September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport police are not able to give much detail of a stabbing around 2:15 this morning in the city. They say the victim, a man, is not cooperating with the investigation, but they say he received non life threatening injury.
(WRAK)

BELLEFONTE - In Centre County, the man accused of helping a Bellefonte man escape from the scene of a homicide will face trial on the charges, after waiving his right to a hearing in court Wednesday. 26-year old Kermit Butts of Madisonburg, is charged with hindering prosecution and aggravated assault.
Police tell the Centre Daily Times, Butts knew that his friend, Ronald Heichel, was planning to shoot and kill 29-year old Samuel Boob, at Boob's wife's request. Both Heichel and Mirinda Boob are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Samuel Boob on August 23rd of last year. Police said Butts knew Samuel Boob was in danger when he drove Heichel to the Boob family house the morning of the shooting. Butts told police last week that he heard two shots ring out, and Heichel later admitted to his friend that he shot the father of four. Police said they came across the new information linking Butts to the case when concession stand workers returned to town for the Grange Fair. Heichel and Butts were both carnival workers at the fair last year.
John Callahan (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - In Centre County, a Penn State student was arrested early Wednesday morning on the 200 block of Locust Lane after State College police said he swung a knife at a Colombian man while making racial comments. The Centre Daily Times reports, Robert Skinner was released after posting bail. He was charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and other charges.
John Callahan (WGRC)

BELLEFONTE - A Centre County couple was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police said they were seen huffing duster in their car in the parking lot of Big Lots on Benner Pike with a 1-year-old child in a car seat. Police caught up with the vehicle, where 20-year old Shandi Collar and 26-year old Joshua Bitner, both of Bellefonte, were sniffing from aerosol cans in the front seat. An officers report stated the child was strapped into her car seat, but the car was turned off, the windows were rolled up, and the heated seats were on. Police said the child was dirty, sweaty and lethargic. The Centre Daily Times reports, it was hotter than 90 degrees Tuesday. The child was hospitalized briefly, then taken into protective custody by Children and Youth Services. Collar and Bitner are both charged with endangering the welfare of a child and drug charges. Collar was jailed on $32,500 bail. Bitner was jailed on $30,000 bail.
John Callahan (WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission today voted to approve an annual increase in rates for Wonderview Water Company in Columbia County. The Commission voted 5 to none to approve the increase in annual rates of 32.5 percent. The average annual bill for residential customers using approximately 53,000 gallons a year will increase $138.24. Wonderview provides service to 152 customers in Wonderview Development in Main and Catawissa Townships.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - A Bloomsburg woman was jailed Wednesday for allegedly stabbing her friend in the stomach during an early morning fight. Police say 43-year-old Wendy Green stabbed 59-year-old Martin  Simons, and then claimed Simons stabbed himself. Police say Green took off after stabbing Simons but was found in some woods near the scene. The incident happened just after three Wednesday morning in the 500 block of East Fourth Street in Bloomsburg. The Press Enterprise reports, Green is jailed on $25-thousand dollars bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

CLARKS FERRY - A Delaware County truck driver suffered minor injuries and caused major traffic headaches when he crashed his tractor-trailer on U.S. Routes 22/322 just before the start of Wednesday morning's rush hour, Wednesday. The truck and twin trailers owned by Con-Way Freight overturned at the entrance to the Clarks Ferry Bridge. Police say the truck struck a concrete wall on the right side of the bridge and sheared off a light pole before rolling on to its side. The truck was hauling 168 gallons of paint some of which spilled causing hazmat teams to labor over the mess. No paint reached the Susquehanna River. The eastbound lanes of the highway, a major commuter route, remained closed much of the morning. Police say speed might have been a factor in the crash.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

