91.3 Lewisburg - 90.7 & 107.1 Williamsport - 90.9 Lewistown - 91.9 Kulpmont - 101.7 State College -104.7 Pottsville - 107.7 Bloomsburg 

  

iGive
Support WGRC click here

Share Your Story

Todays Word

WGRC Newsletter

Sign up for our Free Newsletter





Quotes

I thank you for all you do. I can't imagine life without your music and programming to encourage us in our daily walk with Jesus Christ. (Katie, Sunbury)

Follow us on Twitter

Shop at Amazon and earn money for WGRC:

AmazonSmile


June 27, 2013

NEWBERRY – State Police are continuing their investigation into a shooting early this morning in Woodward Township Lycoming County, near the Newberry section of Williamsport.Troopers rushed to 59 Wither Hollow Lane and found one man dead of multiple gunshot wounds and police tell us one man was taken into custody with incident. Police say they are not releasing the names of the victim or suspect at this time as they continue to investigate.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

McCLURE – A two-alarm fire destroyed a barn and threatened to burn a nearby house off Route 522 in McClure yesterday morning. The blaze reported just after eight a.m. was located at 23947 Route 522 Highway near McClure. Flames were reported shooting from the barn when fire crews from Snyder and Mifflin counties arrived on the scene. The owner of the barn, James Fuhrman, was not home at the time. The heat of the flames melted two walls of the nearby house, but fire crews were able to save the home. Fire officials believe a lightning strike the night before may have started the blaze. A state police fire marshal will investigate a cause.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - The Sunbury teen shot by police on June 5th is now in custody following his release from the hospital. On Tuesday, 17-year-old Naheem Reams was released from the hospital. Reams was in Northumberland County Court Wednesday afternoon where he faced a judge for an incident he was involved in back in May. The judge then sent Reams to a juvenile detention center for further medical treatment. Reams was shot by Sunbury Police on June 5th after a short chase and confrontation with police where he tried to ram several police cars and a uniformed officer. State Police, Stonington continue to investigate the incident.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A man accused of tying another man to a tree and causing his death, took the witness stand in his homicide trial in Schuylkill County. Keith Reber of Schuylkill Haven is on trial for the 2012 death of Bryan Smith of Orwigsburg. Prosecutors in Schuylkill County say Reber and another man held Smith at gunpoint then tied him to a tree in May of 2012, near Reber’s home, a short distance from Schuylkill Haven. On Wednesday, Reber testified in his own defense, and told the court a different story. Reber testified that Bryan Smith ransacked Reber’s girlfriend’s home.  He gave Smith a choice: Reber would report him to police, or he could be punished and get tied to a tree. Reber said the victim chose the tree. The defense admits that was unusual. Prosecutors call it bizarre. Prosecutors say smith ingested a toxic amount of methamphetamine and that, coupled with the stress of being tied up, killed him. The defense argues it was the drug and not being tied up that killed Smith. The defense and prosecution will present closing arguments to the jury, likely today and the judge will then charge the jury before deliberations.
(WNEP)

DANVILLE - A former Danville sewage treatment plant employee is free on bail after being charged with theft of more than $20,000 worth of scrap metal from the sewer plant construction site, and then using $15,000 of the money from the scrap to buy lunches and throw parties for workers there. 42-year-old Dominic Mottern was brought before District Judge Marvin Shrawder Tuesday and released bail. The Daily Item reports, Mottern is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and related counts. Police say Mottern took the scrap from November 2011 through January 30th 2013.
(WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP -Two Hazleton men were arrested by Coal Township police Tuesday following an alleged theft and gun threat at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Route 61. Police say store employees followed 29-year-old Raymond Heller and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Lauren Laetach, of Hazleton, from the store and into the parking lot after suspecting a theft. The two arrived at Wal-Mart with 32-year-old Donald Clymer, who is accused of attempting to steal a computer and merchandise for children and babies. The incident just after eight Tuesday night and store employees say Heller threatened them with a gun. Police stopped the vehicle the trio was traveling in minutes later and a pair of BB guns was found inside the vehicle. Police said there were three other passengers in the vehicle included an 8-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl and an infant boy. Laetach is not facing charges.
(WPPA)

