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April 26, 2013

BERWICK – Two Hazelton–area men are in the Columbia County jail on $100,000 dollars following an incident Thursday with a stolen handgun in Berwick. The Press Enterprise reports, the gun was fired outside a home in the 800 block of Vine Street just before 12:30 a.m. 21-year-old Mario Miranda Jr. and 20-year-old Christian Rodriguez, are locked up. Police say the two were in Berwick to collect a $4,000 debt.
(WGRC)

LINDEN – An 18-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl have been arrested and charged with breaking into a home and stealing numerous items in Lycoming County. The break-in happened Tuesday afternoon around two p.m. at the home on Northway Road in Woodward Township. Police say they’ve charged Daniel Morgret of Jersey Shore and the 17-year-old girl. For entering the home through a window and taking a DVD player, watch and box of baseball cards.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

UNITYVILLE – State Police are looking for the thieves that stole a construction trailer loaded with over $26,000 in tools, took the tools out of the trailer and then set the trailer on fire in Lycoming County. Police say the trailer was taken from Deer View Homes of Unityville around 4:30 a.m. March 29th. The thieves then took the trailer to a pipeline in Jordan Township and stole the tools before dousing the interior of the trailer with gasoline and kerosene and lighting it on fire. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Montoursville.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – A Lewistown man has been arrested after neighbors of the man reported him stealing small items from their homes. Police have charged 40-year-old Kenneth Colyer for the thefts in his neighborhood; that’s the 600 block of Maple Avenue in Lewistown. He’s been charged with numerous counts of burglary and related counts for stealing items including a 3D deer target and fire pager and charger among other items.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A former tax collector in Schuylkill County will spend up to five years in prison for stealing taxpayer money. William Wildoner from Barnesville was sentenced Thursday by a judge in Schuylkill County to 18 to 60 months in state prison. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to stealing over $350,000 of tax money meant for the Mahanoy Area School District when he was tax collector for Ryan Township.
(WNEP)

SHENANDOAH - A mother from Schuylkill County admits to putting her 1-year-old child in danger. Patricia Carter from Shenandoah pleaded guilty Wednesday to endangering the welfare of a child and terroristic threats. Carter admitted to shaking her son last year, but told police she was only playing with him. Investigators in Schuylkill County say the abuse was caught on camera.
(WNEP)

