December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

MIFFLINBURG – A Union County restaurant robbed overnight.  Mifflinburg Police say someone gained entry to the Old Turnpike Restaurant at 349 East Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg between 10 last night and 2 this morning.  They got inside by prying open a window in the kitchen area and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from an office.  Anyone with information should call Mifflinburg Police.
John Callahan (WGRC)

CENTRE HALL – A Centre Hall man dies in a crash in Centre County last evening. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on Smulton Road in Centre County’s Miles Township. Police say 29-year-old Christopher Raines died when his vehicle went off the roadway and crashed. Police are continuing their investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

 BENTON — a 23-year-old Stillwater man died following a crash in Columbia County early Friday morning. Police say 27-year-old Kyle Shaffer missed a sharp turn on Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township, clipped a tree with his pick-up, rolled over a bank and killed his passenger 23-year-old Russell Hack. The crash happened around 4 a.m. Friday about three miles from Hack's Paperdale Road home. Shaffer, also from Stillwater, was flown to Geisinger Medical Center. Police say neither Hack nor Shaffer was wearing a seat belt. The Press Enterprise reports, police are continuing their investigation into the crash.
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MONTOURSVILLE - An elderly Montoursville man died Saturday night shortly after he was struck by an SUV in front of his home. Police say 91-year-old Kenneth Sauers, of Broad Street, was crossing the 1100 block just after five p.m. when he was hit by the vehicle. Police say the driver did not see the pedestrian until the last second. Sauers was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where he died in the emergency room just after eight p.m.  
No new information was available from state police on a pedestrian struck by a vehicle Friday night outside Jersey Shore on Cement Hollow Road. In that incident, a woman was seriously injured when she struck by a car while walking a dog in the 2600 block of Cement Hollow Road in Piatt Township just before six p.m. Her identity has not been released. She was flown to Geisinger, but no information was available Saturday night about her condition.
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BEAR GAP - A family of four is homeless due to fire Sunday afternoon. The fire started just before three p.m. at the home of Linda and Daniel Anderson and their two teenage boys.  Crews from Northumberland and Columbia counties rushed to the scene at 124 Wynn School Road, near Bear Gap in Northumberland County. No one was injured in the blaze; however a pet dog and cat perished. Fire officials say the home is a total loss. The News Item reports, the Andersons are currently staying with relatives. A cause of the fire is being investigated.
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EXCHANGE - A 74-year-old Montour County woman collapsed when she realized her house was on fire, and was carried to safety by her 84-year-old husband Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out just before five p.m. at the home of Miles and Elenor Betz, in Muncy Exchange, in Anthony Township. Fire officials say the fire started on a back porch at a wood burning stove and crews were able to contain the fire to the back porch of the farm house. The Daily Item reports, the fire was ruled accidental and the couple were able to return inside once the fire was out.
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COAL TOWNSHIP - A dozen people riding all-terrain vehicles found themselves lost in the woods late Sunday night. Eleven units were sent on a search and rescue detail about 9 p.m. to locate the riders near the line between Coal and Zerbe townships - about 1,500 feet southeast of where "The Mile" stripping pit had once been located. One rider was able to call Northumberland County 911 for help. No one was injured. The riders were located around 9:30 p.m. and were to be led out of the woods.
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HARRISBURG – Mike McQueary's testimony Friday at a preliminary hearing for two Penn State officials accused of covering up the story was the most detailed, public account yet of the child sex abuse allegations that have upended the university's football program and the entire central Pennsylvania campus. Paterno and the university president have lost their jobs, and officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are accused of lying to a grand jury about what McQueary told them. A judge on Friday held Curley, the university's athletic director, and Schultz, a retired senior vice president, for trial after the daylong hearing. Curley says McQueary never relayed the seriousness of what he saw, and said he was only told that Sandusky was "horsing around" with a boy but that his conduct wasn't sexual. Curley, Schultz and Paterno have been criticized for never telling police about the 2002 charges. Prosecutors say Sandusky continued to abuse boys for six more years. Sandusky has denied having inappropriate sexual contact with boys. In about two hours on the witness stand, McQueary said again and again that what he saw was a sexual act, although he stopped short of saying he was sure that Sandusky, had raped the boy. When asked why McQuery didn’t go to police, McQueary said he was left with the impression both men took his report seriously and referenced Schultz's position as a vice president at the university who had overseen the campus police.
