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July 9, 2013

WATSONTOWN – Fire crews were called out this morning to fight a fire at a farmhouse in Northumberland County. The two-alarm fire was reported just before eight a.m. at 194 True Blue Road in Delaware Township. Smoke was pouring from the two-and-a-half story farmhouse when crews arrived on the scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

FREEBURG - A storage shed was destroyed when sparks from outdoor burning ignited the structure last night in Snyder County. The fire was reported just after ten p.m. at 115 Red Bank Road, off Route 35 in Washington Township, Snyder County. Freeburg Fire officials say the property is owned by Sam Boyer. The loss is estimated at $1,500 to $2,000. The shed was near a barn, which firefighters hosed down to protect it from the heat and flames. The Daily Item reports, fire officials say someone was burning weeds and thought the fire was out, but embers reached the shed.

VICKSBURG – A fire in a corn crib Saturday destroyed the structure along Beaver Run Road in Union County’s Buffalo Township. The fire reported around two p.m. near Vicksburg drew crews from Mifflinburg, New Berlin and Lewisburg to the scene. The smoky blaze could be seen from Route 45. Reports say the large corn crib was destroyed however, fire crews wetted down a near-by barn to keep it from catching fire.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - Police are searching for a Sunbury man who is wanted in connection with a scuffle that turned into a stabbing that left a man with gashes in both knees that required staples to close. The Daily Item reports, 23-year-old Joseph Rice is the subject of a manhunt after police said he entered a home in the 1100 block of Susquehanna Avenue early Sunday morning and allegedly attacked a man. Rice is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 125 pounds. Rice is being charged with four felony charges, including burglary, two counts of aggravated assault and criminal trespass, as well as several misdemeanor offenses. Police believe Rice and the victim know each other and the fight was between them.

DANVILLE - A Danville woman is charged with pocketing nearly $84,000 from an ATM that she was supposed to be filling each day at the gas station where she worked. 51-year-old Tracy Truesell is charged with six felony theft related charges. Police say Truesell allegedly stole the cash from the ATM at the combination convenience store and Subway restaurant on McCracken Road where she had worked over a period of three years. The Daily item reports, Truesell worked in a supervisory position at the store. Police were called to the store in April when an internal audit revealed thousands of dollars per month was going missing from the ATM.  Police say Truesell was the only employee with a key to the ATM.

MCVEYTOWN - Authorities in Juniata County are trying to locate a 16-year-old McVeytown girl. Hailey Povisil was last seen Saturday morning wearing blue shorts and a white t-shirt. She is 5-foot-1, approximately 133 pounds with dirty blond hair and blue eyes. She has a lip piercing and multiple tattoos on her legs, arms and back. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Hailey Povisil is asked to contact State Police, Lewistown.

BEAVER SPRINGS – State Police say they’ve gathered up 19 marijuana plants discovered growing near a campsite in the Bald Eagle State Forest. The plants were discovered and reported to police Sunday at that campsite in Spring Township, Snyder County.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - Last night, Triangle Park in Lock Haven, glowed with love and affection for Roland Richmond and Alecia Frey as friends, family and the community gathered to celebrate their lives. Loved ones piled around the steps of the gazebo, where stories and prayers were shared. The candlelight vigil was held by the Lock Haven Salvation Army where the two had gone to church.

STATE COLLEGE – In light of the plane crash In San Francisco, Saturday, a new emergency system will be installed this month at the University Park Airport in Centre County. The airport will begin testing the new siren system this month. The system is tested at 8 a.m. daily, and is used to alert on-site Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighters in the case of an airport emergency. Officials say the new system will be more powerful, with a broadcast range of up to 4,000 feet.

JERSEY SHORE – Work continues on the Route 220 resurfacing project around Jersey Shore in Lycoming County. Yesterday the contractor began the phase that involves removing and replacing the concrete approaches to the bridges over the railroad tracks between the Thomas Street and Main Street exits. A long-term lane closure with concrete barrier will be used in both directions. This phase is expected to take three weeks to complete. The entire project including paving of Route 220 from Pine Creek to Route 287 is scheduled to be completed by early October.

STATE COLLEGE – Volunteers are setting up and getting ready for the yearly event in State College known as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State to celebrate the arts with its nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, gallery exhibition, sand sculpture and music, dance and theatrical performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues. The festival gets underway this Wednesday for Children and Youth Day at ten a.m. The Festival runs till Sunday at five p.m.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Penn State said Monday its fundraising efforts rebounded last year after a drop-off in donations followed the arrest of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Total alumni giving reached nearly $88 million in the year that ended in June, up from about $71 million a year earlier but still down from $131 million in 2010-11. That year a major donation for the school's ice hockey program caused a spike in total donations. The total number of donors rose to an all-time high of about 193,000, and the school was 92 percent of the way toward meeting a $2 billion goal for a campaign that began in 2007. "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students" has raised $400 million for facilities and $688 million toward the endowment, in addition to hundreds of millions of additional funds. The Associated Press reports, Rod Kirsch, vice president for development and alumni relations, said giving to the university remained solid despite the Sandusky scandal, a transition to a new president, a rough national economy and uncertainty about federal tax laws. Total receipts, a measure of how much the money the university actually collects, amounted to about $238 million last year, an increase of $29 million from a year earlier.

HARRISBURG - Private schools will be able to compete for state grants to pay for armed security guards in Pennsylvania under a law recently signed by the governor. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati introduced the proposal in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. His spokesman, Drew Crompton, says the state already gives money to private schools, so allowing them to compete for the grants isn't so far removed from current practice. In the past, the program had half a million dollars to dole out to schools for violence prevention efforts. Now, it'll have $8.5 million at its disposal, with 60 percent of the money earmarked for armed guards, also known as school resource officers. Those are the grants private schools will be able to apply for - they are not eligible for the grants targeted at other security measures, like building improvements, cameras, metal detectors, or emergency plans.