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May 14, 2013

STATE COLLEGE - After temperatures fell below freezing in just a few spots across the East Monday morning, a more widespread frost and freeze was expected overnight into Tuesday morning. As high pressure settles into the East and winds turned calm last night, temperatures plummeted to near freezing in the Central Susquehanna Valley. At four this morning temperatures were at 30 degrees in Williamsport and 32 degrees in Selinsgrove. At five a.m. the temperature in Selinsgrove dropped to 30 degrees.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEWPORT – Fire crews in Perry County were called out this morning to battle a fire in Newport. The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. at a home at 425 Mulberry Street in Newport. Perry County 9-1-1 officials tell us one person was taken to a hospital. Fire was reported coming from the home when crews arrived on the scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – Pottsville Area School administrators say they got the horrible news about the tragic fire around 4:30 yesterday morning.  That’s when they learned that the deadly fire that killed six had taken the lives of two of their students, seven-year-old Jeremiah Brown, who attended Schuylkill Intermediate Unit and eight-year-old Joy Brown, who went to school at John S. Clarke Elementary. The school and those who knew these young ones are left in shock. A loving family was ripped apart as flames tore through their Pottsville Home. Two adults were killed and four children, Elijah, Emily, Jeremiah and Joy. That mother, Kelly Brown, was not home when the fire broke out.  The school district brought in 10 counselors for any students who needed them. In front of the home today on Pierce Street a memorial grows with flowers and stuffed animals in memory of those who died in the fire. Investigators say a wood stove may have started the blaze but an exact cause may never be known.
(WNEP)

REEDSVILLE – A fire damages a home in Mifflin County yesterday and chases one woman from the home. The fire yesterday was reported at 120 West Railroad Street in Reedsville. Reedsville Fire Company Fire Chief Dan Aumiller tells the Sentinel one resident of the home, which is owned by Jim and Vicky Smith, made it out safely and no injuries were reported. Aumiller said the fire at the two-story wood-frame home is not suspicious and the Mifflin County Regional Police Department Fire Investigator is investigating a cause.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - A confrontation that began in the Riverside Saloon in Lock Haven and spilled out into Grove Street early Saturday morning ended with serious stab wounds to one man and the arrest of his suspected assailant on charges of aggravated assault. Lock Haven Police have arrested 32-year-old Rahiem Fant, of Mill Hall was arrested Saturday night, and jailed on $100,000 bail. He’s charged with stabbing 23-year-old Cory Manning, of Richton, Mississippi. Manning was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he remains in serious condition with stab wounds of the arm and abdomen.
(WGRC)

