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July 18, 2013

LEWISBURG – Buffalo Valley Regional Police are investigating a home invasion and robbery this morning in Lewisburg. Police say just after four this morning several men entered a home in the three hundred block of North Fourth Street and demanded drugs and cash from the residents at gunpoint. The men had their faces covered or wore masks to conceal their identities. The men then stole two television sets and an air conditioner before taking off in a small dark colored car. Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call Buffalo Valley Regional Police.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BERWICK – In Columbia County a woman stabbed another woman in her home in Berwick with a large kitchen knife Wednesday. 24-year-old Jamillah Hutt suffered critical injuries and was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center. Police arrested 28-year-old Siesha Lane. Lane will be charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and perhaps even more serious counts. Hutt remains in critical condition at Geisinger.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PORT CARBON - Police in Schuylkill County say a pedestrian was hit and killed this morning. Police say 40-year-old Sean Malone of Port Carbon died after being hit by a tractor-trailer near North Anderson Street in Port Carbon around 1 a.m. The driver of the rig told police the victim was crouched over in the middle of the road and he was unable to avoid him. The road in Schuylkill County was closed for several hours while police investigated.
(WNEP)

LOGANTON - A tractor-trailer truck driver died in a fiery crash on Interstate 80 near Loganton in Clinton County late yesterday morning. PennDOT tells us the wreck resulted in the closing of both lanes of eastbound I-80 for over three hours and sending traffic on a detour as ambulance crews, firefighters, state police and others worked at the scene. State Police say the driver died of injuries in the crash. Troopers say he was traveling east when his rig crashed into the rear end of another rig driven by a Michigan man. The driver's rig caught fire, and several other motorists tried to get the driver free but couldn’t before flames engulfed his truck. Police have not released the driver’s name pending notification of his family.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DALLAS - A Benton man died Tuesday when a logging truck collided with his car near Dallas in Luzerne County.  The Press Enterprise reports, police say 76-year-old Galen Waltman failed to stop at a stop sign and drove out into the path of the truck.
(WGRC)

MANSFIELD – A crash in Tioga County Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of the driver of a bus that went over and embankment and slammed into several trees. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday along Route 362 in Shippen Township. Police say 58-year-old Kenneth Bellis of Mansfield died after being taken to soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. A passenger in the bus suffered minor injuries.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

COAL TOWNSHIP - Crews in Northumberland County were called out to a two-alarm building fire in Coal Township last evening. The fire reported just before five p.m. on West Arch Street chased seven people out on the street. No one was hurt in the blaze. An investigation into that fire is underway.  
(WGRC)

COUDERSPORT – A Potter County man who shot and killed his ex-wife while she played the organ at a Sunday church service has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Fifty-three-year-old Gregory Eldred, of Coudersport, apologized Tuesday and told a Potter County judge he was acting "irrationally" at the time of the shooting. Eldred pleaded guilty last week to first-degree murder for shooting 53-year-old Darlene Sitler on December 2nd at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport.
(WGRC)

HOWARD - State police of Rockview is seeking the public's assistance to determine the welfare and whereabouts of a local woman who has not been seen since Tuesday evening. Police said relatives are concerned about 46-year-old Carolyn Genet of Hoy Road in Walker Township, Centre County, who was last seen when she left her home about 7:15 p.m. after reportedly having an argument with a family member. Police say Genet has not reported to work, and she left her cell phone and personal items at her home. Genet was last seen wearing black shorts and a T-shirt. Police described her as a white female who is 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighs roughly 140 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Genet can call Rockview state police at 814-355-7545.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINBURG – A Mifflinburg man has been arrested following a burglary we first told you about earlier this month in Union County. State Police have charged 31-year-old John Black with the break-ins between June 24th and July third at a business along Homestead Lane in West Buffalo Township. Police say Black stole around $18,000 in tools from a small barn on the property and then sold the tools for money to buy drugs.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLANCHARD – In Centre County a coin collection valued at $5,000 was taken from a Blanchard-area home sometime between 3 p.m. and midnight Tuesday. State Police say the collection was taken from a home along Eagle Nest Road in Liberty Township.
(WGRC)

COGAN STATION – Police in Lycoming County are looking for the thieves that stole over ten thousand dollars’ worth of wire from a company. Police say the theft happened sometime between July 4th and the 9th at Epic Integrated Services along Parker Road in Cogan Station.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BURNHAM – In Mifflin County a portion of Kish Park in Burnham might be going to the dogs. The Derry Township Supervisors have voted this week to apply for a $75,000 grant to help pay for construction of a dog park there. The $75,000 grant would come from the State Department of Community Economic Development.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Well water surrounding a proposed water withdrawal site in Old Lycoming Township in Lycoming County will not be adversely impacted now or in the future. That’s what some hydrologists told about 35 Old Lycoming Township residents last night at a public hearing on that water withdrawal site for the natural gas industry proposed for 3231 Lycoming Creek Road.  The Sun Gazette reports, last night’s meeting was the fifth time residents and Township officials met over the withdrawal site. Some residents were concerned that their private wells would go dry if water would be pumped from the site for use in hydro-fracking operations. In December the Susquehanna River Basin Commission gave their approval of the water withdrawal site proposed by Centura Development Company.
(WGRC)

