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June 10, 2013

SHAMOKIN DAM - A Danville man was killed and Route 11 was shut down in an afternoon accident in Snyder County on Saturday. State Police say, 42-year-old Michael Weatherhill, lost control of the vehicle he was driving and hit a rocky embankment while he was heading South on Route 11 in Monroe Township. Another vehicle was involved in the accident, but the Danville teen and his teenaged passenger were not hurt. Police believe speed was a factor. Police say Weatherill was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Press Enterprise reports, the car Weatherhill was driving was stolen and Weatherhill didn’t have a license to drive.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILLVILLE - An 81-year-old man involved in a head-on crash near Millville Wednesday died at a hospital less than 24 hours later. Investigators were attempting to determine if a fall a few days prior contributed to the crash and to Robert Bickert’s death. Investigators definitely say the crash was a contributing factor in his death. The Press Enterprise reports, Bickert blacked out at the wheel before his SUV veered head-on into an oncoming car along State Street.
(WGRC)

MEXICO – A McAlisterville man‘s death is being investigated by state police which are calling the death at this time an accidental drowning. That happened sometime between two a.m. and six a.m. Thursday in the Juniata River at Cottage Driver in Walker Township. Troopers say 52-year-old James Fogelman’s body was found in the river just east of the village of Mexico in Juniata County.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DUSHORE – A Dushore teen remains in serious condition at Geisigner Medical Center following an ATV crash in Sullivan County. Police say 18-year-old Daniel Deemer crashed his ATV along Rines Road in Shrewsberry Township around 10:30 Sunday morning. Police say the ATV went airborne and slammed into a tree.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PENNS CREEK – Two people were taken to Evangelical Community Hospital following a crash Saturday morning in Snyder County. The crash happened just after ten a.m. at the intersection of Route 104 and Raspberry Street in Penns Creek. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Felicia Bickhart of Middleburg turned off Route 104 into the path of an SUV driven by 48-year-old Rex Schlenker also of Middleburg. Bickhart’s vehicle then hit a house at 511 Raspberry Street. Schlenker’s vehicle hit a third vehicle operated by 47-year-old Marshall Bowersox of Penns Creek. A passenger in Bowersox’s vehicle, 42-year-old Melissa Bowersox and a passenger in Schlenker’s vehicle, 43-year-old Lisa Clark, both of Middleburg, were taken to the hospital with what police called moderate injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIFFLINTOWN – A Mifflintown woman was taken to the hospital Friday following a crash. The crash happened just after seven a.m. on Butcher Shop Road in Fermanagh Township. Police say 46-year-old Tina Campbell wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle when she lost control and went off the roadway hit a culvert and rolled her vehicle. She was taken to Lewistown Hospital.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILTON - Police say a motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet when he hit a pallet of bagged mulch and was thrown from his cycle Wednesday in Northumberland County. Police say 51-year-old Andrew Dehart of Watsontown suffered head and neck injuries in the crash. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Golf Course road in Turbot Township. Police say Dehart failed to stop at a stop sign and traveled off the roadway.  He was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital where he was treated and relelased. Police believe alcohol may have played a part in the crash.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The use of alcohol and drugs played a contributing role in causing the recent deaths of two young people in Lycoming County. The death of 21-year-old Regina Lapp, of South Williamsport, on March 14th has been ruled "an accidental drug overdose." Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling says Lapp was found dead inside a second-floor studio at the Pajama Factory at 1307 Park Avenue in Williamsport. The Sun Gazette reports, Keissling says, toxicology tests revealed Lapp had in her system a deadly mixture of heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs along with enough alcohol to make her "legally intoxicated." Alcohol and drugs also played a role in cutting short the life of 22-year-old Aaron Moore, of Williamsport. Coroner Keissling says Moore had a blood-alcohol content level of over three times the legal limit when he got behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed and landed upside down in Lycoming Creek, just south of the lower end of Heshbon Road in April. State police investigators believe the crash occurred sometime Saturday, April 20th, but the vehicle was not spotted until three days later. Keissling says Moore, whose death was ruled an accidental drowning, also had marijuana in his system.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Police say they have one of the men who were involved in a shooting incident in Montoursville last month. Williamsport Police picked up Dante’ Jones last night in Williamsport. Jones and another man were involved in a shooting incident at a Jordan Avenue apartment building in Montoursville on May 28th. No one in the shooting was hurt. Jones is charged with attempted homicide. Police are looking or the second man involved in the shooting which police say was drug related.
(WGRC)