MONTOUR TOWNSHIP - A man held an 8-inch steak knife to a Berwick teacher’s throat and threatened to kill her during a drunken brawl, Sunday. Police have filed charges against 35-year-old Jason Bankes, after he fled the home following the assault on the 38-year-old woman. The Press Enterprpse reports, police caught up with him in his vehicle and he faces DUI charges as well after police say he had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit. Bankes was jailed Sunday on $50,000 bail and faces aggravated assault, Dui and related counts.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN DAM – Four people were taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash on Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam yesterday which snarled traffic for a short time. The crash happened just before nine a.m. at Baldwin Boulevard. Police say 29-year-old Lindgren Carl, of Pillow, drove through a red light and hit a vehicle operated by a 24-year-old Virginia man. Carl and her passengers, 59-year-old Susan Carl and two boys were taken to Geisinger with what police call minor injuries. No one in the other vehicle was hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MARY-D – State Police say a man died Sunday in Schuylkill County when the car he was working underneath in his garage came down on top of him, pinning him underneath. Troopers say the body of 54-year-old Andrew Fayash of Valley Street in the village on Mary D, was found under the car in his garage late Sunday night. Police have ruled the death accidental.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LAPORTE – Two workers with the Sullivan County Children and Youth Services have been charged with failing to report a sexual assault of a five-year-old boy in Sullivan County. Police have charged 44-year-old Elaine Wich of Ulster and 51-year-old Lisa Wilcox of Dushore with failing to report the abuse at the hands of a 13-year-old boy. Police say the incident was reported to Children and Youth back in April 2012 and allegedly Ulster and Wilcox failed to report the abuse until it was again reported in October 2012 to State Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MOUNT UNION – Police are investigating a break-in at a golf club near Mount Union. Police say the bandits smashed a window to get inside the pro-shop at the American Legion Country Club in Mount Union. That happened just after midnight Sunday. Police say the bandits tried to pry open a door which set off an alarm and spooked the bandits. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call state police, Lewistown.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG - Registered voters looking to cast their choices via absentee ballot in next week's primary election have until close of business today to get in their applications. Votes must be cast by close of business Friday. To apply for an absentee ballot, voters should contact or visit the board of elections office in their respective counties. Primary election day is Tuesday, May 21.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – One community in Lycoming County will see natural gas expansion for residential use. Three South Williamsport Borough streets were accepted Monday night by council to be the first places that UGI Penn Natural Gas expands its service in the municipality. Council agreed to the pilot program in March. Under the agreement, UGI agreed to install gas lines while the borough agreed to dig trenches along streets. Sylvan Drive, Grandview Place and Eckmont Avenue were selected by UGI. With potential incentives from UGI, residents may have the opportunity to hook up to the gas lines at reduced fees. Borough officials tell the Sun Gazette they received 70 to 80 calls from interested residents who wanted natural gas service.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE- Residents living in the Selinsgrove area school district are looking at their school property taxes going up. The School Board voted yesterday for a 1.3 mill tax increase for residents that would help balance the District’s 2013-2014 school budget. The increase would mean about $35 dollars more for an average homeowner in the District. The school board cited increased costs and decreases in state funding for the rise in taxes.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – The Sunbury Police Department is mourning the loss of their police dog. Chief Stephen Mazzeo says their K-9 Brecken has died. Reports say Brecken was certified in drug detection, tracking and protection. The dog died of natural causes. Mazzeo says Brecken died at the home of his handler Sunbury Police officer Scott Hause. The 2-year-old German Shepherd had been with the Sunbury Police Department since February.  
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE – PennDOT has announced that roadway milling and paving work will get underway Wednesday, May 15 in Centre County on Route 192. Crews will be working on Route 192 between Brush Mountain Road and Millheim Narrows Road. Drivers should be alert for flaggers in the roadway, as an alternating traffic pattern is enforced during daylight hours. Motorists need to remain alert for construction vehicles and drivers should expect short travel delays. Work on Route 192 is expected to last through the end of next week. This work is part of a $4.3 million contract to improve ten state routes in Centre and Clinton counties.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – The all clear was given by PennDOT bridge deck inspectors and Interstate 81 near Harrisburg, the site of last week’s horrible tanker crash which closed the highway, has now been re-opened to traffic. The green light was given just after seven last night. All of I-81 is now clear for traffic through the Harrisburg area. A fiery tanker crash shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday, on the ramp from northbound I-81 to westbound Route 22/322 closed the ramp and the bridge.  PennDOT officials say the deck of the ramp where the tanker truck overturned needs to be replaced, but this can happen later, while I-81 is open to traffic. Protective shielding has been installed under this bridge to protect motorists.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - During an emotional State Capitol news conference, Pennsylvanians who are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant, or who are alive today thanks to receiving a transplant or who’s loved one has given the gift of life, helped launch a new statewide effort to dramatically increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in Pennsylvania. Already more than 4.4 million Pennsylvanians have said ‘Yes’ to organ and tissue donation, but that only represents about 46 percent of registered drivers. The campaign goal is to increase the percentage to 48, which would require an additional 200,000 new registered donors over the next two years. Titled “30 Seconds,” the new public - awareness campaign is the work of Donate Life Pennsylvania, a partnership of the state’s two organ procurement organizations and the state Departments of Health and Transportation. It features real Pennsylvanians from across the state who agreed to share their personal stories in the hopes that it will encourage others to register. 30 seconds represents the amount of time it takes to log onto DonateLifePa.org and sign up to become an organ and tissue donor.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The American Lung Association and statewide health advocates are making a stand for comprehensive clean indoor air for all workers in Pennsylvania. The cry “No More Exemptions” will be heard by lawmakers when the Lung Association hosts Advocacy Day, that’s today at the Harrisburg State Capitol. Also at the event, the Pennsylvania Department of Health working with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco will introduce the new youth-focused tobacco prevention and control movement for Pennsylvania, Tobacco Resistance Unit. TRU is a statewide program designed to empower and train youth, 12-18, on all issues related to tobacco use, prevention and control. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol building’s Rotunda in Harrisburg. Comprehensive clean indoor air legislation would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces and public places, with no exemptions. A comprehensive clean indoor air law would protect all workers and the public from the harmful pollutants, including carcinogens, of secondhand smoke exposure and would provide a level playing field for all businesses across the Commonwealth.
(WGRC)

PHILADELPHIA - Making perhaps the biggest headlines in abortion news since Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was found guilty Monday of three counts of first degree murder. The long-awaited verdict perhaps will change America’s perception of abortion clinics and their accountability. A jury of seven women and five men found Gosnell guilty after nine days of deliberations. Gosnell was originally charged with four counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing four babies born alive in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic. He also faced charges for one count of third-degree murder in the death of a 41-year-old woman who died in 2009 at the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic after Gosnell’s untrained and unlicensed staff administered a lethal dose of pain reliever and then failed to provide emergency care when she stopped breathing during her abortion. The 72-year-old Gosnell could receive the death penalty or life in prison for the charges. It was widely reported that Gosnell performed over 40,000 abortions in his clinic from 1988 to 2009.
(WGRC)