MIDDLEBURG –In Snyder County, a former employee of Children’s Discovery Center may be able to reduce a jail sentence she faces if she repays at least half of the nearly $35,000 she admittedly stole from the day care located on the grounds of the Selinsgrove Center in Penn Township. The Daily Item reports, 41-year-old Pamela Crites, of Milton, pleaded guilty to felony theft in Snyder County Court Tuesday. She was arrested last August for stealing the money from the day care over a two-year period by depositing checks made out the Discovery Center and keeping the cash payments. She faces a minimum of three- to 12-months in county jail and a maximum of up to two years in state prison when she is sentenced in August.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A Mifflin County woman was sentenced to one year in state prison for selling methadone. 26-year-old Britney Rittenhouse, of Lewistown, was sentenced Tuesday in Centre County. Bellefonte police arrested Rittenhouse last April after witnessing the deal inside a parked car. Police also said Matthew Seville, of Lewistown, drove Rittenhouse to Bellefonte. She told police she needed the money to buy Easter presents.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - A 35-year-old Jersey Shore man has been sentenced to six to 25 years in state prison for sexual assault charges involving a 13-year-old girl. Police say Brion Wagner assaulted the girl over a period of six years beginning in 2004. Clinton County President Judge Craig Miller handed down the sentence. Police say the incidents happened in Gallagher and Pine Creek townships in Clinton County.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A judge sentenced a woman from Berwick Wednesday for forcing two children to engage in sex acts with each other. Christina Allen will spend at least six months in jail and must register with Megan’s Law as a sex offender. Allen pleaded guilty last month to two counts of indecent assault for making two children perform sex acts on each other back in 2011. The judge in Columbia County says he sentenced her along the standard guidelines, because a pre-sentence investigation found Allen has an intellectual disability.
(WNEP)

WILLIAMSPORT – In Lycoming County, a 47-year-old woman has been jailed for allegedly blackmailing a Williamsport City codes employee by demanding money from him in order to keep their "physical relationship" hidden from his family and supervisor. Kimberly Hilfirty, of Williamsport, was taken into custody Wednesday morning and charged by city police with theft by extortion. The woman told the Williamsport city employee she needed money and would go to the employee’s wife about their relationship if he didn’t give her money. The employee conceded and gave Hilfirty $100.00. The Sun Gazette reports, last week Hilfirty called the employee and demanded money again. She was arrested yesterday and jailed in the Lycoming county Prison.
(WGRC)    

POTTSVILLE – A Cressona woman has admitted to stealing $21,000 from a nursing home resident for whom she was caring for. 39-year-old Jennifer Ferrier pleaded guilty to theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud in connection with the thefts from the elderly woman. Ferrier faces a maximum possible sentence of seven to 14 years in state prison.
(WPPA)

YEAGERTOWN – Mifflin County regional Police say they are investigating several thefts from vehicles in Yeagertown overnight Wednesday. Police say money, CD’s Binoculars and several other items have been taken from numerous unlocked vehicles and several vehicles were damaged. Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles when not in them. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call Mifflin County regional Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LIGHTSTREET - Someone left a dog tied to a post at a car wash Wednesday, in Columbia County abandoning the pit bull mix with a note asking for a new home. Now, police in Scott Township are tracking its owner, who can be slapped with animal cruelty charges. The dog, identified in the scrawled note as “Jagger,” is a year-old pit bull-Labrador mix. The Press Enterprise reports, he is “well-behaved” but doesn’t “get along with other animals,” the note said. The dog was discovered around noon at the Short Stop Mart at Ligthstreet.  The dog was taken to the Bloomsburg  Animal Resource Center, a no-kill shelter with a kennel near Eyers Grove where the dog was taken to be cared for until a new owner can be found.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – The Northumberland County Commissioners have approved a $7.2 million project to upgrade the County’s 911 system. Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy voted Wednesday to award a contract to Motorola Solutions to do the work. Commissioner Rick Shoch was not present at the meeting, and Commissioner Clausi took the opportunity to make a public spectacle of the missing Shoch. The upgrades to the 911 system will have the capability to cover all of Northumberland County however; at this point in time Union County 911 will still cover the Watsontown, Turbotville and Milton areas. The Northumberland County Commissioners plan to meet with Union County Commissioners to discuss whether Union County will continue to cover the upper portion of Northumberland County.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Another hike for customers of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority may be reality in the near future. Yesterday the Authority met to approve their annual budgets and authorized borrowing $15 million dollars over three years to pay for capital projects which include replacing aging water mains. Due to those high costs, it was discussed that the Authority may have to make rate adjustments beginning in January of next year, which would mean rate hikes for customers. Officials have not definitively said they would increase rates and will continue to monitor costs.
(WGRC)