FLEMINGTON - State police in Clinton County are asking the public's assistance in an investigation into an attempted child luring in Flemington Thursday afternoon. Troopers say the incident happened on Walnut Drive at about 12:35 p.m. The 11-year-old girl just got off the school bus and was walking home, when the suspect - a white man, about 25-years-old, with a dark reddish complexion and dark brown, short hair, was standing near his dark red older model pickup and tried to lure the girl into the truck. The suspect's pickup was also described as having rust around the front and rear wheel wells, and a loud exhaust. It had two-inch-wide stripes running the length of the truck near the height of the truck's door handle. Anybody with information is asked to contact state police at Lamar.
(WGRC)

CENTRE COUNTY - State police in Centre County say a 17- year-old boy posted photos of a five-year-old boy on a child pornography site. Police say he also posted pictures of an 11-year-old boy. The incidents took place between January and May of this year in Patton Township. Police have not released any names or the relationship between the suspect and the victims. 
(WGRC)

ALLENWOOD – Three people including a 17-year-old Allenwood boy have been charged with assaulting another man in Allenwood and are now behind bars. State Police say Thursday night around 8:30 they were called to a home along Leisure Acres Road in Washington Township after an argument turned physical. Police say 41-year-old Christopher Ray Thomas, 18-year-old Christopher Jay Thomas and the 17-year-old boy, all of Allenwood, knocked a 39-year-old man to the ground and repeatedly kicked him in the head. The three are facing aggravated assault and related charges. The Thomas’ are jailed on $100,000 bail each while the teen is in juvenile custody.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – A Lewistown woman is facing aggravated assault charges after she lashed out police during a visit to the emergency room of the Lewistown Hospital. Mifflin County Regional Police say just after seven yesterday morning they were sent to the hospital where 22-year-old Amanda Strausser became unruly with staff and police officers and actually hit and kicked police who responded. Police say Strausser was initially taken to the hospital after she was found intoxicated earlier in the morning. She’s now in the Mifflin County Prison on aggravated assault and related charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

McCLURE – Police in Mifflin County are looking for a fire bug. Police say someone set a plastic barrel on fire beside the garage at the home of 74-year-old Roger Fultz of McClure. The garage, off Old Stage Road in Decatur Township, sustained damage to the window frame and the arsonist also tried to set fire to the garage door. Police ask anyone with information on the fire bug to call Lewistown State Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The State College Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred just before six p.m. Saturday. Police say a known black man attacked the victim at the basketball court at Orchard Park, on Bayberry Drive in State College. Police say the bandit had a knife and forcefully took property from the victim. Police have identified the subject but have not released his name.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A Benton-area robber pointed a handgun at a man and hit him in the head with the weapon, demanding cash and a smart phone Thursday night. Police say 20-year-old Ryan Nemeth, accompanied by a man police have yet to identify, struck Chad Young three times in the forehead with the gun, demanding Young’s phone as they sat in Young’s car near Rose Marie’s restaurant. Young handed over the phone. Nemeth and the other man then fled. The Press Enterprise reports, he was picked up later and charged with robbery and jailed on $50,000 bail. Police are still looking for the man who was with Nemeth during the holdup.
(WGRC)

HUGHESVILLE – Police in Lycoming County are investigating a burglary where thieves got away with around $11,000 in cash, credit cards, and other items from a home in Hughesville. That happened sometime between 10:30 Friday night and eight o’clock Saturday morning at the home of a 70-year-old woman on South Second Street.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILROY – A Milroy woman is facing theft charges after stealing $132.00 out of the wallets of two of his co-workers. State Police say the thefts happened May 27th while 47-year-old Michelle Ingram was working at the Arby’s restaurant at the Milroy Truck stop in Armagh Township. Police say Ingram was caught on video camera taking the wallets from the purses of two of her co-workers then going into a freezer room and taking cash from the wallets before returning them to the purses.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PINE GROVE – Police are investigating a break-in at a service station in Schuylkill County. Police say Barr’s Exxon station along Suedberg Road in Pine Grove Township was broken into sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Troopers say the bandits forced their way into the station through the front door and a back window and forced their way into three safes and an ATM machine. Police say the bandits got away with cash and inspections stickers. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to contact State Police at Schuylkill Haven.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ASHLAND - An Ashland man is jailed following his arrest by borough police Saturday night. 34-year-old John Magdeburg was arrested on burglary charges and criminal trespass after he went to a home at 1002 Walnut Street, and began banging on a window and then pushed an air conditioner through the window, getting inside the home. Magdeburg's commotion was noticed by the homeowner, but Magdeburg was able to escape. Police caught up with him and he admitted to police that he intended to take guns from the home. Magdeburg is jailed in the Schuylkill County Prison.
(WPPA)

