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May 15, 2013

BERWICK – In Columbia County, the Berwick Fire Company’s rescue boat rushed to the scene of two brothers and a young girl from a swamped boat near the base of the Berwick-Nescopeck Bridge on the Susquehanna River, Wednesday evening. Rick and Robert Dement, plus Robert’s 8-year-old daughter Emily, were fishing in a motorized boat around 7:30 p.m. under the Berwick-Nescopeck Bridge when their motor struck a rock and the boat was disabled. The boat then hit another rock that submerged its front end and caused it to get stuck taking on water. The Press Enterprise reports, within 15 minutes, the Berwick Fire Department had a boat in the water heading to rescue them. A crowd of about 20 people on the bridge broke out in applause when the three were rescued without injury.
(WGRC)

MIFFLIN – A Port Royal teen was flown to Hershey Medical Center following a crash late Wednesday night in Juniata County. The crash happened just before midnight on Route 35 near Mifflin Borough. Police say 18-year-old Leah Hutchinson suffered major injuries when the teen’s car went off the roadway and slammed into a utility pole snapping it in half. Hutchinson was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut free. Hutchinson remains in fair condition at Hershey. Police say alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash and an investigation is continuing.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A mother in Pottsville this week lost her four children, husband, and sister in a fire that destroyed their home. She spoke publicly sharing her feeling for the first time yesterday. WNEP reports, Kelly Brown was surrounded by family who flew in from Washington State to help her grieve, as she talked about her emotional pain. Kelly was at a neighbors doing laundry the night of Mother’s Day. She smelled smoke, went outside and was met by flames shooting out of her home. Inside were her husband, Eric, her sister, and her four children. They all died. Kelly says she’s devastated. “All I knew was my family was dying in front of me. I tried so hard to get into the house. “Kelly is thankful for the fire fund that has been set up for her and the community support, such as a funeral home which won’t charge her for their services. Kelly says she will travel back to Washington State with her family and receive therapy. A fire fund has been set up. Checks can be made out the Kelly Brown Fire Fund and they can be deposited at any Wells Fargo bank.
(WNEP)

MIFFLINBURG – A Middleburg man is being charged with felony theft charges after allegedly stealing over $13,000 from the convenience store where he worked in Union County. Mifflinburg Police filed those charges against 18-year-old Robert Stewart. Police say between October 2012 through February 2013 Stewart took the cash while working as a clerk for the Short Stop Market on Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg. Police say Stewart would void sales and then take the cash for his own personal use.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A Sunbury man has been charged with robbery after police said he ran past a woman on the street and grabbed $20 from her hand. 21-year-old Christopher Tallon was charged by Sunbury police after the victim said she was walking in the 300 block of Walnut Street, on Saturday, when a man behind her “snatched” the $20 and ducked between two buildings. A woman who was driving by told police she saw the incident and followed the man to a home on Walnut Street where police arrested Tallon. Tallon was charged with felony robbery and related charges and jailed in the Northumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail.
(WGRC)

ALLENWOOD – A Wisconsin man is facing charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and drug charges after chasing down a car with his pick-up truck and firing an air pistol at the car. That took place around 10:30 yesterday morning on Route 15 in Allenwood. Police have charged 32-year-old Patrick Kryzanek of Green Bay, Wisconsin for the incident which ended up at the Watsontown Borough Shed where the victims pulled over. During the incident police say Kryzanek accused the two in the car for theft and also waived a metal breaking bar out the window at the victims. Police searched Kryzanek’s truck and also found a small amount of marijuana.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A former inmate at the Allenwood Correctional Complex will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of a fellow inmate at the facility in September of 2005. Ritz Williams Jr. of Arizona pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder and possession of a weapon last month in federal court.  He aided another man, Shawn Cooya in the murder of inmate Alvin Allery, stabbing the man ten times with a homemade knife and repeatedly kicking him in the head and torso. Williams was sentenced yesterday.  Cooya will also serve life in prison without parole.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A Northumberland County man and woman allegedly sent letters under another man’s name, threatening to blow up courthouses and government offices and murder officials around the Susquehanna Valley so the man would get the mental help he needed. Instead, 40-year-old Ricky Johnson, and 37-year-old Tina Stump, both of the Fort Boone Trailer Park in Milton, now face charges of making terroristic threats and forgery, among others. State Police say the incidents took place in Union and Montour counties.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – A man who held police at bay during a stand-off last July will spend six to 12 years in state prison. State police called out to a standoff at the Wolf Township home of Robert Lyons. On Wednesday morning, Lyons was sentenced after being convicted in March on charges of aggravated assault. Police arrived to find Lyons standing with a Remington 12-gauge shotgun on his porch. A two-hour standoff ensued before Lyons was taken into custody.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Local law enforcement gathered for the 2013 Mifflin County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, held on Wednesday, to honor two fallen officers who died in the line of duty. Flags were at half-staff Wednesday to honor National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which was established in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law declaring May 15 a day where the United States will pay tribute to officers who lost their lives or were injured in the line of duty. Pennsylvania State Police Corporal John Valent, who died on December 9, 1971, and Lewistown Police Officer Robert McCormick, who died on January 9, 1974, were both remembered for their service to the community. Local officers from around Mifflin County joined together to honor the fallen officers. The memorial was held on state Route 103, Lewistown, next to Angelo's Hollow Inn.
(WGRC)

