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April 18, 2013

VICKSBURG – Three people were taken to Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg following a two vehicle crash in Union County. The crash happened around 1:30 yesterday afternoon on Route 45 just east of Vicksburg in Buffalo Township. Police say a pick-up truck driven by 70-year-old William Brennan of Carlisle pulled out onto Route 45 into the path of a car driven by 68-year-old Thema Hackenberg of Penn Creek. Troopers say both Brennan and a passenger in his truck, 69-year-old Virginia Brennan and Hackenberg all suffered moderate injuries in the collision.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LINE MOUNTAIN – A motorcyclist was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash yesterday evening in Northumberland County. The crash happened just before seven p.m. on Route 125 in Upper Mahanoy Township. Police say 31-year-old Francis Lukesh of Hummelstown was going too fast when he lost control of his cycle and it slid across the roadway into an embankment. Troopers say Lukesh suffered moderate injuries in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SELINSGROVE – Fire destroyed a garage but fire fighters in Snyder County kept the fire from seriously damaging the home next to it in Selinsgrove. The fire was reported just before five yesterday afternoon at One Meadowbrook Drive in Monroe Township. Flames and smoke were visable when fire crews arrived on the scene. A cause of the fire is not known. The Daily Item reports, the blaze caused minor damage to the second floor of the home.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – Police are looking for the thief that took around $2,600 form a Danville area home. Police say the money was taken during the middle of last month from the home along Trump Road in Valley Township.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE –Tiadaghton Valley Region Police have arrested a suspect in a theft case at a Jersey Shore area storage unit. Police say 19 locks were cut off at the Bulldog storage in Jersey Shore. Police are asking that customers of the storage unit to please check their units. Police say they have a suspect in custody. Police are investigating possible other break-ins at other area storage units.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILTON – A Centre County man is locked up in the Northumberland County jail on theft charges after he robbed a home near Milton. Police have charged 21-year-old Joshua Snyder of Milesburg for the break-in at the home along North Astro Drive in west Chillisquaque Township on Tuesday. Police say around five Tuesday afternoon Snyder entered the home and took a television.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE – Police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle along with a gas engine and other mechanical items from a business near Danville. Police say last Thursday two men visited Mather’s Lawn Mower shop along Montour Boulevard and after the shop closed they took the items. Police say the investigation is continuing and they know who the suspects are in the case.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - A 33-year-old man who reportedly said he was going to get a gun and “shoot people” Wednesday after being asked to leave the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State Campus has been arrested. Aarao Cornelio Jr., of State College, will be charged with one count of terroristic threats and two counts of disorderly conduct. He was arrested in downtown State College. As part of the penalties he will not be permitted on Penn State’s campus and not allowed to contact any of the victims or witnesses. Police believe Cornelio is a vagrant and was found sleeping in the HUB just after eleven Wednesday morning. When he was asked to leave, passers-by heard him make the threat. Cornelio is jailed in the Centre County Prison.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Speaking barely above a whisper, a frightened and nervous 10-year-old girl was coaxed to the witness stand Wednesday to tell how a Bloomsburg man allegedly molested her in his home. The testimony against 35-year-old Mark Cramer, at his preliminary hearing led a judge to hold him on charges for Columbia County Court. The incident allegedly happened at Cramer’s apartment at 344 Jefferson Street, not far from where the girl had attended class at Memorial Elementary School. Cramer is free on bail awaiting trial.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - A Lewistown area man is jailed on sexual assault charges involving a girl when she was ten-years-old. 45-year-old Robert Strawser is charged with the assault of the girl when she was reportedly ten-years-old. Strawser remains jailed in the Mifflin County Prison.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A $30 million dollar flood wall project for two of Bloomsburg's biggest employers is the topic of discussion tonight. Lewisburg  based SEDACOG is holding the meeting at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in order to explain what the flood walls around Autoneum and Windsor Foods means to people living on the west end of Bloomsburg. The project includes federal and state monies as well as that chipped in by the two companies. It's designed to save an estimated 900 jobs. Thursday's meeting begins at 7 O'clock at the fire hall in the 900 block of Market Street.
(WGRC)

MUNCY – The Muncy Valley Hospital will be presented with a special State House Citation today. Representative Garth Everett will be delivering the citation to Muncy Valley Hospital officials today at a ceremony at the Hospital on east Water Street in Muncy. The State House Citation is in recognition of Muncy Valley’s recognition as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by the iVantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength Index.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Hints are clear that a proposed plan to refinance Williamsport’s debt and float a $20 million bond issue to pay for multiple projects on Mayor Gabriel Campana's wish list is going to face many hurdles. The Sun Gazette reports, based on initial response by some on City Council, it looks as though he's going to have to present his projects - one at a time or in smaller bunches - to get approval. On Wednesday, Campana presented the ideas to a group of "lead partners," which included Lycoming County commissioners, Williamsport Parking Authority, a few members of City Council, Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and those in the arts and entertainment organizations. Interest rates would be low to refinance existing debt and float a $20 million bond to consolidate debt and lessen annual debt service payments. Several on City Council say they are not going to consider the financing package until they thoroughly review each item in the package.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Central Keystone Council of Governments in Union County was among eight local government officials and 12 communities in Pennsylvania recognized Tuesday with the 17th annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence, presented by Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Central Keystone COG’s role in facilitating the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department brought the honor. Among its contributions were clerical support, with direction and guidance. Based in Lewisburg, Central Keystone COG is an organization of municipalities pooling resources to administer services more efficiently for residents, providing services that would otherwise not be practical economically. The Daily Item reports, the Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented annually to communities and individuals by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, an office within the Department of Community and Economic Development that works to assist Pennsylvania’s local governments. A panel of judges reviewed applications that municipal organizations and officials submitted.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Lawyers for the NCAA and Governor Tom Corbett have been summoned to a federal courtroom in Harrisburg to argue about a motion seeking to dismiss Corbett's antitrust lawsuit against college sports' governing body. The Associated Press reports, U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane on Tuesday scheduled oral arguments for May 1, nearly four months after the Republican governor filed a lawsuit over the NCAA's penalties against Penn State. The NCAA has argued that its consent decree with Penn State, generated by the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, does not violate federal antitrust law and actually improves competition in college sports. Penn State is not a party to the lawsuit. Corbett's lawsuit accuses the NCAA of exploiting the Sandusky case to increase the power of the organization's president and help some universities gain a competitive advantage. In asking for oral argument, the NCAA said Kane could decide the case based on its motion to dismiss.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms. The legislation introduced in part by Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania would have extended the checks to firearms sales at gun shows and online. The Associated Press reports, the vote was well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats sided together to scuttle the plan.
(WGRC)