FRACKVILLE - Frackville police caught two women and a man for making fake payroll checks and cashing them at area businesses. 41-year-old Cody Yergert, and Kathleen Dennis are charged with forgery and conspiracy and possessing instruments of crime and identity theft. Christine Schaeffer of Saint Clair is charged with forgery and theft by deception, along with issuing bad checks.  Police say the con artists were operating out of a motel room at the Econo Lodge in Frackville, where they found with some of the printing items. It is reported that the pair were planning on purchasing a car at a local dealership with a fake check and then leave the area. All three are jailed in the Schuylkill County Prison.
(WPPA)

SUNBURY - Several bridge projects are starting up throughout the region, which may have traffic impacts. PennDOT says today work on the Route 61 Shamokin Creek Bridge just outside of Sunbury begins, with northbound traffic being detoured around the work until August. The nearly three-mile detour will follow Black Mill Road, Snydertown Road and Eleventh Street. Southbound traffic will not be affected. Also today in Northumberland County, work will begin on replacing the Shakespeare Road Bridge in East Chillisquaque Township. The project is a nearly $1 million replacement of the 87-year-old bridge, which PennDOT said “is currently classified as structurally deficient.”  Traffic will be down to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. On June 21, traffic will be detoured around the bridge until late October. Work continues on the Route 44 Bridge over Warrior Run just south of Watsontown in Northumberland County. The next phase of construction, which includes a 30-day detour, starts today and includes a detour. The work is scheduled to be completed and the bridge reopened to unrestricted traffic by July 10th. This is part of a five-bridge, $1.3 million contract which began in April and is scheduled for completion by September 20th. In Snyder County, a $458,000 bridge replacement project on Park Road is set to begin, with traffic being detoured around the construction until August 16th. All work on the bridge is scheduled to be completed by September 6th.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - PennDOT Friday partnered with Clinton County Economic Development and held a ground breaking ceremony for the Route 220/Auction Road project in Lamar Township. Area drivers will enjoy smoother, more efficient travel through this area and have increased sight distance at the four-way intersection once work on Phase One and Phase Two are complete. PennDOT was also joined by State Senator John Wozniak, State Rep. Mike Hanna, Mike Glazer of Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office, and area business owners and residents. Following brief remarks, dignitaries gathered to break ground in the field adjacent to the Central PA Auto Auction building. Construction of Phase One includes the building of the ramps on the eastern side of Route 220, adjacent to the Auto Auction at a cost of $3.4 million dollars. Phase two of the project will build the bridge and ramps on the western side of Route 220, adjacent to the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Phase Two is expected to begin in 2014. 
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Legal action has been taken by the city against the Williamsport Outlaws, the hockey team that played its games at Bowman Field last winter before folding on January 21st, to recover nearly $55,000 in unpaid bills. According to the suit, filed in the Lycoming County Courthouse on May 30, the Outlaws owe the city for unpaid utility bills, plus a $7,500 rent check - half of the $15,000 fee charged the team for using the stadium for the season - that was due the city on January 5th.The Sun Gazette reports, the suit is filed against the Syracuse Junior Hockey Club, a nonprofit corporation registered in Dewitt, New York that is headed by Federal Hockey League president Don Kirnan and which operated the ice rink, Williamsport Outlaws, and club owner Kristin Rooney, of Phoenix, Arizona. The suit states "at the end of the term the Hockey Club, at its sole cost and expense, was to remove the ice rink and related items and restore the playing surface to minor league professional standards by April 1, 2013." But by Mid-May the field was still not where it needed to be.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Healthcare Foundation voted Thursday evening to approve the Comprehensive Integration and Merger Agreement with the leadership of Geisinger Health System. The 12 members present at the meeting voted unanimously in favor of the merger. The Lewistown Hospital corporate membership and the Geisinger Board of Directors will vote on the integration and merger later this month. Finalization of the merger is pending regulatory approval by the state Attorney General's Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other federal regulators. The merger is expected to be finalized within the next three months.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – On Tuesday, from 4-6 pm a bike helmet safety program will be held for children 12 and under at McDonald’s on Route 15 in Lewisburg. The event is being held by Community Health and Wellness of Evangelical Community Hospital and sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Buffalo valley AM and Kiwanis of Lewisburg. Megan Bollinger, Community Health Coordinator for Evangelical’s Community health and Wellness Center says the program come at a time when kids are now out of school and are more likely to be riding their bikes. Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. One such injury is head injury, which can mean brain injury. Children taking part in the event will receive a Consumer Product Safety Commission regulated bike helmet and instruction on safe bike helmet use in exchange for a book that is in new or good condition. Children must be present to receive a helmet and to have it properly fitted. The only two things parents need to bring with them are their children and a new or slightly used book. All books received during the event will be donated to children through the Union County Library and to organizations holding summer programs for children. Ronald McDonald will also be making an appearance to greet children and their families.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG - It was certainly a wet night to be outside but hundreds of people in Union County got their umbrellas out Friday afternoon for Relay for Life in Union County. It was the 11th year for the fundraising event in Lewisburg and this year, teams reached a big goal. Over the past 11 years, the Lewisburg Relay for Life has raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society. To mark that milestone, this year the relay teams collected more than one million pennies. The 24-hour event was held Friday until Saturday at the Lewisburg Middle School track.
(WNEP)

