Chief Administrative Officer Logan Coney, tells the Express, the move is necessary because of the increasing school population. The facility has seen a jump in student enrollment, from 280 last year to over 320 students in the coming year. At last estimate, the charter school has enrolled 231 students from Keystone Central School District, 62 from Jersey Shore School District, 25 from Penns Valley, three from Williamsport and one each from Bellefonte, Montgomery and Shikellamy school districts. The school is looking at expansions to include an addition of 19 to 21 new classrooms including an area for the music department to expand, and possibly some expansion for physical education.  
(WGRC)

REEDSVILLE – A proposed asphalt plant planned near Reedsville is getting some flak from members of the community. Glenn O. Hawbaker Incorporated appeared at a lengthy meeting of the Zoning Hearing Board for Brown Township on Tuesday in an effort to move forward with its plans. The Sentinel reports, the 12-acre site where Hawbaker wants to put the asphalt facility is considered an industrial zone for light manufacturing. The special exemption request is needed because the plant would be classified as a heavy manufacturing facility. Members of the public were not keen to the idea of the facility being built less than a half mile away from homes and less than two miles from a school. They cited odor, noise, declining property value, pollution, traffic and health concerns as just a few reasons they didn’t want the plant. The proposed plant would also be close to the Elmcroft Senior Living Center, which is less than a half mile from the proposed plant site. No word as to when the Zoning Hearing Board would make a decision on if the plant could be built or would have to look elsewhere to locate.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A film crew in Williamsport is creating some controversy because of who is being used as characters. The film crew from California has been in town since Monday working on publicity for a movie that will be called “Hotel 33.” The crew was busy conducting interviews with people in Williamsport who might play a role in the film, and that includes city police detective Raymond Kontz who spent part of Monday and Tuesday with the crew. Kontz tells WNEP-TV the police department is behind the project completely. Mayor Gabe Campana says he hopes the movie will spur economic development. Williamsport’s mayor hopes the movie could bring jobs and tourism to the city, but has the following response when asked if the police detective was on city time. The Mayor says Kontz was not on city time in helping the film crew.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Sixty-five properties in the city of Williamsport are considered to be blighted. That was the update provided Tuesday morning by Joseph Gerardi, codes administrator, to the city blighted properties review committee. The Sun Gazette reports, the city began with a list of 188 properties that were blighted about five years ago. Since then, regular enforcement by codes staff has reduced the number. The month of September will be a "tell-tale" one as that is the deadline for property owners who have received notice of violations to have them repaired. The review committee was pleased to see the amount of properties in poor shape and structurally deficient lowering.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – PennDOT’s District 3, Burger King, Safe Kids Lycoming County, the Community Traffic Safety Project and Kriner’s Disposal Service will collect used child safety seats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Burger King on Maynard Street in Williamsport. A $5 Burger King gift card (available while they last) and free child safety seat information packet will be given for each safety seat turned in. Child safety seats should no longer be used when they are six years old or older; have been involved in a serious crash; have missing parts or are broken or rusted; have no model number or date of  manufacture; or are on a recall list or the manufacturer is no longer in existence. If you have a child safety seat that matches one of those criteria you’re invited to bring it to the Burger King so that it will no longer be in circulation.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Information on the Bloomsburg Flood Protection Project will be presented at a public meeting, tomorrow, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the banquet hall at the Bloomsburg Fire Department, at 911 Market Street. The $30 million project essentially consists of two flood walls, the first protecting Autoneum North America, and the second located at Windsor Foods. Together, the companies employ approximately 900 people. Both companies are contributing funds to the project. Design and engineering for the project is expected to take one year, with construction occurring within the following two years. The County Commissioners will open the April 18 public meeting with an introduction to the project. A brief history of flooding in the Bloomsburg area will also be presented.  Two years ago, Autoneum and Windsor Foods were struck by floods resulting from Tropical Storm Lee.  The industries were initially impacted by flooding from Fishing Creek, and then again from the Susquehanna River. Autoneum sustained over $60 million in losses, while flood damage at Windsor exceeded $7 million.  
(WGRC)

WATSONTOWN - The Father’s Hope Kickoff Fundraiser Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20th, at Revival Tabernacle, 960 Susquehanna Trail, Watsontown. Father’s Hope is a Milton-based project created to ship fun, comfort and care items to orphanages around the world. Since it was founded late last year, over 1,000 stuffed animals have already been shipped or personally delivered through the outreach to orphanages in Honduras, Haiti and through a local Christian adoption agency. The concert is designed to be a fun evening of fellowship for the entire family and will feature local residents in or near their teens and 20s sharing their musical talents, and love of Christ, with the community. A free-will offering will be accepted during the concert to support the mission of Father’s Hope. Donations of new or gently used small stuffed animals, jump ropes, and new coloring books and crayons will also be welcomed at the event. Volunteers from Honduran Soles will also be on hand accepting donations of flip-flops for their mission. For more information on Father’s Hope, visit the Father’s Hope Facebook page or email fathers.hope@gmail.com.
(WGRC)

LOCAK HAVEN - It’s spring cleaning time and the salvation army can help you!  You can drop off your used clothing, even if they are rags, to the back door of their Thrift Store on 111 East Main Street or at 119 East Church Street in Lock Haven. Just look for the tan shed located in the parking lot. Also good used furniture, household items, books, etc. can be donated. All proceeds from our Thrift Store supports the programs of The Salvation Army that serve our Community. When you donate to the Lock Haven Salvation Army you are donating locally. And if you don’t have a way to get the goods to a drop-off site you can call the Salvation Army at 570-748-7916 and they will come and pick it up. The Thrift Store is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  For more information on all the programs of The Salvation Army please call 570-748-2951.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission voted yesterday to accept the donation of a 4-acre parcel along State Route 1015 in Howe Township, Perry County, along the lower section of the Juniata River. The site is part of the Juniata River Water Trail and includes 1,000 feet of river frontage. Howe Township owns the land and has agreed to donate it to the Fish and Boat Commission, which plans to develop a single lane concrete plank boat launch ramp, expand the parking area and improve the access drive. The improvements will be made with a nearly $55,000 grant the Commission received from the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Federal, state, county and municipal officials last evening participated in a federally-evaluated exercise involving an emergency scenario at Three Mile Island in Dauphin County. Multiple state agencies reported to the State Emergency Operations Center at the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency outside Harrisburg to respond to a simulated law enforcement and radiological event at the facility. The exercise was being evaluated by personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The National Rifle Association will be running an outdoors show next year in Harrisburg, stepping in after the organizers canceled a similar event in February because an assault weapons ban created an uproar. The Associated Press reports, the NRA said Tuesday the nine-day event will be called the Great American Outdoor Show and held at the Farm Show Complex. It’ll be the successor to the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which faced a backlash and vendor boycott after imposing a ban on assault weapons in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
(WGRC)