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May 14, 2013

SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP - A Danville man was killed early Tuesday when his car veered off Route 11 and slammed into trees. The Press Enterprise reports, 34-year-old Jason Snyder, died in the 3 a.m. crash just east of the Interstate 80 interchange at Lime Ridge. The Columbia County Coroner’s office says Snyder died at the scene.
(WGRC)

HOWARD – The Centre County Coroner’s office has concluded that a 17-year-old boy who died at a friend’s home in March died of a drug overdose. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers reports Central Mountain High School senior, Devin Stacey died March 14 of an accidental drug overdose. Sayers says Suboxone and Xanax were found in his system. State Police are continuing their investigation into the case and no charges have yet been filed with Stacey’s death.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Investigators looking into a fire last week in Williamsport have determined it to be arson. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire&Police conducted an investigation into the origin and cause of a two alarm structure fire that happened last Tuesday, May 7th just before five a.m.  The home, located at 2750 Newberry Street is owned and was occupied by Rebecca Leese and her 4 year old daughter at the time of the fire. Both escaped through a first floor window without injury. Investigators determined that the fire originated outside in the rear of the attached breezeway, which linked the garage to the main house and was intentionally set. The blaze caused around $240,000 in damages.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - It appears now that Monday’s deadly fire in Pottsville did not start from a wood stove, and it looks as there were no smoke alarms in the home. Investigators also believe the fire had been smoldering for quite some time.  And they feel had there been working smoke alarms, the family would have had time to escape. The blaze started around midnight on Sunday. The bodies of Eric Brown, his sister-in-law, and his four children were found in the rubble. Their mother, Kelly Brown, was not at home at the time. As far as the cause investigators are still looking into the fire although a cause may never be known.
(WNEP)

BENNER TOWNSHIP — A Muncy man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after his van crashed into a truck in a line-painting convoy on Interstate 99 in Benner Township. Police say 29-year-old Robert Teisher, ran into a state Department of Transportation truck driven by 55-year-old Frederick Antes, of Grampian, near mile marker 76 in the southbound lanes. Teisher’s van rolled and landed on the passenger side. Police say Teisher was reading an email on his cellphone when he hit the PennDOT truck. The crash happened around two Tuesday afternoon. Both men suffered minor injuries.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – A man, who once owned a Bloomsburg Motorcycle Shop, was sentenced Tuesday to state prison for nine to 30 months for swindling investors out of $88,000. Visiting Judge Richard Saxton handed down that sentence to Damyon Corradini. Corradini, who duped people by promising to develop a “revolutionary” braking system for motorcycles, missed a chance at probation, after he failed to make full restitution to those who gave him money towards his motorcycle breaking idea. Corradini the former owner of Northeast Iron Horse motorcycle on Main Street in Bloomsburg pleaded guilty to fraudulent business practices in January. The Press Enterprise reports, he was immediately taken off to prison following the sentencing in Columbia County.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A Unityville woman, who chased after her husband with a shotgun and put out the back window of his Ford pickup truck with a blast last August, will spend at least four more months in the Lycoming County prison. The incident August 5th between Barbra Gruver and her husband Todd happened at the couple’s Jordan Township home. Police say Mrs. Gruver arrived home drunk and angry and began to assault her husband who took off in his truck but not before Mrs. Gruver shot out the back window of the pick-up with a shotgun. Gruver was sentenced to nine to 23 months in county jail for one count of aggravated assault, by Lycoming County Judge Richard Gray. She has already served time for the incident.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A Bellefonte woman convicted of embezzling more than $37,000 from the Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling booster club could spend up to two years in prison. 48-year-old Teresa Horton was sentenced Tuesday to serve three months to 23 and a-half months in prison for using her position as treasurer of the booster club to divert money between 2008 and 2010. As part of the sentence, Horton was also ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution to the wrestling club. She pleaded guilty to the charges in March, and avoided a trial.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A former Penn State student-athlete who was expelled indefinitely and barred from graduating last year for his role in an alleged hazing incident has been found not guilty of the most serious charges stemming from the case. In a release from the Centre County District Attorney’s office, District Attorney Stacey Parks-Miller says 23-year-old Hanif Johnson, of Harrisburg, was acquitted on misdemeanor charges of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault during a one-day jury trial in Centre County court. Johnson, however, was found guilty on two summary counts of harassment. Police say Johnson was among three people charged in April 2012 with assaulting and injuring a freshman student at Penn State, over a span of several days in what authorities called a hazing ritual that included repeated kicks, punches and slaps to the head which caused the girl injuries. Two other co-conspirators 22-year-old Bianca Jeanty, of Maplewood, New Jersey, and 23-year-old Felicia Ragsdale, of Pittsburgh, are awaiting trial in the case. Johnson spent seven days in jail and was fined $600 for the incident.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – With the move by the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that states lower the blood alcohol level for drunk driving from .08 to .05, the Lycoming County DUI Advisory Council yesterday honored several police units for their work to curb drunken driving. Montoursville borough and Pennsylvania State Police were honored for their role in enforcing DUI laws at the Ross Club in Williamsport. It is the 17th year the council has recognized local police departments for their work in DUI training and enforcement. During the meeting State Police Lieutenant Todd Weltmer, of the Montoursville barracks, said his troopers are "finding more DUIs happening in the morning and afternoon." Meanwhile, Old Lycoming Township police Chief William Solomon, head of the county DUI task force, reported that 2012 marked an all-time low for alcohol-related crashes in the state. Solomon tells the Sun Gazette, however that did not translate to a decrease in Lycoming County where in 2012, the 788 DUI cases recorded by the district attorney's office represented a 29-percent increase over the previous year.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Crosscutters the short-season Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies is looking to fill over 60 part-time positions at Historic Bowman Field for the 2013 season.  Interested individuals must apply in-person at the Cutters Job Fair to be held today from 4pm-7pm at Historic Bowman Field, 1700 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and can apply anytime during the job fair hours.  Those attending are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume. Available job areas include; stadium ushers, concessions, ticketing, guest services and more.  The Crosscutters season consists of 38 home games from June 18 until September 1.  Employees work approximately four hours at each Cutters home game and are not required to be available for all games.  
(WGRC)

