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June 17, 2013

BEECH CREEK – An autopsy was performed Saturday on the body of a baby found dead at his home. State police at Lamar are investigating the death of a 5-month old Brennon Irvin that happened Friday morning. Police say the baby was discovered dead around ten a.m. at 1029 Eagle Valley Road, Beech Creek Township. The autopsy was completed Saturday at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College and the Clinton County Coroner believes the child died of natural causes.
(WGRC)

LAWRENCE – A Potter County woman is dead after a camper she and her husband were trying to fix rolled over her yesterday in Tioga County. State Police say 77-year-old Alice Erickson and her husband were under the trailer around 12:30 yesterday afternoon were under the trailer trying to fix the brakes when the truck’s brakes dislodged and the trailer drifted forward pinning the woman to the ground. Erickson’s husband was able to escape from under the trailer but Mrs. Ericson was not able to move in time and was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple was camping at Tompkin’s Campground near Lake Cowanesque near Lawrence in Tioga County when the accident happened.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

RALPHO TOWNSHIP - A Paxinos man was injured Saturday when he drove his motorcycle into the rear of a stopped car and was thrown from the bike. Kirk Tasker was driving north on Route 487 just before 3 p.m. when he hit the rear of a car driven by Mary Buehner of Danville. Ralpho Township Police say Tasker was wearing a helmet. The Press Enterprise reports, he was taken to Geisinger Medical Center. Buehner was not hurt.
(WGRC)

UNIONVILLE - No injuries were reported after a train crashed into a pickup truck early Saturday morning, in Centre County, but alcohol is believed to be a factor. State Police say around one Saturday morning, 22-year-old Coty Johnson, attempted to turn the truck into a private driveway off South Eagle Valley Road, south of Dix Run Road. Police say he missed the driveway, and the vehicle got stuck in a ditch next to railroad tracks. A Norfolk Southern locomotive struck the front of the vehicle, which was sticking out onto the tracks, causing severe damage. Police said Johnson was able to escape before impact. Johnson faces DUI charges.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man was found guilty in Lycoming County Court Friday on cruelty to animal charges. The Sun Gazette reports, Judge Marc Lovecchio made the ruling against Keith Chambers following nearly daylong testimony in the non-jury trial. Both Chambers and his wife, Deann Chambers, had been charged by Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals following removal of three horses, a cat and 10 dogs from their property. Deann Chambers plead guilty to the charges in 2012. The couple failed to initially appear for the trial Friday, and it was only after county law enforcement personnel brought the pair to the courtroom in handcuffs that proceedings were able to continue. The Judge ruled that the prosecution was able to prove that Keith Chambers was responsible for the duties of caring for the animals which prosecutors say he didn’t do a good job of. Chambers is set to be sentenced in July.
(WGRC)

LAPORTE – State Police in Sullivan County are investigating the theft of several guns from a home. That happened sometime between six Saturday morning and nine Sunday morning at the home along Drake Road in Cherry Township. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Laporte.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A woman was charged with retail theft Friday afternoon after allegedly stealing nearly $700.00 worth of women’s clothes and shoes from Macy’s at the Nittany Mall. State College Police have charged 57-year-old Nansy Youssef Nasif Elaggar, after she left the store without paying and struggled with security guards who held her till police arrived. She is jailed in the Centre County Prison.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – A Lewistown man is locked up in the Mifflin County Prison on Felony criminal mischief charges after he discharged several fire extinguishers and caused around $6,700 in damages to the Electric Avenue Medical Center. The happened just before four p.m. Tuesday. Police say 41-year-old Michael Miller was taken to the Lewistown Hospital earlier in the day after police say he was under the influence of something. Miller was released and then entered the Electric Avenue Medical Center where he discharged the fire extinguishers and damaged metal fire rated door s and their hardware with the extinguishers.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE – Today will be the day in which residents of the Jersey Shore School District will find out whether or not a Jersey Shore Area School District Elementary School will close or possibly remain open for at least another year. The Jersey Shore School Board will have a special meeting to decide whether or not the Nippenose Valley Elementary School will close for the upcoming school year and the students will be moved to the Jersey Shore elementary school which will undergo renovations.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Around the country, demonstrators on both sides of the gun control debate rallied supporters on this six month anniversary of the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Standing across the street from the Federal Courthouse in Williamsport, holding signs, asking for stricter gun laws, a half-dozen or so gun control advocates wanted to keep pressure on lawmakers to do something. Namely they want laws that require universal background checks. The rally took place exactly six months after a pivotal moment in the debate over gun control. The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School energized people who believe gun violence in America is out of hand.
(WNEP)

