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May 22, 2013

STATE COLLEGE - A man wanted for a killing in Washington, D.C., and featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” has been arrested in Centre County. Patton Township police said Tuesday that Reynard Cook was arrested last week on charges of providing false identification to law enforcement and disorderly conduct. Cook was found to be wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service Arlington Office on homicide charges. Authorities in Washington, D.C., say Cook shot and killed a woman there in 2012. The Centre Daily Times reports, Cook was placed in Centre County Prison.
(WGRC)

FREEBURG – In Snyder County, a Freeburg man, who allegedly attacked two people less than a week after he was released on bail, is now facing attempted homicide charges. 54-year-old Gregory Keister,  of Freeburg, was originally charged by police with six felonies and several misdemeanors after he allegedly broke into the woman’s apartment, used an aluminum baseball bat to attack a man with her, and later raped her. Now he is facing the attempted homicide charge as well for that April 28th attack.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - A man will spend nearly two years behind bars in a death case involving drugs in Clinton County. A judge sentenced Wade Merrill Monday. Authorities said Merrill was one of three people who smoked a prescription painkiller with Bobby Wise at a home in Lock Haven last year. Wise died from the drug overdose. Police said Merrill and two others carried Wise out of the home and left him on a sidewalk instead of calling Clinton County 911.
(WNEP)

LEWISTOWN – In Mifflin County, Lewistown Police say they have arrested two men accused of spray-painting racial slurs and other obscenities at Fountain Square Park early Monday morning. Police say 24-year-old Adam Troup, and 28-year-old John Lohman II, both of Lewistown, were charged with felony ethnic intimidation, and related charges. A swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted at Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection of Lewistown and more than 15 vehicles were vandalized in the area of Valley, Chestnut and Forsythe streets as well as Shaw Avenue. Police say in all there were 32 victims at the hands of the two. Police said Troup and Lohman were stopped early Monday morning by an officer near Logan Street and were found in possession of spray paint cans. Both are jailed in the Mifflin County Prison.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – A Mifflinburg man is facing felony trespass and theft charges after he broke into a shed and stole a pair of roller skates and scrap metal as well as a lawn tractor. Police have charged 23-year-old Charles Ditzler for the crimes back in January. Police say Ditzler took the skates and scrap metal from a shed along Creek Road in Limestone Township. He also took a lawn tractor from the same property and traded it for a snowmobile. Police say the items were valued at over $6,200.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WINFIELD – A Union County couple are facing felony charges for receiving nearly $8,200 in food stamps and government assistance they were not entitled to. Police have filed charges against Scottie and Janelle Clark of Winfield. Investigators with the Inspector General’s office in Williamsport say the two lied about their financial status to receive the benefits when they were not legally eligible for those benefits last year. Investigators say the couple also lied to officials about their marital status to obtain the extra assistance.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HARTLETON - A police chief in Union County who faces theft charges is now off the job. Hartleton police Chief Donald Zerbe has been suspended without pay. The decision comes following Monday night’s emergency council meeting. State Police accuse Zerbe of taking donations for a public park in place of speeding fines. An acting chief has been appointed while the investigation continues in Union County.
(WNEP)

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP - A man who founded a non-profit to help troubled kids was in court Tuesday in Lycoming County. James McCloy is charged with taking more than a half-million dollars from the organization to use for his own benefit. McCloy’s accused of taking more than $500,000 from the non-profit Susquehanna House for personal use including paying for his divorce, gambling and strip clubs. Susquehanna House is still in operation in Jersey Shore. The place helps troubled juveniles through day treatment programs. McCloy resigned as president after theft charges were filed earlier this month. A district judge heard testimony and is expected to rule by Friday if the theft case against James McCloy should be forwarded to trial.
(WNEP)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State’s cost for the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is more than $44.4 million, according to figures the university released online Tuesday. The costs involve legal services, consulting and public relations work through February 28th. President Rodney Erickson has said some costs will be covered by various insurance policies, but others, such as work by the public relations firms, will be paid out of pocket.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - At least two people were evacuated Tuesday when the old ice house in Bloomsburg shifted and bricks from a back wall came tumbling to the ground. Code Enforcement Officer Ralph McGill tells the Press Enterprise, the building, including two apartments, was condemned until an inspector could assess the structure today. The nearly 100-year-old building at 255 East Seventh Street began to crack around 4:30 p.m.
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG - Faced with a firm deadline in which to adopt a preliminary budget for 2013-14, the Midd-West school board reversed its first vote late Monday night and approved a $32.85 million plan. The board initially voted 5-4 to reject the preliminary spending plan just before 10 p.m. but later voted to enact the plan. The Daily Item reports, under the preliminary budget, property taxes will rise by about $85 per average homeowner. The school board of directors say they are going to work and try to make cuts to decrease the spending plan before a final adoption.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – A Lycoming County Police officer has been awarded the Governor's Pathfinder Allied Professional Award. The award is the most prestigious award that Pennsylvania gives to a victim service professional or program. The Sun Gazette reports, Police Chief William Solomon and the Old Lycoming Township Police department were the recipient of the award Tuesday at a ceremony at the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety in Montoursville. Solomon, who began his career with the Old Lycoming Township Police Department in 1984 and was named chief in 2007, was nominated for his leadership in implementing the Wise Options program. The program aims to keep victims of domestic abuse situations out of harm’s way and lower the risk of domestic violence deaths and link victims to agencies that can provide victims with support.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG – In Columbia County, Sandy Davis and her supporters celebrated at her house in Bloomsburg. Davis ran for mayor against two other Democrats. She won the Democratic ticket and the write in vote on the Republican ticket. Sandy Davis will replace Mayor Dan Knorr who was in office since 2008.
(WNEP)

MIFFLINBURG – In the race for Union County Coroner Dominick Adamo received 65% of the republican vote over opponent Todd Steese in Tuesday’s primary election.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – Incumbent Sunbury Mayor David Persing fought off challenger Julie Brosius to be on November’s ticket. Persing will face Councilman Joe Bartello in the race for Mayor of Sunbury in November.
(WGRC)

GREGG TOWNSHIP – Voters decided to end a nearly 100-year-old standing in Gregg Township Union County. By a referendum vote, voters decided to allow the sales of liquor in the township. The vote to allow alcohol in the township comes as a first since the prohibition. Voters in Fairfield Township in Lycoming County also passed a referendum allowing alcohol sales in the township.
(WGRC)