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April 24, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT - Divers recovered a man’s body Tuesday night from a vehicle submerged in Lycoming Creek under about 6 to 8 feet of water between Misner Road and the lower end of Heshbon Road, in Lycoming County. State Police say the vehicle was traveling south on Lycoming Creek Road and went through a parking lot before it went airborne and landed in the creek. Police are not sure when the crash happened. The Sun Gazette reports, a couple walking across a bridge over the creek shortly after 7 p.m. looked down and saw the overturned vehicle in the water, and called 9-1-1.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A Loyalsock Township man who killed a city man on High Street last May with his car will be spending up to six years in state prison. 34-year-old Scott Treese, was sentenced in Lycoming County Court Tuesday by Judge Marc Lovecchio, for the charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence. Police say Treese was drunk when he struck and killed 46-year-old Mark Jeirls, in May of last year, at High Street and Sixth Avenue, before driving off.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - One of three defendants in a tragic case involving a 2012 fatal drug overdose of a Clinton County high school student was sentenced in Clinton County court this week. 18-year-old Joseph Dicello III, of Lock Haven, was sentenced by Judge J. Michael Williamson to house arrest. Two other defendants Wade Merrill and Nathan Tasselli- await court appearances next month. The three were charged in connection with the death of 18-year-old Central Mountain High School senior Robert Wise, last May.
(WGRC)

DUNCANNON – Fire crews were called out early this morning to battle a fire at a church in Perry County. The fire was reported around 2:30 this morning at the Logania Church of God located along Loshes Run Road near Duncannon. Crews from Perry dauphin and Cumberland Counties were called to the scene of that blaze.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A judge has ruled that The Second Mile can transfer $200,000 to a Texas-based ministry so its programs for at-risk youth can continue. The decision allows the charity, founded by Jerry Sandusky and ruined by its association with the convicted pedophile, to send Arrow Family and Child Ministries money, equipment and intellectual property, including three programs for children: Friend, Friend Fitness and Leadership Institute. The Centre Daily Times reports, Arrow will assume operation of some of the programs developed by The Second Mile starting May 1st. The Second Mile sought court approval last year to transfer $2.5 million to Arrow, but several of Sandusky’s victims objected and the transfer was put on hold. It was a revised transfer arrangement that the judge approved Monday.
(WGRC)

NORTHUMBERLAND - Those traveling on route 11 in Northumberland County today can expect some delays over the next couple days. Roadway resurfacing will be done on Route 11 South between B Street and King Street in Northumberland Borough today and then on Route 11 North between King Street and B Street on Thursday. Pavement repairs are scheduled both days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Traffic control will be in effect and delays can be expected both days. Motorists may wish to consider using an alternate route.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – Geisinger Careworks Walk-in Clinic Bloomsburg will host an open house at Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital’s Medical Arts Building, 425 East First Street on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Geisinger Careworks walk-in clinics treat acute illnesses and minor injuries helping patients avoid unnecessary emergency room visits. The Bloomsburg walk-in clinic opened on April 15 and is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No appointments are needed.
(WGRC)

MUNCY - It looks as though an old woolen mill in Lycoming County will have to be torn down even though it is historic. The high wind and rain on Friday caused part of the property in Muncy to collapse. The damage is done at the old Muncy Woolen Mill along South Market Street. Fierce winds left a gaping hole in the side of the mill and all the bricks on the ground narrowly missing the NAPA Auto Parts building next door. Since the storm on Friday, the building has been condemned. Local historians say the Muncy Woolen Mill was built in the late 1800s to help supply blankets to those in the Civil War. But ever since then, there have been changes in ownership. For at least 20 years now, it has been vacant and deteriorating.
(WNEP)

LEWISTOWN - Plans to convert a building used by a departing manufacturer At the Mifflin County Industrial Development park were a key topic of discussion Tuesday during the annual meeting of the Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors. The Directors discussed the project to subdivide the property which currently houses Kardex USA, began early this year. Kardex announced the plan to close its Lewistown plant in November 2011. Officials with the Development Corporation tell the Sentinel, Kardex is scheduled to vacate the building by the end of May, so the project is now aimed at subdividing the 225,000 square foot facility to accommodate as many as six small-to-medium size businesses.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A plan was approved by the Department of Environmental Protection for a go on the White Deer Energy Project in Union County. The public will have a chance to air their concerns at a meeting next week in Allenwood. The DEP will hold a public hearing May 2nd in Allenwood to explain the permitting process. DEP spokesman Dan Spadoni says the Department has “not issued the air quality plan approval for the EnTire Logistics Plant in White Deer Township.” Organizations United for the Environment, a Valley environmental group, is preparing to make statements and ask questions about the proposed tire-burning facility, which it opposes, citing air pollution and volatile chemical release concerns. The White Deer Energy Project is a $30 million, steam and power generation plant to be next to National Gypsum Company’s West Milton building in White Deer Township. It would burn old tires to generate electricity for the National Gypsum plant.
(WGRC)

HUMMELS WHARF – A sewing factory that makes surgical gowns and other medical garments will have to get approval from the Hummels Wharf zoning hearing board to rebuild a sewing factory destroyed by fire in February. That after the Monroe Township supervisors denied the company’s request for an amendment to the ordinance allowing light manufacturing in the commercial zone at Buchanan Avenue in Hummels Wharf, where the business operated for 28 years before a fire tore through the factory back in February. The Daily item reports, the owners of EMS Surgical Equipment got a permit to keep all 15 employees working in a nearby storage facility for six months. If the zoning hearing board does not approve the company’s request for a variance then the company may have to appeal the decision to Snyder County Court.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Hundreds of gun rights supporters filled the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol yesterday, vowing to keep up their fight over the Second Amendment a week after a gun control proposal lost a critical vote in Congress. The Second Amendment Action Day, an annual event in recent years, featured speakers who warned attendees their safety and the well-being of their families is at stake. Lawmakers at the rally spoke in favor of a bill, sponsored by rally organizer Representative Daryl Metcalfe, of Butler, the Right to Bear Arms Protection Act. The proposal, known as House Bill 357, would prevent enforcement of any new federal restrictions, prohibitions or registration requirements for firearms, magazines or ammunition.
(WGRC)