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Here's what is happening in 'Pennsylvania's Heartland'...

Friday, July 25
Police are inves­ti­gat­ing a home inva­sion that turned into a pistol-whipping in Colum­bia County.  WNEP reports, five men forced their way into a home, in the Vil­lage of Espy, early yes­ter­day morn­ing and pistol-whipped two peo­ple inside near Blooms­burg. The intrud­ers got into the home along Sec­ond Street by push­ing in a win­dow air con­di­tioner.  Offi­cials said a fight broke out and the men attacked the two peo­ple inside, then ran off on foot but left the pis­tol behind.

The inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into the death of a woman in Northum­ber­land County. She was found dead inside a Grand­view Drive home in Wat­son­town yes­ter­day. Her iden­tity has not been released and there is no word yet on her cause of death. Police are not say­ing whether or not they believe the death is sus­pi­cious and more infor­ma­tion will be released as it becomes available.

A new Texas law has spurred a dra­matic decline in the num­ber of abor­tions per­formed in state.  A recent study from the Texas Pol­icy Eval­u­a­tion Project shows abor­tions declined 13 per­cent over the last year.  The study attrib­utes the decrease to tougher state reg­u­la­tion of abor­tion clin­ics. The reg­u­la­tions have forced many clin­ics to close their doors.  More than 40 abor­tion clin­ics have closed since the law was imple­mented and only six facil­i­ties are expected to remain open after all safety reg­u­la­tions take effect in Sep­tem­ber.  The new rules require doc­tors who per­form abor­tions to main­tain hos­pi­tal priv­i­leges within 30 miles of their facilities.

Thursday, July 24
A deci­sion is expected to be deliv­ered by tomor­row as to whether or not a Sun­bury police offi­cer was jus­ti­fied in shoot­ing a sus­pect ear­lier this month. Act­ing police Chief Brad Hare found 22 year old Erik Tromet­ter neat the city on July 8th. He had been wanted in the assault on his grand­mother. Tromet­ter report­edly drew a knife and threat­ened Hare who used a taser twice on the man with­out results before shoot­ing him. Tromet­ter remains in Geisinger Med­ical Cen­ter in fair con­di­tion. Hare is on admin­is­tra­tive leave pend­ing the results of the investigation.

A son of late Penn State foot­ball coach Joe Paterno has sued the uni­ver­sity over his dis­missal from its coach­ing staff two years ago, say­ing he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry San­dusky child molesta­tion scan­dal. For­mer assis­tant coach Jay Paterno and another for­mer assis­tant, Bill Ken­ney, filed a fed­eral law­suit in Philadel­phia on Mon­day, seek­ing more than $1 mil­lion and a state­ment from the uni­ver­sity say­ing they did noth­ing wrong related to San­dusky, who was con­victed of abus­ing sev­eral boys, some on campus.

A pro-traditional fam­ily advo­cacy group has launched an email cam­paign oppos­ing a Burger King local pro­mo­tion in San Fran­cisco that fea­tured a spe­cially pack­aged, limited-edition gay pride Whop­per with a rain­bow wrap­per in antic­i­pa­tion that the fast food chain may go national with the burger.  “Even though this pro­mo­tion was at just one loca­tion, as a chain, Burger King is pro­mot­ing homo­sex­ual behav­ior as healthy and some­thing to have pride in,” said Amer­i­can Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tim Wild­mon. “We believe that pro­mot­ing and encour­ag­ing unhealthy behav­ior will drive fam­i­lies away.”  Burger King’s Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of Global Brand Man­age­ment defended the company’s pro­mo­tion, telling USA Today that the sand­wich “show­cases who we are as a brand,” adding, “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.”

Wednesday, July 23
The speed limit on two stretches of Penn­syl­va­nia inter­state high­ways will be raised to 70 mph next month in a pilot project that may lead to increases elsewhere.  Begin­ning around Aug. 11, the limit will be raised on 88 miles of Inter­state 80, from Du Bois in Clearfield County to Clin­ton County and 21 miles of I-380 from I-84 in Lack­awanna County to Mount Pocono in Mon­roe County.  Yes­ter­day, The Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike acti­vated a new 70 mph limit from Blue Moun­tain to Morgantown. The trans­porta­tion fund­ing law approved by the Leg­is­la­ture and Gov­er­nor Tom Cor­bett in the fall autho­rizes the higher limits.

Fed­eral charges have been filed against a woman from Colum­bia County.  Fed­eral author­i­ties accused 59 year old Mary Gille­spie of Blooms­burg of being involved in a check fraud scheme in which she stole money from two banks in Blooms­burg.  The alleged scheme lasted from Novem­ber 2008 to Sep­tem­ber 2013 at the First Colum­bia Bank and Trust Com­pany and Ful­ton National Bank. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Tuesday, July 22
A fed­eral appeals court has deliv­ered a seri­ous set­back to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law, poten­tially derail­ing sub­si­dies for many low– and middle-income peo­ple who have bought poli­cies.  If upheld, the deci­sion could mean pre­mium increases for more than half of the 8 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who pur­chased taxpayer-subsidized insur­ance under the law.  It affects con­sumers who pur­chased their cov­er­age through the fed­eral insur­ance mar­ket­place — or exchange– that serves 36 states.  A three-judge panel in Wash­ing­ton ruled 2–1 that the law, as writ­ten, only allows insur­ance sub­si­dies in states that have set up their own exchanges. That inval­i­dated an IRS reg­u­la­tion that allowed sub­si­dies in all 50 states.

Grant money is com­ing to Vol­un­teer Fire com­pa­nies in our region. They will share in $590,000 dol­lars in state grant monies which will help them guard against the threat of for­est fires and fires in other rural areas. The grant pro­gram helps to bet­ter equip the com­pa­nies in rural areas who are called in to help fight fires with other forestry teams. In Lycoming County, The Clin­ton Town­ship Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, the Loy­al­sock Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, the Pine Creek Inde­pen­dent Com­pany in Cam­mal, and the Uni­tyville Fire Com­pany will all receive some funding.

Crews in Northum­ber­land County had to deal with two wrecks 10 min­utes apart, within a mile of each other, this morn­ing near Mil­ton. WNEP reports, A tractor-trailer car­ry­ing scrap metal over­turned as it was get­ting onto Inter­state 80 west around 6:20am. It dumped out a large amount of scrap metal, and it took crews most of the morn­ing to clean it up.  Only about 10 min­utes before the tractor-trailer crash, and less than one mile away, a mobile home fell off a trailer com­ing off the on-ramp onto Inter­state 80 east. The trailer remained upright, but the mobile home over­turned and rolled onto the side of the inter­state. No injuries were reported.

Monday, July 21
Road con­struc­tion to tell you about. A detour was put in place Monday in Wash­ing­ton Town­ship, Lycoming County as a bridge project gets under­way on the Elim­sport Road there. The detour will be in effect using Alvira Road, Ridge Road and Turn­back road is expected to be in effect until early October.

A train derailed in Nis­bet Sunday after­noon. The Sun Gazette says a dozen cars out of a 129 car train went off the rails at the River Road rail­road cross­ing at about 2:50 p.m. yes­ter­day, but no one was hurt. Wit­nesses told the paper, they heard a loud noise or a click­ing sound. The tracks are owned by Nor­folk South­ern Cor­po­ra­tion, which had a team of inves­ti­ga­tors in the area shortly after the derail­ment, and they had put equip­ment there to help cleanup the site. The train was trav­el­ing from Altoona to PPL’s Straw­berry Ridge power plant.