LEWISBURG – Officials from Geisinger Health System and Bucknell University celebrated the grand opening of the Autism and Developmental Medicine Center, yesterday in Lewisburg. The $1.8 million dollar center will be a national model for implementing guidelines for early diagnosis, medication management and treatment options for children with developmental disorders. The center will include clinical care, research and education, representing a unique partnership between Geisinger and Bucknell.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – Those who live in Bloomsburg don’t be worried today as the Town of Bloomsburg will be testing their Emergency Siren System today at three p.m. Siren systems are located at the town’s public works facility at 8th&Catherine Street, the Bloomsburg Fairground near West Pine Avenue and Leonard Street and at the Bloomsburg School District maintenance building located just off of West 11th Street. This exercise will test the town’s newest siren recently installed on West 11th Street; this siren system was funded by Kawneer. The test will last approximately one minute.  
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – The Shikellamy School Board is mulling over the idea of a possible new middle School for the district. Talks Wednesday surrounded the idea of the new school to be built in place of the former C. W. Rice School. Architects showed up at the meeting to present their ideas and the costs of such a project which is estimated to be between $15 and $25 million dollars. The school board plans to make a final decision within the next 2 weeks so that the new school could be operational by 2015.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - The ongoing legal dispute between the Mifflin County and Juniata County school districts over control of the Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center may be coming to an end. Last night the Mifflin County School District Board voted unanimously to accept a proposed settlement between the two sides that had been hammered out by a panel of board members from both counties. The Juniata County School District Board has yet to take action on the proposed agreement which is expected at their Board meeting Tuesday.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – The Borough of Lewisburg in Union County will experience decent weather this weekend as it continues its tradition to the arts. Today kicks off the opening of the 43rd annual Celebration of the Arts in Lewisburg. Tonight, the festival begins with three exhibits. At the Packwood House Museum, visitors can check out the indoor art exhibit, a juried show for adult artists, and the scholastic arts exhibit, featuring the work of artists from more than 20 high schools. The photography exhibit, a juried show of amateur and professional photographers, will take place in the Lewisburg Studio, Market Street. Then on Saturday food jewelry and ceramics will line market Street as 160 vendors take part in the festival.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - The Annual Bloomsburg Renaissance Jamboree will take place this Saturday. The event will close Main Street which is Route 11 from Iron Street to Railroad Street. A detour will be in place.  The event starts at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 5:00 p.m. and is a family oriented event. No Parking is in effect on Main Street and Market Square. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed. Handicapped Parking is available at the rear of the Public Library.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Prescription Drug Take Back collection is Saturday from 10 a.m. to two p.m. at the Giant in Lewistown. Community members invited to drop off all unused, expired, or unwanted prescription meds. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  And the Lewistown Police Department also reminds residents that they have a year-round collection unit in the Lewistown Police Department lobby.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Statistics show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young children, but many of these deaths can be prevented if children ride in a properly fastened and secured car seat. Today Evangelical Community Hospital will be holding a child safety seat event at the Evangelical Community Health Education Center, located on Route 15, from 1-6 pm. Four out of five child safety seats are installed incorrectly, attending this event will help make sure yours is not one of them. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to instruct parents on how to properly install their child safety seat and demonstrate how to safely secure their child. Participants are asked to bring their vehicle; the owner’s manual for the vehicle, and the instruction manual for the safety seat they are using. No appointment is required.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – The Lock Haven chapter of the Salvation Army is reminding area residents that there is only two weeks remaining to meet the challenge of the Feinstein Foundation. This is the 15th year that Alan Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds. For every food item that is collected through April 30th, the Salvation Army can count it as $1.00 per item or pound as well as every check, cash contribution or pledge.  So you are helping in 2 ways, by the food or money you donate and as a match for what the Feinstein Foundation will add to it.   To date the Salvation Army has collected over 7,300 non-perishable food items and over $4,500 in monetary donations.  Some of the LHU Students are hosting a Wiffleball Tournament on Sunday April 28th at the Lock Haven University Recreation Center.  Each of the players on the team will bring non-perishable canned goods. It’s $20.00 to register. The food donated to the Salvation Army in Lock Haven benefits their “More Than Bread” Program where people can come for a hot lunch.  
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The Clinton County commissioners said Thursday they were pleased with the quick action taken by Pennsylvania lawmakers to reverse a recent court decision preventing county governments from eliminating jury commissioners. Whether that legislative action stands depends on a pending legal challenge, however. The state House voted 156 to 39 on Wednesday to send a bill to Governor Tom Corbett that reinstated counties' power to do away with the positions. The Supreme Court in March invalidated the 2011 law, saying it violated the state constitution's requirement that bills be confined to a single subject. The Express reports, Clinton County was one of 42 counties that had axed the position. The matter remains up in the air, even if Governor Tom Corbett signs the bill, however, because officials for the Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners say they plan to file suit in Commonwealth Court as soon as Corbett signs it into law.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTON D.C. - Health problems suffered by smallmouth bass in the lower Susquehanna show the river should be declared impaired, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation reported Thursday. The report confirmed what Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, John Arway and other environmental groups have been trying to tell the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and convince the state legislature to set aside funding to find out why smallmouth bass are becoming sick and dying. The report also found that even though smallmouth bass are an introduced species they have become a major part of the region’s culture and economy. Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker said smallmouth bass fishing supports 5,700 jobs. The report found fishing for the species is responsible for $630 million in sales in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. And that means they are closely tracked by fisheries regulators, helping track the health of waterways.
(WGRC)