September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

UNDATED – With Tropical Storm Lee causing massive flooding and widespread damage just weeks ago, flooding on the Susquehanna River at Bloomsburg and Danville can be expected again today. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Susquehanna River in Danville and Bloomsburg.  In Danville, the river is expected to reach its 20 foot flood stage this afternoon.  It is predicted to crest just inches over flood stage. In Bloomsburg, the river is expected to crest at its flood stage of 19 feet tonight. Further down river at Sunbury the Susquehanna is not predicted to reach its flood stage of 24 feet, but is expected to reach 22 feet this afternoon. That would be close enough to close Route 11 between Shamokin Dam and Northumberland.
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POE PADDY – A crash early this morning in a remote area of Mifflin County near the Centre County with injuries. That crash was reported just after four this morning in an area along Panther Run Road just off the Sellersville/Millheim Pike. We’re told there were several injuries and at least one person was unresponsive and not breathing. There were also reports of one person being thrown from the vehicle in that crash. The LifeLion Helicopter from Hershey Medical Center was called to a Boy Scout camp in Potter Township, Centre County to transfer at least one patient.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BEECH CREEK – A 51-year-old Beech Creek woman is dead while a 19-year-old girl injured in a crash last night near Beech Creek in Clinton County. The crash happened just after ten p.m. on Eagle Valley Road in Beech Creek Township. Police say 19 year-old Lindsay Young of Beech Creek was trying to pass another vehicle and lost control of her car hit an embankment, rolling the car several times. Police say 51-year-old Carol Young was a passenger in the car and was thrown from the vehicle and landed underneath the car. Police say Carol Young died at the scene. Police say neither woman was wearing their seatbelts. Lindsay Young was flown to Geisinger Medical Center. Police say the vehicle they were trying to pass did not stop following the crash. Anyone with information on the crash is being asked to call state police, Lamar.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

PAXINOS — An 80-year-old Coal Township woman was killed Thursday and two other drivers injured when she pulled in front of a dump truck, setting off a three-vehicle crash on Route 61 in Ralpho Township, Northumberland County. Police say Doris Kern turned from Overlook Boulevard onto Route 61 at around 3:30 p.m. when her car was hit broadside on the driver’s-side by the oncoming truck driven by Thomas Alai, of Elysburg. The impact sent the car into a Jeep driven by Melanie Guinther, of Elysburg. Kern died at the scene of the crash. Guinther was cut free from the wreckage and taken to Geisinger where she remains in fair condition. Alai was treated at Geisinger and released. The road was closed for several hours during the investigation.
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NEWPORT - An 11-year-old Newport Middle School student was hit by a car in front of the school Tuesday morning. Witnesses said the boy was crossing in a crosswalk in a school zone, but police said he darted into traffic. The boy has fractures in his face and skull and a badly injured leg. He is recovering at Hershey Medical Center. No one has been charged in the accident.
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BELLEFONTE - Spilled milk caused a mess near Bellefonte yesterday after the driver lost control on a sharp curve and rolled over. Milk and fuel spilled into the Logan Branch of Spring Creek. The driver was not injured but he was cited for speeding. The Fish Commission is monitoring the stream for any environmental problems.
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BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick man is accused of beating and robbing an old friend and also roughing up the victim's dog after picking them up in his car to "go for a ride and catch up." Police tell the Press Enterprise, 27-year-old Daniel Traugh, was committed to Columbia County Prison for the alleged mugging of 33-year-old David Hargraves late Monday in Berwick. Police say Traugh robbed Hargraves of $90 as well as his backpack and a $30 New York Yankees cap after choking him and beating him about the head while he tried to get out of Traugh’s car. Traugh is jailed on $50,000 bail.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE — A 29-year-old man accused of attempting to rape a woman as she walked through the borough in June pleaded guilty Thursday in Snyder County Court to stalking and harassment. Reynett Gonzalez, of Orlando, Florida, made that plea Thursday in Snyder County Court. Gonzalez will be sentenced in November and could face five years in prison. Gonzalez was arrested June 12 after he allegedly accosted a 62-year-old woman as she walked along Susquehanna Avenue. The woman ran to a nearby home to call for help.
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POTTSVILLE - An Orwigsburg man will have to spend more than a decade behind federal prison bars after being sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for participating in a methamphetamine trafficking ring for more than two years. Forty-one-year-old David Brown, must serve 11 years in a federal prison. He must also serve five years supervised release after prison and pay a $1,000 fine. Brown pleaded guilty in May for distributing meth between June 2008 and August 2010.  Investigators say Brown brought large amounts of methamphetamine from Indiana to Schuylkill County.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT — A State College businessman already in federal prison for embezzling money has admitted he willfully evaded paying income taxes and remitting payroll taxes that had been withheld. Forty-six-year-old Ellery Crissman, who is serving a 57-month jail sentence in federal prison, entered the plea Thursday and U.S. Middle District Court. He was immediately sentenced to a concurrent two years in prison followed by three years supervised release. Crissman of Lock Haven, also was ordered to pay $445,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. That’s in addition to the $1.56 million in restitution he is ordered to pay in the embezzlement case.