NEWPORT - A 67-year-old Newport man is being charged with indecent assault on a 50-year-old woman in Perry County. That happened August 11th in the borough of Newport. Police have charged William Mitchell for the incident which happened at his home.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MONTOURSVILLE - A Montoursville man who visited various residents at the Valley View Nursing Center, on Warrensville Road, in Lycoming County was arrested Tuesday on charges of allegedly sexually assaulting one of them. 76-year-old Levern Day Jr. is accused of having inappropriate contact at least twice with the woman, in July and again in August. Day is free on bail awaiting a hearing.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BARNSVILLE - A 32-year-old Barnsville man has been arrested and charged with Burglary related crimes in Schuylkill County. Police say around eleven Wednesday night Robert Ryan Jr. entered the home of 30-year-old Donald Marcinczyk. Marcinczyk caught Ryan outside the home and where Ryan tried to hit Marcinczyk, but the homeowner got the upper hand striking Ryan in the face. Ryan fled and was caught at his home. He's now jailed on $35-thousand dollars bail in the Schuylkill County jail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man who gestured as if he had a gun in his pocket when he and others robbed three teenagers, will spend  five to ten years in state prison. 18-year-old Tyrea Golden, and 19-year-old Colin Smith Jr. acted as if they had guns in their pockets when they robbed the teens of numerous pieces of technology equipment, a jacket and recreational equipment. Golden pleaded guilty to robbery. Smith, who pleaded guilty to the February robbery, is serving a 2 1/2 to five-year state prison sentence.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - It's been sixteen long years since 23-year-old Gail Matthews and her five-year-old daughter Tamara Berkheiser were murdered in their Center Street home in Williamsport. Tonight Gail's mother plans another Candle Light Service in Brandon Park to honor the two. She says she will not give up and stays in touch with the District Attorney's office almost on a weekly basis. Earl "Skip" Kramer the third was charged twice with the murders, but charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. The Service in the Park will begin at 7 p.m. near the Round House at a tree the Matthews planted to honor Gail and Tamara.
(WRAK)

SHAMOKIN DAM - A hazardous materials company, will be on Route 11  just north of Shamokin Dam in Snyder County most of the day today cleaning up spilled diesel fuel from a tractor trailer crash which happened Sunday morning. Traffic will be narrowed to one lane controlled by flagmen until four this afternoon. Plan to take an alternate route if possible during this time, and expect and prepare for delays if you travel Route 11 in Snyder County.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - The court has taken the law into its own hands. Clinton County President Judge J. Michael Williamson on Tuesday ordered the approval of a water-extraction operation along the Susquehanna River at Hyner to support gas drilling after members of the Chapman Township Zoning Hearing Board quit in an act of defiance against the judge. The Express reports, the order means the operation can proceed under a new zoning exception, but with limitations and stipulations. Anadarko E&PA. Company will now be allowed to withdraw up to 720,000 gallons of water daily from the river.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - Nearly 100 volunteers participated in the 3rd annual "Living in One Neighborhood" or LION Walk which took place on Tuesday, in State College. Participants from various Penn State student groups, State College Borough and Penn State Police, and Borough and Penn State Staff took to the streets to talk with student and non-student residents about being good neighbors and the importance of developing good relationships in the community. This neighborhood community building event is jointly sponsored by the State College Borough, Penn State University's Division of Student Affairs, and the Off-Campus Student Union.  
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg University started its fall semester with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. It's the first time that many have been attending class here, and those living on campus are stretching school-owned housing to the limit. Students have been tripled into dorm rooms meant for only two students. And the Press Enterprise reports the University has converted study halls to rooms, assigned roommates to student resident assistants and rented out the Kile Apartments across Penn Street from the school. The university is bursting at the seams because upperclassmen want to live on campus, and there are about 100 more freshmen and transfer students this year than last.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A new high dose flu vaccine soon will be made available locally, even as early as this week at some sites. The state Department of Health, meanwhile, is offering the vaccines on a limited basis. The vaccines are for under-served people. This year, an all-in-one inoculation protects against swine flu as well as two other kinds of influenza strains, including seasonal flu. Weis Markets is making available vaccines at its in-store pharmacies starting this week. The shots will be administered to persons 18 or older by trained and certified pharmacist immunizers through the company's adult immunization services program. The Sun Gazette reports, in Williamsport Susquehanna Health expects to receive its first shipment of vaccines by October 1st. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu vaccines are the best way to protect against influenza. Those at higher risk for the flu include young children, anyone 50 or older, those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or asthma, and pregnant women.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - Governor Ed Rendell announced Renewable Energy Partners Incorporated will receive an $850,000 grant sponsored by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Wednesday in Harrisburg. The grant will be used in building a solar energy farm in Lewistown Borough. Stephen Mitnick, of the private solar energy company based in Penn Valley, said it will provide great opportunities for Lewistown residents to save money on their utility bills as the solar farm will produce energy for the Lewistown Sewer Treatment Plant. The Sentinel reports, Lewistown Borough Council is supporting the mission toward clean energy as they signed a non-binding agreement for this solar farm in August.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DUSHORE - The Sullivan County School District will receive $630,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to install a biomass energy system which will replace 85 percent of the heating oil used with 775 tons of sustainable, harvested local biomass, which will reduce energy costs at the high school and elementary school. The funding was announced yesterday by Governor Ed Rendell.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania collected $1.8 billion in General Fund revenue in August, which was $7 million more than anticipated. Secretary of Revenue C. Daniel Hassell reports the fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $3.5 billion, which is $6 million, above previous estimates. In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $193 million for the month, that's nearly $37 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for that fund total just over 9 percent, above estimate.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)