SPRING MILLS - State transportation officials said Wednesday the proposed upgrade project to U.S. Route 322 in Potters Mills won’t be possible without additional funding from a state transportation bill. The Centre daily Times reports, hundreds of Penns Valley residents heard an update on the project, at the Penns Valley Elementary School last night. The project calls for improvements to increase safety and reduce congestion on a 3.75-mile stretch of Route 322 from near its intersection with state Route 144 to the Centre County/Mifflin County line. The public meeting was meant to give residents a chance to voice questions and concerns about the project. It also gave state Department of Transportation officials a chance to outline the plan in greater detail. PennDOT officials hope the state legislature votes on a transportation plan immediately upon return of their summer recess so that the project could get underway as early as the fall of 2014.
(WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - An adoptive son of Jerry Sandusky has filed court paperwork to legally change his name, along with the name of his current wife and four of his children. Petitions were filed Wednesday morning by Matt Sandusky seeking a name change for himself, his current wife, their child and three of Matt’s children from a previous marriage. Matt was adopted by Jerry Sandusky and was prepared to testify against Jerry during Jerry’s sexual abuse trial in June 2012. Matt claimed he was abused by Jerry, but never testified during Jerry’s trial. Court paperwork did not state what name was being sought in the name change.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – Geisinger Health System has been awarded a two-year grant for $110,000 from the state Department of Health’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant program for its work developing targeted treatment for patients with brain cancer. Brain cancer is the second-leading cause of death in children and males ages 20 to 39. It is the fifth leading cause of death in females ages 20 to 39. Some experts compare the human genome to a body’s computer hardware. They describe signals between cells to be like the software that instructs the computer when, where and how to work. Unlike our DNA, which can’t be changed, cell signals are malleable, giving scientists the chance to manipulate its response with drugs. Over the next five years, researchers at Geisinger expect to see the discovery of more factors that impinge on the genome and the development of more targeted brain cancer therapies in response.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Around 100 people marched to the Veteran’s Memorial Bride in Sunbury yesterday on the first anniversary of the tragic crash that claimed the life of a Northumberland man and his four-year-old son. Family and friends of kirk Mahaffey and his son Mason gathered on the bridge to release balloons and remember the two who were killed July 17th, 2012 on the bridge. The driver of the other vehicle, 25-year-old Brian Glass of Port Trevorton was drunk and high when he crossed the double-yellow line on the Bridge and slammed head-on into a vehicle killing the Mahaffey’s.  Glass, of Port Trevorton, remains jailed in the Northumberland County prison and awaits court action on vehicular homicide and related charges.
(WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE – Yesterday was an anniversary many in central Pennsylvania would like to forget if possible. Residents of the Lycoming county community of Montoursville came face to face with their worst nightmare 17 years ago. On that night, 16 high school students and five adult chaperones were among the 230 people killed when TWA flight 800 exploded over Long Island, New York on its way to Paris. On Wednesday in Montoursville, many people were doing something positive to remember the victims of flight 800. People from Montoursville and beyond are remembering the Montoursville 21 by doing 21 random acts of kindness. What started out as an idea between two friends on Facebook quickly grew and now organizers say more than 500 people are doing random acts of kindness.
(WNEP)

LOGANTON – If you live in the rural, farm-dotted landscape or small towns and farming communities of Pennsylvania, then this year you probably have noticed a big increase in an unpopular nuisance. You can’t have a cookout, or picnic, or open a door or window without attracting hundreds of buzzing, black house flies. Experts say the wet, hot and humid weather, combined with the spreading of manure on the region's farm fields has created a perfect storm for a "bloom" in the pest population. It’s so bad in Clinton County that there the Express reports, county and regional officials have been working with local farmers to resolve the problem, after complaints from area residents. But experts say the recommendation - a "best practices" long-term approach to insect control - will probably not cure what ails the region, at least not this year. Experts say our recent spell of hot, dry weather will offer a cure as the flies’ food source and the larvae in it dries up. And not to worry with the summer coming to an end in about two months, also will bring cooler weather which is less preferable to the pesky insects.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State University sits at number 50 on a list of the top 100 universities in the world, according to rankings published recently by the Center for World University Rankings. That’s 14 points up from last year’s ranking of 64. The Center for World University Rankings, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, published the list to measure the quality of education, training of students and prestige of faculty and their research. The rankings were developed after considering the quality of a university’s faculty, such as the number of awards and prizes received publications in international journals, patents, the quality of the education as determined by the alma maters of the CEOs of Forbes’ top 2,000 public companies and the awards that alumni received. Harvard topped the 2013 list, followed by Stanford, University of Oxford in Great Britain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge in Great Britain. Penn State was ahead of the University of Pittsburgh, which came in at number. 69.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Lawyers in the trial of a lawsuit over Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law are clashing over the credibility of a year-old survey. At issue in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday was a July 2012 report from a University of Washington professor concluding that more than 1 million registered voters lacked the photo-identification the law requires from each voter. The Associated Press reports, Plaintiffs who sponsored the survey brought in another witness, David Marker, who testified the methodology used in the survey was up to professional standards. A lawyer for the state’s legal team sought to chip away at Marker’s credibility on cross examination and asked Judge Bernard McGinley to exclude Marker’s testimony. McGinley refused. The plaintiffs hope to overturn the March 2012 law. The court has blocked enforcement since before last year’s presidential election.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Governor Corbett's staff is undergoing another shake-up. His chief of staff, Steve Aichele is on the way out. The change, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, comes just over a year after Aichele was hired for the job in a move some said was an attempt to help Corbett right a sinking ship. But the governor still faces persistently low poll ratings and is fresh off an all-around failure to secure his top legislative priorities. The governor's office confirmed Wednesday afternoon that longtime GOP political operative and fundraiser Leslie Gromis Baker is likely to take Aichele's place. Also leaving is the governor's legislative director, Chris Carusone. One of Carusone's deputies, Andrew Ritter, will move into the role of acting secretary of legislative affairs. Aichele's wife, Department of State Secretary Carol Aichele, will stay in her post, according to the agency's spokesman. Corbett's cabinet has also seen a great deal of turnover in the past two years, with five agency secretaries resigning their posts.
(WITF)