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May 6, 2013

CANTON – Two people are dead following a shooting under investigation in Bradford County. A 24-year-old Canton woman was shot and killed Sunday in what state police have determined is a homicide investigation. Troopers say Teesha Rieco was found dead inside her home on East Main Street. Police say 44-year-old Curtis Chisman, was found severely wounded of an apparent shotgun wound inside the house. He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where he later died. State Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport police are investigating a shooting incident which injured a man in the city early Saturday morning.  Shots were reportedly fired around 1:15 on Saturday morning in the 800 block of Wyoming Street, striking a man described as being his mid-30’s in the leg. He was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center where he was treated and is expected to make a full recovery. It is not known if a suspect was taken into custody and no other details are being released as Williamsport police continue their investigation.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Two people were flown to a hospital after fire broke out at an apartment building in Pottsville last night. Emergency dispatchers said firefighters quickly put out the flames in the 700 block of Mahantongo Street around 8 p.m. The building was evacuated. There is no word on how many people were forced out or how the fire started.
(WNEP)

ROTE - Levi and Fannie Byler and their young son weren't home Sunday afternoon when a fire erupted in the kitchen of their home and quickly spread up the back of the house. Fire crews were called out to that fire after a neighbor saw flames coming from the back of the house around four p.m. Crews made a good attack on the fire which heavily damaged but did not destroy the home along East End Road in Lamar Township, Clinton County. A cause of that fire was not reported.
(WGRC)

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — A fire marshal said an electrical problem sparked the fire that destroyed an apartment house Saturday in Northumberland County. Firefighters were called to the building on West Girard Street in the Village of Atlas around 3:30 p.m. Investigators said a faulty electrical outlet caused the blaze. There have been three other fires in the past week and a half in the same five block area as Saturday’s fire. Fire officials in Northumberland County said those three fires are suspicious but the one on Saturday is not.
(WNEP)

COAL TOWNSHIP – Fire heavily damaged a home in Coal Township Friday morning. The fire started just after nine a.m. at 1019 West Arch Street. Reports say the residents; Walter and Helen Neiswender were able to get out safely along with an elderly neighbor in an attached home. The Neiswender’s dog however perished in the fire. Officials believe the fire started in the kitchen on the first floor and spread to an addition in the rear of the home. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(WGRC)

RENOVO - Both drivers in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday were killed in the crash. The crash happened just before nine p.m. on Route 120, a mile above Renovo. State police at Lamar say a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Maggie Clemente, of Shintown swerved into the opposite lane and hit a pick-up truck head-on. The pickup went off the road, struck a Norfolk Southern train car, and stopped after hitting a utility pole. Clemente was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup truck driver, 42-year-old Richard Trimmer of York Springs, was not wearing a seatbelt. He and his passenger, 35-year-old Micole Trimmer, also of York Springs were taken by ambulance to Bucktail Medical Center were Richard was pronounced dead. Micole was then flown to Geisinger where she remains in fair condition.  
(WGRC)

PINE GROVE – A man was taken to Hershey Medical Center following a two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Schuylkill County. The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Route 125 near Pine Grove. Police say 44-year-old Barry Biggs of Pine Grove was taken to the hospital. Trooper say the collision between Biggs vehicle and another vehicle driven by Brian Barr, also of Pine Grove, happened when Barr turned into the path of Biggs. No others were hurt in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

RICHFIELD – Police say a man was speeding when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed it throwing the man from the vehicle. The crash happened just after noon Saturday along Swamp Road in West Perry Township, Snyder County. Police have not released the name of the driver of the vehicle which went off the roadway, hit a tree and landed in a creek bed. The Daily Item reports, the man was flown to Geisinger Medical Center following the crash.
(WGRC)

BURNHAM – A Lewistown man has died after he was taken to Lewistown Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash in Mifflin County Friday. Mifflin County Regional Police say the crash happened just before noon on West Freedom Avenue in Burnham. Police say 67-year-old Barry Hutchinson had a pre-existing medical condition that caused him to go off the roadway and hit a sign at the Uni-Mart service station.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PHILADELPHIA - A man from Columbia County was killed, and his wife severely injured, in a crash near Philadelphia. According to police, Phillip Shultz was driving near the Delaware state line in Delaware County Thursday night when he pulled into the path of another vehicle. Shultz and his wife, Susan, were pinned in the car for a time. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Susan Shultz, a former councilwoman and Benton Borough Secretary, suffered serious injuries. The other driver was also hurt in the crash in Delaware County.
(WNEP)

VALLEY VIEW – In Schuylkill County a man was flown from the scene of a crash to Geisinger Medical Center, Friday night. Police say 60-year-old Lewis Zimmerman of Valley View suffered moderate head injuries in the crash on Fearnot Road in Hubley Township. Troopers say just before ten p.m., Zimmerman lost control of his pick-up truck on a curve and went off the roadway into a small creek. Police believe alcohol may have played a part in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A Shamokin man pleaded guilty in Northumberland County Court Friday to multiple counts —  including involuntary manslaughter —  after a June crash in Zerbe Township which killed one of the passengers in his vehicle. 19-year-old Kyle Koontz had been charged with the death of 19-year-old David Dorsett of Coal Township. The crash, last June, happened just days after both men had graduated from Shamokin Area High School. Koontz is scheduled for sentencing July 29th and he could face up to three months in prison followed by house arrest.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – A Lycoming County man has been charged with embezzling more than $530,000 from an organization he ran between 2009 and 2012. The Lycoming County District attorney’s office has filed charges against 46-year-old James McCloy of Jersey Shore. McCloy is the President and Founder of the Susquehanna House based in Montoursville which provides residential services, foster care, transitional living and day treatment for youths. The organization has homes in Linden, Jersey Shore, Montoursville, Williamsport and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Investigators say McCloy took the money for his own personal interests and to help pay for his divorce from his wife.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

