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May 7, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT – Crews from Lycoming County were called out around five this morning to fight a structure fire in Williamsport. The two-alarm fire was reported at a single family two-story dwelling at 2750 Newberry Street. No injuries were reported.
(WGRC)

ELYSBURG – Three people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash on route 61 in Northumberland County yesterday afternoon.  The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. just outside of the Wayside Inn on Route 61 at Bridge Street in Elysburg. Police say 72-year-old Charles Klemanski Jr., and his wife, Evelyn, were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after being cut free of their car after it collided with another car driven by April Slavinsky of Shamokin which crossed into their path. Both vehicles then slid into a pick-up truck. No one in the truck was hurt. Police say Slavinsky was taken to Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where she was treated, then released.
(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)

CANTON -In Bradford County police are calling Sunday’s double shooting in canton a murder-suicide. Autopsies were done Monday on Teesha Rieco and Curtis Chisman. The Bradford County Coroner said they both died Sunday, the result of an apparent murder-suicide that leaves two children, a five-year-old daughter and a one-month-old baby boy, without their mother. The shooting along East Main Street in Canton happened around four Sunday morning.  Police say Rieco was found shot-dead in the home while Chisman was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – The defense began putting witnesses on the stand yesterday in the trial for three men accused of killing Donald Seebold the Third of New Berlin back in July, 1997. One of the witnesses Monday testified that a man cleared by state police as being involved in the fight had admitted to him about his involvement. More testimony from the defense representing 37-year-old Robert Reich, and 39-year-old Chris Aucker, both of Beavertown, and 37-year-old Ryan Sprenkel, of Middleburg is expected to continue today.
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – Police in the Borough of Middleburg in Snyder County are investigating an attempted Child Abduction. The incident happened yesterday around 8:30 a.m. when a 13-year-old boy was on his way to school on West Market Street in Middleburg. The teen told police that’s when he was approached by a man who grabbed him and told the teen he was “coming with him.” The boy was able to get away and run to safety. The white man is described as being about 40 years-old, standing about five feet-ten inches tall and weighing around 200 pounds. The man hand light colored hair, sideburns, a mustache and go-tee and glasses. The suspect may also have a long scar on his right forearm and two smaller scars on his left forearm. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Middleburg Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BERWICK - A woman in Columbia County admitted to being involved in child sex crimes. Christina Allen pleaded guilty Monday morning to indecent assault. Allen made a young girl and boy engage in sex acts with each other in 2011. She could face 14 years in prison when she is sentenced. Allen was charged along with her then-boyfriend Daniel Galindo. Last year, a judge in Columbia County found Galindo not guilty.
(WNEP)

MILTON – State Police are looking for the two thieves that stole eight steel truck wheels from a business in Milton over the weekend. The theft happened around eight Saturday night at the Service Tire Truck Center along route 405 in Milton. Police say the two men one in his late 20s to early 30s and one in his late 50s to early 60s with a white beard drove to the business in a car and stuffed the wheels in the truck and back seat of the car. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Milton.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - Danville Area School District officials said they will take action after police file charges against as many as 25 students who attended a post-prom party where a girl reportedly was taken to a hospital for an alcohol overdose. The girl who was taken to a hospital had a blood alcohol level of nearly four times the legal limit. Danville Superintendent Cheryl Latorre tells the Daily Item, if students are charged with alcohol-related offenses, it will affect school events in which they are involved, including sports. State police at Stonington plan to charge about 25 juveniles with underage drinking following the party in Rush Township at 118 Elysburg Road. Police were called to the property at about 5:30 Sunday morning.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - A Lewisburg man suffered minor injuries after falling off a bridge over the Susquehanna River at the Isle of Que in Snyder County. State Police say 22-year-old Matthew Stenglein is facing a public drunkenness charge following the incident around four Sunday morning. Police say Stenglein was walking over the bridge in Selinsgrove when he fell into the River.  
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A 25-year-old Philadelphia man who led Williamsport Police on a high speed chase Wednesday morning is behind bars on $50,000 bail. Police say Shelton Bryant turned himself into police Friday.  Police say the chase began Wednesday morning when Bryant ran a stop sign at Memorial Avenue and Grier Street. The chase led to speeds of 100 miles-per-hour until police lost the car. It was later found abandoned on Green Avenue in Old Lycoming Township. Police say Bryant is on parole for a firearm conviction.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - An Iraq War veteran from Columbia County admitted to forcing his way into a home and terrorizing a couple. Harrison Karns from the Mifflinville area pleaded guilty Monday morning to robbery and kidnapping. Karns tied up the pair in December of 2011 at their home in Briar Creek Township and held them at gunpoint. He faces more than 50 years behind bars when he’s sentenced.
(WNEP)