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RIVERSIDE —Merck &Company says no environmental impacts were caused following a recent DEP investigation and fines against the company, however the Daily Item reports, Merck&Company says human error led to a spill of 31 tons of ethylene glycol, an anti-freeze, into the Susquehanna River on August 2, 2007. The lawsuit brought a $1.5 million fine against Merck for environmental violations at plants in Northumberland and Montgomery counties. The 93-page lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges a variety of missteps at the Riverside facility, including repeated accidental discharges of hazardous waste such as ammonia and anti-freeze, failure to notify appropriate authorities when waste was discharged, poor maintenance practices and inadequate equipment testing practices. The lawsuit alleges that the spills were caused by workers who did not turn off valves or otherwise failed to properly use equipment. The company did notify Northumberland County and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency officials two hours after the spill.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Despite their displeasure with the uncertain cost factors and being forced to vote in favor of an unfunded federal government mandate, Williamsport City Council approved a letter of agreement Thursday night between the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin the accreditation process of the city's 11 1/2-mile flood control system - that protects areas in Loyalsock and Old Lycoming townships. The municipalities now face an unbudgeted $300 to $400,000 price tag to have the levee system inspected and certified. The Sun Gazette reports, officials will now seek help from federal, state and local legislators to see if there is any funding to relieve cost to local taxpayers.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MACKEYVILLE – In Clinton County, the Mackeyville post office may soon close its doors forever, and over 50 people showed up at a meeting this week at the Mackeyville United Methodist Church to put their disapproval on record.  During the meeting, questionnaires were given to people to fill out that will become part of public record. The information will be taken into account and a decision will then be made as to whether the post office will be closed or not. The public has 60 days to comment to the U.S. Postal Service on the proposed closing. Mackeyville is only one of several hundred post offices across the state that are looking to be closed as the U.S. Postal Service struggles with the impact the Internet and e-mail has made on the system.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE — A domestic partner registry that takes effect Saturday in the Borough of State College will provide documentation for couples in unmarried, committed relationships. Borough officials will hold a ceremony to celebrate the registry at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the State College municipal building. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham will present domestic partnership certificates to the couples who participate. The Centre Daily Times reports, couples can use the registry certificate as proof of their relationship to employers, hospitals, insurers, or in other situations. A filed partnership ends if one or both partners file a notice of termination, a partner dies, or a partner legally marries.
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LEWISTOWN – In Mifflin County, Lewistown Hospital's Medic 29 Advanced Life Support program will be discontinued at the end of the year. The Sentinel reports, Advanced Life Support services will continue to be available for Mifflin County residents through Fame EMS. For those living in Juniata County, Port Royal EMS and Central Juniata EMS will provide coverage. Central Juniata EMS is in the process of establishing an advanced life support service and plans to be operational by December first. Kirk Thomas, vice president of operations at Lewistown Hospital, says the Hospital’s goal is to consolidate ALS operations and work with other organizations to create improved health services.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – Members of the Citizens Concerned for Human Life of Mifflin-Juniata Counties will gather in downtown Lewistown to pray for an end to abortion because they believe prayer does make a difference. The Life Chain event will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. October 2nd in front of the Mifflin County Courthouse in downtown Lewistown. The hour will include speakers, music and prayers. The event upholds the core prolife values that "that abortion kills children and that the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death." Through the rally, organizers hope people will commit to a time for prayerful self-analysis, repentance and a serious effort to help end abortion in the United States. The first Life Chain began in 1987 with a pastor in California, and since then more than 1,700 groups across the world have joined the special day of prayer, according to Life Chain.
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BELLEFNOTE - More than 1,800 acres of Spring Creek canyon in Centre County will be open to the public today during a dedication ceremony. The land was previously part of the Rockview State Correctional Institution and closed to the public. Now, over four miles will provide recreational opportunities of previously unseen Spring Creek.
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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania is taking nearly 1,000 of its inmates out of a Virginia prison and putting them back in its state prisons. The inmates are being returned because of newly built inmate housing and a leveling-off of the prison population. Susan McNaughton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, says they were sent to Virginia about a year ago because of Pennsylvania’s crowded prisons. It cost the state $62 per day for each inmate housed out of state. McNaughton says the she expects all inmates to be back in-state by 2012.
(WGRC)