November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

PAWLING STATION – A man crashes a car and flees leaving an injured passenger behind in Snyder County.  State Police say 20-year old Rick Steffen of Mount Pleasant Mills crashed a car into a tree around 12:30 this morning along Route 522 in Penn Township.  Police say he fled the scene.  His passenger, 21-year old Floyd Walter of Beaver Springs, was hurt in the crash and taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment.  Hospital staff notified police who continue to investigate.
John Callahan (WGRC)

TROXELVILLE – Two from Snyder County were taken to a hospital following a crash in Adams Township, yesterday. The crash happened just after five p.m. on Troxelville Road. Police say both 16-year-old Jonathan Newcomber of Beaver Springs and 60-year-old Van Keister of Troxelville suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. Police say Newcomber lost control of his SUV went off the roadway hit a sign then veered back onto the roadway in the path of the pick-up truck driven by Keister.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)  

STATE COLLEGE – An Arizona man was charged with a deadly crash Sunday night that killed an Ohio woman in Centre County. Police have charged 41-year-old Juan Padilla with DUI after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in College Township Sunday evening that left an Ohio woman dead. State College police say Padilla, had a blood-alcohol level of over two times the legal limit to be driving after the crash at Shiloh Road and the Benner Pike. The woman, who died, Mary Miller, of Canton, Ohio, was a passenger in a sedan that collided with the pickup truck Padilla was driving. The investigation continues and police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at 234-7150.
(WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - A Pottsville man considered a "person of interest" in a homicide kicked out the window of a police cruiser and tried to flee from officers Tuesday when he was brought back to Pottsville to face charges. Fifty-one-year-old Edward Miller is being investigated for his connection to the death of 66-year-old John Tranquillo, whose body was found inside his 411 Laurel Boulevard home about 3:30 a.m. Monday. An autopsy Tuesday determined Tranquillo's death was a homicide caused by strangulation. Miller is being held on $200,000 bail for an assault and theft of a vehicle on East Norwegian Street in Pottsville around four p.m. Sunday. The Republican Herald reports, the stolen vehicle was later found near Tranquillo’s home. Miller was found in Montgomery County by state police in Tranquillo’s vehicle. Police are asking that anyone with information on Tranquillo's death or with details on Miller's whereabouts between noon Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday to call Pottsville police at 570-622-1234.
(WGRC)

ELYSBURG – State Police in Northumberland County are investigating a case of reckless endangerment when a truck passed four vehicles, then pulled over and pointed a gun at them as they passed by finally firing a shot. That happened around 7:30 last night on High Road and Billman Road in Mayberry Township. Police say they have the truck in their possession as they investigate.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