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LEWISBURG – A 17-year-old Millmont boy and a 22-year-old Milton man are behind bars after trying to rob the Lewisburg Dollar Tree store Friday night. Police say two store employees were counting cash receipts in the office of the store in Kelly Township just after 10:00 p.m. when the 22-year-old entered the office wearing a hockey mask, flashing a knife and demanding money. The bandit grabbed the money but didn’t get far as both women employees over powered him holding him till police arrived on the scene. The teen robber took off in a vehicle but was later found. The 22-year-old man was then locked up in the Northumberland County jail. Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect as they continue their investigation.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SHENANDOAH – Shenandoah Borough police are investigating a Saturday night armed robbery at a local gas station and convenience store. Police said an armed man walked into the Valero station on South Main Street near the Gold Star Bridge just before eleven p.m., pulled out a hand gun and demanded money from the clerk. The republican Herald reports, after taking cash from the clerk, the man fled the area on foot. Police say the robber is a white man, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a thin build. Police are asking that anyone with information to call Schuylkill County 9-1-1.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Two Loyalsock Township roommates have been jailed for allegedly burglarizing Brenner Car Credit of Williamsport at 2106 Lycoming Creek Road early Thursday morning. It turned out that one of those arrested, 29-year-old Matthew Reynolds, was a client of the business. Old Lycoming Township police say Reynolds has admitted that he drove his roommate, 28-year-old Christopher Raemsch, to the credit business and waited outside while Raemsch allegedly broke in and stole money, a cash register drawer and a tin can of caramel popcorn sometime between 2:30 and 3:10 a.m. What the two did not know was that police had spotted the truck in the parking lot and followed the vehicle after it pulled out onto Lycoming Creek Road. The officer recorded the license plate. Officers obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home, where they found both Reynolds and Raemsch. Police seized some cash as a well as the tin can of popcorn that they believe was stolen from the business. The Sun Gazette reports, the burglary netted under $100.
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ROCKVIEW – State Police in Centre County are investigating two break-ins over the weekend. Police are looking for information related to the burglary of a Quick Stop gas station in Walker Township just after midnight Sunday. Police say two white men used a brick to smash the store’s front door, entered the store and stole cigarettes and other items. Police also were called to an incident on East Church Street, in Centre Hall, around 8 p.m. Saturday. Police say an unknown man entered an 18-year-old woman’s home and grabbed her arms. He then fled the area. The man was described as white, between ages 20 and 30, with blue eyes, brown hair, a goatee and a scar on his left cheek. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call state police at 355-7545.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

POTTSVILLE - Edward Manbeck wreaked havoc with his crime spree in the Frackville area for most of 2010. On Friday in Schuylkill County Court, the 25-year-old West Mahanoy Township man learned he will spend at least 15 years behind state prison bars to pay for what he did. Manbeck, of Altamont, must serve 15 to 30 years in a state prison. Judge Jacqueline Russell handed down that sentence and required Manbeck to pay nearly $8,000 in restitution. Manbeck pleaded guilty to 11 counts of burglary and related counts for the incidents in Butler Township, Frackville borough and West Mahanoy Township when he burglarized 11 properties.
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FOREST HILL – A Milton man is behind bars in Union County after assaulting a woman early Saturday morning. Police say around 2:00 a.m. 34-year-old Brian Derr assaulted the woman along Jones Mountain Road in West Buffalo Township. The woman was struck in the head and chest and police say Derr slammed her arm and leg in the door of a vehicle when she tried to get away. Derr is jailed on $50,000 bail.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Criminal charges were filed late Friday night against a DuBoistown man in connection with a lengthy standoff last month in which he kept police at bay for nearly seven hours during which he threatened to commit suicide with a makeshift firearm. Police filed charges against 28-year-old Adam McEwen, who is now jailed in the Lycoming County jail. Police say McEwen was on bath salts during the November 25th incident at the apartment of his estranged wife at the Newberry Estates, on Federal Avenue.
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MOUNT CARMEL - A Bloomsburg man was jailed Thursday on accusations that he raped an intoxicated girl at a party last year in a wooded area of Mount Carmel Township commonly known as the "canyon." Police say 22-year-old Kenneth Mull III, faces charges of rape and related counts. He failed to post $30,000 bail and was returned to Columbia County Prison, Bloomsburg, on unrelated charges. Police say that although the accuser was unable to identify her alleged attacker, DNA testing links Mull to the September 7, 2010 assault.