MILTON - Some people, who believe they were cheated out of money after a store in Milton closed, attended a public auction for the company Wednesday. Around 500 people attended the first of eight auctions in Milton. Kuhns Brothers Log Homes is liquidating and selling everything it has in its Milton surplus outlet and a store called American Heritage Crafters after it closed last month. The family blames the closing on the housing market, along with financial and economic reasons. After the stores closed, some people were left with deposits and gift certificates they can no longer use. Many came to the auction to try to find answers. But those with gift certificates could not use them at the auction. At the auction, a letter from the Kuhns family read in part: “Some of you may have experienced losses due to the closure of these stores and for this the Kuhns family sincerely apologizes.” There will be seven other auctions to sell off merchandise from Kuhns Brothers Log Homes and its two stores in Milton.
(WNEP)

RUSH TOWNSHIP — It’s a sad week for a family that ran a golf course for four decades in Northumberland County. Kevin Brouse and his family had to close the Cherokee Golf Course near Danville last fall for economic reasons.  Now the place is being plowed over to turn it into farmland. One by one they fall, dozens and dozens of trees that lined the fairways at Cherokee Golf Course near Danville are coming down to turn the golf course into farmland. The family is leasing the 60 acres to Furmano Foods from Northumberland.
(WNEP)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Mater Dolorosa Catholic church, eyed as a possible site for an inmate day reporting center, has erupted into fervor with the faithful and city leadership upset of any hint that the 180-year-old house of worship could become a place where non-violent offenders of the law would receive treatment and be monitored and educated. A group of about 50 shouting "save our church" rising over the din of traffic noise along Hepburn Street at rush-hour Wednesday, stood as Mayor Gabriel Campana and Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief Gregory Foresman held a news conference to denounce the idea. Both Campana and Foresman say the church is not a good place for non-violent inmates and the County needs to look elsewhere, perhaps outside City limits for a center to house those looking to be released from prison on those who are eligible for work release. The Sun-Gazette previously reported county officials have explored the creation of a day reporting center since last year. Tours were reportedly taken of a four-story building at 301 West Third Street, among other sites, but no bids have been made on any location.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE – In Centre County, Bellefonte officials took a major step Wednesday toward a plan to sell the historic but roof-less, mold-filled Garman Theater on East High Street to a real estate magnate who would raze it to redevelop three downtown buildings that have been hollowed out by fires. The members of the Bellefonte Industrial Development Authority voted to accept the proposal over a competing proposal from a group of 20 residents in the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association who promised to repair the building and return it to a theater. The Centre Daily Times reports, the authority faced a deadline Monday to submit a proposal in Centre County court as part of a process to transfer ownership of the property.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - The Bloomsburg school board is expected to vote Monday on a proposed $22.4 million budget for 2013-14 that won’t include any of the layoffs or major cuts being considered in other districts. But Bloomsburg’s spending plan will include a 2.1 percent property tax hike. The proposed hike will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $23 next year. Superintendent Cos Curry tells the Press Enterprise, several teachers will retire at year’s end, but each teacher will be replaced, and the district proposes to raise property taxes by the maximum allowed by state law. The increase will generate about $194,000 in extra revenue.
(WGRC)

LOYALSOCKVILLE - After approving a tentative 2013-14 budget with a 0.15 mill tax increase a month ago, the Loyalsock Township School District came back Wednesday night with a proposed final budget that did not include a tax hike. The Sun Gazette reports, the school board unanimously voted to approve the proposal, which would require the district to use unassigned fund balance to make up a deficit of $102,000.
(WGRC)