MILESBURG – In Centre County, four people have been arrested and charged with felony forgery receiving stolen property and weapons charges after trying to pass a stolen check. That happened around one yesterday afternoon at Fisher’s Market on Turnpike Street in Milesburg. Police have charged 33-year-old Barry Perryman and 29-year-old Rachel Muir both of Lock Haven and 30-year-old Jennifer Kephart and 26-year-old Eric Yarrison of Howard when Muir tried to purchase some items at the market with the stolen check and police were notified. Both men had previous arrests and were not to be carrying guns and both were charged with weapons violations.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE — Two Danville-area men broke into an apartment in Danville, Monday and tussled with the residents while a woman waited outside with a getaway car. Police have arrested 22-year-old Terence Hines, 19-year-old Colby Lazure, and 19-year-old Ciarra Howey, of Riverside and charged them with felony burglary. The two broke into an apartment at 412 East Market Street around 5:30 p.m. and assault the woman inside. The Press Enterprise reports, the two grabbed some video games before taking off with Howey. All three are jailed in the Montour County Prison.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A 31-year-old Danville man charged by Coal Township police with stealing approximately $6,000 from his former employer was sentenced to 45 days to 23 1/2 months in Northumberland County Prison. John Stone, who formerly resided in Tharptown, pleaded guilty to the offense Monday morning and was sentenced by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor. Stone was charged with stealing property from the Radio Shack in the Plaza at Coal Township between November 2010, and August 2011, while he was the manager of the business.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - It's been almost four years since 33-year-old Jason Specht and 43-year-old Sherry Jo Leonard was found murdered in a mobile home along Route 522 in Granville Township, Mifflin County. The brutal killing was discovered by firemen and police officers at around 4 a.m. on November 25, 2007 after they were summoned to Specht's home for a reported fire. By the time firemen got to Specht's residence, the home was almost fully engulfed in flames. Leonard was pronounced dead at the scene and Specht died shortly thereafter at the emergency room at Lewistown Hospital. One month later their deaths were ruled a homicide, and the fire ruled arson. There have been no arrests made in connection with the murders and police do not have a suspect or person of interest. On Tuesday, friends and family of the victims gathered at the location of a new billboard outside Huntingdon, asking for the public's help. State Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG – A man already locked up in the Northumberland County prison is facing additional felony charges of retail theft and forgery from the Weis supermarket and Wal-Mart stores in Kelly Township, Union County. Police have charged 36-year-old Raul Gonzalez-Ramos with the thefts of goods from the stores in November 2010 and July, and September of this year.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WHITE DEER – A truck driver from Jacksonville, Florida is being charged with felony weapons violations after getting involved with an argument with another trucker and then pulling a gun on the other driver. That happened November 5th around 9:45 a.m. on Interstate 80 westbound in White Deer Township, Union County. Police say both drivers then pulled off along the highway to settle the dispute and that’s when 51-year-old Craig Clark pulled a pistol on the other driver. Both men took off headed west on the interstate and were eventually pulled over by state police at Lamar. Clark is charged with having the gun without a license and reckless endangerment charges.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DUSHORE - State police in Sullivan County are investigating to determine if the owner of a winery near Dushore is the victim of a hate crime. When owner John Crasne arrived Tuesday morning he found much more than he expected lots of damage which he claims happened because he is Jewish. State police said the crime happened between Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 a.m. Troopers are still investigating whether or not this was actually a hate crime.
(WNEP)

WILLIAMSPORT - Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts sentenced a 50-year-old city man to more than a decade in state prison Tuesday for having a large collection of child pornography. The Sun Gazette reports, Kenneth Jett, will spend between 12 1/2 and 25 years in a state prison after pleading guilty to 49 counts of possessing child pornography in July. Jett was charged by the District Attorney's office in September while he was incarcerated on charges of allegedly having inappropriate contact with a minor. During the course of that investigation, county detectives seized Jett's computer and discovered more than 300 images and videos of child pornography.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A former Penn State graduate assistant cited by a grand jury report as claiming he saw an ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a campus locker room shower says in an email he made sure the act was stopped and then went to police - contradicting what the Grand Jury report says. Mike McQueary's comments were made available to The Associated Press on Tuesday. In an email to a friend, McQueary says he made sure the 2002 assault he witnessed was stopped and went to the police about it. McQueary, who has been placed on administrative leave and did not coach in Saturday's 17-14 loss to Nebraska, wrote: "I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room ... I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police .... No one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds ... trust me." McQueary added, "Do with this what you want ... but I am getting hammered for handling this the right way."
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - The preliminary hearings for former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Interim Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Gary Schultz have been rescheduled. The hearings were originally scheduled to take place today but have been rescheduled to 9 a.m. December 6th at the Dauphin County Courthouse. Curley and Schultz were both charged with perjury and failure to report suspected abuse following their potential involvement with the Jerry Sandusky case. According to the grand jury presentment, both Curley and Schultz were aware Sandusky was possibly sexually abusing a young boy in a Penn State locker room and did not notify authorities — violating Pennsylvania’s mandated reporting law. Curley and Schultz were released on $75,000 unsecured bail, meaning they only have to pay if they fail to attend their hearing. Both men have maintained their innocence.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - U.S. Senator Bob Casey on Tuesday asked for a hearing into how federal laws apply to the investigation of the child sex-abuse case that has enveloped Penn State University. In a letter sent to Senators Barbara Mikulski and Richard Burr, Casey called for a hearing in a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The Associated Press reports, Casey wanted to see how well federal laws protect children and to ensure that provisions for reporting suspected cases are in place. Pennsylvania is not one of the 18 states that require all adults to report suspected child abuse. The request results from the state investigation into Jerry Sandusky. Casey says, "The serious nature of these allegations and the evidence on the public record of failure to report by individuals at Penn State warrants an immediate review of the relationship between federal and state reporting requirements on child abuse and neglect."
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE — Hundreds gathered in downtown State College in a multi-denominational Christian ceremony aimed at healing the community in the aftermath of the scandal at Penn State. The Centre Daily Times reports, the service, held Tuesday evening at Grace Lutheran Church, brought together nine local congregations for prayer, hymn-singing and reflection on recent events. Members of Calvary Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, State College’s United Church of Christ, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Pine Hall and Gatesburg Lutheran Churches, State College Presbyterian Church and the State College Assembly of God attended the service.
(WGRC)