FRACKVILLE – A new restaurant is coming to the Schuylkill Mall. New York Bagel Café’ and Deli has signed a letter of intent to lease space at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville. The announcement was made by Schuylkill Mall owner Michael Pearlstein and Jack Intrator Master Broker for the New York Bagel Café’ and Deli. The new restaurant will be located in the former Chick-fil-A location in the Mall.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY – Sunbury City council is hoping to work on making Sunbury a little more attractive. Mayor David Persing says a big project coming up is focusing on getting help for homeowners in Sunbury. The project is looking for fixed income home owners. A group of people are looking to come to the Sunbury area to do some minor repairs and paint. Those who may qualify for the program should contact the Mayor’s office at 286-7820.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - Montoursville Area School Board Tuesday night approved a preliminary budget for next year that hikes real estate taxes by $20 dollars for a home valued at $100,000. Although the vote was unanimous among school directors to increase the millage, it didn't come without a long discussion for the need to raise taxes in order to balance a $28.9 million spending plan. The Sun Gazette reports the District does have a $1.9 million reserve fund. But other school board Directors say they think a slight tax hike may help the district prepare for future expenses. The vote for the tax increase was unanimous. The final budget is set for approval June 11.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - Lock Haven University will hold its 136th commencement ceremonies this weekend. This year, the institution plans two commencements for 660 students. Graduate students will march on Friday and undergraduate students' commencement ceremony will be held Saturday. The commencement speaker will be 1988 LHU graduate William Hunter, Ph.D. Dr. Hunter is the director of International Outreach and United Nations representative at Lehigh University.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania are trying to force the Republican-controlled Senate to vote on a bill that would compel Governor Tom Corbett to expand Medicaid eligibility under the 2010 federal health care law. A discharge petition was filed Tuesday in the Senate by Democrat Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia. The Associated Press reports, the petition is designed to prevent the Public Health and Welfare Committee from bottling up the bill and force a Senate floor vote. Corbett administration officials say any expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania probably wouldn’t take effect before January 2015, even if the Republican governor embraces the idea. Expanding Medicaid under the 2010 law would provide taxpayer-paid health insurance to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. But Corbett’s opposing a Medicaid expansion out of concern over the cost to Pennsylvania taxpayers.
(WGRC)