WILLIAMSPORT - In response to requests from Representative Fred Keller, the Union County Commissioners, and the public, the Department of Environmental Protection is extending the public comment period for the En-Tire Logistics of Milton, Air Quality plan approval application for 45 additional days, until the close of business on Thursday, June 27th. Comments should be sent to Muhammad Zaman, DEP Air Quality Program Manager, 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701. The department has made a copy of the application available for public review at the Union County Library, located at 255 Reitz Boulevard in Lewisburg. It can also be reviewed at the DEP regional office, 208 West Third St., Suite 101 in Williamsport, by appointment.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Susquehanna Health cleared an initial step Monday toward the creation of a $33 million medical office building on the campus of the Williamsport Regional Medical Center along High Street. The Sun Gazette reports, the Williamsport Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation to the health care provider's request for a lot consolidation, subdivision and land development that is scheduled to go before City Council on May 16th. Should council approve the plan, the groundbreaking for the "Health Innovation Center" is scheduled for mid-July. The fourth floor of the facility will be reserved for a family medicine residency program and The Commonwealth Medical College. The third floor will be for physicians specializing in pulmonology and neurology. The second floor will contain heart and vascular specialists and related services. The first floor is set aside for general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, along with space for an outpatient retail pharmacy and durable equipment. Hospital officials say construction time is estimated to be 12 to 14 months with an opening slated for the fall of 2014.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – The State College borough Council refused to budge on the issue of a gas pipeline proposed to go through a section of the Borough to Penn State’s main campus. After Columbia Gas requested the Council to rescind its position on not allowing the natural gas pipeline through the borough, Council members last night decided not to make any movement of the request to rescind their position. Council President Donald Hahn tells the Centre Daily council might meet in an executive session May 17 to discuss the issue.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The State College Area school board passed a proposed final budget Monday for the 2013-2014 school year. The $119.6 million budget includes a 2.7 percent real estate tax increase. The increase would mean about $73 dollars more in taxes on the average home. The majority of the budget — about 71 percent — is taken up by salaries and benefits for current employees, but the administration is only proposing to replace about half of the 58 positions that are vacant from retirements and resignation to cut costs.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - The letter carriers of the Bellefonte, Boalsburg and State College will collect non-perishable food items Saturday to be distributed to one of five local food banks in Centre County. Residents who want to participate should place a food item next to their mailbox on May 11 to be collected by volunteers or mail carriers.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania’s capitol city has a new distinction and it is not a good one. Harrisburg is now the first municipality charged with securities fraud. Officials with the Securities Exchange Commission charged the city Monday with giving misleading or false statements about financial problems from 2009 to 2011. According to the SEC, Harrisburg is a near-bankrupt city under state receivership. That means the state oversees the city. According to the SEC, Harrisburg officials have agreed to settle the charges. In a statement released Monday, Harrisburg’s mayor Linda Thompson said “…to prevent such things from happening in the future, and as the SEC is aware, the city has completely revamped its policies and procedures for financial disclosures. “ In her statement, the mayor did not give any specific details about the policy changes. She also said she is prohibited by law from talking about the charges or settlement anymore.
(WNEP)

HARRISBURG – Clergy and parishioners at catholic churches across the Harrisburg Diocese said they are saddened by the loss of their Bishop. Monday, a new Diocesan Administrator had been elected to take care of some business, while other work will be put on hold. Catholics in the Diocese of Harrisburg were paying respects to the late Bishop Joseph McFadden. He passed away last week. Parishes across the Harrisburg Diocese which includes Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties will temporarily be led by a Diocesan Administrator, Father Robert Gillelan. He will take over many of the Bishop’s duties for now, until a new Bishop is installed by Pope Francis. Meanwhile a public viewing will be held again today at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Harrisburg for Bishop McFadden.
(WNEP)

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Corbett Monday spoke at the 20th annual Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Service honoring law enforcement officers across the state that died in the line of duty during the past year. Five police officers were honored this year, including: Pennsylvania State Police Trooper First Class Blake Coble, of Beaver County; Plymouth Township Police Department Officer Bradley Fox, of Montgomery County; Chester Police Officer Avery Freeman, of Delaware County; plus Officer Brian Lorenzo and Officer Moses Walker Jr., both members of the Philadelphia City Police Department.
(WGRC)