BLOOMSBURG — Up to 40 flooded families will move into new trailers going in at two mobile home parks, in Columbia County. Work has started to set up mobile home pads at the top of Stoney Brook Circle off Route 487 near Lightstreet and at the Country Terrace Park in Main Township. The Federal Emergency Management Agency hopes to have families moving in by Thanksgiving. The Press Enterprise reports, those who will be taking up temporary residence in the units are homeowners whose homes were damaged badly enough that they still expect it will be some time before they can return. The FEMA units will provide them with rent-free places to stay for up to 18 months.
(WGRC)

SELINSGROVE - The message to the 27 families who remain at the Pine Meadows housing development in Selinsgrove, Snyder County is clear -- move or be removed. An important meeting for the residents who face eviction will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Pine Meadow Community Room. Tuesday was the original end to a contract by the 100-unit complex's owner, Sencit Pine Meadow Associates LP, and Housing and Urban Development, which provides Section 8 rent assistance to those with vouchers.  Officials say Sencit has been able to secure a short-term extension of the Section 8 contract. After the extension expires those still on the property will be removed. Sencit approached adjacent Susquehanna University last year about its intention to sell the complex. The Daily Item reports, the university is planning to purchase the property and turn the apartments into student housing, available in 2013.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A $3.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation has been secured by the River Valley Transit Company in Williamsport for its proposed compressed natural gas fueling station. The announcement of the award came Tuesday through the office of U.S. Senator Bob Casey, who said the money is part of a Clean Fuels program to encourage communities to use funds for green energy purposes. The Sun Gazette reports, the facility, at 1500 East Third Street, is expected to be operational in May. The project is expected to displace an estimated 45,000 gallons of fuel per year and eliminate nearly 504 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce got an update on Moxie Energy's plans for two new power plants that will involve up to 500 jobs during the construction phase at its first Morning Member Connection at the Genetti Hotel on Friday. Moxie Energy has initiated development of two 800 megawatt combined cycle power plants to be fueled with locally produced natural gas. The projects will be in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, and Asylum Township, Bradford County. Both will electrically interconnect with the substations adjacent to the sites. The project in Lycoming County could begin construction by mid-2013. The investment for each project will be about $800 million. Construction costs are about $600 million.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Students in human services classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology will combine forces to offer holiday-shopping opportunities that benefit others today through Friday in the Bush Campus Center. The students will offer their annual fair-trade sale of handcrafted goods to help working poor in other countries, as well as an opportunity for shoppers to purchase gifts for local nonprofit agencies through a Gifts That Give Hope Fair. Through the Gifts That Give Hope event, conducted by students in a Service Learning in Sociology course, eight local organizations will host information tables, along with lists of gifts that can be “purchased” during the event to benefit the organizations’ clients. For example, a $10 donation to the West House provides personal-care supplies for a client. In the same venue, students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change will host a Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, featuring fair-trade handcrafted goods from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s oldest fair-trade organizations. The nonprofit group works with more than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries. Fair trade enables the artisans to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a higher quality of life.
(WGRC)