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STONINGTON – To remind people of the importance of not drinking and driving this holiday season, the State Police at Stonington are featuring the DUI Victims Moving Memorial. The memorial will be on display at the Stonington State Police Barracks off Route 61 beginning today at eleven a.m. State Police say during the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday last year there were just over two thousand crashes and 19 deaths involving alcohol. The DUI Moving Memorial includes the names of over 1,300 victims of DUI crashes here in Pennsylvania. The memorial is a reminder to the hundreds of people who have tragically and needlessly lost their lives in DUI crashes on Pennsylvania roadways.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE — Families of critically ill children who need short- or long-term temporary lodging at the Ronald McDonald House in Danville will be able to rest easier thanks to a $30,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast PA. Danville’s Ronald McDonald House applied for the grant this fall in order to fund various improvements to the Danville house’s 19 guest rooms, including upgrades to individual heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. The total cost of the renovations, which were completed earlier this year, was $126,000. The remaining $96,000 for the project came from other donors and the house’s operating budget.
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SELINSGROVE – The Pine Meadow apartment complex in Selinsgrove, Snyder County will be empty for Christmas. The once booming population of the 100-unit public housing complex has trickled down to two as of Friday morning. The last occupants are expected to move into new homes by the end of next week. After a year of warning and announcements about the neighboring Susquehanna University's intent to buy Pine Meadow Apartments and turn them into student housing units, the residents have finally moved on. The Daily Item reports, Jay Laff, managing agent for Sencit Properties, of Harrisburg, which had approached the university last year about their plans to sell the complex, lauded the cooperative efforts of the residents, staff, and the university, saying "This is probably one of the most cooperative ventures I've seen in my career." Mike Coyne, CFO of Susquehanna University, reported no closing date has yet been set.
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LOCK HAVEN - A proposal by the Northumberland County commissioners to dissolve the SEDA-Council of Governments' Joint Rail Authority apparently came out of the blue and took the Clinton County commissioners by surprise last week. Board members say they still haven't received much information about that county's vote, and are waiting to see the reasoning behind the request. On Tuesday, the Northumberland board adopted a resolution asking the other seven counties that are members of the authority to ask the state to guide them on how to privatize the authority. That's highly unlikely to find favor in Clinton County. All three Clinton County Commissioners indicated they are happy with the existence of the 16-member board, if not all of its policies. The authority is a nonprofit agency that owns about 200 miles of short-line railroad track in eight counties, including Clinton, Lycoming, Centre, Northumberland, Columbia, Mifflin, Montour and Union counties. The authority was born out of an attempt by local governments to insure the lines remained intact as a business and infrastructure resource, after the major rail lines decided to abandon the lines as unprofitable. One Northumberland County representative described the system as a "taxpayer-funded money pit that provides no benefit" to the residents of his county. Supporters say privatizing the system will result in increased costs for use, with no guarantees the system will be kept running. The Northumberland resolution would require unanimous approval from the other member counties.
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POTTSVILLE – Schuylkill County's at-risk families should receive better service thanks to a building project. County officials said they will receive a $500,000 state grant to fund 50 percent of the costs of renovating the government services building at 410 North Centre Street, Pottsville. The renovations will allow Schuylkill County Children&Youth Services to occupy the building's entire first floor in revamped, improved and secure facilities, enabling the agency to hire more workers and provide more and better services to abused and neglected children. The Republican Herald reports, the county already has the money to match the grant announced Friday.
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MIFFLINBURG - The Mifflinburg school district will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed charter school in New Berlin, giving borough and district residents the floor to ask questions and give opinions about the proposed alternative. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the large-group instruction room at Mifflinburg Middle School. It's also the next step in the process for the New Berlin school group, which began contemplating a charter school this summer while debating with the Mifflinburg district over the fate of New Berlin Elementary School. That school, a centerpiece of the borough, will close after this school year. The school district received the group's charter school application November 15 and, as the state requires, had 45 days from then to schedule a public hearing on the matter. The Daily Item reports, the New Berlin Charter School would be the first in the Susquehanna Valley. First-year enrollment for 100 students in grades K-4 is planned. If the school does well its first year -- which the founding coalition plans to start next fall -- it may expand to fifth grade the following year.
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DANVILLE – The Pine Barn Inn in Danville is extending their good will this Christmas season to all those who have been affected by this year’s flooding in the Bloomsburg/Danville area and to those who maybe in desperate need this Christmas season. The Inn is holding a Christmas Eve Day Buffet from eleven a.m. till three p.m. In operator Norman Mael says they have room for around 400 people and so far about 300 have made reservations. Reservations are required for the meal. While the meal is basically for the flood victims, Mael says anyone who is struggling to make ends meet this Christmas is invited to come and share in the meal at no charge, but again reservations are required so Inn staff know how many people to expect at the meal.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)