SPRING MILLS - Last month, when the Penns Valley Area school board approved a proposed budget with a tax increase, district officials said they would spend June working to eliminate that plan. On Wednesday, it became clear they accomplished that goal. The school board approved a final 2013-14 budget at a regular meeting Wednesday that calls for no tax increase, adopting a $23.7 million spending plan. The 2013-2014 budget does, however, carry a shortfall of $210,000 and plans to dip into the district’s reserve funds to cover the short fall.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – Lewisburg School District officials will make a big decision tonight on a proposed 2013-2014 budget. A budget vote is set for tonight at the Donald Eichorn Middle School. The board is looking at raising real estate taxes up to 3.5 percent to make up for a deficit of about $600,000.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Following months of meetings and negotiations, the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors is expected to vote today on a final 2013-14 general fund budget during its regular voting meeting. The $67.2 million spending plan, if passed, will not increase taxes for the 2013-14 school year.
(WGRC)

CATAWISSA - The Columbia County Traveling Library is launching a summer reading program this Saturday for pre -school and school age kids. Officials with the library say it's all about staying sharp during the summer months before heading back to school this fall. The program officially gets underway Saturday during a kick-off party at Rohrbach's Farm Market on Route 487 near Catawissa.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - School is out, summer is here and the Summer Reading Program at the Mifflin County Library has begun. The Sentinel reports, "Below the Surface," a library scavenger hunt, is being offered for sixth graders through recent high school graduates. After participants register for the program, they receive six tickets with checklists on the back listing different genres of print media and books. As teens finish reading and check off the book they read, their tickets may be turned in to the library for a chance to win weekly prize drawings. Teens who read 37 books by August 3rd earn one ticket to be entered in a grand prize drawing for an iPod touch, sponsored by the Friends of the Mifflin County Library. A reading program will also be offered for infants and toddlers through fifth grade. "Dig into Reading" gives parents and young children the opportunity to earn a prize for every 10 books they read. Prizes include themed T-shirts, beach buckets and shovels, frisbees and coupons to local restaurants.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE- Selinsgrove's Market Street Festival Committee is seeking local talent to enter its first Market Street Idol Competition, to be held during the 35th Annual Festival on Saturday, September 28th from 2-4 pm. The competition is open to musical acts-group or individuals-of all ages. The competition will have three or four local judges and prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place will be awarded at the end of the event. For an entry form with all details, contact Joyce Hendricks at artdiva1@ptd.net or 570-898-5450 or download a form from the Selinsgrove Chamber of Commerce website http://selinsgrove.net/. Click on the Selinsgrove Market Street Festival link.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Back-to-school shopping can be a fun way to kick off the school year and get children excited about being back in the classroom. New shoes, lunchbox, and clothes may all be on the standard “back to school” list, but so are the necessary school supplies that children need to succeed. Some families are not able to afford the necessities that are required for their child’s education. The eleventh annual Schuylkill County “Stuff the Bus” campaign gets underway July 1st and run through July 29th. Stuff the Bus is an annual school supply drive that collects hundreds of supplies for children in need. Vans, donated by Newhurst, Incorporated, will be placed inside the Schuylkill Mall, Cressona Mall, and Fairlane Village Mall, where donations can be placed. Supplies like backpacks, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, folders, rulers, crayons, highlighters, staplers, markers, etc. are needed. Last year over 1400 children in Schuylkill County benefited from the “Stuff the Bus,” campaign.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Juniata RiverFEST is set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, in Lewistown. RiverFEST is an all-day independence celebration featuring a 5k River Rampage, "Whatever Floats" on the Juniata River, entertainment, vendors, activities and fireworks. At 9 a.m., the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau will present its annual River Rampage 5k to kick off this year's festivities. Race day registration will be held at 8 a.m. in the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation parking lot. The event is broken into gender and age groups and trophies will be awarded to the top male and female in each category. There will also be an award for best patriotic costume. Following the race the RiverFEST raft, regatta and community float now named the "Whatever Floats" event gets underway at ten a.m. Rafts, tubes, kayaks canoes boats or anything manmade that floats can take part Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices are used and are mandatory for the event.
