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April 25, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT - Police now know the name of the man whose body was pulled from his sunken car in Lycoming Creek in Williamsport Tuesday night. Police say 22-year-old Aaron Moore of Williamsport was pulled from the sunken car Tuesday night after someone walking on the bridge spotted the car overturned in the creek. Police say the car had been reported stolen on April second, and it’s believed that’s when Moore plunged into the creek near the intersection of Lycoming Creek Road and Heshbon Road in Williamsport.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – A Snyder County man was taken to Williamsport hospital following a crash Friday in Lycoming County. Police say 53-year-old Patrick Oberlin of Middleburg was taken to Williamsport hospital following the crash just after midnight Friday on Wallis Run Road in Gamble Township. Police say Oberlin lost control of his truck on a curve and went off the roadway becoming airborne hitting a tree about ten feet above the ground and then rolling the truck onto its passenger’s side.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - At least a dozen cats died in a fire in Point Township Northumberland County yesterday. The fire along Route 11 in Point Township, near Wrays Campground started just after eleven a.m. The homeowner was not home at the time of the blaze. Fire officials tell the daily item the home is a total loss. A state police fire marshal is investigating a cause.

BLOOMSBURG – In Columbia County, former Berwick Officer 30-year-old Chris Wilson must serve a month in prison for stealing a stash of heroin from police evidence to feed his own addiction. Judge Gary Norton rejected calls for probation, handing Wilson the most severe sentence he could. Investigators say Wilson was dealing with a serious addiction when he stole heroin and syringes seized in drug busts between December 2011 and July 2012. Judge Norton said it was “appropriate” to impose a more severe sentence than probation since this crime involved a policeman who clearly violated the public trust.

UNIONVILLE - A 31-year-old Centre County man has been charged with multiple felony counts stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of two minors. State police have filed charges in three separate cases against Joseph Bailey Jr., of Unionville. Police say the incidents happened in May 2008. Bailey is jailed on $100,000 in the Centre County Prison.

LEWISBURG – The Miller family, lifelong residents of Lewisburg and owners of locally based playground and fitness equipment manufacturer, Playworld Systems, announced Wednesday they will donate $2.5 million to the estimated six million dollar development of a state-of-the-art indoor wellness and recreation center for members of the community in partnership with Geisinger Health System and the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority. Geisinger Health System will provide additional funding and wellness programming guidance and jointly develop a wellness and community health research program within the center. The new wellness and recreation center will be located in the Penn House Commons master planned community being developed by Meridian Development Partners. The planned wellness center will be located directly across St. Mary’s Street from the Lewisburg Park. The indoor center’s centralized activities will make fitness, wellness programs, and recreation easily accessible and available to residents year-round.

SHAMOKIN DAM – The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is asking local businesses for their input on the proposed Susquehanna Valley Thurway Project and the impacts the project will have on their business. The Chamber is looking for as much input as possible from both members and non-members. That input can be done on line through the Chamber’s website gsvcc.org beginning Friday, April 26th.

SUNBURY - Sunbury’s 53-year old water treatment plant will be totally upgraded as a result of funding approved this week by PENNVEST. State Senator John Gordner and state Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver made that announcement Wednesday. The PENNVEST board approved a $3 million low cost loan for the Sunbury Municipal Authority. With the three million dollars in funding the Sunbury Municipal Authority will construct a new water treatment plant. PENNVEST is an independent state agency that provides financial assistance to upgrade sewer, water, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the Commonwealth.

LOCK HAVEN - Lock Haven Hospital will team with Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow and serve the Lock Haven Community as a drop off location for the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, set for Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members will have the opportunity to drop off accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs and to safely dispose of those medications.

POTTSVILLE – On Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tide Task Force, (Pottsville Area School District’s drug and alcohol coalition) in conjunction with the Pottsville Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your controlled and non-controlled medications for disposal to Martz Hall, Pottsville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

HARRISBURG - April 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and the Pennsylvania State Police will accept unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unwanted prescription medications may be dropped off at select State Police barracks. No personal information is required for drop-off.  Drop off centers in the WGRC listening area include:
Centre County - 745 South Eagle Valley Rd., Bellefonte
Clinton County - 1001 Pine St., Renovo
Lycoming County - 899 Cherry St., Montoursville
Mifflin and Juniata Counties - 34 Arch Rock Rd., RR #5, Box 34, Mifflintown
Northumberland - 2465 State RT 61, Sunbury,
Northumberland, Montour Counties - 50 Lawton Lane, Milton
Perry County - 52 Red Hill Court, Newport,
Snyder County - 204 Universal Rd., Selinsgrove