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May 2, 2013

HARRISBURG - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has announced that 65-year-old Bishop Joseph McFadden, died unexpectedly this morning while attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. A cause of death has not been announced. The diocese said in an announcement: “McFadden awoke feeling ill and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 a.m." Bishop McFadden was the 10th Bishop of Harrisburg. He was appointed on June 22, 2010, by then Pope Benedict XVI. He was installed as Bishop of Harrisburg on August 18, 2010, in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg.
(WGRC)

WINFIELD – Fire crews were called out early this morning to fight a mobile home fire in Union County. The fire was reported just after three a.m. at 158 Goodhart Circle near the Shickellamy Overlook. Crews from Union Snyder and Northumberland Counties rushed to the scene to find the mobile home on fire. Union county 9-1-1 officials tell us a couple who lived in the trailer made it out safely. A cause of that fire is undetermined at this time and a state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ATLAS - A fire that heavily damaged a home in Atlas early Wednesday morning may have been intentionally set. Reports say the fire started in the basement of a home at 524 West Girard Street and is being investigated as suspicious. The fire heavily damaged a two-story home and an adjacent home at 526 West Girard Street. One firefighter was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment. The investigation into that fire continues.
(WGRC)

SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP - A motorcyclist remains in fair condition after being taken to Geisinger after he was hit while stopped for traffic in Columbia County. The crash happened on Route 11 around four p.m. Police say 59-year-old Jesse Fulkersin, was stopped for traffic in front of him when he was hit from behind by Bonnie VanSant of Bloomsburg. Fulkersin remains in fair condition at Geisinger.  
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – So far three people have taken the stand saying they saw three men beat 22-year-old Donald Seebold the Third at a birthday party in Snyder County in 1997. Seebold was later found dead in a vehicle at the home of one of the people who beat him. The beating took place at the party near Port Ann in July 1997. Nearly 16 years later and after a grand jury investigation the trial is continuing this week for the three accused of beating Seebold. 37-year-old Robert Reich, along with 39-year-old Christopher Aucker, both of Beavertown, and 37-year-old Ryan Sprenkel of Middleburg, are charged with homicide, conspiracy and perjury in Seebold’s killing.  Witnesses report being pressured to keep quiet about the fight which broke out when Seebold began flirting with Aucker’s girlfriend.  The half-brother of defendant Robert Reich testified Tuesday that after witnessing Seebold being beaten he helped his brother place the body along Troxelville Road and then kept quiet about it for years out of fear of retribution. That trial continues today in Middleburg.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – A Millersburg man was sentenced this week to 18-months to seven years in prison for the death of a 19-year-old Dalmatia woman in April of 2010. Reports say 32-year-old Thomas Schoor was found guilty April 15th in a non-jury trial for his role in the death of Bethany Harris. The woman jumped from Schoor’s vehicle and later died from her injuries. Witnesses say Harris’s pleaded with Schoor to slow down or stop driving after he struck an embankment.
(WGRC)

WELLSBORO – A former priest that served in Tioga and Lycoming Counties was convicted yesterday on sexually abusing a child. 66-year-old Thomas Shoback, of Wilkes-Barre, was convicted in Tioga County Court Wednesday. Shoback was found guilty on nine counts. He originally faced 32 counts, but most had passed the statute of limitations. State police say the incidents took place between 1991 and 1997 while he was a priest at St. Mary's Parish in Blossburg. The victim is a former alter boy. Shoback now could face up to 100 years in prison when sentenced. The Diocese of Scranton released the following statement last night concerning Shoback: "... The Diocese of Scranton recognizes that the announcement of this verdict will serve as a very painful reminder of the wounds many survivors carry with them, most especially those who were harmed by Father Shoback.”
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Less than two weeks after being terminated from Heller's Market and Restaurant at 1941 Lycoming Creek Road, an ex-employee allegedly broke into the business overnight Tuesday by "smashing out a window with a chair." Old Lycoming Township Police say 25-year-old Steven Miller reportedly told "several individuals that he needed money and that he wanted his job back." Police say cash, cigarettes and lighters were taken in the burglary, and Police found evidence at Miller’s home. Miller is now jailed on $50,000 bail.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - A Jersey Shore man has been arrested on multiple felony charges in the aftermath of a recent spree of burglaries in the Jersey Shore area. 33-year-old Thomas Smith, of Jersey Shore is charged with numerous burglaries of storage units in the area including Bull Dog storage in Jersey Shore, as well as other break-ins. Police say their investigation began following a series of break-ins in around April 12th. Smith has been charged with nearly 60 counts of burglary and related charges.
(WGRC)