MANDATA – Taxes will be on hold in the Line Mountain School district. The school Board met last night and approved a $17.2 million 2013-2014 school budget containing no tax increase. The budget for 2013-2014 is about $300,000 more than last year’s budget. The district made $380,000 cuts to the proposed budget since January to balance the upcoming year’s budget.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE -The Susquehanna University community exceeded all expectations again last month and surpassed its goal for SU SERVE 2013. SU SERVE (Susquehanna Engaging in Regional Volunteer Experiences) is an annual, month-long initiative to provide volunteer service to communities both near to and far from the university.  All told, alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff donated nearly 25,000 service hours in the month of April on a goal of 20,000 hours. Even Susquehanna students studying abroad pledged hours, making SU SERVE 2013 a global event.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - A new Sports Illustrated article questions Penn State’s reputation by asking, "Do athletics still have too much power?" The article claims there was a rift between Penn State Athletic Director Dave Joyner and team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli. The article notes that Sebastianelli left the team after Head Coach Bill O'Brien's review, which Joyner signed off on. It also questions how Joyner was named Athletic Director after being on the Penn State Board of Trustees. It says major university decisions are being driven by the athletic department. Coach O'Brien was upset with the article, saying the health of his student athletes is his top priority. The article's sparking debate on its merit before it even hit newsstands with Penn State's quick response to the story shows they've learned a lesson. The article cites a former PSU Wide Receiver getting mistreated by Penn State's medical staff.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Start digging through the closets and combing through the attics: Union County’s 2013 recycling event is happening May 17 and 18 at the Kelly Township Municipal Building. The event is funded in part by a Department of Environmental Protection Grant. It will be held rain or shine from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Union County recycling Coordinator Bob Huntington says last year, the popular, countywide event brought out enough appliances, metals, electronics, computers, clothing and textiles to fill four semi-trucks. Huntington says recent state laws have been passed to require recycling of such items. He says it just makes good sense to recycle products instead of spending money and energy to make new products. Huntington also says the usual paper and plastics will be accepted as well as anything you might take to the American Rescue Workers except for furniture.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LOCKPORT - Clinton County's Relay for Life will be at Riverview Park this weekend. The event will have a carnival theme and be held May 18th and 19th. There are 22 Relay for Life teams signed up to set up camp for the 24-hour event. Most will be offering something special to walkers and sponsors with all types of carnival activities. The Relay for Life raises awareness of cancer and also money that is donated to the American Cancer Society to help those affected by the disease and also for research to find a cure.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A part of Cherry Alley between North Fifth Street and Bull Run Creek, in Lewisburg will be closed May 21st and 22nd. Buffalo Valley Regional Police say the reason for the closure is so that North Shore Railroad can fix a crossing on Cherry Alley. There will be no rear access to the properties along the alley. Police say businesses and residents in the affected area should make alternate parking arraignments during this time.
(WGRC)

TURBOTVILLE - A $100,000 bridge repair project involving two bridges along Interstate 180 in northern Northumberland County begins this week. One bridge over Route 54 at the Turbotville Interchange is being upgraded. Traffic is limited to one lane on Route 54 during daylight hours; flaggers will assist traffic through the work area. When repairs are completed on the bridge over Route 54, the contractor will then move operations to the Eighth Street Drive bridge over I-180, along the interstate near Warrior Run. I-180 eastbound traffic will be limited to one lane through the work zone while repairs are made to the overpass.
(WGRC)

SALADASBURG– Work on a new bridge on Route 973 near Saladasburg in Lycoming County is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 20th. The existing bridge over the First Fork of Larry’s Creek, one-quarter mile west of Route 287, was built in 1915 and is structurally deficient. It will be replaced with a new concrete box beam bridge. The project also includes a realignment of a portion of Route 973. The $1.2 million project is expected to be completed in October.
(WGRC)

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — PennDOT is following an aggressive schedule for preliminary studies and plans for a safety improvement project on the Potters Mills section of U.S. Route 322 in Centre County. The Centre Daily Times reports, the study will look at the road from the Route 144 intersection to the top of Seven Mountains, near the county line a portion of highway that PennDOT says has a higher number of crashes and fatalities. As many as 108 property owners have land that could be affected by the project in one way or another, and letters have been sent to those individuals. A public meeting to discuss the project could come as early as this summer.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The superintendent of a large suburban Harrisburg school district will be Governor Tom Corbett’s nominee for education secretary and replace Ron Tomalis, who after a busy and rocky two-year tenure will move into an advisory role in the administration. The Associated press reports, William Harner of the Cumberland Valley School District in Cumberland County will become the acting secretary June 1st. He will require Senate confirmation to take the job of education secretary. Harner, a retired Army officer, will bring public school experience to an administration stacked with advocates for private, parochial, charter and cyber charter schools.
(WGRC)