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – A microsurfacing project along two sections of state highway in Snyder County will begin this Friday, June 28. The work will start by placing the thin roadway preservation treatment on a 2.5-mile section of Route 104 in Franklin Township, beginning north of Middle Road and ending at the Penns Creek Bridge at the Union County line. Microsurfacing will also be done on a two-thirds-of-a-mile section of Route 11 in Monroe Township, beginning under the Routes 11/15 overpass just north of Selinsgrove and ending just south of Roosevelt Avenue. Work will be done one lane at a time with flaggers controlling traffic. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will take two days on the first stretch. When Route 104 is completed the contractor will move to Route 11. Weather permitting; work will begin on Route 11 Sunday night, June 30. Work on Route 11 will take two nights, with work hours from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - Motorists who travel the Route 54 Danville-Riverside Bridge in Montour and Northumberland counties are advised that deck patching work will take place today starting at 8:30 a.m. The contractor will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction, and is expected to complete this work by the end of the day.   
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Senate Democrats called for a more rapid pace of reform of the governing structure at Penn State and said that the General Assembly has a role to play in ensuring that appropriate changes are made quickly. The lawmakers said that they are calling for hearings to be held over the summer leading to speedy consideration of comprehensive reform legislation in the fall. The Democrats focused on three specific areas as it related to Penn State: Right-to-Know, ethics and board composition.  The Senators involved say they are calling for talks on the issues but will not hold Penn State's state funding hostage in order to get the talks started.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The lawyers for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz want the obstruction of justice cases against the former Penn State administrators dismissed because “a cluster of errors” plagued the grand jury that investigated them. The Centre Daily Times reports, Curley’s and Schultz’s lawyers made the latest attempt to have the charges dropped by requesting to join a motion that former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s lawyers already have put in front of the judge — a motion to quash the criminal complaint and presentment for the same reasons. Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover has yet to rule on Spanier’s motion. Curley’s and Schultz’s lawyers also say that three counts in the case should be dismissed because the statute of limitations expired. Those counts are child endangerment, conspiracy to commit child endangerment and failure to report abuse. The lawyers for Curley, Schultz and Spanier have all maintained that their clients are innocent and vowed to fight the charges.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage Wednesday said nothing that would affect the validity of Pennsylvania’s ban, as potential Democratic challengers to Republican Governor Tom Corbett lined up in support of legalizing gay marriage in the state. Despite the Supreme Court decision, gay marriage bans still stand in Pennsylvania and roughly three dozen other states. Pennsylvania’s constitution, however, does not ban gay marriage, as some other states’ constitutions do. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gays and lesbians who are legally married. The Associated Press reports, the ruling effectively allows gays and lesbians who are legally married and live in states that allow same-sex marriage to receive the same federal benefits that are available to married heterosexual couples. A 1996 Pennsylvania state law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and state law doesn’t allow civil unions. Corbett has said he supports Pennsylvania’s ban and a state constitutional ban on gay marriage. Bills sponsored by Democratic lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania have sat untouched in the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature for years. Meanwhile, Republican-led efforts in recent years to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage or same-sex unions have failed in the face of opposition by Democrats and moderate Republicans.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - State police are looking for a few good horses in Pennsylvania. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says Wednesday that they're seeking donations of horses to be used for searches, crowd control, and patrol operations of remote areas. Noonan says state police have used horses since 1905, and that they are still a reliable tool in police work. Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15-years-old and stand at least 16 hands tall, but less than 18 hands tall. Drafts and draft-crosses are preferred, while thoroughbreds are less desirable. The horses must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Donations will be accepted on a 90-day trial basis.
(WITF)

WASHINGTON D.C. - AAA Projects More than 40 Million Americans to Travel for Independence Day Celebrations. Shorter holiday travel period expected to result in fewer American travelers this year. AAA Travel projects 40.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, a 0.8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year.  The anticipated decline in holiday travel is predominantly due to a shorter holiday period. With the Fourth of July landing on a Thursday this year, the holiday period has returned to the standard five-day holiday, compared to the six-day period in 2012 when the holiday fell on a Wednesday. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7.
(WGRC)