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July 8, 2013

MIFFLINVILLE – Police shut down the Market Street Bridge around four this morning trying to coax a distraught man from going over the bridge which spans the Susquehanna River between Mifflinville and South Centre Township. A state police negotiator was been called to the scene and County 91-1 officials say they were able to talk the man out of jumping off the bridge and the scene was cleared just after six a.m.  
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

UNDATED - Nearly 14,000 PPL customers in the Susquehanna Valley lost power and a few Sunbury buildings lost roofs when a fast-moving thunderstorm blew through the region yesterday afternoon. At four this morning PPL reported still nearly 5200 customers without power in our region. Snyder County was the hardest hit area with nearly 2,500 still without power. Over 600 customers remain without power in Union County while Northumberland County still has over 550 without juice. Snyder County communications said PPL was not sure when power would be restored in that county, but that it could be as late as 3 to 6 p.m. today. The high winds also knocked down the steeple of the Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church in Selinsgrove. Emergency services throughout the area were responding to reports of downed trees and wires including areas in Mifflin and Juniata County. Meteorologists say the damage was caused by straight line winds from the storms. The storm was part of an organized complex of storms that came through from southwestern Pennsylvania through central Pennsylvania, bringing wind gusts of 40 mph or more with it. Now much of this week’s weather will be the same as last week warm and humid with mostly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – Police in Sunbury are investigating an alleged home invasion and stabbing early Sunday morning. The Daily Item reports, police are saying little about the incident. Witnesses say a man entered a home on Susquehanna Avenue and then stabbed someone he confronted inside the home. The injured man was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police are on the lookout for the alleged stabber.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT – Some details are surfacing about Thursday night’s shooting in the city of Williamsport. We now know two teenagers were involved in the shooting in the parking lot of the Elmira Street YMCA. The Sun Gazette reports, the two are expected to recover from their injuries. Several reports say a large group of young people went running from the scene when gunshots rang out. A 16-year-old boy and Williamsport High School Student, was wounded in the back and chest. He was flown from Williamsport Hospital to Geisinger Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition on Friday evening. The other victim, a 19-year-old man and 2013 Williamsport High graduate, was hit in the right thigh and found near the intersection of Locust and Third streets. He was taken by ambulance to Williamsport Hospital.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The Lock Haven Salvation Army is planning a candlelight vigil tonight to remember 50-year-old Alecia Frey, and 58-year-old Roland Richmond Jr., who drowned in the Susquehanna River on Thursday, July 4th. Both from Lock Haven, they were members of the congregation at Salvation Army. The vigil will begin at 9 p.m. and is at Triangle Park. The entire community is invited to attend.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A late night fire in Pottsville had firefighters from all city stations, as well as surrounding local companies busy Sunday night. Pottsville fire Chief Todd March, says one house was unoccupied and the other was vacant. The fire at 421 and 423 Fairview Street broke out around 11:30 p.m. Flames were reported coming from the house at 421 Fairview Street. Fire officials say the fire appeared to have started on the first floor of the home and heavily damaged the recently renovated building. Officials say the property at 423 was on the blight list and scheduled to be demolished. No cause has yet been determined for the blaze and the investigation is continuing.
(WPPA)

SHENANDOAH – A fire in Schuylkill County started from an overloaded extension cord. The fire was reported around 2:30 Sunday morning in a second floor apartment in the four hundred block of West Penn Street in Shenandoah. A woman and her three children were not home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries to any firefighters. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Fire crews in Schuylkill County were called to a home in Schuylkill Haven, Saturday. The fire on Parkway Avenue started just before 5 p.m. Fire officials say the home owner and a child were inside at the time, when the owner heard the smoke detectors go off and smelled smoke. They got out of the home safely. Firefighters quickly contained the flames to an upstairs bedroom. The fire is under investigation.
(WNEP)

SHAMOKIN -Two homes that started to collapse nearly a week ago in Shamokin are being torn down. On Saturday crews took down the abandoned double-block home on West Spruce Street. The building was slated to come down. But the rear collapsed suddenly last Monday. City officials then went ahead with an emergency demolition.
(WNEP)

MCADOO - After losing a young girl to fire in McAdoo last month the community decided to help Madison Arner’s family any way they could. So, Fly High With Madison was born, a day-long benefit with music, fund raisers, games and more. Folks gave generously and raised about $3,000 for Madison’s family. The six-year old died after the fire at her family home, directly across the street from the fire department. Then, just when the benefit seemed to be helping, the family says someone took that money, intended for a family still grieving for their loss. Organizers of the benefit say McAdoo police have a suspect and will continue to investigate the theft in Schuylkill County.
(WNEP)