YEAGERTOWN – Police in Mifflin County are investigating several incidents involving theft. Mifflin County Regional Police say they were called to the baseball fields along Greenwood Avenue in Yeagertown where someone last week broke in and stole a large amount of food and drink. Also in Brown Township police say someone stole a large amount of tools and equipment from a roadway construction site on Route 322. Anyone with information on either theft is asked to call Mifflin County Regional Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – The trial continues today for three men accused of beating a New Berlin man to death during a birthday party or one of the men over 16-years ago in Snyder County. District Attorney Michael Piecuch alleges 37-year-old Robert Reich, and 39-year-old Chris Aucker, both of Beavertown, and 37-year-old Ryan Sprenkel, of Middleburg, fatally beat 21-year-old Donald Seebold the Third, in front of a crowd of partygoers in July 1997. On Friday Beth Thomas of North Carolina, the former daughter-in-law of Linda Thomas, who has been charged with perjury in the case, recounted a conversation she had a few years ago with Linda. Beth testified that Linda told her she ordered the removal of Seebold’s body from her property after he was beaten. An injured and barely conscious Seebold was removed from the party by Reich, his half-brother, Kurt Gotshall, and Brian Heckman, who left him on the side of Troxelville Road, a couple of miles away, where he was later picked up by Sprenkel and loaded into the backseat of a car. The following morning, Seebold was discovered in the backseat dead from blunt-force trauma to the head.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - East Buffalo Township is applying for a state recycling grant that would let it buy a wood chipper and a mounted vacuum to make for efficient pickup and cleanup of brush and leaf waste. The daily item reports, however that farmers may not like it. A condition of the grant means the township cannot allow burning of waste whatsoever, or it’s disqualified. This would include farmers, who have been exempt from the township’s general ban on burning. The township is considering purchasing a Brush Bandit 1390XP wood chipper and Freightliner truck with an Old Dominion truck-mounted vacuum to collect and process brush and leaf waste. People may submit questions or comments about the purchase to the township by close of business Friday. It has until May 31 to submit its grant application.
(WGRC)

HEMLOCK TWP. - A development group wants to build a shopping center — with room for a big-box store, a restaurant, gas station and retail space — on the land across from the Walmart, at Buck Horn.  The Press Enterprise reports, Finn Gard LLC, Berwick, recently bought more than 30 acres along Route 42, near Wedgetown Road. The land is zoned for industrial use, however, so the group has proposed layering a commercial zone over the property. That would allow businesses to use the space for shopping and dining without taking away any industrial land from the township. Township officials say however that bigger stores out more of a burden on the township’s security force and that they will take all things into consideration before making a decision on the special exception.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Nearly 1000 pounds of trash and scrap metal was taken from the Susquehanna River Saturday. The second annual Susquehanna River Cleanup Project brought in almost 100 participants and several businesses concerned for the integrity of the river. Founder Zach Stotter says he hopes the project can be turned into a non-profit charity. Participants in the event pulled in all sorts of trash including a whole refrigerator and an abandoned boat. Stotter said uniting the community in a common goal to preserve one of Pennsylvania’s most important natural resources makes the effort worthwhile.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - An attorney with the firm representing state Sen. Jake Corman in his lawsuit against the NCAA said Friday that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hear arguments in the case in June. Attorney Stephen MacNett, of the Philadelphia firm of Conrad O’Brien, said that on or about June 19, the court will hear preliminary arguments by the NCAA challenging the suit filed to keep Penn State’s $60 million fine in Pennsylvania. The firm represents Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord, who joined Corman’s suit against the NCAA. He expects the Commonwealth Court to rule within a few weeks after the hearing about whether the suit will be tossed or can move forward. The NCAA has argued that the state officials have no power to determine how and where the money will be spent, that their lawsuit is groundless because Penn State is not a party, and that the university need not spend state tax dollars in paying the fine.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – With the increasing popularity of motorcycling in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett signed a proclamation Friday commemorating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Last year in Pennsylvania there were over 850,000 licensed motorcyclists, a 13 percent increase from a decade ago. PennDOT data shows there were nearly 4,000 crashes involving motorcycles statewide last year, resulting in 210 deaths. Motorcycle safety was emphasized with Corbett’s signing of Act 84 of 2012, which requires motorcycle permit holders under 18 years old to take and successfully complete the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program’s Basic Rider Course in order to receive their license.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The Department of Environmental Protection today released the 2012 Susquehanna River Sampling Report, explaining the latest results from an aggressive sampling effort across the Susquehanna River. Work is continuing across the watershed this spring and summer as the scope of the study broadens to include more tributaries of the three main sections of the Susquehanna watershed: the Juniata River, Main Stem and West Branch of the Susquehanna. DEP will hold a webinar to discuss the results on Thursday, May 9th, from 2 to 3 p.m. The 2012 report, available online, discusses what data DEP biologists collected at eight sites in the Susquehanna basin, two of which were along the Juniata River, and at one control site in the Delaware River. DEP staff spent 187 days on the river last year collecting hundreds of samples. In the study the DEP reports the Susquehanna healthier than the Delaware River in dissolved oxygen and aquatic life. DEP recently announced its work plan for 2013, broadening the scope of the study and the 2012 sampling. The 2013 work plan includes greater study of the Juniata and additional sampling across the tributaries of the three major waterways. For more information, to view DEP’s 2012 River Sampling Report and to register for the webinar, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Susquehanna River Study Update” button.
(WGRC)