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July 2, 2013

MUNCY – Fire crews from the Muncy area rushed to battle a working garage fire late last night and into this morning in Lycoming County. The fire was reported around 11:30 last night at 89 Glade Run Road in Muncy Township. When crews arrived on the scene they found the structure fully involved. Crews remained on the scene fighting that fire until just before three this morning.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BEECH CREEK – In Clinton County, just as Beech Creek residents thought the worst was over, buckets of rain dumped on them once more Sunday night. For some, the aftermath of this storm is worse than Thursday's. Flash flooding swept away a barn containing a new Kubota tractor, washed out bridges, and flooded the basement of a home, leaving behind many inches of mud along with debris. A bridge on Laurel Run Road at the intersection of Earon Road was completely washed out Sunday night when heavy rains pounded the area for the second time in three days. Meanwhile federal, state and local lawmakers are hoping a state of emergency declaration will help residents get the necessary funding to clean-up and rebuild after the storms have left nearly $17 million dollars in damages.

LEWISBURG – One thief appeared in court and pleaded guilty Monday another appears in court today, both charged with entering Bucknell student dorms and stealing high-end electronics, cash and other items in February. The Daily item reports, 21-year-old Jeffery Finegan of Phillipsburg New Jersey pleaded guilty yesterday to two felony theft charges in exchange for probation. He will be sentenced within the next 90 days. His co-defendant 21-year-old Carter Wells of Branford, Connecticut will face a Union County judge today on similar charges. Police have charged the two with stealing over $9,000 in items from dorm rooms at Bucknell.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WEST MILTON – Police are looking for the thieves that broke into a building owned by the West Milton Little League team and took several items and caused damage to the building. Troopers say that happened sometime between Monday and Wednesday evening last week at the field at the West Milton Memorial Park in White Deer Township. The thieves broke a lock on a door to the building and forced their way into the building taking a cash register, trophies and equipment. Total value of the items and damages are listed at $250.00. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Milton.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – State Police in Lycoming County say they caught a man carrying ten baggies of heroin and nearly $7,500 in cash on Sunday. Police have charged 19-year-old Derrick Savidge with possession with intent to deliver after he was found with the drugs and cash in the 1500 block of Randall Circle in Loyalsock Township. Savidge is jailed on $75,000 straight bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISBURG - A New York state couple charged with supplying liquor to their underage daughter and her friends at a Bucknell University dorm in February will serve their punishment under the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. In Union County Court Monday, Judge Michael Hudock granted the motion for 12 months in the ARD program for 55-year-old Michael and 50-year-old Victoria Ruff, of Penfield, New York. The Ruffs each had four misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to minors February 2nd in their daughter’s Bucknell dorm room. Authorities say the Ruffs brought seven bottles of alcohol to their daughter’s room, then served and drank with four 18-year-olds. As many as 16 women were in the room at one point, and several became so inebriated, they couldn’t stand.

SHAMOKIN - An emergency! That’s what Shamokin’s Mayor calls a building collapse in his community.  Heavy rains are being blamed for the mess in the 600 block of West Spruce Street. The collapse happened yesterday morning at the rear of the double home where the roof of the building is nearly lying on the ground. Mayor George Rozinskie said he believes recent rains aggravated a bad situation and triggered the collapse. Demolition crews will need to be careful as part of the home is leaning against another home beside it. City officials say there is a lot of red tape to go through and it could be a week before this building is torn down and that section of West Spruce Street is off limits to pedestrians.

MAHANOY CITY - A vacant property, in Mahanoy City, partially collapsed late Saturday afternoon, forcing a family in a neighboring home to evacuate until its safety was evaluated. The rear half of the property at 302 East Railroad Street, owned by Rolando Horsford, of Lansford, and Street Stage of Brooklyn, New York, collapsed mostly onto itself about 5 p.m. Saturday. Borough Code Enforcement Officer William Killian III was on the scene shortly after the building collapse and said that, as a precaution, the individuals at 300 East Railroad were removed from their home to stay with relatives overnight until they got the OK from an engineer to return to their house.

SUNBURY – In April when the Pennsylvania Department of transportation and state lawmakers held a news conference with Senator John Gordner saying the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project was “finally, finally, finally” going to happen, many were skeptical that a transportation plan to pass through the legislature to make the Throughway a reality would happen. And as the skeptics would have it, a transportation plan did not pass through the legislature before lawmakers recessed for the summer. State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver, of Sunbury, tells the Daily Item the thruway project is in jeopardy without the transportation bill, noting that none of the hundreds of repairs and projects listed on PennDOT’s Decade of Investment website will be completed without a funding plan. The transportation bill was one of a wide swath of failures in Harrisburg over the weekend as Governor Tom Corbett went 0-for-3 on the big policy issues he’d staked out in his budget speech earlier this year — funding transportation, dismantling the liquor monopoly and reforming the public sector pension system. Lawmakers are due to remain in Harrisburg to wrap up work on some bills connected to the budget, but Corbett said nothing will happen on transportation or liquor privatization until the fall.

NORTHUMBERLAND - Thousands of spectators were on hand at the official opening of Pineknotter Days in the King Street Park on Monday night, and the threatening weather held off long enough for everyone to enjoy the food and entertainment — by Re-Creation — and the naming of the Pineknotter of the Year, an annual honor given to an individual who exemplifies good citizenship and community service. The Daily Item reports, this year’s winner was Darv Straub. Straub was born and raised in Northumberland, and although he taught in the Camp Hill School District for 39 years, when he retired, he returned home to the borough, where he has come to be known as someone who helps out in the community wherever and whenever he can.

STATE COLLEGE – This Thursday we will once again celebration the independence of our nation and preparations are already underway for one of the biggest fireworks displays in the nation right in our region. The State College 4th Fest show is marketed as the third-largest fireworks display and celebration in the country. The event, which started in 2002, attracts up to 100,000 visitors from as far away as California. This year’s show will feature nearly 12,000 fireworks. About 100 volunteers began setting up last week for the fireworks behind Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The 45 minute long display at 9:15 p.m.

HARRISBURG - Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is asking the judge in his criminal case to loosen bail rules that limit travel in the United States and prevent him from leaving the country. His filing posted on the county court's website argues there's no reason to think the travel restrictions are needed to ensure he will show up. The Associated Press reports, Spanier's lawyers say travel is a significant component of his profession and he's had to rule out international speaking opportunities. Any U.S. travel requires prior court approval. He faces charges for an alleged cover-up of complaints about former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is serving a prison sentence after being convicted a year ago of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Court officials haven't scheduled a preliminary hearing for Spanier.

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania state House Republicans are following through on their threat to kill a provision written by the Senate to require Governor Tom Corbett to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. A key House committee yesterday stripped the provision from a budget-related bill. The Associated Press reports, Corbett has refused to say whether he'd support or veto such a measure.

GETTYSBURG – Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett today participated in the grand opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg. Gettysburg Seminary nursed the wounded, Union and Confederate soldiers alike. The patients came from different states and held radically different views, but they all worshipped the same God. The new museum is in the recently refurbished Schmucker Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus along Seminary Ridge. Featuring galleries and artifacts from the building when it was used as a Civil War field hospital, the museum also offers a panoramic view of the Gettysburg Battlefield from a cupula on top of the building. Yesterday marked the beginning of a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

HARRISBURG - Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the July 4th holiday can enjoy a day of free fishing. Independence Day marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the 4th, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply. The first Fish-for-Free day was Memorial Day.