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June 13, 2013

UNDATED – Our region is under several storm related warnings this morning. Due to a band of strong storms forecasters say a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until eleven this morning and a flood watch is also in effect until around eight this evening four our entire listening area. The storms could produce heavy rain, strong winds, lightening and hail. Our region is expected to receive anywhere from one to three inches of rain from the storms which could produce localized flooding in poor drainage and low lying areas. But after the storm a beautiful weekend is shaping up beginning tomorrow afternoon.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PINE SUMMIT - A woman was killed Wednesday night when the horse-drawn cart she was riding in with her husband overturned on their farm near the Columbia-Lycoming county line. The Press Enterprise reports, 58-year-old Linda Craver, and husband 58-year-old David Craver, were thrown from the cart when the horse went down a steep embankment. Mrs. Craver died at the scene. David Craver was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. The accident happened around seven last evening along Sulky Road just off Route 442 near Pine Summit.
(WGRC)

NORTHUMBERLAND – The driver of a pick-up truck died when he slammed head-on into a tractor trailer on Route 147 in Point Township late yesterday morning. The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. on route 147 near 13th Street in Northumberland. Point Township police tell us the pick-up truck veered into the northbound lane of the highway and hit the rig head-on. The tractor trailer continued a short distance and then went off the roadway hitting the front porch of a house, tearing the porch from the home. The driver of the rig wasn’t hurt. 19-year-old Ryan Showers of Northumberland was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash closed down route 147 until around five p.m.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - One person was flown to Geisinger Medical Center and another person was transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center following a crash on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township yesterday. That crash happened around 4 p.m. at the entrance to Interstate 180. One driver was trapped in the wreckage for about 30 minutes and flown onto Geisinger with critical injuries.  Neither driver has been identified. The crash investigation continues.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – State Police have now filed aggravated assault charges against a man who led police on a high speed chase through Lycoming County last Wednesday night. Those charges have been filed against Millard Beatty after he led police on that chase which began in the 1000 block of West Fourth Street in Williamsport and ended up on a dead end road in Armstrong Township with Beatty fleeing into a wooded area. Beatty was captured last Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals service. He’s been jailed without bail in the Lycoming County Prison. Police ask anyone who may have encountered Beatty on the roadway, especially any motorists who were forced to yield to Beatty while he was running from police, to give state police at Montoursville a call.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – Police have filed charges against a Lock Haven man who was hit by another vehicle while riding his lawn mower in Clinton County. Police say that crash happened just after eleven p.m. on Pine Mountain road in Wayne Township. Troopers say 40-year-old George Krape was riding the mower without rear lighting when an SUV driven by 37-year-old Jennifer Johnson hit him from behind while rounding a curve in the roadway. Police say Krape told them he was going fishing and had ridden the mower for about three-and-a-half miles before being hit. Police say Krape was unregistered to ride the mower on the roadway and he was also drinking at the time of the crash and faces DUI charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ELIMSPORT – An Allenwood woman was taken to Williamsport Hospital following a crash where her vehicle went over a 20-foot cliff and landed upside down in White Deer Hole creek. That happened around six Tuesday evening on Gap Road in Lycoming County’s Washington Township. Police say 48-year-old Noel Ladd suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Police say Ladd was able to free herself from her SUV and get help. Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Police in Schuylkill County say three people accused of being involved in a deadly shooting in the city of Pottsville Tuesday night are expected to be brought back to Pottsville by this weekend. Investigators tracked down the two men and alleged getaway driver in Philadelphia. Police say the two men are responsible for the shooting death of 19-year-old Elijah Carraway, during a drug deal. Police say Carraway was shot and on Laurel Boulevard. Pottsville police say 24-year-old Dustin Ballard, and 26-year-old Anthony Ballard, of Philadelphia were responsible for the shooting. They were traced to Philadelphia where police also found Jamiee Watson of Pottsville with them. Cops believe she was the driver who helped them get out of Schuylkill County. The three are facing charges involving criminal homicide. The Schuylkill County Assistant District Attorney says the Ballard brothers were arrested and jailed earlier this year in Pottsville, for an alleged robbery and assault in April.
(WNEP)

RIVERSIDE - A Bloomsburg man was pinned for about 20 minutes under a car he was trying to fix in a driveway at a home off Kipps Run Road in Riverside, Northumberland County. The incident happened just before noon Wednesday. The car fell on the chest of 33-year-old Nathaniel Shingler. Emergency officials say Shingler had the car up on a scissor jack when the jack failed and the car came down on top of him. He was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he remains in fair condition.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG - A five-year-old boy was saved from a near drowning at the Mifflinburg Community Pool in Union County yesterday. The Daily Item reports, emergency medical crews were able to resuscitate the boy after he was found floating motionless face down in the pool. The child was talking after medics brought him around. The boy was taken to an area hospital following the incident just before seven last evening.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – State Police say the death of 15-year-old boy who died after being shot by an air rifle Tuesday afternoon, was an accident. The Clinton County Coroner’s office reports, Tristin "Ty" Yonkin, of Lock Haven, died from a single gunshot wound from the air rifle. State Police say Yonkin was handling the air rifle when it accidentally went off striking him in the chest. Police are continuing their investigation but say there "is nothing suspicious about the investigation." The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Yonkin’s friend in Porter Township near Lamar. He was taken to Lock Haven Hospital and pronounced dead in the emergency room just before 3 p.m.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Two Lewisburg men and a Milton man are being charged with felony burglary and related charges after police say they found them living in a stolen camper in the Lewisburg area. Police have charged Joseph Derr and David Gockley both 18-year-olds from Lewisburg and 20-year-old Matthew Gordon of Milton. Police say the three were found at the stolen camper along Beagle club road in Kelly Township. The camper was taken from along Campbell’s Mill Road and towed it to where police found it along Beagle Club Road. The three were also in possession of stolen chain saws and guns from a barn at the Beagle Club. Police say all three have confessed to the theft of the camper and other items.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILTON – A Milton man is facing felony unlawful use of a computer charges in Union county after hacking into someone else’s Facebook account. State police say 30-year-old Derek Helwig got onto a White Deer Township woman’s Facebook page and posted inappropriate pictures of the woman on the page. The postings were put up on May 22nd. Helwig has admitted to police of the wrongdoing.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

