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April 23, 2013

LEWISTOWN – A fire that left a family of four homeless Sunday night remains under investigation in Mifflin County. The fire at 124 Chestnut Street in Lewistown destroyed the home leaving Laura Silva and her three children, ages 12, 10 and 6, homeless. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.  The Sentinel reports, no one was hurt in that fire.

LEWISBURG -One of two men involved in a burglary of a Lewisburg church pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 31 months to 7 years in prison. 34-year-old Zebula Brown, of Mifflinburg, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and drug possession. In March, Brown’s co-defendant, 28-year-old Zachary Dorman, of Mifflinburg, pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of drugs and was sentenced to nine months to five years. The burglary charges were for an April 2012 break-in at the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, one of four Valley churches hit in a 10-day spree last spring.

POTTSVILLE — Two siblings from Schuylkill County have been charged for the neglect of their elderly mother. Police said John and Catherine Bohn of Pottsville, are accused of allowing their mother to live in deplorable conditions at a home on Atlantic Street that caused her to develop health issues. Authorities said the two never sought medical care for the 87-year-old woman, or attended to her everyday needs. Officials said they are now charged with neglect and reckless endangerment.

MIDDLEBURG – Police in Middleburg are investigating a pair of thefts. Police say sometime between last Tuesday and Thursday someone took a dirt bike from a shed at 511East Main Street. Police say the dirt bike is valued at $450. Police are also looking into the theft of around $600 worth of hand tools taken sometime over the last month from a garage at a home at 34 West Market Street. The tools were in a blue metal tool box. Anyone with information on either theft is asked to call Middleburg Police.

DANVILLE – Geisinger medical Center in Danville is teaming up with Bucknell University to open the Geisinger–Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Center. A grand opening ceremony will be held this Thursday at three p.m. at Geisinger–Lewisburg, located on Hamm Drive in Lewisburg. Officials from Geisinger Health System and Bucknell University will celebrate the grand opening of the Autism and Developmental Medicine Center, a national model for implementing guidelines for early diagnosis, medication management and treatment options for children with developmental disorders. The center represents a unique partnership between Geisinger and Bucknell, and will combine efforts in clinical care, research and education. This joint effort will bring together Geisinger’s neurodevelopmental pediatric specialists, psychiatry/psychology, radiology, pediatric neurology, and genomic medicine with Bucknell’s academic programs in neurosciences, psychology, education, mathematics and computer sciences, providing Bucknell students and researchers the opportunity to work with Geisinger’s clinicians and scientists in a collaborative and integrated manner.

WILLIAMSPORT — Protestors stood outside the Department Of Environmental Protection regional office in Williamsport Monday afternoon. The group against “fracking,” a process used in drilling for natural gas, held signs demanding for the state agency to protect the land, air and water. The men and women said the natural gas industry influenced the DEP to the point where it’s no longer effective. There were several other similar protests at DEP offices around the state.

BELLEVILLE – In Mifflin County, the Union Township Planning Commission listened to residents about potential wind turbines being constructed on Jack's Mountain at its Monday night meeting. Volkswind, a German wind farm development company, has not submitted anything to the planning commission yet, but area residents say the company has spoken with private land owners. In 2011 it was reported three representatives from Volkswind presented their visions of constructing wind turbines on Jack's Mountain to the Mifflin County Planning Commission. The Sentinel reports, although no action was taken regarding the wind turbines, many members of the public spoke to the commission about how they felt about a potential wind farm on Jack's Mountain. Residents are hoping the Union Township Supervisors put restrictions on where wind turbines can be built.

SELINSGROVE -The Selinsgrove School District is hoping more money from the state come to aid them with budget figures in the future. The Selinsgrove School Board met Monday to discuss the upcoming budget finalization and expects an increase in state funds. The Board also hopes the District qualifies for a grant that could help improve literacy for students K-12 and provide the district with new technologies. If the district qualifies for the Keystone Opportunity Grant, it would provide an additional $700,000 for the 2013-2014 school year.