LEWISBURG – A group of volunteers help put a roof on a pavilion recently at the St. Mary’s Street Park in Lewisburg. A number of volunteers put the roof over the small pavilion between the tennis courts and the playground at the park. The team was led by Bill Pursel who is also credited with building the original ice skating rink and warming building in 1972.  The new pavilion is available for rentals.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Hay bales lined the streets, hundreds of spectators behind the bales, it was the annual Soap Box Derby races in Williamsport on Saturday. The event began at 8:30 a.m. with remarks from Mayor Gabriel Campana and State Senator Eugene Yaw. And then they were off. Just two overall winners emerged following the daylong competition. The two first place finishers, Jack Fink, Williamsport, stock division, and Joey LaRose, Muncy, super stock division, earn the chance to go on to Akron for the All-American Soap Box Derby, July 23rd.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - Hundreds of people were out for the 25th Annual Bellefonte Cruise Saturday. Organizers say just over 300 cars were registered, up from last year's count. They say it's a great time to walk around the area and see some of the most vintage cars in town. The Cruise also held a 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Centre County YMCA Sunday at Talleyrand Park.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - The Centre County West Nile Program will be conducting mosquito spraying to reduce high populations of nuisance mosquitoes today in parts of Rush Township. The spraying will be administered by truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential and recreational areas prone to mosquitoes. And officials ask residents to do their part by emptying standing water on their properties where mosquitoes often breed.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State fans coming to football games or wrestling matches this fall should leave their purses, camera bags, backpacks or diaper bags at home. Penn State’s athletics office announced Friday that the no-bags policy put in place for the Blue-White football game in April has been extended into the fall for football and all athletic events, such as basketball games in the Bryce Jordan Center and wrestling in Rec Hall. The policy also includes strollers. The crackdown for the Blue-White game came after the Boston Marathon bombing. There will be one exception: The University will allow attendees to bring in a clear one-gallon plastic bag for medical items or child care items.
(WGRC)

BERWICK – Both generators at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant are up and operating. Operators reconnected the Unit 1 reactor at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant to the regional electric grid Friday, after completing improvements to turbines at the plant over the past several years. PPL officials say Unit 2 returned to service June 5, having completed a refueling and maintenance outage.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Health System have come forward with the final merger agreement. The contract between the two entities guarantees that Geisinger will keep Lewistown Hospital open, keep the school of nursing open, provide employee and physician security, accept popular insurance and develop capital gain. The contract includes a schedule for physician and specialist recruitment as well as a plan to keep employee benefits and compensation comparable, Hamilton said. There will also be renovations to the Emergency Department and Imaging Department. The Sentinel reports, the Hospital will also be opening an urgent care center this October in the Greater Lewistown Shopping Plaza. The center will work in conjunction with the Hospital’s ER to limit the amount of non-emergency visits. The hospital will also complete a Big Valley hospital-like care facility in Belleville to further expand services. The Geisinger Health System Board will vote on the merger next week as will the Lewistown Hospital Corporate Members. The CIMA document will then be submitted to the Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - In response to the unexpected closure of Lock Haven Distribution and Fenco Technical, PA CareerLink Clinton County has been and continues to be available to assist workers during their career transitions. PA CareerLink has been in active response mode since the news broke, that the plants were closing down. The PA CareerLink staff has scheduled an event to specifically address the former employees of LH Distribution and Fenco Technical. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Rapid Response Coordination Services is coordinating an information session for Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at the Dunnstown Fire Company.  Affected employees are encouraged to visit the PA CareerLink Clinton County at 8 North Grove Street, in Lock Haven, to receive personalized assistance.
(WGRC)

BEAVER SPRINGS - A $1.3 million resurfacing project along three miles of Route 522 in West Beaver and Spring townships, Snyder County, is scheduled to begin today. Work will take place along Route 522 from just west of the West Beaver/Spring township line to just east of Beaver Springs. Traffic will be maintained with lane restrictions during daylight work hours. Motorists should plan extra time for their travels. The work is scheduled to be completed by September 6th.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - Paving and microsurfacing along a four-mile section of Route 220 around Jersey Shore in Lycoming County is set to begin today. The $2 million dollar contract will be to pave the two northbound lanes, and the two southbound lanes of Route 220, from the Pine Creek bridges to Route 287. Other work will include microsurfacing all ramps on the project. Other construction work will be done in the area. This work will be performed using single-lane closures and detours. The project is scheduled to be completed by early-October.
(WGRC)

MAINVILLE - Preservation work on the Route 339 bridge one mile east of Mainville in Columbia County will start today. The work planned includes replacing rubber expansion dams, deck repairs and an epoxy and stone chip overlay of the bridge deck. A detour will be in place. The bridge will be reopened to traffic by July 26th.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A microsurfacing project will begin today on Route 11 in Columbia County. The project will run from Shaffer Road, just east of Bloomsburg to the Briar Creek line near Berwick. Weather permitting; work should be completed by August 9th. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction and controlled by flaggers at the intersections when needed. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the area.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – Two elected officials suing the NCAA over the use of its $60 million fine from Penn State over how it handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal are seeking court-ordered mediation. State Senator Jake Corman, a Republican who represents State College, and Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord made the request to Commonwealth Court on Thursday. They’re trying to keep the fine money in Pennsylvania. The Associated Press reports, McCord issued a statement saying he was hoping for a “reasonable settlement” that will more quickly help Pennsylvanians who have been victims of child abuse. Penn State agreed to the penalties a year ago, along with a temporary loss of football scholarships and a four-year ban on post-season play. A court hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Wednesday. An NCAA spokeswoman declined comment.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – A former high-ranking state House Republican now serving prison time for public corruption is suing Governor Tom Corbett and prosecutors who he says illegally hid evidence and denied him a fair trial. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Friday that Brett Feese’s lawsuit, now in federal court, raises the same argument that he’s pursuing in a state appellate court. Feese claims prosecutors violated Feese’s constitutional rights by destroying notes from interviews investigators conducted with prosecution witnesses. Feese was convicted in 2011 as part of a wider investigation into state lawmakers’ illegal use of taxpayer dollars and state employees for political campaign work. The investigation began in 2007 under Corbett when he was attorney general. A Corbett spokesman says Feese’s lawsuit is a desperate attack by a lawbreaker.
(WGRC)