FRACKVILLE - A former part-time Frackville police officer charged with providing alcohol to a minor while the two were dating sent his charges on to court Wednesday afternoon. 42-year-old William Okronglis of Atlas, was arrested by state police and charged with two misdemeanor counts of selling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors. Police say the incidents happened between July 2011 and October 2012 at various locations in Frackville. When the allegations came to light in February, Okronglis was removed from the roster as a patrolman for the borough and the case turned over to state police at Frackville to avoid any conflict of interest since the crimes allegedly occurred within the borough limits.
(WPPA)

LEWISBURG - Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, recently became one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience, an evaluation of overall care and comfort from the time the patient has an onset of symptoms through recovery. For a fifth consecutive year, Evangelical Community Hospital has earned the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Achieving this accomplishment makes Evangelical among the 15% hospitals in the nation who have mastered an approach to patient experience that stands out among the rest. Patient experience includes communication delivered by doctors and nurses, fast response to medical concerns and needs, attention to pain levels, hospital cleanliness and noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Three organizations that provide youth, families and others assistance in Lycoming County are looking at a possible merger. Exploring the merger since earlier this year, is STEP Incorporated, The Campbell Street Family, Youth and Community Association and the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action. The three organizations will take a major step forward with that exploration as they will partner together to provide a summer program to the city's youth. The Sun Gazette reports the three organizations teamed up to present Summer Counts!, an eight-week program that they are looking to serve 100 children with, beginning Monday. Officials say they have looked at the strengths of each program to allow each organization display those strengths during the Summer Counts program. Organizers say "Summer Counts! is an essential piece to not only the partnership but the bigger picture of the merger."  
(WGRC)

HARRISLAND - Two companies working in the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry have moved into the former Excel Homes site in South Avis. At Wednesday's Pine Creek Township supervisors' meeting, solicitor Bob O'Connor said the township received a letter from the property's owner, Henry Street Partnership, announcing that Panhandler Pipe Company is using part of the property to load and unload piping, and that Baker Corporation is using another part for tank and pump storage and maintenance. The new companies moving in is good news amid past complaints that the heavy truck traffic to the area that also is home to Jersey Shore Steel and a silica sand hauling company is causing dirt and dust among the homes nearby. The Lock Haven Express reports, a project to ease those concerns is underway.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - The state is beginning the process of selling the Pennsylvania National Guard armory property in Bellefonte in Centre County, and the tract could draw some local attention. The Centre daily Times reports, both county and borough officials have shown interest in the 1081 Zion Road land in the past, and the county is in the early stages of considering making an offer. Commissioner Chris Exarchos said the property could function as a home for a new Centre Crest nursing facility if the county is able to acquire the armory. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will start the process by holding an open information session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Bellefonte Borough Council chambers prior to the council meeting. Fair market value for the property is listed at $915,000 and the property is zoned highway commercial.
(WGRC)

KULPMONT - Children spent the day yesterday sliding and swinging at the brand new playground in Kulpmont. Leaders in Kulpmont cut the ribbon on the new Terry Mirielle Stadium Playground on Ash Street. Kulpmont had been without a playground for about two years. The old one closed because its equipment was not up to safety standards. Construction on the playground started last summer. It was built by about 50 volunteers with the help of a $40,000 grant. To make sure the playground stays safe and clean for a long time, someone donated and installed nine security cameras. Leaders in Kulpmont say this playground is a labor of love and a dream come true.
(WNEP)

HARRISBURG - State lawmakers may take issue with making speeding tickets cost any more than they already do. A proposal to tack a $100 surcharge on moving violations was the subject of questions at a Wednesday House Transportation Committee hearing on the $2.5 billion transportation funding proposal. The revenue generated from the surcharge would be slated for mass transit, and with a number of rural House lawmakers already balking at funding mass transit systems, the proposal might be one of the least popular items in a bill full of unpalatable revenue generators. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said nixing the surcharge could mean renegotiating the entire web of proposals in the larger bill. The surcharge piece of the larger transportation bill would raise $100 million - about one-fifth of the total $510 million generated for mass transit under the plan. Corbett said Monday the $2.5 billion proposal approved by the state Senate would likely need to be scaled back before getting to his desk. He himself proposed a $1.8 billion plan to fund repairs and upgrades to roads, bridges, ports, and mass transit. But on Wednesday, Schoch told one reporter the governor "is willing to go as high" as the Senate's final spending figure, and that "he's never said he isn't."
(WITF)

HARRISBURG - A $28.3 billion state budget plan shaped by Republicans who control the House is on its way to the Senate. The House has voted 108-92, after nearly five hours of sharply partisan debate. The Associated Press reports, the Republican leaders said the package increases spending by more than a half-billion dollars, benefiting a wide array of programs without increasing taxes. The Democratic minority contrasted a proposed $300 million-plus tax break for businesses with a $100 million boost in public school funding that critics say would fall far short of what many school districts need to overcome serious financial problems. Democrats also blamed Republicans for Pennsylvania's failure to accept a federally funded Medicaid expansion that proponents say would provide health care to a half-million uninsured residents.
(WGRC)