FREEBURG – A Snyder County man is jailed after he broke into a home and assaulted a man and woman. The attack happened sometime between 4:30 or five a.m. Sunday at the home in Freeburg. Police have charged 54-year-old Gregory Keister of Freeburg with burglary, aggravated assault and related counts. Police say Keister broke into the home and struck one of the victims with a baseball bat. He’s now jailed on $100,000 in the Snyder County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BENTON - A man punched his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and choked her after breaking into her apartment in Benton last Thursday. The Press Enterprise reports, 27-year-old Fred Houseweart III faces felony charges of burglary and related counts. Police say around one a.m. last Thursday police say Houseweart dropped off the woman at her apartment at Hess Hotel, on Main Street in Benton. Police say he returned about four-and-a-half hours later and broke in the door to the woman’s apartment. He’s now jailed on $35,000 bail.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Lycoming College will hold graduation exercises for the Class of 2013 on Sunday, at 1 p.m. on The Quad. Two hundred and sixty-five undergraduates are to receive their degrees during the College’s 165th commencement. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Recreation Center. Lycoming will confer three honorary degrees during commencement. Deirdre P. Connelly ’83, president of North American Pharmaceuticals of GlaxoSmithKline, will receive the degree Doctor of Science. Dallas L. Krapf ’69, philanthropist and a business and community leader, will be presented the Doctor of Laws degree. James E. Douthat, retiring after 24 years as Lycoming’s president, will deliver the commencement address and will be honored with the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG- Bucknell University President John Bravman has agreed to a contract extension with the University based in Lewisburg for the next seven years. The University’s board of trustees made that announcement yesterday. Bravman, whose original contract was five years, tells the Daily Item, he's "grateful to the board for its confidence, and honored to have the opportunity to serve this university.”
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – The Penn House Commons project in east Buffalo Township, Union county could break ground this year. The Daily Item reports, Meridian Development Partners of New York is waiting on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to release a highway occupancy plan before it can start construction of the 90,000 square-foot recreational facility, a proposed giant Supermarket and other residential and commercial use properties. Should PennDOT approve a highway occupancy plan, developers could then move forward with plans submitted to the Township for their approval before earth could be moved.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing tonight, to discuss a proposed Air Quality plan approval for En-Tire Logistics of Milton for a new tire-derived fuel steam and power generation plant to be constructed in White Deer Township, Union County. The plant would produce 7-megawatts of electricity and provide steam to the adjacent National Gypsum Company facility. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Warrior Run Area Fire Department in Allenwood. En-Tire submitted the Air Quality plan approval application to DEP on March 19, 2012. DEP published a notice of intent to issue the plan approval in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 30, 2013, and asked for public comment. A local environmental group, Organizations United for the Environment, had previously requested that the agency hold a public meeting or public hearing to discuss the application. During the 8 p.m. hearing portion of the evening, the public will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony about the application. Written testimony of any length will also be accepted. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document, and DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony. For anyone unable to attend the public hearing, written comment should be submitted by the close of business on Monday, May 13, to DEP Air Quality Program Manager, 208 W. 3rd St., Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – The Pennsylvania Game Commission today plans to resume controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton, Ferguson and Halfmoon townships in Centre County to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. Depending on conditions, the Game Commission plans to burn 136 acres. Controlled burns are used by the Game Commission to improve plant and wildlife habitats, and reduce the chance of wildfire.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of State has been made aware of scams targeting business across the state. Two companies; Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company and Corporate Records Service are contacting businesses and are urging business corporations and limited liability companies to file information and send payment in the amount of $125 by a certain date in order to maintain proper records. These solicitations include a citation to the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law regarding corporate records. At first glance, these solicitations may look official; however, none of the information being requested is required to be filed with the Department of State or the Secretary of the Commonwealth. These formal-looking letters did not originate from any governmental office, nor are the Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company and Corporate Records Service affiliated or associated with Pennsylvania state government in any way. Similar scams have been reported in other states. If your business has been contacted in this way you are asked to contact the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations at ra-corps@pa.gov.
(WGRC)