LEWISTOWN - Teams of people gathered for the Mifflin-Juniata Relay For Life this weekend, determined to meet the $160,000 goal set before them. They did that, and then some. The Sentinel reports, the grand total for this year’s relay was over $161,000, raised by 42 teams.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - The 2013 Special Olympics were held on University Park campus this weekend in Centre County. The 44th annual Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games ended Saturday evening with the torch extinguished. This was the 26th year the games were held in State College that attracted more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches and 2,500 volunteers. Sue Paterno was also present at Saturday’s closing ceremony. Paterno said she has been involved with the Special Olympics since the 1980s and is currently on the ceremony committee. “I just love this. It builds self-esteem for these individuals and provides something special for everyone,” she said.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - In losing a president, Lycoming College found a piece of its history. Retiring President James Douthat was cleaning out a closet in his office last week when he stumbled on a rather uncommon historical document that had been lost for around 25 years — a certificate signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that named the college’s founder a Civil War chaplain. Displayed inside a slightly worn black frame, the certificate itself appears to be in good condition. Lincoln’s neat signature is clearly visible, just above an ornate, patriotic-themed imprint at the bottom of the commission certificate for Methodist clergy Benjamin Crever. Douthat tells the Associated Press, “In the back of my mind, I remember hearing about it,” but he never went looking for it and didn’t know what it looked like. He says, “When I took it down, of course I recognized Lincoln’s signature immediately,” he said. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton also signed the document. College officials say they always knew they had it in their possession. A preliminary appraisal has valued the certificate at more than $6,000. For Lycoming, a school of about 1,400 students in central Pennsylvania, its added value is its proud connection to founder Crever. Until the school decides where to permanently place the document, it will be kept in the college archives in the basement of the library. School officials say one thing’s assured: “We will know exactly where it will be from now on.”
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The state’s Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal by two former Penn State administrators accused of concealing child abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The order did not say why the request by the lawyers for former athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz was denied, but the court said the attorneys could raise the issues when the case is prosecuted. Because the appeal was sealed, the specific requests to the state’s highest court were not publicly available. Curley’s and Schultz’s lawyers made the appeal after the judge who oversaw the grand jury that investigated the Sandusky allegations turned down a motion to throw out the grand jury presentment that was released in November.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - State lawmakers from some of the commonwealth’s rural communities are banding together in a new group. Four state House members have formed the "Rural Pennsylvania Caucus." Representative Rick Mirabito of Lycoming county says the group will address issues common in the 75 percent of the state that's considered rural. Topics that the group will address are household incomes, rates of education, and rates of poverty which the legislators say are higher in the rural counties. The Lycoming County Democrat will be joined by his fellow party members Mark Longietti, Frank Burns and Republican Tommy Sankey. The group is reaching out to other lawmakers representing the 48 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties that are considered rural.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - For some sportsmen and women, it’s that time again. Hunting and furtaker licenses for Pennsylvania’s 2013-14 seasons go on sale today. And once again in the 2013-14 license year, all license fees remain unchanged since 1999. Licenses can be purchased online through the Pennsylvania Automated License System website, at pa.wildlifelicense.com.  Licenses also can be purchased over the counter at all Game Commission region offices and the Harrisburg headquarters, as well as through more than 600 in-state and out-of-state issuing agents.  A list of issuing agents is available at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.
(WGRC)