SELINSGROVE – A Paxinos man was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital following a crash yesterday morning in Snyder County. The crash happened around eleven a.m. on Old Colony Road in Penn Township. Police say 20-year-old Garrett Krouse suffered moderate injuries when he lost control of his SUV. The vehicle went off the roadway hit a culvert and tree and then rolled down over an embankment.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MUNCY – A man on a motorcycle was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash on John Brady Drive in Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming County. The crash happened just before noon on the 4th. Police say 56-year-old Ray Tyler of Turbotville turned into the path of a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old Wellsboro man. Tyler’s motorcycle ended up skidding onto its side. He was taken to Geisinger. The man from Wellsboro and a passenger in his vehicle were not hurt.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE – Police in Schuylkill County are investigating a case of aggravated assault. Police say around three Saturday morning 35-year-old Jason Davis was sitting on his front porch in the 200 block of Maurer Street in Pottsville. A vehicle drove by Davis at a high rate of speed where Davis hollered at the vehicle to slow down. The vehicle then turned around drove back and the driver of the vehicle got out and confronted Davis with a pistol, exchanged words and then took off. Police say the man was driving a grey Honda SUV. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call state police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MUNCY – A Muncy man is jailed in the Lycoming County Prison on $25,000 bail after stealing a car and then hitting another unattended vehicle with the stolen car. That happened early Saturday morning when police say 43-year-old Doyle Wallis stole the vehicle from the parking lot of a bar in Muncy Creek Township. Wallis was later found at his home. He was taken to Muncy Valley Hospital for blood alcohol testing and the placed in jail. Wallis faces a slew of charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – State Police are investigating a break-in at a Mifflinburg area home. Police say the home along Homestead Lane in West Buffalo Township was entered sometime over the last week. Two guns, a shot gun and a revolver, were taken as well as a gold chain. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Milton.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - One of two men, who stole cash from the register at a pizzeria early Wednesday and caught on video camera, came back a short time later to return the money. The Press Enterprise reports, police have not release either suspect’s names because they have not been charged yet. Police did say he is a Bloomsburg University student. Meanwhile, officers are still looking for a black man in a white tank top who was also caught on camera stealing from the register. About $600 was taken while workers had their backs turned.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A proposed Williamsport city ordinance that requires landlords, residential property owners and tenants to register names and addresses at the city Codes Department may face some heat as it goes before City Council's various committees. Meanwhile attorneys for the City are trying to make sure information given to the city is subject to the state right-to-know or open records laws. A copy of the pending legislation shows responsibilities are on owners of rental properties and landlords to disclose their addresses, telephone numbers and emergency contacts, such as those for a designated property manager, in case a property owner lives in another state. Should there be no manager one must be designated and must live within five miles of the City. The Sun Gazette reports, the proposed ordinance also requires the address and the number of rental units and the name and address of tenants, including the number of occupants per rental unit. Such information is key for firefighters scrambling to battle a blaze in the early-morning hours at a rental property and not knowing who is accounted for. City officials say the ordinance will pose no threat to responsible landlords and honest tenants.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – There was music in the sir Saturday night in and around Lewisburg as the Cavalcade of Champions Competition was the center of attention. Eight teams from New Jersey, New York, and Canada welcomed hundreds of onlookers to the stands at Bucknell’s Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium with a booming orchestra of drums and bugles. The Cavalcade has been thrilling fans since the 1950’s in Lewisburg.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg University professors want to set up a website and system of gauges so people living along Fishing Creek in Columbia County can get flood warnings. The National Weather Service maintains gauges along the Susquehanna River that can predict high water several days in advance. But residents on the creek along Bloomsburg’s western edge are largely blind when it comes to flooding. The Bloomsburg University professors are working on a two-pronged approach to establish a creek-monitoring system: building an information-sharing website and setting up more stream and rain gauges in the Fishing Creek watershed. They have applied for $50,000 from a University program known as the President’s Strategic Planning Grants. The Press Enterprise reports, they expect to make a presentation in the fall and find out if they’ll get any money in early 2014.
(WGRC)

NEW COLUMBIA - A resurfacing project on a 1.5-mile section of Route 15 in Union County is scheduled to start today. The project is from just north of the New Columbia Interchange to a short distance north of the interchange with Interstate 80 in White Deer Township.  Work includes roadway base repairs, milling and resurfacing the existing roadway, loop traffic sensors, guiderail upgrades and right-of-way fence. There will be short-term lane closures which will cause traffic delays during the project. All work under this project is scheduled for completion by August 9.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania business owners can join in celebrating independence from two antiquated tax burdens. Two tax reform measures were sent to Governor Corbett’s desk which would provide much-needed relief to businesses. The first reform eliminates the Pennsylvania inheritance tax on assets of family-owned business enterprises being transferred upon death to surviving family members. The bill abolishes a tax of up to 12 percent that currently exists on these types of property transfers. Relief from the state’s corporate loans tax was included in the bill sent to the governor. The legislation encourages a reinvestment in Pennsylvania and allows small businesses to acquire the capital need to grow and create jobs.
(WGRC)